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  • 31st August 2006

    Taiwan to host first-ever gay flag ceremony

    Taipei 101, the world's tallest building (509m) since its completion in 2004. (photo: Adonis Chen)

    12:00 AM — On the morning of the 17th September, a rainbow flag will be raised above the City Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.It will be the first such ceremony in Asia, and a powerful symbol of the embryonic gay rights movements across the continent.The flag ceremony will signal the start of the seventh "LGBT Civil Rights Movement - Queer-friendly Taipei" festival to be held in the city.

  • Pledges rush to become members of gay fraternity 2

    While the idea of frat boys and pledges are staples of gay porn fantasy, the reality is very different.

    12:00 AM — Joining a fraternity is a key part of the college experience for many Americans.Brothers pick the best and brightest to join, and the pledges then go through a process of selection to become a member of the exclusive club.For many gay and bisexual men, the term 'frat boy' conjures up images of a homophobic jock, a sports-obsessed alpha-male whose priorities are beer, girls and parties, with some casual fag-bashing thrown in.

  • Muslims oppose celebrating Mercury’s gay lifestyle

    A memorial to Freddie Mercury in Montreux, Switzerland

    12:00 AM — Zanzibar Muslims have objected to a party honouring the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday, claiming his gay lifestyle is offensive to the community.The island's Association for Islamic Mobilisation and Propagation, who want the semi autonomous part of Tanzania to be ruled by the Qu'ran, claim that a celebration scheduled for next month should be cancelled because it is an offensive violation of their religion.

  • New Orleans gay community returns

    Picture courtesy of carpe icthus

    12:00 AM — New Orleans is set to host its annual party the "Southern Decadence," one year after the southern United States city was wrecked by hurricane Katrina.The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) party was held to blame by conservative Christian leaders for the disaster that emptied the city's population into surrounding states, and has left the city requiring billions of dollars in aid.

  • El Salvador gay group threatened

    The BFA work in El Salvador both aiming to educate the population about gay issues and highlight problems of homophobic abuse in the country

    12:00 AM — Members of the Between Friends Association (Asociaci√≥n Entre Amigos) have dealt with a succession of threats to their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organisation in recent months.Over the past year they have been lobbying the El Salvadorian government not to sign an amendment to the national constitution that would make it illegal for lesbian and gay couples to marry and adopt children in the Central American country.

  • 30th August 2006

    Schwarzenegger sent two gay rights bills 3

    The Terminator-turned-policitian indicated that he would veto the bill in its original form.

    12:00 AM — Two contentious pieces of legislation promoting LGBT equality have been passed by the California State Legislature.A bill to allow same-sex couples to submit joint tax returns is a modest attempt to extend partnership benefits to gays and lesbians.The second bill has proved deeply controversial, with angry and at times homophobic exchanges in the Legislature.

  • India’s gay prince plans to adopt

    Homosexuality is banned in India and punishable by up to 10 years in jail

    12:00 AM — The Indian prince, disowned two months ago by his family for being gay, announced this week that he will adopt a child.The 40-year-old Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, said to be the first member of any royal family in the country to publicly reveal that he is gay, was stripped of his title and right over the royal properties in Gujarat, Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country in June for making his homosexuality public, reports The New Indian Express.

  • Gay bashing Polish PM in talks with EU 2

    Prime minister Kaczynski is a confirmed bachelor who lives with his mother.

    12:00 AM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski will make his first official visit outside Poland today since becoming Prime Minister.He will meet EU Commission President Jose Barossa and other top officials in Brussels, as his foreign minister admitted that Poland has an image problem.EU relations with Poland have been strained since Kaczynski and his twin brother Lech, who is President of Poland, took office.

  • Minister demands gay pride exodus from Jerusalem 23

    Israeli government ministers have thwarted new plans for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 'Pride and Tolerance' march in Jerusalem

    12:00 AM — Israeli government ministers have thwarted new plans for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) 'Pride and Tolerance' march in Jerusalem.The Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Yaakov Edri, told Jerusalem Open House (JOH) who were organising the march, to hold the gay pride parade outside of the capital city.

  • 29th August 2006

    Protest for gay couples’ immigration rights

    It is hoped that the protest will send a clear message to the US Congress and the White House regarding immigration rights

    12:00 AM — Immigration groups have organised protests to argue for the extension of right to same sex couples.The protest, led by Out4Immigration, will take place across California next week to highlight the discrepancy in current immigration law that only allows for heterosexual partners to apply for green cards because of their relationship.

  • Human rights group provide gay Bible insights 3

    The debut of the site marks the first and only major online preaching resource devoted to assisting clergy in planning their sermons and spiritual discussion groups

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced the launch of Out In Scripture, a free weekly online resource for clergy and lay people.The website will provide distinct insights into the Bible, week after week, from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight-supportive perspective.

  • Gay “converts” demand right to therapy 1

    Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International

    12:00 AM — Leading outreach groups in the homosexual conversion therapy movement called on the American Psychological Association (APA) this month to recognise those who are battling unwanted same-sex attraction.Exodus International, the largest outreach to gay people in conflict with their own homosexuality, asked the APA to continue dialogue regarding the phenomenon of unwanted homosexual attraction at an APA Annual Convention held in New Orleans.

  • Ministry bats against baseball team’s gay promotions

    The Philadelphia Phillies held their fourth annual “Gay Community Night“ at Citizens Bank Park as religious group Repent America (RA) greeted the attendees with their conservative message concerning homosexuality (Photo: Anthony DiPierro)

    12:00 AM — A Christian ministry in Philadelphia has accused the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team of "helping to advance the homosexual agenda" by prohibiting the display of banners with anti-gay messages on them.The Philadelphia Phillies held their fourth annual "Gay Community Night" at Citizens Bank Park as religious group Repent America (RA) greeted the attendees with their conservative message concerning homosexuality.

  • Jordan gets gong for gay comedy 3

    Actor Leslie Jordan, a regular guest star in gay sitcom Will and Grace has revealed how tears were flowing on the last day of filming the series (© alanmercer.com)

    12:00 AM — Actor Leslie Jordan, a regular guest star in gay sitcom Will and Grace has revealed how tears were flowing on the last day of filming the series.Speaking after winning an Emmy award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, he described Debra Messing (Grace) as distraught as the final curtain came down.

  • Saddam suffers South Park

    Saddam Hussein is said to be stuck watching South Park in his cell

    12:00 AM — It has been revealed by the makers of hit cartoon TV show South Park that Saddam Hussein has seen his cartoon movie debut.Trey Parker and Matt Stone speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, claimed that the former dictator has been shown the film "repeatedly" by the US marines guarding him.

  • New date for anti-homophobia march 23

    A new date for the march has now been agreed as the improved security situation in the region is considered safe enough to allow for the protest

    12:00 AM — A postponed protest march against hate campaigns being targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jerusalem will finally go ahead next month, according to organisers.The march for 'Pride and Tolerance' in the city was originally meant to take place on August 10th, but was delayed due to the political situation in the Middle East.

  • 25th August 2006

    Wal-Mart criticised for pro-gay attitude

    Wal-Mart has been criticised by the AFA for its pro-gay stance

    12:00 AM — Wal-Mart has risked the wrath of its bible belt roots in the United States after joining the a gay commerce group.The Arkansas based company has faced opposition in its changing attitude to gay and lesbian people in the US by groups such as the American Family Association (AFA).AFA says that by joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Wal-Mart has abandoned its "pro family stance."

  • 24th August 2006

    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

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