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  • 27th June 2007

    German politicians criticise gay roleplay at school

    Juergen Zoellne, local MP for Education said, ““The authors behind the idea used a very common language among pupils and the exercises proved to be suitable for school.“

    10:10 AM — In an effort to combat playground homophobia, a school in Berlin has introduced a series controversial exercises that role-play picking up a gay partner.The Regional Institute for School and Media, which teaches children of 14 and over, hopes they will help to change their attitudes towards gay people.Some German politicians have been outraged by the plans.

  • 26th June 2007

    Putin backs gay-baiting Moscow mayor’s reappointment

    Mr Luzhkov says he will not allow a gay pride parade “in any form.“

    5:03 PM — Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's gay-hating, bee-keeping mayor, looks set for another 4 years in office after receiving the official backing of President Putin.The City Duma holds a special meeting tomorrow to approve his nomination.The 71-year-old Mayor is well-known to Western activists for his trenchant opposition to gay rights.

  • Gay rumours whirl around Prison Break actor 14

    The actor, full name Wentworth Earl Miller III, is of African, Blasian, English, German Jewish, Cherokee, Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese descent.

    4:49 PM — Wentworth Miller is reported to be "dating" one of the stars of new Channel 4 hit show Brothers Sisters - Luke McFarlane.Celeb blogger Perez Hilton and gossip site TMZ both report that Miller, 35, and McFarlane, 27, are an item."Wentworth and Luke have been secretly dating for almost six months now," a source told TMZ.

  • School says sorry for gay kiss censorship

    The district has said it will reissue an unedited copy of the 2007 year book to any pupil who asks for one.

    3:53 PM — Officials from the Newark City School District have issued an apology after a male student's year book picture was ordered to be blacked out with marker pen because it contained a gay kiss.The 4.5-by-5-inch photo showed pupil Andre Jackson, 18, turning round to kiss boyfriend, David Escobales, 19, over his right shoulder.The picture, which he had paid $150 to include on a special tribute page, was accompanied by similar poses from heterosexual couples.

  • Supermarket chain withdraws gay support

    The move comes just a year after Wal-Mart joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    2:00 PM — Retail giant Wal-Mart, has withdrawn its corporate support for LGBT organisations.The move comes just a year after Wal-Mart joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, an organisation that helps promote the growth of LGBT owned or friendly organisations.The company was responding to pickets and threats of boycott by conservative Christian groups.

  • Gay activists welcome New York marriage proposal

    This week's progress in New York is just the tip of the iceberg as far as equality for same-sex couples and their families is concerned.

    11:30 AM — Last week the New York State Assembly passed a bill, by a vote of 85 to 61, to extend to same-sex couples the freedom to marry.Only two other legislative chambers, both houses of the California Legislature, have passed similar legislation in the past.The bill now moves to the state Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority.

  • 25th June 2007

    God’s people smile on New York City’s gay Pride

    Members of New York's Roman Catholic community were also out in support.

    5:30 PM — Religious groups, so often the most vociferous critics of gays and lesbians, were at the heart of a different controversy this weekend when they headed up a procession of tens of thousands at New York's Pride.Commemorating the anniversary of 1969's Stonewall Riots, when angry patrons of a Greenwich Village gay bar fought back against police harassment, the celebrations have become a global assertion of gay rights.

  • Paris Hilton gets out of jail

    The socialite, who was briefly released earlier this month on appeal before being sent back to prison, had served roughly half her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving case.

    5:25 PM — Millionaire heiress to the Hilton Hotel chain and convicted traffic felon Paris Hilton will be released from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in tomorrow.The socialite had served roughly half her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving case.She is due to give her first official account of life behind bars on Wednesday to Larry King in a one-hour special on US network, CNN.

  • Obama: religion has been hijacked by Right

    Senator Obama believes that states should decide whether to allow gay marriage, and he opposes a constitutional amendment against it.

    12:24 PM — US Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama told a church convention on Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicised religious beliefs in an effort to sow division."Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart," the Illinois senator said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

  • Democrat husband and wife differ on gay rights

    Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards.

    12:20 PM — Elizabeth Edwards came out in support of legalised gay marriage at yesterday's gay pride celebration in San Francisco, taking a position which she acknowledged is at odds with her husband, Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards."I don't know why somebody else's marriage has anything to do with me," the San Francisco Chronicle reports Edwards saying. "I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage."But that position differs markedly from her husband, the former North Carolina Senator.

  • Canadians avoid split over gay blessings

    Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is keen to try to find a compromise that will hold the fractured church together.

    10:38 AM — The Anglican church in Canada has narrowly voted against allowing individual dioceses to bless same-sex relationships.The decision will come as a relief to the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Church worldwide, who is keen to avoid a schism over gay issues.However, at the General Synod in Winnipeg, the Canadians also decided that blessing same-sex relationships was not in breach of their "core doctrine."

  • 22nd June 2007

    Supreme Court rules Moscow Pride ban was legal

    Peter Tatchell was attacked at the banned march

    5:37 PM — Organisers of a banned Pride event today received a decision of Russia's Supreme Court on the appeal their appeal against a lower court.Senior judges sided with the arguments of Tverskoi district court of Moscow that the march ban was lawful.The case was considered in the first instance on 26 May 2006, one day before the scheduled date of the Pride parade.

  • EU’s stand against gay executions 1

    The draft proposal submitted by the Commission yesterday aims to support the World Day against the Death Penalty.

    1:35 PM — The Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights welcomed news that the European Commission intends to mark the 10th October of every year as the European Day Against the Death Penalty.Several nations retain the death sentence as punishment for homosexuality.In July 2005 two gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran for the "crime of homosexuality."

  • Nationwide project for Irish gay youth

    Irish society's attitude to homosexuality has been transformed since decriminalisation in 1993.

    1:10 PM — The Irish government is working with gay community workers to establish a network of LGBT youth groups across the country.The Health Service Executive (HSE) is developing the programme with Belong To, a Dublin project that has been running for the past four years.The project's national co-ordinator said that numbers of young gay people between 14 and 23 attending the group has doubled every year.

  • Japanese lesbian candidate excites foreign attention

    Otsuji talked about her motivation to decide to run for the election, the process to get an official party endorsement and the difficult situations surrounding LGBT people in Japan.

    12:40 PM — Kanako Otsuji, Japan's first openly lesbian politician and candidate in the upcoming Upper House election, held a press conference at Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on 20 June.While the Japanese media has paid attention almost only to Otsuji's sexuality, foreign journalists are more interested in her campaign in itself.If elected she will be the first openly LGBT politician in parliament.

  • Bush poll ratings at record low

    The war in Iraq continues to drag Bush down.

    11:45 AM — In 19 months, George W. Bush will leave the White House for the last time.The latest Newsweek poll suggests that he faces a steep climb if he hopes to coax the country back to his side before he goes.In the new poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday nights, the President's approval rating has reached a record low.

  • Homophobic politician outed on national TV 2

    Mr Alexeyev claimed that Mr Chuev's gay relationships were well-known in the 1990s before he became a politician, and called him a coward and a liar.

    11:35 AM — Gay rights activist Nicolas Alexeyev told a live TV audience yesterday that a member of the Russian State Duma is gay.Speaking on the talk show K baryeru Mr Alexeyev outed the conservative MP Alexander Chuev.Mr Chuev is one of the most outspoken opponents of gay rights, and has introduced proposals to the Duma to outlaw the "promotion" of homosexuality and ban "gay propaganda."

  • 21st June 2007

    Anglican schism could start in Winnipeg

    The call to recognise gay relationships is an issue within the Church of England as well as the US and Canadian churches.

    6:15 PM — The general synod of the Anglican Church in Canada is meeting today to consider decisions that could split the church.The meeting of bishops, clergy and laity, held every three years, is to consider tomorrow whether same-sex couples should be allowed a church blessing.Six former Archbishops have come out in favour of blessing gay and lesbian relationships.

  • Protester planned to bomb Jerusalem gay Pride 2

    The Jerusalem Post  reports that three quarters of the city's residents oppose the Pride parade.

    5:45 PM — The discovery of a small homemade bomb intended for the parade route of a gay rights march has heightened tensions in the holy city of Jerusalem.The parade has now finished, with 18 people arrested for attempting to disrupt the event.There have been small violent incidents across the city in protest at the gay Pride, which Orthodox Jews regard as unbiblical and unsuitable.

  • Calls to re-examine murder of gay director

    His 1964 work  The Gospel According to St Matthew  is regarded as one of the most accomplished accounts of the life of Jesus ever recorded.

    5:15 PM — Political leaders in Rome have called for a new investigation in the death of acclaimed film director Pier Paulo Pasolini in 1975.A 17-year-old rent boy, Giuseppe Pelosi, was convicted of his murder.Two years ago, on his release from prison, Pelosi claimed that three other men had attacked Pasolini and repeatedly ran him over with his own car.

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