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  • 17th May 2006

    Georgia Judge rejects gay marriage ban

    A Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban

    12:00 AM — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban this week.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell handed down the ruling that gay rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.

  • Ex officer accused of ‘underage gay relationships’

    Ben Stokes is claiming the Sergeant Hart waged a homophobic campaign against him

    12:00 AM — A police officers' flat was searched after he was suspected of having underage gay relationships, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.

  • Girls school facing lesbian abuse investigation

    The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland

    12:00 AM — One of Ireland's most prestigious girls school is under investigation for lesbian sex abuse, according to reports.The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland.

  • Homophobic stigma – A community cause 2

    Today's worldwide IDAHO demonstrations will show the homophobia that remains and will push for progress

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIn accordance with international demonstrations marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman examines how much stigma and prejudice has been eliminated.Today marks 16 years since the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a mental disorder, on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation endorsed an intention to remove homosexuality from a list of mental disorders.

  • Gay groups aim to silence homophobia 2

    Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil

    12:00 AM — Supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) are asking LGBT groups and their supporters to observe a minute's silence to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia today.Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil.

  • Fraternity allows transgender members 2

    Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity was originally formed as a local chapter at Arizona State University in September 2003, forming its own national parent organization in July 2005

    12:00 AM — Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity's national board of directors enacted a policy at a meeting this week to allow transgender students to join.The policy goes above and beyond any other known policy of a national social college fraternity by allowing individuals who self-identify as male to seek membership, regardless of their sex at birth and whether or not they have obtained legal recognition of their gender identity.

  • Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV

    The group claims many schools fail to address sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.

  • Education group reveals gay teacher plight

    Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to the Teachers Support Network

    12:00 AM — Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to a report by the Teacher Support Network.The study comes in response to the International Day Against Homophobia, which takes place today, recognising the homophobia that remains in society.

  • Ford upholds gay employee rights 2

    Ford constantly faces boycotts and condemnation from the American Family Association, an anti gay group, for its support of gay issues

    12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company has fought back pressure form Christian groups and shareholders pushing for the car maker to abandon its sexual orientation anti discrimination policies.A vote at the manufacturer's annual meeting decided that sexuality should remain on its equal employment policies.

  • Bisexual MP supports gay asylum seekers 2

    L-R: Outrage's Peter Tatchell, IDAHO UK co-ordinator Derek Lennard, and Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes at the International Day Against Homophobia, 17 May 2006, Home Office, London, UK. “Stop Deporting Gay Refugees - Gay asylum seekers are victims, not criminals“ - Protest against Home Office refusal to grant asylum to people fleeing homophobic persecution (Photo: outragelondon)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President, Simon Hughes, attended a demonstration outside the Home Office today to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), and raise awareness of the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers.The bisexual politician briefly addressed the crowd of gay activists, looking to highlight the problems facing asylum seekers who have fled homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Jamaica, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.

  • Anti gay Polish minister blames “homos” for protests 2

    Wojciech Wierzejski is a member of the Polish ruling coalition partner, Giertych's League of Polish Families, he blames gay groups for protests against him

    12:00 AM — While gay activists in Poland commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), the country's minister of education, is seeking a police investigation against gay groups.Wojciech Wierzejski, a member of the Polish ruling coalition partner, Giertych's League of Polish Families, who govern along with the anti gay Law and Justice Party, has been the subject of student demonstrations and petitions against him.

  • 16th May 2006

    Simon Hughes supports gay refugee plight

    A spokesman for Simon Hughes told PinkNews.co.uk that the MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey is expected to attend the event at around 1pm

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes will address a rally raising awareness of gay asylum seekers tomorrow to mark the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).Mr Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey will make an appearance at the event which aims to highlight the plight of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) refugees.

  • “Fake” transsexuals prompt ID eunuch cards 2

    Eunuchs, the name for castrated males, often attend parties prompting patrons to give them money in order to spare embarrassment

    12:00 AM — Indian eunuchs who usually beg at celebrations, are issuing their own identity cards in reaction to "fake" transsexuals muscling in on their patch.Eunuchs, the name for castrated males, often attend parties prompting patrons to give them money in order to spare embarrassment.

  • Reverend backs gay marriage

    The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting civil partnership ceremonies

    12:00 AM — A Scottish minister has given his backing to civil partnerships after calling on the General Assembly of Scotland to reject an evangelical group's protest against priests conducting the gay service.The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting the ceremonies because they believe it is against the Bible.

  • Vatican denies gay prostitution claims 2

    The Vatican accused the media of contributing to “defaming the good reputation of the official”

    12:00 AM — The Vatican has issued a denial and is threatening legal action after claims that one of its priests has been arrested while looking for a male or transsexual prostitute in an area known for soliciting.Italian news agency, Ansa, and several Italian newspapers, reported last weekend that an unidentified 48- year-old official of the secretary of state of the Vatican had been stopped by police after acting awkwardly in an area known for male prostitutes.

  • Lesbian couple seek UK marriage recognition 10

    The landmark case will be heard in the High Court on 6 June 2006

    12:00 AM — The Green Party has been invited to submit evidence to the High Court in support of a lesbian couple's bid to get their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson were married in Canada in 2003 and for the first two years, their marriage had no legal standing in the UK, instead being converted into a Civil Partnership, but the couple are now fighting for the status of marriage.

  • Gay army group appeals Pentagon policy defence

    The First Circuit has never handled a challenge to the military's gay ban

    12:00 AM — As was widely expected among political analysts, the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) has asked the US Court of Appeals' First Circuit to review its challenge to the ban on gay men and lesbians in the military.SLDN filed a lawsuit against the 1993 statute in federal court in Boston in December 2004., but last month, US District Court Judge George O'Toole dismissed the case, ruling that Congress had a legitimate interest in segregating the armed forces.

  • Exxon debates gay rights policy

    Exxon withdrew gay policies in 1999 from Mobil when the two companies merged

    12:00 AM — America's only major company without sexual orientation policies is set to vote on anti discrimination protection regarding sexuality and gender this month.It follows a campaign from gay group, the Equality Project and one of the energy company's biggest shareholders, the New York City Employee's Retirement System (NYCERS.)

  • CCTV captures homophobic attackers, police claim

    If you are one of the men pictured, or you know who they are, please contact CID at Bootle Street police station on 0161 856 3240 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

    12:00 AM — Detectives believe they have uncovered new evidence relating to a homophobic attack which left a man with serious head injuries this year.Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in identifying four men from CCTV pictures believed to be responsible for a hate crime in which two men were seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of March 18 2006.

  • ‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation

    Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000,  claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality

    12:00 AM — An asylum seeker who pretended to be a lesbian to ensure she could remain in the UK, has won the right to stay because the Home Office delayed over her appeal, a judge ruled today.Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000, claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality if she returned to her home country.

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