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  • 5th April 2007

    Cardinal in gay April Fool furore

    A story in the fake March 28th edition featured an admission by Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, that he is gay. photo: vatican website

    11:22 AM — Students at a Roman Catholic university in the United States have apologised for an April Fools edition of the campus newspaper that said the Archbishop of Philadephia is gay.However, the journalists at Saint Joseph's University in the city received praise from one teacher, a priest, who said in a letter to the newspaper, The Hawk, that he "laughed his head off."

  • Priests in favour of civil unions accused of being gay 10

    The three priests have been met with adversity since their statements.

    10:35 AM — Against a background of continuing Roman Catholic opposition to a new law to recognise unmarried couples, three Catholic priests in Italy have spoken out in defence of civil partnerships.Fathers Vittorio Cristelli, Aldo Antonelli of Aquila and Beppe Scapino of Ivrea showed their support in an article entitled "We are Catholics in favour of homosexual civil unions" in the Turin newspaper La Stampa .

  • Sex education banned in India in face of rising infections 1

    The government has also banned sex education books from the Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus.

    10:22 AM — Three Indian states have banned the introduction of sex education in schools, despite India having the greatest number of HIV/AIDS patients in the world.Maharashtra's ban follows recent similar moves in Gujerat and MadhyaPradesh.The Maharashtra government announced the ban in response to protests from legislators that sex education would corrupt young people's minds.

  • OutGames open in Calgary

    The event will bring together LGBT and heterosexual people to celebrate sport and culture.

    10:18 AM — Judy Shepherd, co-creator of the Matthew Shepherd Foundation, has opened the first ever North American OutGames in Calargy.The games, held in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, will run until 8th April.The event will bring together LGBT and heterosexual people to celebrate sport and culture, as well as human rights discussions and workshops.

  • 4th April 2007

    ‘Incest’ bishop under police guard after catherdral attack 10

    Bagnasco has been under police guard since yesterday, due to fears for his personal safety resulting from the appearance of the graffiti.

    4:54 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after his cathedral was attacked by vandals.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco is being accompanied by an escort after the slogan "Bagnasco shame" was painted on the entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa.

  • Hollywood icon ‘outed’ by US magazine

    Out  magazine also lists the 50 most powerful out gay and lesbian people in Hollywood.

    12:53 PM — An American gay publication has taken the controversial step of naming a series of Hollywood stars it claims are gay, and urging them to come out of the closet. Out magazine's May edition features two models holding masks of actress Jodie Foster and American TV news anchor Anderson Cooper in front of their faces, with the headline "The Glass Closet: Why Stars Won't Come Out And Play."The feature article names David Hyde Pearce, of Frasier fame and Will and Grace star Sean Hayes.

  • Bush not saying if homosexuality is immoral 2

    President Bush, a born-again Christian, answered with his trademark erudition.

    11:47 AM — The President of the United States has declined to follow his most senior military commander in stating his view on the morality of gay people.Last month, Marine General Peter Pace caused a media storm by describing homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.General Pace is the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • American scientist: gays die younger than smokers 15

    In Norway, married heterosexual men died at an average age of 77 and the 31 gay men at 52.

    10:59 AM — A study says that marriage for gay men and lesbians is more dangerous than smoking.The Family Research Institute, a Colorado based think-tank well-known for their anti-gay views, studied same-sex marriages in Denmark and Norway.It claims that engaging in "homosexual behaviour" reduces life span by up to 24 years.

  • 3rd April 2007

    Rosie’s gay cruise is backed by Bermuda’s leader 6

    Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda. photo: government of Bermuda

    5:57 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has dismissed requests for Rose O'Donnell's gay and lesbian family cruise to be cancelled.Speaking during a dinner with Bermudian students in Canada, Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda.He said: "If we discriminate against a cruise ship, then we would have to send a homosexual detection unit to the airport."

  • Gays continue to be targeted amid Iraq carnage 1

    The targeting of gay people is just another example of the chaos of daily life in Iraq.

    3:22 PM — "Iraqi lesbians and gays continue to be subjected a systematic reign of terror by Shia death squads."The government of Iraq refuses to crack down on the killers or to take any action to protect its gay citizens," according to Ali Hili, the coordinator of the human rights group Iraqi LGBT.Mr Hili, an Iraqi living in London, told PinkNews.co.uk that death squads are responsible for the murders of a range of people thought to be "unIslamic."

  • Challenge to gay marriage ban in California

    The Supreme Court will schedule oral arguments on whether the ban on same-sex marriage discriminates against gay men and women.

    2:41 PM — The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California was challenged yesterday, as advocates filed their opening briefs with the state's highest court.Briefs have been filed by the city and county of San Francisco, 15 same-sex couples, Equality California and Our Family Coalition.Anyone who supports the same-sex marriage ban must answer by June 1st.

  • Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

  • Pop idol praised for coming out 1

    “Frankly I'd trade 10 judges for one pop star.  I think it's a wonderful thing that he's expressed the truth and he's getting on with his life.“

    12:11 PM — One of Australia's most senior judges has voiced his approval of a former Australian Idol contestant's decision to come out of the closet.During a speech at the Southern Cross University in Lismore this week, High Court Justice Michael Kirby paid tribute to Idol finalist Anthony Callea.The judge, who is openly gay, told the audience that the time for hiding the truth about one's sexuality is over.

  • Trans employment project launches in LA

    A new programme launched this month is helping transgender women and men, especially those engaged in sex work.

    11:45 AM — Few people find it more difficult to find steady and rewarding jobs than transgender men and women.Facing a complex and daunting combination of transgender phobia, homophobia and gender discrimination in the workplace, many transgender adults accept low-level and low-paying jobs or—worse yet—turn to sex work to survive.

  • American gay teens lobby for their rights

    Gay youth make a difference because their tales might remind politicians of how it felt to be picked on in high school.

    11:34 AM — A group of gay youth lobbied California assemblyman Curren Price on Saturday, asking him to co-sponsor a bill that would protect young people from discrimination in schools.The lobbyists included Maria Ramos, 18; Andrew Konke, 21; and Ignacio Pitalua, 19. Pitalua told the congressman that being picked on by other kids was "a big obstacle to learning," the AP reported.These young people are not alone in their activism. Others like them are protesting for gay rights across the country.

  • China’s first gay TV show 1

    A more relaxed attitude to homosexuality in China has come alongside the liberalisation of the country's economy.

    10:35 AM — An hour-long internet television programme to be broadcast this week will be the first in China aimed at gay men. Connecting Homosexuals will be presented by out gay man and AIDS activist Didier Zheng and will be shown on www.phoenixtv.com on Thursday.Mr Zheng, who was educated in Paris, explained that he hopes gay people will gain more visibility and recognition in Chinese society.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Court rejects Moscow Pride appeal 1

    Mayor Luzhkov said earlier this year that he will never allow a gay parade to take place in Moscow, and called gay people “Satanic.“

    5:23 PM — Moscow City Court has upheld a ban on a gay rights march in the city last year.Organisers have vowed to fight on and are taking their case to the Russian Supreme Court, where they hope to receive a more "objective" ruling.Today's decision is the latest in a string of court actions regarding last year's events.

  • Homophobic preacher harassing Swedish royal family 2

    The Westboro Baptist church has protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

    4:29 PM — A spokesman for Sweden's royals has confirmed that American preacher Rev Fred Phelps has been faxing hate messages to them.Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.They were the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast last night.

  • Ex-wife not aware Governor had gay lovers 1

    Stone told the  Star-Ledger  that she, too, doubts McGreevey is gay.

    2:58 PM — The estranged wife of gay ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey did not know her husband was carrying on a relationship with a man, says the ghostwriter for her upcoming memoir.Elizabeth Stone, the uncredited co-author of Silent Partner, due out May 1st, spoke about writing Dina Matos McGreevey's book Saturday.She spoke during a Fordham University panel discussion on memoir writing for students and alumni.

  • Gay Big Brother star faces political opposition

    Graham, a farmer and former model, famously “outed“ himself on the reality show last year.

    2:52 PM — Openly gay Big Brother contestant David Graham is the target of Australian National Party MPs who have vowed to stop his efforts at breaking into politics.Graham, a farmer and former model, famously "outed" himself on the reality show last year.He is a long-time member of the National Party, but his homosexuality has proved too much for some in the party.

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