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  • 18th September 2006

    Berlin’s gay mayor re-elected while Nazis rise in North

    Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country

    12:00 AM — Last weekend's regional elections in Germany provided both positive and negative results for the country's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country.

  • Indian academics condemn anti-gay law.

    The legislation, which came into effect during British rule in India, bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal“

    12:00 AM — More than 100 leading figures of literature, film and academia in India rallied this weekend against a colonial-era law which makes homosexuality a criminal offence.Included in amongst the 100 influential signatories were the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, and the Booker prizewinner Arundhati Roy.

  • 14th September 2006

    Canada considers gay marriage debate 1

    According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Canada's conservative government could introduce legislative changes to enhance protections for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds if Members of Parliament don't pass a motion to re-open the contentious debate.According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage.

  • Historic gay rights activist dies 1

    Garner and John Lawrence were arrested after police — sent by a bogus report of an armed intruder — burst into Lawrence's apartment and found the two engaged in consensual sex

    12:00 AM — Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a US Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him.According to the Associated Press, Garner died early on Monday at a Houston hospital.

  • Doubts raised over South Africa gay marriage law 10

    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

    12:00 AM — South Africa's Civil Union Bill has drawn yet more criticism ahead of a hearing on the law next week.Committee members of the Department of Home Affairs, in charge of drafting the legislation, have raised concerns that not enough organisations were consulted about the bill.

  • Gay man denied fertility services 1

    The FDA currently has two categories of sperm donors — those who are “directed donors,” or who are donating to a consenting woman, and “anonymous donors,” who donate to a sperm bank

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the Orlando Human Rights Board this week on behalf of a gay man denied fertility services because of his sexual orientation."Dr. Barros was denied services not because of any real medical risk, but solely because of his sexual orientation," said, Gregory Nevins, a lawyer in Lambda Legal's southern regional office in Atlanta.

  • 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.

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