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  • 28th June 2007

    Comment: Changing attitudes to gays

    For the first time, a majority of respondents believe that homosexuals cannot change their sexual orientation even if they wanted to.

    10:45 AM — CNN has issued a number of opinion polls in the past. Their questionnaires touch on topics like the presidential candidates, terrorism and climate change. Homosexuality is another topic they have issued surveys on in the past years.The results of this year's CNN opinion polls on Homosexuality and Gay Rights were published today. And what seems to promise a 'rosy future' for US-American attitude towards gays and lesbians, has to be considered with caution.

  • 27th June 2007

    Strong support for gay partnerships among Czechs

    The Czech Republic was the first post-communist to embed homosexual partnership.

    4:39 PM — Nearly 70% of adults in the Czech Republic believe that registered partnership should be available to gays and lesbians according to a CVVM poll conducted last month.This figure is up from 62% two years ago.The news comes almost a year after registered partnership, endowing inheritance, maintenance and hospital rights to same-sex partners, was made legal.

  • Gay rights demo in Moscow blocked by police

    The protestors wanted the EU to ban the Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, from travelling in Europe. photo: rich moffitt@flickr.com

    4:10 PM — More than 20 people who wanted to protest outside the EU's offices in Moscow have been stopped by police, despite the fact that the demonstration had been sanctioned.Officers said that they decided the protest would interfere with nearby building work."Authorities in Moscow have broken the law again by not allowing our picket," said activist Alexey Davydov told AP.

  • Test case on gender reassignment for prisoner

    Despite previous legal challenges however, no inmate has yet to receive a full sex-change.

    2:41 PM — A test case to determine whether a convicted criminal in Boston should be granted a $20,000 (£10,000) sex-change operation at prison expense is still on-going after a year, despite costing $52,000 in expert witness fees alone.The crux of the case rests on whether Michelle Kosilek, formerly Robert Kosilek, needs the surgery as a matter of medical necessity.Kosilek, 58, was convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, claiming it was in self-defence after she split burning tea on his genitals.

  • Die Hard star wades into gay slur controversy

    Die Hard 4.0 is released nationwide on the 4th July.

    12:53 PM — Bruce Willis, who recently reprised his most famous role as cop John McLane for Die Hard 4.0, has defended shamed actor Isaiah Washington after he was sacked from Grey's Anatomy for calling former colleague, T.R. Knight, a "faggot."Speaking in an interview with Time magazine Willis says, "I hate to think we live in a time when you can get fired from your job because of what you say.""He didn't punch anyone. I think we'll think differently with hindsight."

  • Religious Russians cleanse river of gay contamination 3

    200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan “We are Russians, God is with us.“

    12:00 PM — Members of a Russian Orthodox Organisation claim to have cleansed the Moscow River, the day after a gay cruise ship sailed down it.200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan "We are Russians, God is with us."With them they carried Royal national Flags and pictures of Saints, taking the same boat and route as gay cruisers had only hours earlier.

  • Homophobic assault victim sues for $50m

    The Emmy Award-winning senior producer for the CBS Evening News said the network further increased his suffering by allegedly asking him inappropriate questions.

    11:30 AM — A TV producer has accused the CBS network of firing him after he spoke out about being gay-bashed while vacationing in St. Maarten.Richard Jefferson is suing his former employer for $50 million (£25m), the New York Post reports.Jefferson was beaten with a tyre wrench in a gay-bashing incident on the resort island last April.

  • 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."

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