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  • 11th July 2007

    Anglicans advertise for foster gay couples

    The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is well-known for his hostility to gay parents.

    5:32 PM — A branch of the urban mission and welfare service of the Anglican Church in Australia has inadvertently become involved in the political row about gay parenting by taking an advert in a gay publication.Teenshare, part of Anglicare, has taken the ad in monthly gay paper OUT in Perth to encourage gay and lesbian couples to foster children aged 12 to 17.Last month the news that a gay male couple had adopted a baby was welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.

  • Senator opposed to gay marriage favours paid-for sex 3

    Senator Vitter said in a statement today that God had forgiven him for his sins, along with his wife.

    4:00 PM — A major political scandal involving prostitution in Washington DC has claimed its first Congressional scalp.Republican Senator David Vitter has been forced to admit he used the escort services of Deborah Jane Palfrey, the "DC madam" who is accused of making nearly $2m (£1m) over thirteen years providing call girls to Washington's elite.Senator Vitter strongly opposes gay rights and is a 'family values' stalwart.

  • Lesbian writer honoured by Canada

    Her first novel Desert of the Heart, a lesbian love story, was made into an award-winning film,  Desert Hearts.

    12:45 PM — Jane Rule, 76, a writer of lesbian-themed novels, is to be appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature.Ms Rule has won many awards over the years as a writer, educator, gay rights activist, including the Order of British Colombia 2004.Born in New Jersey in 1931, Ms Rule moved to Galiano Island, Canada with partner Helen Sonthoff, after a peripatetic childhood in America.

  • Psychologists meet to review gay policy

    Focus on the Family, a gay-hostile group, has already accused the APA of being in the pockets of the 'gay lobby.'

    12:19 PM — The American Psychological Association is to review its polity on counselling for gay and lesbian people, and activists are hopeful they will denounce the "ex-gay" movement that claims it can 'cure' homosexuality.A six-member panel will meet next week to begin the review process.Leading religious groups in America have already begun lobbying the APA to reverse a 1997 decision that gay people should not be treated as mentally ill.

  • Presidential hopefuls to participate in gay TV debate 3

    Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.

    11:15 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solomnese and gay performer Melissa Etheridge will question Democratic candidates for President of the United States in the first televised debate for the gay community.The hour-long event will take place on August 9th and broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.comFront runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.

  • Pride organisers demand investigation into violence

    Last Saturday's Pride march in the capital, Budapest, was marred by nationalist violence against gay participants.

    10:56 AM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have accused the police of not doing enough to protect Pride marchers from attacks by homophobic protesters.Last Saturday's Pride march in the capital, Budapest, was marred by violence against gay participants.Skinheads and fascists massed along the 7km (4.3 mile) route of the march. They threw eggs and bottles filled with sand at the marchers.

  • UPS accused of discrimination against gay employees

    UPS also stated that it was not acting out of homophobic sentiments but according to New Jersey law.

    10:37 AM — Gay rights groups have criticised the delivery company UPS for depriving employees in same-sex partnership of health insurance benefits.According to New Jersey law, same-sex couples in civil unions have equal entitlement to employment benefits, yet UPS makes a difference between married couples and those in civil-unions in terms of health insurance.This means the company is defying a court ruling which required equality regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Castro’s niece pushes for gay rights in Cuba 3

    Following Fidel Castro's coup d'dtat in 1959 and the Cuban revolution, LGBT people were persecuted and imprisoned.

    10:30 AM — Almost a year after Cuba's president Fidel Castro temporarily resigned from power due to his ill health, human rights are still under threat on the island.At the same time improvements of LGBT rights are in sight.There is a change in attitude towards LGBT people in the Caribbean dictatorship under Fidel's brother Raul Castro, who holds the position of interim head of state.

  • 10th July 2007

    Urban gay Indians inching out of the closet 1

    Hundreds united in Delhi from May 25th to June 3rd this year for the Nigah QueerFest, a media event of features, documentaries and short films.

    4:57 PM — The expanding economy of India and an increasingly liberal attitude has created the climate for a growing and visible community of homosexuals and transgender people.The Gay Delhi Sunday School formed last year provides a meeting place for gay men to talk politics and family issues.The gay scene in larger cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai is increasingly vibrant.

  • Budapest mayor defiant over Pride violence

    SZDSZ yesterday announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.

    3:56 PM — Extremist elements who attacked gay Pride participants in the Hungarian capital over the weekend have been roundly condemned as "intolerant, primitive and cowardly."Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky said yesterday that he and his political party, The Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ), totally condemn the violence at last weekend's Gay Parade in Budapest.On Saturday skinheads and fascists massed along the route of the march for gay rights.

  • Vienna court acquits gay rights activists of libel 1

    The accused had lost a previous trial and were ordered to reimburse the MP an April court ruling.

    3:14 PM — Two activists from a gay rights organisation based in Vienna were fully acquitted in their appeal against a court ruling yesterday.The chairman of the Homosexual Initiative (HOSI), Christian Högl, and general-secretary Kurt Krickler, had been accused of libel by a Member of Parliament from the Christian-Conservative Party, Walter Tancsits.The accused had lost a previous trial and were ordered to reimburse the MP an April court ruling.

  • Retired gay couple set up sports scholarship

    The couple also sponsors sports programmes for LGBT teenagers who are in special schools or group homes.

    1:56 PM — It's been almost 55 years since partners John Kiley and Gene Silbert met in a New York bar, and they are still going strong.To give back to the community, the pair, in their late seventies, have established the Gene and John Athletic Fund of Stonewall that supports young gay and lesbian athletes who have made valuable efforts to promote and create awareness of gay people in sports.The couple began running later in life for personal fitness and health reasons, but their love of sport continued to grow.

  • Homophobic government faces election test

    The Prime Minister rejected a demand by the democratic left alliance (SLD) to immediately dissolve parliament.

    12:37 PM — The conservative Polish coalition government, known for its nationalistic and homophobic views, is at risk of falling apart.Twins Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski, the Prime Minister and President respectively, run one of the largest countries in the EU with a population of 38 million people.Yesterday Prime Minister Kaczynski fired his coalition partner, deputy and head of the main coalition party, Andrzej Lepper, for suspected involvement in corruption.

  • Trans singer opens up about transition 2

    Coming to terms with his gender identity, he formed The Cliks with fellow LGBT members Morgan Doctor and Nina Martinez.

    12:10 PM — Lucas Silveira, the lead singer of Canadian rock and roll band The Cliks,has spoken to the press about his experiences as a trans person.Earlier this year they released their major label debut album Snakehouse with US Tommy Boy Records Silver Label and appeared in gay-orientated True Colours Tour with artists Cyndi Lauper and Erasure.Mr Silveira is the first transgender artist to be signed to a high-profile label.

  • 9th July 2007

    Gay film and TV archive boosted by GLAAD donation

    The deposit nearly doubled the Outfest Legacy Project's holdings, which had already comprised the world's largest publicly accessible collection of LGBT films.

    5:23 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Outfest, a leading showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film and video in Los Angeles, by announcing an ongoing collaboration.Beginning this month, GLAAD will donate its extensive annual film and television collection to the Outfest Legacy Project."Each year, GLAAD monitors and archives thousands of hours of film and television," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano.

  • Senate approves judge who attended gay ‘wedding’

    The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Judge Neff for a seat on the US District Court in Michigan's Western District in October 2006.

    5:23 PM — An attempt by a conservative Republican to block the appointment of a federal judge because she had attended a same-sex commitment ceremony was defeated in the US Senate yesterday.Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas is one of the less prominent politicians vying for the Republican party's nomination for President.Last year he blocked the nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal court.

  • Wal-Mart’s queer turn away from gay business group 3

    Wal-Mart also denied allegations made by conservative groups that the company was giving preferential treatment to gay businesses. photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    5:06 PM — In a dramatic u-turn Wal-Mart, the largest grocer in the US and the second largest in the world, has taken a coy step back from the active support it was previously giving to gay-rights groups.The anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) threatened to boycott Wal-Mart's next big sales period and condemned the blanket support it offered to gay-friendly business initiatives.The company succumbed to the AFA's latest threat to urge shoppers to boycott their post-Thanksgiving sale.

  • US gay magazine comes out of the paper closet

    The Advocate is the oldest continually-published gay title in the US.

    3:32 PM — The Advocate, one of the most respected gay publications in the world, has decided to stop concealing itself from the world.From last week, subscription copies of the twice-monthly title are not wrapped up to conceal the front cover.While subscribers can still choose to receive an 'anonymous' copy in the post, most have opted to be open with their postman about their choice of reading material.

  • Gay divorce becomes a reality in South Africa

    Mr Van Zyl and Mr Liedenberg married in Johannesburg on February 16th.

    2:03 PM — A South African gay couple divorced last week in the Praetoria High Court following just five months of marriage.IT support consultant Ignatius Kloppers van Zyl, 47, set in motion divorce proceedings against Jacques Liebenberg, 36.They were one of many homosexual couples who took advantage of legislation passed by the South African National Council in December 2006 permitting same-sex marriage.

  • Pride march attacked in Croatia

    Homosexuality was legalised in Croatia in 1977, and the age of consent was equalised in 1998.

    11:10 AM — Ten people were injured when violence broke out at a gay Pride march in Zagreb on Saturday.Police arrested eight people, some of whom were reported to be armed with petrol bombs. A gang of around 20 young men taunted and abused the Pride participants.Despite the Croatian government granting limited partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples, homophobia remains rife in the country, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

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