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  • 3rd April 2006

    Inquiry into gay discrimination begins in Australia

    Recommendations on changes needed to eliminate discrimination will be made to the Federal Parliament

    12:00 AM — Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will start a national inquiry into workplace and financial discrimination against same-sex couples today.The research will conduct an audit of Commonwealth, State and Territory laws to develop a full list of circumstances in which same-sex couples and their children may be denied financial and/or work-related benefits and entitlements that heterosexual couples enjoy.

  • Prosecutor condemns ‘homosexual propaganda’

    The flag of Rostov Oblast in Southern Russia

    12:00 AM — Homosexual acts are a "perversion" in Russia, according to the Public Prosecutor of Southern State, Rostov Oblast.Dmitry Tikhonov, from the Division of Law Execution Relating to Minors, has condemned two broadcasting agencies for transmitting phone messages "which contained alternative sexual orientation propaganda."

  • 31st March 2006

    Court to hear transgender discrimination case 1

    The lawsuit charges that the Library of Congress unlawfully refused to hire Ms Schroer in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against sex discrimination in the workplace

    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

    Mr Howard stated he is simply trying to uphold the special place marriage holds in Australia

    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.

  • ‘Gay list’ editor jailed 1

    Ten libel complaints have been filed since the lists were published in February.

    12:00 AM — A second newspaper editor in Cameroon has been sentenced over a recent media gay witch hunt in the African country.Ayisi Biloa, publication director of Nouvelle Afrique, was jailed for six months and received a 4 million FCFA (6500 euros) fine after libel claims from a doctor and a government minister.

  • Qantas employee gains gay marriage recognition

    In a year long dispute, the Australian airline initially refused to update his marital status

    12:00 AM — A Qantas employee who had a gay marriage under Canadian law has had the ceremony recognised in Australia.In a year long dispute, the Australian airline initially refused to update his marital status in March 2005 citing Australian law which only recognises gay marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Non residents denied Massachusetts gay marriage rights 1

    Eight gay couples attempted to challenge a 1913 state law that forbids non residents from marrying in Massachusetts

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples who are denied marriage rights in their own state, will not be allowed to legally marry in Massachusetts, according to the Supreme Judicial Court.The state ruled that it cannot ignore laws of other parts of the US by allowing gay couples to marry when it is prohibited back in their homes.

  • Lawyer slams ‘discriminatory’ Jersey gay consent law

    A decision on the law has been withheld until a review into whether European Convention of Human Rights laws apply to Jersey

    12:00 AM — A family law expert is calling on the Channel Island of Jersey to lower the gay age of consent after a decision to delay debate on the law.Rose Colley is pushing the States to move the legal age for sexual activity from 18 to 16, which would be the same as the rights enjoyed by heterosexual people.

  • Tourist convicted of gay sex acts 6

    He pleaded guilty to immoral acts in public and told the court it all happened because he was drunk

    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

    The Pretoria High Court declared the Intestate Succession Act as unconstitutional

    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

    The inquest was told Miss Buckley had previously complained about constant abuse from a female neighbour who would tease her regarding her gender

    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.

  • 30th March 2006

    Australian PM vows to block gay marriage

    Mr Howard views the ACT plans as a threat to 2004 federal legislation which defines marriage as a union between man and woman

    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

    The court rejected the counties' challenge and affirmed the rule

    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

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US

    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

    Users can find out how homophobic incidents are classified and how and why these incidents should be reported

    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

    Police officer’s gay internet jibes

    There are reportedly four officers involved

    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

    The teenagers claim the head teacher believed third-hand information that they were lesbians

    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

    Present laws only allow one partner in an unmarried couple to adopt

    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.

  • Gay man gets family back

    Legal experts predict the case will have a big impact on America's gay community

    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.

  • 28th March 2006

    Verdict in gay hate crime case – guilty

    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.

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