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10 April 2006

  • 10th April 2006

    Gay employee rights updated

    vailable in English and Welsh, the guide gives gay employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall will today launch un updated version of the 2003 employment regulations relating to sexual orientation in the workplace.The 'Discrimination at work - it's so over' guide is the result of a joint initiative between Stonewall and the Trades Union Congress (TUC.)

  • American idol contestant blames anti-gay backlash for poor vote

    Mandisa Hundley said she is upset by speculation claiming she endorses the ex gay movement

    12:00 AM — An American Idol contestant has blamed her Christian beliefs as a factor for her being voted off the show last week.Mandisa Hundley, a Christian soul singer, says her praise of author Beth Moore, from biblical group, the Living Proof ministries, may have damaged her reputation and made people think she was anti gay.

  • Pro-gay Prodi wins Italian elections 2

    Romano Prodi, the new Italian Prime Minister

    12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, The Union, has been declared the winner in the Italian elections, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

  • Gay group condemns Pope’s “satanic” speech 3

    The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as “verging on the unhinged“

    12:00 AM — A gay group has launched an attack on the Pope days before his Good Friday speech where he is expected to condemn gay civil partnerships as "satanic."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as "verging on the unhinged."

  • International Day Against Homophobia launches 2

    Following this highly successful launch, the priority for IDAHO-UK is now to maximise the number and quality of events on 17 May 2006

    12:00 AM — An audience of over 100 witnessed the official launch of the UK's International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) campaign in the auditorium of Amnesty International Human Rights Centre last Friday evening.Louis-Georges Tin, founder of IDAHO, explained how the campaign which started last year had spread to over 40 countries.

  • Lesbian immigrant has right to family life, judge says

    The couple fled from Serbia to the UK in 2000 to escape public rapes by Serbian soldiers

    12:00 AM — An Albanian lesbian has been granted residency in the UK as deporting her would breach her human rights to life with her partner, a judge has ruled.The illegal immigrant, Emine Krasniqi, 54 had a deportation ruling overturned by three judges at the Court of Appeal yesterday to protect her private family life with Albana Lamaj.

  • Ex detective cleared of “dyke” lesbian remarks

    he ex detective sergeant agreed he had used the word “dyke“, but said he only intended to elicit “a smile rather than a frown'.'

    12:00 AM — A former detective has been cleared of homophobic charges after calling a senior female officer a "dyke."Magistrates in Flint took just 40 minutes to clear John Atkinson, 45, of causing "harassment, distress or alarm'' and asked why arresting officers, one of them a lesbian, had waited nearly six months to express "shock'' at his comments.

  • Muslim Council gay rights u-turn “welcomed”

    The group expressed hope that Sir Iqbal would be part of constructive dialogue

    12:00 AM — Revelations that the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has agreed to combat homophobia in the Muslim community have been "warmly welcomed" by OutRage!, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human rights group.MCB policy advisor, Muhammed Aziz, revealed a five-year plan against homophobia in an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last week.

  • Elton John’s spring clearout

    A specially allocated Elton's Closet will offer designs from Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada

    12:00 AM — Gay star Elton John and David Furnish will be spring cleaning today as they sell off almost 10,000 articles of their clothing for charity.The closet clearout at the Rockerfeller Centre in New York, will raise money for the Elton John AIDs Foundation.

  • Gay killer escapes jail for second time

    He was given a life sentence for second degree murder in 1989

    12:00 AM — A Canadian man serving a life sentence for stabbing his gay lover to death, is on the run for the second time.Andre Seguin, 41, has been allowed out for the day to take part in a volunteer work programme, but did not return to the minimum security penitentiary in Quebec.

  • San Francisco is most gay city but is also home to high HIV rates

    25.8 per cent of the gay male population is infected with the HIV virus

    12:00 AM — New statistics released by the San Francisco Department of Public Heath suggest that the city has the highest percentage of gay men in the world and that a quarter of them are HIV positive."Despite an overall loss in the population in San Francisco in the last five years, we think there has been an absolute gain in gay men," William McFarland, head of HIV/AIDS statistics at San Francisco's Department of Public Health, said in an interview. "From all the data I have seen ... it's the gayest city in the world."

  • City awaits gay banker tribunal result 4

    The result will be a test of the rights of gay workers and for the reputation of HSBC

    12:00 AM — The City is nervously awaiting the outcome of a senior banker's compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that he was sacked because he was openly gay.It is believed to be the biggest case of its kind to have reached an industrial tribunal since December 2004 when sex discrimination rules became applicable to gays and lesbians.

  • Give gay Jews marriage rights, rabbi says 1

    The Jewish Conservative movement in America has agreed to discuss gay marriage rights

    12:00 AM — Jewish gay marriage should be supported whether or not the Conservative moment agrees, according to a US rabbi.Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a scholar at the Temple Emanuel, New England, told congregants in a sermon, that tradition should not be a stumbling block to "textual interpretations."

  • Prankster looks for lesbian love in Church

    The request for a lesbian partner is believed to be a prank, but it is unclear how editors missed the material

    12:00 AM — Churchgoers have expressed shock after finding adverts for lesbian encounters in their Catholic newspaper.The advertisement appeared in Alive, an Irish church magazine, from a "Catholic lady" looking for a lesbian partner.It said, "Single Catholic lady, 38, seeks female companion for fun trip to Lesbania" and included a box number for replies.

  • Group declares gay bar demo a success

    The building was purchased by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views

    12:00 AM — A demonstration against the closure of a political, cultural and gay club was labelled a "big political success" by organisers yesterday.Around 1000 people including political and cultural figures, as well as gay groups, turned up to oppose the closure of Le Madame in Warsaw, Poland.

  • Censorship row hits Canadian gay pride

    The problem was revealed at the InterPride conference last weekend, when Bob Fougere, a gay parent, said his teenage grandson refuses to attend the parades because of the nudity.

    12:00 AM — Gay pride organisers in Canada have revealed problems with arrangements after some participants have complained about a lack of inclusive family events.Pride planners do not want to censor behaviour but also want to make everyone feel comfortable to attend.

  • Police say homophophic attack must remind party-goers to be vigilant

    The police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving gay venues

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Metropolitan Police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving venues following the two gay men being subjected to a homophobic assault whilst waiting for a bus in Brixton during the early hours of Sunday morning.The incident that took place at or around 3 am on Sunday 9th April 2006 required both victims to receive medical attention from the London Ambulance Service.

  • No evidence of gay “bug chasers,” AIDs group say

    The United Kingdom has seen the largest increase in HIV cases

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has dismissed suggestions that gay men "fantasise about passing on HIV."A BBC3 documentary, "I love being HIV+," to be shown this evening, warns viewers that "bug chasers" may encourage people to try to get infected with the virus.

  • EastEnders star to quit show after lesbian storyline ends

    Natalie Cassidy is to quit EastEnders

    12:00 AM — EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy is to quit the hit soap opera in order to pursue a wider acting career.Casidy who has played Sonia Fowler for thirteen years first arrived on Albert Square as a cheeky, trumpet playing girl.The following years saw her give birth without knowing that she was pregnant, her mother Carol abandoning her, kidnap her adopted child, become engaged to car mechanic Jamie Mitchell and nursing him to death.

  • Gay priest’s attacker is jailed 1

    Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon

    12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for a homophobic attack on a priest after beating him with a metal baseball bat in Bournemouth.Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon, and was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institute with a further two years on extended licence for the assault.

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