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  • 17th March 2006

    Gay council leader boycotts St Patrick’s Day 2

    New York's Irish gay organisations had been pushing to march behind their own banner

    12:00 AM — New York's first openly gay council leader will boycott today's St Patrick's Day parade after Irish gay groups were blocked from participating.The chairman of the Manhattan parade, John Dunleavy, refused an approach from the leader of New York's City Council leader, Christine Quinn, to allow gay groups to join the march.

  • Iraqi Ayatollah sparks outrage after decreeing death to gays 2

    Haydar Faiek, aged 40, a transsexual Iraqi, was allegedly beaten and burned to death

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group will hold an anti war protest in London this weekend after a senior Iraqi Shia leader called for homosexuals to be killed in the ""worst, most severe way," according to gay rights activists.Outrage claim that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq is encouraging the murder of gays and lesbians through his website where he replied to a question on sodomy and lesbianism saying it is punishable by death.

  • 16th March 2006

    Benefits mix up leaves gay couple in the dark

    Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were left with no utilities for two days because changes in the law caused them to lose a significant amount of their benefits.Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter after the Civil Partnership Act legislated that gay couples no longer receive separate benefits.

  • Report slams gay housing provisions 2

    spokeswoman from the Mid Wales Housing Association told PinkNews.co.uk: “We don't make any distinctions between who the partnership is between, there is total equality“

    12:00 AM — Housing providers have a severe lack of knowledge of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) housing requirements, according to a study.A report by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales revealed gaps in housing provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, which they blame on homophobia and low awareness of the needs of the gay community.

  • Gay Mormon faces dismissal 1

    A gay Mormon group, Affirmation, believe that his dismissal would be the first time a Mormon in a gay partnership has been punished in this way

    12:00 AM — A gay Mormon is facing expulsion from the church after marrying his partner in Canada.Buckley Jeppson has revealed that he received a verbal warning that his actions oppose the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that disciplinary action may be taken.

  • Minister cleared after conducting gay marriages

    She was tried by the judicial body with the threat of a 30 year ban from the ministry

    12:00 AM — A Presbyterian minister has escaped punishment for officiating over the marriage unions of two lesbian couples.The commission of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, ruled that the Rev. Janie Adams Spahr actions were justified within her "right of conscience" as a Christian when she performed the commitment ceremonies.

  • Support increases for gay pride ban

    Meanwhile Russia's patriarch has written an open letter praising the mayor's “decision to prevent public propaganda for immorality“

    12:00 AM — Two senior political figures have joined supporters of the Moscow Gay Pride ban.Jerusalem's acting mayor, Yigal Amedi and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, have backed Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov's decision to ban the event.

  • Gay Navy officers to march with pride 2

    The Royal Navy was the first of the UK armed forces to sign up to a Stonewall scheme to promote fair treatment of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the workplace

    12:00 AM — Navy officers may be allowed to wear their uniforms at this year's EuroPride event in London, according to newspaper reports.The Royal Navy is expected to push the proposal at a conference on gay rights later today in an address by second sea lord, Vice Admiral Adrian Johns.He will refer to the navy's work with gay group Stonewall and the possibility of an "overt service presence" at the parade on July 1.

  • Czech gays given marriage rights 1

    Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill

    12:00 AM — The Czech lower parliament has overruled a presidential veto on gay marriage to allow same sex couples to register their relationships, gain access to each other's health information and raise children.Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill claiming it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives and inhibited on the traditional views of family.

  • Gay man challenges inheritance laws

    His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir

    12:00 AM — A gay man in South Africa is to contest a law which stops him inheriting his dead partner's estate.Mark Gory had a gay marriage ceremony with his partner who later died without leaving a will. His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir.

  • Gay barman in “rape lie” 1

    The jury heard that Mr Schwan became upset during an evening out and that he felt there was someone outside who wanted to “get him“.

    12:00 AM — A gay barman is being accused of perverting the course of justice after telling police he had been raped.Daniel Schwan, 29, an employee of the Chicago Rock Café in Hertfordshire, is on trial at a Cheshunt court for alleging he was attacked in a railway station car park.

  • 15th March 2006

    Daily Star apologises to Ashley Cole over “gay” stories 26

    The Daily Star has retracted the articles and will apologise to Mr Cole

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAshley Cole is due to receive an apology from The Daily Star after the tabloid printed stories relating to the News of the World "gay orgy" articles which eventually led to the identification of the footballer.The Arsenal and England star objected to articles from three separate editions of the paper, one which retold the News of the World story, a picture of Mr Cole looking feminine with a caption by his phone, an image from websites claiming to be of the footballers involved, and a falsely attributed headline from the star saying, "I'm no rear gunner."

  • Health insurance for gay partners

    The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners

    12:00 AM — Partners of gay employees in the US state of Montana will be offered health insurance, according to the area's largest health cover provider.The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners of workers from July.

  • Gay bathhouses file lawsuit against LA County

    The clubs are taking issue with the denial of their constitutional rights to Due Process

    12:00 AM — The gay bathhouses and sex clubs of Los Angeles have filed a lawsuit against the City and County of Los Angeles in response to the latest regulations passed by the county and adopted by the city which allow a non-elected bureaucrat the power to regulate those establishments according to his whim.Only gay venues are singled out for this treatment without guidelines, The organisations fear that in the hands of a homophobic or power hungry appointee, the plaintiffs fear a witch hunt.

  • Indian gays overcoming taboos 2

    Some groups want Indian gays to be proud of their sexuality

    12:00 AM — Just days after the gay community in Pakistan proudly raised its voice, neighbouring India also appears to be coming out of the closet.SAPPHO, named after the legendary character of ancient Greek literature, is an Indian organisation set up to provide support for the gay community, they have revealed that an increasing number of gays and lesbians are approaching the service.

  • Gays may have limited access to information

    The group says changes circulated by national security adviser Stephen Hadley show that in December 2005  guidelines were changed

    12:00 AM — Human rights groups are questioning new guidelines on security clearance which may discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.Sexuality is referred to as a determining factor in access to classified information, according to a revision of the, Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.

  • Leeds students protest against homophobic lecturer

    Student groups have started a petition for his dismissal and there are calls to boycott his lectures since the article was published

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStudents at the University of Leeds are raising concerns over a lecturer they claim made openly homophobic, racist and misogynistic remarks in a interview with the student union paper.Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies said that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries."

  • Councillor slams gay cruising website

    Cruising and sexual activity in public toilets has been illegal since the Sexual Offences Act 2003

    12:00 AM — Council officials in Swansea are worried after a website listed 19 public places it recommended for gay sex and "cruising" in the area.Castle Ward councillor David Phillips said he was concerned that many of the areas were in busy public places such as toilets in local supermarkets, park locations, bus stations and car parks.

  • Poor healthcare for gays and lesbians 3

    The work revealed that many elderly citizens feared telling their doctors that they were gay and some said they were mistreated after their sexual orientation was discovered

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian seniors are being given unequal access to health services, according to researchers.A study by The McGill School of Social Work in Canada claims that elderly people in the gay and lesbian community are discriminated against by the very health care organisations and social services committed to supporting them.

  • Prisoner kept calm by gay porn 1

    The pornographic calendar caused jealousy amongst inmates at Broadmoor prison where pornography is banned

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile has been issued with gay porn by a psychologist at the top security Broadmoor prison hospital, a tabloid has claimed.John Leather, 47, was reported to have been given pictures of naked and aroused men in an attempt by medical experts to keep him calm in his room.

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