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  • 29th January 2007

    Ban on gay sperm donation legal 2

    There is a similar ban on men over 40 donating sperm because of the higher risk of mutations.

    12:31 PM — A Canadian court has said that the ban on gay men donating sperm is perfectly legal.A lesbian woman had claimed that federal regulations that prohibit the use of sperm from any man who has had sex with another man was a breach of her rights.The woman wanted to use sperm from a gay friend, but a 1977 law prohibits him from donating.

  • Ear bitten off in homophobic attack

    Before making his getaway the motorist chewed off a piece of the mans ear.

    11:30 AM — A motorist in San Diego's vibrant Hillcrest district bit the ear off a gay man in a homophobic assault.The incident occurred at 11.10pm on Friday, and has been particularly shocking for the gay community given the area's diverse and tolerant culture.The victim, a 43 year old man, had stopped in a San Diego car park with two companions.

  • 26th January 2007

    Tribunal told gay parents are bad for kids 2

    Dr Byrd flew in from Utah to share his opinions on gay parenting with the tribunal.

    11:12 AM — An employment tribunal in Yorkshire has heard evidence from an American academic who claims that placing children with same-sex couples damages them.Former magistrate Andrew McClintock is claiming the Constitutional Affairs department were acting unlawfully by not allowing him to opt out of ruling on cases where gay and lesbians were seeking to adopt children.

  • 25th January 2007

    Lawyers launch free employment advice DVD 2

    “This DVD will help many lesbian, gay and bisexual people give meaning to their new rights at work.“

    3:38 PM — The Law Centres Federation has launched a free DVD that informs lesbian, gay and bisexual people about their employment rights. Pride Not Prejudice focuses on discrimination and harassment at work on the grounds of sexual orientation.It explains the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations which were introduced in December 2003 and describes how they protect people in the workplace.

  • 24th January 2007

    Christian magistrate goes to employment tribunal 1

    He resigned from the South Yorkshire Courts' Panel after being informed he would not be allowed to opt-out of cases that he felt would conflict with his religious views.

    10:44 AM — A Sheffield magistrate is taking the Lord Chancellor to an employment tribunal, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions.62-year-old Andrew McClintock hopes the ruling will set a precedent.He spoke to The Daily Mail about his opinions on gay parenting.

  • 23rd January 2007

    Gay man wins orientation discrimination case 1

    Mr Gaman told the tribunal of the homoophobic abuse he was subjected to while working at the Bristol County Sports Club.

    10:22 AM — A Bristol man has won a claim of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and been awarded thousands of pounds in damages.An employment tribunal also found that Tony Gaman had been unfairly dismissed by Bristol County Sports Club."After about eight-and-a-half years I got tired of living a lie and told them that I was gay.

  • 22nd January 2007

    Gay helplines attacked by hoaxers

    In March 2006 the National lottery donated £120,000 to Gay-Glos, from a fund allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK.

    6:17 PM — The Gloucestershire gay helpline has been the victim of a text message scam that is reducing its ability to respond to genuine calls.Text messages are being sent to random phones asking the recipient to call the free helpline number urgently. During one day in December over 30 calls were made in one hour.The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard has also been the victim of similar scam texts.

  • Police warn of internet dangers

    The victim was subjected to humiliation and some nasty comments from some neighbours.

    1:03 PM — The Metropolitan Police have issued a warning to gay men to be more cautious when sending pictures online after a London man was humiliated by an internet sneak.The two men met on an internet dating site and the victim sent the other man a sexually explicit picture of himself.When they stopped chatting online, the other man reprinted the image on a poster with libellous text.

  • 19th January 2007

    Alleged rapist and serial killer in court

    The defendant was wheeled into court, and is reported to suffer from a heart condition.

    10:47 AM — A 42-year-old man has appeared in court in Louisiana charged with nine counts of first degree murder.Ronald Dominique pleaded not guilty to the charges, which relate to the rape and murder of nine men in Terrebonne County between 2002 and 2005.The accused was arrested by police at a homeless shelter last month.

  • 18th January 2007

    Nigerian anti-gay laws about to pass

    The president, Olusegun Obasanjo, controls the Executive Council and his Nigerian People's Party has a majority in the both the Senate and House of Representatives.

    5:55 PM — New legislation currently being debated by politicians in Nigeria could be the most serious crackdown on the rights of gay and lesbian people since the Iranian revolution.The proposed laws are presented as a defence of marriage, but gay activist Peter Tatchell argues they seek to remove the few rights sexual minorities have in the troubled African state.

  • Crystal meth users now face seven years in jail

    Gay men who use crystal meth were between two and three times more likely to have unsafe sex as those who do not use the drug. photo: DEA

    10:05 AM — People who take and deal in methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, face the severest penalties possible from today when it is reclassified from a Class B to a Class A substance.The Home Office decided to reclassify last year, after an explosion in the use of the drug amongst gay men who attend nightclubs.

  • 17th January 2007

    Moscow Gay Pride row moves to Euro court 1

    Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested during the chaotic scenes at Moscow Pride as gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital.

    1:53 PM — The ongoing dispute between gay activists in Russia and the Moscow city authorities will now move to the European Court of Human Rights.As reported on PinkNews.co.uk, in May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.Gay activists pressed on with Moscow Pride on 27th May, despite the ban, police arrests, and violence from neo-fascists.

  • Top Manhattan firm in gay lawsuit

    Mr Charney wants a jury trial and is asking for undisclosed damages.

    11:11 AM — One of New York's most prestigious law firms is being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation by one of their own lawyers.28-year-old associate Aaron B Charney says in his suit that senior colleagues subjected him to "lewd and illegal conduct," The New York Times reports.Sullivan Cromwell, founded in 1879, is one of America's best known - and profitable - law firms.

  • 16th January 2007

    Gay judge hearing Tube bomb trial 1

    His appointment as a High Court judge in 2002 was the first time that an openly homosexual QC had been elevated to the court.

    12:14 PM — The first openly gay man to be appointed a High Court judge is presiding over the trial of six men accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.The charges relate to an attempt to bomb the London underground system on July 21st 2005, two weeks after the devastating attacks of July 7th.Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya all deny the charges.

  • Czech gay man wins landmark discrimination case

    In court the centre's management said they had found a better qualified candidate for the job.

    11:51 AM — In yet another sign of positive change in the new EU states, a gay man has won damages after being denied a job as a masseur because of his sexuality.Lech Sydor, a 43-year-old Czech citizen, was awarded 70,000 koruna (£1,660) and received an apology for his treatment, AFP reports.The landmark ruling is the first time that a Czech court has ruled on an issue of work discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Transsexual’s two passports request denied 1

    In the UK, the Gender Recognition Act came into effect in 2005 and granted legal recognition to transsexuals. photo: jcorrius@flickr

    10:51 AM — Norwegian police officials have turned down a request from a transsexual to be issued with two passports.The 63-year-old, reported to be a crime fiction author, accused the authorities of trans discrimination.The Aftenposten newspaper in Oslo reported yesterday that the Ministry of Justice had dismissed the accusation of discrimination.

  • Men and women involved in homophobic attack

    A gang  of men and women confronted them and hurled homophobic abuse the pair, then assaulted them.

    10:20 AM — Two brothers were set upon by a gang of men and women, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground in a homophobic attack in County Durham.The attack happened in the village of Spennymoor in the early house of Monday morning.The brothers, aged 26 and 21, were on their way home from a nightclub when they passed the Victoria Inn, the BBC  reports.

  • 15th January 2007

    Lesbian partner ordered to pay child support 57

    Miller returned to her home state of Virginia with the child, and renounced her lesbianism.

    12:04 PM — A custody battle between two lesbians is highlighting the differing attitudes to same-sex relationships in America.Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller got married in 2002 in Vermont, the only state that currently has legal gay civil unions.Shortly afterwards the couple decided to have a child and Miller became pregnant through articifial insemination.

  • Transsexual postal worker convicted of hiding mail 2

    After the hearing, Pearson made a statement outside court, apologising to the Royal Mail. photo: c;est moi@flickr

    11:02 AM — A postman who is on the NHS waiting list for gender reassignment surgery has been convicted of hiding and dumping post.43-year-old Michael Pearson, from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, told Dewsbury Magistrates Court that gangs of youths were victimising him during his postal round in Birstall, throwing stones at him and taunting him about his effeminate appearance.

  • 11th January 2007

    £9,000 gay chatline bill run up by thief 1

    Police managed to trace Thomas via a call he made to a family member.

    3:23 PM — An unlucky Liverpool businesswomen has been told by a judge that she is still liable for £9,000 worth of calls to gay chatlines made on her mobile phone.The Liverpool Echo reports the unusual case of Mrs Anne Jeffrey, who runs a successful ironing business.The business had several mobile phones on contract from Genesis Communications, one of which Mrs Jeffrey lent to her son.

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