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  • 27th April 2007

    Brian Paddick to leave the Met early

    For all the controversy, Mr Paddick will be remembered for inspiring many other police men and women to be open about their sexuality.

    10:15 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK is to retire more than a year early.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, is understood to have asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May. He has completed 30 years' service and will be entitled to a full pension.

  • 26th April 2007

    Notre Dame lesbian wedding protesters fined one euro 1

    In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. photo: jswieringa@flickr.com

    4:26 PM — Gay activists in France who staged a mock wedding in the country's most famous church have been fined one euro (68p) by a court.In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and an activist dressed as a priest conducted a mock ceremony.In front of shocked tourists, the lesbian couple exchanged rings and kissed.

  • Wife of trans dentist worried about new birth certificate

    Counsel for Mrs Foy told the court yesterday that Mrs Foy could be in a unique position if the Court rules in Dr Foy's favour.

    11:25 AM — Counsel for a mother of two whose husband is seeking a new birth certificate after transitioning into a woman has told the Irish High Court that such a ruling would create "enormous uncertainty."Anne Foy is legally separated from Dr Lydia Foy.Dr Foy is asking the court to order that the 2002 decision not to issue her with a new birth certificate breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • 24th April 2007

    Gays find more acceptance in the City

    The government estimates that 6% of the UK population is lesbian or gay, but London's gay population is thought to be nearer to 10%.

    5:13 PM — London's financial heart is moving away from its homophobic reputation and becoming more gay friendly, according to new research.The number of gay people employed in City careers such as banking, finance or insurance has risen significantly since new initiatives designed to promote diversity were put in place.Two years ago, 5.9% of City employees anonymously identified themselves as gay or lesbian.

  • Pensioner set alight after gay claim

    Murray, of Bethwin Road, Walworth, admitted one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

    4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.

  • Unlimited legal advice for only £89 a year 1

    This £89 per year, flat-fee for legal service is thought to be the first of its kind launched by a high street financial service provider.

    12:13 PM — Lawyers may not be the most loved profession in the world, but at various points in our lives most of us will need one to advise us on everyday things.The costs of those little trips to a solicitor can be excessive, but now a new service provided by Halifax will cut the cost of everyday legal services.

  • Australian state to register same-sex partners

    Mr Bracks, who has been Premier since 1999, has previously blocked gay marriage legislation.

    12:03 PM — The Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will institute a register for gay and lesbian couples by the end of 2007.The proposed register will also be used by unmarried heterosexual couples and two people in a long-term "care-giving" relationship.Steve Bracks announced that the state government will introduce legislation similar to that already in place in Tasmania.

  • 23rd April 2007

    Gay gun enthusiasts go to queer prom armed 1

    A similar weapons ban was promoted in 2005 by Utah Pride festival planners.

    6:00 PM — A planned gay and lesbian Queer Prom on was the unlikely thread that unravelled a little known weapons ban at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Utah, USA.Planners promoted the event as having a "zero tolerance policy for... weapons" and said that venue policies "allow only police officers to carry concealed weapons."Several Second Amendment groups including the gay and lesbian Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah lobbied county-government leaders.

  • Call for gay tolerance may cost teacher her job

    School officials in this community of 1,600 residents, 10 miles east of Fort Wayne, say the issue isn't First Amendment rights but a teacher's failure to live up to her responsibilities.

    5:38 PM — A school teacher is fighting for her job after being suspended for allowing a column promoting acceptance of homosexuals to run in the student newspaper.Student Megan Chase's pro-gay comments appeared a January edition of The Tomahawk, the newspaper at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School in the American state of Indiana.At issue is whether Chase's opinion column advocating tolerance of homosexuals was suitable for a student newspaper.

  • Transsexual Army officer to take legal action 4

    Ms Hamilton served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a captain in the Parachute Regiment and is now a member of the Territorial Army.

    4:32 PM — A 42-year-old officer is to take the Army to an employment tribunal.Jan Hamilton claims she is the victim of sexual discrimination.She had been appointed as head of media operations for the Army in Gibraltar but a dispute over a formal medical exam has led to the job offer being withdrawn.

  • 20th April 2007

    Moscow Pride loses slander case against mayor 1

    Moscow Pride 2007 marks the day in 1993 when homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.

    3:28 PM — A court in Russia has ruled that the homophobic Mayor of Moscow did not slander gay activists by calling their gay pride parade "satanic."The organiser of the event, Nicolas Alexeyev, had filed a lawsuit at Moscow's Tverskoi District Court.In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers were seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

  • Women who forced children to fight escape jail 1

    All four were given 100 hours of unpaid work as additional punishment by the judge at Plymouth Crown Court.

    3:07 PM — A grandmother and three of her daughters who encouraged a two-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister to fight, then filmed it, have been given suspended sentences.Carole Oliver, 48, and Zara, 29, Serenza, 29, and Danielle, 19, all pleaded guilty to inciting the ill treatment of children.One of the four can be heard on the tape calling the boy a "faggot" when he did not fight his sister.

  • Ketamine led to death of Gaydar founder 1

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    11:05 AM — A London coroner's court has heard evidence about the death of Gary Frisch, who co-founded gay meeting site Gaydar.Mr Frisch died in February aged 38.It emerged in court yesterday that under the influence of the drug ketamine he leapt from the balcony of his eight-floor Battersea apartment.

  • 19th April 2007

    Transsexual seeks change of birth certificate

    Dr Foy also obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate in the UK.

    6:25 PM — A female who was born as a male is asking the High Court in Dublin to instruct the government to issue her with a new birth cerificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.She has previously been issued with a passport and driving licence in which she is identified as female.

  • Lesbian chainsaw murderer spared death penalty

    The jury was selected from an all-white shortlist, and the defence had questioned if that was fair.

    4:38 PM — A deaf, black lesbian woman convicted of the murder of an alleged rival will not be put to death.Commentators had widely discussed the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.Wright, 43, was found guilty of murdering Darlene VanderGeisen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.

  • Gay couple sue adoption website

    The web site's alleged discriminating of the Butlers was not in line with the anti-discrimination laws in the state of California.

    11:10 AM — Michael Butler and Rich Butler, a gay couple from San Jose, have got approval to go ahead with a discrimination suit against an adoption web site.Phyllis J. Hamilton, the US District Court Judge who handed down this ruling, decided that the web site's alleged discriminating of the Butlers, and of gay couples in general, was not in line with the anti-discrimination laws in the state of California

  • 18th April 2007

    Aruba must recognise Dutch gay weddings

    Aruba is a 32km-long island in the Caribbean Sea that lies 27 km north of the Paraguaná Peninusla and Venezuela.

    2:00 PM — The Netherlands' supreme court has ruled that legislation allowing same-sex unions must be recognized in Aruba, a constituent country of Holland.The decision follows a row over a same-sex couple who were denied the right to register their union in Aruba's civil register.Aruba refused to recognise same-sex marriages in 2005 although it did legalise homosexual relations between consenting adults in private.

  • Gay Pride banned despite court ruling

    A government committee banned the march on the grounds that it could pose a public disorder threat.

    12:52 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.The small landlocked country of 4m people gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • 16th April 2007

    Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11

    Bishop Priddis told the tribunal that he decided not to hire Mr Reaney as he felt he would not be able to remain celibate.

    4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

  • Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado

    The bill does not allow a gay couple to adopt a child that is un-related to either partner, leaving intact Colorado's law prohibiting such adoptions.

    11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.

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