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  • 27th April 2007

    Gay bishop plans civil union

    Bishop Robinson lives with his partner of eighteen years, Mark Andrew, a state health care administrator.

    3:21 PM — Gene Robinson has welcomed the introduction of civil unions in the state where he is bishop, and said he hopes to take advantage of his new rights as soon as possible.His election as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2002 made him the first openly gay man to reach such a high position in the Anglican church.His elevation also caused an ongoing row within the church.

  • Trans sports journalist raises visibility

    Penner has been a staple for the paper for several years and has extensively covered the NFL.

    12:49 PM — Things are definitely changing for the Los Angeles Times as sportswriter Mike Penner wrote his final words this week and revealed a secret that he has been holding inside for his entire life.He will be taking a few weeks vacation and when he returns to his position, his work will be penned under the name Christine Daniels.

  • Polish PM backs “Section 28″ law

    For the first time Mr Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.

    11:58 AM — The Prime Minister of Poland has rejected the European Parliament's censure of his government's homophobia.For the first time Jaroslaw Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.He said that gay people did not face discrimination in Poland, but reiterated his view that homosexuality is bad for society.

  • Lesbian polygamist on the run 1

    Homosexuality is illegal throughout Nigeria.  photo: zouzouwizman@flickr.com

    10:55 AM — A Nigerian woman has gone into hiding after holding a sumptuous wedding ceremony.Aunty Maiduguri, 45, reportedly married four women at a ceremony in the city of Kano.The multiple marriage was witnessed by 2,000 guests and was followed by two days of feasting.

  • 26th April 2007

    New Hampshire gets same-sex unions

    Today the Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10.

    6:45 PM — The New Hampshire Senate has approved a civil unions bill, which has now been sent to the state's Governor.Last week he indicated that he will sign the bill into law and it is set to come into force on January 1st 2008.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.

  • Notre Dame lesbian wedding protesters fined one euro 1

    In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. photo: jswieringa@flickr.com

    4:26 PM — Gay activists in France who staged a mock wedding in the country's most famous church have been fined one euro (68p) by a court.In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and an activist dressed as a priest conducted a mock ceremony.In front of shocked tourists, the lesbian couple exchanged rings and kissed.

  • Gay bishop’s election “a great blessing” 1

    Bishop Jefferts Schori's appointment as head of the US Anglican communion last year caused even more tension.

    4:00 PM — The head of the Anglican church in the United States has praised the ordination of an openly gay man as Bishop of New Hampshire.While acknowledging that it may take many years to bring the worldwide Anglican communion to a common position on the issue of gay clergy, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori compared the struggle for gay acceptance to slavery and female ordination.

  • MEPs walk out of homophobia debate 1

    The centre-right EPP group in the Parliament agreed with the Poles, and many of their MEPs walked out.

    12:35 PM — A European Parliament debate on homophobia yesterday went ahead despite a mass walk-out of MEPs led by Polish delegates.Konrad Szymanski, who leads the Justice and Law party in the parliament, said the debate should be abandoned as it was attempting to discuss legislation that was not on the Polish government's official agenda.

  • European mayors asked to sign gay rights pledge

    Last year Moscow, Riga and the Moldovan capital of Chisinau banned gay Pride events.

    11:55 AM — An international gay rights organisation is appealing to mayors of cities across Europe to show their support for the right to freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people.ILGA-Europe's campaign, which will continue until September, is also asking cultural, sporting and political celebrities in Europe to speak out.The first signatories will be announced on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia.

  • Wife of trans dentist worried about new birth certificate

    Counsel for Mrs Foy told the court yesterday that Mrs Foy could be in a unique position if the Court rules in Dr Foy's favour.

    11:25 AM — Counsel for a mother of two whose husband is seeking a new birth certificate after transitioning into a woman has told the Irish High Court that such a ruling would create "enormous uncertainty."Anne Foy is legally separated from Dr Lydia Foy.Dr Foy is asking the court to order that the 2002 decision not to issue her with a new birth certificate breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • 25th April 2007

    Cashman: Poland reminds me of Thatcher era 3

    Mr Cashman, who represents the West Midlands, heads the European Parliament's inter-party group on gay and lesbian rights.

    4:53 PM — Michael Cashman, one of only two out gay members of the European Parliament, has said that pressure from other countries can help gay and lesbians in Poland.He compared the actions of the current Polish government to those of the Conservative administration of Margaret Thatcher.Mr Cashman, who represents the West Midlands, heads the European Parliament's inter-party group on gay and lesbian rights

  • Prom king nomination a victory for trans people

    After Covarrubias was nominated by his fellow students, administrators from the school eliminated a rule that said only bio-males can be a part of the contest.

    4:17 PM — Seventeen-year-old Cinthia Covarrubias has made history.The transmale student from California's Fresno High School ran against six other students for the title of prom king on Saturday April 21, making it the first time any openly transgendered student in America has done so.Though he lost to student Dan Abril, the fact that Covarrubias ran at all is seen as a major event.

  • Work protection act comes before Congress

    87% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US already provide protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    12:42 PM — The United States House of Representatives is to consider new legislation that would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.This is the first time since 1994 that legislation that protects LGB people at work has been brought to the House, and for the first time trans people are to be protected as well.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (ENDA) was introduced by the two openly gay members of Congress.

  • Gay beauty salon opens in Kathmandu

    The project was funded by the Oslo-based Norwegian National Association of Lesbian and Gay Liberation and Sigrid Rausing Trust in London.

    11:53 AM — For people visiting Nepal, finding and supporting gay-owned businesses can be a bit of a challenge.That may soon change, however, if more businesses follow in the groundbreaking footsteps of The Cutey Beauty Salon, which recently opened in Kathmandu's Lazimpat area.According to a report from the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), the salon is run by gay and transgender people.

  • 24th April 2007

    Moldovan gay activists call for protest at London embassy

    LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.

    4:45 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay Pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Now activists in the country are asking for a show of support for the gay community here to protest outside the London embassy this Friday as a show of solidarity.LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.

  • Cancer doctors consider Pap smears for gay men

    Compared to the increase of just 1% in cancer cases overall the quickly climbing rate of anal cancer is very serious.

    4:10 PM — Cases of anal cancer in the US have risen 37% in the last 10 years and San Francisco doctors are promoting Pap tests for gay men to reduce those rising rates.The goal is to push back rising rates of anal cancer, which is a preventable disease that has been on a dramatic increase in the United States since a decade ago.Compared to the increase of just 1 percent in cancer cases over all the quickly climbing rate of anal cancer is very serious.

  • New York moves towards gay marriage

    Massachusetts is currently the only state where same-sex marriage is legal.

    1:15 PM — The Governor of New York is expected to introduce a bill to legalise gay marriage in the next few weeks.Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been a proponent for gay marriage for years, but did not mention the controversial issue in his State of the State speech in January.Nor did he voice his intentions last week, during a speech which outlined his priorities for the legislative session.

  • Australian state to register same-sex partners

    Mr Bracks, who has been Premier since 1999, has previously blocked gay marriage legislation.

    12:03 PM — The Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will institute a register for gay and lesbian couples by the end of 2007.The proposed register will also be used by unmarried heterosexual couples and two people in a long-term "care-giving" relationship.Steve Bracks announced that the state government will introduce legislation similar to that already in place in Tasmania.

  • Vatican official launches another anti-gay rant

    The hardline Catholic attitude, which they claim is in defence of marriage, is rejected by the majority of Italians.

    11:13 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has launched a wide-ranging attack on modern life in what many see as yet another attempt by the church to influence Italian domestic politics.Speaking to an audience of priests, Archbishop Angelo Amato said that the media are responsible for presenting abortion and gay rights are signs of progress in human society.The church is planning a rally in Rome next month.

  • 23rd April 2007

    Russian gays pay tribute to Boris Yeltsin

    It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia. photo: wikipedia.com

    6:56 PM — The first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, has died aged 76. He became the country's first elected leader in June 1991 and will be remembered as a man who stood up for democracy.It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.In his eight years as ruler of Russia he defied a Communist coup.

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