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April 2006

  • 28th April 2006

    Gay couples may owe thousands in tax

    The body claims warnings from HM Revenue and Customs were overlooked in the excitement of the new Civil Partnership rules

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveUnmarried same sex couples may owe the taxman £1,600, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).When gay and lesbian couples were granted civil partnership rights in 2005, the law also stated that even those couples who do not have a ceremony would be treated as a unit for tax credits.

  • “God Hates Fags” church continues to make homophobic protests at military funerals 12

    A mother and daughter tell mourners not to pray for the USA

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureA church in Kansas has continued its protests of funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming that their deaths are punishments from God for homosexuality.The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Their campaign is called "Thank God for Improvised Explosive Devices."

  • Robbie Williams to record album for gay fans 8

    Sources claim Robbie Williams wants to make a more pop and dance related record to be released under a different name

    12:00 AM — Rock DJ Robbie Williams is rumoured to be recording a dance album aimed at his gay fan base.The singer is reported to have teamed up with dance producer William Orbit, who has also worked with Madonna, for the tracks.Sources claim Williams wants to make a more pop and dance related record to be released under a different name.

  • Gay porn case soldier sentenced 1

    The military-themed Web site did not make any direct reference to the division or Fort Bragg, a sprawling post about 70 miles south of Raleigh

    12:00 AM — An Army paratrooper has pleaded guilty to partaking in sexual activities featured on a gay porn site.Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division accused of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and was demoted to a private.

  • Half a century of gay progress 1

    The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up “to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."

  • Senior gay police officer claims he may be forced to quit post 1

    Brian Paddick is the most senior gay police officer in Britain

    12:00 AM — Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Britain's most senior gay police officer has said that he maybe forced to quit the force by the end of the year.The Pandora column in the Independent claimed that whilst attending a fund-raising party for Stonewall, Mr Paddick told guests that he had fallen out with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair.

  • 27th April 2006

    Students demand dismissal of “homophobic” basketball coach

    Coach Rene Portland (right) with student

    12:00 AM — Students from Pennsylvania State University held a protest yesterday demanding the dismissal of a basketball coach who they allege is homophobic.The group of students representing gay and black students together with an HIV education group and delegates from the students' union protested outside the office of university president Graham Spainer.The students demanded a change in the way that the institution deals with issues relating to gay people and other minority groups.

  • Rabbi calls for Christian gay respect

    Rabb Eric Yoffiei has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A rabbi has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality, stating they pose no threat to him.He delivered the message yesterday at the minister's Christian based Liberty University.

  • BBC interview with homophobic reggae star sparks protests 7

    BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with a homophobic song

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA BBC radio interview with a reggae singer known for anti gay lyrics sparked complaints from gay activists this week.BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with his homophobic hit single, Boom Bye Bye, which incited his audience to shoot gay people in the head in the head, pour acid over them and set them on fire.

  • Dairylea owner will sponsor Gay Games

    Kraft, who own Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange among other brands will sponsor the Gay Games

    12:00 AM — Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer's Gay Games.The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events.

  • First gay church opens in Blackpool

    The church describes itself as an “inclusive church that welcomes everyone who celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people“

    12:00 AM — Blackpool's first "gay affirming" church will hold its inaugural meeting tonight.Liberty Church, inspired by the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) network, is looking to set up a gay and lesbian congregation.

  • Drug offences on the rise

    Home secretary Charles Clarke expressed a commitment to driving down violent crime

    12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.

  • Graham Norton: “I’m too old to be attractive to gay men” 3

    Graham Norton has been unlucky in love

    12:00 AM — Camp television personality Graham Norton claims that he is too old to find love.The 43-year-old gay presenter of Strictly Come Dancing things that he's too ancient to be attractive to other gay men.He told Closer magazine: "People don't ever throw themselves at me. They come over and say hello but they're not going to waste time having sex with you when you're an older man."

  • EU rules for British transsexual pension rights 1

    Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old

    12:00 AM — Britain is illegally refusing pension rights to transsexuals by only considering their original sex, according to the European Union's Court of Justice.Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old because the law still identified her as a man.

  • Gay MP lines up for Parliamentary swim

    Labour MP Chris Bryant and Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn will be swimming for the Commons

    12:00 AM — Westminster politicians including gay MP Chris Bryant and Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, are set to get a bit more slippery when they meet for a Commons vs Lords swimming race this summer.MPs and peers met for a photo shoot this week to publicise the race which aims to raise money for the Women Caring Trust and the Million Dollar Swim, which support children and families in Northern Ireland.

  • Lesbian wins top book award

    Camilla Gibb is a bestseller in most major US markets and has also been published in eight other countries including the UK

    12:00 AM — A gay author has won one of the world's top literary prizes for the second year running.Lesbian Camilla Gibb, won the Trillium Book Award in the English-language category, for her book, Sweetness in The Belly, described as a compelling description of life as a white Muslim woman.

  • 26th April 2006

    Gay community joins Israeli holocaust remembrance

    People lay memorial wreaths at Yad Vashem

    12:00 AM — The gay community in Israel took part in the country's holocaust commemorations for the first time.Holocaust Remembrance day was commemorated over the last two days with wreath laying ceremonies and talks from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Moshe Katsav, at the Yad Vashem memorial museum.

  • Arsonists target gay friendly pub

    Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it spread to the rest of the establishment (photo by alisdair)

    12:00 AM — Two men are being questioned after a gay friendly pub was set on fire in Bolton.Arsonists targeted the Star and Garter Public House in the early hours of this morning, setting fire to the front door after pouring petrol around it.

  • Medals unveiled for Gay Games 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — The organisers of the 2006 Gay Games unveiled the gold, silver and bronze medals in a special ceremony in front of more than 1,000 people during the "Night of 100 Champions" gala last week.Modelled by representatives of the Chicago Spirit Brigade at the Soldier's Field, the medals were created by nationally acclaimed jewellery designer Lester Lampert Corporate, the official medallion creator and jeweller of the 2006 Gay Games.

  • Lord Nelson was gay, historian claims 3

    Was Lord Nelson gay?

    12:00 AM — Many of Britain's legendary naval heroes could have been gay, according to a German historian.Klaus Hympenhahl, in a new book, Sins on the Open Sea- the Erotic History of Christian Voyages, claims seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson, resorted to homosexuality when they were on long voyages away from women.

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