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  • 18th March 2008

    Scouts frank about gay sex, drugs and abortion 1

    Founded by Robert Baden-Powell in England in 1907, the Scout movement has an estimated 38 million members in 216 countries.

    11:10 AM — A report by the Italian Scouting Association has reportedly found that nine out of ten Scouts and Girl Guides questioned have no problem with pre-marital sex.Other liberal attitudes expressed by the young people, gathered together from international scouting associations at a jamboree in Florence in 2006, include one quarter of the girls and 12 per cent of the boys reportedly saying that they would consider a same-sex experience.More than 80 per cent of those questioned said they were happy to get drunk.

  • Homophobic politician’s son denies he is gay 11

    Representative Kern reiterated her son's comments, telling the Tulsa World that he is “artistic, very musical, and not one to play on the football team,“ but that he was not gay.

    10:58 AM — Much talk has been made about Oklahoma State House Representative Sally Kern's remarks that the "gay agenda" was more threatening to her country than terrorism.Rumours began to circulate after the media frenzy about her remarks erupted that her son, a 31-year-old affiliate of the Des Moines School of Metaphysics, was gay.This week however, Jesse Kern denied those rumours, saying he is not gay, just celibate.

  • 17th March 2008

    Elton to play fundraiser for Hillary

    Mrs Clinton, 60, has used her time as First Lady to burnish her credentials as a foreign affairs expert.

    6:00 PM — British pop legend Sir Elton John has stepped into the political limelight for the second time this year by agreeing to raise funds for Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign for President of the United States.The multi-millionaire singer-songwriter said in a statement: "I'm not a politician but I believe in the work that Hillary Clinton does."Last month Sir Elton and his civil partner David Furnish held a dinner at their London home to introduce potential donors to Brian Paddick, a friend of the couple and the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of the city.

  • Swiss may deport gay teen to Cameroon 1

    Organisers of the campaign to stop Mr Zali's deportation have suggested a number of actions that could help him to stay in Switzerland.

    4:20 PM — Switzerland is due to return a Cameroonian teenager to his home country, where he could face imprisonment and physical punishment.Anatole Zali arrived in Switzerland from Cameroon on 3rd February 2008 and claimed asylum on the grounds that he had been threatened because he is gay.In Cameroon, Zali, who is 18, claims to have received threats from the police, where he stayed with his cousin for protection.

  • Gay protest at St Patrick’s Day parade 3

    Today's St Patrick's Day parade will be the 247th in the New York's history. photo: craig hatfield@flickr.com

    3:20 PM — A gay rights group in New York will protest at the traditional St Patrick's Day Parade today.The group, Irish Queers, plans to disrupt the parade, which excludes members of the LGBT community on the grounds that it is a religious event."We're sick of hearing city officials say they can't intercede in the homophobia because it's a religious march," said Tierney Gleason of Irish Queers.

  • Russian anti-homophobia week faces nationalist protests

    LGBT activists regularly face intimidation and violence from far right groups.

    1:40 PM — Anti-gay activist have begun preparations to disrupt the planned Russian Week Against Homophobia.It is being held in cities such as Moscow, St Petersburg, Voronezh,Krasnodar, Omsk, Petrozavodsk, Rostov-na-Donu, Samara, Tumen and Cheylabinsk.During the week of March 25th-31st, there will be a series of seminars, panel discussions, meetings and film showings with debates. In addition to this, more signatures for the Manifesto against Homophobia, that was started last year, will be sought.

  • Gay votes may have been pivotal in Malta election 3

    Malta's gay community accounts for about 5% of the voting population and many have been won over by the pro-gay AD.

    11:50 AM — A political party in Malta that campaigns for LGBT rights may have set back their cause by taking votes away from the country's Labour Party.Labour are generally considered to be more liberal than the winning Nationalist Party (PN), who now remain in power.For a decade the Green Party in Malta, Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) and their leader Harry Vasallo have challenged the two-party system in Malta and pushed for gay civil rights, attracting the votes of thousands of LGBT on the island.

  • Copenhagen Pride funding restored after media campaign 2

    Copenhagen Pride is a week-long festival attended by tens of thousands of people.

    11:30 AM — Officials in the Danish capital Copenhagen have reversed a decision to withhold funding from the city's gay Pride event.Leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk has described the reaction to the decision, which cited new procedures, as a "media craze that attacked the city's right-wing 'mayor of culture' Mrs Allerslev."She has now said that "a mistake had been made in rejecting funds for Copenhagen Pride."

  • Norway moves to legalise gay marriage 1

    The new legislation, while not full equal marriage, amends the definition of civil marriage in Norway to make it gender neutral.

    10:50 AM — The Norwegian government has introduced legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry and have joint custody over children.The Scandinavian country already allows gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil partnerships, but LGBT rights groups have long complained the law does not go far enough.The Norwegian National Association for Lesbian and Gay Liberation (LLH) said the current arrangements created two classes of citizenship.

  • Petition for men convicted over “gay party” in Morocco 1

    The Moroccan government is being urged to protect the human rights to privacy and to a fair trial.

    10:21 AM — The Moroccan Association for Human Rights, along with Human Rights Watch, is launching a petition following the imprisonment of six men for same sex sexual conduct.Police in Morocco arrested the men in November 2007 after a video circulated on the Internet showing a private party in Ksar-el-Kbir.A Tangiers appeals court upheld the conviction under Article 489 of Morocco's penal code.

  • Hollywood star pays tribute to murdered teen 1

    Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.

    10:20 AM — Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.Lawrence King, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, was shot twice in the head while in class at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California last month.The 60 second commercial, also featuring Grey's Anatomy star TR Knight, Janet Jackson, Andre 3000 and Ashanti, debuted on America's gay TV network Logo last week.

  • 14th March 2008

    Lesbian couple delighted at birth of quads 1

    At 28 weeks, Gaiennie was admitted to St Joseph Hospital in Orange County.  photo: losiek@flickr.com

    5:45 PM — A lesbian couple who work at the Irvine Police Department in Orange County, California have become the parents to quadruplets.Cristine Gaiennie and Patsy Lovell, who have a 2-year old son from the same anonymous sperm donor, conceived after seven failed attempts at artificial insemination.Gaiennie, 39, who carried the babies, underwent ovulation induction to stimulate egg production before successfully giving birth to two boys and two girls earlier this month.

  • Trans meeting will attract activists from across Europe

    The second meeting of the European Transgender Council is to be held this year in Germany.

    5:25 PM — The second meeting of the European Transgender Council is to be held this year in Germany, it was announced today.The council, comprised of Transgender Europe (TGEU), the Transgender Network Berlin (TGNB) and TransInterQueer Berlin (TrIQ) will be meeting in Berlinfrom 2nd to 4th May, following their last successful event held in Vienna in 2005.The programme will feature representatives from international activists and experts such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

  • Gay group shocked at ignorance among Euro politicians 1

    A panel of four experts addressed the committee, including an ILGA-Europe representative.

    5:00 PM — Last week's meeting of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe exposed some members' ignorance about gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, according to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).The committee was holding its first hearing on a report on LGBT rights in the member states.The 47-member Council of Europe promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.

  • US Senate will debate ban on HIV+ travellers 6

    The legislation includes measures to lift the current US policy which bars people who are HIV+ from entering the country.

    12:45 PM — A bill authorising billions of dollars of spending on AIDS prevention in developing nations has been approved by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.The legislation includes measures to lift the current US policy which bars people who are HIV+ from entering the country.The bill, which also aims to relax rules that required that one-third of all prevention money be spent on abstinence programmes, will now be debated on the floor of the Senate.

  • Victoria MP fears register will lead to gay marriage

    Under the commonwealth's proposal, a relationship will cost $180 (£73) to register and $59 to revoke.

    12:10 PM — A leading Australian MP has claimed a relationships register for gay couples would erode the sanctity of marriage as debate over the controversial bill continues.Victorian Nationals leader Peter Ryan was one of the first MPs to express his views on the new register, telling parliament it would inevitably lead to legislating gay marriage.Under the proposed new law, gay couples in the state of Victoria would be able to register their relationship for easier access to entitlements.

  • Religious Russians target cartoon channel

    Channel 2x2, which broadcasts Western cartoons such as South Park, has been accused of promoting “homosexual propaganda“.

    12:00 PM — Protestant groups in Moscow are urging for the closure of a cartoon channel they claim promotes homosexuality and religious intolerance.Channel 2x2, which broadcasts Western cartoons such as South Park, has been accused of promoting "homosexual propaganda".It is the second time in a week that the network, owned by Vladimir Potanin's Prof-Media Group, has come under fire for its contents.

  • 13th March 2008

    Comment: Hillary and the Eliot Spitzer effect

    If Silda Spitzer want to banish Eliot to the guest bedroom for the foreseeable future, that's her call to make.

    4:30 PM — On the heels of Samantha Power "resigning" from Barack Obama's campaign for calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" comes news that LGBT Council member Maxim Thorne has been bumped from his post for a similarly tactless use of words.In an email blasting Clinton's "who do you want answering the phone at 3am" rhetoric, Thorne wrote:"At 3am, Hillary said she and Bill were in bed and she knows of all the calls a President gets at different times of the day and night.Really?"

  • Greek gays find loophole in marriage law 1

    Greece fails to provide many rights that LGBT people in other member states enjoy.

    3:40 PM — A gay and lesbian rights organisation is threatening to sue local authorities in Greece who refuse to marry same-sex couples after discovering that a 1982 law on civil wedding ceremonies refers only to "persons."The group, OLKE, has announced its intention to test their interpretation of the law.The Greek government is planning to grant new legal rights to unmarried couples later this year.

  • Homophobic politician gets a call from lesbian icon 18

    Ellen DeGeneres decided to have some fun with Ms Kern on her nationally syndicated TV show yesterday.

    2:40 PM — "Hi! It's Ellen DeGeneres. The gay one."The sitcom star turned chat show host turned her satirical sights on Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern earlier this week, in response to comments that gay people are "infiltrating" the US government.Ms Kern was exposed as a homophobe last weekend, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund put a tape recording of her speech to party activists on YouTube.

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