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May 2006

  • 31st May 2006

    Sex change laws dismiss transgender community 1

    The Vietnamese law will now be submitted for government approval

    12:00 AM — Vietnam's transgendered community has lost out in new laws which legalise sex changes only for androgynies.The legislation allows people with both male and female genital features but means those with physically distinct sexual identities are still not allowed the surgery.

  • Gay MEP backs clampdown on Polish homophobia

    Former EastEnder and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, president of the EU Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said: “This issue of incitement to violence in Poland, which goes uncriticised by the government, must come to an end. Ministers are now indulging in defamation and vilification of homosexuals in Poland

    12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to address mounting homophobia in Poland.The group expressed concerns about homophobic attitudes in Poland after a government minister advocated attacking people who take part in a pride march, due next week.

  • Transgendered fire-fighter wins discrimination case 1

    The fire-fighter claims that not being offered a “drive home” vehicle means that she can not respond to emergencies and this reduces her pay

    12:00 AM — An American fire-fighter has won a discrimination claim against Knoxville Fire Service ruling that she was harassed and victimised after undergoing a sex change.Fire Captain Jamie Faucon, filed a complaint against the Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes, claiming she was denied a car and overtime because she is a transgendered woman. She further claims that Mr Foulkes used the incorrect gender terminology to refer to her in conversations.

  • Big Brother accused of exploiting trans housemate 14

    So far the housemates seem to assume that Sam is a woman

    12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been criticised by mental health organisations for exploiting vulnerable people for entertainment.Health groups are concerned that contestants such as Shahbaz, and George, who left the house citing emotional issues, and Tourette's sufferer Pete along with pre op transsexual Sam, are being put under unfair stress by being in the house.

  • Transsexual prisoner wants State funded sex change

    The Department of Correction's lawyer, Richard McFarland, said surgery was refused because the prisoner may become a target for attacks

    12:00 AM — A transsexual serving a life sentence for murder has asked the State that jailed her to pay for a sex change operation.Michelle, 57, formerly Robert Kosilek, was married to a woman called Cheryl, but was jailed after strangling her in 1990.In 2002 a judge ruled that she was suffering from gender identity disorder but did not order the state to pay for a sex change.

  • Edinburgh hosts gay showcase

    One of the examples of campaign materials in the exhibition

    12:00 AM — A social history exhibition that celebrates Edinburgh's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities has been launched at the City Art Centre.Rainbow City is a joint project between the Living Memory Association and The City of Edinburgh Council, bringing together over two years of work within the LGBT communities by the Remember When project to document the history of these communities in the Scottish capital.

  • Transsexual considers legal action over sex change wait 1

    Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait

    12:00 AM — A transsexual is considering legal action against her Primary Care Trust after being told she must wait up to six years to have a sex change.Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait for an appointment, as well as a repeat assessment of around four years, which could mean she has to wait another six years in total.

  • Gay officer handed new role 7

    Brian Paddick first attracted public notoriety when as commander of Brixton Police, he pioneered a liberal attitude to cannabis

    12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, Britain's highest ranking gay policeman, has been moved to a less high profile role.The officer will retain his commissioner job but will no longer be in charge of the riot squad as part of Territorial Policing, after being given the task of setting up a new information system by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

  • Body found in search for missing gay man

    Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club

    12:00 AM — Police have discovered the body of a man in Spain during a search for a gay holidaymaker who has been missing for over two weeks.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at the Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.Mr Hoare, from Bognor Regis, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.

  • Gay group push for equality in faith schools 12

    The organisation also called for an education system where LGBT people, culture and history were visible to students

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools, is urging the government to ensure faith schools adhere to the terms of the incoming Equality Act which outlaws homophobic discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Schools Out warned that faith schools must not be allowed to discriminate against LGBT students.

  • Police interview Conservative councillor over ‘gay paedophile’ slur 14

    This is not the first time Mr Willows has spoken out against Brighton's gay community

    12:00 AM — A Conservative councillor accused of labelling gay people as paedophiles has been voluntarily interviewed by police in Brighton.Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation last week over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council.

  • Gay couples may get new legal rights

    The law would answer criticism that gay and married couples can gain legal rights through civil ceremonies and marriages, when unmarried partners cannot

    12:00 AM — Unmarried couples, including gay partners without a civil partnership, who live together, may be given the right to each other's wealth after a break up, according to plans produced today.The Law Commission, an independent legislation watchdog, has published a consultation document to define improvements to the rights of unmarried cohabiting couples after a rise in cases is expected from two to four million in the next 25 years.

  • Russian authorities blamed for gay pride violence 4

    Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters

    12:00 AM — The organisers of last weekend's Moscow Gay Pride have condemned the Russian authorities for causing the violence which resulted in over 120 arrests.Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, were arrested along with nationalists and religious protesters.

  • 30th May 2006

    Batwoman returns as a lesbian 3

    Artist Alex Ross's depiction of Batwoman

    12:00 AM — Batwoman is to make a comeback as a "lipstick lesbian," according to reports.The heroine, real name Kathy Kane, will appear in 52, a cartoon series published by DC ComicsA spokesman for DC Comics confirmed to the BBC that the character will be a rich socialite who has a romantic history with ex police detective Renee Montoya, in a Superman, and Batman free world.

  • Only 9% of gay men protected from HIV 3

    The survey of 126 countries found 38.6 million people have HIV with young people becoming increasing affected

    12:00 AM — Improved planning, funding and leadership is needed to combat the worldwide AIDs epidemic, according to the United Nations.UNAIDS, which aims to create programmes to combat HIV/AIDs, produced a report today claiming that HIV is still an "exceptional threat" although it is slowing down in some places.

  • Conservative group question gay inclusive list

    Right wing Conservatives are warning Tory leader David Cameron to resist political correctness when selecting representatives

    12:00 AM — Right wing Conservatives are warning Tory leader David Cameron to resist political correctness when selecting representatives and choose local candidates who know about their area.The Cornerstone Group called the party's "A list" of parliamentary candidates "pseuds and posers of London's chichi set and not enough time in normal Britain."

  • HIV charity calls for international action on AIDs

    12:00 AM — On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the first medical report of AIDS, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for renewed international action to tackle the World-wide epidemic.From 31st of May to the 2nd of June Nick Partridge, chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be at the United Nations' comprehensive review and high level meeting on HIV and AIDS in New York, where the 'Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS' will be reviewed.

  • Lesbian artist headlines Outgames 1

    The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006

    12:00 AM — Lesbian singer K D Lang and the theatre production of Cirque du Soleil have been signed up to perform at this year's Outgames.The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006 with more than 16,000 participants in the sport, cultural and International Conference programmes.

  • Bible allows gay marriage, bishop claims 2

    The House of Bishops will discuss the issue of homosexuality next week according to the paper

    12:00 AM — The Bible supports same sex partnerships, a senior Church of England bishop has claimed.Reverend Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, has fuelled the Church's row over gay marriage and gay clergyman by stating that traditionalists should be "converted" to see gay unions are allowed according to scriptures.

  • Senate leader accused of distracting voters with gay marriage 4

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman

    12:00 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solmonese criticised Senate majority leader Bill Frist for attacking gay Americans with the upcoming debate on gay marriage.The Federal Marriage Amendment, to be debated on June 6 2006, would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thereby making any same-sex marriage in the US illegal.

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