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  • 15th January 2008

    Gay couple’s home targeted in arson attack 1

    The city's branch of the Rainbow Project was first informed about the incident and the police were told on Friday.

    11:45 AM — A Northern Ireland MP has spoken out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.A lit disposable lighter was left against the front door of their home in the city of Londonderry, causing minor damage.The News Letter reports that the couple are so distressed by the incident, which took place last Wednesday, that they may leave the area.

  • 14th January 2008

    LGBT youth leader on child porn charges 9

    Jamie Rennie, 37, is charged with sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing, reports The Herald.

    12:45 PM — The chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland has been remanded in custody charged with possession of indecent images of a child or children under the age of 18.Jamie Rennie, 37, is also charged with sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing, reports The Herald. He was committed for trial on December 24th.He has been suspended from LGBT Youth Scotland, a national organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

  • 11th January 2008

    Gay activists cleared by Russian court

    The acquitted activists are considering suing the police for illegal arrest and detention.

    4:30 PM — A group of LGBT rights campaigners arrested at a polling station in Russia during December's elections have been acquitted.More than two dozen activists came to vote at the polling station to protest against the electoral process and the homophobic stance of all political parties including President Vladimir Putin's United Russia.Mayor Luzhkov, the city's homophobic Mayor, headed the Moscow list for the party and cast his vote at the polling station an hour after the arrests.

  • Baby taken away from Brazilian gay couple 2

    The official, Cláudio Santos de Moraes, said he was not being homophobic when he fought for the couple to lose custody of the baby.

    3:14 PM — A government official who successfully fought to take an adopted baby away from a gay couple in Brazil has said that "gay couples are abnormal."Last Monday 70 people gathered in San Jose do Rio Preto, a small town outside of Sao Paulo, to protest against the baby being removed from the care of a 30-year-old transsexual hairdresser, Roberta Góes Luiz, and her partner."I've been through three psychological evaluations successfully. I have my own home," Roberta told O Globo .

  • Man unhappy at sentence for boyfriend’s killer 2

    Judge Brian Barker described the events in the park as “a dispute over dogs which was blown up out of all proportion.“

    2:50 PM — A 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues has been sentenced two and a half years in prison.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked in September as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park, south east London.He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.

  • 10th January 2008

    Trans woman claims sexual discrimination

    Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.

    4:40 PM — A 59-year-old woman from Plymouth is taking a college to an employment tribunal claiming she was not chosen for a job because she is a transsexual.Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.Ms Leslie believes she was qualified for the post as student union assistant, which mainly consisted of organising events for students and paid a pro-rata salary of £13,500 a year.

  • Student apologises for legal challenge to gay law question 1

    A question came up in Mr Dunne's bar exam last year concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.

    12:02 PM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam and then brought a lawsuit claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to same-sex marriage has apologised to the gay community.In a letter to Boston paper Bay Windows Stephen Dunne called his legal action misguided."I have regrettably perpetuated intolerance and animosity towards my fellow Americans," he wrote. "My religiously-based discrimination of gay people was callous and diametrically opposed to America's core principles of freedom and equality."

  • 9th January 2008

    42-year-old builder guilty of harassing gay teenager 13

    Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.

    4:15 PM — A man who waged a campaign of abuse against a 17-year-old boy has been convicted by a court in Wales of harassment.Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.The father of four tried to claim to police that he did not know the word 'faggot' was an abusive term and claimed in court that the 17-year-old made the whole thing up.

  • Police top gay employers list in Scotland and Wales 1

    South Wales Police was named the most gay-friendly employer in the principality.

    11:20 AM — Lothian and Borders police has been named the most gay-friendly employer in Scotland.The force came 11th in the UK list, up from 80th in 2007.Stonewall published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index (WEI) today.It showcases Britain's top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

  • 8th January 2008

    Dykes on Bikes trademark approved by US court

    The motorcycle club applied for a trademark in 2003 after using Dykes on Bikes for three decades as the moniker of the motorised unit that leads San Francisco's annual Gay Pride Parade.

    3:08 PM — A San Francisco women's motorcycle club on Monday gained long-sought legal approval for its trademark of the name "Dykes on Bikes" when the US Supreme Court turned away a challenge from a lawyer who said the term denigrated men.Without comment, the justices denied review of an appeal by Michael McDermott of Dublin, California, who challenged a decision by the US Patent and Trademark Office to grant the San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent exclusive rights over the commercial use of Dykes on Bikes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

  • Gay marriage opponents form new advisory group

    Capitol Building in Montpelier, Vermont. Photo: deCadmus@flickr.com.

    2:40 PM — Opponents of gay marriage in the US state of Vermont are to form an advisory council that will expound the benefits of traditional marriage.After spending months boycotting legislative hearings on expanding marriage rights to same-sex couples, now several prominent opponents of gay marriage will announce at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday morning the formation of the Vermont Marriage Advisory Council, a group that will hold hearings on the benefits of traditional marriage.

  • Trans woman denied breast enlargement surgery

    The hospital does allow female patients who are not transgender the right to breast-enlargement surgeries.

    11:40 AM — A trans woman is suing a Catholic hospital, claiming medical officials blocked her from getting breast enlargement surgery there because she had a sex-change operation.Charlene Hastings, 57, told The [San Jose] Mercury News that when she called Seton Medical Centre, a Catholic hospital in in Daly City, California, to inquire about breast enlargement surgery, an official told her it wasn't "God's will" for her to have such a treatment, because "God made you a man."

  • 7th January 2008

    Sweden: Gay man’s attacker may have struck before

    Stockholm police have searched the suspect's house and inspected his computer and now think he may have attacked other gay men.

    4:25 PM — A Swedish man arrested last weekend for beating up a gay man might be responsible for more homophobic attacks, Stockholm police said.The suspect, aged 35, allegedly attacked a 44-year-old man who was found injured in his home. The man was arrested at 5pm on Friday.The victim suffered injuries that might leave him permanently disabled, although he is now in a stable condition.The men met on a contact web site.

  • Ireland to recognise UK civil partnerships 15

    Last month Ireland's Minister of Justice rejected the possibility of a referendum to allow gay marriage.

    2:20 PM — The Republic of Ireland will recognise same-sex marriages, civil unions and civil partnerships from other countries when it legalises same-sex unions later this year.The Irish Times reports that "civil unions or weddings will have the same legal recognition as new civil partnerships in Ireland, as long as they meet a number of conditions."The UK already recognises same-sex unions and marriages from nearly 20 countries, including Canada, the US and France.

  • Christian registrar refuses to perform civil partnerships 11

    18,000 civil partnerships took place in the UK since they were introduced in December 2005 and the end of December 2006.

    12:05 PM — An official in the London Borough of Islington is taking the council to court because she claims she should be exempted from performing civil partnership ceremonies.The unnamed marriage registrar, who is a devout Christian, has refused to take part in any of the 600-plus civil partnerships entered into in the borough since they became legal just over two years ago.Yesterday an Islington council spokesperson told the Evening Standard:"A claim has been made to an employment tribunal."

  • 4th January 2008

    Tax victory for California’s same-sex couples

    The Board of Equalisation is a state agency in charge of fee collections and tax administration.

    3:30 PM — An attempt by tax officials in California to overturn property tax protections for domestic partners has been halted by the state's Supreme Court.The ruling has been hailed as a major victory by gay rights activists.California's Court of Appeal had previously affirmed the validity of a Board of Equalisation rule that protects domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple's home.

  • Magistrate to re-appeal over gay adoption row 9

    Andrew McClintock's legal action against the Lord Chancellor was rejected by an employment tribunal.

    3:01 PM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on is to appeal for the second time.In March 64-year-old Andrew McClintock's legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said.

  • New ‘divorce’ rights for Australian gay couples

    The Family Court, which has jurisdiction over gay and de facto custody disputes, will adjudicate the division of assets.

    1:30 PM — Gay and de facto couples in Australia who break up are set to win the same property rights as married couples.Unmarried couples will be able to settle their differences in Family Court thanks to Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls, who won Commonwealth and state backing for the federal law to be changed.Previously these couples were obliged to split their assets in state courts, which were more costly, more complicated and took longer than the Family Court.

  • 3rd January 2008

    Sperm donor child support case under review

    Andy Bathie, a 37-year-old fireman from London, provided sperm to civil partners Sharon and Terri Arnold.

    12:10 PM — A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple and was subsequently made to pay child support has revealed that his case is being reviewed by the Child Support Agency.Andy Bathie, a 37-year-old fireman from London, provided sperm to civil partners Sharon and Terri Arnold.As this was a private arrangement not organised through the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), he is legally the father.

  • Straight bouncer wins damages from gay club 1

    Ms Legg was awarded £3,222 for unfair dismissal and a further £3,000 for injured feelings.

    11:20 AM — A heterosexual woman has been awarded more than £6,000 in damages from Bournemouth's largest gay nightclub.Sharon Legg, a 33-year-old mum of four, took her case to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked without warning."I made this complaint for gay people, straight people, anyone who has ever been harassed. I'm like a bulldog, I don't let go," Ms Legg told the Dorset Echo .

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