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  • 24th August 2006

    More gay problems for California’s lawmakers 1

    California banned gay marriage but has legalised civil unions, or domestic partnerships as they are known, for LGBT people. (photo: Bev Sykes)

    12:00 AM — It was a shame that Governor Terminator was not present to keep the peace, as California lawmakers once again descended into tantrums over gay issues.A bill to allow registered domestic partners to file joint tax returns seems to have been a little too much for some Republican Assembly members yesterday.

  • St Maarten gay bashing trial postponed 5

    The island of St Maarten is a popular Caribbean tourist destination. It is located 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico and is governed by France and the Netherlands

    12:00 AM — The trial of four men accused of attacking two gay American tourists was postponed so that a victim can return to testify in a St Maarten court this week.Prosecutors requested postponement, saying that finances kept Ryan Smith, 25, from travelling to the Caribbean country in time for the trial, The Associated Press reports.

  • Gay culture courses available through university clearing

    Universities in Westminster, Sunderland, Southampton, Hull and Aberdeen have added different areas of study to their existing sociology courses (photo: dcjohn)

    12:00 AM — The hype over A Level exam results is beginning to fade as students begin to pack their bags for university, for those with an interest in the gay community there are still places left on many suitable courses. Dave McElhill investigates.You can now get an education in issues such as sexuality in civilisation and the place of homosexuality in modern society.

  • Couple divorce over transsexual husband 1

    Stephanie, then Stephen, had begun gender reassignment while the couple were awaiting the arrival of their new child, and hadn't informed his wife of the procedure

    12:00 AM — A Surrey couple have been forced into a divorce after wife Catherine Everett claimed that her husband's behaviour resulted in the break down of their marriage.Ms Everett admitted feeling "used" when she discovered her husband had been a transsvestite prior to their relationship which began back in the 1990's and had not given upon his secret desire to be a woman.

  • 23rd August 2006

    Gay family group go back to school

    Family Pride hope the publication will help LGBT parents to support their children at school

    12:00 AM — A gay parents group has launched a Back to School pamphlet, titled, "Building Family Equality in Every Classroom" aiming to promote strategies to educate schools about the unique needs of children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] parents in the classroom.Family Pride hopes the publication will help LGBT parents to support their children at school.

  • Gay MP labelled “conscience of the Commons” over Iran 2

    The motion was tabled by gay Labour MP, Chris Bryant, who represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda

    12:00 AM — British MPs from all parties have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons condemning Iran's execution of gay people and children.The motion was tabled by gay Labour MP, Chris Bryant, who represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda.

  • Gay anxiety leading to self harm

    Pupils of either sex who had recently been worried about their sexual orientation had relatively higher rates of self-harm (photo: conspirator)

    12:00 AM — Self harming is common amongst school pupils anxious about their sexual orientation, according to a study.Research carried out by the Samaritans, the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford and the University of Bath found that girls are four times more likely to have engaged in deliberate self-harm compared to boys, with worries about sexual orientation being one of the contributing factors.

  • Ugandan “gay list” condemned 2

    There are no anti discrimination laws protecting gay people in Uganda

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Uganda have spoken out against a local tabloid which printed a list of alleged homosexuals in the country.The list of names printed in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper is likely to create problems in the East African country where gay sexual activity is illegal and subject to life imprisonment.

  • EU “naïve” over the reality of gay acceptance

    With the Ukraine and Serbia lined up for accession talks, it is clear the EU has to think again about what actual social change there will be in these countries.(photo: alibaba0, flickr)

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised the EU for being naïve in thinking that legislation alone would change social attitudes in the former communist countries of eastern Europe.Hate crimes against LGBT people and ethnic minorities are on the rise across the former Eastern Bloc, with attacks on gay pride parades in Latvia and Estonia merely high-profile examples of everyday harassment.

  • South Australia under pressure to grant gay rights

    The state government estimates some 2,500 gay couples will be affected by the proposed new law.

    12:00 AM — A decade after the first Australian state granted equal rights to gay and lesbian couples, the government in South Australia are still dragging their heels.Despite a 2002 manifesto commitment to update the law, the ruling Labour party still have not passed the required legislation.Opposition politicians in the state of 1.5 million people have had enough, and today vowed to unite to force the issue when the state parliament gets back to work next week.

  • Straight woman challenges gay equality law

    The law was passed at the beginning of this year, it added “sexual orientation“ to a state law that bans discrimination in housing, employment, insurance and credit

    12:00 AM — A heterosexual woman has provided the first test of Washington state's anti-discriminations laws recently introduced with the intention of protecting gay and lesbian employees from persecution based on their sexual orientation.But Sandi Scott-Moore claims her partner is unfairly denied health benefits from her employer, manufacturing company Honeywell International, because he is not of the same gender and they are unmarried.

  • 22nd August 2006

    Cardiff Mardi Gras to feature scary monster

    The organisers of a Doctor Who exhibition at the city's Red Dragon Centre will have a stall at this year's Mardi Gras, and have hinted they may bring along one of the Doctor's enemies to party with the LGBT community.

    12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras are expecting a record 40,000 people to party on the streets of the Welsh capital on the 2nd September.Now in its seventh year, the event has grown into the second-largest free gay event in the UK.But changes in the licensing laws mean that revellers will no longer be able to bring their own alcohol to the party

  • AIDS groups back gay campaigner’s partnership proposal

    AIDS charities have backed gay campaigner Peter Tatchell's call for partnership between the developed and developing world

    12:00 AM — AIDS charities have backed gay campaigner Peter Tatchell's call for partnership between the developed and developing world in combating HIV.Speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada last week, Mr Tatchell suggested the "rich north" should partner the "poor south" with funding, equipment, training and travel.

  • COMMENT: Time for a gay schism? 2

    Hampstead Heath has a reputation as an urban oasis of calm - but some areas are off-limits for straight people (photo: SlipstreamJC, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — It has been a bad month for gay identity. Whatever that is. From gay police to overweight pop idols, it seems everyone has something to say about how best to express their sexuality.Tony Grew examines what it means to be gay in 2006 If I was to wear an earring, what would that indicate to you? According to gay police officer Neil Bloomfield, it is an indication of sexual preference. He took his employers to a tribunal because male officers are not allowed to wear earrings, while women officers are.

  • Comment: Is newspaper backlash aid to homophobia?

    The right wing press's xenophobic reporting tones towards EU enlargement are detrimental to the LGBT community in Bulgaria and Romania as we see them as “others” rather than groups needing support

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill ponders press reporting regarding EU enlargement and asks if the tones are helping the international gay community.The recent headlines have been full of commentary regarding the likely influx of new immigrants when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.

  • Gay commerce group partners with Walmart 3

    A Walmart store (Photo: Ben Schumin)

    12:00 AM — A new partnership between The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Walmart Stores was announced yesterday, promising to advance diversity among the retail giant's associate, supplier and customer bases."We are honoured to have Wal-Mart's support of the NGLCC. Our partnership will not only provide more opportunities for the NGLCC, but the business community as a whole," said NGLCC co- founder and President Justin Nelson. "We are pleased with this addition to our organisation and to our council."

  • California LGBT teens get legal protection at school 1

    The revised  bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the Governor later this year. (photo: jimw@flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — The California State Assembly has finally passed a bill which will protect gay and lesbian students and school staff from abuse.The measure has been very controversial, but by a 46 to 31 vote, the bill will now to go the state Senate for approval.The Speaker of the Assembly, Fabina Nunez, welcomed the new law.

  • Transsexual to pursue $3 million discrimination suit

    Eric Buffong, who was born Erica Buffong, said he was harassed at work and then fired after a colleague came to work taunting him with a high school yearbook photo of Buffong as a woman

    12:00 AM — A worker at a New York restaurant who was allegedly fired because he was a transsexual has been told he can pursue a discrimination claim under the state's human rights law.Justice Joan Lefkowitz held that although discrimination against a transgender person is not specifically listed in the law it is covered nonetheless, WCBS channel 2 in New York reports.

  • Suicide linked to cruising arrest 2

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has reported a sharp rise in complaints about men using public areas for sex

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland say they know of at least one man who has killed himself after being arrested for cruising.PA Mag Lochlainn, a well-known activist, told The Mirror: "The danger is people who haven't made their sexuality public find themselves outed."The damage it can do is immense. We know one man who has taken his own life after an arrest."

  • Transsexual deported despite discrimination claim

    the Home Office has given her 28 days to leave claiming her work permit is invalid because she no longer employed

    12:00 AM — A transsexual who recently filed the largest discrimination suit against a former employer has been asked to leave the country as her permit is no longer valid because she is no longer employed by the company she is suing.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.

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