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Saturday, October 02, 2004

Gay cops receive support in Fiji

The director of Fiji's Human Rights Commission said the agency supports police plans to recognize and support gay cops, the Fiji Times reported Aug. 28.

Director Shaista Shameem said Fiji's Constitution guarantees all Fijians equal rights under the law.

"If the Fiji Police Force was to deny access to employment to police officers based on their sexual orientation, this would be a violation of Section 38 of the 1997 Constitution," she said.

Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes called the issue of gay cops "sensitive."

"But we have to deal with it," he told the Times. "I am preparing a paper for my board of management to endorse. Obviously, any sort of relationship cannot be brought into the workplace."


Government funds gay archive

The government of the Canadian province of Ontario has given the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives $150,000 (US$113,000).

The money came through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is an agency of the Ministry of Culture. The foundation is funded by state-run casinos.

An Archives spokesperson said the money will help the organization relocate to the heart of Toronto's gay neighborhood and hire its first full-time employee.


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