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  • 14th September 2007

    HSBC wins orientation discrimination case 1

    After a series of appeals, the original tribunal in 2006 was judged to have gone beyond what it had been asked to rule on.

    3:29 PM — Multinational bank HSBC has said it is pleased with today's decision by an employment tribunal that they did not discriminate against an employee on the grounds of his sexual orientation.Peter Lewis, a former head of equity at HSBC, won a partial victory last year when a tribunal ruled that the bank had discriminated against him on four grounds because of his sexual orientation.However, he was unable to prove discrimination in relation to 12 other grounds, including his dismissal from the bank in 2004 for gross misconduct.

  • Councillor denies paedophile slur against Lib Dem 130

    The court has finished hearing evidence and the case was adjourned until Friday 21st when a verdict is expected.

    2:34 PM — A Labour politician accused of spreading rumours that her Lib Dem elector rival is a pedophile has told a court that she is the victim of a political conspiracy.Miranda Grell, 29, was facing four charges under the Representation of the People Act 1983 of making a false statement of fact about a candidate's personal character or conduct for electoral advantage.Today two of the counts were dropped.

  • Media warned over ex-gays research

    “I suppose their next study will provide support for Pat Robertson's theory that homosexuality causes meteors and hurricanes.“

    1:12 PM — New York-based non-profit Truth Wins Out is warning news organisations to be highly sceptical of a biased "ex-gay" study that has been released by right wing therapists in Nashville.The research suggests a significant percentage of gay people can become straight through religious-based counseling."It comes as no shock that anti-gay 'researchers' at Wheaton College and Pat Robertson University would release a study that claims you can pray away the gay," Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Besen said.

  • London ready for gay mayor says Paddick 7

    Mr Paddick called for a public enquiry into the terrorist attacks on London in July 2005, something the government insists is unnecessary.

    1:01 PM — A former senior police officer who wants to be Mayor of London has said that he does not think his sexuality will be an issue with the voters.Brian Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay policeman until his retirement as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in May this year.He is one of three candidates for the Liberal Democrat nomination for Mayor of London. He said today that he did not regard being an openly gay man as an electoral disadvantage with Londoners.

  • NY court upholds recognition of same-sex marriages

    The trial court determined that since such marriages are legal in Canada, and New York State respects marriages that are valid where entered even if it unavailable here, the Comptroller's policy should stand.

    12:33 PM — A trial court judge in New York state has upheld as consistent with New York law the state Comptroller's policy to recognise the marriages of same-sex couples entered in Canada for the purposes of the New York State Retirement System."This is one more court saying that respect for out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is the law in New York," Susan Sommer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal, said in a statement."We thank Comptroller DiNapoli for standing up for the rights of lesbian and gay New Yorkers."

  • Corporate America recognises gender identity discrimination

    In 2007, 53 major corporations have expanded their non-discrimination policies to include the gender-based protections.

    12:29 PM — According to a recent report from America's Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), the number of major corporations that have added gender identity and expression to their non-discrimination policies has topped 200.In 2007, 53 major corporations, including household names like Starbucks, Hallmark Cards, Mastercard, Campbell Soup and J.C. Penney, have expanded their non-discrimination policies to include the gender-based protections.The total number of these corporations now stands at 230.

  • Gay equality on the agenda at party conferences

    Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill will speak at all three fringe events.

    12:15 PM — Over the next fortnight, three seaside resorts will brace themselves for an influx of MPs, political activists and journalists as the party conference season gets underway.These tribal gatherings are a perfect opportunity to lobby politicians, and to that end gay equality organisation Stonewall will be holding a series of fringe meetings, which are open to all."If you live near Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool or are attending the conferences in any capacity please join us at one or more of our fringe meetings," said a Stonewall spokesperson.

  • Ugandan newspaper continues outing strategy 3

    The outing is the latest in a series lurid, sensationalist homophobic exposes by Red Pepper.

    11:35 AM — A tabloid newspaper in Uganda has responded to last month's first ever press conference by gay rights advocates in the country by printing lists of people it says are gay. Red Pepper's Sunday edition ran its "expose" of prominent gay and lesbians, under the headline "Homo Terror! We name and shame top gays in the city."They claimed to have "full names, workplaces, cars they drive and even where they stay."

  • Irish court delays trans test case ruling

    Mr Justice Liam McKechnie told parties to the case that he will make his judgment in the third week of October.

    10:51 AM — The High Court in Dublin has delayed a judgment due today in a landmark case involving a trans person's right to a new birth certificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.Mr Justice Liam McKechnie told parties to the case that he will make his judgment in the third week of October.

  • 13th September 2007

    Lesbian torture case to be heard in Uganda 2

    In July 2005 the house of Victor Juliet Mukasa, of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG),  was raided in the middle of the night.

    5:46 PM — The High Court of Uganda has over-ruled the objections of the country's Attorney General and allowed two lesbian activists who claim that police tortured them to have their case heard.In July 2005 the house of Victor Juliet Mukasa, of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) was raided in the middle of the night by local government officials who seized documents and other material.Another lesbian activist, Yvonne Oyoo, a Kenyan student who was in Juliet's house on the night of the raid, was arrested and detained by local government officials and then taken to a police station.

  • Howard rejects equal rights for gay Australians 5

    Mr Howard said yesterday that the issue is “complicated“ but that he does not feel gay couples are entitled to equal rights.

    5:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has told his Liberal party MPs that he does not believe that gay and lesbian couples should be given the same rights as heterosexuals.Backbench MP Warren Entsch, an advocate of equality, pressed John Howard at a meeting of Liberal parliamentarians.Three weeks ago, after a heated meeting of the Cabinet, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights was left up to Prime Minister John Howard.

  • Gay Governor’s wife demands more money 1

    Dina Matos Mc Greevey's book,  Silent Partner,  came out earlier this year.

    5:20 PM — The wife of former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey is demanding $4,000 (£2,000) a month from him as maintenance payments for her and their daughter Jacqueline."In total, I need $11,162 per month to meet my expenses," Dina Matos Mc Greevey told a Union County Superior Court judge who is presiding over their divorce."It will allow Jacqueline and me to live a lifestyle I can maintain on my income together with a reasonable amount of support from plaintiff."

  • Witnesses claim Labour activist called Lib Dem a paedophile 130

    Miranda Grell, 29, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

    1:50 PM — A London court has heard evidence from a member of the public who says a Labour council candidate make allegations of paedophilia against her Lib Dem opponent.Miranda Grell, 29, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections. Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.She has been charged with "making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct," contrary to election law. Ms Grell denies all the allegations against her.

  • Lithuania considers ban on “propagation of homosexuality” 5

    In February a poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.

    12:18 PM — A new law currently before the Lithuanian parliament could be amended to ban the "promotion" of gay, lesbian or bisexual relationships to children.The Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information Bill will be debated by MPs later this autumn.Parliamentarians claim "propagation" of relationships outside of heterosexual marriage has "negative consequences for the physical, mental and, first and foremost, moral development of minors."

  • 12th September 2007

    Iranian lesbian released from UK immigration detention centre 3

    In an email the Friends of Pegah Campaign revealed she had been released from custody.

    5:01 PM — A lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to her come country of Iran will have her case heard by The Court of Appeal.Pegah Emambakhsh has been released on bail by British officials. She was scheduled for repatriation last month.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.

  • Cashman nominated for MEP of the Year

    Earlier this year Mr Cashman was awarded an honorary degree by Staffordshire University.

    4:40 PM — European Parliament member Michael Cashman has been nominated for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.An MEP for the West Midlands, he has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

  • PinkNews.co.uk writer to challenge Tory MP 3

    Alex is currently parliamentary assistant to Dr Ashok Kumar MP and lives in London with his long-standing boyfriend.

    3:20 PM — A veteran Conservative MP is to challenged for his seat by Alex Bryce, a Labour party activist who writes comment pieces for PinkNews.co.ukThe 24-year-old has been contributing to PinkNews.co.uk since April on a range of topics including homophobia in sport and the future of the gay rights movement.He has been selected as the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Macclesfield. The seat is held by right-wing Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton.

  • Time out for a guest writer on crystal meth

    Crystal meth has a 94 percent chance of relapse in the first year of sobriety compared to the 82 percent relapse rate for crack cocaine.

    11:33 AM — About 40 men sit on fold-up chairs arranged in a circle in the upstairs room of Metropolitan Community Church.They're all crystal methamphetamine addicts in recovery. Some have been sober for two weeks, some two years.It's a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting, based on the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous programme. This meeting is geared toward remembering the sixth step: the promises.

  • Evangelicals respond to gay equality judgment 20

    Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosecuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.

    11:20 AM — The Evangelical Alliance called on Christian evangelicals in the UK to "think about their responsibilities to other people created in the image of God" following yesterday's court decision on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that a provision of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.

  • 11th September 2007

    Larry Craig tries to withdraw guilty plea for toilet ‘misdemeanour’ 4

    According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his June 11 arrest in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

    3:23 PM — Senator Larry Craig has sought to undo his guilty plea in an airport sex sting by claiming that he admitted to the charge in a panic to avoid triggering a story about his sexuality in his hometown newspaper.According to the Associated Press (AP), Craig had denied to editors at the Idaho Statesman that he was gay just weeks before his arrest on 11 June in the bathroom of the Minneapolis airport.

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