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  • 20th February 2008

    Spanish judge suspended over lesbian ruling

    Spain is credited with having some of Europe's most liberal gay rights legislation.

    4:45 PM — A judge in Spain who ordered a mother to choose between her partner and her daughters, because "a homosexual environment threatened their education," has been suspended.The body which supervises the judiciary in that country, the General Council for Judicial Power, has suspended Fernando Ferrín Calamita and a complaint about his behaviour is under investigation.The woman, from Murcia, south east Spain, was faced with the impossible choice after her husband discovered her in a compromising position with another woman.

  • School murder of gay teen spurs new legislation 24

    Lawrence King, who self-identified as gay, was shot in the head by McInerney during a class last Tuesday.

    1:50 PM — The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old gay student in Oxnard, California has spurred the introduction of a new diversity education bill by state Assemblyman Mike Eng.Lawrence King was killed on February 12th by classmate Brandon McInerney, 14, at E.O. Green Junior High School.Mr Eng said he hopes the new bill will establish school diversity and sensitivity training to help prevent such tragedies in the future.

  • Gay man murdered at Surrey cruising spot 9

    Any witnesses or anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222, or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    1:15 PM — Police have launched a murder investigation after a man in his 50s was stabbed at a public toilet in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.The victim was discovered near Walton Bridge at 3pm yesterday. He was taken by air ambulance to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey where he died at 5.30pm.A police spokesperson said the victim was gay and described the toilets where he was attacked as "a popular meeting place for men."

  • Moscow gays want one million euros compensation for Pride ban

    Activists plan to try to stage another gay Pride march on May 27th this year.

    7:10 AM — The ban placed on the organisation of a gay Pride march in Moscow in 2007 was a breach of human rights, the organisers have said in a letter to the European Court of Human Rights.They are asking the court to rule on the ban and want one million euros compensation.The legal action against the Russian authorities is the second brought by Moscow Pride organisers, who are also asking for a ruling on the 2006 Pride march ban.

  • 19th February 2008

    Victim of homophobic thug still haunted by attack 2

    On Friday, Lockwood he was jailed for ten years for the “murderous“ attack.

    2:00 PM — A gay man whose home was torched by a prolific young thug as he and his partner slept inside has said he is still haunted by the attack.Nick Hughes battled the fire which started when Sonny Lockwood poured petrol through the letter box his home in New Addington, Croydon before igniting it with a parachute flare.While he fought the flames naked, he ordered his partner Peter Cameron to remain in their bedroom with the door closed, thinking he would have a better chance of survival.

  • Tribunal told about homophobia at BMW showroom 2

    The employment tribunal in Southampton, Hants, continues.

    12:40 AM — A gay salesman was forced to leave his job at a luxury car dealership after colleagues repeatedly made homophobic comments towards him, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Hamilton, 26, claims his workmates at a BMW showroom branded him "the nice poof", "faggot" and "bender Ben."He told the hearing he was also banned from wearing pink clothing to work.

  • 18th February 2008

    March date for Sharia “gay” trial in Nigeria 22

    Predominantly Muslim states in Nigeria introduced Sharia law, a legal system based on Islamic theory and philosophy of justice, in 2000.

    1:40 PM — The trial of eighteen young men in Nigeria charged with dressing in female clothing and attending a gay wedding may be part of a campaign to reintroduce legislation targeting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.Cary Alan Johnson of the Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) was in Nigeria last week to meet the men and their lawyers.He has expressed serious doubts as to whether the men can get a fair trial. All aged between 18 and 21, they were detained by the Islamic "vice squad" at a hotel in Bauchi city, Nigeria in August 2007.

  • Riots in Senegal over gay “wedding” photos 5

    Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalises homosexuality.  photo: erik kristensen@flickr.com

    11:45 AM — Gangs of protestors clashed with riot police in Dakar on Friday after a magazine published photos of an alleged wedding between two men.Newspapers and radio stations in the Senegalese capital have been filled with stories about the arrest and release of several men after tabloid magazine Icone ran the photos in their February edition.Friday's demonstration, which took place in front of Dakar's main mosque, had initially been authorised by police.

  • 17th February 2008

    New Jersey gay unions are “second-class” marriages 46

    Gay unions are “second-class“ the report found

    12:08 PM — Civil unions in New Jersey have are a "second-class" form of marriage for gays and lesbians, an official report has found.The Associated Press, have obtained a copy of the report (due to be published on Tuesday) that finds that couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal does not experience the legal complications associated with New Jersey.

  • Tourist denied entry to gay club because “he was black”

    The Commission for Gender Equality have intimated that it would refer the case to the Equality court

    11:12 AM — The owner of a gay club in South Africa has offered to apologise to a Belgian tourist who said he was refused entry because he was black.Bruno Bronn, who wasn't on duty when the alleged incident occurred defended the club saying that staff were "far from racist."Tourist, Aridi Amipi was denied entry while his English, white friend was.

  • 15th February 2008

    California gay teen murdered at school 25

    A fourteen-year-old boy, Brandon McInerney, has been arrested and charged with murder.

    11:30 AM — A fifteen-year-old boy shot in the head by a fellow pupil at school on Tuesday has been declared brain dead.Lawrence King, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, was shot twice while in class at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.A fourteen-year-old boy, Brandon McInerney has been arrested and charged with murder.

  • Irish judge sets resolution deadline in landmark trans case

    Dr Foy will now be able to claim compensation. She has been awarded costs.

    10:30 AM — The High Court in Dublin declared yesterday that birth registration laws in Ireland are in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.Mr Justice Liam McKechnie has given the Irish government two months to decide how to resolve the issue.His ruling follows the case of Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist who underwent gender reassignment surgery.

  • 13th February 2008

    Same-sex couples to stage St Valentine’s Day protest

    Tyler is prepared for the possibility that the California Supreme Court may not decide in her favour.

    5:55 PM — Getting married has been a goal for long-time partners Robin Tyler and Diane Olson for each of the past six Valentine's Days, and this year will be no different.They'll be turned away, of course, since their home state of California doesn't allow same-sex marriages, but Tyler hardly seems heartbroken by that inevitability."It's all about raising awareness," says the Los Angeles-based activist, comedienne and producer.

  • Rainbow flag flies over police headquarters

    LGBT History Month is being celebrated with hundreds of events across the country throughout February.

    5:15 PM — A police force named as the best employer for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Scotland is celebrating LGBT History Month by flying the rainbow flag.The public display of support at Lothian and Borders Police headquarters in Edinburgh has been welcomed by gay rights organisation Stonewall, who compile the list of top employers.However, not everyone was pleased.

  • Lesbians sue in Colorado for right to marry

    The couple were arrested when the office closed for the day and issued with citations for trespassing.

    11:10 AM — A lesbian couple are asking a court to rule that an amendment to a US state constitution banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.Kate Burns and Shiela Schroeder argues that the voter-approved amendment is religious in nature.They are due to appear in court this week charged with trespassing. The couple were arrested in September last year.

  • 12th February 2008

    South African police to act against homophobic officers

    Last week human rights groups and gay activists launched the 07-07-07 Campaign.

    4:02 PM — South Africa's Police Inspectorate has promised "decisive action" against officers who ridicule gay people or ignore homophobic hate crimes.Last week human rights groups and gay activists launched the 07-07-07 Campaign.On that day last year two lesbian women, 34 year old Sizakele Sigasa and 23 year old Salome Masooa, were raped, tortured and killed in Meadowlands, Soweto.

  • Gay rights leader attacked in Brazil 1

    Activists estimate that more than 2,680 gay people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2006.

    3:40 PM — The President of Sao Paulo's Gay Pride Association was hospitalised after he was attacked at their offices yesterday.Alexandre Peixe dos Santos was gagged, hooded and beaten by an unknown number of attackers.The association organises one of the largest gay rights parades in the world. Last year three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest party in the world.

  • 11th February 2008

    Court backs children’s books encouraging gay tolerance

    A court rejected the claims of parents who said exposing their children to such books violated their ability to direct the religious training of their children.

    11:20 AM — A Massachusetts federal appeals court ruled last week that an elementary school can continue to use children's books that encourage tolerance for gay people.The ACLU welcomed the decision, which rejected the claims of parents who said exposing their children to such books violated their ability to direct the religious training of their children.There has never been a federal case finding a constitutional right of parents to exempt their children from exposure to books used in public schools.

  • Israeli attorney general rules gay couples can jointly adopt

    Israel has followed other countries in allowing gay couples to jointly adopt

    12:10 AM — The attorney general of Israel ruled on Sunday that gay couples will be allowed to jointly adopt children that are not biologically linked to either partner. Menachem Mazuz ruled that there was no legal basis for differing treatment of gay couples to straight couples.His ruling means that gay couples will be entitled to the same rights as adopted parents as straight couples.But former deputy welfare minitster Avraham Ravitz told Haretz that the government's decision is "hallucinatory."

  • 9th February 2008

    Homophobia within police force soars 13

    Complaints within the force have risen year on year

    3:18 PM — Complaints about homophobia within the police force have risen by almost a quarter in the past year according to the Gay Police Association.The association received 350 calls in 2007, 90 more than in 2006. However, it is estimated that 7,000 homophobic incidents each year are not reported. Chairman of the Gay Police Association Paul Cahill said: "We've had some officers refusing to work with gay officers but also slightly more sinister expressions of homophobia.

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