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  • 28th April 2006

    Gay couples may owe thousands in tax

    The body claims warnings from HM Revenue and Customs were overlooked in the excitement of the new Civil Partnership rules

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveUnmarried same sex couples may owe the taxman £1,600, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).When gay and lesbian couples were granted civil partnership rights in 2005, the law also stated that even those couples who do not have a ceremony would be treated as a unit for tax credits.

  • Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry

    Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners

    12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.

  • Care assistant tells tribunal he was sacked for being gay

    The case was heard by an employment tribunal

    12:00 AM — A care assistant from Blakenhall, Wolverhampton has told an employment tribunal that he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams is seeking damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He claims that he was sacked after a years service without his employers carrying out a disciplinary or dismissal procedure.

  • ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1

    The ACT government which includes areas such as the Australian capital, Canberra, expect the new bill to pass and possibly take effect in June

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.

  • Half a century of gay progress 1

    The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up “to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."

  • HIV diagnoses on the rise

    The new figures also indicated that HIV diagnoses reported for the first quarter of 2006 are a fifth higher than those received during the same period in 2005

    12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.

  • 27th April 2006

    First gay church opens in Blackpool

    The church describes itself as an “inclusive church that welcomes everyone who celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people“

    12:00 AM — Blackpool's first "gay affirming" church will hold its inaugural meeting tonight.Liberty Church, inspired by the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) network, is looking to set up a gay and lesbian congregation.

  • EU rules for British transsexual pension rights 1

    Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old

    12:00 AM — Britain is illegally refusing pension rights to transsexuals by only considering their original sex, according to the European Union's Court of Justice.Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old because the law still identified her as a man.

  • Rabbi calls for Christian gay respect

    Rabb Eric Yoffiei has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A rabbi has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality, stating they pose no threat to him.He delivered the message yesterday at the minister's Christian based Liberty University.

  • Dairylea owner will sponsor Gay Games

    Kraft, who own Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange among other brands will sponsor the Gay Games

    12:00 AM — Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer's Gay Games.The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events.

  • Students demand dismissal of “homophobic” basketball coach

    Coach Rene Portland (right) with student

    12:00 AM — Students from Pennsylvania State University held a protest yesterday demanding the dismissal of a basketball coach who they allege is homophobic.The group of students representing gay and black students together with an HIV education group and delegates from the students' union protested outside the office of university president Graham Spainer.The students demanded a change in the way that the institution deals with issues relating to gay people and other minority groups.

  • Drug offences on the rise

    Home secretary Charles Clarke expressed a commitment to driving down violent crime

    12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.

  • 26th April 2006

    Gay BBC executive’s murder reconstructed on Crimewatch 1

    Crimewatch presenter Fiona Bruce introduced the reconstruction

    12:00 AM — The murder of a gay retired BBC executive was reconstructed on the BBC One Crimewatch programme last night in a bid to bring the killer to justice.Hallam Tennyson, the 85 year-old great-grandson of Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was discovered in his flat in Highgate, north London on December 21 2005. Mr Tennyson, who was gay had suffered serious head injuries, and had several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Lesbian appeals decision to refuse her infertility treatment

    The doctors claim a right not to comply with California's civil rights law because they are fundamentalist Christians and they object to treating a lesbian patient the same way they treat other patients

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group, Lambda Legal, has asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing doctors to refuse infertility treatment to a lesbian patient.The group claim Guadalupe Benitez was refused support based on their religious beliefs and because of her sexuality.

  • Florida schools to target gay bullying

    The approved change now means every school district in Florida will have to adopt an anti bullying policy

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Florida are claiming victory after state representative Ellyn Bogdanooff added homophobia to school bullying categories.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation on school bullying last week.

  • Anti gay church slams poet 2

    Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church, reacted to a poem written by Irish poet, Desmond Egan called Understanding God Took Quickly in Topeka

    12:00 AM — Ireland is a "land of sodomite dandies," according to a US church which has attacked a local poet for criticising it.Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church, reacted to a poem written by Irish poet, Desmond Egan called Understanding God Took Quickly in Topeka.

  • Court upholds Pentagon anti gay policy

    The SLDN lawsuit asserts that “'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' punishes gay, lesbian and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has granted the government's motion to dismiss in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members."We are disappointed in the court's decision, and are reviewing all possible responses," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the organisation representing the plaintiffs in the case.

  • Religious and human rights groups defend New York gay marriage 1

    Nearly 200 religious organisations, congregations and clergy from throughout the state also filed a brief pointing out that there is broad support among religions for marriage for same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — In 14 friend-of-the-court briefs, (lawsuits filed on behalf of someone else) filed with the New York Court of Appeals, national and state-wide religious and civil rights leaders and organisations have urged the court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage.The court is hearing oral arguments in lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and others on behalf of same-sex couples on May 31, 2006. "It's wrong for New York to continue to deny same-sex couples and their children equal protections for their families," said Victor Bolden, general counsel of the NAACP Legal Defence Educational Fund, "The constitution protects the right of individuals to marry whomever they love regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."

  • Senator gets death threats over gay marriage support

    Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a  picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating claims that a Senator has been receiving death threats over his support for gay marriage.Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it, attached to a newspaper advert supporting a law to ban gay marriage.

  • Arsonists target gay friendly pub

    Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it spread to the rest of the establishment (photo by alisdair)

    12:00 AM — Two men are being questioned after a gay friendly pub was set on fire in Bolton.Arsonists targeted the Star and Garter Public House in the early hours of this morning, setting fire to the front door after pouring petrol around it.

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