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  • 19th September 2006

    Calls for UN to end homophobic persecution.

    ''hangover from medievalism which has no place in any country in the twenty first century''

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the United Nations (UN) to initiate a global campaign to end the criminalisation of same sex relationships.The proposal comes on the day that world leaders descended upon New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly, and coincides with the warning by UN General Secretary Kofi Annan that ''if current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of a full-scale civil war."

  • South African Christians march against gay marriage 10

    If enacted, the bill would place South Africa amongst a handful of countries allowing gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Thousands of Christians marched through South African cities last weekend protesting a bill that would make the nation the first on the continent to legalise gay marriage.The protests, spearheaded by the conservative African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), came before a parliamentary committee holds hearings on a bill today that would accord same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.

  • Poland’s president says his views on gays are misunderstood 2

    Mr Kaczynski banned 2005's gay pride celebrations in Warsaw. He says his views of gay people are 'misunderstood'.

    12:00 AM — Staunch Roman Catholic Polish President Lech Kaczynski says his views on issues such as gay people are misunderstood.Kaczynski, of the social conservative Law and Justice Party, made pledges upon taking office in December including making sure that Poland's traditional Roman Catholic values were not overwhelmed by the general European liberal viewpoint.

  • Pressure to cancel US Buju Banton gig 7

    “This is not a case of freedom of speech. It's the case of a nightclub giving a forum to this violent hate speech“.

    12:00 AM — LGBT campaigners have again demanded the cancellation of a concert due to be held this Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.Activists say the Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton hasn't repudiated a 1992 song that calls for violence against gays and lesbians, reports Rocky Mountain News.

  • Secret gay sex in the city

    Marital status isn't necessarily an indicator of sexual behaviour,“

    12:00 AM — Nearly one in ten straight New Yorkers are having same sex relations, according to New York city health officials.The survey was carried out in 2003 with the results published in today's Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Moscow Gay Pride Ban goes to European Court

    Gay Pride organisers first went to court in May when Moscow officials refused to grant a parade license

    12:00 AM — An appeals court in Moscow upholds a lower court ruling today, stating that banning May's gay pride parade was not illegal.However, Dmitry Bartenev, a lawyer representing the groups, told the Russian news agency Novosti, "We intend to appeal shortly with the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg to vindicate our rights, and also to lodge a complaint with the presidium of the Moscow City Court. We believe the decision it has handed down is against the law,"

  • US companies battle to become LGBT friendly

    Joe Solmonese said: “I am incredibly encouraged and optimistic about the findings in this report. Companies are not only working to improve their scores, they are actively competing to be ranked the most inclusive and fair-minded in their industry.”

    12:00 AM — A record number of the largest US companies are increasingly competing to expand benefits and protections for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).The HRC's Corporate Equality Index covers 446 companies and shows an unprecedented 138 major US organisations earned the top rating of 100 percent, an increase of 37 in one year and a tenfold growth in four years.

  • 18th September 2006

    Military gay policy opposition grows

    The list of Members of Congress in favour of a repeal of the US military's gay policy continues to grow

    12:00 AM — As LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocacy groups increase their efforts to garner support against the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, the list of Members of Congress in favour of a repeal continues to grow.This week, US Representative. John Conyers (D-Mich) and Representtive Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) announced their support for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the law and allow gays to serve openly in the armed forces.

  • Virginia’s gay community opposes proposed gay marriage amendment

    Virginia's gay community protests against a possible amendement to the gay marriage law

    12:00 AM — The gay community made for a colourful group, hard to miss as they marched the near-empty streets of downtown Roanoke, Virginia on Sunday morning.Armed with bundles of rainbow-coloured balloons and homemade banners -- "love makes a family," and "Virginia is for lovers, some restrictions apply" -- Virginia's gay community chanted, "Vote 'no,' Virginia! Vote 'no,' Virginia!"

  • Berlin’s gay mayor re-elected while Nazis rise in North

    Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country

    12:00 AM — Last weekend's regional elections in Germany provided both positive and negative results for the country's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country.

  • Indian academics condemn anti-gay law.

    The legislation, which came into effect during British rule in India, bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal“

    12:00 AM — More than 100 leading figures of literature, film and academia in India rallied this weekend against a colonial-era law which makes homosexuality a criminal offence.Included in amongst the 100 influential signatories were the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, and the Booker prizewinner Arundhati Roy.

  • Schwarzenegger accused of acting inconsistently with gay rights legislation

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is being accused of acting inconsistently over gay rights legislation

    12:00 AM — Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is being accused of acting inconsistently when legislating gay rights.Equality California, the gay rights group, hailed the passage of 14 bills in 2005-06, as "breaking the record for the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights bills ever passed by a state legislature in our nation's history."

  • 14th September 2006

    Canada considers gay marriage debate 1

    According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Canada's conservative government could introduce legislative changes to enhance protections for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds if Members of Parliament don't pass a motion to re-open the contentious debate.According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage.

  • Historic gay rights activist dies 1

    Garner and John Lawrence were arrested after police — sent by a bogus report of an armed intruder — burst into Lawrence's apartment and found the two engaged in consensual sex

    12:00 AM — Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a US Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him.According to the Associated Press, Garner died early on Monday at a Houston hospital.

  • Doubts raised over South Africa gay marriage law 10

    Last December the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that same-sex marriages should enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women, thereby giving the parliament a year to amend the 1961 marriage law

    12:00 AM — South Africa's Civil Union Bill has drawn yet more criticism ahead of a hearing on the law next week.Committee members of the Department of Home Affairs, in charge of drafting the legislation, have raised concerns that not enough organisations were consulted about the bill.

  • Gay man denied fertility services 1

    The FDA currently has two categories of sperm donors — those who are “directed donors,” or who are donating to a consenting woman, and “anonymous donors,” who donate to a sperm bank

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the Orlando Human Rights Board this week on behalf of a gay man denied fertility services because of his sexual orientation."Dr. Barros was denied services not because of any real medical risk, but solely because of his sexual orientation," said, Gregory Nevins, a lawyer in Lambda Legal's southern regional office in Atlanta.

  • Archbishop demands diverse gay view

    Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Cape Town has given his backing to pro gay laws ahead of a conference in Rwanda next week on the controversial relationship between the church and homosexuality.Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences.

  • Pope in trouble for anti-Muslim remarks 12

    Just before his visit to Germany, Benedict castigated a delegation of Canadian bishops visiting the Vatican.

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has followed up his homophobic comments last week with alleged anti-Muslim remarks.Speaking during a trip to his German homeland, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th century Christian ruler's view that the Prophet Mohammad had brought only evil to the world.

  • Legal recognition for gay couples in Uruguay 2

    The new law was a manifesto commitment by the ruling leftist coalition of President Tabare Vasquez. (photo: squeaky marmot @ flickr)

    12:00 AM — Uruguay is expected to become the latest country to recognise the legal rights of gay couples.The country of 3.6m people will become the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although many cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions.

  • 13th September 2006

    Gay ex-Governor to break silence On ‘Oprah’ 1

    James McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay

    12:00 AM — Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, who resigned from office two years ago after announcing he was gay, is set to tell his story on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."According to The Associated Press, Winfrey landed the exclusive interview with the 49-year-old because of her sense of faith and spirituality, according to friends of the former governor.

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