21st April 2008
Campaigners plead with Home Secretary over Syrian deportation 8
10:55 AM — More than 20 members of the Scottish Parliament and a former Big Brother winner have called on the government not to deport a gay teenager to Syria. Jojo Yakob is due to be removed from the UK in 16 days.
US gay couples struggle to divorce: the week in review 1
9:45 AM — After years of fighting for equal treatment in regards to marriage, some gay couples are finally hearing the other shoe drop.
18th April 2008
LGBT lawyers forum launched
3:17 PM — A new forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community within the legal profession was launched last night. The InterLaw Forum aims to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent.
Concern for Kyrgyz LGBTs after police raid
2:39 PM — A New York-based human rights group has said that a warrantless raid on an LGBT community centre by police in Kyrgyzstan "sends a chilling message." The police action in the capital Bishkek was the second time Labrys had been targeted in this way.
Neo-Nazi who attacked gays loses appeal
11:58 AM — The leader of a neo-Nazi group in southern Sweden, jailed for beating five men at a gay rights party, lost his appeal yesterday. National Socialist Front (NSF) leader Simon Lindberg, had the three month sentence handed down by a district court confirmed by the Court of Appeal.
Isle of Man drafts gender recognition legislation 1
11:08 AM — Transsexual people on the Isle of Man will have their new gender recognised by law under draft legislation. A person who has had a sex change operation and has a full gender recognition certificate will have their new status legally recognised.
Court rejects sperm donor’s request for child access
10:57 AM — A gay man in Ireland who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple has lost his High Court bid for guardianship and access to his biological child. The 41-year old, known only as 'A', signed an agreement that he would not occupy the role of father but would act as a 'favourite uncle'.
17th April 2008
Royal aide shocked by sex and drugs claims 25
4:41 PM — The trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal family has heard evidence from the victim’s aide. The woman, known as Witness B, told the court that she received several phone calls over the summer, the first in August, about her employer.
Commissioner’s horror at extent of homophobia in Europe
1:29 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has called for more protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Vengeful transvestite trashes lingerie boutique 2
12:57 PM — A man dressed in woman's clothing repeatedly crashed his car into a Detroit area lingerie store on Saturday in a bizarre act of revenge.
Royal took drugs, court told
4:08 AM — The Old Bailey was told yesterday that the Royal at the centre of a gay sex blackmail plot took drugs. The court also heard a comparision to a Royal aide and the BBC Are You Being Served character Mr Humphries. The Royal can't be named due to a court order.
15th April 2008
Gay refugees face prejudice across the world
6:20 PM — Biplob Hossain, a gay refugee from Bangladesh who is seeking asylum in Australia, and Joaquin Ramirez, facing deportation from Canada to El Salvador, have highlighted the plight of gay men who flee their countries to escape persecution.Mr Hossain, 25, moved to Australia on a student visa when he was 19.
Two in court over Royal “blackmail plot” 25
4:30 PM — A court at the Old Bailey in London was told today that two men attempted to blackmail an unnamed member of the Royal Family.Sean McGuigan and Ian Strachan obtained an audio recording of a member of the Royal staff claiming his employer had gay sex with him at a party, the jury was told.
DA asked to treat King killer as a juvenile 24
11:06 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans activists are urging that a 14-year-old boy who is to stand trial for the murder of his classmate be dealt with by a juvenile court.Lawrence King, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot in the head during a class on February 12th, allegedly by classmate Brandon McInerney, 14, at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.McInerney has been charged as an adult and could face up to 24 years to life for the murder charge.
14th April 2008
Trans prisoner committed suicide, inquest rules
12:30 PM — A woman who hanged herself in her prison cell after complaining of harassment because she had transitioned committed suicide, an inquest into her death has ruled.Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex-lover.She had complained that she was being victimised and picked on by other inmates because she had transitioned from being a man.
12th April 2008
Istanbul gay group raided by police 2
6:00 PM — Police officers in Turkey have raided the offices of a leading LGBT organisation on the pretence that "frequent visits by transgender people" were grounds to issue a search warrant.Lawyers for the Lambda Istanbul Cultural Centre later discovered that an accusation had been lodged against the association for "participating in illegal prostitution activities, procuring transgender sex workers and sharing their earnings."More than a dozen plainclothes officers spent two hours at the centre on Monday afternoon.
11th April 2008
Nigerian Sharia court punishes lesbian couple 4
3:00 PM — Two women in Kaduna, Nigeria have been sentenced to six months in prison and 20 lashes each for having a lesbian relationship.The Sharia court said that Malama Hauwa and Hajiya Ai'sha were violating the tenets of Islam and the teachings of Sharia law.The women claimed in court to have been married for five years. Ai'sha said she had paid a dowry of 5,000 Nigerian naira (£21) to her 'wife' at the start of their relationship.
Lesbian “tug of war” custody case goes to Supreme Court
1:40 PM — A lesbian woman who is attempting to use a US state law banning gay marriage to exclude her former partner from custody of their daughter will have her case heard in the Virginia Supreme Court next week.Janet Jenkins (formerly Miller-Jenkins) and Lisa Miller (formerly Miller-Jenkins) were joined in a civil union in Vermont and shortly thereafter had a child.After the women ended their relationship, Miller moved to Virginia with the women's daughter.
10th April 2008
Five more convicted in Egypt’s HIV crackdown 5
1:20 PM — Five men have been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for consensual homosexual acts.Their convictions are the latest in what has been characterised by human rights groups as "a police crackdown" on people living with HIV/AIDS.At least 12 men have been arrested and four have already been sentenced to a year in jail.
9th April 2008
Sperm bank man gets 16 months for fraud
5:35 PM — John Gonzales, who ran online sperm bank Mannotincluded.com catering mainly for lesbians and single women, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.He pled guilty to five offences including fraud, forgery and perjury and was also disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court today following an investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business and Enterprise (BERR).