14th December 2006
Homophobia illegal in Faeroe Islands
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.