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April 2006

  • 25th April 2006

    Gay love poem to Oscar Wilde among literary treasures donated to university

    The documents lecture notes from Oscar Wilde's 1882 tour of America

    12:00 AM — Rare documents chronicling the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde together with a poem by Wilde's gay lover, Lord Alfred Douglas are among the literary treasures donated to the University of Leeds yesterday by a wealthy New York based couple.The newly acquired treasures include Wilde's lectures notes from his 1882 tour of America, marking his rise to fame in addition to a rare copy of the Oxford University journal The Chameleon that played a part in his fall from grace.

  • Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community

    US President at a recent meeting with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently declared homosexual practice is “unBiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican“

    12:00 AM — A Nigerian human rights activist is standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's negative laws on gay rights.With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and "oppressive piece of anti-gay legislation."

  • Homophobic pensioner gets restraining order

    Scanes is still allowed to live in the same street as the couple, the court decided

    12:00 AM — A pensioner has been given a restraining order stopping him going within 100 metres of a gay couple.Dennis Scanes, 66, had waged a seven month homophobic hate campaign against Kevin Whitburn and Andrew Brown as well as Mr Whitburn's mother.

  • Film to raise awareness of Crystal Meth dangers to gay community 5

    The film Tweakers is based on the book by author Frank Sanello who examined how crystal-meth abuse is reaching epidemic proportions amongst the gay community

    12:00 AM — Tweakers, a film about the crystal-meth epidemic and the lives it destroys, has gained official support by the West Hollywood City Council, after a motion introduced by Councilmember John Duran was unanimously approved."Projects like 'Tweakers' are very important because they deliver a warning message to those who are thinking about using this drug and to those who are already addicted to it in a way that is direct yet not confrontational," said Mr Duran, who himself is in recovery.

  • Homophobic “Crips” attacker sentenced

    The former construction worker was attacked by a gang including Pomie last June

    12:00 AM — A New York man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after a homophobic attack which left his victim in a coma and now needing a cane to walk.Steven Pomie, 23, was found guilty of first degree assault on Dwan Prince, 28, who was beaten so badly that his whole left side is paralysed and he cannot remember the attack.

  • Gay group supports campaign to clear homophobic preacher

    Gay groups have backed plans to clear the name of anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond

    12:00 AM — A campaign by the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland to clear the name of the late anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond, has been backed by gay groups.Mr Hammond was arrested and fined for public order offences in 2002 after holding signs up in Bournemouth which said "Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism," he then died in 2003.

  • Parents may sue school over gay book 1

    The book, “King  King,” where a prince marries a fellow prince instead of a princess, was used in a lesson teaching different types of weddings

    12:00 AM — A parents' group in Massachusetts is planning to sue a local school for using a book that portrays gay marriage.The Parents Rights Coalition believe the law is being abused and claim their children are being indoctrinated.A statement from the group described the experience of Robin Wirthlin, a mother who complained to the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School after her 7 year old son was provided with the book in class.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vatican bans church service for gays 1

    Vatican officals have banned a service for gay Catholics

    12:00 AM — The Vatican has banned a service for gay Catholics at a church in Bavaria due to its close proximity to a gay pride festival being held in the area.Josef Heigl, vicar general for the diocese of Augsburg told the Reuters news agency that the Vatican had stopped the service, which has been taking place during the Christopher Street Day gay festival since 1999, to allay fears that it might give the impression that the Catholic Church endorsed gay rights.

  • Elton John’s Vampire musical to see daylight

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

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical will hit the stage tonight.Lestat, a story based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, is to open on Broadway this evening written by the gay superstar.Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance at the Palace Theatre in New York following a stint in San Francisco.

  • Suspected homophobic attack in Brazil

    There have been a spate of attacks but skinhead gangs in Brazil

    12:00 AM — Four people were attacked last weekend in a suspected homophobic assault in Brazil where an increasing spate of incidents are being perpetrated by gangs of skinheads.A man was stabbed several times and three others were targeted on a street where several gay bars are located in Rua da Consolacao, Sao Paulo, according to police.

  • The trouble with a documentary on gay men 3

    The Trouble With.... Gay Men was broadcast last night on BBC3

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Adam Smith expresses relief that he didn't tell his mum to watch last night's BBC3 Trouble With... Gay Men documentary.PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Fanshawe's documentary looking at the problems with gay men promised a look at the upsides and drawbacks to being a gay man in the UK in 2006. I was looking forward to seeing a balanced view of gay life in contemporary Britain. Maybe the title should have warned me, but what I saw was a hand-wringing despair of gay life in London, focusing on the actions of a minority of gay men, albeit a large minority.

  • 24th April 2006

    Gay groups welcome Irish PM’s gay marriage promise

    PinkNews.co.uk reported at the beginning of the month that Bertie Ahern had announced plans to introduced gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — The Irish Prime Minister has reiterated his promise to introduce laws recognising gay partnerships.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election, echoing a previous statement made to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), earlier this month.

  • Cameroonians acquitted over gay charges

    The result is seen as a victory for human rights in Cameroon

    12:00 AM — Nine men arrested for gay acts in Cameroon have been freed, according to a gay human rights group.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims the men detained for homosexuality in Cameroon have been acquitted of all charges, in what is being called a major human rights victory in the country.

  • Robin Williams questions gay rumours 4

    Robin Williams said he would like to meet the people who say he is gay

    12:00 AM — Hollywood star Robin Williams has insisted he isn't gay despite several men claiming to have slept with him.The actor said he would like to meet the people who say he is gay because it is a part of his life which he cannot remember.

  • News Group offer compensation in “gay orgy” case

    News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to DJ Masterstepz

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe publishers of the News of the World and The Sun, have made DJ Masterstepz an "offer of amends" in relation to his defamation claim against both newspapers, after they published "gay orgy" allegations in February.This means that News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to Masterstepz, real name, Ian Thompson, over the allegations and pay him damages.

  • Gay night is only popular “bankrupt” Stringfellows evening, says dancer 2

    The owner, Peter Stringfellow denied the claims  and said he was “delighted” with the Dublin  club

    12:00 AM — The legendary Stringfellows club will go bankrupt in the next month, a lap dance trainer has claimed.Dancer BillieGean Finn said the Irish branch of the chain is empty most of the week, and the only busy time is the gay night.She told the Sunday Mirror, "The girls are not happy because they were told they would earn EUR3,500 a night when they joined the club.

  • Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded

    The aim of the service is to provide an alternative testing environment for people who are not able to access services during the normal working day

    12:00 AM — Due to increasing demand Terrence Higgins Trust has just expanded its sexual health testing services in Wolverhampton.Tests for HIV and hepatitis are available and the public can also drop in for condoms and advice.Testing normally takes place on a Saturday at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices in Bond Street, Wolverhampton every fortnight from 10.30am -1pm.

  • Graham Norton fed up with being made to play gay 1

    Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality

    12:00 AM — Gay TV presenter Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality, he tells a BBC documentary.He complains on the BBC3 programme, The Trouble With . . .Gay Men, that he is forced to make gay jokes and innuendos by straight producers.

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