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  • 27th March 2007

    Israel urged to secure gay Palestinian meeting

    IGLHRC has asked Israeli leaders to speak out for freedom of expression, but none have done so yet.

    3:49 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has called on political and religious leaders in Israel to ensure safety for participants in the ASWAT conference in Haifa.ASWAT is the only lesbian Palestinian organisation in Israel, and tomorrow it plans to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Haifa.The event, named "Home and Exile," will include a book launch to call attention to the needs of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Gay separatist leader bombs at election

    Boisclair was Parti Québécois' youngest leader and was elected as a member of the legislature at the age of 23.

    3:35 PM — The Parti Québécois disappointed their voters with a low result in the state elections on Monday, and many blame their leader, Andre Boisclair.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place, one of the worst defeats in history for the party.There is now little chance of a referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec, a key electoral issue for the party.

  • Study claims a third of US lesbians have had a baby

    In the US, various state policies regarding LGB adoption and fostering vary.

    2:50 PM — A major research project in the United States has revealed that more than 35% of lesbians aged between 18 and 44 have given birth, and 16% of gay men have a child.The Williams Institute and the Urban Institute today released a major study on adoption and foster care by lesbian and gay parents.Nearly 52,000 lesbian and gay households include an adopted child under the age of 18.

  • Conservative Rabbi school allows gay admission 2

    Gay men and women can become rabbis in both the Reform Jewish movement and the smaller Reconstructionist wing of the faith.

    12:39 PM — A prestigious Conservative Jewish seminary in New York has taken a step towards equality by opening its doors to gay students.The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced on Monday that it would begin to accept applications from LGBT students, but that the decision was not taken lightly.The change in policy comes three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards voted to allow the ordination of gays and lesbians.

  • Media awards honour gay role models

    GLAAD campaigns for fair and inclusive representation of LGBT people in the media as a way of eliminating homophobia.

    11:51 AM — Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and singer Patti LaBelle were the undisputed stars of the GLAAD awards on Monday.Hudson presented the RB diva LaBelle with a special achievement award for championing gay and lesbian rights, and participating in the fight against AIDS.This was the 18th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards ceremony.

  • George Michael plays benefit gig for death sentence nurses

    The event, which forms part of the singer's summer tour, will campaign under the motto “You are not alone.“

    10:20 AM — George Michael, the former Wham singer turned solo artist, will play a gig in Sofia in May to help raise awareness of the five Bulgarian nurses jailed in Libya.The event, which forms part of the singer's summer tour, will campaign under the motto "You are not alone", a reference to the five nurses who were sentenced to death in Libya on changes of deliberately infecting 426 children with AIDS.

  • 26th March 2007

    Rosie’s gay family cruise faces Christian protest 6

    Rosie O'Donnell has been arranging cruises for gay and lesbian families since 2004.

    5:25 PM — Christian activists in Bermuda have protested against a gay family cruise that is scheduled to stop at the island in early July.American talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, who is openly gay, will host the cruise which departs from New York on July 7.The island's African Methodist denomination attacked the gay visitors during its annual conference earlier this month.

  • Police warned to act straight on duty

    The Philippines has a reputation for tolerance toward homosexuality.

    4:22 PM — The Philippine National Police warned its gay officers not to sway their hips or demonstrate provocative behaviour while on duty or they risk losing their jobs."If they sway their hips while marching, or if they engage in lustful conduct, I think that will be ground for separation" from the service, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao told the Philippine Star. 

  • Gay Democrat wins election despite porn allegations

    Buckley thanked party members who had been “incredibly strong and supportive“ during the last three months.

    3:35 PM — Ray Buckley was elected the first openly gay party chairman in the US on Saturday.New Hampshire's Democratic Party voted for him despite an ugly campaign in which he was accused, then cleared, of possessing child pornography.Buckley weathered the pornography accusations from state Representative Steve Vaillancourt, his former friend and roommate.

  • Yogyakarta Principles a milestone for LGBT rights

    The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today.

    3:07 PM — Human rights groups have launched a groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation and international law in a bid combat gender inequality and promote human rights across the globe.The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today by 29 international human rights experts at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch welcomed the strategy.

  • Lesbian custody battle exposes legal ambiguity

    Georgia law doesn't explicitly say whether gay parents can adopt a child.

    12:33 PM — A lesbian mother from the American state of Georgia caused outrage when she campaigned against the state's gay adoption laws in order to seek custody of her son.36-year old Sara Wheeler arguing that Georgia's ambiguous position on gay adoption should reverse a decision which enabled her then partner, Missy Wheeler, to become the child's second parent.Wheeler gave birth to her son Gavin by artificial insemination in 2000.

  • 23rd March 2007

    Student lawsuit over school’s ban on homophobic T-shirts

    On last year's Day of Silence event, Zamecnik was ordered by a teacher to remove her t-shirt that read “DAY OF SILENCE: STRAIGHT ALLIANCE“.

    12:50 PM — Two Chicago students have filed a lawsuit claiming that being forbidden to wear anti-gay t-shirts is a violation of their civil rights.The Nequa Valley High School pupils, Heidi Zamecnik, 17, and Alexander Nuxoll, 14, are seeking permission from the district court to wear t-shirts bearing homophobic slogans on this year's Day of Silence on 18th April.After a discussion between Zamecnik's parents and school officials the family and Nuxoll decided to take legal action.

  • Lesbian fights asylum case in US

    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law, and ordered the BIA to revisit the case.

    11:13 AM — A Ugandan lesbian has won her appeal to have her deportation from the United States reconsidered.Olivia Nabulwala, who fled Uganda in 2001 after enduring homophobic violence from her family and others, was at risk of deportation for remaining in the US after her visa had run out.The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law.

  • Author sues ‘fag’ ex-husband

    The book was also made into a 1998 film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    11:13 AM — Novelist Terry McMillan is suing Jonathan Plummer for $40,000 over claims that he attempted to smear her reputation during their divorce.McMillan's lawsuit claims that her Plummer and his lawyer, Dolores Sargent: "conspired and formed a plan to threaten, humiliate and embarrass Terry McMillan."The couple divorced when Plummer revealed to McMillan that he is gay.

  • Gay EU Commissioner defiant over sacking rumours

    He was appointed to the Cabinet twice, but had to resign both times.

    10:51 AM — Peter Mandelson has told the BBC that he will be staying in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.The imminent change of British Prime Minister had raised the possibility that Mr Mandelson might be sacked as the UK's Commissioner.There is an EU Commissioner from every member state. Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

  • 22nd March 2007

    Congress revisits hate crimes legislation 7

    More than 100 other members of Congress joined Conyers and Kirk in introducing the bipartisan bill.

    12:16 PM — Two members of the US House of Representatives have re-introduced a critical piece of legislation providing local police and sheriff's departments with federal resources to combat hate violence.John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, and Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois brought the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act before the House on Tuesday night.Gay groups Human Rights Campaign and the Matthew Shepard Foundation hailed the bill's introduction.

  • Brazil’s considers outlawing homophobia

    Last year, the Brazilian government sponsored a debate on GLBT rights at a Mercosur conference of ten South American nations.

    10:30 AM — Debate continues in Brazil over government proposals to criminalise homophobia.Under the proposals, Roman Catholic priests and other clergy might face two to five years in prison for preaching against homosexuality.A rector of a seminary who refuses admission to a homosexual student could face three to five years.

  • 21st March 2007

    MEPs want to investigate Polish “Section 28″ law 1

    The Polish government plans to ban discussions on homosexuality in schools and educational institutions across the country.

    11:59 AM — The European Parliament is prepared to investigate the legality of draft legislation restricting discussion of homosexuality in Polish schools, should the bill be officially submitted to the Polish lower house.The parliament's committee on civil liberties discussed the issue yesterday and decided to launch a study into the compatibility of such legislation with EU rules.

  • Radio host apologises for gay slurs

    Keillor posted his apology on the web site of National Public Radio, which hosts his  Prairie Home Companion  show.

    11:12 AM — American satirist Garrison Keillor has apologised for comments he made last week which caricatured gay men as "flamboyant" and questioned their suitability as parents.Keillor, a prolific writer and radio personality, is most famous in the UK for his role in last year's Robert Altman film, A Prairie Home Companion.He is also the voice of Honda UK's "Power Of Dreams" campaign.

  • 20th March 2007

    Russian faith groups come out against Pride march 4

    If the march is banned again, the organisers will appeal with the European Court of Human Rights.

    5:25 PM — Russia's Orthodox Church announced today that it is opposed to the planned Moscow gay Pride parade, as it believes homosexuality is harmful to society.Gay activists plan to hold the parade on the 14th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia.Representatives of Russian Muslims and Jews joined the calls for a ban on the parade.

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