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  • 14th March 2007

    Ghana’s gays in human rights plea 1

    The President is visiting London this week to mark 50 years of Ghana's independence from Britain.

    12:29 PM — Gay pressure group OutRage! has sent a letter to Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor demanding he repeal laws criminalising homosexuality in his home country.The President is visiting London this week to mark 50 years of Ghana's independence from Britain.Prince MacDonald, President of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Ghana, called for protests during the official visit.

  • Polish government plan own version of Section 28 4

    Roman Giertych recently caused outrage at a meeting of EU education ministers when he openly  criticised the so-called “homosexual propaganda“ in schools and suggested a EU-wide ban.

    12:09 PM — The Polish Minister of Education is proposing a law that would bar the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.Gay rights activists in the country have spoken out against the EU, saying the organisation is not responding robustly enough to attacks on human rights in the new member states.Roman Giertych, is deputy Prime Minister of Poland as well as Education Minister.

  • Vatican attacks kids attending gay rights rally 1

    L'Osservatore Romano  is published daily in Italian and weekly in several other languages.

    11:14 AM — The official newspaper of the Vatican has lambasted the demonstration in Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples. L'Osservatore Romano said that children attending the event were the victims of abuse.50,000 activists took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support of a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.

  • 13th March 2007

    Gay marriage illegal in France, says court

    That decision was verified today by the Court of Cassation, France's highest appeals court.

    6:02 PM — France's highest court has ruled that the marriage of two men is unlawful and should be annulled.Stephane Charpin and Bertrang Charpentier were married in Begles, a small town in Bordeaux, in 2004.They are the only same-sex couple in France to have married, rather than undertaken a Civil Solidarity Pact.

  • US general half-apologises for “gays are immoral” comment 3

    an indirect rebuke from General Pace's superior, Defence Secretary Robert Gates may have prompted him to admit he should have kept his views private.

    6:02 PM — The most senior miltary office in the US Armed Forces has admitted he should not have expressed his personal view that homosexuality is immoral.His admission came after his boss, Defence Secretary Robert Gates, and leading Republican and Democratic politicians condemned his remarks.Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that homosexual acts are immoral.

  • Gay war hero calls on homophobic general to apologise 3

    The Williams Project at the University of California, Los Angeles has estimated there are one million gay American military veterans.

    5:17 PM — General Peter Pace has come under heavy fire from gay advocacy groups and the first serviceman wounded in Iraq, after he made homophobic remarks in a newspaper interview.Eric Alva, the first soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict, who came out as gay last month, slammed the General's comments."Certain leaders' bigotry should not be a rational basis for discrimination," he said.

  • Clergyman refuses to marry straight couples

    The Americans had caused tension with traditional churches by performing the blessings.

    5:09 PM — An American Episcopal clergyman has announced that he will not perform marriage ceremonies as a protest against the church's bar on gay unions.A conference of Anglican primates from around the world last month urged the American communion, known as Episcopalians, to desist from appointing openly gay bishops and blessing gay partnerships.The Americans had caused tension with traditional churches by performing the blessings.

  • Cleaning ladies Joan Rivers and Tracey Emin raise £13,000 1

    A bidder paid £13,000 for Emin and Rivers to don marigolds and clean his house.

    2:24 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has raised £320,000 for people affected by HIV and AIDS by auctioning off the cleaning skills of unlikely maids Tracey Emin and Joan Rivers.At the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night a bidder paid £13,000 for Emin and Rivers to don marigolds and clean his house.Another paid £5,500 to go dog-walking with Geri Haliwell.

  • Pope instructs politicians to vote against gay marriage 6

    The Pontiff's comments come as Italy's government tries to find a compromise on gay partnership rights.

    1:33 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.In a 140-page document covering a range of moral issues, Pope Benedict has reiterated his hard-line attitude towards gay people.The Apostolic Exhortation, published today, calls on all Catholics to uphold what the Pontiff refers to as fundamental values.

  • Cyndi shows her true colours in support of gays 1

    Lauper decided to name the tour after her song  True Colours  after gay fans told her that the song inspired them after they had come out to their friends and family. photo: cyndilauper.com

    12:28 PM — Eighties songstress and gay icon Cyndi Lauper is to headline a 15-city tour across America in support of LGBT rights.The True Colours tour will also feature legendary artists such as Debbie Harry and The Dresden Dolls, along with newer bands such as The Gossip.The idea of the tour was conceived by Lauper as a way of giving back to the gay community.

  • Gay sports star gets mainstream endorsement

    Amaechi was raised in Stockport, England by his English mother, but moved to Ohio to play highschool basketball.

    12:21 PM — Former US basketball star John Amaechi has become the first openly gay athlete to sign an endorsement deal with a mainstream company.HeadBlade.Inc announced yesterday that they have signed the former centre for Cleveland, Orlando and Utah to endorse their popular head-shaving razor.The deal is thought to be a multiyear agreement, but financial terms have not been disclosed.

  • General in favour of gay military ban 3

    Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as “immoral.“

    11:40 AM — One of America's most senior army generals has come out in support of a total ban on gay men and women serving in the military.Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.Gen Pace is the chairman of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said that he backed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

  • 12th March 2007

    Latvian conservatives begin Pride backlash 2

    Last month London Pride announced they would be “twinning“ with Riga Pride as a sign of solidarity. photo: robertpaulyoung@flickr

    3:26 PM — Christian groups in Latvia have welcomed fundamentalist US preachers and to the country and talked tactics about opposing gay rights.A meeting organised by Janis Vanags, Archbishop of the LatvianEvangelical Lutheran Church, was attended by Janis Pujats, the Latvian Roman Catholic Cardinal, and representatives of the Orthodox, Penecostals and other Christian sects.

  • US state moves to allow gay adoptions

    Jim Pfaff, president of Colorado Family Action, promised traditional-family advocates will try to fight the new legislation  on the House floor.

    2:53 PM — A Colorado bill granting adoption rights to same-sex couples and unmarried partners was pushed forward in a State House committee last week without a single witness testifying against it.Republican legislatures in 2003 and 2004 killed similar bills, but with Democrats in charge, the bill is headed toward passage.It was placed on the calendar of the House Health and Human Services Committee on last Thursday and passed by an 8-3 vote.

  • Gay rights activists rally in Rome 4

    Pope Benedict XVI said in a Vatican speech that the family “shows signs of ceding to lobbies capable of negatively eroding the legislative process. “

    2:46 PM — Thousands of Italians marched on Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples.50,000 activists, including leftists from Prime Minister Romano Prodi's coalition, took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support for a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.Some demonstrators wore bishop's mitres with slogans that attacked the Vatican.

  • Christian teen group hold San Francisco rally

    The event is a way for young Christians to protest against destructive aspects of culture. photo: battlecry.com

    2:40 PM — Thousands of teenagers from a Christian ministry gathered in San Francisco at the weekend to rally against homosexuality and other moral corruptions they think affect their generation.More than 20,000 teenagers converged on the city 's ATT baseball park to participate in "BattleCry," a two-day extravaganza featuring Christian rock and religious inspiration and worship.

  • Analysis: Can the SuperBowl make you gay?

    Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

    12:25 PM — Sounds stupid, but just when you thought you could get a week or two off from the SuperBowl, which ended over a month ago, now there are new allegations about the "gayness" of the sporting event.The US Federal Communications Commission received about 150 complaints regarding the SuperBowl broadcast on CBS last month.Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

  • Jerusalem gays want June pride parade

    Open House have asked to hold the parade on 21st June.

    11:54 AM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have said they are reviewing a request to allow a gay pride event this summer.Last year, the parade had to be cancelled. Members of gay organisation Open House held a series of other pride events, which prompted rioting from ultra-Orthodox Jews.The events of last summer were overshadowed by Israel's decision to attack Lebanon.

  • 9th March 2007

    Sony’s gay label to feature lesbian pin-up 1

    The track was written by Ditto in response to the U.S. government's resistance to gay marriage. photo: the real janelle@flickr

    5:07 PM — Beth Ditto's band The Gossip have signed to Sony's new gay music label.Music With A Twist is a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group/Columbia Records, and is designed to "identify and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists".The lesbian icon's band's hit single "Standing in the Way of Control" will appear on the label's compilation album entitled Twist Revolutions , due for release on 17th April.

  • Government funds “educational” lesbian erotic films 1

    Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.  photo: BBC

    4:48 PM — A Spanish region is to encourage the use of its native language by funding a film maker's "women-friendly erotic films."The government of Catalonia has awarded a £10,000 grant to Conrad Son, a local who claims his films are artistic but not pornographic.Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.

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