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  • 22nd August 2006

    California LGBT teens get legal protection at school 1

    The revised  bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the Governor later this year. (photo: jimw@flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — The California State Assembly has finally passed a bill which will protect gay and lesbian students and school staff from abuse.The measure has been very controversial, but by a 46 to 31 vote, the bill will now to go the state Senate for approval.The Speaker of the Assembly, Fabina Nunez, welcomed the new law.

  • Gay activists to appeal “illegal” pride ban support 4

    The Taganski district court of Moscow today dismissed claims of discrimination from organisers of the Russian capital's first gay pride

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have branded a Moscow district court as "illegal" after it backed the recent gay pride ban this afternoon.The Taganski district court of Moscow today dismissed claims of discrimination from organisers of the Russian capital's first gay pride.

  • Democrats want more LGBT delegates at 2008 convention

    Many pundits name Hilary Clinton as the most likely choice for her party's nomination. (photo: jessamyn)

    12:00 AM — The Democratic National Committee has agreed delegate selection rules that should see more gay and lesbian representation at the next party convention.The set-piece convention will pick the Democratic candidate for the next presidential election in August 2008.Many pundits name Hilary Clinton as the most likely choice for her party's nomination.

  • 21st August 2006

    Gay partnerships face serious opposition in Ireland 1

    Gay rights in Ireland have advanced significantly since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.

    12:00 AM — The Irish Department of Justice has revealed that of the 4,000 submissions to their working group on domestic partnership, most are opposed to changing the law.The group was established by the Justice Minister, Michael McDowell, to examine the issue of how a partnership would be defined and which benefits will be extended to gay and lesbian couples. It is due to report in October.

  • Australia runs low, but still won’t accept gay blood 5

    Currently the Red Cross Blood Service will not accept donations from sexually active gay or bisexual men.

    12:00 AM — Yesterday the Australian blood service pleaded with people to donate, saying that it only has 36 hours worth of supplies left.Today, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal will hear why the Australian Red Cross thinks gay blood isn't safe enough.23-year-old Michael Cain is bringing the action against the Red Cross.

  • Where are all the gays, GLAAD asks TV networks

    He has broken taboos by kissing his boyfriend, being topless in bed with him, and seducing his mother's lover. (copyright: ABC)

    12:00 AM — American gay rights activists have revealed that only 1.3% of characters on network entertainment programming are LBGT.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said that despite the increased interest in gay and lesbian issues at the cinema, the conservative big six networks were still not anywhere near representative.

  • AIDS 2006 conference closes with “challenge”

    The AIDS 2006 conference in Toronto attracted over 25,000 delegates and global press attention

    12:00 AM — The XVI International AIDS Conference closed late Friday, with Dr. Vincent Idemyor commenting that the challenge is "to translate the information that we've gathered into action on the ground."Dr Idemyor told the radio station Voice of America that the conference "should have (been) delivered five years ago. But I guess we can still do something to ensure that we deliver now."

  • Thorpe: gay rumours don’t bother me

    Thorpe pointedly refuses to deny he is gay, leading to more speculation about one of Australia's sporting heroes. (photo: matthew blank)

    12:00 AM — Olympic legend Ian Thorpe has said that persistent rumours about his sexuality are not based in fact.The 23-year-old swimmer also hit back at rumours that he has grown fat while training in LA.Known as 'The Thorpedo', he won five Olympic gold medals for Australia, and has high hopes for more glory at the 2008 Beijing.

  • Lesbian stabs unwanted male admirer 1

    The woman, reported to be under 5ft tall, then produced a large steak knife. (copyright: flickr)

    12:00 AM — An incident in New York involving a DVD hawker and a gang of lesbians has left a 28-year-old man hospitalised with stab wounds.The man, Dwayne Buckle, is alleged to have approached a group what the New York Daily News described as "a gang of petite but ornery lesbians."Buckle singled out a 19-year-old woman, telling her she was pretty.

  • America obssessed with “transsexual murderer” 1

    America's media has gone into a frenzy to place guilt

    12:00 AM — On Christmas Day 1996 the dead body of JonBenét Ramsey was found by her father in the family basement, eight hours after she had been reported missing.A number of suspects have been put before the cameras, from the Ramsey family (both parents) to locally registered sex offenders, although the media's obsession for the killer has found no guilty party yet.

  • 18th August 2006

    Pension law extends protection to gay couples

    Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act

    12:00 AM — Two provisions that extend financial protections to same-sex couples were cemented into law yesterday when President George W Bush signed The Federal Pension Protection Act, eliminating obstacles and penalties that non-traditional families face when the need to withdraw from pension funds arises."For gay couples and all Americans with non-spouse beneficiaries, death and taxes weren't only certain, but also times of great and unequal financial difficulty," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

  • Gay jibes tied to Missouri school shooting

    Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school

    12:00 AM — The mother of a Missouri teen who pleaded guilty to an October 2005 school shooting says that her son's violent actions resulted from his being taunted by classmates for his "unmanly" appearance.Amanda Minks, who began speaking publicly about the incident late last week claimed that her 17-year-old son Joshua endured homophobic slurs from classmates at his Farmington, Missouri high school.

  • Australian judge urges everyone out of the closet

    Justice Kirby said a fear of difference was behind prejudice against the LGBT community. (photo: Dave Roberts)

    12:00 AM — The most high-profile gay judge in Australia has called on all homosexual people to come out of the cloest and fight homophobia.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.In a speech in Sydney last night he said he did not believe that prejudice would be eradicated in his lifetime.

  • Martina urges gay N-Sync star to become role model 1

    “Coming out to your family and friends is hard enough; to do so to the world is a lot harder. I know, as I took this step more than 25 years ago“.

    12:00 AM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has written to People magazine praising N-Sync star Lance Bass for coming out.Bass revealed his sexuality in a cover story for the popular US magazine last month, and also spoke about his relationship with his boyfriend, TV presenter and model Reichen Lehmkuhl.Martina's letter, published in the most recent edition of People, reads: "Lance Bass is a courageous young man."

  • Jewish gay porn actor to entertain Israeli troops 15

    “I am very proud to be going to my home away from home and entertain gay Israelis in a time of war.”

    12:00 AM — It's not quite Bob Hope being helicoptered into Siagon to entertain the boys in khaki.An American-based porn actor has announced on his website that he will be performing for the troops during a trip to Israel later this month.

  • Joan Rivers searches NYC for perfect gay sidekick

    Entertainment fixture Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.

    12:00 AM — Entertainment legend Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.The untitled project for Bravo has generated gossip among the better-off gay residents of Manhattan.One of those who auditioned for the coveted role told the New York Observer: "It was as if they took all the notable gays in the city and brought them in."

  • Gay teens find refuge at summer camp

    The Camping-OUT programme which finishes today in Northern Michigan, is one of six scattered across the USA.  (photo: ninahale)

    12:00 AM — It is an American rite-of-passage familiar anyone who watches The Simpsons - summer camp. There are fat camps, Jewish camps, girls-only camps, NASA space camps.Now gay and lesbian teens are being offered the opportunity to spend the summer by a lake with like-minded peers.As well as the usual activities such as crafts, campfires and kayaking, LGBT teens have sessions discussing the problems that face them back in the real world.

  • “No excuses” for Gay Pride violence 1

    Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are “simply no excuses“ for the wave of recent cancellations

    12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has said there are "simply no excuses" for the wave of recent cancellations, bans and violence at Pride marches in several European cities.The former EastEnder blamed authorities and police for not providing enough protection to gay events in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and Latvia.

  • Comment – Bible bashing homophobes 7

    A list has been compiled and sent to top US radio talk show therapist in response to her claims against homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Dave McElhill takes a look at emails doing the rounds and investigates the background to this great analysis of Biblical views on the people populating God's green earth.Are you tired of having to deal with all those dull old arguments concerning the Bible's view of homosexuality? Bored of hearing the same old rants?

  • Conservative group admit faking anti-gay petition

    Fidel Castro was one of the fake names on the list

    12:00 AM — Ultra-conservative Cincinnati activists have withdrawn a petition to place an anti-gay initiative on the ballot in November.They admitted this week that some of the signatures they submitted were fraudulent and they did not have the required number of supporters.The initiative, orchestrated by Cincinnati group Equal Rights Not Special Rights, would nullify an addition to the city's Human Rights Ordinance.

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