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  • 2nd April 2007

    Riga Pride attacker to be prosecuted

    14 people were arrested, but magistrates imposed non-custodial sentences on the Pride attackers.

    12:01 PM — A right-wing nationalist who allegedly orchestrated last year's attack on a gay Pride march in Latvia is to be prosecuted for inciting public disorder.Viktors Birze, who heads the National Force Union, is to face charges in relation to events last July.Gay men and lesbians were refused permission to march in Riga on 22nd July by city officials.

  • 30th March 2007

    Weekend conference to tackle homophobic crime

    The number of homophobic hate crime cases that make it to court is very low because witnesses and victims fear repercussions from the perpetrator.

    11:41 AM — Stonewall Cymru will be calling for greater partnership work between the policeand the lesbian, gay and bisexual community at their annual conference on tomorrow.The gay equality organisation will be highlighting the need to reassure the LGB community that homophobic hate crime is being tackled as a priority.

  • Gay cruise falls foul of Australian police crackdown 1

    Sergeant John Cox from the Marine Area Command claimed his drug dog operation was launched based on risk assessment and intelligence.

    10:49 AM — Police in Sydney targeted the gay community for the second time in a month yesterday, with a drugs bust marring the start of an all-gay cruise holiday.2007 is an election year in Australia, and the Sydney force have been involved in a number of highly visible and publicised operations showing they are tough on drugs.

  • 29th March 2007

    Married woman in court over civil partnership

    It is thought to be the first case of its kind since civil partnerships became legal in December 2005.

    2:01 PM — A married woman has appeared in court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was bailed to appear before the crown court at a later date.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.

  • Homophobia allegations at employment tribunal

    Mr Cohen will not be giving evidence at the tribunal, which he says is a dispute between PITO and Mr Jackson.

    11:22 AM — An employment tribunal heard allegations yesterday that the brother of former MP Edwina Currie used anti-gay language in the workplace.Former policeman Mike Jackson is taking the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) to the tribunal.Giving evidence, Mr Jackson, 57, said that while working as a manager at PITO in London he was exposed to sexist, racist and homophobic behaviour on a regular basis.

  • 28th March 2007

    Anglican university backs down on gay weddings

    The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  photo: jay galvin@flickr

    3:41 PM — Canterbury Christ Church University has decided not to ban gay weddings on its grounds.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.It has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships to take place at its Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury premises.

  • Ex-husband challenges alimony payments to trans wife

    The judge noted that appeals courts have declined to legally recognise a sex change in Florida when it comes to marriage.

    2:42 PM — Lawyers representing a man from Florida have argued that he should not have to continue paying alimony to his ex-wife because she has become a man.They said that he agreed to pay alimony to the woman he divorced, not the man she became after sex reassignment surgery.Lawrence Roach divorced his wife Julia in 2004, after 18 years of marriage.

  • 26th March 2007

    Police warned to act straight on duty

    The Philippines has a reputation for tolerance toward homosexuality.

    4:22 PM — The Philippine National Police warned its gay officers not to sway their hips or demonstrate provocative behaviour while on duty or they risk losing their jobs."If they sway their hips while marching, or if they engage in lustful conduct, I think that will be ground for separation" from the service, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao told the Philippine Star. 

  • Yogyakarta Principles a milestone for LGBT rights

    The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today.

    3:07 PM — Human rights groups have launched a groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation and international law in a bid combat gender inequality and promote human rights across the globe.The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today by 29 international human rights experts at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch welcomed the strategy.

  • UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2

    So far, around three-quarters of couples have opted for male babies.

    1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.

  • Lesbian custody battle exposes legal ambiguity

    Georgia law doesn't explicitly say whether gay parents can adopt a child.

    12:33 PM — A lesbian mother from the American state of Georgia caused outrage when she campaigned against the state's gay adoption laws in order to seek custody of her son.36-year old Sara Wheeler arguing that Georgia's ambiguous position on gay adoption should reverse a decision which enabled her then partner, Missy Wheeler, to become the child's second parent.Wheeler gave birth to her son Gavin by artificial insemination in 2000.

  • 23rd March 2007

    Student lawsuit over school’s ban on homophobic T-shirts

    On last year's Day of Silence event, Zamecnik was ordered by a teacher to remove her t-shirt that read “DAY OF SILENCE: STRAIGHT ALLIANCE“.

    12:50 PM — Two Chicago students have filed a lawsuit claiming that being forbidden to wear anti-gay t-shirts is a violation of their civil rights.The Nequa Valley High School pupils, Heidi Zamecnik, 17, and Alexander Nuxoll, 14, are seeking permission from the district court to wear t-shirts bearing homophobic slogans on this year's Day of Silence on 18th April.After a discussion between Zamecnik's parents and school officials the family and Nuxoll decided to take legal action.

  • Lesbian fights asylum case in US

    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law, and ordered the BIA to revisit the case.

    11:13 AM — A Ugandan lesbian has won her appeal to have her deportation from the United States reconsidered.Olivia Nabulwala, who fled Uganda in 2001 after enduring homophobic violence from her family and others, was at risk of deportation for remaining in the US after her visa had run out.The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law.

  • Author sues ‘fag’ ex-husband

    The book was also made into a 1998 film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    11:13 AM — Novelist Terry McMillan is suing Jonathan Plummer for $40,000 over claims that he attempted to smear her reputation during their divorce.McMillan's lawsuit claims that her Plummer and his lawyer, Dolores Sargent: "conspired and formed a plan to threaten, humiliate and embarrass Terry McMillan."The couple divorced when Plummer revealed to McMillan that he is gay.

  • 20th March 2007

    New website gives advice on work discrimination

    It is the first website to offer detailed advice on what to do, who to contact, what laws protect you and how.

    5:25 PM — The first website solely designed to help employees and employers fight discrimination in the workplace has been launched today.Discriminationonline.com is a website run by Brabners Chaffe, specialists in discrimination law.It contains useful information for anyone who thinks they are being discriminated against.

  • JP Morgan tells law firms to focus on gay equality

    Last year the Law Society report revealed that the “macho“ culture of law firms is hindering gay and lesbian lawyers.

    3:25 PM — One of the world's largest financial services companies has told law firms it uses to bring their policies on gay and lesbian staff up to standard.JP Morgan has invited 15 external law firms to attend a meeting with Stonewall next month to learn about best practice towards homosexual and bisexual staff.The company's assistant general counsel and managing director Tim Hailes told The Lawyer: "The firms' commitment to this agenda will be a relevant factor."

  • Switch of tactics on marriage splits US activists 6

    Aronda Kirby and Digit Murphy of Rhode Island were both once married to men, but lost the protections that marriage afforded them when they came out.

    12:09 PM — Supporters of gay marriage in America have been outraged by the tide turning against their cause, even amongst other gay rights advocates.Bills to legalise gay marriage have been introduced in the state of Rhode Island every year for the past ten years, and have been rejected every time.So this year, as well as filing for the legalisation of gay marriage, campaigners are fighting for basic rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

  • 16th March 2007

    First civil unions in a changed Mexico

    Mexico has a thriving gay scene in urban areas and the area around Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta is referred to as Mexico's “gay belt.“

    10:40 AM — A prominent journalist in Mexico City was legally joined with his male partner in one of the first same-sex civil unions in the city yesterday.Antonio Mendina , 38, is one of the 1200 gay and lesbian people who have registered to go through the new legal ceremony, yet another sign of the changing nature of Mexican society.Last week 22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the hugely popular Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality.

  • 15th March 2007

    Magistrate appeals against tribunal’s gay rights ruling 9

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

    2:27 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on is to appeal.Andew McClintock claims that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by an employment tribunal."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said.

  • Comment: Does religion breed homophobia? 3

    1:53 PM — There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain. It is useless to try and create a religious one, argues Balaji Ravichandran. So, the Sexual Orientations Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, will finally come to effect this April.It seems like only yesterday that anti-gay lobbies took to the streets to hold a torch-lit demonstration protesting these same regulations.

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