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  • 16th June 2006

    Pair get life for gay barman murder 3

    Thomas Pickford was sentenced to life along with Scott Walker

    12:00 AM — Two men who kicked, punched and stamped a 24-year-old man to death because he was gay have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey today.Thomas Pickford, 26, unemployed, of no fixed address and Scott Walker, 33, a decorator from the Clapham area, pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Jody Dobrowski.

  • Jody’s family calls for end to homophobia 3

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — The family of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski have called the killing of their son an "act of terrorism."Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.

  • 15th June 2006

    Australian Senate rejects gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Australian Capital Territory (ACT)leader John Stanhope has accused coalition senators of "shamefully and explicitly" endorsing second-class citizenship after failing to protect the Civil Unions Bill in the Senate, the remaining hope for the legislation to be passed.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage, but the Federal Government quashed the law last week.

  • EU votes to combat homophobia 1

    The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent

    12:00 AM — The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences.The European Parliament debated the increase in racist and homophobic incidents yesterday, with many MEPs pointing to the increase of violence in some member states such as Poland and Latvia.

  • Irish politician calls for crackdown on gay cruising

    SDLP MLA John Dallat said this shows more needs to be done to tackle the issue

    12:00 AM — An Irish newspaper has exposed a website offering gay cruising areas in Ulster.The Belfast Telegraph found the internet site contained 76 recommended listings including public railway station toilets, and invites feedback from users.

  • Canadian gay marriage campaigns begin 1

    Both supporters and opponents say any vote would be very tight, especially since he does not control a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons

    12:00 AM — Protest groups have today begun their campaigns on the issue of gay marriage.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free vote on the law last week scheduled for this Autumn.Anti gay marriage group Man and Woman Union gathered today to raise awareness of the vote, Warren Booth, organiser of the organisation, told the CanWest news agency, "I know MPs make their break soon for a couple of months, but we want to leave them with a thought before they take off for their vacation."

  • Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.

  • 14th June 2006

    Mobster who inspired gay Sopranos’ star is jailed 2

    Gannascoli did the gay press circuit leading up to this season's killing, and told the press he felt the writers of the show treated his character with the respect he deserved

    12:00 AM — The real-life mobster who ordered a hit on a gay mob boss, and whose story inspired an entire season of suspense surrounding gay mobster Vito Spatafore (Joe Gannascoli) in TV series' The Sopranos, has been sentenced to life in prison.Stefano Vitabile, 71, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the 1992 slaying of acting DeCavalcante crime boss John (Johnny Boy) D'Amato, who was killed when he was outed by his fellow mobsters, according to New York's Daily News.

  • Gay Cameroonians jailed on “sodomy” charges

    The West African nation has become famous this past year for detention of its citizens on “sodomy charges”

    12:00 AM — Seven gay Cameroonians who were on trial for "sodomy" have been jailed for 10 months, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims.Since the men have already been detained in a Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for more than one year, they are expected to be released shortly for time served.

  • Legal group defend gay school club

    Last February, the ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act and the US Constitution

    12:00 AM — Trial was held on Monday in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) federal lawsuit asking for a permanent injunction requiring officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia to recognise a gay-straight alliance club (GSA).Administrators at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia have been blocking the GSA from meeting since the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year while allowing other clubs to meet, a clear violation of the Federal Equal Access Act.

  • Australian gay couples waiting on Senate vote 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples are awaiting action from the Australian Senate which may be the last area where supporters of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Civil Unions Bill can ensure it passes.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.

  • EU urged to address homophobia 1

    Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands, urged the EU to pass a resolution to combat homophobia

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia must be targeted by members of the European Union (EU) or "anarchy" will prevail, the president of the EU's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.European politicians are currently debating a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent, to be voted on tomorrow.

  • Caribbean homophobic attack suspect gives himself up 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island

    12:00 AM — A man thought to be the main attacker in a homophobic assault in St Marteen has been arrested.The man, known only as Duracell, is reported to have given himself up to police in relation to an attack on CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, also a producer, who were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island at the beginning of April outside a bar.

  • 13th June 2006

    Australia overrules gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Australia's Federal government has been labelled as homophobic after officially overturning a law in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) which had created civil unions for same sex couples, killing any hopes for gay couples looking to register their partnerships before the legislation was annulled.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage.

  • California court approves lesbian parental access 1

    In its decision today, the Court of Appeal reversed the trial court, citing the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Elisa B v Superior Court, which held that a non-biological lesbian mother was liable for child support

    12:00 AM — The California Court of Appeal has ruled that Charisma R, a non-biological mother represented by the National Centre for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), may seek visitation with the child born to her former female partner through alternative insemination.The case, Charisma R v Kristina S, is the first appellate decision to apply the California Supreme Court's groundbreaking trio of 2005 decisions involving lesbian parents.

  • 12th June 2006

    Government advisors push to reclassify gay clubbing drug

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community, also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice'

    12:00 AM — Popular clubbing drug crystal meth should be reclassified as a Class A drug, according to government drug advisors.The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has recommended to Home Secretary John Reid that the currently Class B drug should be moved to Class A, giving police the right to crackdown on it.

  • Gay plantsman loses discrimination case 1

    Victor MacKenzie told a Dundee tribunal that he was dismissed by Cupar Garden Centre because of his sexuality

    12:00 AM — A judge has rejected a complaint from a garden centre worker who claimed he was sacked because he is gay.Victor MacKenzie told a Dundee tribunal that he was dismissed by Cupar Garden Centre because of his sexuality.However, his bosses denied this and claimed they knew he was gay when he started the job as a plantsman.

  • 9th June 2006

    Lesbian couple face wait for marriage decision 10

    Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003

    12:00 AM — The High Court judge who will decide whether a lesbian couple can have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK has delayed his decision, meaning the outcome may not be known until next month.Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003, using the Human Rights Act which guarantees the right to respect for privacy and family life, the right to marry and prohibits discrimination.

  • 8th June 2006

    Race for Australian gay unions 1

    The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Australia are rushing to get their partnerships recognised by the Australian Capital Territory, after the Federal government warned it would overrule the Civil Unions Act.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union.

  • Moscow Gay Pride organisers appeal ban 4

    Gay activists including Nikolay Alexeyev, one of the main rally planners, was detained along with nationalists and religious protesters on the day of the parade

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners have sent an appeal to a Moscow court contesting the city's ruling to ban a pride parade.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, was opposed by the Tverskoy Court on the eve of the May 27 event.Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.

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