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  • 21st November 2006

    Court upholds gay partner benefit rights 1

    The lawsuit against the university claimed that its domestic partner benefits violate Ohio's antigay constitutional amendment

    12:00 AM — A US court has rejected a case which would have taken away domestic partner benefits for employees of Miami University in Ohio.In response to papers filed by gay law group, Lambda Legal, the Butler County Court of Common Pleas dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of employees of Miami University.

  • 20th November 2006

    Barker faces party snub over alleged gay affair 10

    Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved

    12:00 AM — A Conservative spokesman who's marriage ended allegedly because of a gay affair may be deselected, according to reports.Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved, but reports recently claimed that he had been having an affair with an interior designer.

  • Victorian gays welcome local union registry

    Steve Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme

    12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has welcomed Melbourne City Council's pledge to set up a relationship registry for same-sex couples, noting that the council acted because the State Government had failed to do so.CUA spokesman John Kloprogge said the council's scheme would provide evidence of a relationship, but could not fix discrimination at the state level.

  • Gay councillor questions Brighton’s HIV/AIDS cuts

    Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts

    12:00 AM — Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and AIDS in the city.NHS HIV/AIDS budgets in the city have been cut by a third in three years if inflation is included, the party claims.

  • Irish Labour faces revolt over gay marriage

    The leader of Ireland's Labour Party is facing a revolt amongst members over his stance on same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — The leader of Ireland's Labour Party is facing a revolt amongst members over his stance on same sex marriage.Pat Rabbitte, who leads the Republic of Ireland's opposition party, has raised concern after telling a Labour Youth conference that he supported same sex marriage but doubted whether now is the right time to back it in a referendum.

  • Campaigners back transgender rights

    Based on data from the 2000 Census, the total number of people now living in a jurisdiction with a transgender-inclusive anti-discrimination law in the United States is 86 million

    12:00 AM — Gay activists in the US are today commemorating the International Transgender Day of Remembrance by reflecting on the loss of members of the transgender community due to hate or prejudice."The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a solemn time to reflect on those who have been murdered because of their gender identity or expression," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE).

  • Romney demands gay marriage vote 2

    Governor Mitt Romney is known for his opposition to gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is getting desperate in his attempt to leave an anti-gay legacy in the state.The Governor has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in Massachusetts in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the only state to allow same sex couples to marry.

  • Christian Union’s ‘ex-gay’ course banned 4

    Laura Stirrat, vice-president of Edinburgh University's Christian Union, accused the university of censoring free speech

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh University's Christian Union is considering legal action against the academic institution after being banned from teaching a course which included literature on "curing" homosexuality.The Union's PURE course on abstinence was heavily criticised after recommending books on "ex-gay" groups, leading Edinburgh University to ban its teaching, describing it as inappropriate.

  • Manchester educates against homophobia

    The three year initiative to support schools will reach more than 12,000 education professionals with appropriate interventions, resources, training and advice on homophobia and sexuality

    12:00 AM — A new Manchester initiative aimed at ending homophobia through education has been launched today.The scheme, called 'Exceeding Expectations,' has launched a newsletter to be distributed to all adults working at secondary schools across the city.

  • Police making gaydar a reliable force for community 2

    Seven police forces across the UK are now signing up with social networking site gaydar.co.uk

    12:00 AM — Seven police forces across the UK are now signing up with social networking site gaydar.co.uk in the ongoing fight against homophobic crime.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community liaison police officers from the West Midlands, Staffordshire and South Wales forces are now considering profiles on gaydar.co.uk following successful trial partnerships with the Metropolitan Police in London and the Sussex police force.

  • Gay penguin book sends parents flapping 3

    The concerns are the latest involving the illustrated children's book based on a true story of two male zoo penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo who adopted a fertilised egg and raised it

    12:00 AM — A children's book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin has some St Louis area parents grumbling about the book's appropriateness for elementary students.Some have suggested And Tango Makes Three be moved from a general shelf in the school library to a restricted area where parental permission is needed in order for students to check out the books, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

  • 17th November 2006

    More gay men seeking surrogacy 1

    Many of the single men choosing surrogacy today are gay

    12:00 AM — More single gay men are becoming fathers, according to surrogacy groups.Many of the single men choosing surrogacy today are gay, according to Gail Taylor, president of Growing Generations, a gay-and-lesbian-owned surrogacy agency in California.Ms Taylor revealed this fact during an interview for the Pioneer Press, a Minnesota newspaper.

  • Delaware Court stumped over transgender inmate

    The real trouble was where to house the transsexual Bowie, who in 1999 underwent half of a sex-change operation in Thailand

    12:00 AM — Federal court officials in Delaware are trying to figure out where to place an HIV positive transgender inmate sentenced to two years in prison for passing counterfeit checks.The Associated Press reports that 33-year-old Tanya Bowie of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to passing some 300 counterfeit checks and was released.She was later caught passing 50 more bad checks.

  • New Jersey approves same sex birth certificate

    Same-sex couples have won similar rights in some other states

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple in South Jersey won court approval this week to have both of their names listed as parents on their newborn's birth certificate, and the attorney general's office said it will no longer oppose such applications.The decision is one of the first implications of last month's state Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples access to the same rights as married couples, the New York Times reports.

  • Gay EU group launches new website

    The Intergroup's website, formerly located at www.gayandlesbianrightsintergroup.com, will have a new URL within two weeks

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has launched its new website.After having closed the portal for several weeks, the Intergroup's website features a refreshed design, improved functions to help raise awareness and ease of communication.

  • MEP pushes for anti-gay discrimination laws

    The proposal is aimed to act as a blueprint for legislation to address unresolved issues concerning the unequal treatment of European citizens

    12:00 AM — Dutch Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg has presented a proposal this week for a directive on anti-discrimination including sexual orientation and disability to the European Commission.The proposal is aimed to act as a blueprint for legislation to address unresolved issues concerning the unequal treatment of European citizens.

  • Campaigners petition UN over homophobic countries

    The signatories include several Nobel Prize winners such as Desmond Tutu

    12:00 AM — obel prize winners, politicians and writers have joined calls for the United Nations to approve a resolution decriminalising homosexuality in anti-gay countries.The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is leading a major campaign for a UN Resolution which will decriminalise homosexuality.There are 77 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal and where punishments include imprisonment and the death penalty.

  • NUS condemns mental health gay changes 4

    Other elements of concern include the removal of legislation which protects lesbian, gay and bisexual people from being detained solely on the grounds of their sexuality

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students has expressed concerns over proposals for amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, describing them as "draconian", and "out of touch with the needs of mental health service users today."NUS views the mental health system as in desperate need of reform, and feels the focus should be on service user involvement, funding and the social model of mental illness.

  • Legal group backs gay-straight school club

    School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the School Board of Okeechobee County after school district administrators unlawfully prevented students who formed the Gay-Straight Alliance of Okeechobee High School (GSA) to meet on high school grounds.School officials denied official recognition to the GSA even though many other extracurricular clubs - including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Rodeo team - are officially recognised and meet regularly on school grounds.

  • Gay people wet the bed, the Pentagon says

    12:00 AM — Congressman Marty Meehan and the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association sent letters to the US Defence Department this week protesting a recently-revised military instruction which now suggests that homosexuality is a defect.Mr Meehan is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the APA's are professional associations whose members, combined, include more than 185,000 mental health professionals.

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