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  • 14th June 2007

    Camp YouTube performer gets network attention 1

    Despite the approbation of gay men online, it seems Mr Sledd is set to go mainstream.

    3:40 PM — A 23-year-old gay man who has been broadcasting his views on fashion and gay life on the website YouTube has been offered a deal by a major US TV network.William Sledd, who lives in Kentucky and used to work as a manager at a Gap clothes store, has not revealed any details of what sort of work NBC want him to do.His "Ask A Gay Man" series of video clips have become something of a cult hit on YouTube, with over 50,000 subscribers.

  • Gays and religious opponents to march on the same day

    More than 7,000 police officers will be on duty to make sure that both events pass of peacefully.

    2:21 PM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have given the go-ahead for a gay Pride march in the city next Thursday and a counter-demonstration by orthodox Jews on the same day.The gay Pride event will move through the centre of the city and finish with a party in a park.More than 7,000 police officers will be on duty to make sure that both events pass of peacefully. The religious protest will take place on the outskirts of the city.

  • Gay couple adoption splits Australian opinion 3

    Church groups, such as the Australian Christian Lobby, accused the state authorities of treating children like commodities.

    12:15 PM — The news that a gay male couple have adopted a baby has been welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.Neither the couple or the mother of the child have been named, though it is understood the mother was consulted and approved of the adoption of her child by two gay men.It is the first same-sex couple adoption in Australia.

  • Comment: Lindsay Lohan makes lesbians look bad 4

    Lohan is not just a star in the media, she is a character, and her character is The Bad Girl.

    11:52 AM — In case you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you've undoubtedly heard that young movie star Lindsay Lohan is in a bit of trouble.Okay, that's probably the understatement of the year: she is currently in a drug rehabilitation centre, trying to get her life back on track after crashing her car into a tree.This is the second time she's been in rehab in half a year's time. To put it into further perspective, she's not even 21 yet.

  • D-Day for gay marriage in Massachusetts

    Governor Deval Patrick, who marched in Boston's Gay Pride parade last weekend, is trying to persuade members of the legislature to vote down the proposed referendum.

    11:22 AM — Today lawmakers in the only US state to allow gay marriage will consider whether to call a referendum on changing the state constitutuion to ban it.Activists from both sides of the argument spent most of yesterday engaged in furious lobbying of members of the state legislature.A referendum of all Massachusetts voters on a change to the state's constitution needs the backing of a quarter of state lawmakers, in two successive sittings.

  • Ireland’s HIV infection rate up 45%

    The Gay Men's Health Project is funded by the Irish Health Service.

    11:22 AM — 80 men who have sex with men were diagnosed as HIV positive in 2006, figures from Ireland's Gay Men's Health Project have revealed.The 2006 figure represents a increase of 45% on 2005 infections. Three-quarters of new cases are over 30 years old.The group are meeting today in Dublin Castle to consider strategies, to discuss best practice and to get advice from international experts.Junior health minister Sean Power opened proceedings.

  • L Word star highlights gay teen homelessness

    My Address  is a five-part series looking at people who have been inside shelters and on the streets because of their sexual orientation and identity.

    11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian homelessness among youth is now considered an epidemic in the US, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.OurChart, he lesbian version of MySpace which takes its name from TV drama The L Word, is doing their part to focus some attention on the problem.The site has created a unique documentary, called My Address: A Look at Gay Youth Homelessness. The series features Katherine Moennig, who plays Shane on The L Word. 

  • 13th June 2007

    Russian activists target “gay” park

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, is being asked to confirm that the patrols are legal.

    6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage

    Currently only one US state, Massachusetts, allows same-sex couples to marry.

    5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."

  • Anglican dissidents plan ‘parallel’ church

    The revelation of new plans to defy Archbishop Williams adds to the fears that the whole Anglican church could schism over gay issues.

    1:50 PM — Powerful conservative primates in the worldwide Anglican church plan to consecrate their own bishop to oversee American churches who oppose gay ordination.The move is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wants to try to reconcile the differences in the feuding Anglican communion.Last month Archbishop Williams took the symbolic step of excluding Gene Robinson, the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, from the Lambeth conference.

  • China uses gay bars to spread safe sex message

    The rise of the internet means young men of only 16 are exploring their sexuality and being exposed to the virus.

    12:05 PM — Free condoms, AIDS awareness posters and even safe-sex themed dance performances are some of the tools being used by venue owners in Beijing to educate their patrons about the dangers of HIV.Staff will be offered bonuses for educating gay men about safe sex in a joint campaign in nineteen of the city's gay bars.According to the Chinese CDC, the number of HIV-positive MSM has doubled since 2004, with only 10-20% of China's estimated 20 million MSM using condoms.

  • Teenage lesbians upset after bus ejection

    The city of Portland's transit system has a policy that bars drivers from ejecting underage people from buses.

    11:55 AM — Two 14-year-old girls were kicked of a bus in Oregon for kissing have gone public about the humiliating incident.Maika Rich and Jocelyn O'Neal told KATU-TV that they were on a bus headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Centre last Friday.A passenger complained to the driver that they had been kissing. He ordered them to stop, calling them "sickos." When the girls then hugged he told them to get off.

  • Gay gun enthusiast ejected from Pride 1

    Nelson's ejection and consequent complaint have received the attention of Second Amendment advocates.

    11:40 AM — Pro-gun activist David Nelson was ejected from last week's Utah Pride festival by its organisers, security and law-enforcement officers for possessing an unconcealed firearm.Nelson, who owns the gay group Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, has filed a complaint with city Police Chief Chris Burbank against Lt. Rusty Isakson for what Nelson described as "grossly and specifically violative of state weapons laws.""As a state Concealed Firearm Permit holder, I possessed and carried my firearm unconcealed, but holstered, at the event," Nelson said.

  • Presidential candidates give support to equal rights

    All of the announced Democratic candidates stated their support for extending federal benefits and equal tax treatment

    11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.

  • 12th June 2007

    US military proposed weapon to turn enemy troops gay 15

    Gay groups in the US, where openly gay, bisexual and lesbian people are banned from serving in the military, expressed disgust at the idea of a “gay bomb.“

    1:01 PM — Documents obtained under freedom of information laws in the United States have confirmed that the country's military considered developing a "gay bomb."In 1994 the US Air Force research department requested $7.5m to create a weapon that would release a chemical causing enemy soldiers to become sexually attracted to each other.The proposal described the weapons as "distasteful but completely non-lethal." Pentagon officials blocked the project.

  • Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1

    The Prime Minister has said that his party will make a decision on the issue at their autumn party conference.

    12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.

  • Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1

    Knight has now served openly during two tours with the Navy, with the support of his command and colleagues.

    11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.

  • Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1

    The Out Now 2007 GCN Ireland Gay Community Market Report is being released later this month.

    11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.

  • 11th June 2007

    Jewish holy men curse Jerusalem Pride 1

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

    4:39 PM — A group of orthodox rabbis have placed a curse on an upcoming gay parade in the Israeli capital, and vowed to hold a massive rally in protest next week.The rabbis, from the Eda Haredit sect, made a statement about the event yesterday. At the 2005 Pride event in Jerusalem a member of the sect stabbed three of the participants.Police will announce tomorrow if they will allow next week's gay event to go ahead.

  • More death threats for anti-gay bishop

    The Archbishop's comments have resulted in some of the heaviest criticism of the church in an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state.

    4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.

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