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  • 4th October 2007

    Firefighters fined for disturbing cruising ground activity 41

    The firefighters had been en route from Temple Fire Station to Avonmouth Fire Station at 10:30pm on June 27 when they came across the men.

    11:42 AM — A group of firefighters have been disciplined over an incident on Bristol Downs where they "interrupted" four gay men in a cruising ground.They shone their torches from their engine into bushes catching men engaged in outdoor sex.One of the men caught by the torch light then filed a complaint under advice from HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

  • Stonewall FC set their sights on London World Cup

    Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.

    10:45 AM — They took silver in Buenos Aires last week, but gay football team Stonewall FC are going for gold at next year's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championships in London.The annual event, established in 1997, took place in South America for the first time this year.Douglas Edward, Stonewall FC's first team striker, was upbeat despite losing 1-0 to Argentine team Los Dogos. "The tournament was fantastic and Stonewall FC again proved that we are the premier gay football team," he said.

  • 3rd October 2007

    Judge allows gay porn evidence in case against naval doctor

    The US navy operates a 'don't ask don't tell' policy

    10:04 AM — In the case against American Navy doctor Kevin Ronan, a military judge has ruled that gay pornography found on his computer can be used as evidence.The commander is being accused of filming Naval academy members engaging in sexual acts while guests at his home.Cmdr. Ronan is a former brigade medical officer at the academy, and was the officer representative for the academy's gymnastics team. He also acted as medical officer in the midshipmen's dorm.

  • Lesbian coach forced me into sex, girl tells court 1

    The tennis coach claims the allegations were concocted by the girl's mother

    10:04 AM — An award winning tennis coach threatened to wreck the career of a promising 13 year old pupil unless she continued to have sex with her, Liverpool Crown Court heard today.Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coach Claire Lyte, 29, denies five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a child, and claims the allegations have been made up by the girl's mother.But the alleged victim says her coach threatened to throw her out of the Loughborough LTA academy if she revealed the affair to anyone.

  • White gays have more mental disorders than blacks

    Black gays have less instances of mental disorder than white or latino gays

    10:04 AM — New research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health has shocked many observers by showing that black gays have far fewer problems with mental disorder than their white or Latino counterparts.Psychologists and sociologists have long presumed that homosexual ethnic minorities would suffer from greater mental health problems because they were a member of two groups suffering discrimination."These findings suggest that black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals have effective ways to cope with prejudice related to racism and homophobia."

  • 1st October 2007

    Police adopt softly-softly approach on public orgies 17

    The fair, a celebration of sadomasochism, attracts around 40,000 visitors

    5:37 PM — American police adopted a distinctly relaxed approach to this year's Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, taking little notice of the hundreds of men baring their genitals on every street corner.Orgies of men fellating and fondling each other in the street provoked laughs and photographs from curious onlookers but no police action, according to reports.Two reporters for Americans for Truth about Homosexuality documented prevalently older men walking down the street completely naked.

  • School which ‘outed’ lesbian did not violate her rights

    Ms Nguon claims she was treated differently to straight pupils

    5:37 PM — A lesbian high school student who sued an Orange County school district and her principal for revealing her homosexuality to her mother did not have her rights violated, a federal judge has ruled.The ruling was filed on 25 September 2007, almost 10 months after the trial ended.Charlene Nguon, 19, was singled out because of her sexual orientation and unfairly disciplined by school officials, who "outed" her to her mother.

  • Doctors acquitted on charges of infecting thousands with HIV

    Over 20,000 Canadians were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV because of the blood product

    5:37 PM — Monday morning in Alberta,. Canada and a judge acquits four doctors, a New Jersey company and a former Red Cross official of criminal charges regarding a tainted blood scandal in the 1990's.Because of improper screening, over 20,000 Canadians were infected with the Hepatitis C and HIV virus from a controversial medical blood product.

  • Scotland considers new law to protect gays 1

    Green MSP Patrick Harvie lodged the private members bill yesterday

    5:37 PM — Scotland's lawmakers are set to consider new laws to protect gays after a private members bill was lodged in Holyrood yesterday calling for violence towards gay and disabled groups to be treated as seriously as violence against religious or ethnic groups.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP, would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where courts have been able to impose tougher sentences for offences committed due to the victims disability or sexual orientation since April 2003.

  • Massive march for lesbian rights hits South Africa

    The lesbian march took place in the township of Soweto, an urban area in Johannesburg

    5:05 PM — A massive march calling for greater protection for South African gays has erupted on the streets of Soweto following the murder of two lesbians last July.The women, 34 year old Sizakele Sigasa and 23 year old Salome Masooa were raped, tortured and killed in Meadowlands, Soweto.Their hands were tied up using their underwear and their tied ankles using their shoelaces. Both had been shot several times.

  • Child welfare unaffected by lesbian parents, study finds

    Lesbian mothers are more likely to be satisfied with their partner's parenting skills

    3:22 PM — The children of lesbian parents have similar levels of well being and child adjustment as those of heterosexual parents, a Dutch study has confirmed.Researchers from Amsterdam University looked at a hundred heterosexual couples and a hundred lesbian couples with children between the ages of four and eight who had been raised by couple since birth.While the child's well being remained identical in lesbian or heterosexual couples, the researchers discovered that several other factors were surprisingly different.

  • Irish government criticised by own Equality Authority over gay teachers

    90 per cent of teachers are employed in religious schools (photo: Flickr/ dave_mcmt)

    2:13 PM — The Irish Equality Authority has accused the Irish Government of hypocrisy over its commitment to gay rights after claims it is refusing to change laws that discriminate against gay teachers.The 1998 Employment Equality Act gives religious schools an exemption over discrimination law if employing someone will in it's view undermine the school's religious ethos. More than ninety per cent of teachers are employed by Catholic and other religious schools.

  • Killer Huntley on hunger strike over “gay lover” 1

    Ian Huntley has tried to commit suicide three times

    1:13 PM — The murderer of 10-year olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Ian Huntley, has gone on hunger-strike after prison authorities denied him access to his gay lover, a convicted killer by the name of Dean Wood.Wakefield prison authorities have so far denied four of the pair's requests for a visit, and the 33 year old has now decided to raise the stakes."I have not eaten and I will not," Mr Huntley said.

  • 29th September 2007

    Gay NYPD officer suing for discrimination

    While serving with the 79th Precinct, he took his partner to a work Christmas party.

    9:22 AM — An gay police office has claimed that he was threatened with violence and verbally abused by fellow officers and was treated unfairly by supervisors at the New York Police Department (NYPD).Michael Harrington, 30, made the claims in a lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court.Other officers called him a "faggot" and one said he would hurt Mr Harrington if confronted, he claims.

  • 28th September 2007

    Three months in prison for homophobic abuse 1

    Despite denying charges, Mr Makemson was convicted of common assault and threatening behaviour.

    5:21 PM — An Essex businessman has been sentenced to three months in prison after drunkenly threatening and shouting homophobic abuse at his neighbours.43-year-old asbestos contractor Stuart Makemson of Twelve Acres, Braintree, brandished a snooker cue at Andrew Morrison saying: "I'm going to take that nose off your face with this."Mr Morrison and his wife had been woken earlier by Mr Makemson verbally abusing their gay son and his boyfriend, reported the Essex Chronicle. 

  • Lord Browne bounces back with board appointment

    Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.

    4:30 PM — The former chief executive of BP who was forced to resign after allegations made by his ex-boyfriend became public is to join the board of a leading architects firm.The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord John Browne lied in court documents about where he met his former lover, Jeff Chevalier.Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.

  • Civil rights groups join calls for same-sex marriage

    The Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law filed a brief describing the diversity of same-sex couples in California.

    10:26 AM — Scores of religious, civil rights and child advocacy organisations — along with numerous municipal governments, bar associations and leading legal scholars — urged the California Supreme Court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage by submitting 30 amicus briefs earlier this week."We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, president of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People.

  • 27th September 2007

    Manslaughter accused blames sex injuries on his dog 1

    Mr Edis said that experts had concluded that the dog did not cause the injuries to Mr Currie.

    2:23 PM — A man on trial at Liverpool Crown Court charged with manslaughter has claimed that serious injuries to the dead man were caused by his dog.David Currie from Warrington died from a heart attack brought on by serious internal injuries he sustained during sex at the home of Steven Boyd.But 47-year-old Boyd, from the Wirral, denies manslaughter and claimed that the injuries were caused by his dog Tosh, a great Dane/bull mastiff cross.

  • Police need your help to catch killer of gay man

    David is captured on CCTV leaving the club alone just before 2.30am.

    1:25 PM — Manchester police are appealing to the city's gay community to help them with their investigation into the murder of 24-year-old David Brown in Hulme.They have released CCTV footage of the last time he was seen alive and are appealing to witnesses to help them catch his killer.David had been on a date in Manchester City Centre on Thursday 20 September 2007, exactly a week ago today.

  • Trans youth to undergo surgery in Latin America

    This will be the first gender reassignment surgery performed on a minor in Argentina and in Latin America.

    10:55 AM — A 17-year-old transsexual boy has been granted gender reassignment surgery in Argentina.The Consulting Bioethics Committee of the Córdoba Judiciary decided that the child, known as Nati, can now go ahead with surgery and can also have the gender changed on her official documents including her birth certificate.The landmark decision to allow Nati to receive the surgery follows three years of petitioning.

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