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  • 17th March 2006

    Son denies gay family rift

    Mr Johnson is being tried for murder on the Greek Island

    12:00 AM — A gay man has denied murdering his parents and vowed to find their killers.Speaking outside a court in Chania in Crete, where magistrate's had privately questioned him, Ryan Johnson refused to comment on claims that his sexuality caused rifts between him and his family.

  • Gay officer heats up tube shooting debate 8

    Brian Paddick may face a probe from The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) for leaking the information

    12:00 AM — A senior gay police officer has revealed he may pursue legal action against the Metropolitan police to defend claims that a member of Met chief Sir Ian Blair's private team knew the Stockwell Tube shooting victim Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after his death.Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick believes he is being accused of lying after the Met said that rumours of a senior officer knowing Mr Menezes was wrongfully shot just six hours after his death were untrue.

  • Gay couple’s civil celebrations blocked

    The incoming Equality Bill would make it against the law for service providers such as hotels, to refuse products and access

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were not allowed to celebrate their civil partnership ceremony after a hotel refused to accept large celebrations.The four star, New World Hotel , told Richard Minns and Paul Rice that same sex celebrations could not have more than eight people at the reception.

  • Scottish hoteliers fear equal gay rights 2

    The Equality Act is expected to come into force in October

    12:00 AM — The Equality Act, which gives gays and lesbians equal access to products and services, could cause big loss for Highland tourism, it has been claimed.Hotel owners have voiced fears that religious views in the area could see places being shut down and tourists deliberately staying away.

  • Former nurse jailed for murdering gay pensioner

    Mark Pacelli Papazian, 50, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty

    12:00 AM — A man was jailed for 23 years today for murdering a gay retired English teacher who had treated him as a lover.The former psychiatric nurse was imprisoned after being found guilty of killing 65 year old Roger Hendra at his flat in Hampstead, London, last June.

  • 16th March 2006

    Czech gays given marriage rights 1

    Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill

    12:00 AM — The Czech lower parliament has overruled a presidential veto on gay marriage to allow same sex couples to register their relationships, gain access to each other's health information and raise children.Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill claiming it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives and inhibited on the traditional views of family.

  • Gay man challenges inheritance laws

    His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir

    12:00 AM — A gay man in South Africa is to contest a law which stops him inheriting his dead partner's estate.Mark Gory had a gay marriage ceremony with his partner who later died without leaving a will. His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir.

  • Gay barman in “rape lie” 1

    The jury heard that Mr Schwan became upset during an evening out and that he felt there was someone outside who wanted to “get him“.

    12:00 AM — A gay barman is being accused of perverting the course of justice after telling police he had been raped.Daniel Schwan, 29, an employee of the Chicago Rock Café in Hertfordshire, is on trial at a Cheshunt court for alleging he was attacked in a railway station car park.

  • Benefits mix up leaves gay couple in the dark

    Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were left with no utilities for two days because changes in the law caused them to lose a significant amount of their benefits.Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter after the Civil Partnership Act legislated that gay couples no longer receive separate benefits.

  • Report slams gay housing provisions 2

    spokeswoman from the Mid Wales Housing Association told PinkNews.co.uk: “We don't make any distinctions between who the partnership is between, there is total equality“

    12:00 AM — Housing providers have a severe lack of knowledge of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) housing requirements, according to a study.A report by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales revealed gaps in housing provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, which they blame on homophobia and low awareness of the needs of the gay community.

  • 15th March 2006

    State promises protection to gays 1

    Council member Laketa Cole said: “Right now, currently as the law stands someone can be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation“

    12:00 AM — A new law could be set up in Cincinnati to protect American gay and transgender people at work and home, the city council has revealed.The Cincinnati City Council law committee met yesterday and heard examples of employee and property discrimination towards the gay community, a decision is expected to be made later today.

  • Gay marriage supporters protest new bill

    Gay marriage supporters feel that a new amendment would have take away rights for all couples

    12:00 AM — Protestors against an amendment that would reinforce a ban on gay marriage, picketed in Pennsylvania yesterday.Gay marriage supporters feel that a new amendment would have take away rights for all couples, gay and straight, because of bad wording.

  • Hearing didn’t listen to gay banker’s view, tribunal told 4

    Mr Lewis is seeking £5 million compensation

    12:00 AM — An HSBC manager didn't adequately probe claims of gross misconduct, a tribunal was told today.Lawyers for Peter Lewis, who claims he was sacked from the bank because he was gay, accused Mark Bucknall, HSBC's co-head of global investment banking, of being biased after not considering Mr Lewis's side of the story before dismissing him.

  • Daily Star apologises to Ashley Cole over “gay” stories 26

    The Daily Star has retracted the articles and will apologise to Mr Cole

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAshley Cole is due to receive an apology from The Daily Star after the tabloid printed stories relating to the News of the World "gay orgy" articles which eventually led to the identification of the footballer.The Arsenal and England star objected to articles from three separate editions of the paper, one which retold the News of the World story, a picture of Mr Cole looking feminine with a caption by his phone, an image from websites claiming to be of the footballers involved, and a falsely attributed headline from the star saying, "I'm no rear gunner."

  • Gay bathhouses file lawsuit against LA County

    The clubs are taking issue with the denial of their constitutional rights to Due Process

    12:00 AM — The gay bathhouses and sex clubs of Los Angeles have filed a lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles in response to the latest regulations passed by the county and adopted by the city which allow a non-elected bureaucrat the power to regulate those establishments according to his whim.Only gay venues are singled out for this treatment without guidelines, The organisations fear that in the hands of a homophobic or power hungry appointee, the plaintiffs fear a witch hunt.

  • Gays may have limited access to information

    The group says changes circulated by national security adviser Stephen Hadley show that in December 2005  guidelines were changed

    12:00 AM — Human rights groups are questioning new guidelines on security clearance which may discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.Sexuality is referred to as a determining factor in access to classified information, according to a revision of the, Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.

  • Councillor slams gay cruising website

    Cruising and sexual activity in public toilets has been illegal since the Sexual Offences Act 2003

    12:00 AM — Council officials in Swansea are worried after a website listed 19 public places it recommended for gay sex and "cruising" in the area.Castle Ward councillor David Phillips said he was concerned that many of the areas were in busy public places such as toilets in local supermarkets, park locations, bus stations and car parks.

  • Prisoner kept calm by gay porn 1

    The pornographic calendar caused jealousy amongst inmates at Broadmoor prison where pornography is banned

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile has been issued with gay porn by a psychologist at the top security Broadmoor prison hospital, a tabloid has claimed.John Leather, 47, was reported to have been given pictures of naked and aroused men in an attempt by medical experts to keep him calm in his room.

  • 14th March 2006

    Gay son “murdered parents”

    It was originally believed the attack was a robbery gone wrong as cash and valuables were missing

    12:00 AM — A man accused of killing his parents had caused a fatal divide in his family because he is gay.Ryan Johnson, told police he was out drinking with friends when his parents, Terence and Josephine Johnson, were tied up, strangled and stabbed to death, he is currently being held in custody on preliminary charges.

  • 13th March 2006

    New Zealand clinics legalise gay sperm donation

    PinkNews.co.uk revealed last week that the ban may be lifted

    12:00 AM — A fertility clinic's U-Turn on a ban against gay men from donating sperm means it will start accepting donations by the end of the month, according to Reuters.The decision comes after a Wellington man was denied from making a donation after hearing about a national donor shortage and offering to help. Both he and his partner were told they could not donate sperm because they were gay.

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