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  • 4th June 2007

    Californian gay prisoners get conjugal visits 57

    Overnight visits from family can help reduce the stress of prison life

    11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian prisoners in California are to be allowed conjugal visits from their partners, under a new prison policy revealed on Friday.The change in policy came after gay and civil rights groups threatened to sue the prisons under equality laws.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of Vernon Foeller, 40, a gay inmate incarcerated for attempted burglary.

  • 2nd June 2007

    American dating service, eHarmony accused of discrimination

    No room for gay searches?

    11:52 AM — An online dating service is being sued for allegedly discriminating against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.Linda Carlson from North Carolina tried to use the eHarmony website, widely advertised in America, to find a partner of the same sex. She found that she could only register as a "woman seeking a man" or a "man seeking a woman." She wrote to the company to complain but was told that the website would not change it's policy.

  • 1st June 2007

    Gays gather in London to learn about their legal rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play was a free event.

    5:00 PM — Around 70 people attended a special free event in London last night designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights.Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play was organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker and sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukBen Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, opened proceedings.

  • Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57

    “I didn't say a word until I'd left. I was too shocked.“

    10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.

  • 30th May 2007

    Surrogate mother left off birth certificate 1

    Dorrance Dickens, the lawyer for the father and surrogate, was pleased with the outcome

    10:52 PM — Surrogate mothers no longer have to be named as the child's mother on the birth certificate, according to a recent US court decision.The ruling came about as a result of a case involving a surrogate and father from the Washington suburban area.The woman who carried the twins for a father used an egg donor and had no genetic relationship to them. Both she and the father did not want her listed as the mother, the Associated Press reported.

  • Men accused of injecting HIV+ blood into rape victims

    Dutch police also seized a large quantity of ecstasy tablets and photographs.

    5:40 PM — Dutch police have confirmed they are holding three men who they suspect of using so-called "sex parties" to rape men and inject them with HIV infected blood.Reuters reports that AIDS groups in the city of Groningen approached police about the parties after receiving tipoffs.Two of the accused are reported to have confessed to injecting their victims against their will with their blood. Both tested positive for the virus.

  • US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1

    One of the claims in this case is under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

    10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.

  • CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign

    Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

    10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.

  • British police to monitor Riga Pride

    Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

    10:17 AM — Politicians from EU member states are attending Friendship Days this year to express their support for the LGBT community in Riga.The Friendship Days will champion all human rights, but especially the right of assembly and free speech in the Latvian capital.Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

  • 29th May 2007

    UK Pride events will feature legal advice stalls

    Citizens Advice will have stalls at London Pride on 30 June.

    4:50 PM — The Citizens Advice service will have stalls at Prides in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester this year.They will be focusing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which now make it illegal to refuse goods and services on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.There will also be awareness-raising information on how civil partnerships can affect most benefits and on the regulations on discrimination and equality in employment law.

  • Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57

    The employment tribunal heard how Mr Reid was offered his job back, but felt he could not accept.

    3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.

  • Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57

    Newcastle Crown Court heard how the crime could have easily ended in tragedy

    1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.

  • Australian gay bar wins right to ban lesbians and straight men 58

    The historic case is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

    12:03 PM — The Scottish owner of a gay bar in Australia has won the right to ban lesbians and heterosexual men from its premises.A tribunal made the historic ruling after hotelier Tom McFeely argued that women and straight men posed a physical threat to his guests in Peel Hotel, Melbourne.The Victoria tribunal said: "Sometimes heterosexual groups and lesbian groups insult and deride and are even physically violent towards the gay male patrons."

  • 26th May 2007

    Gay groups condemn blood donation ban 6

    The blood ban is claimed to be unwarranted

    9:34 AM — This week the Food and Drug Administration announced on their website that the current lifetime ban on donating blood will remain in effect for gay and bisexual men.In March of 2006, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) testified before the FDA that the lifetime ban for men who have sex with men "is medically and scientifically unwarranted."

  • 25th May 2007

    Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57

    Reid can now only continue to practice under strict supervision in NHS hospitals or GMC-approved clinics.

    3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.

  • Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57

    “These protections will make a practical difference to the lives of millions of gay people.“

    2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."

  • Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3

    Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

    11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

  • History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57

    The HoHoC describes the event as 'an afternoon of personal testimony, musical memories, film clips, fashion and performance.'

    11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.

  • 24th May 2007

    Gay couple settle adoption lawsuit

    As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.

    10:40 AM — A Californian couple has settled a lawsuit against Adoption.com, an Arizona-based website that refused to let them post a profile in the hopes of finding a birth mother.As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.According to the Associated Press, the company could have kept doing business in the state if they had been willing to let same-sex couples participate, but they were not.

  • 23rd May 2007

    Married woman in court over civil partnership 2

    It is thought to be the first case of its kind since civil partnerships became legal in December 2005.

    2:30 PM — A married woman will appear before a court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was given unconditional bail.She is to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court for a plea hearing on 9th July. The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.

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