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April 2006

  • 10th April 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • 7th April 2006

    Gay search finds whopper sized irrelevancies

    Type the keyword gay into a search engine and what would you expect?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveType the keyword gay into a search engine and what would you expect; marriage, adoption, homophobic attacks, or maybe even Burger King?That's what users have found on NewsNow, an online news portal, which searches and scans keywords in 15 languages from thousands of online publications.Stories from Canadian internet news service provider, myTelus, have taken over the Gay and Lesbian section of NewsNow with stories covering subjects such as Burger King, diamond strikes, and unemployment rates.

  • Six men convicted of homophobic attack

    Judge Michael Vigil told Maturin and Medina that they would undergo psychological examinations in the sate prison

    12:00 AM — Six men have been convicted of the homophobic attack of two gay men in Santa Fe, New Mexico.James Maestas, 22, and Joshua Stockham, 24, were attacked on the evening of the 27th February 2005 in the car park of a local motel. Mr Maestas was left in a comatose state for eight days whilst his friend Mr Stockham suffered from minor injuries. Mr Maestas told the court that he had to learn how to walk again and how to cope with everyday activities such as dressing himself.

  • Gay cruise director’s Mickey Mouse role

    The cruise, which is featured in an HBO documentary,  called All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise, provides discussion groups on adoption, artificial insemination, surrogacy, and other topics of particular interest to gay families

    12:00 AM — Lesbian US comedian and TV presenter, Rosie O'Donnell, has compared herself to Mickey Mouse.O'Donnell, who launched the first cruise for gay and lesbian families in America, says she feels like she is putting in a Disney style performances when welcoming passengers onto the ship which travels from New York to the Bahamas.

  • Baywatch’s Carmen Electra makes waves at lesbian event

    Fans went crazy at the Palm Springs event, which has turned into an annual lesbian gathering

    12:00 AM — Baywatch babe Carmen Electra says she "only wants to perform for lesbians" after wowing fans with her dance group at the Dinah Shore Golf Classic in California last weekend.Fans went crazy at the Palm Springs event, which has turned into an annual lesbian gathering, when Electra's band took to the stage.

  • Arizona senator’s son admits to poking broomsticks up younger boys rectums

    One of the defendants is the son of Arizona senate president, Ken Bennett

    12:00 AM — The son of Ken Bennett, president of the Arizona state senate admitted in court earlier this week to assaulting school boys of between the age of 11 and 15 with a broomstick and other items. However, the judge deliberating on the case decided to drop all but one of the 18 charges against him which may result in him avoiding jail.Clifton Bennett, 18, and co-defendant Kyle Wheeler, 19, were not charged with sexual assault but instead have pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

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  • Prison officer punished for Brokeback screening

    The film was shown two days after its DVD release in the US

    12:00 AM — A prison officer is facing punishment for arranging a screening of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The unnamed officer from a Norfolk prison in Massachusetts is accused of breaking prison guidelines because of the "graphic nature of sexually explicit scenes."

  • Actress recognised for gay work 1

    Charlize Theron, was honoured for  increasing “visibility and understanding“ of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — She's played a lesbian serial killer in Monster and previously refused to marry her boyfriend until same sex marriage was legalised in America, and now actress Charlize Theron has deservingly been given an award for raising issues of the gay community.Theron, was honoured for increasing "visibility and understanding" of homosexuality, at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards in Los Angeles last weekend.

  • CPS gay forum chair arrested

    Will Hollins, credited with setting up a gay forum to promote equality and diversity, is charged with sexual assaults on two men and possessing and supplying cocaine and cannabis

    12:00 AM — The chairman of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network, has been accused of gay sex attacks and drug possession.Will Hollins, credited with setting up a gay forum to promote equality and diversity, is charged with sexual assaults on two men and possessing and supplying cocaine and cannabis.

  • Brokeback cowboy becomes the Godfather

    The pair reportedly refer to each other as “best friends”

    12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain's gay cowboy's Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal have found a way of becoming closer in real life.Gyllenhaal has been suggested as a possible godfather for Ledger's six-month-old daughter, Matilda Rose.

  • Advisor faces dismissal after lesbian porn revelations

    Her work was revealed after a colleague at LG identified the award winning married worker on a website

    12:00 AM — An insurance firm famous for telling people to save for a rainy day is threatening to sack one of its employees after discovering what she gets up to in her spare time.Michelle Batowski, a customer advisor at Legal General, is facing a disciplinary hearing after workmates found out she had appeared on a lesbian porn show.

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