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  • 12th October 2006

    Equality group welcomes gay carer compensation

    Niall Crowley, chief executive of the Equality Authority, said it shows the importance of recognition for same sex couples in Ireland

    12:00 AM — The Equality Authority has welcomed a decision by the Irish government today to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.The equal rights group called it an "important recognition" for same sex couples in the Republic of Ireland, after the unnamed claimant won his case under the Equal Status Act.

  • 11th October 2006

    LGBT community talks about sexuality

    Gay and lesbian campaigners, politicians and celebrities are encouraging other LGBT people to feel the freedom of admitting their sexuality openly

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian campaigners, politicians and celebrities are encouraging other LGBT people to feel the freedom of admitting their sexuality openly to mark National Coming Out Day.The event, commemorated today, started in Washington in 1987 when half a million LGBT people and supporters marched together for gay equality, in its 19th year it is still campaigning for people to be out and proud.

  • Conservative US politics deterring gay visitors

    The war in Iraq was seen as a deterrent to 58 percent of respondents, and pending legislation that would place a ban on gay marriage in the United States was a deterrent to 59 percent

    12:00 AM — A new study says that US conservative politics deters people from travelling to the America.The study, produced by Community Marketing, surveyed more than 7,500 gays and lesbians worldwide.According to the study, lesbians and gay men from Canada were more deterred by US politics than respondents from other parts of the world.

  • Lesbian couple drop marriage appeal 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose legal Canadian marriage was declared invalid by the High Court earlier this year has given up its appeal due to a lack of funds but vows to fight on through campaigns.University professors Sue Wilkinson, 52, and Celia Kitzinger, 50, will not be taking their fight to the Court of Appeal because of their current court bill of £25,000 which covers the government's legal costs for the case.

  • Gay ex-hostage promoting peace 1

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden

    12:00 AM — Gay peace activist James Loney is looking to turn the experience of being held hostage in Iraq into a campaign to help promote peace between religions and confront extremism.Mr Loney's abduction by Iraqi militias between November 2005 and March 2006 became the focus of international media attention, his partner and family kept his homosexuality a secret in fear that his captors would execute him.

  • Stonewall helps small business promote gay equality

    Gay People, Your Business is endorsed by the Federation of Small Businesses and has been funded by the Department for Communities  Local Government

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has launched its first guide advising Britain's four million small businesses how to become more gay-friendly.Gay People, Your Business is designed to be read in 15 minutes for companies who may not understand or have the time to translate legal and business jargon.

  • Americans becoming more supportive of gay issues

    The online poll of 2,932 US adults found that seven out of ten heterosexual adults in the United States say that they know someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

    12:00 AM — Two new studies released today to mark National Coming Out Day show that more Americans know someone who is gay and, as a result, are more supportive of LGBT issues."As we continue to introduce our lives and relationships to Americans, more are responding in a positive way and being increasingly supportive of full equality under the law," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.

  • 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.

  • 10th October 2006

    Bermuda church denies “gay bashing” plans

    Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A church conference in Bermuda has promised to steer clear of "gay bashing."Churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality.

  • Stonewall denies preferential gay treatment 1

    Gay charity Stonewall has rubbished a report which claims that special interest groups such as the gay community are turning the United Kingdom into a nation of victims

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has rubbished a report which claims that special interest groups such as the gay community are turning the United Kingdom into a nation of victims and undermining legal equality.The book We're (Nearly) All Victims Now! published by the Civitas think tank estimates that around 73% of the population now make up victim groups which undermines equality before the law.

  • Rhode Island lesbians marry out of state

    After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits out-of-state residents from marrying

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island who won the right to marry in Massachusetts because laws in their home state do not expressly prohibit same-sex marriage, tied the knot before friends and family in a ceremony held last weekend.After being denied a marriage license in Massachusetts, Wendy Becker and Mary Norton challenged a 1913 state law that prohibits out-of-state residents from marrying if the union would not be permitted in their home state.

  • Mental health day important for gay community 4

    Earlier this year a study by the Mental Health Foundation found that a quarter of young gay or bisexual men in Northern Ireland have attempted suicide

    12:00 AM — Mental health charities are joining together today to stop the increasing rates of suicide caused by severe depression, an issue of great importance to the gay community.World Mental Health Day, an international awareness campaign, aims to highlight the plight of those people suffering from severe mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, which can lead to suicide.

  • Michigan Judge’s nomination halted over gay marriage ceremony

    The nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal bench is on hold because she helped lead a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple

    12:00 AM — The nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal bench is on hold because she helped lead a commitment ceremony for a lesbian couple four years ago, reports the Grand Rapids Press.Senator Sam Brownback, of Kansas, an opponent of gay marriage who has presidential aspirations, said he wants to know whether there was anything illegal or improper about the ceremony in Massachusetts.

  • Queer women campaign for better healthcare

    The group claims that healthcare for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women in Scotland is marginalised and underfunded

    12:00 AM — A lesbian, bisexual and transgender health group is looking for Scottish women to talk about sex.Queer Women's Action (QWA) is organising a weekend seminar in Pilochry for women from all over Scotland to come and share their experiences of healthcare in the country.

  • Contradictory gay proposals make Colorado ballot

    According to Colorado's Vail Daily, Referendum I proposes legalising domestic partnerships, which would confer a variety of rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples while amendment 43 would add a constitutional amendment defining marriage as “one man and one woman“  (photo: Chris Patriarca)

    12:00 AM — Two proposals regarding same-sex couples that appear to contradictory to each other have made their way onto Colorado's November ballot.According to Colorado's Vail Daily, Referendum I proposes legalising domestic partnerships, which would confer a variety of rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples while amendment 43 would add a constitutional amendment defining marriage as "one man and one woman."

  • Gay bars to monitor street smoking 5

    The potential problems caused by smokers outside premises in the West End has been raised by Westminster City Council in its response to the Department of Health's consultation on the introduction of the smoking ban

    12:00 AM — Gay bars in Soho welcomed the idea of a smoking ban when MPs passed a bill prohibiting it earlier this year, and now Westminster Council has taken another step by ensuring the smokers won't just be moved outside.The local authority of Westminster contains many gay venues which will have to ensure there customers no longer light up from next year, but the Council wants to make sure the new law doesn't result in customers smoking in the street.

  • Gay activists oppose Iran deportations

    n February 2006, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk first declared her intention to end the moratorium, stating that “It appears that there are no cases of an execution on the basis of the sole fact that someone is homosexual. ... For homosexual men and women it is not totally impossible to function in society, although they should be wary of coming out of the closet too openly“

    12:00 AM — As the Netherlands mulls resuming deportations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender asylum seekers back to Iran, and Sweden begins such deportations again, human rights activists are urging both European governments to adhere to their international legal obligations not to send people back to the risk of torture.Human Rights Watch has written letters toDutch and Swedish authorities saying the states cannot return people to countries where they face torture, ill-treatment or death, a fate known to be awaiting LGBT in Iran where Sharia law proscribes the death penalty for homosexuality.

  • 9th October 2006

    Scottish gay laws “jeopardising family life” 5

    Bishop Tartaglia said gay marriage advocates had lost sight of God's will

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is "jeopardising family life" by allowing civil partnerships, a Catholic bishop has warned.The Bishop Of Paisley, Philip Tartaglia, used a speech to legal figures in Edinburgh yesterday to attack the concept of gay unions.He accused lawmakers of going against "God's purpose," he said: "A raft of legislative measures have jeopardised, recklessly I think, family life as intended by God's purpose for human beings.

  • Prince Charles joins gay church debate 1

    The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England

    12:00 AM — The British public usually expects controversial gaffes to come from Prince Philip, but now like father like son, the Prince of Wales looks set to anger the Church of England after backing the denomination's first openly gay clergyman.Prince Charles praised the openness of the late Harry Williams, who used his autobiography in 1982 to come out.

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