9th November 2006
South Africa speeds up gay union debate 10
12:00 AM — South Africa has sped up its law set to legalise same sex unions by removing talk of the rights of unmarried couples until a later date.The Parliament has been ordered to introduce a law by December 1 2006 but has found a plethora of views with religious groups seeking exemptions and gay groups desperate not to be left with an unequal system.
Mexico may back gay unions 1
12:00 AM — One of the world's biggest Catholic nation's looks set to introduce gay partnership laws, according to reports.Mexico's northern state of Coahuila along with the capital, Mexico City, is considering a civil unions law for same sex couples.Mexican gay campaigner, Rocio Sanchez, called it a step towards equality.
8th November 2006
New York amends trans laws
12:00 AM — New York trans people will have their birth certificated amended to represent their true sex regardless of whether they have completed gender reassignment, new proposals in the city have revealed.The initiative is being headed by New York City's Board of Health and would require support from a doctor and a mental health processional and a history of two years of living as the desired gender.
7th November 2006
Police appeal after homophobic assault
12:00 AM — Westminster police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.At approximately 0300 hrs on 01/11/06, two male victims in their early twenties were walking along Tottenham Court Road, near Hanway Street, when they were approached by three men.
31st October 2006
Banker caught in gay web murder
12:00 AM — Police in Toronto, Canada have arrested a former investment banker and charged him with first-degree murder and the disappearance of a man he met on a gay website.After eluding police, David Kenton Reid, 46, was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police officers at a cottage last weekend, not far from where he crashed his car and fled on foot one week earlier.
Paedophile regrets sex change 1
12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile treated by the UK's top transsexual therapist has expressed regret after undergoing gender reassignment.The former patient, is one of five complainants at a General Medical Council hearing accusing Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards five transgender patients by recommending sex change treatments too quickly between 1984 and 2003.
27th October 2006
Israeli gays fear incitement 23
12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigners have complained to police about homophobic incitement as opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march grows.Religious groups and right wing conservative politicians have expressed their 'disgust' towards the gay pride march since the Jerusalem police, State Prosecution, the Jerusalem Municipality, the high court and gay rights groups agreed that it could take place on November 10.
26th October 2006
New Jersey backs same sex unions 46
12:00 AM — New Jersey's lesbian and gay community is waking up to the potential of fairer and equal rights this morning after the state's Supreme Court agreed that blocking same sex marriage is unconstitutional.In a move universally welcomed by gay groups across the US, the court agreed by a 4-3 split vote decision that the state legislature should allow same sex marriage and equalise gay rights.
Conman caught after gay prank 1
12:00 AM — Conman Peter Foster has been detained by police in Fiji after trying to escape capture by jumping off a bridge.Mr Foster, who sparked controversy in 2002 over his involvement with Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie's purchase of two flats in Bristol, caused a media frenzy in Fiji after starting rumours that a hotel was being opened offering rent boys.
25th October 2006
New Jersey ponders gay marriage 46
12:00 AM — The New Jersey Supreme Court is expected to rule on the issue of same sex marriage later today.In a press conference scheduled for 1700 EST (2200 GMT), the court will announce its decision, sealing the fate of seven lesbian and gay couples and possibly opening up possibilities for others.The case has been led through the courts by gay law equality group Lambda Legal since 2002.
Doctor ‘rushed’ transsexual into surgery 3
12:00 AM — A woman has accused a transgender psychiatrist of being "too nice" in encouraging her to undergo gender reassignment.The patient, told a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in London, that she regretted the change and is now restricted from having a relationship after Dr Russell Reid allegedly diagnosed that she had gender identity disorder too early.
23rd October 2006
British Embassy hosting gay unions 1
12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.
African leader backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — African National Congress Deputy Leader Jacob Zuma appears to be mending his fledgling relationship with the country's gay community after backing same sex marriage.Mr Zuma, who was criticised last month for calling the unions offensive to God, has now pledged his support for the law ahead of a vote in the South African Parliament.
Police appeal for help after gay attack
12:00 AM — Westminster police are making a fresh appeal for information one month after a 28-year old man was subjected to a vicious assault.At approx. 0315 on September 23 2006, the victim and two friends approached the footbridge at Hungerford Bridge from the direction of Northumberland Avenue, WC2.A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay.
Support for Irish gay unions grows
12:00 AM — As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan are currently awaiting a High Court decision on the status of their marriage in Ireland, and a survey by the Sunday Tribune and Millward Brown will bring great comfort to the couple after it showed increasing support for gay and lesbian couples having the same legal and financial rights as married couples.
19th October 2006
Mayor wins Nazi jibe appeal
12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has won an appeal against a finding that he brought his office into disrepute after making controversial comments comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard.In February the adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay.
Boy Scouts lose funding for excluding gays
12:00 AM — The US Supreme Court denied an appeal this week by a Boy Scouts affiliate that lost its rent break from the city of Berkeley, California because the Scouts exclude gays and atheists.The court, without comment, upheld a California Supreme Court ruling this March that said a city is entitled to subsidise only organisations that comply with its anti-discrimination rules.
18th October 2006
Gay police oppose advert ruling 10
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Gay Police Association (GPA) has expressed outrage at the decision of an advertising watchdog that it had insufficient evidence to back up a controversial advert linking religious beliefs to homophobic attacks.The Advertising Standards Authority yesterday ruled that the advert which appeared in the diversity supplement of The Independent to coincide with EuroPride last July may have caused offence to Christians and the statistics in the advert had not yet been verified.
Homophobic incidents ranked third biggest US hate crime
12:00 AM — Homophobic attacks are still a big problem in America, human rights campaigners have warned after official statistics revealed that incidents based on sexual orientation were the third largest hate crime in the USA last year.The Federal Bureau of Investigation figures released this week show that homophobic assaults made up 14.2 percent of over 7000 hate crimes, behind race and religious hatred.
Transsexual takes Lithuania to court 1
12:00 AM — A Lithuanian transsexual has taken his country to the European Court of Human Rights over claims that he has been blocked from completing his gender transition.The 28-year-old has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but is now being blocked from anymore treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.