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  • 6th July 2006

    Homophobic harassment could lead to 6 figure pay out

    CP publishing could face a £100, 000 fine

    12:00 AM — A publishing company may be required to pay more than £100,000 to an ex employee who claims that he was harassed and then fired for being gay.Jonah Ditton has been awarded £1033 in lost wages by an employment tribunal in Glasgow yesterday, but the details of his compensation are yet to be decided upon.

  • Gay marriages illegal in New York- court rules

    Gay weddings held in New York will only be legal with a change in the law

    12:00 AM — The Court of Appeal in New York state has ruled that gay marriages are illegal.The judges at the state's highest court in a four against two decision rejected arguments from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) campaigners that their inability to obtain marriage licences violated their constitutional rights.

  • 5th July 2006

    Jersey Politicians vote to reduce gay age of consent

    Politicians on the island of Jersey have voted for a new sexual offences law

    12:00 AM — Politicians on the island of Jersey have voted for a new sexual offences law that will reduce the age of consent for gay sex to 16.Deputies in the States Assembly voted by 38 votes to 11 to approve the new law that also includes a new offence of grooming a child and abusing a position of trust.Deputies will now debate an amendment that seeks to strengthen laws relating to the abuse of trust.

  • Prescott under fire for his anti-gay links 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • New York to decide on gay marriage

    New York does not currently recognise gay marriage

    12:00 AM — New York State's highest court is set to rule on a law allowing same sex couples to marry this week.It is one of five gay marriage cases along with the State's of California, Iowa, New Jersey and Washington, being heard in the US, buoyed by the Senate's rejection of a constitutional ban on same sex unions last month.

  • Gangster to be sentenced for gay masseur murder

    Their victims, who were robbed and beaten, targeted since 2004, included a woman in Regents Park, a Kenyan prostitute in Paddington, a woman known as 'Venus' in Fulham, and finally Niphan Trikhana, who was tortured and stabbed seven times in the neck

    12:00 AM — A British gangster will be sentenced today for the murder of a gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.

  • Gangster jailed for 35 years for gay masseur murder

    Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.

    12:00 AM — A British gangster was sentenced for a minimum of 35 years for the brutal murder of a Thai gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.

  • London Mayor backs Cuban gay revolution 4

    Ken Livingstone took part in last weekend's EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has given his backing to reports of a gay revolution in Cuba.Ken Livingstone, who yesterday joined gay charity Stonewall to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign in schools, said Cuba should look to fellow Latino's in Venezuela where the capital Caracas has been declared a "homophobia free zone."

  • Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46 5

    Nimrod Ping died on Monday at the age of 46

    12:00 AM — A gay former councillor well known in Brighton and Hove died on Monday at the age of 46.Nimrod Ping served for eight years as a councillor at the former Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove) from 1991. He was twice elected chairman of the planning committee and also the licensing committee.Thanks to his unusual name, Mr Ping attracted national notoriety.

  • Egyptian MPs criticise gay film

    The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building

    12:00 AM — An Egyptian film featuring a gay newspaper editor's relationship with a male policeman has sparked controversy in the Middle Eastern country.The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building, claiming it is derogatory towards Egypt's culture.

  • FA urged to report The Sun over gay “nancy boy” slur 1

    The Sun printed a story last Monday offering readers the chance to throw darts at a picture of Ronaldo

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the Football Association (FA) to report The Sun to the Press Complaints Commission after the paper branded Portuguese midfielder, Cristiano Ronaldo, a "nancy boy."The tabloid printed a story last Monday offering readers the chance to throw darts at a picture of Ronaldo, after he was accused of getting England striker Wayne Rooney sent off in the World Cup quarter final which also saw the midfielder score a penalty which knocked England out.

  • Prescott under fire for anti-gay link 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • 4th July 2006

    Lesbian mum wins visitation rights

    Ms Fairchild said she intends to appeal

    12:00 AM — An Ohio judge ruled this week that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be used by a woman to deny her ex partner visitation rights to a child they raised together.The amendment, known as Issue 1, in addition to banning same-sex marriage, says the state "and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognise a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."

  • Northern Ireland proposes adoption rights for gay partners 1

    The number of adoptions in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly from a peak in 1970 of 554 to an average of around 150 per year

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples in Northern Ireland may get adoption rights, under a new law plan by the government to put children's needs first in the country.Junior Health Minister at the Northern Ireland Office, Paul Goggins, unveiled the proposed new approach to adoption in Northern Ireland today which will put children's needs at the heart of the process.

  • Stonewall spells out opposition to homophobic bullying

    Stonewall members marched at last weekend's EuroPride calling for the sacking of Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall and the Mayor of London will team up today to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign.A DVD entitled Spell It Out, has been produced for distribution to teachers in all London's secondary schools, and will be presented at Stonewall's "Tackling homophobia in our schools" conference this afternoon.

  • Risky sex must be disclosed to partners, court rules

    Justice Marvin Baxter said:“ Society has an overriding policy of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.“

    12:00 AM — The Californian Supreme Court has found that people who engage in high-risk sex should inform their partners that they may carry HIV, even if they have not been tested as HIV positive.Yesterday, in a majority ruling, the court found that a man who was accused of passing on HIV to his ex-wife on their honeymoon had "constructive knowledge" of his past gay sexual behaviour that should have led him to warn her of the dangers of having sexual intercourse with him.

  • Anti-gay feelings unite Israel’s orthodox Jews and Muslims 23

    Representatives from the organisers of Jerusalem World Pride,  marched at last weekend's EuroPride event in London

    12:00 AM — Ultra-orthodox Jews and Muslims in Israel have at last found one thing that they agree on, their condemnation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community."If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies," Arab Member of Knesset Ibrahim Sarsur said in a statement.

  • Rise in sexual health diagnosis in UK

    2005 saw an increase of nine per cent in visits to sexual health clinics

    12:00 AM — Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnosed in the UK increased by three per cent between 2004 and 2005. However, in relation to gonorrhoea, new diagnoses fell by 13 per cent, a decrease for the second successive year.The figures for the country as a whole (straight and LGBT) last year show that there were 790,387 diagnoses of STI and an overall increase of nine per cent to 1,839,241 visits to sexual health clinics.

  • Anglican gay row escalates amid Archbishop’s plan 3

    The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between “associated” and “covenant” provinces

    12:00 AM — The row of gay bishops in the Anglican Communion has reached a new level this week after liberal clergy in the UK suggested teaming up with ideologically similar US churches, while the denomination's most traditional church called for pro-gay congregations to be "excised."The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between "associated" and "covenant" provinces.

  • Gay group rings Stock Exchange Bell for first time

    The New York Stock Exchange

    12:00 AM — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) made history last week as the first organisation for families and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.PFLAG's says its trip to Wall Street to "ring the closing bell on homophobia," was an opportunity for the group to discuss the exponentially growing reach of the buying power of LGBT Americans when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends.

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