19th June 2006
Cameron backs gay marriage benefits
12:00 AM — Gay couples in a civil partnership should get the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals, the leader of the Conservative Party will announce today.David Cameron is expected to back marriage for gay and straight couples at the National Family and Parenting Institute tomorrow, as well as promising equal "marriage" taxes for gay and lesbian couples.
16th June 2006
Latvia rejects gay protection 1
12:00 AM — The Latvian Parliament has defied European Union laws after refusing to implement anti discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation.The legislation, stipulated as a basis for the country's membership of the political body, was rejected by Mps, after some described homosexuality as a sin.
Gay campaigner embarks on equality drive
12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Joe Solmonese will embark on a whirlwind national tour this summer to cities and towns across this country to enlist the support of Americans in this struggle for equality.The "Count Me In" Summer Tour will make its way from the rolling plains of Oklahoma City, OK to the streets of Chicago.
Record numbers register for AIDs walk
12:00 AM — AIDs Walk San Diego has announced that due to enhanced and early organising efforts, it is ahead of past years in terms of number of registered teams and individuals."With this year being the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDs, I believe the increased participation in AIDs Walk illustrates that our San Diego community remains absolutely committed to fighting this epidemic," said Jennifer Jones, director of development for The San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Centre, organiser's of the walk.
NUS discusses gay discrimination
12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying, the shortcomings of the Government-sponsored Equalities Review, and the National Blood Service's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood are just a few of the heated debates set to take place at the annual NUS Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference in Sheffield this weekend.Students from institutions across the UK will attend the event, which will take place from today at Sheffield University.
Clapham Common authority promise to fight homophobia 2
12:00 AM — The local authority in charge of Clapham Common, where gay barman Jody Dobrowski was murdered in a homophobic attack, has promised to create a safer area.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.
EU gay group condemn Latvia 1
12:00 AM — Latvia must protect its gay community or face legal sanctions, the president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.Michael Cashman reacted angrily after Latvia defied its EU obligations by rejecting including sexual orientation in a new anti discrimination law.
15th June 2006
Volunteer head sacked over gay remark
12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.
Rice calls for gay marriage “respect” 4
12:00 AM — The US Secretary of State has urged "respect" and "sensitivity" in the debate over gay marriage.Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage in the constitution last week.She told The News Record, "This is an issue that can be debated and can be discussed in our country with respect for every human being.
University professor dismissed over gay marriage support 2
12:00 AM — A professor has been sacked from a Christian University after publicly supporting gay marriage.Jeffrey Nielsen, part time philosophy lecturer at Brigham Young University, voiced opposition to the US Senate vote on banning gay marriage, before it was rejected.
Ford defends gay advertising 2
12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company's Vice President has defended the carmakers' advertising policy.Al Giombetti reacted to calls from the American Family Association for a boycott because the manufacturer advertised in gay publications.He said in an email to dealers that the organisation advertises to all groups including gay, religious and ethnic communities, "We buy advertising to put Ford's message in front of as many customers as possible."
Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights
12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.
14th June 2006
Panel requests gay policy officer for Brighton
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay community should have a dedicated policy officer, the local council's review panel has recommended.The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed along with an update of the LGBT community strategy.
Polish education minister bans gay rights book
12:00 AM — The head of teacher training in Poland has been sacked after distributing a human rights manual which describes the types of discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may face.Polish Education Minister Roman Giertych said the publication titled Compass: a manual on human rights education with young people, is a "contradiction to the core curriculum for general education" and against his idea of "patriotic education" in schools.
Gay groups push for UN recognition
12:00 AM — A campaign by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups to apply for recognition a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the United Nations (UN) has been backed positively by organisations across the world.The groups that applied by the May 31 2006 deadline include the Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas e Transgêneros (ABGLT), COC Nederlands, the Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT) of Spain, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (RFSL) of Sweden.
EU resolution to condemn homophobia 1
12:00 AM — European politicians will vote on a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent.The House will call on the members to reinforce criminal law measures aimed at the approximation of the penalties for such offences throughout the EU.
Teachers must “challenge homophobia” in class
12:00 AM — Teachers must include the gay community when teaching about issues such as equality, families and the media to help challenge homophobic bullying in schools, an education consultant advised today.Mark Jennett, an expert in teaching on sexuality, told a conference of the NASUWT teaching union that the classroom is a place where sexuality can easily be talked about.
13th June 2006
Lesbian Tory rules herself out of mayor race 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe openly lesbian vice-chairman of the Conservative party has officially ruled herself out of standing to become Mayor of London.Margot James, who is the vice-chairman of the Conservative party with responsibility for women says that she is concentrating on her campaign to become elected to the House of Commons."It's a hard decision but parliament is my goal."
Heather sues over lesbian prostitute claims
12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney will take legal action over tabloid claims that she was a lesbian prostitute, her lawyers have announced.Lady McCartney's representatives said the News of the World reports were "untrue and highly defamatory."She will launch proceedings after her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is complete.
Scottish schools failing to confront homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Scottish schools must do more to combat homophobic bullying, a report claims.The Scottish Executive study found a "long list of damaging and distressing" homophobic incidents and concluded that "anti-homophobia is not seen as a priority by many schools."