31st May 2006
Sex change laws dismiss transgender community 1
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.