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  • 21st November 2007

    Tory convicted of gay paedophile slur to appeal 5

    Willows,76, was at Lewes Crown Court today and the date for his appeal before a judge in the Crown Court will be heard on February 22nd.

    10:31 AM — A Conservative councillor found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments is to appeal his conviction.Peter Willows was a member of Brighton and Hove City Council with 12 years service when he was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge at Brighton Magistrates Court in December 2006.Magistrates were "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that he had made intentionally offensive remarks.

  • 19th November 2007

    Banning Gay Pride march was illegal, Supreme Court rules

    Riga City Council appealed a decision earlier this year by the Administrative Court that the ban was unlawful, but the Supreme Court has now confirmed the ruling.

    6:15 PM — Latvian authorities have ruled that a ban on a Gay Pride march in 2006 was illegal.The event was was banned amid threats of violence from extremist groups.The municipal authorities in the Latvian capital Riga were told that the event would be cancelled to avoid public disorder after Christians, nationalists and neo-Nazis threatened the parade with violence and a counter march.

  • Gay hate crime on the rise in US 1

    The numbers are thought to be higher than reported however, due to only 12,600 of the US's 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participating in the report.

    6:15 PM — Hate crime incidents in the US rose by nearly 8 per cent last year, according to an FBI report.There were 7,722 reported cases targeting victims or their property as a result of bias against sexual orientation, race, religion,national origin or physical or mental disability.The numbers are thought to be higher than reported however, due to only 12,600 of the US's 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participating in the report.

  • 16th November 2007

    Tribunal told of lesbian encounter in Army stables 2

    Gunner Yeats explained that explicit talk of sexual activity was common amongst soldiers.

    12:00 PM — A young soldier told a tribunal yesterday how he saw two lesbian colleagues sharing a passionate kiss, one with her hand down the others trousers.Gunner Ashley Yeats said he felt 'embarrassed' after catching Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher, 31, and Corporal Louise Ashman, 29, in the army stables of 40 Regiment Royal Artillery in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, where they were all working in early spring 2005.

  • Russian judge backs another gay demo ban

    Organisers planned to picket the office of the representation of the European Commission.

    11:30 AM — A Moscow court has dismissed a complaint from the organisers of the picket in support of the EU visa ban for Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov for his violations of human rights and particularly the right to freedom of assembly.The picket, organised by several organizations including LGBT Human Rights Project, GayRussia.Ru and movement LGBT Rights, was supposed to take place on 27th June, the day Mr. Luzhkov was being confirmed by the City's Duma (parliament) for other term in office.

  • 15th November 2007

    Hate church finances revaled in court 4

    The Snyder family's expectation of privacy at Matthew Snyder's funeral was violated by the church members' protest outside St. John Roman Catholic Church.

    10:59 AM — Three members of the Westboro Baptist Church have presented their accounts to a court in an attempt to reduce the nearly $11m (£5.4m) they were ordered to pay Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen Marine, for protesting at his son's funeral.Westboro Baptist, which has about 75 members, the vast majority of whom are relatives of preacher Rev Fred Phelps, protests at funerals using anti-gay slurs.Three members of the church, Rev Phelps and his daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis, presented documentation.

  • 13th November 2007

    Boy George charged with false imprisonment 2

    George, whose real name George O'Dowd, was released on bail and ordered to attend Thames magistrates' court next week.

    11:34 AM — Pop star Boy George has been charged with false imprisonment after allegedly chaining a male escort to a wall in his London flat.Scotland Yard said the 47-year-old singer and DJ has been charged over an incident at his flat in Shoreditch, east London.The former Culture Club frontman was arrested in May after a man accused him of "false imprisonment and common assault."

  • Gays should be hanged, says Iranian politician 35

    A series of reported executions of gays in Iran, including two underage boys whose public hanging was posted on the internet, has alarmed human rights campaigners.

    11:34 AM — Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference.According to the Times Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, claimed there were no gays in Iran.

  • Birmingham police criticised over gay pub raid 3

    The police have been particularly criticised because their only justification for the raid was an anonymous letter.

    10:50 AM — Police in the West Midlands have failed in their efforts to get a gay pub's licence revoked.Their request followed an earlier attempt to raid The Fountain Inn for pornography and drugs after receiving an anonymous tip-off.Police bungled the raid when they went to an Irish family pub, The Fountain, a mile down the road. The pub's drinkers were highly amused by the blunder.

  • 12th November 2007

    Life sentence for teenager guilty of homophobic murder 1

    Mr Kerr was found badly injured by a woman walking her dog in the park early on Sunday 22 April this year.

    3:19 PM — A teenager was sentenced to life imprisonment today for murdering a gay council officer in a homophobic attack.David Meehan, 19, admitted to murdering James Kerr, 51, in South Inch public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.According to Mr Meehan, the three walked past Mr Kerr on their way back but ignored their victim who was still breathing.

  • 9th November 2007

    US grants asylum to gay Jamaican 4

    The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    11:59 AM — A gay man who feared persecution because of his sexual orientation if forced to return to Jamaica has been given asylum in the United States.The grant of asylum to Ven Messam was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and comes at a time when conditions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Jamaica are getting more dangerous by the day.International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

  • Same-sex couples fight for equal health benefits

    20 public employers in Michigan currently provide benefits to gay and lesbian couples under the same-sex relationship policies.

    10:58 AM — The Michigan Supreme Court currently is weighing whether a constitutional amendment barring gay marriages also prohibits public agencies and schools from offering health care benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.According to the Detroit Free Press, the state's high court heard arguments from both sides on Tuesday, with lawyers representing Attorney General Mike Cox saying such benefits are unconstitutional because they mirror benefits available only to married couples.

  • 7th November 2007

    Police investigating Stagecoach bus incident 21

    A spokesperson for Grampian police told PinkNews.co.uk that an investigation was ongoing after a member of the public complained.

    3:45 PM — Grampian police have told PinkNews.co.uk that they are investigating an incident on a bus involving a gay couple.It was reported on Sunday that two gay teenagers were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were travelling on the bus from Aberdeen to Old-meldrum, Aberdeenshire. The route is operated by Stagecoach.

  • British man in prison for gay sex in Ghana 1

    Internet sites such as Gaydar host Ghanaian profiles, suggesting enforcement is less that strict.

    2:24 PM — The Foreign Office has confirmed that a 63-year-old British national has been remanded in custody in the African country of Ghana charged with having sex with another man.John Ross Mcleod appeared in court at Accra on Monday. A photographer, he was arrested at an airport.Officials searched him and allegedly found a CD containing images of Mcleod having sex with a 19-year-old.

  • South Korea drops proposed orientation discrimination

    Human Rights Watch called on South Korea to ensure that the law would extend to discrimination based on gender identity.

    11:21 AM — When South Korea's Ministry of Justice proposed in early October a federal law that would prohibit certain forms of discrimination, sexual orientation and a wide range of other categories were included.According to Democratic Labour Party officials and news reports, however, the current version of the law has been changed to exclude protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, military status, nationality, language, appearance, family type, ideology, criminal or detention record and educational status.

  • 6th November 2007

    Top law firm establishes LGBT staff network

    Last month gay rights group Stonewall asked to meet representatives of the law firm following the case brought against them by Mr Bryceland.

    1:21 PM — One of the best-known names in the 'magic circle' of law firms has decided to set up a network for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans staff just months after settling a claim of sexual orientation discrimination.A former partner at Clifford Chance made his claim in November last year and the firm settled the case for an undisclosed amount of money.Michael Bryceland's claim involved direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of his sexual orientation.

  • British man arrested at Malaysian orgy 2

    Homosexuality is not specified as a crime in Malaysia, but there is a law prohibiting sodomy.

    12:30 PM — Police in Malaysia, where sodomy is a crime, have raided a gay sex party and arrested 37 men, including a Briton.According to AP, police chief Azam Abdul Hamid said officers acting on a public tip-off had raided a fitness centre in northern Penang island on Sunday while a sex party was in progress. The men arrested were aged between 20 and 45.Apart from the Briton and a Chinese national, all the men were ethnic Chinese Malaysians, including three who worked at the centre.

  • Los Angeles LGBT workers to get protections after cop test case

    The settlement provides a vast array of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and job applicants in Los Angeles, as well as those living with HIV.

    10:54 AM — In what has been called a "momentous" decision, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously last week to approve settlement of the non-damages portion of a lawsuit brought by former Sergeant Mitchell Grobeson, the LAPD's first openly gay officer.The settlement provides a vast array of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and job applicants in Los Angeles, as well as those living with HIV.It mandates recruitment from the LGBT community.

  • 5th November 2007

    Lesbian group’s transgender ban challenged

    The group only allows those who were female at birth to join.

    4:01 PM — An Australian transgender psychotherapist has taken a lesbian support group to an equal opportunities tribunal on the grounds of discrimination.Tracie O'Keefe in Sydney, claims that she was refused an invitation to an event organised by the gay organisation Sappho's Party because of their strict policy excluding transgender people.The group only allows those who were female at birth to join.

  • Army sexual orientation discrimination tribunal begins 2

    Ms Fletcher is claiming sex discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    2:15 PM — A lesbian soldier's life was made hell by a male sergeant who vowed to "convert" her, an employment tribunal will be told.According to Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher, 30, the senior officer told her that she had not yet experienced a "real man."He also added, "You don't know what you're missing."Her case is being heard at an employment tribunal in Leeds today. The Ministry of Defence said: "We take allegations of sexual discrimination seriously."

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