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  • 2nd May 2007

    Black churches oppose protection for gays 7

    Last week the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed out of the Judiciary Committee.

    2:22 PM — Representatives of African-American religious groups have asked the US Congress to block a new hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offencesThey have called on the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, to block the proposed new law, claiming it would impede their freedom to preach against homosexuality."Ex-gay" Christian group Exodus International also oppose the hate crimes bill.

  • Gay ex-Governor wants civil union 1

    McGreevey and Matos McGreevey have been engaged in a bitter war of words over the past few weeks.

    11:30 AM — Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey has revealed that he would eventually like to have a civil union with his boyfriend, Australian business executive Mark O'Donnell."What I want is what hopefully everyone wants, a loving family," McGreevey told New York Daily News. On Friday McGreevey won joint custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline, his daughter with future ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey.

  • Catholic school bans same-sex prom date

    Even though Ms Strott and her prom date are just friends and not dating, they still cannot attend the prom together.

    11:24 AM — All Roseanne Strott wanted was to take her date, another female student, to the school prom.But she couldn't: officials from the Catholic diocese said they could not attend together.Her school, Bishop Feehan High School, falls under the rule of the Diocese of Fall River.

  • Croatia accused of homophobia in schools

    Nearly 90 percent of Croatia's population of 4.4 million are Roman Catholics.

    10:44 AM — A sex education programme in Croatia has been slammed by the European Parliament because it encourages homophobia.The programme is backed by the Roman Catholic Church and teaches that there should be no sex outside marriage, no safe sex, and no gay sex.Croatia is not a member of the EU, but has applied to join and is regarded as likely to be admitted in 2009 or 2010.

  • 1st May 2007

    Human rights award for gay rights group

    In February 2007, the Nepalese authorities legally recognised transgender identity by issuing the first citizenship ID for a transgender person.

    3:36 PM — The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's first gay rights organisation, will receive an international award for human rights today.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission will present them with the Felipa de Souza Award for 2007 at a ceremony in New York.In recent years the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has reported many cases of harassment and abuse of LGBT people.

  • Pope backs bullet bishop 10

    A Vatican spokesman said the Pope had called the Archbishop to express his support.

    12:04 PM — A spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI has said he is shocked by the threats made against the life of an Archbishop leading the Roman Catholic church in Italy's opposition to gay rights.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco was sent a live bullet in the post last week.A police guard had already been put in place last month after Archbishop Bagnasco's cathedral in Genoa was attacked by vandals.

  • Broadband provider bans Gay 1

    Telecom has since apologised to Gay Hamilton, but will not disclose its full list of censured words.

    11:19 AM — A lesbian called Gay has been reprimanded for using her name in work e-mails.Gay Hamilton, from Nelson, New Zealand, was sent an automated e-mail from the broadband provider Telecom which read:"[Your email] was identified by our content filtering processes as containing language that may be considered inappropriate for business-like communication."

  • “Piano Man” was a victim of gay heartbreak

    Andreas Grassl, 22, is completely recovered and living in Basel, Switzerland, where he studies French literature at university.

    11:12 AM — The mute "Piano Man" who walked out of the sea in a suit two years ago had a nervous breakdown because of a split with his gay lover, it has been revealed.The man spent months in a British psychiatric clinic after he was found in Sheerness, Kent, on April 7th 2005.He was wearing a suit with the labels cut out and had no passport.

  • 30th April 2007

    Will and Grace creators settle dispute with NBC 3

    The show was the first successful US sitcom based on gay characters

    8:15 PM — David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick, who created the hit gay sitcom Will and Grace have settled a dispute with the American broadcaster NBC that claimed they were cheated out of the show's revenue.The pair sought sought $55m (£27.6m) from NBC after claiming did not pay them a fair market value for the series.

  • Outspoken bishop gets more death threats 10

    Monsignor Bagnasco was appointed head of the Bishops Conference in March.

    12:12 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after he was sent a live bullet in the post.The guard was put in place earlier this month after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals.At Sunday Mass security was stepped up with two bodyguards accompanying the Archbishop.

  • Child sexual abuse may lead to risky behaviour

    The study's authors recommended further research to help determine how childhood sexual abuse contributes to sexual risk taking.

    12:00 PM — A study has found that gay and bisexual men who were victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to engage in sexual behaviours that put them at higher risk of contracting HIV.A survey of 862 randomly selected gay and bisexual men who were enrolled in a community festival found that almost one in seven had been victims of childhood sexual abuse.Those who reported regular childhood sexual abuse were at significantly greater risk for being HIV positive.

  • Feuding McGreeveys told to think of the child 1

    The former couple are battling for temporary custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline.

    11:16 AM — The judge presiding over the highly publicised divorce of the openly gay New Jersey ex-Governor James McGreevey and his estranged wife urged them on Friday to use "common sense" during their split.The Associated Press reports that Judge Karen Cassidy also called McGreevey's sexual orientation insignificant to the case.The courtroom session with McGreevey and Dina Matos McGreevey was their first public appearance together.

  • Gay rights on the agenda as elections called in Ireland

    The Labour party's Civil Unions Bill was debated in the Dáil in February and was well received by all political parties represented.

    11:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the country's President to dissolve Parliament yesterday.A general election will be held on May 24th. It is expected to be a close race.Last week a website was launched to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming election.

  • US gay hate crime bill moves forward 7

    Most US states recognise the problem of hate violence.

    10:46 AM — Last week the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed out of the Judiciary Committee.The legislation now makes its way to the floor of the United States House of Representatives for consideration by the full chamber."Law enforcement is now one step closer to getting the extra tools they need to combat hate violence," said Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign.

  • 27th April 2007

    Gay bishop plans civil union

    Bishop Robinson lives with his partner of eighteen years, Mark Andrew, a state health care administrator.

    3:21 PM — Gene Robinson has welcomed the introduction of civil unions in the state where he is bishop, and said he hopes to take advantage of his new rights as soon as possible.His election as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2002 made him the first openly gay man to reach such a high position in the Anglican church.His elevation also caused an ongoing row within the church.

  • Trans sports journalist raises visibility

    Penner has been a staple for the paper for several years and has extensively covered the NFL.

    12:49 PM — Things are definitely changing for the Los Angeles Times as sportswriter Mike Penner wrote his final words this week and revealed a secret that he has been holding inside for his entire life.He will be taking a few weeks vacation and when he returns to his position, his work will be penned under the name Christine Daniels.

  • Polish PM backs “Section 28″ law

    For the first time Mr Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.

    11:58 AM — The Prime Minister of Poland has rejected the European Parliament's censure of his government's homophobia.For the first time Jaroslaw Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.He said that gay people did not face discrimination in Poland, but reiterated his view that homosexuality is bad for society.

  • Lesbian polygamist on the run 1

    Homosexuality is illegal throughout Nigeria.  photo: zouzouwizman@flickr.com

    10:55 AM — A Nigerian woman has gone into hiding after holding a sumptuous wedding ceremony.Aunty Maiduguri, 45, reportedly married four women at a ceremony in the city of Kano.The multiple marriage was witnessed by 2,000 guests and was followed by two days of feasting.

  • 26th April 2007

    New Hampshire gets same-sex unions

    Today the Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10.

    6:45 PM — The New Hampshire Senate has approved a civil unions bill, which has now been sent to the state's Governor.Last week he indicated that he will sign the bill into law and it is set to come into force on January 1st 2008.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.

  • Notre Dame lesbian wedding protesters fined one euro 1

    In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. photo: jswieringa@flickr.com

    4:26 PM — Gay activists in France who staged a mock wedding in the country's most famous church have been fined one euro (68p) by a court.In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and an activist dressed as a priest conducted a mock ceremony.In front of shocked tourists, the lesbian couple exchanged rings and kissed.

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