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  • 10th May 2006

    US states introduce transgender protections

    Hawaii and Vermont, have in the past week introduced laws to include, protect and support transgender people

    12:00 AM — Two US states have made historic strides in protecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people.Hawaii and Vermont, have in the past week introduced laws to include, protect and support transgender people.Hawaii's second transgender-inclusive bill passed into law, followed by an expansive non-discrimination bill in Vermont clearing the Legislature, positioning Vermont to become the ninth state in America to make discriminatory practices based on gender identity or expression illegal.

  • Adoption group supports gay couples rights 10

    Present laws only allow one partner in an unmarried couple to adopt

    12:00 AM — A Scottish adoption and fostering group has called on MSPs to approve new laws allowing gay couples to adopt.Barbara Hudson, director of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering Scotland told politicians they would be doing a "disservice" to children if they abandoned the legislation.

  • 9th May 2006

    Human rights group move against gay marriage law change 1

    With a Senate vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign's fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment has hit full swing as the date for the Senate vote approaches.With a vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign in the press targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, urged more than 250,000 fair-minded Americans to act against the amendment.

  • Gay fear mother found guilty of custody interference 1

    The boy, now 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said his mother told him to lie at the custody hearing about being molested

    12:00 AM — A mother who kidnapped her son in fear that her ex husband would turn him gay, has been found guilty of interfering with custody of the child and breaking a restraining order.The jury of four women and two men took just an hour to find 50-year-old Caren Macdonald guilty.

  • Caribbean homophobic attack victims speak out 5

    A male and female St Maarten resident were arrested last weekend over the homophobic attacks

    12:00 AM — The family of one of the producers attacked in the Caribbean last month have spoken of their shock at how the homophobic assault has affected him.Ryan Smith, 25, a top producer with the David Letterman show and CBS news, has been left with speech and writing problems as well as surgical scars.

  • Gay cannibal handed murder conviction

    The defendant's lawyer admitted to the Berlin court that his client had a fetish for human flesh but insisted he posed no threat to society

    12:00 AM — A German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been sentenced to life in prison for murder today after a judge ordered a retrial deeming his earlier sentence too lenient.Armin Meiwes, 44, was initially only found guilty of manslaughter after killing Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, in 2004, on the basis that his victim was a willing partner.

  • 8th May 2006

    Gay clubbing drug recipes found online 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Police fear crystal meth is set to replace heroin as the public's most used drug, after recipes for the substance were found on several websites.The internet sites included ingredients such as painkillers and iodine that can be purchased in any supermarket.

  • Gay hate crimes bill fails

    The bill was abandoned in the Senate so that a sex offenders register could pass

    12:00 AM — A change in the law that would have added homosexuality to federal laws regarding hate crime has been abandoned.The bill, being pushed by Senator Ted Kennedy, had to be dropped after Republicans threatened to block a more high profile sex offender bill and blame it on him and gay activists.

  • AIDs charity calls for improvement in sex education

    the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections during National Condom Week from the 8-13 May

    12:00 AM — To mark National Condom Week, the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and about the use of condoms.An Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by the National AIDS Trust, found that a quarter of young people aged 15-24 years stop using condoms when they or their partner is on the pill.

  • Gay group prepares for anti-homophobia day 2

    IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, it takes place on May 17th 2006

    12:00 AM — Following protests over the Moscow Pride ban and the successful launch of IDAHO-UK (IDAHO), campaigners across the country are busy arranging the events which are seen as an integral part of the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May 2006.IDAHO will be in the heart of London this year, as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) police liaison officers operate from a mobile police station in Leicester Square throughout the day.

  • 5th May 2006

    Congress member signs bill against Pentagon’s gay policy 5

    Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation

    12:00 AM — California Democratic Representative, Susan Davis has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation.

  • Massachusetts debates gay marriage ban

    Thomas Reilly's office said the ballot would not overturn previous marriages, it would adjust the constitution so no more gay marriages would take place

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts began to hear views yesterday over calls from some groups to debate banning gay marriage in a 2008 ballot.Lawyers from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) against the proposal from Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said: "Our state constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.'"

  • Jerusalem mayor reluctantly accepts gay pride 23

    Previous gay pride events in the city have been met with petitions and small protests, and last year an orthodox Jew stabbed two participants

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Jerusalem has been told he cannot stop this year's WorldPride event in the capital of Israel.Uri Lupoliansky, an orthodox Jew, opposes the parade, but has been told by a Jerusalem municipality spokesman that he cannot stop it taking place.

  • Gay HSBC banker was not sacked due to sexuality 4

    HSBC were cleared on 12 out of 16 complaints

    12:00 AM — A former senior banker at HSBC was not sacked because he was gay an employment tribunal ruled today.However, the tribunal found that Peter Lewis received "less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation"during the bank's internal investigation. But the report issued today concluded that the "the decision to dismiss was not in fact influenced by sexual orientation."

  • Legal group fights for gay benefits in New York

    Lambda Legal argued in court today that state and local government agencies, municipalities, and private businesses across the state are respecting out-of-state marriages

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of New York in Nassau County in a lawsuit today on behalf of a retired Nassau County teacher who was denied spousal benefits for his same-sex spouse."Duke Funderburke helped to educate a generation of New Yorkers over the course of his 25 years as a teacher," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney and lead attorney on the case.

  • 4th May 2006

    No action taken over gay officer’s tube shooting claims 7

    Brian Paddick will not face disciplinary action over an alleged unauthorised disclosure of confidential police information

    12:00 AM — Brian Paddick will not face disciplinary action over an alleged unauthorised disclosure of confidential police information to a journalist.The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) had been considering a probe into the Deputy Assistant Commissioner's actions after he was reported to have told a BBC journalist that the Metropolitan Police knew Jean Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after he was shot at Stockwell tube station in 2005.

  • Brian Paddick to be first gay London Mayor? 2

    Any tips? Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick have a quiet word at the launch of EuroPride 2006

    12:00 AM — Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Mayor elections in 2008, according to reports.Mr Paddick, 47, the Met's most senior gay police officer, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.

  • Gay group welcomes Wendy’s anti-discrimination policy

    Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees

    12:00 AM — Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.The move came after the restaurant chain was put under pressure from gay civil rights group, the Equality Project, and the companies biggest shareholder, the New York City Employees (NCYERS) Retirement Fund.

  • Cameroon holding freed “gay sex” prisoners

    At their initial trial, no witnesses were called and no proof offered by the prosecution,

    12:00 AM — The Cameroonian government has refused to release nine men jailed on charges of homosexuality despite their acquittal, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).The men have been detained in Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for nearly a year after being accused of gay acts.

  • Christian lawyers defend Day of Silence protesters

    Half a million students in the US went silent last week to protest the bullying and harassment felt by LGBT students

    12:00 AM — A Christian law practice has filed a lawsuit against Oakmont High School after last week's national Day of Silence when several students were expelled for wearing anti gay t-shirts.Thirteen students came to the school in Sacramento wearing t-shirts saying "Homosexuality is sin. Jesus can set you free," they were given told to remove their shirts or face disciplinary action, and were suspended after refusing to take them off.

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