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  • 31st March 2006

    Congress members join calls for end to anti gay army policy 5

    A March 22 poll from the Pew Research Centre showed growing public support for repealing the military's ban

    12:00 AM — Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has joined 113 other Members of Congress in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN.)In addition to Ms McKinney, Republican Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) and Democratic lawmakers Julia Carson and Michael Doyle (D-Pa.) recently joined other members of Congress in calling for a repeal of the gay ban.

  • Gay lobby group slams support for anti gay activist 5

    The Reverend Jerry Falwell serves as the Chancellor of Liberty, which maintains a history of aggressively investigating the sexual orientation of faculty and students, and expelling those who are found to be gay.

    12:00 AM — The National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) has criticised Republican Senator John McCain for endorsing the actions of anti-gay activist Jerry Falwell and for agreeing to keynote the spring graduation of Liberty University, a college controlled by Mr Falwell which routinely expels gay students."John McCain has embarked on a dangerous policy of appeasement that coddles the anti-gay base of the Republican Party," said Eric Stern, NSD executive director. "No Republican can win their party's presidential nomination without the institutional backing of Republican power-brokers like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

  • Church launches pro gay TV ad

    In addition to television spots, the UCC is purchasing internet ads and blogads as a way to boost the church's overall exposure during the three-week run

    12:00 AM — The United Church of Christ (UCC) will launch a gay inclusive TV commercial today, telling viewers "God doesn't reject people, neither do we.""Ejector seat," the UCC's newest television commercial, will begin airing nationally on April 3, just in time for Easter.

  • Howard: No anti gay agenda

    Mr Howard stated he is simply trying to uphold the special place marriage holds in Australia

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has stood by his view on gay marriage stating that he does not have an anti homosexual agenda.The federal government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions last week, prompting accusations of homophobia.

  • US bishops may “repent” gay policy

    Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.

    12:00 AM — American bishops will "repent" for creating turmoil in the Anglican Church by abandoning their constant pro gay support, according to leaks from a private meeting last week.Reports suggest the American Anglican Church is ready to apologise for the consecration of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and may back an indefinite ban on gay marriages.

  • 30th March 2006

    Australian PM vows to block gay marriage

    Mr Howard views the ACT plans as a threat to 2004 federal legislation which defines marriage as a union between man and woman

    12:00 AM — The Australian Prime Minister faced accusations of homophobia today when he vowed to block any attempts to "undermine" marriage.John Howard's government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions.

  • Legal tax victory for gay partners

    The court rejected the counties' challenge and affirmed the rule

    12:00 AM — A Sacramento Superior Court judge has upheld a Board of Equalisation Rule protecting domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple's home.In 2003, the Board of Equalisation adopted a rule giving the same protection to registered domestic partners. In March 2005, Sutter and Orange Counties challenged the rule in state court. Represented by NCLR, Lambda Legal, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles Olson LLP, Equality California and three same-sex couples intervened in the litigation to defend the rule.

  • Gay activists push for immigrant care

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US

    12:00 AM — Gay groups reacted to America's strong stance on immigration this week by persuading the Senate Judiciary Committee to adopt an amendment that would protect church and charitable groups, from prosecution for providing care to undocumented immigrants.The action essentially rebuffs a controversial House measure passed in December that makes it a felony to provide nonemergency aid to undocumented immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US.

  • Explanation sought for “gay terrorists” incident

    Commentators argue that President Lech Kaczynski, former mayor of Warsaw who banned gay pride parades, could have used the incident to evoke a terrorist threat

    12:00 AM — Poland's opposition party is demanding an explanation for an incident in last year's elections when a bomb hoax was blamed on "gay terrorists."Wojciech Wierzejski, an MP from conservative Catholic party, LPR, told a Polish radio station it is more likely the ruling Law and Justice Party played a part in planting the fake bombs rather than gay organisations as it was originally suggested.

  • Busta Rhymes accused of homophobic attack 4

    Busta Rhymes allegedly shouted at a gay fan

    12:00 AM — The American rap star, Busta Rhymes allegedly lashed out at a young gay fan outside a gay night club in Miami earlier this week.The New York Post claims that the singer has been on edge since his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, was shot dead last month in Brooklyn while guarding Rhymes' jewellery."The restaurant was packed with transvestites, gay men and drag queens, which obviously made Busta a little edgy," eyewitness Thomas Barker told the Post.

  • Euro MPs support gay club protests

    President Kaczynski is being called on to stop the police siege of the club

    12:00 AM — Green Party Euro-MPs have warned of escalating state-sponsored homophobia in Poland after police in Warsaw blockaded 'Le Madame', a hugely popular gay club hosting political and cultural activities.Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas today called on the Polish government to change their "old-fashioned" and "discriminatory policies" and order police to abandon the siege immediately.

  • Shock levels of depression amongst Australian gays

    It is the largest survey of its kind in Australia, encompassing 5500 people

    12:00 AM — High instances of homophobia are causing surprisingly large levels of depression amongst Australia's gay community, according to a study.The findings, similar to reports earlier this week in Northern Ireland, discovered that 90 per cent of gays and lesbian in Australia hide feelings they have towards their partners and over half have been victims of verbal abuse.

  • Pope: No gay marriage negotiations 4

    The pontiff called all other views on marriage harmful and vowed to oppose them

    12:00 AM — The Church's position on gay marriage is "non negotiable," according to the Pope.Pope Benedict XVI has launched a fresh attack on gay marriage and abortion just days before national elections in Italy, stating the Vatican's right to speak out on difficult issues.

  • Gonorrhoea hits black gay community 1

    Health providers have been advised to screen all sexually active black people under 25

    12:00 AM — An increasing number of young black gay Americans are becoming at risk from gonorrhoea, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.The Department published startling statistics which claimed there has been a 100 per cent increase in the sexually transmitted disease amongst teenagers in the gay black community since 2004.

  • 29th March 2006

    American TV networks ban pro-gay Church adverts

    The church has spent $1.5m on the campaign

    12:00 AM — Citing policies to refuse controversial or religious advertising, all for major television networks in the United States have refused to air a gay-friendly advertisement for the United Church of Christ.A 30-second commercial for the church showing a gay couple, a single mother and a disabled man flying out of their pews as an unidentified hand pushed a red "ejector" button" will begin airing on cable networks and Spanish-language channels in April.

  • Sharon Stone’s Basic Instinct lesbian scenes cut

    The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial

    12:00 AM — Producers of the sequel to Basic Instinct were forced to edit steamy lesbian sex scenes from the new movie after US censors threatened to give the film a restrictive rating.The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial, so on the advice of the ratings board, removed the raunchy material featuring Sharon Stone and French actress Annie Caillon.

  • Teenagers file lawsuit over lesbian expulsion

    The teenagers claim the head teacher believed third-hand information that they were lesbians

    12:00 AM — Two schoolgirls pursuing a lawsuit over their expulsion after an alleged lesbian relationship, were given backing by the Superior Court.Judge Gloria Connor Trask refused to dismiss the claims despite statements from the California Lutheran High School that the institution is a private, religious, organisation and that the case should be refused.

  • Undeveloped HIV drug appears in gay community

    The drug successfully kept the virus from reproducing in trials

    12:00 AM — Scientists are pushing through a new AIDs treatment in reaction to fears that an immunity may be built up after reports of gay men already getting hold of the anti viral drug.Medical experts at the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention believe they have developed a drug which could prevent the spread of HIV, since recently successful tests onmonkeys.

  • Gay man gets family back

    Legal experts predict the case will have a big impact on America's gay community

    12:00 AM — A gay man who had been force to choose between custody of his son or living with his partner has now been given permission to live with both of his loved ones.A Montgomery Court Judge yesterday lifted a 2002 cohabitation ban on Karl Ulf Hedberg, which let him live with his son on the basis that his partner moved out.

  • Polish protests at gay bar closure

    Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building

    12:00 AM — A former gay club in Warsaw which was due to be closed last weekend has been hijacked by 200 peaceful protestors aiming to preserve the "haven of left wing thought."Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building and has no plans to continue using it as a premises for popular gay club and bar, Le Madame.

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