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April 2006

  • 26th April 2006

    Religious and human rights groups defend New York gay marriage 1

    Nearly 200 religious organisations, congregations and clergy from throughout the state also filed a brief pointing out that there is broad support among religions for marriage for same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — In 14 friend-of-the-court briefs, (lawsuits filed on behalf of someone else) filed with the New York Court of Appeals, national and state-wide religious and civil rights leaders and organisations have urged the court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage.The court is hearing oral arguments in lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and others on behalf of same-sex couples on May 31, 2006. "It's wrong for New York to continue to deny same-sex couples and their children equal protections for their families," said Victor Bolden, general counsel of the NAACP Legal Defence Educational Fund, "The constitution protects the right of individuals to marry whomever they love regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."

  • Dublin welcomes gay theatre

    The third International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched last week

    12:00 AM — The third International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched last week, bringing an exciting line-up of World Premieres, European and Irish Premieres and five Edinburgh Festival Smash hits.Highlights of the Dublin Theatre Festival include productions from across the globe with performers from three continents performing. Late night revues and a nightly festival after-show club, a seminar and exhibition enhance this smorgasbord of Dublin theatrical delights.

  • Court upholds Pentagon anti gay policy

    The SLDN lawsuit asserts that “'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' punishes gay, lesbian and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has granted the government's motion to dismiss in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members."We are disappointed in the court's decision, and are reviewing all possible responses," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the organisation representing the plaintiffs in the case.

  • Critics blast Elton John musical

    Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical has been crucified by critics after its Broadway premiere last night.It is "beyond rescue" according to trade newspaper Variety and the New York Times dubbed it a "musical sleeping pill," despite many parts being changed from its San Francisco run, which also got poor reviews.

  • Gay group looks to be top of Australian politics

    The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off

    12:00 AM — A South Australian gay group has called on the new parliament to put same sex couple recognition on the political agenda when it reconvenes tomorrow.The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off after a Same Sex Relationships Bill was the last debate in the previous sitting.

  • Students go silent for gay rights

    The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs

    12:00 AM — Half a million students in the US will stop talking today to protest the bullying and harassment felt by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs with an anticipated 500,000 students in 4,000 schools across the country.

  • Crystal meth use still low amongst UK gay men 5

    The initial findings from the survey show that fewer than 3% of gay men had used crystal met

    12:00 AM — New data from the annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey 2005 shows that only a small minority of gay men in the UK had used the drug crystal meth in the last year.The annual survey, undertaken by Sigma Research and funded by Terrence Higgins Trust, asked over 16,000 gay and bisexual men questions about their recreational drug use, during the summer of 2005.

  • Florida schools to target gay bullying

    The approved change now means every school district in Florida will have to adopt an anti bullying policy

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Florida are claiming victory after state representative Ellyn Bogdanooff added homophobia to school bullying categories.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation on school bullying last week.

  • New Zealand civil unions branded a “waste of time”

    Only 458 couples have opted for civil unions in New Zealand

    12:00 AM — The introduction of civil unions in New Zealand have been branded as a "waste of time" after only 458 gay and straight couples have chosen to civil unions over 20,000 straight couples who opted for marriages.New Zealand introduced civil unions a year ago today for both gay and straight couples although only straight couples are entitled to marry under the legislation within the Marriage Act. National Party MP Bill English, who opposed them said: "It was largely a waste of time."

  • Anti gay church slams poet 2

    Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church, reacted to a poem written by Irish poet, Desmond Egan called Understanding God Took Quickly in Topeka

    12:00 AM — Ireland is a "land of sodomite dandies," according to a US church which has attacked a local poet for criticising it.Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church, reacted to a poem written by Irish poet, Desmond Egan called Understanding God Took Quickly in Topeka.

  • Lesbian appeals decision to refuse her infertility treatment

    The doctors claim a right not to comply with California's civil rights law because they are fundamentalist Christians and they object to treating a lesbian patient the same way they treat other patients

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group, Lambda Legal, has asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing doctors to refuse infertility treatment to a lesbian patient.The group claim Guadalupe Benitez was refused support based on their religious beliefs and because of her sexuality.

  • Gay BBC executive’s murder reconstructed on Crimewatch 1

    Crimewatch presenter Fiona Bruce introduced the reconstruction

    12:00 AM — The murder of a gay retired BBC executive was reconstructed on the BBC One Crimewatch programme last night in a bid to bring the killer to justice.Hallam Tennyson, the 85 year-old great-grandson of Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was discovered in his flat in Highgate, north London on December 21 2005. Mr Tennyson, who was gay had suffered serious head injuries, and had several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Irish PM welcomes gay candidates

    Bertie Ahern said he would welcome gay candidates in his Party

    12:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, has opened the way for more gay ministers in his Fianna Fail Party, according to gay campaignersThe Taoiseach said he would be "very happy" to see openly gay candidates at the next election in an interview with an Irish gay magazine.

  • Mark Oaten’s wife reveals gay affair reaction 5

    Mark Oaten had stepped down from the Liberal Democrat leadership contest prior to the revelations, and resigned from his home affairs post after

    12:00 AM — The wife of former Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Mark Oaten, attacked and threw her wedding ring at him after finding out about his six month gay affair.Belinda Oaten revealed her feelings in a five page magazine interview with Hello magazine, detailing her reaction to a News of the World story in January, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy."

  • Lesbian drama in top five ad complaints

    Viewers complained that the L Word promotions were degrading to women

    12:00 AM — An advert for Living TV's lesbian drama, the L Word, received the second largest amount of complaints from viewers last year.The figures in the Advertising Standard Authority's (ASA) annual 2005 report revealed 650 complaints regarding posters for the series, which viewers complained were degrading to women.

  • California to protect its older gay members 1

    Mark Leno is a gay assembly member

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in California are welcoming a new law which could ensure better facilities for elderly members of the gay community.The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care passed a bill that would require the California Department of Aging to ensure that a variety of programmes and services targeted to elders account for the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors.

  • Gay group protest “homophobic funding”

    Ernie Fletcher said he approved the funding as it came from coal company severance taxes and not individual taxpayers

    12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in Kentucky has launched a lawsuit against Governor Ernie Fletcher after he supported funding for a university which expelled a gay student last week.The governor approved an $11 million budget for the University of Cumberlands, despite claims from the group that it broke discrimination laws by expelling Jason Johnson after he revealed his sexuality on a website.

  • Senator gets death threats over gay marriage support

    Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a  picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating claims that a Senator has been receiving death threats over his support for gay marriage.Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it, attached to a newspaper advert supporting a law to ban gay marriage.

  • 25th April 2006

    Sentence delay for gay reality show winner

    Richard Hatch won reality TV show Survivor

    12:00 AM — Sentencing has been delayed for the openly gay winner of Survivor's first season, who was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings and other income.Richard Hatch, 45, who graced the cover of The Advocate and became something of a gay icon following his first season win, was expected to be sentenced this month. Sentencing has now been delayed until May 16, according to the Dallas Voice.

  • Sir Elton tells George Michael to swallow his pride

    Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him if he does not get help.He reacted to claims from the former Wham lead singer on the Parkinson show that he was the cause of his problems.The gay star was appearing on US talk show, Ellen, he said: "They always know that I will be there to help them.

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