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  • 14th September 2006

    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.

  • Church condemns gay hate campaign

    Representatives from across the church, including more conservative groups, have criticised the offensive actions of the anonymous sender

    12:00 AM — New Zealand's Presbyterian Church has criticised a gay hate campaign amid a ruling by the denomination on homosexual clergy.Stickers have been sent to members of the Presbyterian Assembly with the phrase "gays are a cancer in our church, let's keep them out of leadership," as they prepare to vote later this month on whether to allow gay ministers in the church.

  • 12th September 2006

    Israeli Embassy pink with gay pride

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is considered one of the most developed ministries in the world in terms of its attitude towards diplomats who are recognised as gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Israeli Embassy in Paris has been dubbed "the pink embassy" by Foreign Ministry officials.The nickname was awarded to the embassy after it was revealed that two of its employees are in same-sex relationships and are recognised as 'married' couples by the Foreign Ministry.

  • Medical school bans gay student groups 1

    The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has publicly decried the decision of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school in California, to ban a student group

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association has publicly decried the decision of the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school in California, to ban a student group that focuses on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and students.In 2002, students at the school formed the Touro University Gay-Straight Alliance (TUGSA) with the mission of "promoting equitable health care delivery through awareness and education, and... representing diversity both on campus and in medicine."

  • 11th September 2006

    Gay groups unsure of South African marriage law

    South African gay group OUT LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) has expressed disappointment at the Civil Union Bill which is presently before parliament

    12:00 AM — It was hailed as a sign that the continent was becoming more tolerant towards homosexuality, but now campaigners are claiming South Africa's gay union legislation falls short of what they were promised by the country's highest court last year.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.

  • Gay community remembers terror attacks

    It is rumoured that of the 2,973 people who died, 22 gays and lesbians lost their partner on September 11 2001 when two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Centre in New York followed by a crash at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania

    12:00 AM — As the world remembers the terrorists attacks on America five years ago today, gay widows and widowers are hoping their partner's suffering can help show US lawmakers the importance of equal representation and rights.It is rumoured that of the 2,973 people who died, 22 gays and lesbians lost their partner on September 11 2001 when two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Centre in New York followed by a crash at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

  • Brad Pitt seeks gay marriage 1

    12:00 AM — Fielding the latest in a string of queries from journalists wanting to know when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie plan to tie the knot, Pitt, long an advocate for social change, announced he and Jolie won't be marrying until restrictions on who can tie the knot are dropped."Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the 42-year-old actor and new father tells Esquire Magazine in the October issue, out this week.

  • Ugandan tabloid outs alleged lesbians 3

    Victor Juliet Mukasa, chair of Sexual Minorities Uganda, says many gay Ugandans are sick and tired of being pilloried by the Ugandan media

    12:00 AM — Thirteen alleged lesbians have been outed by the Ugandan tabloid newspaper RedPepper.They include two boutique owners, a basketball player and the daughters of a former MP and a prominent Sheikh.Under the headline, "Kampala's notorious lesbians unearthed", the tabloid published a photo of two very beautiful unnamed women embracing at a party.

  • Israeli gays petition court for march date 23

    The march was due to be held in the month of August but was postponed by the Open House in light of the military conflict in the north of the country at the time

    12:00 AM — World Pride organiser the Jerusalem Open House has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court today, against the Israel Police and the Jerusalem Municipality.The petition demands that permission be granted to hold the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance without delay, and that it be held before the upcoming Jewish holidays.

  • Lesbian tennis legend retires 1

    Navratoliva previously announced her retirement in 1994 only to return in 2000, but now the 49-year-old has promised she will not be serving again

    12:00 AM — Tennis ace Martina Navratilova ended her professional playing career for the second time yesterday with a mixed doubles victory at the US Open.The lesbian legend made the accolade her 59th major title which has included 18 singles trophies, 31 women's doubles and 10 medals for mixed doubles.

  • Lesbian star to host Oscars

    Ellen DeGeneres has been chosen to host next year's Oscars (Photo: Alan Light)

    12:00 AM — Ellen DeGeneres has been chosen to host next year's Oscars.The lesbian comedian will become the first out performer to host the 79th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled to take place in February 2007.It will even be the first time she attends the awards ceremony, although she has hosted the Emmys and the Grammys twice.

  • 8th September 2006

    Germany asks gays to tolerate the Pope 4

    Pope Benedict XVI, referred to as Papa Ratzi in Germany, begins a six day tour of his native Bavaria on Saturday where he will visit the state capital of Munich and the village of Marktl am Inn where he was born in 1927

    12:00 AM — Germany's gay community has been urged to show "tolerance" to the Pope as he begins a tour of his country of birth tomorrow.Pope Benedict XVI, referred to as Papa Ratzi in Germany, begins a six day tour of his native Bavaria on Saturday where he will visit the state capital of Munich and the village of Marktl am Inn where he was born in 1927.

  • Rights organisations condemn outing of gays 3

    The current tabloid hysteria is a welcome distraction from the fact that the country has serious internal problems.

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised a newspaper in Uganda for publishing a list of men they claim are gay. Red Pepper claims it did so to expose how " the terrible vice known as sodomy is eating up our society."Sodomy carries a life sentence in Uganda under laws that have remained in force since the country was a British colony.

  • US synagogues preparing for gay rabbis 3

    In 1992, the last time the movement discussed the issue of homosexuality, it decreed that gays and lesbians would be welcome in its synagogues but that it would not condone gay behaviour, ordination or marriages

    12:00 AM — US synagogues are preparing for a policy shift of biblical proportions after a Conservative Jewish leader this week accepted that the movement may lift its ban on openly gay rabbis.Rabbi Jerome Epstein, executive vice president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, is reported to be visiting synagogues to sound out opinions on ordaining openly gay clergy.

  • Latvia avoids gay media ban 2

    The rejection comes after gay groups urged Latvia to uphold its commitment to human rights after the Riga Gay Pride march was banned on public order grounds last July. (photo: Ignas Kukenys)

    12:00 AM — Latvia's gay community has narrowly avoided a law which would have banned all mention of homosexuality in the mass media.The Latvian Parliament yesterday rejected a bill proposed by the Latvia First Party aiming to protect the "family institution."A party statement said the law should ensure the media do "not weaken the role of the family institution, do not split society, and do not create a misconception about a group of individuals claiming special treatment due to their beliefs."

  • Gay Christians granted approval 1

    Members of the student-led movement, which brings together students from many denominations and even other faiths, expressed their excitement about the $100,000 grant

    12:00 AM — The controversial divide between religion and sexuality may shrink, but certainly not the dreams of students who have launched a major campaign supporting gay Christian youth and young adults in Canada.The Student Christian Movement of Canada (SCM), a national ecumenical network of campus groups, is launching a "Queer and Christian Without Contradiction" campaign after winning a major grant this summer.

  • Pope calls gay rights an “ephemeral social trend” 6

    The Pope mocked the concept of tolerance in his address to the bishops and called the idea of gay marriage a folly. (photo: Chris Coyote, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — On the eve of his homecoming visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI has launched a full-frontal attack on the rights of gay people.Speaking to a delegation of visiting Canadian bishops, Benedict once again showed his determination to interfere in the secular political process.The Pope castigated the Canadian government for legalising gay marriage and abortion, saying that they are ignoring the "Creator's divine plan."

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