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  • 11th August 2006

    Gay HIV man ‘wanted virus’

    Michael John Neal, 48, faces 115 charges relating to sex with 16 men while knowingly infected with the HIV 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

    Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.

    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

    He was targeted by the attackers, who kicked him and stamped on his head, while heading for a night out at Essential nightclub

    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

    Earlier this year the Football Association outlined its opposition to homophobia

    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

    The victim was treated at hospital and released later that night

    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

    Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust has today welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV

    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

    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

    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

    The Stuttgart administrative court ordered the government to grant her request for asylum

    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

    Eight gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws

    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

    The controversial tactic could become a model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organisations nationwide after two major legal defeats in state courts this year and passage of same-sex marriage bans in 19 states since 2004

    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

    The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favour of Janet Miller-Jenkins on the visitation dispute

    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

    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

    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

    Their union reflects work by police in Northern Ireland to become more gay friendly

    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.

  • 4th August 2006

    Gay army applicants test Don’t Ask policy 5

    Currently, a bill known as the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which proposes to lift the ban and replace it with a policy that does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, was introduced in the House of Representatives in March 2005

    12:00 AM — Three openly gay applicants in Philadelphia were rejected by a local military recruiting centre on Tuesday because they are "morally and administratively ineligible," one applicant said."Our applications were denied, none of us were accepted," Jarrett Lucas, 20, told Philadelphia Daily News, outside the Army Recruiting Station.

  • Maryland to review gay marriage ban

    The New York Court of Appeals ruled last month that marriage recognition for same-sex couples may only be granted through the state legislature

    12:00 AM — Maryland's highest court announced this week it will review a lower court's ruling that a 1973 state law limiting marriage to heterosexuals is unconstitutional.Late last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals accepted the case as part of its fall term. The court's seven judges will hear oral arguments in December.

  • “Only gay in the village” jailed for burglary 1

    Only Williams was caught after Mr Jones remembered the “camp” way he was walking and pointed it out on CCTV in the Welsh town of Rhymney, which has a population of under 6,000

    12:00 AM — A gay burglar was caught by police after his victim recognised the "distinctive" way he walks, a court was told yesterday.Lance Williams, 19, was one of three men who broke into the home of Nigel Jones and robbed him at knifepoint.Only Williams was caught after Mr Jones remembered the "camp" way he was walking and pointed it out on CCTV in the Welsh town of Rhymney, which has a population of under 6,000.

  • Five youths arrested on suspicion of homophobic attack

    The youths eventually made off from the store on a No 54 bus. CCTV taken from the bus showed four of the youths causing criminal damage on the upper deck

    12:00 AM — Following an investigation by the Bromley Community Safety Unit, five youths were arrested this week on suspicion of homophobic affray and false imprisonment, with four of the youths also arrested for criminal damage.The youths who cannot be named for legal reasons age from 14 to 16 years old and live in the areas of Sydenham, Shortlands and Beckenham.

  • Gay man sentenced for reckless HIV transmission 3

    In response to the sentencing today, Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust, said:  '“Where there is no evidence of deliberate intention to infect someone else with HIV, NAT does not believe criminal prosecutions are an effective way of reducing the transmission of HIV or protecting public health“

    12:00 AM — The first gay man prosecuted for recklessly passing on HIV has been sentenced today, despite a warrant still being out for him.Mark James of West Sussex admitted to the charges last April but failed to turn up for sentencing last week as well as today, prompting the Isleworth Crown Court judge to pass down sentence in his absence.

  • 3rd August 2006

    San Diego homophobic attack trio behind bars

    Police have asked prosecutors to charge the 17-year-old as an adult

    12:00 AM — All three San Diego men accused of violently attacking a group of men near the Southern California town's Gay Pride Festival are behind bars.According to San Diego's NBC affiliate, channel 4, police arrested the third suspect, a 16-year-old male without incident on Tuesday night, charging him with attempted murder.

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