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  • 6th April 2006

    Gay friendly policies vital in work choices

    Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — A US lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organisation has announced the results of the largest nationwide survey of the gay community.Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community in the first ever attempt to ask how important gay-friendly policies are to where gay people decide to work.

  • Girlfriend strangled because of lesbian past wasn’t first case, court told

    The judge Mr Justice Simon told jurors that the previous convictions didn't mean he had carried out this one

    12:00 AM — A jealous boyfriend accused of strangling his girlfriend in a rage over her lesbian past held similar convictions previously, a court has been told.Steven Wallace, 40, denies the attempted murder of Wendy Brown, 30, but yesterday saw previous convictions of grievous bodily harm read to the jury.

  • Superheroes fighting for gay sexual health

    The procedure is free, quick, straight-forward and will protect those vaccinated from a potentially life-threatening disease

    12:00 AM — A group of sexual health superheroes have donned their capes to fight hepatitis in the gay community, in reaction to figures which show half of London's gay men are not vaccinated against the disease.'The Vaccinators', dressed in their superhero outfits and arriving in their superhero bus, launched the start of the Sorted campaign to encourage gay men to vaccinate against Hepatitis A and B.

  • Mother loses child custody to ex lesbian partner 2

    The judge decided that since the couple had both raised the children, there was no distinction of a biological relationship

    12:00 AM — A lesbian has been given custody of her former partner's children after a landmark court ruling decided she could be considered their "natural parent."The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away.

  • Dying gay man weds partner in hospital

    Peter Howard  was diagnosed with skin cancer five years ago and doctors warned the condition had got extremely serious, prompting him to arrange his civil union to partner

    12:00 AM — A gay man who has been given a month to live, had a civil partnership ceremony with his boyfriend in hospital today.Peter Howard, 57, was diagnosed with skin cancer five years ago and doctors warned the condition had got extremely serious, prompting him to arrange his civil union to partner, Chris Wells, 32, at short notice.

  • Transvestite dies in River Thames 3

    The coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure, stating he was not certain Mr Mudwai, a gay escort, had actually meant to kill himself

    12:00 AM — A transvestite jumped to his death in the Thames after his family couldn't accept his lifestyle, according to a coroner's report.Nahi Mudwai's body was found at Mill Bank in February after reports of a 'female' running along the Embankment throwing away clothes and jumping into the water.

  • Community threatened by “gay liaisons”

    Residents claim the Reddish Vale Country Park has become a hotspot for sexual liaisons

    12:00 AM — Picturesque areas of Stockport are being turned into destinations for "dogging" and sexual activity for the gay community, according to local residents.The Tame Valley Defence Group claims that the Reddish Vale Country Park has become a hotspot for sexual liaisons and voyeurism.

  • 5th April 2006

    Lesbian sacked because she was pregnant, tribunal told

    Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was pregnant

    12:00 AM — A lesbian estate agent was sacked after getting pregnant, a tribunal has been told.Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.

  • Catholic university allows gay film festival

    University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom

    12:00 AM — A gay film festival has been allowed to go ahead at a Roman Catholic university.University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom, after spending two months considering allowing the event along with a screening of the Vagina Monologues.

  • New York gays must file separate tax returns

    he tax department said: “Since the petitioner's marriage to his same-sex partner is not a marriage for federal income tax purposes, it is not a marriage for New York State

    12:00 AM — Gay couples who marry outside the state of New York cannot file joint tax returns, according to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.In response to petitions filed by Lambda Legal, officials cited state tax law and said that New York same-sex married couples cannot file their taxes jointly as married couples.

  • Potential president backs gay marriage

    Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections,  gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights

    12:00 AM — A potential candidate for the 2008 US presidency has stated his support for gay marriage.Senator Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections, gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights in reaction to amendments in several states looking to overturn such laws.

  • Procreation comes before gay rights, judge says

    Judge Gary Taylor recognised the law “has a disproportionate effect on homosexual individuals“

    12:00 AM — The US government's policy of promoting procreation should overrule gay rights, according to a panel of federal judges.Judge Jerome Farris told a gay couple suing Orange County, for the right to get married, that "everything that is wrong is not discrimination."

  • Scotland Yard to produce gay census

    The system of sexuality declaration would be voluntary and anonymous

    12:00 AM — Police officers will be asked to declare their sexuality, according to a new paper to be produced by Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair.The policy, which will be presented to the equality committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority, is expected to set out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers in the police force.

  • Equality for gay school group

    Students sued the school district, claiming that groups including the Asian Culture Group and the Chess Club were allowed to promote events, but members of Straights and Gays for Equality  (SAGE) were not

    12:00 AM — A school has been ordered to give a gay student group the same rights as other extra curricular clubs.Federal District Judge Joan Ericksen issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Osseo School District to afford a student group supporting gay rights the same footing as other extra-curricular student groups at Maple Grove High School.

  • Gay candidate running for Hackney Mayor 5

    Mr Boff is promising voters' initiatives which would see important issues put to a ballot of Hackney residents

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay candidate has been unveiled as the Conservative Party's representative for the Hackney mayoral elections in May.Andrew Boff, a runner up in the 2002 local election, will campaign for a council closer to the people and better services.

  • Female “poisoned dwarf” spy awarded compensation after lesbian jibes 1

    Leah Mates was labelled as a “poisoned dwarf”

    12:00 AM — A special forces spy was awarded £12,000 in compensation yesterday after an employment tribunal found that she had suffered a catalogue of abuse whilst serving in the British Army's special forces.30 year old Corporal Leah Mates told the hearing that she contemplated suicide after she was groped, threatened and labelled as a lesbian and "poisoned dwarf" in reference to her slight stature during a ten year campaign of persecution by male colleagues.

  • 4th April 2006

    Irish PM promises gay marriage laws

    he Republic of Ireland was one of the last Western European countries to legalise homosexuality

    12:00 AM — The Republic Of Ireland will soon have its own civil partnership laws for the gay community, according to the Irish prime minister.Bertie Ahern made the announcement yesterday at the opening of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network's (GLEN) offices in Fumbally Court, Dublin.

  • Immigration laws unfair for gays and lesbians 1

    Under the Senate's Judiciary Committee bill, participants would receive a valid visa status that would enable them to work for up to six years

    12:00 AM — The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a guest worker programme granting an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship, while binational same-sex couples will continue to face discrimination under the plan, according to equality groups."The Judiciary Committee's bill is good news for America," said Immigration Equality executive director Rachel B. Tiven, "but lesbian and gay families are still cruelly discriminated against under immigration law, despite Congress' promise to value families."

  • Activist criticises judge’s anti-gay comments

    Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments made by a Supreme Court judge

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments Justice Antonin Scalia made recently at a Swiss law school claiming there is no constitutional right to "homosexual conduct."According to a clip aired on CNN, on March 8, 2006, member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Scalia told students at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, "Question comes up: is there a constitutional right to homosexual conduct? Not a hard question for me.

  • South Korean military to review gay policy

    The move answers calls from gay groups demanding the military deal with its policy on homosexuals

    12:00 AM — The South Korean Defence Ministry has announced plans to revise military laws regarding gay military service recruits.Defence Minister Yoon Kwang-ung presented guidelines for the welfare of gay soldiers to an Assembly panel, which will adhere to new human rights laws which took effect in the country on April 1.

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