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  • 19th October 2006

    Boy Scouts lose funding for excluding gays

    The ruling was one of several legal setbacks for the Boy Scouts since the 2000 Supreme Court case

    12:00 AM — The US Supreme Court denied an appeal this week by a Boy Scouts affiliate that lost its rent break from the city of Berkeley, California because the Scouts exclude gays and atheists.The court, without comment, upheld a California Supreme Court ruling this March that said a city is entitled to subsidise only organisations that comply with its anti-discrimination rules.

  • Mayor wins Nazi jibe appeal

    ken Livingstone has been cleared over a Nazi jibe towards a Jewish journalist

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has won an appeal against a finding that he brought his office into disrepute after making controversial comments comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard.In February the adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay.

  • Netherlands grants asylum to gay Iranians

    In February 2006, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk first declared her intention to end the moratorium, stating that �It appears that there are no cases of an execution on the basis of the sole fact that someone is homosexual. ... For homosexual men and women it is not totally impossible to function in society, although they should be wary of coming out of the closet too openly“

    12:00 AM — Gay Iranian asylum seekers in the Netherlands will not be sent back to their home country.Reacting to pressure from human rights groups, Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has granted gays and lesbians from Iran special asylum rights.

  • Gay AIDS head gets Christians talking

    According to conservative news source LifeSite.com, Christians are asking how appointing a gay man to be in charge of the US AIDS policy could achieve anything other than further promotion of acceptance of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — With the swearing-in of Mark Dybul, an out gay man, as the head of the US federal AIDS programme, some Christian organisations are wondering how far acceptance of homosexuality has gone in the Bush Administration.Mr Dybul was sworn in this week as the United States' Global AIDS Coordinator, a position that carries the rank of ambassador by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

  • Potential Prime Minister criticises gay equality delay 18

    John McDonnell, who earlier this year declared his intention to stand for the Labour party leadership when Tony Blair relinquishes the post, expressed alarm at reports that government figures such as the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were caving into pressure from Christian groups

    12:00 AM — A potential candidate for Prime Minister has criticised government ministers for delaying new equality legislation.John McDonnell, who earlier this year declared his intention to stand for the Labour party leadership when Tony Blair relinquishes the post, expressed alarm at reports that government figures such as the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were caving into pressure from Christian groups to allow exemptions in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Deceased gay Congressman’s partner refused benefits

    Studds, a Democrat, became the first openly gay member of US House when his homosexuality was exposed during a 1983 teenage page sex scandal

    12:00 AM — Dean Hara, 48, the spouse of deceased former Representative Gerry Studds has been told he will not get any share of Studds' annual $114,337 pension.The couple got married when same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts but, according to All Headline News, the marriage was not recognised by federal law.

  • 18th October 2006

    Gay police oppose advert ruling 10

    The Gay Police Association (GPA) has expressed outrage at the decision of an advertising watchdog that it had insufficient evidence to back up a controversial advert linking religious beliefs to homophobic attacks

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Gay Police Association (GPA) has expressed outrage at the decision of an advertising watchdog that it had insufficient evidence to back up a controversial advert linking religious beliefs to homophobic attacks.The Advertising Standards Authority yesterday ruled that the advert which appeared in the diversity supplement of The Independent to coincide with EuroPride last July may have caused offence to Christians and the statistics in the advert had not yet been verified.

  • Homophobic incidents ranked third biggest US hate crime

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation figures released this week show that homophobic assaults made up 14.2 percent of over 7000 hate crimes, behind race and religious hatred

    12:00 AM — Homophobic attacks are still a big problem in America, human rights campaigners have warned after official statistics revealed that incidents based on sexual orientation were the third largest hate crime in the USA last year.The Federal Bureau of Investigation figures released this week show that homophobic assaults made up 14.2 percent of over 7000 hate crimes, behind race and religious hatred.

  • Transsexual takes Lithuania to court 1

    A Lithuanian transsexual has taken his country to the European Court of Human Rights

    12:00 AM — A Lithuanian transsexual has taken his country to the European Court of Human Rights over claims that he has been blocked from completing his gender transition.The 28-year-old has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but is now being blocked from anymore treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.

  • Study calls for gay partner health benefits

    The study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released today documents unequal access to employment-based health insurance for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples

    12:00 AM — Researchers are calling on US employers to provide health insurance to all partners after a study revealed that unmarried couples are less likely to have medical support and therefore more likely to suffer illness.The study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released today documents unequal access to employment-based health insurance for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples.

  • Trans doctor ‘suggested prostitution’ to fund sex change

    The General Medical Council is currently hearing accusations that Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards transgender patients and prescribed sex-change treatment for some too quickly between 1984 and 2003

    12:00 AM — One of the UK's top gender identity psychiatrists advised a patient to enter prostitution to fund a sex change, a tribunal heard today.The General Medical Council is currently hearing accusations that Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards transgender patients and prescribed sex-change treatment for some too quickly between 1984 and 2003.

  • Gay voters given election guidance 3

    The Congressional elections for the Senate and the House of Representatives takes place on  November 7 2006

    12:00 AM — As the US population prepares for the Congressional elections, a gay rights group has prepared a document helping the LGBT community decide who to vote for.The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has compiled a scorecard that outlines how they have voted on GLBT issues during the 109th Congress.

  • European Commission funding gay family support

    The Commission has funded a two year project entitled “Family Matters. Supporting families to prevent violence against gay and lesbian youth”

    12:00 AM — The European Commission is aiming to stamp out homophobic violence by helping families of gays and lesbians support their relatives.The Commission has funded a two year project entitled "Family Matters Supporting families to prevent violence against gay and lesbian youth" the aim of which is to prevent violence against lesbian and gay youth by supporting their families.

  • Ex-Chief Rabbi attacks gay pride march 24

    Rabbi Yosef is known for his controversial views, at the last Israeli election he told the electorate that they would go to the Garden of Eden if they vote for his party, or to hell if they don't

    12:00 AM — A controversial ultra-orthodox Israeli Rabbi has joined protests against the WorldPride march in Jerusalem.Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of the Shas political party and former Sephardic Chief Rabbi, has given his backing to the rally against the parade describing it as "filth."

  • Academics criticise Kelly over gay equality delay 18

    Ruth Kelly has been criticised over a delay to the Sexual Orientation Regulations

    12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly must resign if she continues to obstruct equal rights for gays and lesbians, says the University and College Union (UCU).The union, which represents 110,000 lecturers and academic related staff, today added its voice to others criticising the delay of legislation which would make it illegal for organisations and businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.

  • Christian handbook snubs gays

    The UK Christian Handbook, which is produced every two years and provides contacts for organisations and services related to the religion, has reportedly snubbed advertising requests from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

    12:00 AM — A Christian directory has been accused of homophobia after snubbing gay members of the faith.The UK Christian Handbook, which is produced every two years and provides contacts for organisations and services related to the religion, has reportedly snubbed advertising requests from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM.)

  • 17th October 2006

    City Council blocks gay masseuse 1

    An application by a gay massage therapist for a home-business permit in Manassas, Virginia. has been opposed by members of the community and stalled in the City Council

    12:00 AM — An application by a gay massage therapist for a home-business permit in Manassas, Virginia. has been opposed by members of the community and stalled in the City Council, though the council had approved similar applications in the past.According to the Associated Press, Howard Daniel has given massages in hospitals and at his patients' homes.

  • Massachusetts Governor rallies against gay marriage 2

    Governor Mitt Romney called upon evangelicals to condemn gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Governor Mitt Romney is facing criticism after calling upon evangelicals to condemn gay marriage and to fight what they see as a threat to Christian values in a nationwide broadcast last weekend.In a cavernous, gilded room festooned with American flags, Romney and a slew of leading conservative speakers described how a "homosexual agenda" was interfering with the constitutional rights of same-sex marriage opponents to express their dissent and religious freedom.

  • Geeling murder shows ‘school homophobia’ 7

    Ms Sanders said the way the media reports on cases which have elements of homosexuality panders to homophobia, she highlights an example that many reports omit the fact that the boys were at a Roman Catholic school where they were likely to have learned that homosexuality is a sin

    12:00 AM — PinkNews ExclusiveA gay school equality group has accused the media of pandering to homophobia over the reporting of the murder of 11-year-old Joe Geeling.Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools Out, who campaign for LGBT equality in education, said this case shows the problems of homophobia between schoolchildren.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • Gay group promotes family life

    Officials at the meeting will discuss issues of social and legal acceptance of diverse families and gay family models and will push for acceptance of gay families throughout Europe

    12:00 AM — Over 200 European delegates are expected to gather in Bulgaria next week to promote the diversity of families.The meeting being held in Sofia is entitle "We are Family - Our families in Europe and the European family," it is organised by the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and Bulgarian gay group Gemini.

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