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April 2006

  • 5th April 2006

    Happy Endings

    12:00 AM — Happy Endings, the film that opened the 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the latest offering from Don Roos.It is a twisting and sometimes complicated tale of relationships between nine Californians. Incorporating blackmail, sperm donation, questionable paternity and long-lost parents from the director of 'The Opposite of Sex', the film explores the complexity of modern life.

  • Gay candidate running for Hackney Mayor 5

    Mr Boff is promising voters' initiatives which would see important issues put to a ballot of Hackney residents

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay candidate has been unveiled as the Conservative Party's representative for the Hackney mayoral elections in May.Andrew Boff, a runner up in the 2002 local election, will campaign for a council closer to the people and better services.

  • Little Britain gay character inspires sign thefts

    Real life residents are annoyed that signs are being stolen from the town

    12:00 AM — The Welsh town of Llanddewi Brefi which is satirised in hit comedy Little Britain, is being targeted by thieving fans who are stealing the town's signs.Latex wearing, Little Britain character, Dafydd is from the west Wales village, he has entertained viewers with the catchphrase, "the only gay in the village."

  • MTV launches gay mobile channel

    MTV has launched a phone service aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    12:00 AM — An MTV channel has launched a phone service aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Logo has formed a partnership with Amp'd mobile to provide access to gay shows and advice on gay friendly places to visit.

  • Female “poisoned dwarf” spy awarded compensation after lesbian jibes 1

    Leah Mates was labelled as a “poisoned dwarf”

    12:00 AM — A special forces spy was awarded £12,000 in compensation yesterday after an employment tribunal found that she had suffered a catalogue of abuse whilst serving in the British Army's special forces.30 year old Corporal Leah Mates told the hearing that she contemplated suicide after she was groped, threatened and labelled as a lesbian and "poisoned dwarf" in reference to her slight stature during a ten year campaign of persecution by male colleagues.

  • Catholic university allows gay film festival

    University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom

    12:00 AM — A gay film festival has been allowed to go ahead at a Roman Catholic university.University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom, after spending two months considering allowing the event along with a screening of the Vagina Monologues.

  • 4th April 2006

    Irish PM promises gay marriage laws

    he Republic of Ireland was one of the last Western European countries to legalise homosexuality

    12:00 AM — The Republic Of Ireland will soon have its own civil partnership laws for the gay community, according to the Irish prime minister.Bertie Ahern made the announcement yesterday at the opening of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network's (GLEN) offices in Fumbally Court, Dublin.

  • Website portrays gay ‘faggot’ Jesus 68

    The crucified Christ is labelled a “faggot“ in a painting by Becki Jayne Harrelson

    12:00 AM — A gay and lesbian themed website has been set up to focus on the idea of a queer Christ, in reaction to bans and attacks on exhibitions portraying Jesus as a woman or a gay man.The site, JesusInLove.org, displays a sign saying "faggot" on the cross above Jesus Christ, and looks at Christian events, such as Easter, from a gay context.

  • Immigration laws unfair for gays and lesbians 1

    Under the Senate's Judiciary Committee bill, participants would receive a valid visa status that would enable them to work for up to six years

    12:00 AM — The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a guest worker programme granting an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship, while binational same-sex couples will continue to face discrimination under the plan, according to equality groups."The Judiciary Committee's bill is good news for America," said Immigration Equality executive director Rachel B. Tiven, "but lesbian and gay families are still cruelly discriminated against under immigration law, despite Congress' promise to value families."

  • South Korean military to review gay policy

    The move answers calls from gay groups demanding the military deal with its policy on homosexuals

    12:00 AM — The South Korean Defence Ministry has announced plans to revise military laws regarding gay military service recruits.Defence Minister Yoon Kwang-ung presented guidelines for the welfare of gay soldiers to an Assembly panel, which will adhere to new human rights laws which took effect in the country on April 1.

  • Gay adoption “promising” for children 2

    The report recommends that child advocates and policy-makers take steps including moves to end legal and de facto restrictions on adoption by gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has released a report that finds there is no child-centred reason to prevent gays and lesbians from becoming adoptive parents.It recommends that they be utilised more extensively to provide permanent, loving homes for children living in state care across the country.

  • Gay film festival returns to the North

    The festival runs from April 28 to May 7

    12:00 AM — The 5th anniversary of Queer Screen will be celebrated at the end of this month when the Commonwealth Film Festival (ComFEST) returns to Manchester and the North West.Taking place over the second week-end of the festival, Queer Screen is a showcase of Gay and Lesbian documentaries, features and shorts from all over the world.

  • Gay man charged with spreading HIV 4

    His ex partner found out about the condition through a mutual friend, the man initially denied having the virus

    12:00 AM — A florist has become the first gay man to be convicted of recklessly passing on the HIV virus to another person.The man, who cannot be named, was labelled "callous" for infecting his lover during a two year relationship, in which he failed to inform his partner of the disease.

  • Girlfriend strangled because of lesbian past, court told

    Mr Wallace, 40, of Church Street, Hartlepool, denies attempted murder

    12:00 AM — A jealous boyfriend strangled his girlfriend in a rage over her lesbian past, a court has been told.The defendant, Steven Wallace, attempted to kill 30 year old Wendy Brown after revelations of a lesbian relationship had caused friction between the couple, according to the prosecution.

  • Fear of arrest results in Egyptian gays not having HIV tests 5

    “The government wants to pretend gays don't exist“ said a bisexual Egyptian

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe lack of gay and bisexual men in Egypt requesting tests for HIV has been blamed on police raids based on medical records kept at hospitals.In 2001, a number of men were arrested by police following a raid of a Cairo gay meeting point and information recorded from gay websites have resulted in numerous raids in recent years.

  • Exclusive: Christian party may seek to overturn pro-gay laws 5

    Councillor Alan Craig led a campaign against civil partnerships last year

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Christian People's Alliance (CPA) would not necessarily uphold the laws on gay adoption and marriage if the party comes into power at the upcoming local elections, according to their federal president.Peter Flower told PinkNews.co.uk today that the CPA would only support policies relating to supporting the family and areas where the group feels there is a proper need for funding such as council tax and pensions.

  • Gay senator backs gay marriage for Australians 1

    A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws

    12:00 AM — A gay Australian senator has called on the Australian Capital Territory to stand by its proposed civil partnership laws led by John Stanhope, in reaction to church and political opposition.The leader of the Federal Greens, Bob Brown, described Prime Minister John Howard as a bigot for vowing to block legislation which would give gay couples equal marriage rights.

  • Gay Disney World due in 2009 1

    Mickey Mouse may need to work his magic if the gay community flocks to this new park

    12:00 AM — Mickey Mouse may no longer be the big cheese in the theme park world as animatronic gay emperors and Cinderfella look set to take centre stage in a gay amusement resort.Due in 2009, the adults only destination, named Tongziland, has been given the go ahead by the Malaysian Authorities and will be built in Johor Bahru, aimed at affluent gay travellers.

  • Get a free meal at TGI Friday’s 4

    Get a free meal at TGI Friday's

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk is delighted to offer its readers that Friday feeling with a two for one meal coupon at American style bar and restaurant TGI Friday's.Stepping into TGI Friday's is like finishing work at the end of the week, everyday. Happy waiters greet you offering an abundance of drinks, fresh food, entertainment and comfort.

  • Gay bars raided in drugs bust 2

    he New York Police Department reportedly found marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin during the investigation

    12:00 AM — Police raided four gay bars in New York last week after suspecting illegal drug use on the premises, according to officials.The move came after a 9 month undercover investigation of drug dealing in a gay gym and clubs including Splash, and View, in Manhattan.Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: ''There was a large amount of drugs and violations of the law taking place at these locations.''

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