17th April 2006
Gay travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship
12:00 AM — Atlantis Events, a company specialising in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, has announced it will charter the world's largest passenger ship in January 2007 for a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship will cater for over 3000 passengers with high tech facilities once completed in Finland.
Gay scandal MP to explain actions 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's marriage has been resurrected this Easter.The former Home Affairs spokesman, who resigned amid allegations of a gay affair with a "rent boy," announced this weekend that he is back with his wife Belinda, who 'understands' what led to his betrayal.
Cameron in the pink: Tory leader sees increased support in the gay community 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA poll by PinkNews.co.uk has found a growth in support of the Conservative party amongst the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community since the election of David Cameron as leader.In a poll of 600 readers, selected to be demographically representative of LGBT people in England, a 10.2% increase in support for the Conservatives since 2005 was found, although Labour remains the party of choice for the pink vote.
State allows gay adoption discrimination
12:00 AM — Catholic adoption agencies in Massachusetts will be allowed to refuse gay couples adoption rights, according to the state's Department of Early Education.Although stopping gay couples adopting comes under anti discrimination laws, the department said there would be no action taken as Governor Mitt Romney is planning legislation to give religious groups an exemption.
No gay marriage for Hong Kong Brits 1
12:00 AM — Gay British nationals in Hong Kong will not be allowed civil partnerships, a consulate spokeswoman announced yesterday.The British consulate office in Hong Kong declared on its website, the Hong Kong government "does not consider it appropriate to agree to the registration of civil partnerships of same-sex couples at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong at present."
Transgender protection added to Harvard policy
12:00 AM — Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has announced it will be adding gender identity to its non-discrimination policy, safeguarding transgender students and faculty."Harvard's step forward will ensure that its students and staff continue to represent some of the best this country has to offer," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.
Pentagon admits gay surveillance
12:00 AM — The US Department of Defence (DoD) has released documentation confirming government surveillance of groups opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) service members, according to a gay legal group.The government's TALON reports were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) in January.
Gay artist donates Brokeback inspired painting
12:00 AM — American artist, Thom Bierdz, has unveiled a major new painting inspired by the dozy embrace scene in gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The impressionistic painting is titled "Brokeback Tree House, Happy Ever After."
Gay Illinois treasurer candidate overseeing lesbian union
12:00 AM — Reverend Dan Rodriguez-Schlorff, the Green Party candidate for the Illinois State Treasurer, will officiate a wedding ceremony uniting two women in a private ceremony in May.The couple first approached Mr Schlorff after hearing him speak at the Matthew Shepard rally last October.
Careless Parker: George Michael admits three car smash 4
12:00 AM — George Michael has admitted crashing into three parked cars last weekend in North London, and will now be quizzed by police.The gay star's representative phoned police to report the incident after the crash was revealed by witnesses yesterday.Michael has already made contact with the car owners to arrange financial compensation, according to the Daily Mirror.