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# LGBT Rights

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# Gay Therapy
California bans therapy to 'reverse' homosexuality in minors
The state’s governor says the legislation should relegate such treatments “to the dustbin of quackery”.
# Homosexuality
Supporting homosexuality is ‘for capitalists’, says Iranian president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied that his criticism of homosexuality amounted to a denial of individual freedoms.
# Gay Marriage
Australian parliament votes down proposal for same-sex marraige
The government allows MPs to have a free vote in the House of Representatives – meaning a 98-42 defeat.
# France
French government unveils details of plans to allow gay marriage
Gays will also be allowed to adopt children, either as individuals or as a couple, from 2013 onward.
# LGBT Rights
Dublin City Council to vote on motion supporting gay marriage
A motion before the council’s monthly meeting tomorrow night asks it to support “the same rights and entitlements” for all.
Column: ‘A little girl in rural Ireland’ – My experience growing up transgender
Stacey gives a personal account of life as a transgender person in a small Irish town.
# whoops
VIDEO: Protestor gets more fire than he bargained for
This demonstrator against same-sex marriage tried to make his point outside a corporate HQ. It didn’t go according to plan.
# LGBT Rights
Astronaut Sally Ride sparks posthumous debate on coming out
The first American woman in space kept her coming out until her self-penned obituary. Some wish she’d done it earlier.
# Scotland
Scotland to press ahead with plans to legalise same-sex marriage
The Scottish government says it will try to amend UK law, so that celebrants who refuse to marry gays cannot be prosecuted.
Column: For politicians, the gay marriage debate is a careful calculation
The stakes are high for elected representatives in picking a stance on same-sex marriage, writes Scott de Buitléir – and don’t they know it.
# Equality
Gay marriage: Cork city council passes landmark motion in support
Transport minister Leo Varadkar has also expressed cautious support for full marriage equality.
Column: Shouldn’t we be over gay people in the workplace?
Many workers still feel they have to hide their sexual orientation, writes Davin Roche. Changing this would be good for business.
# Equality
Gay marriage: Shatter joins Gilmore in support
The justice minister has become the second senior Cabinet member to show support for full marriage equality.
# Proposition 8
Californian ban on gay marriage set for Supreme Court hearing
An appeals court has struck down an appeal in rehear the case – and supporters of the ban say they’re heading for D.C.
# LGBT Rights
Department promises 'mopping up' measures to give tax equality to same-sex couples
The Department of Finance commits to making the final changes necessary to give equal treatment to same-sex partners.
# Bullying
Romney denies deliberately bullying gay schoolmates
The Republican presidential candidate apologised after reports he led a group who cut off a gay classmate’s long hair.
# Same-Sex Marriage
Obama breaks silence with full support for gay marriage
He became the first US president to support full marriage equality, saying his daughters have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.
# Gay Marriage
US vice-president Biden backs gay marriage
Joe Biden is the highest-ranking US politician to come out in support of equal marriage rights.
# London
London mayor bans anti-gay ads from city buses
Boris Johnson intervenes to stop the ‘Core Values Trust’ from taking out ads advocating therapy for homosexuals.
# Miss Universe
Miss Universe to allow transgender contestants from 2013
The contest will allow transgender women from next year, following the outcry when a Canadian entrant was kicked out.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Tuesday
All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.
# LGBT Rights
Quinn will back move to stop discrimination against gay teachers
The education minister is “determined” to amend laws allowing schools to discriminate on the basis of their religious ethos.
# Bullying
Quinn confirms anti-bullying forum to take place in May
The forum will be established alongside a working group on tackling homophobic, racist and cyber-bullying.
# Fine Gael
FG members vote to prioritise same-sex marriage in convention
The result of the vote means that all of Ireland’s major political parties are in favour of considering a referendum.
# Gay Marriage
New Hampshire quashes attempt to ban gay marriage
A large Republican majority in the state House of Representatives is not enough to overturn laws allowing full gay marriage.
# Gay Marriage
Catholic Church moves against gay marriage proposals
The Pope has denounced the “powerful” US gay marriage lobby, while Catholics in Britain have been urged to defend heterosexual unions.
# Sweden
Sweden blocks plans to overturn sex-change sterilisation law
Sweden’s government delays proposals to overturn laws which require people undergoing sex changes to be surgically sterilised.
Column: Homophobic bullying is taking young lives, yet it’s treated as harmless
Most adults in Ireland can now be openly gay, writes Michael Barron – but the reality for young people is very different.
# Human Rights
US could make gay rights a condition of foreign aid
“Gay rights are human rights,” says Hillary Clinton, announcing that the US will use diplomatic tools to promote LGBT rights.
# Courts
'Campaign for Conscience' lodges Supreme Court challenge to same-sex partnerships
The Mayo-based group believes major parts of the Civil Partnership Act are in conflict with the Constitution and therefore illegal.
# Equality
Russia faces protests over 'gay propaganda' law
The St Petersburg legislation would effectively ban any gay pride events for promoting “sodomy or lesbianism”
Column: Eamon Delaney’s attack on gay people is full of all the oldest tricks
Journalist Eamon Delaney may claim to stand for equality – but his assertions are nothing but the usual homophobic bullying, writes GCN editor Brian Finnegan.
# Courts
Gilligan and Zappone vow to continue with Supreme Court appeal
The Supreme Court denies the lesbian couple permission to add a claim of unconstitutionality to their long-running appeals.
# Race for the Áras
Gay Mitchell: "I will sign any bill that's constitutional"
Fine Gael’s Presidential candidate says he will sign any bill put before him – and insists he has no prejudice against gay people.
# Blood Ban
Ireland won't lift ban on MSM blood donors, despite British move
Britain relaxes its ban on blood donations from men who sleep with men, but there are no plans for a similar move in Ireland.
Column: Why should our love be valued less than anyone else’s?
Most people think same-sex couples should have full marriage equality – so what’s taking so long, asks Kirsten Fjoser.
# Going Gaga
'Thousands of fans' details' stolen from Lady Gaga website
The singer’s UK fan site is hacked by ‘SwagSec’, with names and email addresses of thousands of fans copied.
# Aids
Homosexuality 'a disease', claims India's health minister
Homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and is causing the spread of HIV, says the man in charge of the health of 1.2 billion people.
Column: Football is failing its gay and lesbian fans - as well as players
Football associations have put the boot into racism. Now it’s time to tackle the rampant homophobia as well, writes’s Mick Reynolds.
# Uganda
Uganda delays anti-gay bill amid international outcry
A bill that would propose the death penalty for some gays is shelved – but could be set for discussion again on Friday.