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  • 23rd November 2006

    Activists push for gay marriage in Connecticut

    GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires

    12:00 AM — The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed this week in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD).GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.

  • 17th November 2006

    Legal group backs gay-straight school club

    School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Okeechobee County after school district administrators unlawfully prevented students who formed the Gay-Straight Alliance of Okeechobee High School (GSA) to meet on high school grounds.School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds.

  • 16th November 2006

    Transsexual prepares for discrimination claim 1

    She said she was demoted after facial and breast surgery in March 2005

    12:00 AM — A transsexual will take her former employer to tribunal next week seeking half a million pounds in compensation under the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.It is believed to be the biggest discrimination case involving a transsexual.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts, since moving from the US state of Indiana to work in here.

  • Man bailed after gay murder 1

    67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth

    12:00 AM — A 50-year-old man arrested following a death at a block of flats in Portsmouth has been bailed.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth after midnight on September 21.His death is the third gay murder in less than a year. In July Michael Fardon, 45, from Northampton was murdered after a night out at his local the Boston Clipper.

  • 15th November 2006

    Police alert gay community after Manchester rape

    The man took the victim to an unknown location where he locked the victim in the car, threatened him that he had a knife and forced him to take off his clothes

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for information and warning the gay community to be vigilant after a man was raped after a night out with friends in Manchester's Gay Village.At about 430am on Monday 6 November 2006 the 27-year-old victim got into a car with a man in Port Street in the city centre after the night out on Canal Street.Port Street is in a gay cruising area close to the Basement Sauna.

  • 14th November 2006

    Schoolboy sentence appealed 6

    Judge Mr Justice Richard McCombe accused Hamer of killing the pupil to stop him telling others about the gay advance

    12:00 AM — The life sentence given to a schoolboy who killed a fellow pupil after he allegedly rejected his sexual advances has been referred for appeal.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment last month for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • Police appeal for help after rape

    Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape

    12:00 AM — Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape of a man in the Euston area in September 2006.At approximately 0300 on 04/09/2006 a 34-year-old male victim left GAY Late bar in Goslett Yard WC2 after a night out.

  • 10th November 2006

    Massachusetts avoids gay marriage debate 1

    Hundreds of protesters on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate gathered outside the Massachusetts statehouse

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts's gay community can breathe a sigh of relief after the state's legislature delayed a gay marriage debate until next January.Anti-gay protesters had hoped that an amendment would be passed to ban same sex unions after similar results in Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin.

  • 9th November 2006

    South Africa speeds up gay union debate 10

    South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions by removing talk of the rights of unmarried couples until a later date.The Parliament has been ordered to introduce a law by December 1 2006 but has found a plethora of views with religious groups seeking exemptions and gay groups desperate not to be left with an unequal system.

  • Mexico may back gay unions 1

    Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — One of the world's biggest Catholic nation's looks set to introduce gay partnership laws, according to reports.Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples.Mexican gay campaigner, Rocio Sanchez, called it a step towards equality.

  • 8th November 2006

    New York amends trans laws

    The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of  living as the desired gender

    12:00 AM — New York trans people will have their birth certificated amended to represent their true sex regardless of whether they have completed gender reassignment, new proposals in the city have revealed.The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of living as the desired gender.

  • 7th November 2006

    Police appeal after homophobic assault

    After making homophobic comments, one of the men struck one victim in the face with a rubber or plastic axe-like object before punching him whilst another of the men attacked his partner. The suspects then fled in the direction of Goodge Street

    12:00 AM — Westminster police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.At approximately 0300 hrs on 01/11/06, two male victims in their early twenties were walking along Tottenham Court Road, near Hanway Street, when they were approached by three men.

  • 31st October 2006

    Banker caught in gay web murder

    Reid, had been wanted on an aggravated-assault arrest warrant. The charge was upgraded to first-degree murder on Friday

    12:00 AM — Police in Toronto, Canada have arrested a former investment banker and charged him with first-degree murder and the disappearance of a man he met on a gay website.After eluding police, David Kenton Reid, 46, was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers at a cottage last weekend, not far from where he crashed his car and fled on foot one week earlier.

  • Paedophile regrets sex change 1

    Dr Reid denies the charge of misconduct. He claims to have given full consideration to the industry guidelines as part of a thorough assessment of each patient's needs, but that inflexible guidelines were not in the best interest of some patients

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile treated by the UK's top transsexual therapist has expressed regret after undergoing gender reassignment.The former patient, is one of five complainants at a General Medical Council hearing accusing Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards five transgender patients by recommending sex change treatments too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • 27th October 2006

    Israeli gays fear incitement 23

    A protest was held by religious Jews last week who threatened to use biblical punishments against those attending the parade, these include stoning participants to death

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have complained to police about homophobic incitement as opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march grows.Religious groups and right wing conservative politicians have expressed their 'disgust' towards the gay pride march since the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality, the high court and gay rights groups agreed that it could take place on November 10.

  • 26th October 2006

    New Jersey backs same sex unions 46

    Mark Lewis and Dennis Winslow, two Episcopalian pastors from Union City, Hudson County

    12:00 AM — New Jersey's lesbian and gay community is waking up to the potential of fairer and equal rights this morning after the state's Supreme Court agreed that blocking same sex marriage is unconstitutional.In a move universally welcomed by gay groups across the US, the court agreed by a 4-3 split vote decision that the state legislature should allow same sex marriage and equalise gay rights.

  • Conman caught after gay prank 1

    Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge

    12:00 AM — Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.

  • 25th October 2006

    Doctor ‘rushed’ transsexual into surgery 3

    The patient, told a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in London, that she regretted the change and is now restricted from having a relationship after Dr Russell Reid allegedly diagnosed that she had gender identity disorder too early

    12:00 AM — A woman has accused a transgender psychiatrist of being "too nice" in encouraging her to undergo gender reassignment.The patient, told a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in London, that she regretted the change and is now restricted from having a relationship after Dr Russell Reid allegedly diagnosed that she had gender identity disorder too early.

  • New Jersey ponders gay marriage 46

    The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today

    12:00 AM — The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today.In a press conference scheduled for 1700 EST (2200 GMT), the court will announce its decision, sealing the fate of seven lesbian and gay couples and possibly opening up possibilities for others.The case has been led through the courts by gay law equality group Lambda Legal since 2002.

  • 23rd October 2006

    British Embassy hosting gay unions 1

    The Irish government, as yet does not recognise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.

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