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  • 24th August 2006

    Christian lobby group warns Californians of “dangerous” gay law

    The head of a conservative lobbyist group in California warned the listeners of his daily radio show that America's children will be delivered “straight into the arms of the homosexual activist community“ unless California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a quartet of pro-gay bills

    12:00 AM — The head of a conservative lobbyist group in California warned the listeners of his daily radio show that America's children will be delivered "straight into the arms of the homosexual activist community" unless California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes a quartet of pro-gay bills.Focus on the Family Action chairman James Dobson said that the four pieces of legislation, SB 1437, SB 1441, AB 1056 and AB 606, would all forbid critical or biblically based discussion of homosexuality in some part of the public sector.

  • Colorado gay marriage divides opinion

    The stunt is just one of many examples of how the sleepy Rockies state of Colorado is gripped by the new concept of gay marriage.(photo: Chris Patriarca)

    12:00 AM — In the red corner, the Mesa State College Young Republicans, who this week staged a mock wedding between a man and a fish.They wanted to highlight their opposition to gay partnership proposals, which will be the subject of a state-wide referendum in November.The stunt is just one of many examples of how the sleepy Rockies state of Colorado is gripped by the new concept of gay marriage.

  • Gay pride festival can’t find politician to take part

    This year's pride festival, the 27th, has been marred by homophobic hate mail sent to the organisers calling them paedophiles.

    12:00 AM — Gay pride in Galway is Ireland's oldest LGBT event, yet organisers have not been able to find a single politician to open the festivities.The city's Green party mayor was due to kick off proceedings tonight, but he was called away on other business.Organiser Darren Whelan was sceptical about their fruitless search for a replacement.

  • More gay problems for California’s lawmakers 1

    California banned gay marriage but has legalised civil unions, or domestic partnerships as they are known, for LGBT people. (photo: Bev Sykes)

    12:00 AM — It was a shame that Governor Terminator was not present to keep the peace, as California lawmakers once again descended into tantrums over gay issues.A bill to allow registered domestic partners to file joint tax returns seems to have been a little too much for some Republican Assembly members yesterday.

  • Original Stonewall Inn to close 3

    Greenwich Village has undergone a slow but permanent transformation from dive to desirable, and it seems there is no place for the old Stonewall Inn. (photo: Montrealais@wikipedia)

    12:00 AM — It is where the modern gay rights movement was born. Tired of years of police harassment, the denizens of Manhattan's run-down Stonewall Inn finally stood up for their rights and rioted.The events of those sultry June nights in 1969 ignited a power-keg, and the explosion was heard around the world.Within 12 months there were gay rights movements organising and protesting across the Western world.

  • Civil union pioneers split

    Vermont was the first US state to introduce a civil union law in 2000 and Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, immediately jumped at the chance to register their partnership

    12:00 AM — The USA's first couple to have a civil union have split up, in what gay campaigners are calling a fine example of how the law works.Vermont was the first US state to introduce a civil union law in 2000 and Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, immediately jumped at the chance to register their partnership.

  • South Africa set for gay unions 10

    The change in the law is part of an improving South African situation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)community

    12:00 AM — South Africa's cabinet has given the all clear for a change in the law regarding same sex unions in the country.The change in the law will come following a constitutional court decision that the definition of marriage in the 1961 Marriage Act was unconstitutional and as a result needed to be changed by Parliament.

  • Gays in Nepal demand legal protection

    Gay, lesbian and transgender people in Nepal face regular abuse, beatings and rapes at the hands of  the security forces.(photo: steve evans)

    12:00 AM — It is arguably the last feudal society on earth, ruled with an iron fist by a royal dictator.Gay, lesbian and transgender people in Nepal face regular abuse, beatings and rapes at the hands of the security forces.Now The Blue Diamond Society, surely among the bravest gay rights activists in the world, have publicly announced that they want Nepal to give them legal protection.

  • Gay activists to picket ex-gay conference

    TWO have mocked some of the more extreme methods of the ex-gay movement, such as banning men from wearing Abercrombie  Fitch or Calvin Klein clothing.

    12:00 AM — In an amusing spot of role-reversal, gay activists in Texas are planning to protest outside a church holding a conference for ex-gays.Truth Wins Out will picket the church in Carrollton, TX, this Saturday, as a one day conference by Christian organisation Living Hope covers topics such as "Raising Gender-Healthy Kids" and "Homosexuality and the Bible."

  • Lesbian Barbie upsets Mattel 6

    Barbie's owners are sensitive to the implication that their chattel is not 100% heterosexual. (photo: mickey glitter)

    12:00 AM — The honour of a tiny 46-year-old plastic woman is at the centre of an argument between a Brazilian artist and a major toy manufacturer.The pneumatic curves of the iconic Barbie doll have provided inspiration to photographer Karin Schwarz.Her pictures of the blonde in compromising situations with other female models have upset Mattel

  • Swedish gays may get church weddings 1

    Earlier this year, the church approved blessings of same-sex partnerships and actively welcomed LGBT clergy. (photo: megan ann@flickr)

    12:00 AM — We are told it is what every girl dreams of: the big church wedding.Proposals before the Swedish government could see that dream become a reality for the country's gay and lesbian couples.Until 2000 the Church of Sweden was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.

  • 23rd August 2006

    South Australia under pressure to grant gay rights

    The state government estimates some 2,500 gay couples will be affected by the proposed new law.

    12:00 AM — A decade after the first Australian state granted equal rights to gay and lesbian couples, the government in South Australia are still dragging their heels.Despite a 2002 manifesto commitment to update the law, the ruling Labour party still have not passed the required legislation.Opposition politicians in the state of 1.5 million people have had enough, and today vowed to unite to force the issue when the state parliament gets back to work next week.

  • Gay family group go back to school

    Family Pride hope the publication will help LGBT parents to support their children at school

    12:00 AM — A gay parents group has launched a Back to School pamphlet, titled, "Building Family Equality in Every Classroom" aiming to promote strategies to educate schools about the unique needs of children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] parents in the classroom.Family Pride hopes the publication will help LGBT parents to support their children at school.

  • Ugandan “gay list” condemned 2

    There are no anti discrimination laws protecting gay people in Uganda

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Uganda have spoken out against a local tabloid which printed a list of alleged homosexuals in the country.The list of names printed in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper is likely to create problems in the East African country where gay sexual activity is illegal and subject to life imprisonment.

  • Straight woman challenges gay equality law

    The law was passed at the beginning of this year, it added “sexual orientation“ to a state law that bans discrimination in housing, employment, insurance and credit

    12:00 AM — A heterosexual woman has provided the first test of Washington state's anti-discriminations laws recently introduced with the intention of protecting gay and lesbian employees from persecution based on their sexual orientation.But Sandi Scott-Moore claims her partner is unfairly denied health benefits from her employer, manufacturing company Honeywell International, because he is not of the same gender and they are unmarried.

  • EU “naïve” over the reality of gay acceptance

    With the Ukraine and Serbia lined up for accession talks, it is clear the EU has to think again about what actual social change there will be in these countries.(photo: alibaba0, flickr)

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised the EU for being naïve in thinking that legislation alone would change social attitudes in the former communist countries of eastern Europe.Hate crimes against LGBT people and ethnic minorities are on the rise across the former Eastern Bloc, with attacks on gay pride parades in Latvia and Estonia merely high-profile examples of everyday harassment.

  • 22nd August 2006

    Gay commerce group partners with Walmart 3

    A Walmart store (Photo: Ben Schumin)

    12:00 AM — A new partnership between The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Walmart Stores was announced yesterday, promising to advance diversity among the retail giant's associate, supplier and customer bases."We are honoured to have Wal-Mart's support of the NGLCC. Our partnership will not only provide more opportunities for the NGLCC, but the business community as a whole," said NGLCC co- founder and President Justin Nelson. "We are pleased with this addition to our organisation and to our council."

  • Transsexual to pursue $3 million discrimination suit

    Eric Buffong, who was born Erica Buffong, said he was harassed at work and then fired after a colleague came to work taunting him with a high school yearbook photo of Buffong as a woman

    12:00 AM — A worker at a New York restaurant who was allegedly fired because he was a transsexual has been told he can pursue a discrimination claim under the state's human rights law.Justice Joan Lefkowitz held that although discrimination against a transgender person is not specifically listed in the law it is covered nonetheless, WCBS channel 2 in New York reports.

  • 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.

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