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  • 23rd March 2007

    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.

  • Italian family day out to oppose gay rights 1

    The rally will take place in Rome's central San Giovanni Square.

    3:56 PM — Catholic organisations in Italy have announced that May 12 will be "Family Day", featuring a demonstration in Rome against legislation which will could give legal rights to civil unions.The planned civil unions will be both for heterosexual and homosexual couples, a proposal that has outraged the Catholic Church.The Family Day manifesto does not specifically mention the laws, but focuses on calls for legislation promoting more traditional families.

  • Switch of tactics on marriage splits US activists 6

    Aronda Kirby and Digit Murphy of Rhode Island were both once married to men, but lost the protections that marriage afforded them when they came out.

    12:09 PM — Supporters of gay marriage in America have been outraged by the tide turning against their cause, even amongst other gay rights advocates.Bills to legalise gay marriage have been introduced in the state of Rhode Island every year for the past ten years, and have been rejected every time.So this year, as well as filing for the legalisation of gay marriage, campaigners are fighting for basic rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

  • 19th March 2007

    Gay and black activists target St Pat’s Day parade 2

    The New York event has historically attracted loud protest from gay rights groups.

    4:27 PM — Irish gay rights activists protested against New York City's St Patrick's Day parade on Saturday after organisers again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the celebrations for the sixteenth year running.Irish Queers, a New York based gay rights group, lined the city's Fifth Avenue, and protested against the organisers which they later described as "religious-right bigots."

  • Polish homophobia a Tory legacy, claims MEP 3

    Mr Cashman is an MEP for the West Midlands and one of only two out gay European parliamentarians.

    2:56 PM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman has claimed that the language used by Polish ministers to oppose equal rights for gay people is a legacy of the previous Conservative government in the UK.Tens of thousands of teachers marched in Poland at the weekend to protest the proposed new law that would, "prohibit the promotion of homosexuality and other deviance" in schools."I am not in the least bit surprised by this," Mr Cashman told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Nigerian gay group claim new law could create exodus

    “It is not Nigerian to by gay, let alone going ahead to legally get married as gay and even live as a family with adopted children. “

    2:17 PM — A gay rights pressure group has condemned Nigeria's anti-gay marriage bill, warning that its passing would cause significant problems for other countries.Changing Attitudes Nigeria (CAN), an Anglican Church pressure group on LGBT rights, attacked a bill that would ban same-sex marriage and imprison anyone associated with promoting gay rights.Davis Mac-Iyalla, head of Changing Attitudes Nigeria, warned that acceptance of the bill would see vast numbers of Nigerians fleeing.

  • US soldiers come out to expose military’s gay hypocrisy

    The Servicemembers Legal Defence Network, which assist military personnel who are LGBT, estimates there are one million gay veterans in the United States.

    11:53 AM — A group of seven high-ranking military veterans have responded to recent remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Last week he called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral" and re-iterated his support for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The officers, who are all lesbian or gay, called on Congress to repeal the law, and demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks.

  • Swedes could be allowed gay church weddings 3

    photo: megan ann@flickr

    11:40 AM — The Church of Sweden has given its support to proposals that would allow gay couples to marry in church ceremonies on the same basis as heterosexual couples.An official government report, due to be presented next week, would amend existing marriage laws to ensure that all couples have the same marriage rights regardless of their sexual orientation.Bishop Claes-Bertil Ytterberg, head of the Church of Sweden's Västerås diocese, signalled his support for the changes.

  • UK choose Scooch but drag in vogue at 2007 Eurovision 1

    Their infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune  Flying the Flag (for You)   could be Britain's first win since 1997.

    11:29 AM — The Ukraine has announced it will be represented at this year's Eurovision Song Contest by drag artist Verka Serdyuchka.In February the Danes chose drag act DQ to represent them at the competition. BBC viewers chose band Scooch by a phone vote.The 2007 British entry was chosen on Saturday. Scooch are a four-piece group, whose infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune Flying the Flag (for You) could be Britain's first win since 1997.

  • 16th March 2007

    Cardinal says Pope should stop giving orders

    Earlier this week the Pope said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.

    5:43 PM — An Italian cardinal has criticised other church leaders for opposing the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini told Italian pilgrims in Bethlehem yesterday that, "The Church does not give orders."His statement is seen by many as a clear rebuke to the Pope's stance in the current Italian same-sex union row.

  • Analysis: Beginning of the end for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” 1

    Pace told the Chicago Tribune.  “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral.“

    11:44 AM — Marine General Peter Pace, the US military's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called homosexuality "immoral" on Tuesday and likened it to adultery.Now military analysts said his comments suggest the armed forces have run out of rationales for banning known gays from service.The policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," introduced in the United States Armed Forces in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.

  • Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1

    In 1992 Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson wrote a paper advocating gay ordinations and unions. The paper also advocated lifting the ban on gay sex.

    11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.

  • More St Patrick’s Day controversy in New York 2

    Tomorrow's St Patrick's Day parade will be the 246th in the city's history.  photo: craig hatfield@flickr.com

    11:23 AM — The outspoken organiser of America's largest Irish celebration has outraged firefighters in New York City by accusing them of turning up drunk to the St Patrick's Day parade.John Dunleavy is a hate figure in the gay community for refusing to allow LGBT Irish-Americans to take part in the march down 5th Avenue on 17th March.Last year Mr Dunleavy compared gay people to prostitutes and neo-Nazis.

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