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  • 14th December 2006

    Homophobia illegal in Faeroe Islands

    The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community.It comes after a petition from campaigners expressed discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it, but yesterday a new law was passed by 17 votes to 13.

  • 13th December 2006

    Debate rages over councillor’s gay slur ruling 14

    Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDebate is raging in Brighton and amongst the wider gay community regarding yesterday's conviction of Tory Councillor Peter Willows over remarks he made linking gay people with paedophilia.Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs by Brighton Magistrates yesterday in a ruling welcomed by some councillors and members of the gay community, but seen as an attack on freedom of speech by others.

  • Anti-gay church fined for funeral protests

    The church believes that disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, AIDS, September 11th and military deaths in Iraq are due to the US's tolerance of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay $3000 of compensation in court costs and fines after a soldier's father complained about the group protesting outside his son's funeral.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • 12th December 2006

    Tory councillor found guilty of anti-gay slur 14

    Under oath, Willows had diverted from his police statement, now refusing to accept he had said “it's all the other gays”, insisting he had been misheard and had actually said “it's all the other GUYS”

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments with intent to cause offence.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge at Brighton Magistrates Court today after magistrates were "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that he had made intentionally offensive remarks.

  • ACT awakens gay union debate 1

    The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has proposed a new gay unions law after the Federal Government overruled legislation it introduced earlier this year.The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week.

  • Tory councillor gay slur trial begins 14

    Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial today after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Tory Councillor: ‘I said guys not gays’ 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years , is charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has gone on trial for allegedly calling gay people paedophiles.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years , is charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • Tory councillor guilty of homophobic slur 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has been found guilty of Public Order Offences after calling gay people paedophiles at a council reception.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • 6th December 2006

    Italian city grants gay couples limited rights 4

    The left-wing council have granted family certificates at a time when the debate over gay marriage in Italy is raging. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    12:00 AM — Padua city council has outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.' The decision, taken late on Monday, also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples.In Italy, a "certification of family" is required for various minor legal procedures, such as officially taking time off work to care for a sick relative or being placed on waiting lists for council houses.

  • 5th December 2006

    NYPD loses gay discrimination case 57

    Manhattan Supreme Court  has ordered the department to pay $1.5m in compensation to the three.

    12:00 AM — The New York Police Department has said it will appeal a court ruling that found a senior officer guilty of homophobic discrimination.Assistant Chief James Hall blocked the appointment of a gay police sergeant to the Youth Services section, then harassed two other officers who stood by their colleague.

  • 30th November 2006

    Dawn raids target homophobia

    For 2005/06 there were 11,322 race hate crimes, and 1294 homophobic crimes, according to Scotland Yard figures

    12:00 AM — Five hundred police officers raided addresses and arrested perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic crimes across the capital this morning.The dawn raids are one part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes.The number of domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2005/06 was over 108, 000, with 24% of incidents accounting for all reported violence and 20% of all murders.

  • Military veterans appeal Pentagon’s gay ban

    Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The brief was filed on November 22 2006 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law.

  • 23rd November 2006

    Activists push for gay marriage in Connecticut

    GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires

    12:00 AM — The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed this week in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD).GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.

  • 17th November 2006

    Legal group backs gay-straight school club

    School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Okeechobee County after school district administrators unlawfully prevented students who formed the Gay-Straight Alliance of Okeechobee High School (GSA) to meet on high school grounds.School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds.

  • 16th November 2006

    Transsexual prepares for discrimination claim 1

    She said she was demoted after facial and breast surgery in March 2005

    12:00 AM — A transsexual will take her former employer to tribunal next week seeking half a million pounds in compensation under the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.It is believed to be the biggest discrimination case involving a transsexual.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts, since moving from the US state of Indiana to work in here.

  • Man bailed after gay murder 1

    67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth

    12:00 AM — A 50-year-old man arrested following a death at a block of flats in Portsmouth has been bailed.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth after midnight on September 21.His death is the third gay murder in less than a year. In July Michael Fardon, 45, from Northampton was murdered after a night out at his local the Boston Clipper.

  • 15th November 2006

    Police alert gay community after Manchester rape

    The man took the victim to an unknown location where he locked the victim in the car, threatened him that he had a knife and forced him to take off his clothes

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for information and warning the gay community to be vigilant after a man was raped after a night out with friends in Manchester's Gay Village.At about 430am on Monday 6 November 2006 the 27-year-old victim got into a car with a man in Port Street in the city centre after the night out on Canal Street.Port Street is in a gay cruising area close to the Basement Sauna.

  • 14th November 2006

    Schoolboy sentence appealed 6

    Judge Mr Justice Richard McCombe accused Hamer of killing the pupil to stop him telling others about the gay advance

    12:00 AM — The life sentence given to a schoolboy who killed a fellow pupil after he allegedly rejected his sexual advances has been referred for appeal.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment last month for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • Police appeal for help after rape

    Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape

    12:00 AM — Camden Police are releasing an e-fit and appealing for information in identifying a man sought in connection with a rape of a man in the Euston area in September 2006.At approximately 0300 on 04/09/2006 a 34-year-old male victim left GAY Late bar in Goslett Yard WC2 after a night out.

  • 10th November 2006

    Massachusetts avoids gay marriage debate 1

    Hundreds of protesters on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate gathered outside the Massachusetts statehouse

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts's gay community can breathe a sigh of relief after the state's legislature delayed a gay marriage debate until next January.Anti-gay protesters had hoped that an amendment would be passed to ban same sex unions after similar results in Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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