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24 April 2006

  • 24th April 2006

    Amsterdam mayor pushes gay rights

    Mayor Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe regarding homophobia

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Amsterdam has called on Europe's capitals to embrace gay rights.Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe including Warsaw, Prague, Lisbon, Dublin and Vienna , warning against homophobia.

  • News Group offer compensation in “gay orgy” case

    News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to DJ Masterstepz

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe publishers of the News of the World and The Sun, have made DJ Masterstepz an "offer of amends" in relation to his defamation claim against both newspapers, after they published "gay orgy" allegations in February.This means that News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to Masterstepz, real name, Ian Thompson, over the allegations and pay him damages.

  • Scottish first minister rejects gay adoption debate invite 1

    Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the gay adoption issue

    12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has been criticised by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop for refusing to attend a gay adoption radio debate.Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the issue on London based Christian station, Premier Radio, prompting Bishop Joseph Devine to reopen their conflict over controversial legislation regarding adoption rights for gays and lesbians in Scotland.

  • Little Britain star becomes gay icon

    David Walliams strips off as the character Sebastian, the Prime Minister's gay assistant, in Little Britain (BBC Pictures)

    12:00 AM — Little Britain comedian David Walliams' on stage stripteases are attracting both gay and straight applause.The star strips off as the character Sebastian, the Prime Minister's gay assistant in the stage version of the show, and is said to have hoped getting naked would attract more female fans.

  • Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”

    Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it “may be considered offensive”

    12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."

  • The trouble with gay men 4

    The programme argues that gay men are obsessed with their looks, drugs and sex

    12:00 AM — A BBC3 documentary starting this evening will explore issues from saunas to same sex ceremonies surrounding being a gay man in Britain in the 21st Century.The programme, The Trouble With... Gay Men, is presented by writer Simon Fanshawe, who looks at issues in the gay community.

  • George Michael tickets sell out in “two hours”

    George Michael will play 14 dates around the UK in November and December 2006

    12:00 AM — Tickets for gay star George Michael's first tour in 15 years sold out in two hours this morning.Around 200,000 tickets went on sale from 10 am and were all gone by lunch time, prompting a new set of dates to be added.A spokeswoman for Ticketmaster said she was not surprised, "It is not surprising that the tickets sold so well as, after all, it is George Michael.

  • Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”

    Dr Williams refused to comment on Reverend Peter Akinola's support for the anti-gay law

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is "appeasing homophobia," according to a gay rights group.Outrage condemned Dr Rowan William's silence over a ministers support of anti gay laws in Nigeria which make gay unions illegal and ban gay organisations.

  • Gay night is only popular “bankrupt” Stringfellows evening, says dancer 2

    The owner, Peter Stringfellow denied the claims  and said he was “delighted” with the Dublin  club

    12:00 AM — The legendary Stringfellows club will go bankrupt in the next month, a lap dance trainer has claimed.Dancer BillieGean Finn said the Irish branch of the chain is empty most of the week, and the only busy time is the gay night.She told the Sunday Mirror, "The girls are not happy because they were told they would earn EUR3,500 a night when they joined the club.

  • Win tickets to the London Oddbins Wine Fair

    Win a pair of tickets to the wine fair

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk and Oddbins are offering you the chance to win tickets to the 30th Oddbins Wine Fair.Now a fully established event on the wine tasting circuit, the Oddbins Wine Fair is the place to try wines that you'd never consider tasting before. With over 500 wines, champagnes and spirits on show, this event is the original and best London Wine Fair and it's the place to taste your way around the Oddbins shelves and meet the people behind the wines.

  • Cameroonians acquitted over gay charges

    The result is seen as a victory for human rights in Cameroon

    12:00 AM — Nine men arrested for gay acts in Cameroon have been freed, according to a gay human rights group.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims the men detained for homosexuality in Cameroon have been acquitted of all charges, in what is being called a major human rights victory in the country.

  • Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded

    The aim of the service is to provide an alternative testing environment for people who are not able to access services during the normal working day

    12:00 AM — Due to increasing demand Terrence Higgins Trust has just expanded its sexual health testing services in Wolverhampton.Tests for HIV and hepatitis are available and the public can also drop in for condoms and advice.Testing normally takes place on a Saturday at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices in Bond Street, Wolverhampton every fortnight from 10.30am -1pm.

  • Robin Williams questions gay rumours 4

    Robin Williams said he would like to meet the people who say he is gay

    12:00 AM — Hollywood star Robin Williams has insisted he isn't gay despite several men claiming to have slept with him.The actor said he would like to meet the people who say he is gay because it is a part of his life which he cannot remember.

  • Graham Norton fed up with being made to play gay 1

    Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality

    12:00 AM — Gay TV presenter Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality, he tells a BBC documentary.He complains on the BBC3 programme, The Trouble With . . .Gay Men, that he is forced to make gay jokes and innuendos by straight producers.

  • Gay groups welcome Irish PM’s gay marriage promise

    PinkNews.co.uk reported at the beginning of the month that Bertie Ahern had announced plans to introduced gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — The Irish Prime Minister has reiterated his promise to introduce laws recognising gay partnerships.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election, echoing a previous statement made to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), earlier this month.

  • Students sue for religious right to condemn homosexuality 2

    Their main aim is to make university  give more recognition to religious viewpoints

    12:00 AM — Two religious students are taking their college to court over the right to speak out against homosexuality.Orit Sklar and Ruth Malhorta, a Jew and a Christian, are suing the Georgia Institute of Technology, claiming their religious freedom is limited by a ban on criticising gay issues.

  • Gay icons Take That return

    Tickets for Take That sold out in a record 30 minutes

    12:00 AM — Take That officially came Back For Good last weekend, including an appearance from Robbie Williams, as a hologram.They appeared before 9,000 fans at the Newcastle Arena to kick off a tour of 11 destinations over the next two months.Tickets for the group whose hits included, A Million Love Songs and Could It Be Magic, sold out in a record 30 minutes last December after the band announced they would regroup for a tour.

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