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  • 26th February 2007

    Homophobic mayor faces lawsuit and London protest

    In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers are also seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

    6:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow's gay pride parade are suing Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor that banned the event last year, for likening the parade to a "satanic act."Organisers of the parade, led by Nicholas Alexeyev, are calling on Luzhkov to retract his comments, DPA news has reported."Both in the secular and religious context, the term 'satanic' is offensive and carries a negative colouring," Alexeyev said.

  • BA airline sorry to gay couple for blanket incident 1

    The couple have received an apology and the airline said they regard the matter as closed.

    6:21 PM — A gay couple who were covered with a blanket by an airline stewardess because they were hugging have received an apology.South African carrier Comair run British Airways services in that country and is an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline.They had been threatened with legal action by the couple.

  • Homophobic preacher claims his gay sex rights

    His lawyer, Mack Martin, has issued a motion that would remove the charge.

    3:14 PM — A former Southern Baptist church leader who had publicly condemned homosexuality has been charged for offering to engage in an act of lewdness after soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in Oklahoma.The Reverend Lonnie Latham was arrested on January 3rd 2006 outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City after asking an undercover policeman to come up to his hotel room for oral sex.

  • Congress prepares for gay rights bills

    Now that the Democrats have control of Congress, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are generally expected to pass the Senate.

    12:52 PM — Gay rights activists and opponents are preparing themselves for the likely passage of America's first major gay rights bills.It is widely expected that at least two gay-rights measures will gain approval in Congress this year.These include a hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offences and a workplace bill that would include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination policy.

  • New York ordered to pay for gender surgery 1

    The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.

    12:25 PM — A court has ruled that the city of New York must pay for gender re-assignment surgery for a 21-year-old.Mariah Lopez was in the care of the city when she began her legal fight to get treatment. The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.The city is planning to appeal. It is the second time that the city has been ordered to pay for Ms Lopez's surgery.

  • Rupert Everett to lead Sydney Mardi Gras

    Everett will be promoting his kiss-and-tell book Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.

    11:49 AM — Gay actor Rupert Everett will be this year's Chief of Parade at the Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras.The parade kicks off on Saturday, and will be broadcast live on the internet.This year's Mardi Gras, the 29th, has been accused of being too commercial.

  • 23rd February 2007

    Gambian president claims he can cure AIDS 4

    According to President Jammeh, (left), AIDS sufferers will be cured within “three to thirty days.“ photo: www.statehouse.gm

    5:21 PM — The President of Gambia has horrified scientists by announcing that he has developed a "miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS.Hundreds of Gambians have lined up to be "cured" by President Yahya Jammeh, who treats his patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages and then instructing them to swallow a bitter yellow drink, followed by two bananas.The therapy is administered repeatedly over several weeks.

  • Ellen excited about Oscars gig

    Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards. photo: AMPAS

    5:07 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has expressed her enthusiasm for hosting the 79th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday.The comedienne, who made television history when she came out to 46 million viewers on her sitcom ten years ago, is excited about bringing her humour to a massive audience.Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards.

  • Lesbians appeal over “invalid” marriage

    The Irish Supreme Court sits at the Four Courts complex in Dublin. photo: www.courts.ie

    3:39 PM — A lesbian couple in Ireland lodged an appeal yesterday with the country's Supreme Court to dispute a High Court ruling that their marriage is not valid.This is the most recent development in the battle for Drs. Anne Louise Gilligan and Kathernine Zappone to have their Canadian marriage recognised.The couple believe that the refusal of this recognition is a violation of their human rights.

  • US students roadtrip to anti-gay colleges 1

    Calvin College, which Princeton Review ranked as one of the worst schools in the nation for gay students, has invited the Equality Riders for dialogue and shared worship services.

    3:18 PM — Next month fifty young adults will board two buses for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime.The eight-week Soulforce Equality Ride will bring them to 32 Christian colleges with policies that silence or exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.Their mission: to open a dialogue about the painful consequences of discrimination and the religion-based prejudice that sustains it.

  • Bill Gates gives $24m to AIDS vaccine research

    Canadian PM Stephen Harper has pledged $95.3 million, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has promised up to $24 million.

    2:23 PM — The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and the Canadian government are to fund the development of an AIDS vaccine.They are jointly committing $110 million to the project, it has been announced.They will establish a new research institute, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative. Its goal is to find a vaccine within a decade.

  • Baptist churches face child sexual abuse condemnation 2

    In the past six months SNAP has received reports of about 40 cases of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist ministers.

    1:09 PM — America's largest Protestant denomination has come under fire over alleged child sexual abuse committed by its clergy.A victims' advocates group, Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), called on Monday for a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist church.Southern Baptist leaders have argued that it is impossible to investigate molestation claims across the denomination.

  • Majority in favour of a gay President 5

    Only 88% said they would vote for a woman President.

    10:28 AM — An opinion poll in the United States has found that 55% of Americans would vote for a gay person running for President.However, less than half would consider voting for someone who did not believe in God.The poll, conducted by Gallup, aimed to find out the voting prejudices of Americans ahead of the 2008 election.

  • 22nd February 2007

    University’s first ever chair in gay law

    The chair will be endowed through the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law  Public Policy. photo: losiek@flickr.com

    4:56 PM — Two philanthropists in America have donated over $1m to UCLA to establish an academic chair dedicated to sexual orientation law and public policy.The chair, at the prestigious university's law school, is thought to be the first of its kind in the world.John McDonald and Rob Wright donated the money to endow the position. The pair have an impressive track record of support for numerous LGBT and HIV organisations.

  • Ireland delays gay partnership bill 3

    Mr McDowell promised that the government would be bringing forward legislation to protect the rights of all unmarried couples, gay or straight.

    3:45 PM — Legislation to legalise same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland was defeated in the country's parliament yesterday.The Irish government said that the bill proposed by the Labour party would not comply with the constitution, but said that they would introduce their own legislation later this year.Justice Minister Michael McDowell told Irish MPs that the state is constitutionally required to uphold the institution of marriage.

  • US employment law protects gay kids at school

    The Toms River school board are now waiting to see if they will be held liable for the abuse suffered by Louis White, who is now 21.

    12:43 PM — A state Supreme Court in the United States has ruled that laws protecting LGB adults from discrimination at work can be applied to schoolchildren.The New Jersey court was ruling on a case brought in 1999 by a gay teenager who suffered persistent abuse and harassment at school because of his sexual orientation.They ruled that the school must take reasonable steps to stop harassment under the terms of the state's anti-discrimination law.

  • Gay rights law threatened as Italian PM quits

    As well as concern over troops serving in Afghanistan, Senators opposed the expansion of a US military base in Vicenza.

    11:27 AM — Italy is without a leader after Romano Prodi resigned yesterday. He quit after left-wing members of his nine-party coalition voted against the government's foreign policy.Mr Prodi's decision leaves proposed new laws granting gay couples legal protection unresolved.The coalition lost a Senate motion backing the continued deployment of troops by two votes.

  • Vatican attack Tony Blair over adoption

    The church-run adoption agencies have until the end of 2008 to comply with the regulations.

    10:45 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has criticised the Prime Minister's decision not to allow church-run adoption agencies to opt-out of gay rights legislation.The proposed exemption caused a Cabinet row when it was first proposed.Under pressure from his own MPs, Mr Blair finally conceded that Roman Catholic adoption services would be covered by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • 21st February 2007

    French court blocks lesbian adoption

    The French will go to the polls to elect their next President on 22nd April. photo: lanceerin@flickr.com

    5:32 PM — An attempt by a French mother to allow her lesbian partner to adopt her child has failed.The Appeals Court in Paris ruled yesterday that the only way the mother could legally allow her partner to adopt the child would be to renounce her own parental rights.If the lesbian couple were allowed to marry, then they could share parental responsibility.

  • Polish president’s homophobia outrages the Irish 17

    Kaczynski has a history of homophobia.

    12:14 PM — Remarks about homosexuality during a state visit to Ireland have caused more trouble for the controversial President of Poland.Speaking to an audience at Dublin Castle on the final day of his three day visit, Lech Kaczynski said that the promotion of homosexuality would lead to the eventual destruction of the human race.

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