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March 2006

  • 17th March 2006

    Gay banker’s sacking was “fair but not perfect” 4

    The head of the disciplinary hearing last year, Charles Laughton-Scott, told the Stratford tribunal, “We considered it had been a fair process. Was it perfect? No“

    12:00 AM — HSBC handled a gay banker's dismissal in a fair but not perfect way, a senior HSBC executive admitted to an employment tribunal yesterday.Peter Lewis, the bank's former equity head, was sacked after a disciplinary hearing where a fellow employee accused him of masturbating in front of him, but Mr Lewis claims he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.

  • Gay student suing school after expulsion 1

    Lawyers defending the school said the memo was “very troubling“

    12:00 AM — A former medical student claims to have evidence that he was expelled from his university because he was gay.Jeevan Padiyar, 29, told Manhattan Supreme Court that he had discovered a memo from a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, which contains homophobic comments.

  • Gay officer heats up tube shooting debate 8

    Brian Paddick may face a probe from The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) for leaking the information

    12:00 AM — A senior gay police officer has revealed he may pursue legal action against the Metropolitan police to defend claims that a member of Met chief Sir Ian Blair's private team knew the Stockwell Tube shooting victim Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after his death.Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick believes he is being accused of lying after the Met said that rumours of a senior officer knowing Mr Menezes was wrongfully shot just six hours after his death were untrue.

  • Gay star’s partner says no to Wife Swap

    Michael Barrymore will appear on a gay celebrity Wife Swap

    12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has refused to take part in a gay celebrity Wife Swap episode with TV presenter Michael Barrymore.Kenny Goss ruled out the switch at the Terrence Higgins Trust celebrity auction at Christies this week, where a dinner date with his partner was auctioned off.

  • Gay couple’s civil celebrations blocked

    The incoming Equality Bill would make it against the law for service providers such as hotels, to refuse products and access

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were not allowed to celebrate their civil partnership ceremony after a hotel refused to accept large celebrations.The four star, New World Hotel , told Richard Minns and Paul Rice that same sex celebrations could not have more than eight people at the reception.

  • Scottish hoteliers fear equal gay rights 2

    The Equality Act is expected to come into force in October

    12:00 AM — The Equality Act, which gives gays and lesbians equal access to products and services, could cause big loss for Highland tourism, it has been claimed.Hotel owners have voiced fears that religious views in the area could see places being shut down and tourists deliberately staying away.

  • Former nurse jailed for murdering gay pensioner

    Mark Pacelli Papazian, 50, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty

    12:00 AM — A man was jailed for 23 years today for murdering a gay retired English teacher who had treated him as a lover.The former psychiatric nurse was imprisoned after being found guilty of killing 65 year old Roger Hendra at his flat in Hampstead, London, last June.

  • St Patrick’s organiser compares gays to Nazis 2

    Ms Quinn, New York's first openly gay council leader, stayed away from the celebrations after Mr Dunleavey said Irish gay groups could not be involved as he wanted to keep politics out of the day

    12:00 AM — The organiser of today's St Patrick's Day parade in New York has created further controversy over banning gay groups from the march after comparing Irish gays to Neo-Nazis.In an interview with the Irish Times, John Dunleavy, said: "If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?"

  • 16th March 2006

    Czech gays given marriage rights 1

    Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill

    12:00 AM — The Czech lower parliament has overruled a presidential veto on gay marriage to allow same sex couples to register their relationships, gain access to each other's health information and raise children.Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill claiming it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives and inhibited on the traditional views of family.

  • Gay barman in “rape lie” 1

    The jury heard that Mr Schwan became upset during an evening out and that he felt there was someone outside who wanted to “get him“.

    12:00 AM — A gay barman is being accused of perverting the course of justice after telling police he had been raped.Daniel Schwan, 29, an employee of the Chicago Rock Café in Hertfordshire, is on trial at a Cheshunt court for alleging he was attacked in a railway station car park.

  • Gay man challenges inheritance laws

    His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir

    12:00 AM — A gay man in South Africa is to contest a law which stops him inheriting his dead partner's estate.Mark Gory had a gay marriage ceremony with his partner who later died without leaving a will. His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir.

  • 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.

  • Gay Navy officers to march with pride 2

    The Royal Navy was the first of the UK armed forces to sign up to a Stonewall scheme to promote fair treatment of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the workplace

    12:00 AM — Navy officers may be allowed to wear their uniforms at this year's EuroPride event in London, according to newspaper reports.The Royal Navy is expected to push the proposal at a conference on gay rights later today in an address by second sea lord, Vice Admiral Adrian Johns.He will refer to the navy's work with gay group Stonewall and the possibility of an "overt service presence" at the parade on July 1.

  • Homophobia being kicked out of sport

    The MPs welcomed Stonewall FC's efforts in challenging homophobia within sport

    12:00 AM — Gay footballers are looking to give homophobia a thrashing after highlighting the issue in a 7-0 friendly victory against the UK Parliamentary Football Club.The match, between gay football team Stonewall FC and the all party parliamentary side, was arranged to raise awareness of homophobia.

  • Gay Mormon faces dismissal 1

    A gay Mormon group, Affirmation, believe that his dismissal would be the first time a Mormon in a gay partnership has been punished in this way

    12:00 AM — A gay Mormon is facing expulsion from the church after marrying his partner in Canada.Buckley Jeppson has revealed that he received a verbal warning that his actions oppose the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that disciplinary action may be taken.

  • Minister cleared after conducting gay marriages

    She was tried by the judicial body with the threat of a 30 year ban from the ministry

    12:00 AM — A Presbyterian minister has escaped punishment for officiating over the marriage unions of two lesbian couples.The commission of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, ruled that the Rev. Janie Adams Spahr actions were justified within her "right of conscience" as a Christian when she performed the commitment ceremonies.

  • 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.

  • Benefits mix up leaves gay couple in the dark

    Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were left with no utilities for two days because changes in the law caused them to lose a significant amount of their benefits.Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter after the Civil Partnership Act legislated that gay couples no longer receive separate benefits.

  • Report slams gay housing provisions 2

    spokeswoman from the Mid Wales Housing Association told PinkNews.co.uk: “We don't make any distinctions between who the partnership is between, there is total equality“

    12:00 AM — Housing providers have a severe lack of knowledge of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) housing requirements, according to a study.A report by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales revealed gaps in housing provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, which they blame on homophobia and low awareness of the needs of the gay community.

  • Gay singer auctioned for HIV charity

    The auction, now in its tenth year, was held at Christie's and saw a fantastic array of luxury items, bespoke packages and 'money can't buy' experiences (courtesy of: Salamander Photo)

    12:00 AM — An erotic Tracey Emin print and a night out with gay star George Michael were two of the auction lots which helped to raise over £230,000 at the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night.The auction, sponsored by Barclays, was attended by Tracey, Kenny and other celebrity supportersincluding Penny Smith, Richard Arnold, Lee Otway and Lord Brockett.

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