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Gay Amnesty International
Activists Form Network

Albertans Are Gay-Friendly

Caymans Will Not Legalize Gay Sex

ILGA Maps The Gay World

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

Gay Amnesty International Activists Form Network

amnestygay.jpg - 8.86 K Gay Amnesty International activists held their first international meeting March 26-28 in London and formed a committee to combat human-rights abuses based on sexual orientation.

Delegates from 25 countries on five continents attended the gathering.

"This meeting represents a major step forward in the status of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] human rights across the world," said one of the activists, Francisco Olivera of Argentina."
Albertans Are Gay-Friendly

canada3.gif - 5.29 K More than a few people were surprised by a new poll which found that 76 percent of Albertans support a ban on anti-gay discrimination and 51 percent think gay marriage is OK.

Alberta is frequently referred to as Canada's most conservative or redneck province.

The poll was conducted by the University of Calgary and the Calgary Herald newspaper.

Among Conservatives (Tories), 60 percent of women and 55 percent of men support gay marriage. Among members of the Reform Party, however, only 37 percent of women and 30 percent of men think gays should be allowed to tie the knot.
Caymans Will Not Legalize Gay Sex

The Cayman Islands government is up-in-arms over Britain's plan to offer U.K. citizenship to the residents of its colonies if the territories end corporal punishment, legalize gay sex and tighten controls to prevent money laundering.

The government said April 1: "We abide by the views of the vast majority of Caymanians who live in a Christian community based on firmly held religious beliefs that homosexuality should not be legalized."

Last year, the Caymans denied landing rights to a cruise ship carrying 900 gay men.

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British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says London is willing to force the changes on its Overseas Territories if they refuse to act. Gay sex is illegal in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, the Caymans and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Other dependent territories covered by the citizenship plan include Ascension Island, Bermuda, the Pitcairn Islands, St. Helena, South Georgia, Tristan de Cunha, the Chagos Islands, the British Antarctic Territory, and the South Sandwich Islands. People in Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands already have British citizenship.
ILGA Maps The Gay World

ilgalogo.gif - 6.38 K The web site of the International Lesbian and Gay Association offers a new country-by-country survey of the legal situation of lesbians and gays around the globe -- from criminal law to parenting, transgendered issues to AIDS.

ILGA's Nigel Warner cited this news column as a primary source of information for the project.

"Often it has seemed as though one could write the history of the LGBT movement in a particular country just from your archive," he said. "And on many occasions almost the only information we have on a country is from your archive. ... So, a heartfelt 'thank you' for your consistent, continuous, careful reporting over all these years."

The project can be accessed at

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