15th August 2006
Philippines to vote on gay law 57
12:00 AM — A new law has been placed before the Philippine Senate this week; Senate Bill 1738 regarding discrimination in the work place.Following support for Bill 1738 by Philippine Senators Ramon Revilla, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, as well as international organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Lesbian and Gay Legislative Advocacy (LAGABLAB), the bill is currently in the committee stage.
14th August 2006
China’s gays fear health forum
12:00 AM — Government Authorities in Beijing are reconsidering their publicity tactics after failing to attract a sizeable interest in the city's first government-run gay Internet forum after two months on line and only 1,000 hits.The sites managers admit that "Forum for Comrades" - "Comrades" ("tongzhi") being the slang term for homosexuals in China - has suffered from a total lack of publicity despite its health messages and open nature.
Gay sex at 16 legal, Man
12:00 AM — The 'Tynwald', the Isle of Man's independent legislature, has voted to bring the homosexual age of consent into line with that of heterosexuals on the island, simultaneously scrapping rules stopping the discussion of homosexuality in schools on the island between teacher and pupil.The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act will come into force on September 1 2006 after the bill was passed with 15 votes for and 3 against, with the amended law felt by many to be long overdue.
Homophobic pensioner is given gagging ASBO
12:00 AM — A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.David Lilley, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Cricklewood, has a record of abusing, threatening and spitting at staff and other residents.
11th August 2006
Illinois candidate opposes anti gay army policy 5
12:00 AM — An Illinois congressional candidate announced this week that, if elected, she will join the fight to repeal the US government's controversial ban on gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender serving in the military.Former Army Major Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic candidate for Illinois's 6th Congressional District, expressed strong support for repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Massachusetts rejects gay bar attack victim’s abuse plea
12:00 AM — The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday dismissed allegations by a gay man who said he was physically and verbally abused by paramedics who delayed his treatment after he was shot and attacked with a hatchet at a gay bar.The state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services ruled that Robert Perry's complaint about a delay in treatment was "invalid," saying it could not substantiate his allegations.
Gay HIV man ‘wanted virus’
12:00 AM — An HIV-positive Australian man whose sexual conquests allegedly infected at least five men, intentionally contracted the deadly virus, a court was told this week.Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV virus.
New scheme for reporting hate crimes at gay bars 1
12:00 AM — An innovative method of reporting homophobic attacks has been hailed a success by the West London Gay Men's Project.Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.The aim of the project is to increase monitoring of hate crimes, and victims have the option of requesting further assistance from police if they wish to pursue the incident.
10th August 2006
Ex-Take That boss offers reward for gay club attack
12:00 AM — The owner of a nightclub is offering up a £5,000 reward for information about a vicious homophobic murder in Manchester's gay village.The attack, which took place on May 11 2003, was so brutal that it left Martin Salinas, an American living in the UK at the time, with permanent brain damage.
9th August 2006
Football fans convicted for homophobic jibes in landmark case
12:00 AM — Two football supporters have become the first fans to be convicted of chanting homophobic abuse.James Monkhouse and Michael Church, followers of Norwich City, were found guilty by Norwich Magistrates' Court of disorderly behaviour after reportedly shouting anti-gay chants aimed at Brighton football club fans earlier this year.
Witnesses sought after gay man is robbed and beaten
12:00 AM — Police in Streatham are appealing for witnesses after a gay man was assaulted and robbed on the common near Copgate Woods in the early hours of last Friday.Three black males attacked the man at approximately 3am as he took refuge in his car, assaulting him and stealing credit cards, which they later used to withdraw money from ATMs.
Gay man cleared of “reckless” HIV transmission
12:00 AM — Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV to his partner.Kingston Crown Court cleared him of the allegations earlier today after the judge ordered the jury to do so, considering the defence's case that it could not be proven that the defendant had infected his partner.
Gay sauna encounter delayed Damilola trial 57
12:00 AM — An encounter at a Chariots gay sauna between a juror and a witness caused the first Damilola murder trial to be delayed.The second trial ended today as brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor in November 2000. They had been acquitted of murder at the previous trial in April.
Transgender crew member criticises ship’s “mob culture” 2
12:00 AM — A transgender woman was quizzed about her "balls" and deliberately referred to as a "he," an employment tribunal has been told.Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.
8th August 2006
Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1
12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.
Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention
12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.
Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan
12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.
7th August 2006
Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle
12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.
Pennsylvania Senator endorses anti-homophobia law
12:00 AM — Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity and expression."We welcome Senator Santorum's signature affirming the need for basic equality in his own hiring practices," said Riki Wilchins, executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.
Lesbian Ulster police couple to have civil partnership
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple in the Ulster police are set to have a civil partnership, according to reports.Sources in the Greater Belfast based force told the Belfast Telegraph that the pair would tie the knot in the North of England some time in the next two weeks.