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  • 20th March 2007

    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.

  • Caribbean islanders worried Elton will turn them gay 3

    Trinidad and Tobago's immigration law states that self-confessed prostitutes and homosexuals are barred from entering the island.

    10:52 AM — Sir Elton John may not perform at the Plymouth Jazz festival in Tobago over church leader's fears that he will 'turn' locals gay.Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago Philip Isaac yesterday expressed fears that:"His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle" according to the Jamaica Gleaner. 

  • First civil unions in a changed Mexico

    Mexico has a thriving gay scene in urban areas and the area around Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta is referred to as Mexico's “gay belt.“

    10:40 AM — A prominent journalist in Mexico City was legally joined with his male partner in one of the first same-sex civil unions in the city yesterday.Antonio Mendina , 38, is one of the 1200 gay and lesbian people who have registered to go through the new legal ceremony, yet another sign of the changing nature of Mexican society.Last week 22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the hugely popular Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality.

  • 15th March 2007

    Gay bishop says coming out is God at work

    “If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus,“ Bishop Robinson said.

    5:37 PM — The openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has robustly defended his position.At a public meeting in Washington DC Bishop Robinson claimed that of the nearly 8000 parishes in the American Episcopal Church, only 47 have sought guidance from outside bishops after his ordination."If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus," Bishop Robinson said.

  • Hillary and Obama avoid answering homosexuality question

    Yesterday she issued a statement saying: “I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple.“

    5:19 PM — US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has come under fire for saying on Tuesday that said she believed it is for "others to conclude" if homosexuality is morally wrong.Her comments were in response to the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the American armed forces, Marine General Peter Pace, who said in an interview on Monday that he thought homosexuality was immoral.Yesterday she issued a statement saying: "I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple."

  • Drop in number of gay dimissals from US military

    Over 10,000 servicemen and women have been dismissed for being gay, bisexual or lesbian since the policy was introduced in 1993.

    3:24 PM — The number of troops dismissed last year is less than half the total number of discharges in the year preceding the Sept. 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.The US Department of Defence dismissed 612 service members last year under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel, Pentagon officials confirmed late Tuesday evening.Pentagon officials released the data following remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • NY Mayor slams St Patrick’s Day parade gay ban 3

    Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade.

    2:57 PM — The Mayor of New York City has criticised the organising committee of the city's famous St Patrick's Day parade for banning gay and lesbians from participating.Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade."I think all parades in this city should be open to everybody, no matter what your orientation or ethnicity or anything else is," Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday.

  • Southern Baptist in “babies born gay” row 1

    While being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.

    1:18 PM — One of America's foremost evangelical clergymen has angered many Christians by saying there might be a biological explanation for homosexuality.Rev. R. Albert Mohler wrote in an article on his website earlier this month entitled "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?"In it he says that while being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.

  • 14th March 2007

    San Francsico mourns loss of gaybourhoods 1

    “Gaybourhoods,“ such as Chelsea in New York and Dupont Circle in Washington, are losing their relevance as gays win greater legal rights and social acceptance.

    4:27 PM — The Castro district in the Californian city of San Francisco is losing its sense of gay identity, say community leaders, and the same is reportedly happening across the United States.Chain stores and babies are replacing cruising sites and sex shops, according to residents, and it's down to three things: gentrification, an influx of heterosexual couples, and the feeling among the gay community that they do not need to live in ghettos anymore.

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