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  • 15th May 2006

    Europe leader condemns Moscow homophobia

    The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, condemned recent violence against gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemned recent violence against gays and lesbians in Moscow today.Gay people are being increasingly persecuted in Russia with the recent gay pride ban and attacks on Moscow gay clubs.Last week police were forced to intervene when 100 skinheads, nationalists and Christian fundamentalists hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow.

  • Two men detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island  last month

    12:00 AM — Saint Maarten's Commissioners of Tourism, Theo Heyliger and Romeo Fleming, have confirmed the apprehension of two additional suspects in the attack against two gay American TV producers last month, bringing the total of those detained for their alleged participation in the incident to three.In a joint statement Mr Heyliger and Mr Fleming said, "The entire community of St Maarten expresses its gratitude for the cooperative efforts of the Chief Prosecutor's office with French officials in apprehending these individuals.

  • Dutch troops change ‘gay’ name

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence feared the gay connotations of a Unicorn label

    12:00 AM — The Dutch Ministry of Defence has changed the name of its peacekeeping force in Afghanistan after fears of the original name's connotations.Dutch troops in the war zone operated under the name, Unicorn, but had their title changed to the Uruzgan Taskforce, to avoid ridicule, the defence ministry claims.

  • Pair admit murdering gay barman 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

  • First Lady opposes gay marriage campaign tool

    Laura Bush pushed for sensitivity over the upcoming Senate debate about entrenching marriage as a male and female union

    12:00 AM — The first lady has warned against using the controversial Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a campaign tool.Laura Bush pushed for sensitivity over the upcoming Senate debate about entrenching marriage as a male and female union in the Constitution.

  • ‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2

    The group claims to have new evidence of bias, intimidation and perjury which shows Mohamed was the victim, not the perpetrator

    12:00 AM — A gay Muslim prisoner has launched an appeal against a conviction for grievous bodily harm, claiming he was framed by the men who had been targeting him in a homophobic hate campaign.The 28 year old, Mohamed S, whose full identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was jailed for eight years in 2002, but has had his case accepted for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC,) who decide if a conviction should be sent to appeal.

  • ‘Queer’ memorial to remember gay holocaust 2

    A large basin filled with pink water will be built in 2007 in Morzinplatz, Vienna, at the former Gestapo headquarters, to remember the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian holocaust victims are to get their own memorial in Vienna, officials revealed today.A large basin filled with pink water will be built in 2007 in Morzinplatz, Vienna, at the former Gestapo headquarters, to remember the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime, according to plans published today.

  • Transgendered man deceived wife for 17 years with home made penis

    The Court of Appeal ruled against the transgendered man

    12:00 AM — A female-to-male transgendered person who made his own penis did not tell his wife of 17 years that he was born a woman lost his parental rights to his wife's daughter at the Court of Appeal earlier today.The man referred to as Mr J, is legally considered to be a male following the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that allows a transgendered people to legally take on a different sexual identity to their birth and can therefore marry someone of the same birth sex.

  • Supreme Court avoids gay parenting issue

    Judges were accused of avoiding the gay issue and the chance to clarify gay parenting rights

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Court has today refused to amend a Washington ruling which allowed a lesbian to seek access to a child she helped raise.Judges were accused of avoiding the gay issue and the chance to clarify gay parenting rights, after a Washington state court had let Sue Ellen Carvin pursue links with the 11-year-old girl as a "de facto" parent.

  • Gay group slams “sickening hypocrisy” of Cardinal 2

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor reportedly sacked his press aide, Stephen Noon, an openly gay man, because he felt his sexuality was “incompatible” with his position in the Church

    12:00 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has been accused of "sickening hypocrisy" after recent reports that he sacked one of his staff because he is gay.The action taken by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor was condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) yesterday.

  • 14th May 2006

    Archbishop sacks advisor because he is gay 2

    The Cardinal was accused of being “unchristian”

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Westminster has dismissed his gay press secretary after telling him his sexuality was "incompatible" with his position in the Church, prompting further rows over Christianity and homosexuality.Stephen Noon, in charge of promoting the public image and ethics of the Church, was sacked by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in 2004 after just a year in the post.

  • 12th May 2006

    Newsagent cheesed off by lesbian sandwich questions 1

    Aruna Majevadia, had been providing sandwiches in her Brighton shop for two years(Credit: sunrise1002)

    12:00 AM — A newsagent was shocked this week after being asked to disclose her sexuality when completing a form related to selling sandwiches.Aruna Majevadia, had been providing sandwiches in her Brighton shop for two years, but was amazed when the council sent her a form to complete regarding hygiene standards, which asked for her nationality, religion and sexuality.

  • Dead teen had “evil streak”

    He was due to testify against Frederick George Rix, 78, who was eventually found not guilt of sexually assaulting Mr Light in 1996, after the jury could offer no evidence

    12:00 AM — A gay teenager who was killed days before giving evidence against a man accused of sexually assaulting him had an "evil streak," his alleged attacker claims.The skeletal remains of Arron James Light, 17, were found in a shallow grave in Sydney in March 2002 after being reported missing since December 1997, an inquest into his death has brought forward allegations that he was a prostitute.

  • Pair admit murdering gay barman 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Unemployed Thomas Pickford, 25, and decorator Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

  • Spain grants transsexuals new identities 2

    The move by  Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government, is being welcomed by transsexuals

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain will be allowed to change identity documents without undergoing sex change operations, according to reports.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow a man to undertake a woman's identity and vice versa if they can live as the opposite sex for 18 months and be approved be a psychiatrist.

  • Inspector denies homophobia

    Mr Stokes said his partner was warned against seeing him and was arrested after 12 police officers raided his flat

    12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied being homophobic towards a gay officer.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.He told an employment tribunal this week of a visit from professional standards unit inspector Steve Payne to his flat, "Shortly after arriving at my apartment, Inspector Payne said 'so this is the gay village of Nottingham, is it?'

  • Australian gay couples get civil union law 1

    ACT leader, John Stanhope, said the law will still “deliver recognition, without conflicting with or changing the meaning of marriage”

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Australia are celebrating a landmark law passed in the Australian Capital Territory last night giving same sex couples the right to civil unions for the first time.The local assembly approved the bill in a late night vote yesterday.A spokesman for Federal Government Attorney General Phillip Ruddock, who along with Prime Minister John Howard had vowed to block the law, told the Associated Foreign Press, the government was happy with the changes made.

  • Residents despair after discovering gay paedophile neighbour 3

    William McIntyre, 63, and his boyfriend, Geoffrey Taylor, 50, were jailed by Wood Green Crown Court for six years after sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy

    12:00 AM — Enfield residents are demanding to know why they were not informed about a convicted paedophile and his gay lover living in their area for 20 years unchecked, as vandals begin to target the couple's flat.William McIntyre, 63, and his boyfriend, Geoffrey Taylor, 50, were jailed by Wood Green Crown Court for six years after sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, who came forward seven years later.

  • Weimar Triangle targets homophobia

    The leader of the German Green Party, Claudia Roth, said: “Europe must react to anti-democratic changes in Poland just as it reacted when a populist Jorg Heider joined Austrian government“

    12:00 AM — Gay groups, politicians and journalists from France, Germany and Poland have created a "Gay Weimar Triangle" to combat homophobia in Europe.The organisation refers to a 1991 political agreement between the countries, it was set up after a meeting in Berlin, Germany last week.

  • Report seeks Irish gay unions

    The report concerns couples cohabiting outside of marriage, including both opposite-sex and same-sex partners

    12:00 AM — Civil partnerships should be implemented in Ireland according to human rights laws, a report recommends today.The Irish Human Rights Commission produced their findings, which assessed the adequacy of current Irish law with international human rights standards, to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell.

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