28th April 2006
ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1
12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.
Senior gay police officer claims he may be forced to quit post 1
12:00 AM — Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Britain's most senior gay police officer has said that he maybe forced to quit the force by the end of the year.The Pandora column in the Independent claimed that whilst attending a fund-raising party for Stonewall, Mr Paddick told guests that he had fallen out with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair.
Gay porn case soldier sentenced 1
12:00 AM — An Army paratrooper has pleaded guilty to partaking in sexual activities featured on a gay porn site.Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division accused of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and was demoted to a private.
Gay couples may owe thousands in tax
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveUnmarried same sex couples may owe the taxman £1,600, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).When gay and lesbian couples were granted civil partnership rights in 2005, the law also stated that even those couples who do not have a ceremony would be treated as a unit for tax credits.
Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry
12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.
Care assistant tells tribunal he was sacked for being gay
12:00 AM — A care assistant from Blakenhall, Wolverhampton has told an employment tribunal that he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams is seeking damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He claims that he was sacked after a years service without his employers carrying out a disciplinary or dismissal procedure.
27th April 2006
EU rules for British transsexual pension rights 1
12:00 AM — Britain is illegally refusing pension rights to transsexuals by only considering their original sex, according to the European Union's Court of Justice.Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old because the law still identified her as a man.
Dairylea owner will sponsor Gay Games
12:00 AM — Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer's Gay Games.The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events.
Students demand dismissal of “homophobic” basketball coach
12:00 AM — Students from Pennsylvania State University held a protest yesterday demanding the dismissal of a basketball coach who they allege is homophobic.The group of students representing gay and black students together with an HIV education group and delegates from the students' union protested outside the office of university president Graham Spainer.The students demanded a change in the way that the institution deals with issues relating to gay people and other minority groups.
26th April 2006
California to protect its older gay members 1
12:00 AM — Gay groups in California are welcoming a new law which could ensure better facilities for elderly members of the gay community.The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care passed a bill that would require the California Department of Aging to ensure that a variety of programmes and services targeted to elders account for the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors.
Gay BBC executive’s murder reconstructed on Crimewatch 1
12:00 AM — The murder of a gay retired BBC executive was reconstructed on the BBC One Crimewatch programme last night in a bid to bring the killer to justice.Hallam Tennyson, the 85 year-old great-grandson of Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was discovered in his flat in Highgate, north London on December 21 2005. Mr Tennyson, who was gay had suffered serious head injuries, and had several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lesbian appeals decision to refuse her infertility treatment
12:00 AM — Gay legal group, Lambda Legal, has asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing doctors to refuse infertility treatment to a lesbian patient.The group claim Guadalupe Benitez was refused support based on their religious beliefs and because of her sexuality.
Florida schools to target gay bullying
12:00 AM — Gay groups in Florida are claiming victory after state representative Ellyn Bogdanooff added homophobia to school bullying categories.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation on school bullying last week.
Court upholds Pentagon anti gay policy
12:00 AM — The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has granted the government's motion to dismiss in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members."We are disappointed in the court's decision, and are reviewing all possible responses," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the organisation representing the plaintiffs in the case.
Arsonists target gay friendly pub
12:00 AM — Two men are being questioned after a gay friendly pub was set on fire in Bolton.Arsonists targeted the Star and Garter Public House in the early hours of this morning, setting fire to the front door after pouring petrol around it.
25th April 2006
Gay group supports campaign to clear homophobic preacher
12:00 AM — A campaign by the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland to clear the name of the late anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond, has been backed by gay groups.Mr Hammond was arrested and fined for public order offences in 2002 after holding signs up in Bournemouth which said "Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism," he then died in 2003.
Sentence delay for gay reality show winner
12:00 AM — Sentencing has been delayed for the openly gay winner of Survivor's first season, who was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings and other income.Richard Hatch, 45, who graced the cover of The Advocate and became something of a gay icon following his first season win, was expected to be sentenced this month. Sentencing has now been delayed until May 16, according to the Dallas Voice.
Suspected homophobic attack in Brazil
12:00 AM — Four people were attacked last weekend in a suspected homophobic assault in Brazil where an increasing spate of incidents are being perpetrated by gangs of skinheads.A man was stabbed several times and three others were targeted on a street where several gay bars are located in Rua da Consolacao, Sao Paulo, according to police.
Parents may sue school over gay book 1
12:00 AM — A parents' group in Massachusetts is planning to sue a local school for using a book that portrays gay marriage.The Parents Rights Coalition believe the law is being abused and claim their children are being indoctrinated.A statement from the group described the experience of Robin Wirthlin, a mother who complained to the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School after her 7 year old son was provided with the book in class.
Homophobic pensioner gets restraining order
12:00 AM — A pensioner has been given a restraining order stopping him going within 100 metres of a gay couple.Dennis Scanes, 66, had waged a seven month homophobic hate campaign against Kevin Whitburn and Andrew Brown as well as Mr Whitburn's mother.