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  • 4th April 2006

    Gay senator backs gay marriage for Australians 1

    A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws

    12:00 AM — A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws led by John Stanhope, in reaction to church and political opposition.The leader of the Federal Greens, Bob Brown, described Prime Minister John Howard as a bigot for vowing to block legislation which would give gay couples equal marriage rights.

  • 3rd April 2006

    Gay Muslim claims Islamophobia denied him post as student leader 1

    Pav Akhtar hoped to be the first Muslim president of NUS

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn openly gay and Muslim candidate for president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has claimed that both Islamophobia and homophobia played a part in him losing the election by 28 votes.Pav Akhtar who is currently the NUS black students' officer and formerly the president of the Cambridge University students union, was widely expected to be elected president of NUS at the national conference held last week.

  • Academics launch national homophobia debate

    Researchers hope the debate will provide better perspectives and knowledge of the challenges teachers face in addressing homophobia in schools

    12:00 AM — A national debate into how to tackle homophobia in schools will be used as part of a three year research project being carried out by the University of Sunderland.The General Teaching Council for England (GTC) has launched a three month online discussion forum as part of the research, which aims to find out teachers' views on how best to challenge homophobia and promote sexualities equality in schools.

  • Inquiry into gay discrimination begins in Australia

    Recommendations on changes needed to eliminate discrimination will be made to the Federal Parliament

    12:00 AM — Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will start a national inquiry into workplace and financial discrimination against same-sex couples today.The research will conduct an audit of Commonwealth, State and Territory laws to develop a full list of circumstances in which same-sex couples and their children may be denied financial and/or work-related benefits and entitlements that heterosexual couples enjoy.

  • Trans Saudis undergo sex change

    Saudi Arabia adheres to the stern type of Islamic law that proscribes women should be covered in public

    12:00 AM — A group of Saudi women have had sex changes after developing a psychological complex due to life in a patriarchal Muslim society, according to reports.Saudi Arabia's psychology expert Mohamed Abdelmawjoud was quoted in the Al Watan paper as saying the operations took place over a year with no disruption from authorities.

  • Prosecutor condemns ‘homosexual propaganda’

    The flag of Rostov Oblast in Southern Russia

    12:00 AM — Homosexual acts are a "perversion" in Russia, according to the Public Prosecutor of Southern State, Rostov Oblast.Dmitry Tikhonov, from the Division of Law Execution Relating to Minors, has condemned two broadcasting agencies for transmitting phone messages "which contained alternative sexual orientation propaganda."

  • Developer promises gay retirement homes 2

    The houses are expected to open their doors in spring 2008

    12:00 AM — A Boston real estate mogul has announced groundbreaking plans to build a gay and lesbian retirement community.David Aronstein's company, Stonewall Communities, will develop bedroom units along with a fitness centre, communal dining rooms, and parking spaces targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

  • Homophobia used in Belarus protests

    The EU has called on the government , led by Alexander Lukashenko,  to allow protests and freedom of speech in the country

    12:00 AM — The Belarussian government has been using homophobic taunts in the media to curb protests against the controversial re election of President Alexander Lukashenko.Government owned media outlets have called the protests a "blue revolution" and labelled anyone involved in the protests as sexually perverted, child abductors or drug addicts in an attempt to stir up support from homophobes who would be repelled from taking part, says Svyatoslav Sementsov of the TEMA gay group.

  • 31st March 2006

    Non residents denied Massachusetts gay marriage rights 1

    Eight gay couples attempted to challenge a 1913 state law that forbids non residents from marrying in Massachusetts

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples who are denied marriage rights in their own state, will not be allowed to legally marry in Massachusetts, according to the Supreme Judicial Court.The state ruled that it cannot ignore laws of other parts of the US by allowing gay couples to marry when it is prohibited back in their homes.

  • HIV rates reach peak, but gays must stay aware

    The study warns against the reliance of drugs as pure protection

    12:00 AM — Worldwide HIV infections have reached a peak but sufferers such as Western gay people should not rely so heavily on anti viral drugs, according to research.A report in health journal, The Lancet, from the Centre for Global Health Research in Toronto, suggests a decline in the number of infections in India, areas of Africa and America.

  • Lawyer slams ‘discriminatory’ Jersey gay consent law

    A decision on the law has been withheld until a review into whether European Convention of Human Rights laws apply to Jersey

    12:00 AM — A family law expert is calling on the Channel Island of Jersey to lower the gay age of consent after a decision to delay debate on the law.Rose Colley is pushing the States to move the legal age for sexual activity from 18 to 16, which would be the same as the rights enjoyed by heterosexual people.

  • New tools to improve links between gay patients and health services 1

    A series of online videos will help improve communications between lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their healthcare providers

    12:00 AM — The Mautner Project, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association have developed a new tool and a series of online videos to help improve communications between lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their healthcare providers."Individual and institutional homophobia in the healthcare system has a devastating effect on the health and well-being of the LGBT community," says Mautner Project executive director, Kathleen DeBold.

  • Tourist convicted of gay sex acts 6

    He pleaded guilty to immoral acts in public and told the court it all happened because he was drunk

    12:00 AM — A Kuwaiti tourist has been convicted and fined for having gay sex with a Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) recruit.The Lower Criminal Court in Manama handed the unnamed 23 year old man a 100 Bahrain Dollar fine after he was found naked in a car with a 22 year old Bahraini on the seafront in February.

  • Congress members join calls for end to anti gay army policy 5

    A March 22 poll from the Pew Research Centre showed growing public support for repealing the military's ban

    12:00 AM — Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has joined 113 other Members of Congress in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN.)In addition to Ms McKinney, Republican Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) and Democratic lawmakers Julia Carson and Michael Doyle (D-Pa.) recently joined other members of Congress in calling for a repeal of the gay ban.

  • Gay man given inheritance rights

    The Pretoria High Court declared the Intestate Succession Act as unconstitutional

    12:00 AM — A landmark South African ruling has named a gay man as the sole heir to his late partner's estate.Mark Gory had been locked in a court battle with the parents of his boyfriend, Henry Brooks over who should rightfully be the legal heir after he died suddenly in April 2005 without a will.

  • Gay lobby group slams support for anti gay activist 5

    The Reverend Jerry Falwell serves as the Chancellor of Liberty, which maintains a history of aggressively investigating the sexual orientation of faculty and students, and expelling those who are found to be gay.

    12:00 AM — The National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) has criticised Republican Senator John McCain for endorsing the actions of anti-gay activist Jerry Falwell and for agreeing to keynote the spring graduation of Liberty University, a college controlled by Mr Falwell which routinely expels gay students."John McCain has embarked on a dangerous policy of appeasement that coddles the anti-gay base of the Republican Party," said Eric Stern, NSD executive director. "No Republican can win their party's presidential nomination without the institutional backing of Republican power-brokers like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

  • Dog muck taunts led to transsexual suicide 6

    The inquest was told Miss Buckley had previously complained about constant abuse from a female neighbour who would tease her regarding her gender

    12:00 AM — Abuse from neighbours led a transsexual recluse to hang herself, an inquest heard today.Daily jibes from other residents, combined with emotional issues she was suffering from due to a sex change, left 46 year old Karen Buckley too scared to leave her own home.

  • Bishops’ backtrack on gay rights

    LEAC announced that 57.5% of respondents would oppose, in secret ballot, provisions for church blessing of same-sex partnerships

    12:00 AM — Episcopal bishops in the United States, if voting secretly now, would turn away from two critical votes in 2003 which championed a pro-homosexual agenda, according to a survey by Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC).The convention votes divided their church and caused the worldwide Anglican Communion to put about 2 million Americans in limbo.

  • Gay Lib Dem MSP weds partner

    Mother-of-two Ms Smith split from her husband in 2000 and later announced she had a female partner

    12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat has become the first MSP to have a civil partnership, after she wed her partner on the weekend.Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, registered her relationship with Suzanne Main in a ceremony with family and friends on Saturday.

  • Court to hear transgender discrimination case 1

    The lawsuit charges that the Library of Congress unlawfully refused to hire Ms Schroer in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against sex discrimination in the workplace

    12:00 AM — A federal judge has found that an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a transgender veteran against the Library of Congress can go forward."I couldn't understand how the country that I had risked my life for could believe that it was ok to rescind its job offer to me solely because I'm transgender," said Diane Schroer, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

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