14th April 2006
Green Party call for gay guidelines to be sent to schools
12:00 AM — Brighton Hove Green Party today called on their council to send copies of the government's new guidance on Sex Relationships Education to all local schools.The guidance breaks important new ground, by explicitly recommending that primary schools acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identities within families, and that secondary schools acknowledge that some of their students will be starting to identify as LGBT.
Council warns gay cruisers
12:00 AM — Gay people who meet to have sex in public in Wales will not ruin this Easter weekend, according to a local councillor.Carmarthenshire Council in Llanelli, Wales, spoke out after a website recommended several local attractions as ideal hotspots for gay and bisexual cruising.
13th April 2006
“Abused” Priest quits Church
12:00 AM — A Roman Catholic Priest who sued his own diocese for alleged abuse by another priest has left the priesthood.John Nesbella cited criticism from other clergy over his decision to highlight the issue of gay priests with his court case, as the reason behind his decision to leave. The move brings to an end a career in the church that has spanned 25 years.
Air Force poster woman dismissed for being lesbian 1
12:00 AM — After 19 years of service as a flight nurse, Margaret Witt has filed an injunction in U.S. District Court in Seattle suing the military for suspending her for being a lesbian.The case challenges the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which band openly gay personnel from serving.Ms Witt, who has won medals for her conduct during her 19 year career, and has served in the heart of the conflict in Afghanistan, said: "My objective really is to go back to my unit, serve my country and help the injured troops that need."
Lesbian couple fight to have both names on son’s birth certificate 1
12:00 AM — A Superior Court judge in Monmouth County has denied a lesbian couple's request that both of their names should be put on their baby son's birth certificate.There is an artificial insemination statue in the State, which enables a husband to have his name on his wife's child's birth certificate if he has consented to her artificial insemination by another man. This is the first time that the statue has been tested with regards to gay couples.
Where are the gay footballers? asks The Independent’s survey
12:00 AM — A survey in the Independent newspaper has revealed that most footballers believe that the profession is homophobic.Peter Clayton, chief executive of the Middlesex FA and the only openly gay man on the FA council said: "the main difficulty at the moment is that players are assets, They have a market value, which clubs might feel could be affected."
Helpline for gay married men
12:00 AM — Gay Project Cork research has shown that of 3,000 gay men living and working in Kerry, many are married and leading double lives.David Roche, development manager for Gay Project Cork said that keeping their homosexuality hidden was a priority for some men: "Many remain married after discovering their true sexuality. "The fear of a negative reaction is the most common reason that gay and bisexual men feel that they can't live full lives in their own community".
Tories deselect single mother and gay Arab 4
12:00 AM — A single mother and a gay Arab have claimed that they were deselected as Conservative party candidates for next months local elections due to prejudice from the right of the party.Both Emile al-Uzaizi and Amanda Lloyd-Harris, who claim to be popular serving councillors, argue that their deselection is due to prejudice from right wing elements of the party in Hammersmith and Fulham. They intend to stand against their old party as independent candidates in local elections next month.
Suicide rates down concludes National report
12:00 AM — The national suicide rate is at its lowest level since records began, according to the third annual report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy published today.The report shows the most recent suicide rate (for the 3 years2002/3/4) was 8.56 deaths per 100,000 population - a reduction of 6.6% from the 1997/8/9 figures
“Frenzy of passion” killer gets 8 years
12:00 AM — A Melbourne woman who stabbed her lesbian lover to death in a "frenzy of passion" has been jailed for eight years.Justice Nettle told the court that Joanne Stenhouse was in a "love-hate relationship, in which you and the deceased appeared incapable of living peacefully together but incapable of living without each other."Ms Stenhouse stabbed her partner Anne Maher to death, on Easter Sunday last year.
£11,500 pay out to bullied teenage sports coach
12:00 AM — 18 year old Grace Kinsey told a Sheffield tribunal court that she had been teased and bullied by her employer Lee Dickens. "I justfelt ugly. What he said upset me a lot. I was only 17 at the time," she told The Sun Newspaper.Mr Dickens told Ms Kinsey that she was too soft and needed "breaking in", during the time she worked for him during her school holidays. He inferred that she was a lesbian - a comment which lead Ms Kinsey to grow her hair in an attempt to stop people thinking she was gay.
12th April 2006
Gays face Christian school expulsion
12:00 AM — US gay and lesbian students face expulsion from Christian schools if they reveal their sexuality, a gay group has warned.Soulforce, a gay organisation, currently touring America promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, claims over 200 colleges and universities actively ban homosexual students.
Civil rights director in gay preference row
12:00 AM — New Jersey's head of civil rights has been accused of discriminating against black employees by deliberately promoting whites, Latinos and gays ahead of them.The Division on Civil Rights director, Frank Vespa-Papaleo is cited in a lawsuit from his assistant director, Philip Freeman, who claims he was harassed because he is black and straight.
MEP slams Nigeria’s “homophobic” culture
12:00 AM — The Nigerian government is facing condemnation from the European Parliament over plans to make homosexual marriage illegal and to ban gay organisations.MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a "homophobic" culture and threatening "the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens."
HIV man leaves Scotland after “gay paedophile” label 2
12:00 AM — An HIV sufferer is leaving Scotland because of a lack of support and constant abuse including being labelled a "gay paedophile."John Percy is the country's longest surviving man with the illness, but says he is moving to London because his last few years in Edinburgh have been "hell."
Attorney appeals to stop gay partner benefits
12:00 AM — Health insurance should not be given to partners of gay workers, according to the state attorney in Michigan.Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution concerning marriage, by putting domestic partnerships on an equal par.
State hears gay marriage views 1
12:00 AM — The Massachusetts State House held a six hour hearing on gay marriage yesterday as supporters and opponents came together to argue their case for a 2008 vote on a ban on same sex unions.Supporters of the ban are standing by the argument that legalised gay marriage undermines the traditional family structure, and opponents are pushing for further equality.
Indiana gays gain anti-discrimination laws 1
12:00 AM — Indianapolis' economic health and viability has been enhanced by the extension of human rights protections to include the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens, declared leaders of the city's gay groups have declared.Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance.
Gay workers lose support
12:00 AM — Gay state workers in Kentucky have lost rights to anti discrimination laws after a new governor made changes to the 2003 employment policy.Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's "Diversity Day," he replaced former Governor Paul Patton's law with one that prohibits employment discrimination because of "race, colour, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status and disability," but no longer sexuality.
10th April 2006
City awaits gay banker tribunal result 4
12:00 AM — The City is nervously awaiting the outcome of a senior banker's compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that he was sacked because he was openly gay.It is believed to be the biggest case of its kind to have reached an industrial tribunal since December 2004 when sex discrimination rules became applicable to gays and lesbians.