14th February 2006
Smoking banned, but are gay bars ready?
12:00 AM — Research conducted by PinkNews.co.uk has revealed that gay venues in London are not prepared for the newly passed ban on smoking in public places that will become law next summer.London's top pubs and clubs were phoned and asked how much of an impact a ban would have on their trade. Some places had little idea about the legislation and others felt it would make no difference.
Lesbian accuses bosses of homophobia
12:00 AM — A lesbian is accusing her bosses of discrimination after she says they did nothing after she was groped by co workers and verbally assaulted over her sexuality.Bonnie Usher worked at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, a home country food chain, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. She filed a complained with the state's human rights commission against the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store accusing management of discriminating against her.
Israeli lesbians granted joint motherhood
12:00 AM — The Israeli Family Court recognised lesbian couples as joint mothers for the first time on Sunday.Tal and Avital Yarous-Hakak, received their adoption orders and are listed as the mothers of their three children.The orders were issued in light of a High Court of Justice ruling on the matter, according to which adoption laws allow the process, even if the both partners are of the same gender.
Saddam calls trial judges homosexuals 2
12:00 AM — Saddam Hussein called his trial judges homosexuals yesterday in a further tirade at the Baghdad court where he is accused of mass murder.The former Iraqi leader wanted to boycott the hearing but the chief judge ordered him to attend.Mr Hussein protested shouting, "Down with Bush!" as he walked into the Baghdad court.
13th February 2006
Scotland holds three gay weddings a day
12:00 AM — At least three gay weddings have taken place in Scotland every day since the Civil Partnerships Act came into force.A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days.The paper reports that another 385 homosexual couples have booked registrations to take place over the next three months.
Homophobic killer gets reduced sentence
12:00 AM — A Supreme Court judge has axed five years off the 40-year sentence of Sean Burke, who was convicted of beating a gay man to death with a fireplace log in 1998.Judge Raymond Norko modified Burke's sentence for good behaviour, despite opposition from family members of the victims. Burke, who had been scheduled to be released in 2017, is now up for release in 2012.
Airline refuse to let gay couple take travel prize
12:00 AM — A travel group violated California's anti-discrimination laws when it refused to allow a gay couple to use tickets an employee won, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a letter urging the company to change its policies.The ACLU sent the letter on behalf of La Mirada resident Rob Anders, a long-time airline industry employee, who won round-trip domestic airfare on Northwest Airlines for him and a companion at his company holiday party last December. But when he tried to redeem the tickets for himself and his registered domestic partner, Northwest refused.
UAE jails 12 men for homosexuality 2
12:00 AM — The USA has condemned the United Arab Emirates after twelve men were jailed for participating in a gay wedding.Officials in the country discovered 26 men preparing for a same sex ceremony, eleven of them confessed whilst 14 were acquitted.An official said: "A United Arab Emirates court has jailed 12 men who were arrested after being discovered preparing for a gay wedding, but acquitted another 14 defendants. They were sentenced to five years in prison for homosexuality and one year for obscenity."
“Neighbours from hell” evicted after homophobic and anti-disabled abuse 2
12:00 AM — A family described by the police as as a "neighbours from hell" have been evicted from their Cheltenham home after they taunted abuse at gay people and attacked a disabled man.The single mother and her three daughters shouted abuse at visitors to the gay EXS nightclub on Cheltenham High Street from their home nearby.
Gay sex to be described in school textbooks 3
12:00 AM — Parents are outraged at a school guidebook which contains a chapter describing graphic details of gay sex.The Daily Mail reports that a school pamphlet teaching children to 'talk dirty' and use cling film to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, is being used to provide sex education to students from 14 years old. It has already sold 60,000 copies.
10th February 2006
Florida gay couples push for legal protection 1
12:00 AM — An anti-gay proposed Constitutional amendment that failed to gather enough signatures to be placed on the 2006 ballot should be thrown out altogether because it deceives voters, the American Civil Liberties Union argued before the Florida Supreme Court this week.The measure, which anti-gay groups have vowed to place on the 2008 Presidential ballot, would ban equal marriage rights, permanently block civil unions and threaten existing domestic partnership protections across the state.
Gay group question US Aids budget 2
12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has raised uncertainty over President George Bush's budget proposal in regards to HIV and AIDS, released this month.The Human Rights Campaign believe his ideas present a mixed bag on the illness with modest funding increases in care and treatment programmes, additional cuts in Medicaid, and an increase in abstinence only programmes.
Gay group wants pride march back on calendar
12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.
Ted Heath was a “gay man” 3
12:00 AM — A book written by a friend of the late Sir Edward Heath is set to revive rumours that the former Prime Minister was homosexual.Gay entrepreneur, Jeremy Norman devotes a whole chapter to Mr Heath in his autobiography, No Make Up: Straight Tales of a Queer Life.Mr Norman, who founded gay club Heaven, told the Evening Standard, "Unquestionably, he was a gay man."
Police investigate copycat homophobic posters
12:00 AM — Lancashire Police is investigating homophobic posters in Glasgow which claims to be part of a recruitment campaign for the force.Police in Lancashire are treating it as a "homophobic incident" and are stressing the force has nothing to do with the posters.Insp Ian McCann, from Lancashire Police's diversity unit, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "During the last few days we have become aware of posters that have been found in and around the Glasgow area that purport to be from Lancashire Constabulary."
Student faces investigation over ‘homophobic’ website 1
12:00 AM — A student is facing police and trading standards examinations after public outcries over a website selling products targeting the disabled, gay people and victims of crime.The site offers items featuring homophobic slogans and also attacks wheelchair users, celebrates terrorist attacks and glorifies child killers Ian Huntley and Myra Hindley.
Legal lawsuit seeking gay marriage
12:00 AM — Lambda Legal, an organisation committed to achieving full recognition gay civil rights, filed its opening brief in the New York Court of Appeals this week, appealing a December 2005 ruling which said that limiting marriage to people of different sexes is not unconstitutional.That ruling reversed the trial court decision handed down in February 2005 that found that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
9th February 2006
Council cleared over trans dismissal
12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has dismissed claims that a former gay rights officer was unfairly dismissed after he had a sex change.Brighton and Hove City Council had been accused of sex discrimination and sacking sex change employee, Andy Baldwin when he changed his name from Andrea to Andy.The tribunal ruled that council bosses could not have discriminated against Mr Baldwin because they did not even know he had decided to change his gender.
Man jailed for killing gay admirer
12:00 AM — A man who killed a gay admirer by stabbing him six times in the face has been jailed for lifeDaniel Doherty, 24, was found guilty of murdering of Stephen Hewitt, who was found with six knife wounds to his face, including two to his eye sockets, at his flat in Kenneth House. He was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years by judge Michael Pert, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Residents anger over gay orgies
12:00 AM — A riverside walk in Ireland that has previously inspired poetry by WB Yeats, has now become an attraction for gay orgies, shocked families have told the Irish Mirror.The paper reports that residents are horrified that the pretty wooded area on the side of Lough Gill, Co Sligo, is now being used by men for outdoor sex.It was previously a popular place for walks known locally as "the Back Avenue."