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  • 9th August 2006

    Transgender crew member criticises ship’s “mob culture” 2

    Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P  O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination

    12:00 AM — A transgender woman was quizzed about her "balls" and deliberately referred to as a "he," an employment tribunal has been told.Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.

  • Anti-gay Christians lampooned after Pride complaint 5

    Christian Voice also staged a demonstration at last month's EuroPride parade in London

    12:00 AM — A notoriously radical right-wing Christian group has lodged an official complaint with Sussex Police after the chief of police took part in the Brighton Pride parade.Joe Edwards, who became the first police chief in the country to march in a gay pride parade, was condemned by Christian Voice director Stephen Green for taking part in the event.

  • Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57

    Gay people in Latvia are looking to the EU to protect their rights

    12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.

  • 8th August 2006

    Germany grants asylum to Iranian lesbian 1

    The Stuttgart administrative court ordered the government to grant her request for asylum

    12:00 AM — A German court ruled on Monday that an Iranian lesbian cannot be deported because she faces a death sentence if returned to Iran because of her sexuality.According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old woman, whose name was not released, travelled to Germany in September 2003 and applied for asylum.

  • Nigerian gay Anglicans mark year of progress 1

    Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is  commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian branch of a gay Anglican group is celebrating its first anniversary this month.Changing Attitude Nigeria (CAN) is commemorating a year of confronting prejudices and working for lesbian and gay affirmation in the country's Anglican Communion.

  • Connecticut denies conservative group’s gay marriage intervention

    Eight gay couples are challenging the constitutionality of the state's marriage laws

    12:00 AM — Connecticut's Supreme Court has denied a conservative group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry in the North Eastern state.According to The Associated Press, the court decision upholds a lower court's ruling denying the Family Institute of Connecticut's motion to intervene in the case.

  • Colorado gay marriage advocates devise new plan

    The controversial tactic could become a model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organisations nationwide after two major legal defeats in state courts this year and passage of same-sex marriage bans in 19 states since 2004

    12:00 AM — Advocates for gay marriage in Colorado have devised a new approach to winning legal recognition for same-sex couples, creating an alternative model for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organisations.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, at least one constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples is expected to be submitted for Colorado's November ballot.

  • Pro life group dismisses idea of gay or straight “safe sex”

    Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that “safe sex“ is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic

    12:00 AM — A pro-life group has criticised a sexual health awareness week organised by the Family planning Association claiming the charity is promoting a "safe sex hoax."Precious Life said the FPA's 'Sexual Health Week' Campaign is a myth and alleged that "safe sex" is causing a sexually transmitted disease epidemic.

  • Norway rejects gay sperm

    Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals

    12:00 AM — One of Norway's national sperm banks is turning away donors despite no official ban and a shortage of people coming forward.Oslo's Sperm Bank is seeking 30-40 new donors but has admitted turning away homosexuals claiming they are not psychologically suitable.

  • WorldPride holds first gay multi-faith conference 23

    Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference entitled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage

    12:00 AM — WorldPride today played host to Israel's first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) multi-faith convention.Participants of all religions converged in Jerusalem for the conference titled Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage to discuss issues of homophobia and bigotry.

  • 7th August 2006

    Pennsylvania Senator endorses anti-homophobia law

    Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Wednesday became the 170th member of Congress to affirm that they do not discriminate in their own employment practices based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity and expression."We welcome Senator Santorum's signature affirming the need for basic equality in his own hiring practices," said Riki Wilchins, executive director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

  • International gay community snub WorldPride opposition 23

    WorldPride highlights this week include an LGBT Clergy Multifaith Convocation: “Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage,“ a protest highlighting anti-gay incitement and hate campaigns targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, and conferences on gay youth, human rights and health

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the organisers of WorldPride Jerusalem, ridiculed anti-gay protesters who tried to sabotage a youth conference at the Israeli Parliament today, as the international gay event overcame violence in the region to proceed with events and conferences.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth were invited by Member of the Knesset Sheli Yehimovitch, Chair of the Knesset Committee for Children, to inform her of the problems and challenges that LGBT youth confront on a daily basis.

  • Fort Bragg soldiers oppose army gay policy 5

    The survey was conducted following the dismissal of Army linguist Bleu Copas, an Arabic translator who was dismissed under the ban

    12:00 AM — A July 29 report from the Fayetteville Observer indicates that soldiers at Fort Bragg, one of the US's most active combat installations, do not support the military's continued exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from the armed forces.In a survey of 20 soldiers at the base, the Observer reported finding little support for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

  • Gay Israeli group express solidarity with Palestinians 23

    Participants will gather in Gan Ha-pa'amon from 830 in the morning and will march to a pre selected spot near the separation wall to express their support

    12:00 AM — Jerusalem Open House, organisers of WorldPride, will express solidarity with the gay Palestinian community tomorrow at a demonstration next to the city's separation wall.The protest will highlight problems of the political situation and will also offer support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Palestinians who do not have as much access to services, including those of JOH, as their neighbours in Israel.

  • Stonewall launches gay friendly Britain awards 2

    Stonewall has launched its first annual awards designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has launched its first annual awards designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.The 2006 Stonewall Awards are exclusively sponsored by Barclays and the first winners will be announced at a ceremony at London's Royal Academy on Thursday 2 November.

  • Another gay Tory comes forward as London Mayor deadline is extended 1

    Meanwhile the likelihood of a gay London Mayor has increased after former Hackney councillor, Andrew Boff, put his name forward for the open primary

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude has extended the deadline for candidates to put themselves forward as the Tory representative for the London Mayoral elections in 2008, prompting accusations that the Party is unhappy with the nominations so far.The deadline was set for the end of last week but has now been extended to six months, as first reported by Guido Fawkes on his political blog.

  • Lesbian Ulster police couple to have civil partnership

    Their union reflects work by police in Northern Ireland to become more gay friendly

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple in the Ulster police are set to have a civil partnership, according to reports.Sources in the Greater Belfast based force told the Belfast Telegraph that the pair would tie the knot in the North of England some time in the next two weeks.

  • Gays and lesbians targeted in Iraq

    Last March, PinkNews.co.uk printed an investigation by exiled Iraqi poet Ali Hili, of the Iraqi LGBT group and Outrage's Middle East spokesman, which claimed that death squads are targeting homosexuals

    12:00 AM — A television documentary will tonight highlight the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Iraq.As already featured on PinkNews.co.uk, an Observer investigation to be broadcast tonight on More4, will show how the "honour killings" of homosexuals in Iraq is being justified by laws in the country which call it immoral.

  • Vermont claims jurisdiction over lesbians’ custody battle

    The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favour of Janet Miller-Jenkins on the visitation dispute

    12:00 AM — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled on Friday that its courts, and not those in Virginia, have exclusive jurisdiction over a case involving two lesbians battling for custody of a child they had while they were in a relationship.The Associated Press reports that the unanimous ruling conflicts with a series of decisions in Virginia, where courts ruled the state's anti-gay-marriage laws controlled the case.

  • Times’ gay affair debate reopens

    The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, generated huge debate in The Times

    12:00 AM — A bride-to-be whose relationship breakdown captured the hearts and minds of T2 Debate readers after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has officially dumped the unnamed man.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, generated huge debate in The Times last March when she asked readers what she should do.

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