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  • 12th March 2007

    Latvian conservatives begin Pride backlash 2

    Last month London Pride announced they would be “twinning“ with Riga Pride as a sign of solidarity. photo: robertpaulyoung@flickr

    3:26 PM — Christian groups in Latvia have welcomed fundamentalist US preachers and to the country and talked tactics about opposing gay rights.A meeting organised by Janis Vanags, Archbishop of the LatvianEvangelical Lutheran Church, was attended by Janis Pujats, the Latvian Roman Catholic Cardinal, and representatives of the Orthodox, Penecostals and other Christian sects.

  • US state moves to allow gay adoptions

    Jim Pfaff, president of Colorado Family Action, promised traditional-family advocates will try to fight the new legislation  on the House floor.

    2:53 PM — A Colorado bill granting adoption rights to same-sex couples and unmarried partners was pushed forward in a State House committee last week without a single witness testifying against it.Republican legislatures in 2003 and 2004 killed similar bills, but with Democrats in charge, the bill is headed toward passage.It was placed on the calendar of the House Health and Human Services Committee on last Thursday and passed by an 8-3 vote.

  • Gay rights activists rally in Rome 4

    Pope Benedict XVI said in a Vatican speech that the family “shows signs of ceding to lobbies capable of negatively eroding the legislative process. “

    2:46 PM — Thousands of Italians marched on Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples.50,000 activists, including leftists from Prime Minister Romano Prodi's coalition, took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support for a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.Some demonstrators wore bishop's mitres with slogans that attacked the Vatican.

  • Christian teen group hold San Francisco rally

    The event is a way for young Christians to protest against destructive aspects of culture. photo: battlecry.com

    2:40 PM — Thousands of teenagers from a Christian ministry gathered in San Francisco at the weekend to rally against homosexuality and other moral corruptions they think affect their generation.More than 20,000 teenagers converged on the city 's ATT baseball park to participate in "BattleCry," a two-day extravaganza featuring Christian rock and religious inspiration and worship.

  • Analysis: Can the SuperBowl make you gay?

    Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

    12:25 PM — Sounds stupid, but just when you thought you could get a week or two off from the SuperBowl, which ended over a month ago, now there are new allegations about the "gayness" of the sporting event.The US Federal Communications Commission received about 150 complaints regarding the SuperBowl broadcast on CBS last month.Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

  • Jerusalem gays want June pride parade

    Open House have asked to hold the parade on 21st June.

    11:54 AM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have said they are reviewing a request to allow a gay pride event this summer.Last year, the parade had to be cancelled. Members of gay organisation Open House held a series of other pride events, which prompted rioting from ultra-Orthodox Jews.The events of last summer were overshadowed by Israel's decision to attack Lebanon.

  • 9th March 2007

    Sony’s gay label to feature lesbian pin-up 1

    The track was written by Ditto in response to the U.S. government's resistance to gay marriage. photo: the real janelle@flickr

    5:07 PM — Beth Ditto's band The Gossip have signed to Sony's new gay music label.Music With A Twist is a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group/Columbia Records, and is designed to "identify and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists".The lesbian icon's band's hit single "Standing in the Way of Control" will appear on the label's compilation album entitled Twist Revolutions , due for release on 17th April.

  • Government funds “educational” lesbian erotic films 1

    Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.  photo: BBC

    4:48 PM — A Spanish region is to encourage the use of its native language by funding a film maker's "women-friendly erotic films."The government of Catalonia has awarded a £10,000 grant to Conrad Son, a local who claims his films are artistic but not pornographic.Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.

  • Gays to march for their rights in Rome

    Famous figures such as Nobel literature prize winner Dario Fo, and his actress wife and senator Franca Rame plan to attend the demonstration.

    3:35 PM — Up to 50,000 Italian gay activists will campaign this weekend in Rome in support for same-sex unions.The campaigners will gather in the Piazza Farnese to voice their enthusiasm for the Dico Bill, which will grant gay and lesbian couples the right to make their relationships official, as well as to mutual assistance and inheritance.The bill is strongly opposed by the Catholic and right wing parties.

  • Republican activist defends porn career 1

    “I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul,“ Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.

    3:26 PM — An ex gay porn performer seems to have repented his wicked ways - with a vengeance.Marine Corporal Matt Sanchez, formerly known as 'Rod Majors' and 'Pierre LaBranche,' has expressed conservative views about his eventful past."I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul," Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.

  • Quebec DJ sacked for “club of fags” comment

    The Parti Quebecois advocate independence from Canada and the formation of their own French-speaking state in Quebec. photo: CKRS

    1:35 PM — A Canadian shock jock has been pulled from the airwaves for making homophobic comments about the Parti Quebecois and its local candidates during an election campaign.Saguenay radio host Louis Champagne fell foul of the authorities at popular radio station CKRS when he described the Parti Quebecois as a "club of fags."Champagne also said that local factory workers would not vote for gay candidates.

  • US attitudes to gay weddings dependent on age

    California is more tolerant than most states when it comes to gay couples.

    12:24 PM — Younger Californians are more supportive of same-sex marriage, a study has found.According to the poll, released on Thursday, age is a crucial factor in determining who opposes orbacks gay unions.Two political scientists analysed 20 years worth of data on the subject, and discovered that while more Californians still oppose same-sex marriage than support it, the margin is closing fast.

  • Malta delays transsexual’s wedding

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    10:56 AM — The Maltese Director of Public Registry is continuing to resist the release of marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner.Mr Justice Gino Camilleri ordered the director, Anthony Geraldi, to issue the banns on 12th February, on the grounds that the union between the transsexual and her partner did not conflict with any part of the Marriage Act, as she has now become a woman.

  • 8th March 2007

    Analysis: Nigeria attacks the heart of human rights

    Simply taking part in a gay or lesbian club or support group would be illegal.

    5:37 PM — Legislation proposed by the Nigerian government last year designed to ban and criminalise same sex marriages and those who assist with it, is expected to be enacted by the National Assembly before the April 2007 elections.The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2007 in its current form provides that persons of the same sex and those who marry them or is a witness thereto will be committing a crime with a mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment.

  • Turkey bars YouTube after Greek jibes 1

    The febrile Turkish press had pounced on the story of Greeks posting insulting YouTube videos

    5:20 PM — The centuries-long feud between Turkey and Greece took a technological turn yesterday.Internet video hosting site YouTube has become the latest battleground for patriots from the two neighbouring countries to trade insults.However, a video posting alleging that all Turks are gay, as was the modern Republic's beloved founder, Ataturk, proved too much.

  • Catholic Church attacks gay rights bill 2

    Under the legislation couples would have be together for at least five years and sign a registry.

    12:11 PM — A conference of bishops has said that new legislation which will grant rights to unmarried straight and homosexual couples will weaken marriage.The new law was a manifesto commitment by the ruling leftist coalition of President Tabare Vasquez.The government of Uruguay has brought forward the new law, and it will be voted on by the lower house of parliament later this week.

  • 6th March 2007

    Bush daughter to write AIDS book

    The 25-year-old daughter of President George Bush and First Lady Laura has worked as an intern for the UN.

    4:55 PM — Jenna Bush is to write a book for teenagers about AIDS after working as a UNICEF ambassador.The 25-year-old daughter of President George Bush and First Lady Laura has worked as an intern for the UN organisation since the Autumn of last year.Her book will focus on the life of a teenage single mother who is HIV+

  • White House gay activist dies

    When President Clinton took office he appointed Hattoy to the Presidential Commission on HIV/AIDS.

    4:55 PM — An HIV+ man who worked as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton and spoke out against government indifference to AIDS has died aged 56.Bob Hattoy made a memorable speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, in which he told America that he did not want to die.He had just learnt that he had AIDS, and he castigated then-President George Bush senior for doing nothing about the disease.

  • Italian government split on gay partnership law 4

    The bill goes before Parliament today, and will also guarantee rights to unmarried heterosexual couples.

    2:22 PM — The Italian government stands divided over a bill which would give inheritance and healthcare rights to gay couples.The centre-left coalition government covers a variety of views on the subject, many of which are swayed by the country's staunch Catholicism.One opponent of the bill is senator Paola Binetti, a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei.

  • Canadian leader tearful over anti-gay abuse

    Bosclair was elected as the sixth leader of the Parti Québécois in November 2005.

    11:24 AM — A homophobic attack by a radio host left Andre Boisclair, the Parti Quebecois party leader, clearly emotional while giving a speech on Sunday.Bosclair, an openly gay candidate for local election in the region of Saguenay in Quebec, choked up while talking about the importance of tolerance.

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