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  • 2nd March 2007

    Report says homophobia helps spread of AIDS in Africa

    Multiple testimonies in the report demonstrate how homophobia limits the access of African gays to HIV/AIDS programs.

    10:40 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today published a new study which for the first time reveals how African governments and the global HIV/AIDS policy and funding community is denying basic human rights to same-sex practicing people in Africa.The report, entitled Off The Map, documents some shocking examples of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are denied access to effective HIV prevention, counselling and testing, treatment, and care.

  • 1st March 2007

    “Pillow biter” acceptable language in Australia

    Laws, 71, is the highest paid personality on Australian radio.

    5:02 PM — A tribunal in Australia has ruled that an outspoken radio host has the right to vilify homosexuals on air.The Administrative Decisions Tribunal in New South Wales was hearing a case brought by gay activists under the country's anti-discrimination laws.The tribunal agreed with gay activists that the use of terms like 'pansy,' 'fairy' and 'pillow biter' by radio broadcaster John Laws did constitute vilification.

  • Dublin teen sex ring exposes lack of LGBT support 1

    A 21-year-old trainee police officer has admitted sending the child sexually explicit text messages.

    4:35 PM — Reports from Dublin concerning a 14-year-old boy being sexually abused by a ring of middle-aged men have exposed the lack of support for LGBT teenagers in the country.The child was groomed on the internet and then taken to a range of addresses in Dublin where the abuse took place. Irish police (Gardai) have arrested two men already.A 21-year-old trainee police officer has admitted sending the child sexually explicit text messages.

  • Gay playground jibe ends up in court

    In the UK, research by the National Union of Teachers last year revealed that the vast majority of their members hear the word gay used pejoratively on a regular basis.

    10:56 AM — An American judge will have to balance Constitutional rights with the protection of gay kids at school in a lawsuit about the phrase "that's so gay" that has come before the courts.A Mormon high school student in the United States used the phrase, was given a warning for doing so by school authorities, and now her parents are suing.They claim the word is youth slang meaning stupid, silly or dumb.

  • 28th February 2007

    Congress may revisit gays in the military

    Belkin noted that repealing the gay ban is not just the priority of a liberal or Democratic agenda, but is now supported by majorities of Republicans, conservatives and regular church-goers.

    4:27 PM — In the wake of announcements that Congressman Marty Meehan will re-introduce legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" this week, observers are debating the future of the gays-in-the-military issue in Congress.Last year, Representative Meehan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, garnered the support of 122 representatives for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

  • Lithuanian MPs think homosexuality a perversion 4

    Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.

    11:11 AM — A poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament has revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.The survey reflected a deeply ingrained homophobia in Lithuanian society. Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.In 2004 the age of consent for homosexual sex was lowered from 18 to 14 to bring it in line with the age of consent for heterosexual sex.

  • 27th February 2007

    Police raid Sydney Mardi Gras party

    Around 5,000 people were attending the Harbour party, which lasts 11 hours. Police successfully applied to a magistrate to close the event two hours early.

    1:42 PM — Gay and lesbians in Australia have reacted with fury at a drugs raid on Sunday night that closed one of the dance parties for Sydney Mardi Gras.Revellers have described the police tactics as heavy-handed. They subjected revellers to strip searches behind specially-constructed screened areas. 26 people were arrested.The Sydney police claim they are acting after the death of a 20-year-old woman at a music festival earlier this month.

  • Analysis: Irish government accused over gay unions defeat 3

    Members of the public in Ireland were overwhelming disappointed that the Bill  did not pass.

    11:53 AM — Legislation proposed by the Irish Labour Party designed to recognise, amongst other things gay marriages, failed in country's Parliament due to a lack of Government support.Celine Casey, a former Parliamentary researcher at the Dáil Éireann, explores the background to the defeat and the future for gay rights laws in Ireland. 

  • The case of a lesbian adoption and the IBM fortune

    According to court documents, at the time the adoption took place Ms Watson was worth $10m.

    11:30 AM — When Olive Watson and Patricia Spado discovered they could not legally marry in Maine in 1991, they decided to take a less conventional route to cement their rights.Ms Watson adopted Ms Spado, naming her as the sole beneficiary of her will and cementing her rights of inheritance.The couple split in 1992, but Ms Spado is claiming her share of inheritance as an official "grandchild" of Ms Watson's family.

  • 26th February 2007

    Homophobic mayor faces lawsuit and London protest

    In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers are also seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

    6:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow's gay pride parade are suing Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor that banned the event last year, for likening the parade to a "satanic act."Organisers of the parade, led by Nicholas Alexeyev, are calling on Luzhkov to retract his comments, DPA news has reported."Both in the secular and religious context, the term 'satanic' is offensive and carries a negative colouring," Alexeyev said.

  • BA airline sorry to gay couple for blanket incident 1

    The couple have received an apology and the airline said they regard the matter as closed.

    6:21 PM — A gay couple who were covered with a blanket by an airline stewardess because they were hugging have received an apology.South African carrier Comair run British Airways services in that country and is an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline.They had been threatened with legal action by the couple.

  • Homophobic preacher claims his gay sex rights

    His lawyer, Mack Martin, has issued a motion that would remove the charge.

    3:14 PM — A former Southern Baptist church leader who had publicly condemned homosexuality has been charged for offering to engage in an act of lewdness after soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in Oklahoma.The Reverend Lonnie Latham was arrested on January 3rd 2006 outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City after asking an undercover policeman to come up to his hotel room for oral sex.

  • Congress prepares for gay rights bills

    Now that the Democrats have control of Congress, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are generally expected to pass the Senate.

    12:52 PM — Gay rights activists and opponents are preparing themselves for the likely passage of America's first major gay rights bills.It is widely expected that at least two gay-rights measures will gain approval in Congress this year.These include a hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offences and a workplace bill that would include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination policy.

  • New York ordered to pay for gender surgery 1

    The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.

    12:25 PM — A court has ruled that the city of New York must pay for gender re-assignment surgery for a 21-year-old.Mariah Lopez was in the care of the city when she began her legal fight to get treatment. The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.The city is planning to appeal. It is the second time that the city has been ordered to pay for Ms Lopez's surgery.

  • Rupert Everett to lead Sydney Mardi Gras

    Everett will be promoting his kiss-and-tell book Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.

    11:49 AM — Gay actor Rupert Everett will be this year's Chief of Parade at the Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras.The parade kicks off on Saturday, and will be broadcast live on the internet.This year's Mardi Gras, the 29th, has been accused of being too commercial.

  • 23rd February 2007

    Gambian president claims he can cure AIDS 4

    According to President Jammeh, (left), AIDS sufferers will be cured within “three to thirty days.“ photo: www.statehouse.gm

    5:21 PM — The President of Gambia has horrified scientists by announcing that he has developed a "miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS.Hundreds of Gambians have lined up to be "cured" by President Yahya Jammeh, who treats his patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages and then instructing them to swallow a bitter yellow drink, followed by two bananas.The therapy is administered repeatedly over several weeks.

  • Ellen excited about Oscars gig

    Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards. photo: AMPAS

    5:07 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has expressed her enthusiasm for hosting the 79th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday.The comedienne, who made television history when she came out to 46 million viewers on her sitcom ten years ago, is excited about bringing her humour to a massive audience.Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards.

  • Lesbians appeal over “invalid” marriage

    The Irish Supreme Court sits at the Four Courts complex in Dublin. photo: www.courts.ie

    3:39 PM — A lesbian couple in Ireland lodged an appeal yesterday with the country's Supreme Court to dispute a High Court ruling that their marriage is not valid.This is the most recent development in the battle for Drs. Anne Louise Gilligan and Kathernine Zappone to have their Canadian marriage recognised.The couple believe that the refusal of this recognition is a violation of their human rights.

  • US students roadtrip to anti-gay colleges 1

    Calvin College, which Princeton Review ranked as one of the worst schools in the nation for gay students, has invited the Equality Riders for dialogue and shared worship services.

    3:18 PM — Next month fifty young adults will board two buses for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime.The eight-week Soulforce Equality Ride will bring them to 32 Christian colleges with policies that silence or exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.Their mission: to open a dialogue about the painful consequences of discrimination and the religion-based prejudice that sustains it.

  • Bill Gates gives $24m to AIDS vaccine research

    Canadian PM Stephen Harper has pledged $95.3 million, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has promised up to $24 million.

    2:23 PM — The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and the Canadian government are to fund the development of an AIDS vaccine.They are jointly committing $110 million to the project, it has been announced.They will establish a new research institute, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative. Its goal is to find a vaccine within a decade.

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