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April 2006

  • 10th April 2006

    Senator refuses to budget gay bigotry

    Senator Ernesto Scorsone opposed an item proposing support for a pharmacy on the University of Cumberlands campus

    12:00 AM — A Kentucky State senator has refused to supporting budgeting a university which expelled a student for being gay.Senator Ernesto Scorsone opposed an item proposing support for a pharmacy on the University of Cumberlands campus, where a student was forced to leave after revealing his sexuality on a website.

  • Governor criticises gay law amendment

    Mr Kaine refused to sign the bill stating it would have negative consequences for all unmarried couples

    12:00 AM — A Democratic Virginia Governor has promised to vote against a constitutional amendment that would formally ban gay marriage.Mr Kaine refused to sign the bill stating it would have negative consequences for all unmarried couples in the state.

  • Seminary head calls for gay rabbi talks 1

    The Conservative Jewish movement has promised to discuss gay rights

    12:00 AM — Now is the right time to lift a ban on gay rabbis, according to the new chancellor of a seminary at the heart of the Jewish Conservative movement.Arnold Eisen, seen as a leading Jewish scholar, was appointed head of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) yesterday.

  • Federal MP joins gay marriage row 1

    Plans for an Australian civil partnership law are being led by the leader of the ACT John Stanhope

    12:00 AM — A Federal Government backbencher has called on Prime Minister John Howard to review his opposition to gay relationships.West Australian Liberal MP, Judi Moylan suggested the government should examine ways of ending same sex discrimination in areas like tax and pensions.

  • Gay activists arrested

    The group were on the 13th stop of their Equality Ride, promoting gay rights at 20 universities across the country

    12:00 AM — A group of gay rights activists aiming to highlight religious gay discrimination were accused of trespass and escorted off a university campus yesterdayFive members of Soulforce, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group, were put into a van by police at the Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah after refusing to leave.

  • Anti-gay attacks fall in Derry

    Figures show that around 75 homophobic incidents were reported in the Foyle District Command Unit area between April 2004 and March 2005

    12:00 AM — Homophobic attacks have continued to fall in Londonderry, according to figures released today.The Northern Ireland city has seen a decrease in attacks on the gay community over the last three years.A report by the institute of Conflict Resolution commissioned by the Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland found a significant reduction of attacks in Derry compared to the provinces.

  • Homophobic attack victim condemns police 5

    The producer was attacked with a gay friend in St Maarten

    12:00 AM — A producer for New York's CBS News has slammed the inaction of Caribbean police after he was attacked with a gay friend in St Maarten.Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island last week outside a bar.

  • Gay student expelled for ‘promoting sexual behaviour’

    University president Jim Taylor said information the theatre arts student posted on a website went against university rules

    12:00 AM — A gay student has been expelled from a Baptist university after revealing his sexuality on an internet blog.Jason Johnson, 20, felt comfortable being gay at the University of Cumberlands as the school's code of conduct only "barred lewd and indecent conduct."

  • Gay boycott threat prompts gym sale

    To avoid problems, Mr Guzzardi sold his share of the gym

    12:00 AM — A gym popular with the gay community has avoided a boycott after one of the owners sold his share of the business.Gay and Democratic activists had planned to avoid Philadelphia's 12th Street Gym to protest Bob Guzzardi's support of anti gay Republican Senator Rick Santorum, as well as other conservative causes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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