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April 2006

  • 10th April 2006

    Gay priest’s attacker is jailed 1

    Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon

    12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for a homophobic attack on a priest after beating him with a metal baseball bat in Bournemouth.Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon, and was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institute with a further two years on extended licence for the assault.

  • EastEnders star to quit show after lesbian storyline ends

    Natalie Cassidy is to quit EastEnders

    12:00 AM — EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy is to quit the hit soap opera in order to pursue a wider acting career.Casidy who has played Sonia Fowler for thirteen years first arrived on Albert Square as a cheeky, trumpet playing girl.The following years saw her give birth without knowing that she was pregnant, her mother Carol abandoning her, kidnap her adopted child, become engaged to car mechanic Jamie Mitchell and nursing him to death.

  • No evidence of gay “bug chasers,” AIDs group say

    The United Kingdom has seen the largest increase in HIV cases

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has dismissed suggestions that gay men "fantasise about passing on HIV."A BBC3 documentary, "I love being HIV+," to be shown this evening, warns viewers that "bug chasers" may encourage people to try to get infected with the virus.

  • Police say homophophic attack must remind party-goers to be vigilant

    The police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving gay venues

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Metropolitan Police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving venues following the two gay men being subjected to a homophobic assault whilst waiting for a bus in Brixton during the early hours of Sunday morning.The incident that took place at or around 3 am on Sunday 9th April 2006 required both victims to receive medical attention from the London Ambulance Service.

  • Censorship row hits Canadian gay pride

    The problem was revealed at the InterPride conference last weekend, when Bob Fougere, a gay parent, said his teenage grandson refuses to attend the parades because of the nudity.

    12:00 AM — Gay pride organisers in Canada have revealed problems with arrangements after some participants have complained about a lack of inclusive family events.Pride planners do not want to censor behaviour but also want to make everyone feel comfortable to attend.

  • Group declares gay bar demo a success

    The building was purchased by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views

    12:00 AM — A demonstration against the closure of a political, cultural and gay club was labelled a "big political success" by organisers yesterday.Around 1000 people including political and cultural figures, as well as gay groups, turned up to oppose the closure of Le Madame in Warsaw, Poland.

  • Prankster looks for lesbian love in Church

    The request for a lesbian partner is believed to be a prank, but it is unclear how editors missed the material

    12:00 AM — Churchgoers have expressed shock after finding adverts for lesbian encounters in their Catholic newspaper.The advertisement appeared in Alive, an Irish church magazine, from a "Catholic lady" looking for a lesbian partner.It said, "Single Catholic lady, 38, seeks female companion for fun trip to Lesbania" and included a box number for replies.

  • Give gay Jews marriage rights, rabbi says 1

    The Jewish Conservative movement in America has agreed to discuss gay marriage rights

    12:00 AM — Jewish gay marriage should be supported whether or not the Conservative moment agrees, according to a US rabbi.Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a scholar at the Temple Emanuel, New England, told congregants in a sermon, that tradition should not be a stumbling block to "textual interpretations."

  • Do you fancy a bagel? Meet the Jewish gay students group

    What would you like on your bagel? Students enjoyed a piece of gay and Jewish life

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureBenjamin Cohen went to meet BaGeLs, the Jewish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) students group meeting for the first time in Soho bar, the Friendly Society."What would you like on your bagel? We've got humus, cream cheese, salmon pate or smoked salmon with cream cheese." I was asked as I arrived to the inaugural meeting of BaGeLs (standing I think for Bisexual and Gay even Lesbian students).

  • 7th April 2006

    Muslim group reveals plan for gay consensus

    Sir Iqbal was accused of homophobia in January after comments on Radio 4

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has been told of a five year plan to combat homophobia in the British Muslim community.Muhammed Aziz, policy advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), told PinkNews.co.uk that significant progress is expected following internal discussions after a productive All Party Parliamentary Group meeting earlier this year, which included the Muslim organisation and gay charity Stonewall.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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