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  • 16th March 2006

    Support increases for gay pride ban

    Meanwhile Russia's patriarch has written an open letter praising the mayor's “decision to prevent public propaganda for immorality“

    12:00 AM — Two senior political figures have joined supporters of the Moscow Gay Pride ban.Jerusalem's acting mayor, Yigal Amedi and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, have backed Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov's decision to ban the event.

  • US politician says Elton John should be executed 5

    The politician believes gay people like Sir Elton John should be killed if they don't repent

    12:00 AM — A US Senate candidate has claimed that gay singer Elton John and Dick Cheney's daughter should be sentenced to death because of they are homosexuals.Democratic candidate, Merril Keiser, appeared on a popular US podcast ,where he repeated previously reported views that homosexuality should be punishable by death.

  • 15th March 2006

    Poor healthcare for gays and lesbians 3

    The work revealed that many elderly citizens feared telling their doctors that they were gay and some said they were mistreated after their sexual orientation was discovered

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian seniors are being given unequal access to health services, according to researchers.A study by The McGill School of Social Work in Canada claims that elderly people in the gay and lesbian community are discriminated against by the very health care organisations and social services committed to supporting them.

  • Gay men express Brokeback shock

    Newsweek revealed that most of the donors are gay men

    12:00 AM — Disgruntled fans of gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain are trying to overcome the loss of the best picture award at the Oscars by running an advertising campaign to highlight their shock.Internet blogger Dave Cullen collected $26,000 from over 600 people last week for an advertisement in Daily Variety which suggests that Brokeback Mountain, which was named best picture through "unprecedented consensus" in other ceremonies, should have also won the Oscar.

  • Public schools to welcome gay rights 1

    The nonpartisan guidelines call on school officials to be “fair, honest brokers of a dialogue that involves all stakeholders and seeks the common good”

    12:00 AM — The first guidelines to help teachers, students and parents develop local policies and practices to address issues involving sexual orientation in public schools were announced this week by the First Amendment Centre (FAC.)"Americans are deeply divided over homosexuality in our society," said Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the FAC, "But if school officials and community members use the ground rules of the First Amendment, they can reach agreement on how public schools can guard the rights of all students in a safe learning environment."

  • State promises protection to gays 1

    Council member Laketa Cole said: “Right now, currently as the law stands someone can be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation“

    12:00 AM — A new law could be set up in Cincinnati to protect American gay and transgender people at work and home, the city council has revealed.The Cincinnati City Council law committee met yesterday and heard examples of employee and property discrimination towards the gay community, a decision is expected to be made later today.

  • Gay marriage supporters protest new bill

    Gay marriage supporters feel that a new amendment would have take away rights for all couples

    12:00 AM — Protestors against an amendment that would reinforce a ban on gay marriage, picketed in Pennsylvania yesterday.Gay marriage supporters feel that a new amendment would have take away rights for all couples, gay and straight, because of bad wording.

  • Gay bathhouses file lawsuit against LA County

    The clubs are taking issue with the denial of their constitutional rights to Due Process

    12:00 AM — The gay bathhouses and sex clubs of Los Angeles have filed a lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles in response to the latest regulations passed by the county and adopted by the city which allow a non-elected bureaucrat the power to regulate those establishments according to his whim.Only gay venues are singled out for this treatment without guidelines, The organisations fear that in the hands of a homophobic or power hungry appointee, the plaintiffs fear a witch hunt.

  • Health insurance for gay partners

    The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners

    12:00 AM — Partners of gay employees in the US state of Montana will be offered health insurance, according to the area's largest health cover provider.The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners of workers from July.

  • Gays may have limited access to information

    The group says changes circulated by national security adviser Stephen Hadley show that in December 2005  guidelines were changed

    12:00 AM — Human rights groups are questioning new guidelines on security clearance which may discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.Sexuality is referred to as a determining factor in access to classified information, according to a revision of the, Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.

  • Indian gays overcoming taboos 2

    Some groups want Indian gays to be proud of their sexuality

    12:00 AM — Just days after the gay community in Pakistan proudly raised its voice, neighbouring India also appears to be coming out of the closet.SAPPHO, named after the legendary character of ancient Greek literature, is an Indian organisation set up to provide support for the gay community, they have revealed that an increasing number of gays and lesbians are approaching the service.

  • 14th March 2006

    Anti gay groups urge Ford boycott

    has previously faced protest from the AFA but avoided a boycott after removing the adverts in question, although the company insisted the move was not due to the AFA threats

    12:00 AM — US conservatives groups are enforcing a boycott of car manufacturer Ford because of the company's support for gays and lesbians.The American Family Association, is encouraging car buyers to avoid buying Ford vehicles for a year because they believe the carmakers have not "remained neutral in the cultural battles."

  • Protests after school stops gays sharing rooms

    The university says it recognises gay issues and has a gay and lesbian group on campus

    12:00 AM — Staff and students at an American university are protesting a policy that stops unmarried couples staying together on school trips.The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota enforced the rule last year when a lesbian choir member wanted to bring her partner on a school trip to France, and later when a long term couple were asked to rent separate rooms on an excursion to Australia.

  • Gay pride rising in Pakistan 2

    Gay groups say their communities are thriving with subtle acceptance from society

    12:00 AM — Young gay Pakistanis are determined to celebrate their sexuality despite prohibitions on homosexuality, it has been revealed.The historic Basant festival, which took place in Lahore last weekend, attracted revellers from a variety of communities and just days after President Pervez Musharraf boasted of empowering minorities, gay revellers proudly joined in with the celebrations.

  • Gay group finds God

    The place of homosexuality in Christianity has been a hot issue over recent years

    12:00 AM — America's oldest gay rights group has announced plans for a partnership with Protestant congregations, in a move which leaders say will be their biggest challenge yet.The move by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is an unprecedented joining of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups with secular and faith-based organisations. Their work with the Institute for Welcoming Resources is aimed at increasing the number of people of faith supporting equality for LGBT people.

  • Gay campaigner denies Zimbabwe coup

    The government claims that the ZFM is affiliated to opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change

    12:00 AM — The Zimbabwe government has accused British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell of an alleged coup in the country.Weapons were shown on Zimbabwean television claiming to have been seized at the home of one of the plotters from the Zimbabwean Freedom Movement, which Mr Tatchell has previously been linked with.

  • Trans woman blasts “homophobic” election campaign

    The claims come after Australia celebrated gay pride last week

    12:00 AM — An Australian transgender woman is seeking an injunction to stop election adverts which she believes encourage homophobia.Martine Delaney will file two complaints with the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission, asking for an end to a campaign by the Liberal Party that states sex changes and gay marriage are bad for society.

  • Gay trips offered to Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain won Oscars for best director, best adapted screenplay and best original score

    12:00 AM — Tour operators are riding on the success of Oscar award winning gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain by offering trips to the scenic setting of the romance.A Taiwanese travel agency has become the first to offer holidays to Fort Macleod in Southern Alberta, Canada, which was passed off as Wyoming in the film.

  • Gay son “murdered parents”

    It was originally believed the attack was a robbery gone wrong as cash and valuables were missing

    12:00 AM — A man accused of killing his parents had caused a fatal divide in his family because he is gay.Ryan Johnson, told police he was out drinking with friends when his parents, Terence and Josephine Johnson, were tied up, strangled and stabbed to death, he is currently being held in custody on preliminary charges.

  • Kidney transplant shows positives of gay relationships

    Bill Mokeler donated his kidney to Paul Sagon on Valentines Day to help him come off a dialysis machine

    12:00 AM — The US has reportedly completed its first successful husband to husband organ transplant in Massachusetts, in what is seen as a blow to anti gay marriage views.Bill Mokeler donated his kidney to Paul Sagon on Valentines Day to help him come off a dialysis machine, it has now been revealed that he is recovering nicely.

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