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April 2006

  • 13th April 2006

    What do kids think about gay football heroes?

    What do kids think about gay football heroes?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs a detailed and thorough survey of professional footballers in the UK reveals that 57% consider the sport to be homophobic, PinkNews.co.uk's only slightly less comprehensive children's survey suggests a more tolerant future for gay footballers.Interrupting a kick about in a local playground, the young teens initially giggled when I asked them if sexuality should come into play in football, (my fault - I shouldn't have used the hilarious "s" word), but were happy to talk about their understanding of the "gay footballer" issue.

  • Where are the gay footballers? asks The Independent’s survey

    Where are the gay footballers? asks The Independent's survey.

    12:00 AM — A survey in the Independent newspaper has revealed that most footballers believe that the profession is homophobic.Peter Clayton, chief executive of the Middlesex FA and the only openly gay man on the FA council said: "the main difficulty at the moment is that players are assets, They have a market value, which clubs might feel could be affected."

  • London gay Men’s Chorus to celebrate 15th birthday

    London gay Men's Chorus to celebrate 15th birthday

    12:00 AM — The London gay Men's Chorus is to celebrate it's 15th birthday with a concert on 29th of April at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square in London."We'll be performing lots of old favourites and things that we're often requested to sing" said ,a member of the choir for 12 years. The programme includes music ranging from Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" to Rogers and Hammer stein's "Keep it Gay!"

  • “Frenzy of passion” killer gets 8 years

    “Frenzy of passion” killer gets 8 years

    12:00 AM — A Melbourne woman who stabbed her lesbian lover to death in a "frenzy of passion" has been jailed for eight years.Justice Nettle told the court that Joanne Stenhouse was in a "love-hate relationship, in which you and the deceased appeared incapable of living peacefully together but incapable of living without each other."Ms Stenhouse stabbed her partner Anne Maher to death, on Easter Sunday last year.

  • “Abused” Priest quits Church

    “Abused” Priest quits Church

    12:00 AM — A Roman Catholic Priest who sued his own diocese for alleged abuse by another priest has left the priesthood.John Nesbella cited criticism from other clergy over his decision to highlight the issue of gay priests with his court case, as the reason behind his decision to leave. The move brings to an end a career in the church that has spanned 25 years.

  • Lesbian couple fight to have both names on son’s birth certificate 1

    Lesbian couple fight to have both names on son's birth certificate

    12:00 AM — A Superior Court judge in Monmouth County has denied a lesbian couple's request that both of their names should be put on their baby son's birth certificate.There is an artificial insemination statue in the State, which enables a husband to have his name on his wife's child's birth certificate if he has consented to her artificial insemination by another man. This is the first time that the statue has been tested with regards to gay couples.

  • Brokeback Mountain banned in US prison

    Gay films banned in US prisons

    12:00 AM — A Massachusetts corrections officer found himself in hot water last week when he screened Brokeback Mountain for his inmates.The so-called "gay cowboy" film, was not on a list of approved video material, because it violated official policy of showing sexual content. The officer who pushed the play button now faces a disciplinary hearing.

  • Air Force poster woman dismissed for being lesbian 1

    Air Force poster woman dismissed for being lesbian.

    12:00 AM — After 19 years of service as a flight nurse, Margaret Witt has filed an injunction in U.S. District Court in Seattle suing the military for suspending her for being a lesbian.The case challenges the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which band openly gay personnel from serving.Ms Witt, who has won medals for her conduct during her 19 year career, and has served in the heart of the conflict in Afghanistan, said: "My objective really is to go back to my unit, serve my country and help the injured troops that need."

  • Danny La Rue to take to the stage again 4

    Danny La Rue to take to the stage again?

    12:00 AM — Danny La Rue may well take to the stage again, after making good progress with his recovery from a debilitating stroke earlier this year.La Rue will tour in Wolverhampton in June, quashing rumours that he is too ill to perform at venues around the UK because of a stroke.

  • 12th April 2006

    Gay workers lose support

    Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's “Diversity Day“

    12:00 AM — Gay state workers in Kentucky have lost rights to anti discrimination laws after a new governor made changes to the 2003 employment policy.Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's "Diversity Day," he replaced former Governor Paul Patton's law with one that prohibits employment discrimination because of "race, colour, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status and disability," but no longer sexuality.

  • HIV man leaves Scotland after “gay paedophile” label 2

    John Percy is Scotland's longest surviving man with HIV

    12:00 AM — An HIV sufferer is leaving Scotland because of a lack of support and constant abuse including being labelled a "gay paedophile."John Percy is the country's longest surviving man with the illness, but says he is moving to London because his last few years in Edinburgh have been "hell."

  • Indiana gays gain anti-discrimination laws 1

    Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance thanks to a campaign from Indiana Equality

    12:00 AM — Indianapolis' economic health and viability has been enhanced by the extension of human rights protections to include the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens, declared leaders of the city's gay groups have declared.Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance.

  • Apprentice contestant is a lesbian, friends say 3

    Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian

    12:00 AM — A contestant on Sir Alan Sugar's TV show, "The Apprentice," has been outed by a British tabloid.Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian and is divorcing her husband, Ian.

  • MEP slams Nigeria’s “homophobic” culture

    MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a “homophobic“ culture

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian government is facing condemnation from the European Parliament over plans to make homosexual marriage illegal and to ban gay organisations.MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a "homophobic" culture and threatening "the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens."

  • State hears gay marriage views 1

    “Governor Mitt Romney, known for his anti-gay views, said in a letter to the committee, ''The importance of marriage between mothers and fathers, wives and husbands is so great that we must take whatever action is needed to preserve it“

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts State House held a six hour hearing on gay marriage yesterday as supporters and opponents came together to argue their case for a 2008 vote on a ban on same sex unions.Supporters of the ban are standing by the argument that legalised gay marriage undermines the traditional family structure, and opponents are pushing for further equality.

  • Civil rights director in gay preference row

    Mr Vespa-Papaleo is widely credited for providing better facilities for the disabled and housing provisions for minorities

    12:00 AM — New Jersey's head of civil rights has been accused of discriminating against black employees by deliberately promoting whites, Latinos and gays ahead of them.The Division on Civil Rights director, Frank Vespa-Papaleo is cited in a lawsuit from his assistant director, Philip Freeman, who claims he was harassed because he is black and straight.

  • Gays face Christian school expulsion

    The group spoke out after five members of Soulforce, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group, were arrested at the Brigham Young University

    12:00 AM — US gay and lesbian students face expulsion from Christian schools if they reveal their sexuality, a gay group has warned.Soulforce, a gay organisation, currently touring America promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, claims over 200 colleges and universities actively ban homosexual students.

  • Attorney appeals to stop gay partner benefits

    Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution

    12:00 AM — Health insurance should not be given to partners of gay workers, according to the state attorney in Michigan.Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution concerning marriage, by putting domestic partnerships on an equal par.

  • 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.)

  • Over half of New York supports gay marriage 1

    New York does not currently recognise gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Support in New York has steadily grown over the last three years for the right of gay people to marry, according to a poll released today by Empire State Pride Agenda, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation.Conducted by Global Strategy Group in March, the poll found that 53% of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples while 38% do not. These numbers and those from two other polls conducted for the Pride Agenda by Global Strategy Group in 2004 and 2005 track a steady increase in support among New Yorkers on this issue.

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