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  • 10th September 2007

    Gay rights battle over school sex education

    “Children deserve an education that will help them have a better understanding and respect for themselves and others.“

    10:51 AM — LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal has announced it will represent a branch of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in a lawsuit over a decision by the Montgomery County School Board in Maryland to include information about sexual orientation as part of the health education curriculum for 8th and 10th graders.The "Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality" curriculum will provide education on sexual orientation that includes medically accurate information as it relates to homosexuality, according to a press release from the organisation.

  • 9th September 2007

    Homophobic neo-Nazi gang charged in Israel 5

    A member of the gang in a photograph released by Israeli police

    11:02 PM — Israeli police say that they have broken up a homophobic neo-Nazi gang who have allegedly attacked gays, the homeless, foreigners and orthodox Jews.Seven of the eight strong gang were former Soviet Union born suspects aged between 16 and 21 who became Israeli citizens through the country's "right of return". None are considered to be Jews by religious authorities but qualified as Israeli citizens by claiming they had at least one Jewish grandparent.

  • 7th September 2007

    Decision on Barrymore charges next week 5

    Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001

    4:26 PM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore will find out next week if he is to face charges over the death of a man at his Essex home six years ago.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • TURING: Yours shamefully 4

    It is the moral responsibility of every tolerant developed nation to grant asylum seekers the right to residence.

    2:45 PM — It is high time that the Home Office defined its policies for dealing with LGBT asylum seekers. Shame that it still refuses to do so.Iran is no place to be gay. Nor is it the best place for Westerners to campaign for the rights of sexual minorities.Even according to the most conservative of estimates, no fewer than 4000 people may have been executed in Iran for the 'crime of homosexuality' since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

  • HSBC gay banker back at tribunal 1

    HSBC has consistently denied it discriminated against Mr Lewis on grounds of sexuality.

    12:15 PM — An employment tribunal in Stratford, east London, was told yesterday that homophobia is still a problem in the UK financial services industry.Peter Lewis, a former head of equity at HSBC bank, won a partial victory last year when a tribunal ruled that the bank had discriminated against him on four grounds because of his sexual orientation.However, he was unable to prove discrimination in relation to 12 other grounds, including his dismissal from the bank in 2004 for gross misconduct.

  • 6th September 2007

    Euro court to rule on gay partner’s pension rights 5

    The court adviser's view is not binding but is normally accepted by the judges.

    6:53 PM — In what could lead to a landmark judgement, an adviser to the European Court of Justice has said that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.Tadao Maruko is asking the court to grant him a widower's allowance from the insurance policy his partner took out with the German Theatre Pension Institution.The insurer has rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.

  • Council’s failed to stop gay paedophiles abusing children 2

    The head of family services at Wakefield council welcomed the report.

    11:20 AM — An independent inquiry has found that managers and social workers from a local council were so concerned about not appearing homophobic that they overlooked warning signs about two gay foster parents who were sexually abusing children.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, from Pontefract in West Yorkshire, were jailed in June 2006 for five and six years respectively for abusing four boys in their care.The report, published yesterday, made 41 recommendations.

  • LA Fitness sued over homophobic employee

    Persily, who has frequented the L.A. Fitness branch in Buckhead for nearly six months, says the company has still done nothing to respond to the complaint he made about the incident.

    10:35 AM — An Atlanta attorney who was subjected to anti-gay remarks and later assaulted during a visit to a health club recently filed suit after the company failed to address his complaint about the altercation.According to a press release issued by his laywers, Seth Persily filed a lawsuit August 7th against L.A. Fitness claiming that an employee at one of its facilities in Atlanta made anti-gay comments and later accosted him in a locker-room on July 18th.L.A. Fitness in the UK have no connection with the company involved in the legal action.

  • 5th September 2007

    LGBT group accused of inciting prostitution

    The suspects have been detained for several days

    12:02 AM — Eighteen members of a Turkish LGBT association which also represents transvestites have been arrested in the city of Bursa for "forming a gang to commit crimes, being an associate with a gang, and inciting prostitution."Turkish activists are divided as to the accuracy of the charge, but are warning the police could use the incident to harass other LGBT groups.The arrests follow tense relations between police and the 'Rainbow Association' and speculations about the activities of the group's president, Oyku Erven.

  • Malaysian court annuls same sex marriage 3

    The couple have been married since 2002

    12:02 AM — A Shariah court in Malaysia has annulled a marriage between a two women, one of which is a transvestite.The court, in southern Malacca, said Mohamad Sofian Mohamad and Zaiton Aziz would have to separate because Mohamad Sofian had female genitals, despite her male attire and close cropped hair.Originally named Mazinah Mohamad, she was allowed to change her name due to an administrative oversight and the couple married in a Malacca mosque in 2002.

  • Gay lawyers ‘less satisfied’

    LGBT lawyers are more likely to be dissatisfied with career advancement opportunities

    12:02 AM — LGBT lawyers are less likely to feel satisfied with their professional counterparts, a new study has revealed.The survey of active attorneys in Denver found LGBT lawyers shared many of the problems of their ethnic minority counterparts.Members of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Bar Association reported higher levels of dissatisfaction with the complexities of their work, access to clients and career advancement opportunities.

  • 4th September 2007

    Stonewall questions world’s largest law firm

    The law firm has failed to respond to Stonewall's requst for a meeting

    3:29 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has asked to meet representatives of the world's largest law firm, Clifford Chance, following a sexual discrimination case brought against them by a former partner.The sexual orientation claim by former competition partner Michael Bryceland was the first of its kind against a UK law firm, but it was settled in April for an undisclosed amount.The firm has failed, however, to respond to Stonewall's request for a meeting.

  • Moscow court slams gay activists 1

    Peter Thatchell was detained during the march

    2:14 PM — n attempt by gay activists to protest a ban on their parade last May has met with failure as Moscow's Tverskoy court rejected their case.The court ruled that successful attempts by the city authorities to ban the parade were legal.Event organiser and prominent gay leader Nikolai Alekseyev told Interfax the judge was challenged by plaintiffs during the hearing due to improper actions but the legal basis for the ban was nonetheless upheld.

  • Line at County Recorder’s Office shows need for marriage equality

    The Iowa District Court said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry

    10:36 AM — New York-based Lambda Legal says the gay couples that lined up outside the Polk County Recorder's office at the end of last week show how important marriage equality is to same-sex couples in Iowa."We are deeply moved by how many same-sex couples rushed to the Recorder's office to apply for marriage licenses," Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal and counsel for the six couples in the lawsuit, said in a release."Same- sex couples all across Iowa woke up Thursday morning believing they might never be allowed to marry in their home state, and by the end of the day, a wonderful world had opened up for them.

  • 29th August 2007

    Shanghai landlords urged to shun same-sex couples

    Last year, China banned foreign gay couples from adopting Chinese children in an attempt to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.

    11:30 PM — New rules are being drafted in Shanghai urging landlords not to rent rooms to same-sex partners, according to Reuters.The city's housing bureau has issued a report advocating conservative restrictions on who should and should not be allowed to rent rooms.In addition to same-sex couples, unmarried couples were also included in the ambiguous report which does not make clear whether the new rules would merely become guidelines or be enforced by law.

  • Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17

    Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health.

    11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.

  • Genghis Khan’s constitutional ban on homosexuality revealed 1

    Genghis Khan's code of laws is probably the world's earliest to have banned homosexuality.

    11:30 PM — Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan's rule, according to researchers who have spent over a year compiling the legendary Mongolian conqueror's code of laws.Xinhua News Agency has reported today that article 48 of what is believed to be the world's first constitution said men who "committed sodomy shall be put to death," according to Chinese researchers.

  • Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3

    The European Parliament Presidency has committed to sending the letter to Gordon Brown regarding Pegah without delay.

    11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.

  • Bombing suspect turned hero dies

    Richard Jewell died of natural causes

    11:30 PM — Richard Jewell, accused by the media in 1996 of being the prime suspect the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing during that year's Olympic Games was found dead in his home in west Georgia. The true perpetrator, Eric Robert Rudolph, would later bomb a gay and lesbian nightclub, the Otherside Lounge also in Atlanta. Rudolph also bombed two abortion clinics.Jewell had been working as a private security guard for the Centennial Park during the Games.

  • Court rules that Miami University gay couples to keep benefits

    The Ohio court rules that Miami University gay employees should have benefits

    7:30 PM — The Court of Appeals of Ohio has affirmed a lower court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of gay employees of Miami University."Lesbian and gay employees and their families' health were at stake and today the court has granted them freedom from being a pawn in politically motivated lawsuits," said James Madigan, staff attorney at Lambda Legal.

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