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  • 11th September 2007

    Sri Lankan newspaper calls for action against homosexuality 1

    The article makes claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living. Photo sbaker@flickr.com

    12:44 PM — A local Sri Lankan newspaper, Divaina last week published a feature about homosexuality and effeminate men in Sri Lanka and the problems they face as they get older.The article goes on to make claims about the number of homosexuals in Sri Lanka who become involved in commercial sex work to make a living.The Sinhala newspaper is a sister title of the English-language newspaper The Island.

  • Americans support gay workplace protection 2

    64 percent of GLBT adults are comfortable introducing their spouse, partner or significant other to their co-workers, compared to 50 percent in 2002.

    12:25 PM — Nearly two-thirds of all American adults (64 percent) believe it is unfair that US federal law currently allows for an employer to fire someone because they are gay or lesbian.A similar majority (60 percent) of heterosexual adults were not even aware that federal law does not provide protections for employees on the basis of sexual orientation.In the UK, gay, lesbian and bisexual workers have had legal protection from discrimination since 2003.

  • Gay world cup to be held in Argentina

    The event will be played in Buenos Aires' Sarmiento Park and is supported by the Argentina Soccer Association.

    11:55 AM — South America has an impressive history when it comes to football, and this year it will be adding another great moment as gay teams meet for the 2007 Lesbian-Gay World Soccer Championship.Supported by the Federation of International Football(FIFA), Buenos Aires, Argentina will host gay and lesbian teams from across the globe at the event later this month.In 2008 the Gay World Cup will be held in London.

  • Law student drops gay question lawsuit 1

    Mr Dunne had asked a federal court to back his argument that the test violated his rights and targets his religious beliefs.

    11:42 AM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam has dropped a lawsuit in federal court claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.A question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne claimed the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.

  • Schwarzenegger urged to back gay marriage

    The California bill would be an important step toward ending the discrimination and damaging burdens that the lack of access to marriage imposes.

    10:20 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger should ensure basic human rights to all Californians by signing The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, granting full marriage equalityfor same-sex couples, Human Rights Watch urged today in a letter to the former action hero.Last Friday, by a vote of 22-15, the California State Senate approved AB 43, The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, extending civil marriage to lesbian and gay couples.

  • 10th September 2007

    Straight men sue over gay wedding announcement 1

    Ross Weil, 29, and Brett Royce, 28, college friends who were also flatmates, claim that they have been harmed, while simultaneously claiming there is “nothing wrong“ with being gay.

    2:31 PM — Two heterosexuals are claiming millions of dollar in damages after a false notice in a university newsletter announced they had got married in Boston.Ross Weil, 29, and Brett Royce, 28, college friends who were also flatmates, claim that they have been harmed, while simultaneously claiming there is "nothing wrong" with being gay.The bogus wedding announcement claimed the friends were The "Class Notes" section of the spring edition of alumnus quarterly American Magazine married in Boston in June 2006.

  • Sean Penn to play murdered gay politician

    Harvey Milk (R) with friend Jerry Pritikin in 1978.

    2:01 PM — A much-anticipated biopic of Harvey Milk, the first prominent American political figure to be out of the closet, will star Sean Penn.Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of Milk and Penn is to star in the Gus Van Sant version. They will start shooting in San Francisco in December.X-Men director Bryan Singer is to make his own Milk movie in collaboration with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. 

  • Barrymore questioned again over pool death 5

    The arrest of Mr Barrymore in June came after audio recordings he made in preparation for a possible biography were seized by police

    1:40 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore was questioned again by Essex police in connection with his recent arrest on suspicion of sexual aassult and murder.The former Celebrity Big Brother and Strike It Lucky star reported to Harlow police station at 10.30am today.His arrest and questioning relate to the death of butcher Stuart Lubbock in 2001.

  • Gay rights battle over school sex education

    “Children deserve an education that will help them have a better understanding and respect for themselves and others.“

    10:51 AM — LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal has announced it will represent a branch of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in a lawsuit over a decision by the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland to include information about sexual orientation as part of the health education curriculum for 8th and 10th graders.The "Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality" curriculum will provide education on sexual orientation that includes medically accurate information as it relates to homosexuality, according to a press release from the organisation.

  • US church calls for end to gay military ban

    The statement calls upon leaders at all levels of government to support the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“

    10:40 AM — The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), which has more than 300 churches and 43,000 members around the world, has joined other communities of faith in opposing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell@ policy of the U.S. military.Declaring that "the very forces mobilised not only to defend our country but to establish freedom and justice for all should no longer be allowed to provide refuge for bias, bigotry and injustice," Rev. Elder Nancy L. Wilson, moderator of MMC.

  • Gay judge gets daytime show

    Judge Young came to national attention in 2005 during the high-profile trial of two America West airline pilots.

    10:35 AM — Syndicated courtroom TV programmes become a little more diverse starting this week's premiere of Judge David Young, the first courtroom show with an openly gay sitting judge.The half-hour show is produced by Sony Pictures Television and has been picked up by stations in most major markets.While Sony has made no secret of Young's sexual orientation, they are distinguishing the quick-witted judge as "confrontational, caring and always entertaining" and as a man "known for his fierce intelligence and occasional bursts into show tunes."

  • 9th September 2007

    Homophobic neo-Nazi gang charged in Israel 5

    A member of the gang in a photograph released by Israeli police

    11:02 PM — Israeli police say that they have broken up a homophobic neo-Nazi gang who have allegedly attacked gays, the homeless, foreigners and orthodox Jews.Seven of the eight strong gang were former Soviet Union born suspects aged between 16 and 21 who became Israeli citizens through the country's "right of return". None are considered to be Jews by religious authorities but qualified as Israeli citizens by claiming they had at least one Jewish grandparent.

  • 8th September 2007

    Schwarzenegger set to veto gay marriage again 5

    Arnold Schwarzenegger with fellow anti-gay marriage politican, President George Bush

    4:30 PM — Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is expected to veto a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years.The Californian Senate voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious insitutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages. Democrat Senator Sheila Kuehl said: "Our love is a good love, and the same as others."

  • 7th September 2007

    Matrix director sex-change story is untrue 5

    Larry (left) with his brother Andy wrote, directed and produced the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its sequels. photo: Charlie Meadows

    5:35 PM — The man who executive produces the films of the Wachowski brothers has told FoxNews.com that rumours Larry Wachowski has undergone gender reassignment are untrue.PinkNews.co.uk reported yesterday that Larry is rumoured to have transitioned and taken on a new name, Lana.Producer Joel Silver is the most high-profile of string of people who works with the Wachowski brothers who said the gender reassignment story was without substance.

  • Feature: Grim realities of life for gays in Iran

    Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic.

    12:48 PM — Gay Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic, both from the religious authorities, their families and other Iranians. Kamran, 24 and Kaveh, 25, have been together about 3 years."The way we are looked at is a source of torment for us. Even though physically we are not any different from them they discriminate against us. This makes our lives extremely difficult. I don't think there is any problem greater than being labeled abnormal in society when you are certain nothing is wrong with you."

  • Gay couples unhappy with Canadian census question 2

    Statistics Canada has said it will consult with LGBT groups before the next census in 2011 over the issue.

    11:45 AM — A row has broken out between Statistics Canada and gay activists over the wording of a question on the country's census.The results of the census, which was held in May 2006, will be released next Wednesday.For the first time the official count will measure the number of gay and lesbian married couples in the country. However, gay rights advocates are unhappy that same-sex married people had to register their status in the "other" box.

  • Gay athlete’s million dollar donation to gay centre 1

    His biography, The David Kopay Story, contains his reflections on being the first openly gay formerly professional American team athlete.

    10:54 AM — University of Washington alumnus David Kopay, widely regarded as the first American professional team athlete to come out of the closet, has pledged $1 million (£500,000) to the university's Q Centre, whose mission is to create an inclusive and celebratory environment for people of all sexual orientations."The greatest gift we can give one another is the vision and beauty of life," Kopay said in a statement."I continually hear from people all over the world that my act of coming out especially when I did in 1975 has empowered them."

  • 6th September 2007

    Euro court to rule on gay partner’s pension rights 5

    The court adviser's view is not binding but is normally accepted by the judges.

    6:53 PM — In what could lead to a landmark judgement, an adviser to the European Court of Justice has said that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.Tadao Maruko is asking the court to grant him a widower's allowance from the insurance policy his partner took out with the German Theatre Pension Institution.The insurer has rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.

  • Pope faces gay protests on Vienna trip 4

    It is Benedict's seventh foreign trip since becoming Pope.

    6:25 PM — Thousands of police and soldiers will be on the streets of the Austrian capital Vienna tomorrow as Pope Benedict XVI begins his three-day tour of the country.The authorities are expecting a significant demonstration against the presence of the Roman Catholic leader by Socialist youth organisations opposed to his hardline stance on homosexuality and other social issues."He doesn't want us to marry, to live in legal partnerships," Christian Hougel, an Austrian gay rights activists, told AP.

  • Law Order star to run for President 1

    Mr Thompson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    5:35 PM — Fred Thompson, the former US Senator, best known as the star of police procedural drama Law Order, chose his appearance last night on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.The actor, lawyer and politician, who is a conservative, is in pole position to take the nomination.Many Republicans see former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as too liberal on gay rights and abortion.

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