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April 2006

  • 4th April 2006

    Aguilera buys lesbian Queen Victoria painting

    The painting was bought by Aguilera on a visit to a London art gallery

    12:00 AM — Singer Christina Aguilera is reported to have purchased a £25,000 painting which portrays Queen Victoria as a lesbian.The artwork is created by British graffiti artist, Banksy, it shows Britain's longest serving monarch, dressed in stockings and suspenders, sitting on the lap of another woman.

  • Hair straighteners star alongside Sharon Stone’s lesbian Basic Instinct romps

    Sharon Stone's character uses HA-Hair irons in the film

    12:00 AM — Hollywood star Sharon Stone is back as man-eater Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, and uses a pair of exclusive HA-Hair straightening irons to keep her luscious blonde locks styled to perfection throughout the film.HA-Hair irons are the most exclusive straightening irons on the market. They are stylishly designed, lightweight, and have their own temperature control system, which no other hair straightening brand offers.

  • Keep Not Silent

    12:00 AM — This film explores the difficult subject of orthodox Jewish women living in Israel who try to reconcile their deep religious belief with (the forbidden) homosexual practice. The genre was more fly on the wall documentary than feature film and focused mainly on the real life stories of two lesbian women living in the ultra orthodox religious communities in Jerusalem.The first, a single woman, seeking understanding tolerance and acceptance from her family and permission from her rabbi to live as a lesbian women and practice her religion

  • Activist criticises judge’s anti-gay comments

    Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments made by a Supreme Court judge

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments Justice Antonin Scalia made recently at a Swiss law school claiming there is no constitutional right to "homosexual conduct."According to a clip aired on CNN, on March 8, 2006, member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Scalia told students at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, "Question comes up: is there a constitutional right to homosexual conduct? Not a hard question for me.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 3rd April 2006

    Homophobia used in Belarus protests

    The EU has called on the government , led by Alexander Lukashenko,  to allow protests and freedom of speech in the country

    12:00 AM — The Belarussian government has been using homophobic taunts in the media to curb protests against the controversial re election of President Alexander Lukashenko.Government owned media outlets have called the protests a "blue revolution" and labelled anyone involved in the protests as sexually perverted, child abductors or drug addicts in an attempt to stir up support from homophobes who would be repelled from taking part, says Svyatoslav Sementsov of the TEMA gay group.

  • Big Brother winner attacked

    Since leaving the Big Brother house the former dancer has released a keep fit DVD and appeared in panto.

    12:00 AM — Gay icon, Anthony Hutton, winner of Big Brother 2005, received minor facial injuries after being attacked in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.The reality TV star, had hospital treatment for facial injuries after the incident which occurred after he left the Baby Grand nightclub in Manchester.

  • Leicester keeps gay pride despite funding issues

    The festival, which attracts an estimated 10,000 visitors, will be scaled down due to a luck of sufficient funding.

    12:00 AM — Leicester Pride, the one day festival celebrating Leicester's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities has been confirmed for Saturday 24th June 2006, despite financial difficulties.The festival, which attracts an estimated 10,000 visitors, will be scaled down due to a luck of sufficient funding.

  • Win a Braun luxury razor worth £180

    The Braun 360º is a luxury shaver, but if can be yours

    12:00 AM — The Braun 360º Complete electric razor is marketed as capturing the hairs that other shavers leave behind.Providing one of the closest shaves you'll likely to find from an electric shaver, this luxury razor features Power-Comb technology to lift missed hairs that normally lie flat to the skin.Thanks to our friends at Braun, we've got a pair of Braun 360º Complete shavers to give away, complete with the CleanRenew system.

  • Prosecutor condemns ‘homosexual propaganda’

    The flag of Rostov Oblast in Southern Russia

    12:00 AM — Homosexual acts are a "perversion" in Russia, according to the Public Prosecutor of Southern State, Rostov Oblast.Dmitry Tikhonov, from the Division of Law Execution Relating to Minors, has condemned two broadcasting agencies for transmitting phone messages "which contained alternative sexual orientation propaganda."

  • Celebrity support for gay charity night

    MPs and peers from all political parties attended, along with other well-known faces including film and stage star Sir Ian McKellen

    12:00 AM — Stonewall's eighth Equality Dinner, its highest profile annual fundraising event, raised over £216,000 at the Dorchester Hotel last week.Sponsored by UBS, it was one of their most successful annual dinners and the money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Developer promises gay retirement homes 2

    The houses are expected to open their doors in spring 2008

    12:00 AM — A Boston real estate mogul has announced groundbreaking plans to build a gay and lesbian retirement community.David Aronstein's company, Stonewall Communities, will develop bedroom units along with a fitness centre, communal dining rooms, and parking spaces targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

  • Trans Saudis undergo sex change

    Saudi Arabia adheres to the stern type of Islamic law that proscribes women should be covered in public

    12:00 AM — A group of Saudi women have had sex changes after developing a psychological complex due to life in a patriarchal Muslim society, according to reports.Saudi Arabia's psychology expert Mohamed Abdelmawjoud was quoted in the Al Watan paper as saying the operations took place over a year with no disruption from authorities.

  • FA reports homophobic abuse 1

    Todor Batkov, president  of Levski Sofia, called Mr Riley a homosexual after he sent off one of his side's strikers

    12:00 AM — The Football Association (FA) has complained to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) after a Bulgarian team president called British referee Mike Riley a "homosexual."Todor Batkov, president of Levski Sofia, called Mr Riley a homosexual after he sent off one of his side's strikers in an eventual loss to German club Schalke in the quarter finals of the European competition.

  • Inquiry into gay discrimination begins in Australia

    Recommendations on changes needed to eliminate discrimination will be made to the Federal Parliament

    12:00 AM — Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will start a national inquiry into workplace and financial discrimination against same-sex couples today.The research will conduct an audit of Commonwealth, State and Territory laws to develop a full list of circumstances in which same-sex couples and their children may be denied financial and/or work-related benefits and entitlements that heterosexual couples enjoy.

  • Academics launch national homophobia debate

    Researchers hope the debate will provide better perspectives and knowledge of the challenges teachers face in addressing homophobia in schools

    12:00 AM — A national debate into how to tackle homophobia in schools will be used as part of a three year research project being carried out by the University of Sunderland.The General Teaching Council for England (GTC) has launched a three month online discussion forum as part of the research, which aims to find out teachers' views on how best to challenge homophobia and promote sexualities equality in schools.

  • Gay Muslim claims Islamophobia denied him post as student leader 1

    Pav Akhtar hoped to be the first Muslim president of NUS

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn openly gay and Muslim candidate for president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has claimed that both Islamophobia and homophobia played a part in him losing the election by 28 votes.Pav Akhtar who is currently the NUS black students' officer and formerly the president of the Cambridge University students union, was widely expected to be elected president of NUS at the national conference held last week.

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