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April 2006

  • 4th April 2006

    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.''

  • Moldovan is “national hero” for gay journalist murder

    Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television was found beaten to death at his flat in Moscow

    12:00 AM — The chief suspect in the murder of Russian gay broadcast journalist Ilya Zimin is being hailed as a national hero for killing a homosexual, according to newspaper reports.Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television was found beaten to death at his flat in Moscow last month, with clear signs of a violent struggle.

  • Peruvian presidential candidate’s anti-gay support

    Mr Humala denies any connections to his family's views

    12:00 AM — The family of a Peruvian presidential candidate is involved in issuing homophobic death threats, according to an openly bisexual talk show host in the South American country.Jaime Bayly claims he is being accused of "spreading immorality to the four winds and harming youth" by the parents of Ollanta Humala, the favourite to win this weekend's presidential elections in Lima.

  • Federal MP praises Australian gay marriage 1

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

    12:00 AM — A member of the Federal Government has pledged his support for the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) same sex union proposals.Liberal MP, Warren Entsch called the plans, which would be a landmark for Australian law giving recognition to gay couple's relationships, a positive move.

  • 3rd April 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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