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  • 9th November 2006

    South Africa speeds up gay union debate 10

    South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions by removing talk of the rights of unmarried couples until a later date.The Parliament has been ordered to introduce a law by December 1 2006 but has found a plethora of views with religious groups seeking exemptions and gay groups desperate not to be left with an unequal system.

  • Mexico may back gay unions 1

    Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — One of the world's biggest Catholic nation's looks set to introduce gay partnership laws, according to reports.Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples.Mexican gay campaigner, Rocio Sanchez, called it a step towards equality.

  • Gay gardener rejected 4

    A Texas gardening company which openly rejected an applicant because he is gay has been inundated with complaints

    12:00 AM — A Texas gardening company which refused a business partnership because the request came from a gay man has been inundated with complaints.Garden Guy told Michael Lord he could not be met with last month because the company "chooses not to work with homosexuals."The landscapers proudly claim to follow the word of God, believing the grass is greener on the other side, and is against gay marriage, but now the owner Sabrina Farber has been mown down by verbal attacks and emails criticising her stance.

  • Comment: Is a gay pride rally as good as a march? 23

    Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigner, Yoav Sivan, reflects on yet another cancelled gay pride march.Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter.

  • Transgender candidate wins in Hawaii 3

    Attorney Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to Hawaii's state-level Board of Education (Oahu-at-Large), a non-partisan office

    12:00 AM — This week's mid-term elections marked a historic first in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) movement for equality and civic engagement with a transgender woman being elected.Attorney Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to Hawaii's state-level Board of Education (Oahu-at-Large), a non-partisan office.

  • 8th November 2006

    Rumsfeld quits after poor mid-term results 3

    Mr Rumsfeld has been blamed for strategic blunders in Iraq and not equipping the military adequately and has also been attacked by gay groups

    12:00 AM — Donald Rumsfeld has resigned as US Defence Secretary after a disappointing mid term election for the Republican Party.Mr Rumsfeld has been blamed for strategic blunders in Iraq and not equipping the military adequately and has also been attacked by gay groups for upholding the Pentagon's ban on openly gay and lesbian recruits.His resignation comes after the Republican losses implied discontent with the US policy in Iraq.

  • “Incredible night” for gay equality 3

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which has been following the results overnight says there is now  a “fair minded majority” in the US House of Representatives

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are hailing an "incredible night" for gay equality in the US as over 200 pro-gay candidates were elected for seats in Congress and as Governors in the US mid-terms and many anti-gay figures were ousted.The Democrat Party now dominates the House of Representatives, with Nancy Pelosi representing the party as the first female speaker, while the Senate is neck and neck, signalling a possible change in direction regarding America's foreign policy and perhaps even some state's attitude towards gay rights.

  • Community remains upbeat despite gay union bans 3

    Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans, while Arizona was the only state out of the seven to reject a constitutional ban

    12:00 AM — The jubilation surrounding the election of many gay friendly candidates to Congress has been slightly overshadowed by the success of gay marriage votes across some US states, but campaigners say the margins suggest some progress.Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans, while Arizona was the only state out of the seven to reject a constitutional ban, a first in the US.

  • Gay campaigners welcome pro-equality candidates 3

    Anti-gay Mitt Romney was ousted

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts voters turned out in large numbers and overwhelmingly elected pro-equality candidates for legislative and constitutional offices in last nights mid-terms.With Deval Patrick's victory, Massachusetts voters are sending to the corner office for the first time a governor who fully supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.

  • Gay group offers compassion to Haggard 1

    Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group

    12:00 AM — He has spent much of his career attacking homosexuality, but disgraced Evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard has received sympathy from the most unlikely of sources, a gay rights group.Soulforce has urged compassion towards the preacher after he was dismissed by the New Life Church and resigned as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) amid allegations of gay sex with a rent boy.

  • Gay icon divorcing again 4

    Spears married her former backup dancer in October, 2004, less that a year after she married childhood friend Jason Alexander in a late night Vegas wedding

    12:00 AM — Just one day after popping up on The Late Show with David Letterman to show off her trim new figure and short blonde bob, a reinvented Britney Spears dropped another bomb—she's divorcing hubby Kevin Federline.According to reports from CNN, the pop singer filed legal papers yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences" and is asking for legal and physical custody of their two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James.

  • New York amends trans laws

    The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of  living as the desired gender

    12:00 AM — New York trans people will have their birth certificated amended to represent their true sex regardless of whether they have completed gender reassignment, new proposals in the city have revealed.The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of living as the desired gender.

  • The anti-gay Democrat who didn’t make it 3

    Mr Ford, a Baptist, voiced his opposition to gay marriage after the New Jersey Supreme Court tentatively backed equal gay rights last month, he also pledged support for the Federal Marriage Act

    12:00 AM — While the gay community hails the increase of Democrat candidates elected to the US Congress as the possibility of a more gay friendly USA, they will be relieved that one party candidate didn't make it.Anti-gay Democrat Harold Ford Jr, who has spoken out against gay marriage failed to get elected in the mid-terms in the state of Tennessee.

  • Mid-terms ‘tipping point’ for gay candidates 3

    The Gay  Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed 67 victory-endorsed candidates for the federal, state and local offices, with some winning historic races that make them the first openly gay or lesbian candidates ever elected in their states

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have described the US mid-terms as a success after a record number of openly gay and lesbian candidates were elected.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed 67 victory-endorsed candidates for the federal, state and local offices, with some winning historic races that make them the first openly gay or lesbian candidates ever elected in their states or legislative bodies.

  • Gay Republicans blame conservatives for loss 3

    The Foley scandal was one issue which may have alienated Republican voters

    12:00 AM — A gay Republican lobby group has blamed conservatives for alienating voters and determining their mid-term losses, while the National Stonewall Democrats have described the results as a backlash against failed politics.The Democrats now dominate the House of Representatives after yesterday's mid-terms with a record number of gay and lesbian and gay-friendly candidates being elected, mainly from the Democrat Party.

  • Gay group congratulates Governor Arnie 3

    Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over 20 bills supportive of the gay and lesbian community

    12:00 AM — A gay group has congratulated California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on his re-election in the mid-terms.Since taking office in 2003, Governor Schwarzenegger has signed over 20 bills supportive of the gay and lesbian community including expansion of domestic partnership rights, hate crimes protection, housing and employment non-discrimination laws, improving HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment strategies, and ending the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the state militia.

  • Gay Republicans welcome Pennsylvania defeat 3

    Rick Santorum had been one of the architects of the Federal Marriage Amendment which would constitutionally ban same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Gay Republicans have welcomed the defeat of Republican Senator Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania.He was ousted by Democrat Bob Casey, seen as gay-friendly, in a result welcomed by the Log Cabin Republicans.The Log Cabin Republicans described the result as a sign that Pennsylvania voters were overwhelmingly rejected the politics of division, intolerance, and fear.

  • Gay stars “lanced”

    Lance Bass opened up about his sexual orientation in an interview with People magazine

    12:00 AM — Celebrities who are outed by the media should be referred to as "lanced," according to former N'Sync band member Lance Bass.The star who recently came out coined the turn after seeing oterh celebrities being forced out of the closet.His terminology was revealed by his partner, gay model, Reichen Lehmkuhl.

  • 7th November 2006

    Voters to decide on gay state amendments 3

    Voters in Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Virginia will have the opportunity to improve or limit gay rights in votes taking place today

    12:00 AM — It is an important day for gay rights in the USA as along with the mid-term elections, referendums are also being held on important LGBT matters such as same sex marriage and legal protections.Voters in Idaho, Colorado, South Dakota South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Virginia will have the opportunity to improve or limit gay rights in votes taking place today.

  • Anti-gay group ‘healing’ Haggard 1

    Regarding the allegations, Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James C Dobson, said it was a worrying situation

    12:00 AM — Disgraced Evangelical preacher is receiving counselling from an anti-gay group after allegations that he had gay sex with a male escort, according to reports.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last week amid claims that he had meetings with a gay rent boy, but now he has met with 'family values' group Focus on the Family to cure him of his "sexual sin."

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