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  • 20th November 2006

    Campaigners back transgender rights

    Based on data from the 2000 Census, the total number of people now living in a jurisdiction with a transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination law in the United States is 86 million

    12:00 AM — Gay activists in the US are today commemorating the International Transgender Day of Remembrance by reflecting on the loss of members of the transgender community due to hate or prejudice."The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn time to reflect on those who have been murdered because of their gender identity or expression," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE).

  • Romney demands gay marriage vote 2

    Governor Mitt Romney is known for his opposition to gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is getting desperate in his attempt to leave an anti-gay legacy in the state.The Governor has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in Massachusetts in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the only state to allow same sex couples to marry.

  • Gay penguin book sends parents flapping 3

    The concerns are the latest involving the illustrated children's book based on a true story of two male zoo penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo who adopted a fertilised egg and raised it

    12:00 AM — A children's book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin has some St Louis area parents grumbling about the book's appropriateness for elementary students.Some have suggested And Tango Makes Three be moved from a general shelf in the school library to a restricted area where parental permission is needed in order for students to check out the books, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

  • 17th November 2006

    More gay men seeking surrogacy 1

    Many of the single men choosing surrogacy today are gay

    12:00 AM — More single gay men are becoming fathers, according to surrogacy groups.Many of the single men choosing surrogacy today are gay, according to Gail Taylor, president of Growing Generations, a gay-and-lesbian-owned surrogacy agency in California.Ms Taylor revealed this fact during an interview for the Pioneer Press, a Minnesota newspaper.

  • Delaware Court stumped over transgender inmate

    The real trouble was where to house the transsexual Bowie, who in 1999 underwent half of a sex-change operation in Thailand

    12:00 AM — Federal court officials in Delaware are trying to figure out where to place an HIV positive transgender inmate sentenced to two years in prison for passing counterfeit checks.The Associated Press reports that 33-year-old Tanya Bowie of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to passing some 300 counterfeit checks and was released.She was later caught passing 50 more bad checks.

  • New Jersey approves same sex birth certificate

    Same-sex couples have won similar rights in some other states

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple in South Jersey won court approval this week to have both of their names listed as parents on their newborn's birth certificate, and the attorney general's office said it will no longer oppose such applications.The decision is one of the first implications of last month's state Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples access to the same rights as married couples, the New York Times reports.

  • MEP pushes for anti-gay discrimination laws

    The proposal is aimed to act as a blueprint for legislation to address unresolved issues concerning the unequal treatment of European citizens

    12:00 AM — Dutch Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg has presented a proposal this week for a directive on anti-discrimination including sexual orientation and disability to the European Commission.The proposal is aimed to act as a blueprint for legislation to address unresolved issues concerning the unequal treatment of European citizens.

  • Legal group backs gay-straight school club

    School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Okeechobee County after school district administrators unlawfully prevented students who formed the Gay-Straight Alliance of Okeechobee High School (GSA) to meet on high school grounds.School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds.

  • Gay people wet the bed, the Pentagon says

    12:00 AM — Congressman Marty Meehan and the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association sent letters to the US Defence Department this week protesting a recently-revised military instruction which now suggests that homosexuality is a defect.Mr Meehan is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the APA's are professional associations whose members, combined, include more than 185,000 mental health professionals.

  • 16th November 2006

    Gay campaigners launch California marriage appeal

    It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month

    12:00 AM — Lawyers in San Francisco along with Californian gay groups have this week asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month.

  • Anti-gay Christians ‘out of touch’

    Earlier this week, the US Catholic Church approved controversial guidelines on ways of welcoming gay people into the church, one suggestion being therapy

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have criticised the "religious bigotry" of church groups in the US this week after Catholic bishops approved controversial guidelines on the treatment of gays and lesbians while other denominations have vowed to punish those acting too 'gay-friendly.'Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said the actions of several church groups undermines the work being done in some areas of Christianity to welcome gays and lesbians.

  • Gay presenter quits “vulgar” Swedish show

    Sverker Åström, 90, a former Swedish Ambassador to the UN, has quit the show, entitled Boglobbyn (The Gay Lobby,) after just two episodes

    12:00 AM — A gay TV presenter has quit a Swedish television programme about LGBT lifestyles describing the show as "vulgar and tasteless."Sverker Åström, 90, a former Swedish Ambassador to the UN, has quit the show, entitled Boglobbyn (The Gay Lobby,) after just two episodes.The first broadcast was criticised after a report on cruising was described as shallow.

  • 15th November 2006

    Gay couple accuses British Airways of homophobia 1

    Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class

    12:00 AM — A South African gay couple are demanding 80, 000 rand in damages and an apology from British Airways after claiming they were deliberately stopped from sitting together and alone because of their sexuality.Garrit Brown and Cecil Pickard, boarded a flight from Johannesburg to London in March and were told they could not be guaranteed a seat together and alone in economy class.

  • African continent reacts to gay unions 10

    It makes South Africa the only part of the continent to allow gay marriage, amongst many gay hostile countries

    12:00 AM — The African continent is split after South Africa became the first country in the region to allow gay marriage.Religious leaders and homophobes have expressed disgust at the law, describing it as a sign of the end of the world, while gay groups have described the Civil Unions Act as a sign of progress.

  • Gay activists oppose Martinez role

    The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have reacted angrily to the appointment of Mel Martinez as leader of the Republican Party.The Florida Senator was appointment as head of the Republican National Committee this week, but activists fear this will cause another rift in the relationship between the Republicans and the gay community.

  • Gay soldiers appeal US military ban 5

    The case is against former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's department

    12:00 AM — Twelve lesbian and gay veterans of the war on terror have filed a brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The case, Cook v Rumsfeld, was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) and the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

  • Jerusalem gays to continue equality fight 23

    Rabbi Sharon Klienbaum holds sign: “We are all created in God'simage.“  Ultra-Orthodox protesters in background. (Photo: Syd Peterson)

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for equality in Jerusalem after a gay pride rally in the capital city last week.A Hebrew University of Jerusalem stadium hosted 9000 people for a rally last Friday, despite weeks of anti-gay protests and threats of violence from ultra-Orthodox Jews in the area.

  • Gay community not alone in fight for health insurance

    Millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage

    12:00 AM — Health insurance is a hot topic within the US gay and lesbian community these days, especially within the ongoing and progressively improving discussions surrounding domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage for gay folk.The LGBT community isn't alone in its interest in the topic. In fact, according to "Insurance, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005," recently released by the US Census Bureau, millions of Americans currently are living without health insurance coverage.

  • 14th November 2006

    Michigan store boycotted for gay support

    Unfortunately, unlike similar boycotts of big-name, gay-friendly corporations like Wal-Mart and Ford that end up being more bark than bite, Yale is having a hard time ignoring the wounds caused by the local effort

    12:00 AM — A few statistics pulled from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index is all the evidence usually needed to prove being gay-friendly in 2006 is good for business.That is, unless your business is in Mason, Michigan.Teri Yale, owner of Davey's Basement, an alternative record shop located in downtown Mason, found that out the hard way after supporting the local high school's gay-straight alliance.

  • Lesbian boss under fire again

    Bleskachek “adamantly” denied the allegations

    12:00 AM — A male fire-fighter is the latest person to sue the Minneapolis fire chief, a lesbian, claiming that she discriminated against him because he is a heterosexual man.According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Elondo Wright alleges that Bonnie Bleskachek, the city's first female fire chief, and her partner, a fire department captain, gave him bad reviews, harassed him and denied him advancement.

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