31st March 2006
Tourist convicted of gay sex acts 6
12:00 AM — A Kuwaiti tourist has been convicted and fined for having gay sex with a Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) recruit.The Lower Criminal Court in Manama handed the unnamed 23 year old man a 100 Bahrain Dollar fine after he was found naked in a car with a 22 year old Bahraini on the seafront in February.
Gay man given inheritance rights
12:00 AM — A landmark South African ruling has named a gay man as the sole heir to his late partner's estate.Mark Gory had been locked in a court battle with the parents of his boyfriend, Henry Brooks over who should rightfully be the legal heir after he died suddenly in April 2005 without a will.
Dog muck taunts led to transsexual suicide 6
12:00 AM — Abuse from neighbours led a transsexual recluse to hang herself, an inquest heard today.Daily jibes from other residents, combined with emotional issues she was suffering from due to a sex change, left 46 year old Karen Buckley too scared to leave her own home.
Court to hear transgender discrimination case 1
12:00 AM — A federal judge has found that an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a transgender veteran against the Library of Congress can go forward."I couldn't understand how the country that I had risked my life for could believe that it was ok to rescind its job offer to me solely because I'm transgender," said Diane Schroer, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army.
Howard: No anti gay agenda
12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has stood by his view on gay marriage stating that he does not have an anti homosexual agenda.The federal government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions last week, prompting accusations of homophobia.
30th March 2006
Australian PM vows to block gay marriage
12:00 AM — The Australian Prime Minister faced accusations of homophobia today when he vowed to block any attempts to "undermine" marriage.John Howard's government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions.
Legal tax victory for gay partners
12:00 AM — A Sacramento Superior Court judge has upheld a Board of Equalisation Rule protecting domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple's home.In 2003, the Board of Equalisation adopted a rule giving the same protection to registered domestic partners. In March 2005, Sutter and Orange Counties challenged the rule in state court. Represented by NCLR, Lambda Legal, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles Olson LLP, Equality California and three same-sex couples intervened in the litigation to defend the rule.
Gay activists push for immigrant care
12:00 AM — Gay groups reacted to America's strong stance on immigration this week by persuading the Senate Judiciary Committee to adopt an amendment that would protect church and charitable groups, from prosecution for providing care to undocumented immigrants.The action essentially rebuffs a controversial House measure passed in December that makes it a felony to provide nonemergency aid to undocumented immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US.
Website launched to report homophobic crime
12:00 AM — A support website has been set up to help make it easier to deal with and report homophobic and hate crimes.The site, Silence is Not Golden, aims to provide support for victims of homophobic incidents, in partnership with Hertfordshire Police.Users can find out how homophobic incidents are classified and how and why these incidents should be reported.
29th March 2006
Gay man gets family back
12:00 AM — A gay man who had been force to choose between custody of his son or living with his partner has now been given permission to live with both of his loved ones.A Montgomery Court Judge yesterday lifted a 2002 cohabitation ban on Karl Ulf Hedberg, which let him live with his son on the basis that his partner moved out.
Police officer’s gay internet jibes
12:00 AM — US police officers are facing disciplinary procedures over homophobic and discriminatory internet postings on a popular website.Photos and offensive comments were uploaded onto internet community site, MySpace, where the users called each other gay and disabled in a derogatory manner, it is believed that these actions broke the Lexington police force's disciplinary code.
Teenagers file lawsuit over lesbian expulsion
12:00 AM — Two schoolgirls pursuing a lawsuit over their expulsion after an alleged lesbian relationship, were given backing by the Superior Court.Judge Gloria Connor Trask refused to dismiss the claims despite statements from the California Lutheran High School that the institution is a private, religious, organisation and that the case should be refused.
Scotland considers adoption for gay couples
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Scotland will be given adoption and fostering rights if upcoming legislation is passed by parliament.The Adoption Bill, which was produced yesterday, aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.
28th March 2006
Verdict in gay hate crime case – guilty
12:00 AM — A member of the Crips street gang has been convicted for a frenzied attack on a gay manA Brooklyn Supreme Court jury found Steven Pomie, 25, guilty of assault and assault as a hate crime for the brutal June 2005 attack that left Dwan Prince, 28, paralysed.
27th March 2006
Homophobic lecturer suspended
12:00 AM — The university lecturer at the centre of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, has been suspended pending disciplinary action.Dr Frank Ellis, an academic at the University of Leeds, was blasted by students and minority groups last week after telling the student magazine that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries and that "there is a persistent gap in average black and white average IQ."
ACLU defends blogger’s right to parody “ex-gay” group
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defence of a Californian man who received a cease-and-desist letter after posting a parody of a billboard advertisement for so-called "reparative therapy" on his website."The moment I saw the billboards last September, I was deeply offended. The inspiration for the parody I created came to me instantly. How would straight people feel if their very being, their sense of self was being so overtly disparaged?" said Justin Watt, a blogger from Santa Rosa, California.
Scottish gay bars ready as smoking ban ignites 5
12:00 AM — Smoking has now been stubbed out across bars and pubs in Scotland.The ban, which came into force yesterday to a mixed reception, applies to public places including restaurants, bars and clubs.A spokesman from gay establishment, the Claremont Bar in Edinburgh told PinkNews.co.uk, "We have been ready since the end of January, it is no big shock to us."
Gay groups voice concern over Bulger killer’s outing 6
12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed dismay at a media frenzy over allegations that one of Jamie Bulger's killers, Robert Thompson, is gay.Thomson, who abducted and murdered toddler Jamie Bulger, with his friend Jon Venables when they were ten years old in 1993, is now believed to be living with a gay lover.
24th March 2006
Gay sex attacker sentenced to five years 1
12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been jailed for five years.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts. Sentencing Winton, the judge described him as a very dangerous man. He was also placed under a five-year supervision order on release.
Banks must review discrimination policy lawyers say 5
12:00 AM — As the unfair dismissal for being gay trail continues, lawyers urge city banks to address implicit homophobic attitudes.Speaking to Reuters, Michelle Mendelsson head of European diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse said that: "One of our challenges ... is how we engage this group."Lawyers are warning bamks that they need to take diversity training seriously, as new legislation tightens up discrimination employment laws.