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  • 12th April 2007

    Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral

    Sex between men in Jamaica is illegal, and punishable with up to ten years in jail, usually with hard labour.

    1:01 PM — A funeral service in the Carribean island of Jamaica has been disrupted by a mob attempting to attack a group of mourners.The Easter Sunday funeral of Kirk Wayne Lester, a Jamaican businessman, was attended by "gay cross-dressers," reports Real Jamaica Radio.A mob surrounded the church and attacked people thought to be gay with knives, stones and bottles.

  • Pink’s attack on Bush banned from radio stations

    Pink, 27, thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform  Dear Mr President.

    12:00 PM — Singer Pink has spoken on American TV about her new song Dear Mr President, which has been unofficially banned from radio stations across the US.Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, Pink said that the song, which attacks President Bush for his stance on gay rights and other policies, cannot even be discussed on air in many radio stations.She thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform Dear Mr President. 

  • Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission”

    Thompson is a former Senator from Tennessee and starred opposite Harrison Ford in The Hunt for Red October.

    11:35 AM — Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.

  • 11th April 2007

    Gay adoption site sued for discrimination

    Gay rights advocates said her decision to allow a trial was an important step forward.

    5:09 PM — One of the largest adoption websites in the world is being sued for refusing to accept a listing from a gay couple.Michael Butler and Richard Butler, who live in California, took action against Arizona-based adoption.com and its owners, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, in December 2003.The couple have finally been given permission by a judge to go to trial.

  • Presidential hopeful courts gay voters

    Edwards ran for Vice President in 2004 alongside Bob Kerry, but lost to the Bush/Cheney Republican ticket.

    1:14 PM — Democratic candidate for President of the United States John Edwards has been showing off his support among gay political donors.Edwards has released a list of 25 LGB supporters, among them David Mixner, a gay activist who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton's campaigns for the White House.The former Senator from North Carolina is making a play for the gay vote in the hotly-contested Democrat nomination for President.

  • Transsexual granted new legal identity without surgery

    There are thought to be up to 10,000 transsexual people in Spain.

    12:34 PM — A Spanish man who had his gender confirmed by civil officials.He is thought to be the first beneficiary of a new law that allows transsexual people to be legally identified as a sex different from that recorded at birth without having undergone gender reassignement surgery.50-year-old Julio Cuesta was granted official documents by the civil registry office in Valencia yesterday.

  • War veterans come out to oppose gay ban

    Nearly 4,000 LGB military personnel each year on active duty or in the guard or reserves would have been retained if they could have been more open about their sexual orientation.

    12:13 PM — Three retired colonels and four captains in the United States military have publicly declared their homosexuality in a gay magazine and spoken out against the policy that bans LGB Americans from serving.The former officers, among them a chaplain and two female Navy Reservists, decided to come out in protest at comments from the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.General Peter Pace called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral."

  • Faded sitcom star apologises for gay rant 3

    In a statement on her blog, Ms Barr apologised to the gay community.

    11:36 AM — Gay campaigners today condemned anti-gay remarks made this week by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr on a California radio station.In a discussion about families accepting their gay relatives, Barr said, "Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who's politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them."They don't care about minimum wage, they don't care about any other group other than their own self."

  • US activists celebrate Ellen’s ten lesbian years

    Ultimately, 42 million people tuned in to “The Puppy Episode,“ making it the most-watched programme of the week and ABC's most-watched programme of the season.

    11:17 AM — In the United States, the 10-year anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres' coming out is being celebrated by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).DeGeneres appeared on the April 14, 1997, cover of Time magazine with the headline, "Yep, I'm Gay."Her onscreen character, Ellen Morgan came out as well during the April 30th 1997, episode of the ABC sitcom Ellen. 

  • 10th April 2007

    Putin set to re-appoint Moscow mayor

    Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without any real opposition.

    6:03 PM — The homophobic mayor of Moscow may be re-appointed in the next few days.The 70-year-old politician, Yuri Luzhkov, has been mayor of the Russian capital since 1992.Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without serious opposition.

  • HIV+ man detained for reckless transmission

    Adelaide barrister Stephen Walsh QC will conduct an independent review of the Health Department's handling of the case.

    2:01 PM — As many as twelve Australians may have been infected with HIV, after an HIV positive gay man used the internet to have unprotected sex.Stuart McDonald was detained in Glenside Hospital last week for recklessly endangering his sexual partners.McDonald found his sexual partners through Gaydar, the gay meeting website. His profile has now been removed.

  • Gays take part in White House Easter tradition

    First Lady Bush defended the participation of gay families.

    12:05 PM — Lesbian and gay families took part in the historic Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday.At a time when issues such as gay marriage and adoption rights are being contested all over America, the Family Pride Coalition encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the Presidential residence.The tradition began in 1878 and is a day of fun and games for children of all ages.

  • Lesbian chainsaw murder trial excites press interest 1

    Wright, 43, is accused of murdering in Darlene VanderGiesen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.

    11:47 AM — A small rural community in the United States is at the centre of media attention as more details of a gruesome murder emerge.A deaf, black lesbian woman is on trail for the murder of an alleged rival.Commentators are already discussing the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.

  • Anti-gay Army recruiter suspended

    According to reports, the recruiter wrote in one reply, “If you are gay, we don't take you. We consider you unqualified.“

    10:05 AM — The Human Rights Campaign is commending the decision by the U.S. Army to suspend a recruiter and engage in an investigation into reports of recent anti-gay, racist remarks.The insulting comments were made to Corey Andrew, a gay, African-American man who was in talks with the recruiter about serving as an openly gay man."The announcement by the U.S. Army to suspend this recruiter until a complete investigation has taken place is a positive step."

  • 6th April 2007

    Swede donates TV fee to Riga Pride

    Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat

    12:00 AM — One of Sweden's most distinguished diplomats has donated his fee from presenting a gay TV series to Riga Pride.Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat, ambassador and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Four years ago he came out in a newspaper interview.

  • Disney to offer “Fairy Tale” weddings to gay couples 3

    Couples can now have a “Fairy Tale Wedding“

    12:00 AM — Disney has changed the policies of its Fairy Tale Wedding package to allow gay couples to hold their dream weddings at their two United States resorts and cruise line.The company did previously allow gay couples to organise their own ceremonies but barred them from their Fairy Tale package.Donn Walker from Disney Parks said: "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies."

  • 5th April 2007

    Vice President’s lesbian daughter expecting a boy 1

    Mr Cheney has often spoken publicly of his love, admiration and respect for his lesbian daughter.

    4:29 PM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has revealed that his daughter Mary is expecting a baby boy. In an interview with ABC radio Mr Cheney said he was looking forward to the birth of his grandson.Ms Cheney, 37, announced in December 2006 that she is pregnant. She has been with her partner Heather Poe for 15 years. She is due to give birth next month.The Vice President has always been publicly supportive and protective of his younger child.

  • Bishop’s sex questions embarrassed me, tribunal told 11

    Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

    3:38 PM — A bishop of the Church of England asked a gay man a series of highly personal questions about his sex life as part of a job interview, an employment tribunal in Cardiff was told today.John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.At a meeting with the Bishop of Hereford in July last year, he was asked about his sexual relationships, he said.

  • Presidential candidate favours civil unions and tolerance 1

    Mr Dodd is a United States Senator representing Connecticut.

    11:49 AM — One of the less-well known potential candidates in the race for the President of the United States asked an audience of teenagers to consider how they would feel if their child grew up gay.Chris Dodd was addressing high school students in Concord, New Hampshire.The state's 400-member House of Representatives yesterday approved a civil unions bill.

  • Cardinal in gay April Fool furore

    A story in the fake March 28th edition featured an admission by Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, that he is gay. photo: vatican website

    11:22 AM — Students at a Roman Catholic university in the United States have apologised for an April Fools edition of the campus newspaper that said the Archbishop of Philadephia is gay.However, the journalists at Saint Joseph's University in the city received praise from one teacher, a priest, who said in a letter to the newspaper, The Hawk, that he "laughed his head off."

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