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  • 5th May 2006

    Legal group fights for gay benefits in New York

    Lambda Legal argued in court today that state and local government agencies, municipalities, and private businesses across the state are respecting out-of-state marriages

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of New York in Nassau County in a lawsuit today on behalf of a retired Nassau County teacher who was denied spousal benefits for his same-sex spouse."Duke Funderburke helped to educate a generation of New Yorkers over the course of his 25 years as a teacher," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney and lead attorney on the case.

  • Congress member signs bill against Pentagon’s gay policy 5

    Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation

    12:00 AM — California Democratic Representative, Susan Davis has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation.

  • Massachusetts debates gay marriage ban

    Thomas Reilly's office said the ballot would not overturn previous marriages, it would adjust the constitution so no more gay marriages would take place

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts began to hear views yesterday over calls from some groups to debate banning gay marriage in a 2008 ballot.Lawyers from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) against the proposal from Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said: "Our state constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.'"

  • Jerusalem mayor reluctantly accepts gay pride 23

    Previous gay pride events in the city have been met with petitions and small protests, and last year an orthodox Jew stabbed two participants

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Jerusalem has been told he cannot stop this year's WorldPride event in the capital of Israel.Uri Lupoliansky, an orthodox Jew, opposes the parade, but has been told by a Jerusalem municipality spokesman that he cannot stop it taking place.

  • 4th May 2006

    Bishops attack homophobic Polish station

    Radio Maryja has created controversy for mixing religious broadcasting with anti Jewish and anti gay commentary

    12:00 AM — A group of Polish bishops have set up a council to check on homophobic and anti- Semitic broadcasts from a religious radio station in the country.Radio Maryja has created controversy for mixing religious broadcasting with anti Jewish and anti gay commentary as well as its open support for the ruling Law and Justice Party.

  • Few gay men regret disclosing HIV status 3

    Nearly 16,000 Americans died of AIDS in 2004, with 529,000 AIDS-related deaths since 1981

    12:00 AM — Gay men who are HIV-positive rarely regret revealing their health status to others, according to research.A Ohio State University study, the first of its kind, is being seen as important for clinicians who work with HIV-positive men who are often uncertain whether to tell friends, family, co-workers or others about being diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS.

  • Gay Games director fired 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — The executive director of the Chicago Gay Games has been fired, just 10 weeks before the start of the event.Kevin Boyer, co vice chairman of the event, confirmed that Brian McGuiness has been replaced as the event organiser after he had worked on the scheme for a year.

  • Gay group welcomes Wendy’s anti-discrimination policy

    Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees

    12:00 AM — Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.The move came after the restaurant chain was put under pressure from gay civil rights group, the Equality Project, and the companies biggest shareholder, the New York City Employees (NCYERS) Retirement Fund.

  • Cameroon holding freed “gay sex” prisoners

    At their initial trial, no witnesses were called and no proof offered by the prosecution,

    12:00 AM — The Cameroonian government has refused to release nine men jailed on charges of homosexuality despite their acquittal, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).The men have been detained in Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for nearly a year after being accused of gay acts.

  • Christian lawyers defend Day of Silence protesters

    Half a million students in the US went silent last week to protest the bullying and harassment felt by LGBT students

    12:00 AM — A Christian law practice has filed a lawsuit against Oakmont High School after last week's national Day of Silence when several students were expelled for wearing anti gay t-shirts.Thirteen students came to the school in Sacramento wearing t-shirts saying "Homosexuality is sin. Jesus can set you free," they were given told to remove their shirts or face disciplinary action, and were suspended after refusing to take them off.

  • Cheney’s daughter: Bush must catch up on gay rights

    US Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter has spoken out against President George W Bush

    12:00 AM — US Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter has spoken out against President George W Bush for the first time over his opposition to gay marriage.Mary Cheney, who has often been criticised for remaining silent on Mr Bush's gay policy, has revealed that she considered quitting the 2004 campaign because of the GOP's gay stand.

  • California anti-gay bullying bill passes committee stage

    The bill would prohibit biased curriculum and require that the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community

    12:00 AM — A gay group has applauded the Californian Senate's Education Committee for advancing a bill to add lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals' history to school textbooksEquality California (EQCA) executive director, Geoffrey Kors. said: "Today, the Senate Education Committee demonstrated its commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all Californian students."

  • 3rd May 2006

    Almost half of gay Dubliners are victims of homophobic crime

    41 per cent of gay people said that they had been the victims of a homophobic hate crim

    12:00 AM — Almost half of gay Dubliners claim to have experienced either verbal or physical abuse due to the sexuality according to a report published by the government's Equality Authority.41 per cent of the thousand people questioned in the capital, Dublin said that they had been the victims of a homophobic hate crime, defined as "s "any physical or verbal attack where the victim is primarily targeted because of their perceived sexual orientation."

  • EU grants gay couples “facilitation”

    European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini warned governments, particularly in Eastern Europe, that the law is “immediately applicable“

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples will have their relationships "facilitated" across the European Union, according to new laws.The reforms of residency requirements came into effect yesterday and state that gay couples can live anywhere in the European Union and have their rights legally protected, even in countries where there are no same sex partner laws.

  • Lesbian mum opposes “illegitimate homosexuality” leaflet

    The school principal, Patsy Slaughter, defended the leaflet, which formed part of a three day workshop class but said it would be reconsidered

    12:00 AM — A lesbian mum has expressed anger after her daughter brought home a school sex education pamphlet which branded homosexuality as "contrary to the laws of nature."Angela Williams was shocked when her 12-year old showed her a pamphlet, The Top 10 Questions Teenagers Ask about Sex, which was given to her at Honeysuckle Middle School in Montgomery.

  • 10,000 Irish gays missing out on marriage 1

    Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts

    12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed the publication of a new study revealing the number of gays and lesbians who have chosen to marry in countries that uphold marriage equality.Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts, where the constitution forbids the creation of second-class citizens.

  • Homophobia prevalent in US schools

    Over a third (37.8%) of students experienced physical harassment at school on the basis of sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying is still common in American schools, according to a new study from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).The group's 2005 National School Climate Survey (NSCS), the only national survey to document the experiences of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in America's schools found that three quarters of respondents heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently, and nearly nine out of ten (89.2%) reported hearing "that's so gay" or "you're so gay," meaning stupid or worthless, often.

  • Gay activists held in Pentagon protest

    The group is touring the nation in an attempt to start a dialogue among institution notorious for their discrimination of the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — Twenty-one members of a cross country tour promoting gay rights to Christian and military colleges were detained at the U.S. Military Academy last week while protesting the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Members of the gay protest group Soulforce Equality Riders were issued citations on the last stop of their 20 campus tour.

  • Most gay Americans are out, study claims 1

    Additional findings from the survey include 77% respondents feel legal recognition of same-sex marriage for tax, estate and insurance purposes are extremely important in voting for a candidate

    12:00 AM — A new census conducted annually by the School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York suggests that 97% of gay Americans are out to their families, friends and at work.That statistic, which some activists are suggesting seems unreasonably high, is partnered with several other percentages in the Gay/Lesbian Consumer Census Online, conducted in partnership with the media relations group OpusComm.

  • Human rights group claims immigration law discriminates gay couples

    Immigration law is being debated in the US after national protests against recent legislation (Photo: 1115)

    12:00 AM — Thousands of US citizens and their foreign same-sex partners face enormous hardships, separation and even exile because discriminatory US immigration policies deprive these couples of the basic right to be together, according to a report.Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality said in a document released today as Congress debates immigration reforms, that it must end the discrimination that lesbian and gay Americans and their foreign partners endure under US immigration law.

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