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  • 19th September 2006

    Ex-lover kills newly-out lesbian girlfriend

    Mr Seaton refused to believe his relationship was over when Miss Queen came out as a lesbian.

    12:00 AM — A man killed and almost decapitated his newly-out girlfriend, a court heard today.James Seaton, 46, killed Jacqueline Queen at his flat and then enlisted the help of his brother John, 37, to dispose of her body.

  • South African Christians march against gay marriage 10

    If enacted, the bill would place South Africa amongst a handful of countries allowing gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Thousands of Christians marched through South African cities last weekend protesting a bill that would make the nation the first on the continent to legalise gay marriage.The protests, spearheaded by the conservative African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), came before a parliamentary committee holds hearings on a bill today that would accord same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.

  • US companies battle to become LGBT friendly

    Joe Solmonese said: “I am incredibly encouraged and optimistic about the findings in this report. Companies are not only working to improve their scores, they are actively competing to be ranked the most inclusive and fair-minded in their industry.”

    12:00 AM — A record number of the largest US companies are increasingly competing to expand benefits and protections for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).The HRC's Corporate Equality Index covers 446 companies and shows an unprecedented 138 major US organisations earned the top rating of 100 percent, an increase of 37 in one year and a tenfold growth in four years.

  • Poland’s president says his views on gays are misunderstood 2

    Mr Kaczynski banned 2005's gay pride celebrations in Warsaw. He says his views of gay people are 'misunderstood'.

    12:00 AM — Staunch Roman Catholic Polish President Lech Kaczynski says his views on issues such as gay people are misunderstood.Kaczynski, of the social conservative Law and Justice Party, made pledges upon taking office in December including making sure that Poland's traditional Roman Catholic values were not overwhelmed by the general European liberal viewpoint.

  • Secret gay sex in the city

    Marital status isn't necessarily an indicator of sexual behaviour,“

    12:00 AM — Nearly one in ten straight New Yorkers are having same sex relations, according to New York city health officials.The survey was carried out in 2003 with the results published in today's Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Moscow Gay Pride Ban goes to European Court

    Gay Pride organisers first went to court in May when Moscow officials refused to grant a parade license

    12:00 AM — An appeals court in Moscow upholds a lower court ruling today, stating that banning May's gay pride parade was not illegal.However, Dmitry Bartenev, a lawyer representing the groups, told the Russian news agency Novosti, "We intend to appeal shortly with the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg to vindicate our rights, and also to lodge a complaint with the presidium of the Moscow City Court. We believe the decision it has handed down is against the law,"

  • San Diego Gay Pride attackers in court

    One of the victims is expected to leave the hospital next week after facial reconstruction surgery

    12:00 AM — The six men accused of attacking six men leaving San Diego's Gay Pride festival in July may be agreeing to plea bargains in court today, their prosecutors and lawyers said yesterday.The case yesterday was to be presented to a San Diego Superior Court judge to decide whether there is enough evidence against them for a trial. However, the judge was busiy dealing with another case and in the late afternoon, rescheduled the case to this morning.

  • Gay Jews celebrate High Holy days

    The LGBT Jewish community will be celebrating the upcoming Jewish new year

    12:00 AM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up to celebrate the upcoming Jewish new year in LGBT Synagogue services.In London, the LGBT Jewish community are invited to celebrate the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Beit Klal Yisrael Synagogue, Notting Hill Gate, W10, which is liberal affiliated and a member of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jews organisations.

  • 18th September 2006

    Christian Group seeks gay conscience clause 12

    The Christian Democrats however are seeking an exemption that would allow religious people to withhold goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) party has called on the Government to include a 'conscience clause' in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations going before Parliament next month.The Government's new regulations are intended to ensure that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are not discriminated against in the provision of goods, facilities and services.

  • Berlin’s gay mayor re-elected while Nazis rise in North

    Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country

    12:00 AM — Last weekend's regional elections in Germany provided both positive and negative results for the country's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.Berlin's gay mayor the Social Democrat Klaus Wowereit, has been re-elected with 31.5% of the vote, but worryingly there also occurred a resurgence of Neo Nazi voting in the north of the country.

  • Jailed newlywed lesbian stands by her woman 1

    Mother-of-three Ms Smith, 34, received a 14 month sentence at Newcastle Crown Court

    12:00 AM — A lesbian woman is standing by her abusive partner who was jailed for battering her black and blue in a jealous attack.Sarah Smith is starting her 14-month prison sentence after lashing out at Tracy McVeigh only days after their civil partnership ceremony.

  • Indian academics condemn anti-gay law.

    The legislation, which came into effect during British rule in India, bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal“

    12:00 AM — More than 100 leading figures of literature, film and academia in India rallied this weekend against a colonial-era law which makes homosexuality a criminal offence.Included in amongst the 100 influential signatories were the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, and the Booker prizewinner Arundhati Roy.

  • Military gay policy opposition grows

    The list of Members of Congress in favour of a repeal of the US military's gay policy continues to grow

    12:00 AM — As LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocacy groups increase their efforts to garner support against the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, the list of Members of Congress in favour of a repeal continues to grow.This week, US Representative. John Conyers (D-Mich) and Representtive Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) announced their support for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the law and allow gays to serve openly in the armed forces.

  • Schwarzenegger accused of acting inconsistently with gay rights legislation

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is being accused of acting inconsistently over gay rights legislation

    12:00 AM — Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is being accused of acting inconsistently when legislating gay rights.Equality California, the gay rights group, hailed the passage of 14 bills in 2005-06, as "breaking the record for the most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights bills ever passed by a state legislature in our nation's history."

  • Virginia’s gay community opposes proposed gay marriage amendment

    Virginia's gay community protests against a possible amendement to the gay marriage law

    12:00 AM — The gay community made for a colourful group, hard to miss as they marched the near-empty streets of downtown Roanoke, Virginia on Sunday morning.Armed with bundles of rainbow-coloured balloons and homemade banners -- "love makes a family," and "Virginia is for lovers, some restrictions apply" -- Virginia's gay community chanted, "Vote 'no,' Virginia! Vote 'no,' Virginia!"

  • 15th September 2006

    Lawyers defend “homophobic” industry

    Chris Lathbury, a gay man who also works for LA Law, admitted that he was worried about homophobia in the industry but has been welcomed into law firms

    12:00 AM — Lawyers on the South Coast are divided over a report by the Law Society which says that the industry is institutionally homophobic.It reveals a "macho culture" in law firms which is hindering career progression of gay and lesbian lawyers. It describes "constant trips to Spearmint Rhino (a lap dancing club), rugby matches and drinking sessions" as holding undertones of homophobia.

  • Westminster celebrates 500th civil partnership

    Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.

    12:00 AM — The City of Westminster celebrated a gay milestone today as the 500th gay couple took their vows at the Old Town Hall in Marylebone.Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.

  • 14th September 2006

    China facing gay AIDS epidemic

    One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns

    12:00 AM — One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns.British Sociological Association member, Jennifer Chapman, will argue that gay men in Shenzhen require a better understanding of sexual health, at the organisation's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference in Edinburgh which starts today.

  • Historic gay rights activist dies 1

    Garner and John Lawrence were arrested after police — sent by a bogus report of an armed intruder — burst into Lawrence's apartment and found the two engaged in consensual sex

    12:00 AM — Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a US Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him.According to the Associated Press, Garner died early on Monday at a Houston hospital.

  • Canada considers gay marriage debate 1

    According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Canada's conservative government could introduce legislative changes to enhance protections for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds if Members of Parliament don't pass a motion to re-open the contentious debate.According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage.

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