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  • 24th November 2006

    Northern Ireland to launch gay equality law 12

    Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early

    12:00 AM — Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early in the New Year.The law, which guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services, is rumoured to be introduced in January 2007, while the legislation will be enforced in the rest of the UK in April.

  • 23rd November 2006

    Lesbian divorce raises legal issue for Rhode Island 2

    Rhode Island allows same sex couples to get married in Massachusetts, the only US state with full marriage equality

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple from Rhode Island have started a legal debate in their home state after seeking a divorce from a same sex marriage obtained in Massachusetts.Margaret Chambers and Cassandra Ormiston took advantage of the opening up of marriage to gay couples in Massachusetts in 2004, but now that they want to separate, it creates a confusing issue for Rhode Island where there is no law recognising gay marriage.

  • Transgender conference ‘wasting resources’ 3

    Speaking at the conference, which was attended by 70 members of the transsexual community, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Byrne said the force would ask what the group's unique needs are

    12:00 AM — Merseyside Police have been criticised after holding a conference on transgender issues despite only having one transgender crime victim in the last year.The Dysphoria Conference, which saw officers vowing to treat transsexual crime victims respectfully and fairly, has been accused of wasting police time.

  • Activists push for gay marriage in Connecticut

    GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires

    12:00 AM — The state of Connecticut violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the right to marry according to a brief filed this week in the Connecticut Supreme Court by Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD).GLAD argues that the denial of marriage by the 2005 civil union law is arbitrary and fails to provide gay and lesbian citizens with the equal treatment the constitution requires.

  • Civil partners urged to write wills 1

    In one case handled by the IPW, two civil partners were aghast to discover that their wills had been revoked as a result of their Civil Partnership

    12:00 AM — December 5 marks the first anniversary of the Civil Partnership Bill but despite a year having passed since the introduction of this legislation, the Institute of Professional Willwriters is warning that many same sex couples have no idea of the impact their union has on their inheritance arrangements.The Institute of Professional Willwriters is so concerned about this situation that it has written to the National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales to highlight the lack of knowledge existing in relation to the impact of marriage, re-marriage and Civil Partnership on an existing will.

  • South Africa backs gay inheritance rights 10

    The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay community has been given more cause for celebration after the country's constitutional court today ruled that same sex partners should have equal inheritance rights to heterosexual couples.The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage.This latest development orders that the law regarding inheritance rights should also include the term, "same-sex life partnership."

  • Christian students ‘under considerable opposition’

    Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club

    12:00 AM — Senior Bishops of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, have spoken out against "intolerant and unlawful" actions by several universities after a number of Christian Unions have been banned from campuses.Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.

  • Gay clergy ‘divisive’ for Church relations

    It comes after the ordination of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Gay bishops and female clergy are driving a wedge through the prospect of good relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope concluded today.In his first official visit to the pontiff, Dr Rowan Williams spoke of the importance of unity in the church, the pair presented a declaration which highlighted certain issues straining Christian relations.

  • 22nd November 2006

    2007 calendar supports sacked gay military recruits

    A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.

    12:00 AM — A 2007 calendar released this week by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) showcases twelve veterans from various branches of the US armed forces.The "Lift the Ban" calendar includes images from the organisation's national ad campaign, captured on film by photographer Judy Rolfe."Every day, the Pentagon fires at least two people for being lesbian, gay or bisexual," said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn.

  • China launches lesbian help-line

    Although homosexuality in China is no longer considered a mental illness, it is still considered a  taboo issue

    12:00 AM — China has opened its first help line offering counselling for lesbians.The service, funded by the Chi Heng Foundation, will offer counselling and advice from a ream of 10 volunteers.It echoes a similar service set up earlier this year which was staffed by men, but this scheme shows a growing awareness of lesbian issues in the traditionally conservative country.

  • Phillips vows to uphold gay equality

    Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month

    12:00 AM — LGBT issues should always be on the equality agenda, the incoming chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) said this week.Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month.

  • Homophobes cancel Wal-Mart boycott 3

    Wal-Mart insists their statement is in reaction to staff and customer requests

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay group has called off a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after the store vowed to remain neutral on "highly controversial issues."Homophobes inside the American Family Association are hailing a victory against the store claiming it reacted to their protest against it joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and stocking products appearing to promote same-sex marriage.

  • Trans gynaecologist’s old ties raise funds for clinic

    A gynaecologist who underwent a gender transition earlier this year has raised £1,800 for her clinic after auctioning her bow ties

    12:00 AM — A gynaecologist who underwent a gender transition earlier this year has raised £1,800 for her clinic after auctioning her bow ties.Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone, she was known for her bow tie collection.Around 80 of the accessories were auctioned along with a cheese and wine evening to raise funds for the clinic.

  • European Parliament avoids gay friendly workplace

    Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation.The International Lesbian and Gay Association expressed surprise at the omission.A draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had included sexual orientation, but this was defeated by four votes to two, with two abstentions.

  • 21st November 2006

    UNISON backs total gay equality 1

    UNISON President Malcom Cantello, speaking at the group's LGBT network conference in Manchester, said there should not be any exemptions for religious groups in the new goods and services bill

    12:00 AM — The UK's largest trade union has backed calls for sexual orientation regulations to be universal.UNISON President Malcom Cantello, speaking at the group's LGBT network conference in Manchester, said there should not be any exemptions for religious groups in the new goods and services bill, which is due next April.

  • Israel “bursts open” for gay marriage 1

    Six judges against one ruled that the marriages, which were obtained in Canada, should be recognised in Israel, prompting anger from ministers and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Israel's orthodox community has only just recovered from a gay pride rally being held in Jerusalem, but now they must prepare themselves for gay marriage, after the High Court of Justice backed the unions this morning.The Association of Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel submitted a petition on behalf of five gay couples in March against the Ministry of the Interior's Population Registrar, demanding the registration of same-sex couples who marry outside of Israel.

  • Gay activists encourage shopping for solidarity

    Companies and their products are compared using the criteria of the HRC Foundation's nationally respected Corporate Equality Index

    12:00 AM — As the official beginning of the holiday shopping season is set to start, US gay group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has released a new guide listing hundreds of popular American brands ranked by their company's gay friendliness.The publication, Buying for Equality, breaks products into easily distinguishable purchasing categories.

  • Democrats seek more gay candidates

    Howard Dean said the Democratic Party must work toward getting gay and minority leaders on the ballot

    12:00 AM — Howard Dean said the Democratic Party must work toward getting gay and minority leaders on the ballot."We've got to share power, not just responsibility, from now on," Dean told a crowd of about 200 at the International Gay Lesbian Leadership Conference last weekend, an annual gathering of gay public officials.

  • Superheroes help gay community fight Hepatitis 1

    The procedure is free, quick, straight-forward and will protect those vaccinated from a potentially life-threatening disease

    12:00 AM — 'The Vaccinators', the sexual health superheroes, have rolled into town in their Sorted bus to encourage gay men to vaccinate against Hepatitis B.The Sorted bus will be on Old Compton Street every Thursday throughout November from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.Even though Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV, only one in two gay men in London is vaccinated.

  • Latvia chooses homophobe for human rights role

    The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has urged the Latvian Parliament to reconsider its choice

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in the European Union have criticised the Latvian Parliament after it confirmed the nomination of Janis Smits for the post of chairperson of the Parliamentary Human Rights and Social Affairs Committee, despite his history of hate speech and incitements to hatred and violence against the gay community.The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has urged the Latvian Parliament to reconsider its choice, asking the Latvian Parliament to follow the courageous acts of its European counterpart when it refused to accept the nomination of Rocco Buttiglione for similar reasons.

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