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  • 28th November 2006

    Ikea brings gay couples out of commercial closet 7

    Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture

    12:00 AM — Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea made worldwide news in 1994 for its US commercial featuring a male couple buying furniture together, the company has returned to its roots with a new spot including another gay pair, this time with a child.Following a rainbow of families, the black and Asian male couple are joined by their Golden Retriever and daughter, snuggled in domestic bliss. An ending voiceover asks: "Why shouldn't sofas come in flavours, just like families?"

  • Minneapolis Mayor loses confidence in lesbian fire chief 1

    Earlier this month, a male fire-fighter sued Bleskachek and the city, alleging that he faced discrimination for being a heterosexual man in the department

    12:00 AM — Minneapolis Mayor R T Rybak has called for the removal of lesbian Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek, saying he no longer has confidence in her ability to lead the Fire Department.The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Rybak's announcement comes on the eve of a meeting by the city's executive council to discuss the fire chief's possible firing.

  • Gay plight is ‘civil rights struggle’

    In their sit-down interviews on the subject, both Bond and Huerta talk about how, early in their lives, they first came to understand the importance of LGBT equality

    12:00 AM — The fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality is a crucial civil rights struggle that all Americans should support, two legendary civil rights heroes have announced.Dolores Huerta and Julian Bond made the statement in interviews in the latest issue of the Human Rights Campaign magazine, Equality.

  • 27th November 2006

    Nissan turns gay-friendly

    Both brands are sold in the US by Nissan North America (

    12:00 AM — A gay motoring website has updated its listing of gay-friendly car companies to include two brands previously on its non-gay-friendly list - Nissan and Infiniti.Both brands are sold in the US by Nissan North America (NNA) who recently announced they would be offering domestic partner benefits to all of their US employees.

  • Gay activists seek royal disapproval 1

    Gay rights advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to Denmark's Crown Princess Mary asking her to point out the benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates in the Australian island state of Tasmania have written to Denmark's Crown Princess Mary asking her to point out the benefits to her childhood home that have come from its greater acceptance of gay and lesbian people.The letter is a direct response to recent media reports of anti-gay harassment and the absence of anti-discrimination laws in the Danish-administered Faeroe Islands, and coincides with the Princess's latest Tasmanian visit.

  • Irish gay union support grows 1

    The Lansdowne Market Research study confirmed a continued growth in support in Ireland for legal recognition for same-sex relationships

    12:00 AM — Support for same sex unions in the Republic of Ireland is growing, a new report shows.The survey revealed that 51 per cent of the population backed civil unions for gays and lesbians while 33 per cent believe that same-sex couples should have access to full civil partnerships.

  • Lesbian film wins Chinese Oscar

    The ceremony applauds Chinese language movies and gives recognition to Asian actors, actresses, directors, composers and writers

    12:00 AM — A Hong Kong actress picked up an award for a lesbian film at the Chinese Oscars last weekend in Taiwan.Nikki Shie won the best supporting actress prize at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for the film "Reflections," which documents a lesbian relationship that goes wrong.The ceremony applauds Chinese language movies and gives recognition to Asian actors, actresses, directors, composers and writers.

  • US soap introduces Trans character 1

    The character will appear on ABC's All My Children, in a storyline about a gender transition from a man to a woman

    12:00 AM — An American soap is set to introduce what is thought to be the serial drama world's first transgender character.The character will appear on ABC's All My Children, in a storyline about a gender transition from a man to a woman.There have been other post-op transgender characters in US soaps but this storyline is believed to be the first time the start of the process will be followed.

  • 24th November 2006

    Congregation evicted over gay talk 2

    Mr Adams, was scheduled to share his personal story and speak about HeartStrong, a non profit educational organisation providing outreach

    12:00 AM — A gay activist is demanding an apology from a US Diocese after a congregation's lease was terminated over disagreement of a talk he was due to give at the venue.The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, leased space for three years to the Unitarian Unversalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, but the congregation has been forced out of their leased space without warning for arraigning gay activist Marc Adams to speak at a Sunday service.

  • Brazilian gay couple given adoption nod

    Campaigners hope it will make it easier for other gay couples to adopt across Brazil

    12:00 AM — A Brazilian judge has allowed a gay couple in Sao Paolo to jointly adopt a five year old girl in a landmark case.One of the men had already adopted the girl but today's ruling makes it the first time a male couple has been allowed to jointly adopt.It ends a year long legal battle for the couple, Vasco Pedro da Gama and Junior de Carvalho who have been together for 14 years.

  • 23rd November 2006

    Gay clergy ‘divisive’ for Church relations

    It comes after the ordination of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Gay bishops and female clergy are driving a wedge through the prospect of good relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope concluded today.In his first official visit to the pontiff, Dr Rowan Williams spoke of the importance of unity in the church, the pair presented a declaration which highlighted certain issues straining Christian relations.

  • Activists push for gay marriage in Connecticut

    GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires

    12:00 AM — The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed this week in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD).GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.

  • Lesbian divorce raises legal issue for Rhode Island 2

    Rhode Island allows same sex couples to get married in Massachusetts, the only US state with full marriage equality

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island have started a legal debate in their home state after seeking a divorce from a same sex marriage obtained in Massachusetts.Margaret Chambers and Cassandra Ormiston took advantage of the opening up of marriage to gay couples in Massachusetts in 2004, but now that they want to separate, it creates a confusing issue for Rhode Island where there is no law recognising gay marriage.

  • South Africa backs gay inheritance rights 10

    The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay community has been given more cause for celebration after the country's constitutional court today ruled that same sex partners should have equal inheritance rights to heterosexual couples.The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage.This latest development orders that the law regarding inheritance rights should also include the term, "same-sex life partnership."

  • 22nd November 2006

    MTV awarded for gay-friendly advertising

    For over a decade, MTV Networks has aired groundbreaking LGBT portrayals in its promotional advertising, and has served as a primary media outlet for other advertisers

    12:00 AM — MTV Networks and Orbitz.com were recognised for "inclusive excellence in portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals" in their promotional advertising during the Commercial Closet Association's Second Annual Corporate Visionary Honours event, held this week at The New York Times' historic, 93-year-old building.For over a decade, MTV Networks has aired groundbreaking LGBT portrayals in its promotional advertising, and has served as a primary media outlet for other advertisers to do the same.

  • 2007 calendar supports sacked gay military recruits

    A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.

    12:00 AM — A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.The "Lift the Ban" calendar includes images from the organisation's national ad campaign, captured on film by photographer Judy Rolfe."Every day, the Pentagon fires at least two people for being lesbian, gay or bisexual," said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn.

  • China launches lesbian help-line

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still considered a  taboo issue

    12:00 AM — China has opened its first help line offering counselling for lesbians.The service, funded by the Chi Heng Foundation, will offer counselling and advice from a ream of 10 volunteers.It echoes a similar service set up earlier this year which was staffed by men, but this scheme shows a growing awareness of lesbian issues in the traditionally conservative country.

  • Homophobes cancel Wal-Mart boycott 3

    Wal-Mart insists their statement is in reaction to staff and customer requests

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay group has called off a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after the store vowed to remain neutral on "highly controversial issues."Homophobes inside the American Family Association are hailing a victory against the store claiming it reacted to their protest against it joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and stocking products appearing to promote same-sex marriage.

  • European Parliament avoids gay friendly workplace

    Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation.The International Lesbian and Gay Association expressed surprise at the omission.A draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had included sexual orientation, but this was defeated by four votes to two, with two abstentions.

  • 21st November 2006

    Israel “bursts open” for gay marriage 1

    Six judges against one ruled that the marriages, which were obtained in Canada, should be recognised in Israel, prompting anger from ministers and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Israel's orthodox community has only just recovered from a gay pride rally being held in Jerusalem, but now they must prepare themselves for gay marriage, after the High Court of Justice backed the unions this morning.The Association of Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel submitted a petition on behalf of five gay couples in March against the Ministry of the Interior's Population Registrar, demanding the registration of same-sex couples who marry outside of Israel.

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