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  • 23rd October 2006

    Support for Irish gay unions grows

    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.

    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

    ken Livingstone has been cleared over a Nazi jibe towards a Jewish journalist

    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

    The ruling was one of several legal setbacks for the Boy Scouts since the 2000 Supreme Court case

    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

    The 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

    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

    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

    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

    A Lithuanian transsexual has taken his country to the European Court of Human Rights

    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.

  • Trans doctor ‘suggested prostitution’ to fund sex change

    The General Medical Council is currently hearing accusations that Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards transgender patients and prescribed sex-change treatment for some too quickly between 1984 and 2003

    12:00 AM — One of the UK's top gender identity psychiatrists advised a patient to enter prostitution to fund a sex change, a tribunal heard today.The General Medical Council is currently hearing accusations that Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards transgender patients and prescribed sex-change treatment for some too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • 17th October 2006

    Geeling murder shows ‘school homophobia’ 7

    Ms Sanders said the way the media reports on cases which have elements of homosexuality panders to homophobia, she highlights an example that many reports omit the fact that the boys were at a Roman Catholic school where they were likely to have learned that homosexuality is a sin

    12:00 AM — PinkNews ExclusiveA gay school equality group has accused the media of pandering to homophobia over the reporting of the murder of 11-year-old Joe Geeling.Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools Out, who campaign for LGBT equality in education, said this case shows the problems of homophobia between schoolchildren.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • 16th October 2006

    Hong Kong lowers gay age of consent 1

    Hong Kong decriminalised homosexuality in 1991 and the government has been widely criticised for appealing against the original ruling

    12:00 AM — The Hong Kong government has agreed to lower the gay age of consent from 21 to 16.It comes after three judges at the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed last month that laws allowing a higher age of consent for homosexuals than for heterosexuals and lesbians were discriminatory and unconstitutional.

  • 13th October 2006

    Three men charged with hate crimes after gay attack

    John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night

    12:00 AM — Three young men were charged with vicious hate crimes yesterday after they confessed to luring a gay man to a parking lot to rob him —and then chasing him into traffic on the Belt Parkway.John Fox, 19; Ilya Shurov, 20, and Gary Timmins, 16, were charged with assault and robbery—all as hate crimes—in Sunday's attack on Michael Sandy, a gay man from Brooklyn who was clinging to life last night, police said.

  • Gay clubbing drug reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community, also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — The Government has moved to reclassify the highly-addictive popular gay clubbing drug crystal meth.An order was tabled in both Houses of Parliament yesterday to reclassify crystal methylamphetamine from Class B to Class A, following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) earlier this year.

  • Northern Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality 1

    Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as “a crime against nature”

    12:00 AM — Northern Cyprus is set to decriminalise homosexuality, bringing it in line with European Union (EU) laws and human rights in the rest of the country.Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as "a crime against nature," but all is about to change after analysts said it is vital to make the change to bring the country into modern society.

  • Activists push for conscience clause in gay equality law 12

    The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Religious leaders, academics and legal advisors have joined together to urge the government to protect freedom of conscience in the upcoming Sexual Orientation Regulations in the new Equality Act.The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs.

  • Judge considering lesbian marriage rights

    Over the last  fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgement today on a decision regarding whether a lesbian couple who married in Canada should have their rights recognised in Ireland.Over the last fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • 12th October 2006

    Killer sentenced to life for gay murder 2

    The conviction comes as gay campaigners are considering setting up a charity to campaign against homophobia through encouraging law changes, staff training and fundraising concerts

    12:00 AM — A homophobic killer has been jailed for life after hacking a gay man to death with a meat cleaver.Clive Wood was found guilty by Stafford Crown Court of murder yesterday.Wood met his victim Francis Ryan at his flat in July last year and hit him round the head with a meat cleaver around 30 times, the jury heard.

  • Foster’s con is bad news for Fijian gays and lesbians 1

    Mr Foster had allegedly already taken $1.5 million Australian dollars from two investors for his own planned development, despite not yet having any legal claim to the

    12:00 AM — Andrew M. Potts reports on a scam which has resulted in an increase in hostility towards the gay community in Fiji.Peter Foster, the disgraced Australian businessman who nearly brought down the Blairs in the so-called Cheriegate property scandal, has been accused of launching a homophobic smear campaign against a tourist development in Fiji which has lead to calls by Fijian Christian fundamentalists to remove clauses in the nation's constitution which give limited protection to gays and lesbians.

  • Gay banker appeals HSBC judgement 4

    Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK

    12:00 AM — A gay former senior banker has won the right to appeal an employment tribunal judgement that he was not sacked by HSBC because of his sexuality.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.

  • Killer nearly sawed off lesbian’s head

    Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard

    12:00 AM — A killer who nearly sawed his former lover's head off after she told him she was leaving him for a woman has been found guilty of murder.James Seaton, 46, is expected to be handed a life sentence for the murder of Jacqueline Queen last November.Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard.

  • 11th October 2006

    Yobs jailed for Elton John fan attack 6

    Henry Peters, 31, and Neil Wattley, 30, had hurled homophobic jibes at Graham Brydon as he walked home in a souvenir T-shirt after a concert by the singer

    12:00 AM — Two men who beat up an Elton John fan have been jailed.Henry Peters, 31, and Neil Wattley, 30, had hurled homophobic jibes at Graham Brydon as he walked home in a souvenir T-shirt after a concert by the singer.The pair attacked uncle and nephew Graham and John Brydon shouting "Elton John is f***ing gay" after Peters had spotted the official concert T-shirt Graham Brydon was wearing.

  • Clinton backs gay partner benefits 3

    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton looks set to mend her topsy-turvy relationship with the gay community

    12:00 AM — New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton looks set to mend her topsy-turvy relationship with the gay community after backing same sex partner rights to insurance benefits.Mrs Clinton, who has previously been criticised for opposing same sex marriage, has put her name down as a sponsor for a bill brought forward by Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.

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