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General: gays can't command
General Raymundo Nonato, of Brazil,
appeared before a senate commission
hearing as he is being considered for
placement in Brazil's top military court,
stating that gay soldiers should not be allowed
to command troops. While Brazilian soldiers are
allowed to be open about their sexuality, General
Nonato said that a gay soldier "will not be obeyed by
his subordinates in combat situations".
After the hearing, Gen Nonato was unanimously
approved for his selection. Gay rights groups attacked the
decision and the Brazilian Bar Association.
Albania laws "a victory"
Recent gay rights laws passed in Albania
outlaw homophobic discrimination but
still prohibit same-sex marriage. Like
many anti-discrimination laws, the law
gives protection to citizens against discrimination on
grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnicity, religion and
Until 1995, homosexuality carried a ten-year prison
sentence in Albania. The Alliance Against Discrimination
said the new law is "a victory for democracy and for
human rights for all Albanians". Albanian Prime Minister
Sali Berisha has said he supports gay marriage.
Nepal moves forward
Nepal is welcoming a gay wedding and
hoping the publicity gains the country
valuable tourist dollars. Openly gay Indian
price Manvendra Singh Gohil will be marrying
his partner in a Hindu ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The country is hoping that the wedding will increase gay
tourists and the valuable tourist dollar.
Nepal's tourist industry is still reeling from the brutal,
decade-long civil war that ended in 2006.
Although only about 500,000 foreign tourists traveled
to Nepal last year, the Government has set itself a target
of attracting a million tourists next year.
Canadian Queer mags take funding hit
rules for how publica-
hich could potentially
ands fewer dollars for
queer magazines. The
ada Periodical Fund,
the Canadian Heritage
up, has recently released
details of the aid-to-
ublishers budget. The
ew fund replaces two
ital sources of funding
for Canadian publica-
tions --- the Canada
Magazine Fund and
the Publications As-
Matt Mills, the edi-
torial director of Fab
Magazine, says he's
ot surprised by the
w regulations of the
da Periodical Fund
ferred to them as the
y, terribly, terribly sad,"
ere are going to be a
whole lot of publishers who are no longer eli-
gible for the kind of support that they needed
to keep going and, although Fab is not among
them, there will certainly be publications that
disappear because of lack of access to this
The new rules stipulate that publications
must sell at least 5,000 copies per year to be
eligible for assistance. As queer magazines
have been part of the minority publication
group, they have been exempt from minimum
subscription requirements. However, GLBT
titles have been seen to "ser ve a large group
across Canada, and have demonstrated that
they can reach large groups of readers," said a
spokesperson from Candian Heritage.
Niche magazines needing funding are seen
as the Aboriginal, cultural and official lan-
guage minority publications and were given
a lower minimum requirement of 2,500 paid
Mills says it's a particularly bad time for
publications to lose funding because advertis-
ing revenues everywhere are down.
"There will be an effect --- there's no doubt
about that," says Mills. "But we'll adjust some
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