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April 2006

  • 25th April 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Police investigate homophobic crime reporting fears

    Police are launching an investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents

    12:00 AM — Surrey Police has commissioned the support and training charity EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents to them.EACH will seek the views of Surrey residents and service users, leading to a report that will highlight the relevant issues, make recommendations to assist Surrey Police's understanding of homophobia and contribute to subsequent police practice.

  • 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.

  • Tim Healy joins Coronation Street to play gay Sean’s dad 1

    Tim Healy has signed up for seven episodes

    12:00 AM — Comedy actor Tim Healy is set to go from bricklaying in Newcastle to walking the cobbles of Coronation Street.The Auf Wiedersehen Pet star will play gay character, Sean Tully's long lost father in the prime time soap.According to the Sun, they will meet at a funeral, an insider told the paper, "Sean's forced into making contact with his dad and it opens a whole can of worms. Brian doesn't even know Sean is gay."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 24th April 2006

    Amsterdam mayor pushes gay rights

    Mayor Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe regarding homophobia

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Amsterdam has called on Europe's capitals to embrace gay rights.Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe including Warsaw, Prague, Lisbon, Dublin and Vienna , warning against homophobia.

  • 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.

  • Scottish first minister rejects gay adoption debate invite 1

    Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the gay adoption issue

    12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has been criticised by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop for refusing to attend a gay adoption radio debate.Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the issue on London based Christian station, Premier Radio, prompting Bishop Joseph Devine to reopen their conflict over controversial legislation regarding adoption rights for gays and lesbians in Scotland.

  • Little Britain star becomes gay icon

    David Walliams strips off as the character Sebastian, the Prime Minister's gay assistant, in Little Britain (BBC Pictures)

    12:00 AM — Little Britain comedian David Walliams' on stage stripteases are attracting both gay and straight applause.The star strips off as the character Sebastian, the Prime Minister's gay assistant in the stage version of the show, and is said to have hoped getting naked would attract more female fans.

  • Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”

    Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it “may be considered offensive”

    12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."

  • The trouble with gay men 4

    The programme argues that gay men are obsessed with their looks, drugs and sex

    12:00 AM — A BBC3 documentary starting this evening will explore issues from saunas to same sex ceremonies surrounding being a gay man in Britain in the 21st Century.The programme, The Trouble With... Gay Men, is presented by writer Simon Fanshawe, who looks at issues in the gay community.

  • George Michael tickets sell out in “two hours”

    George Michael will play 14 dates around the UK in November and December 2006

    12:00 AM — Tickets for gay star George Michael's first tour in 15 years sold out in two hours this morning.Around 200,000 tickets went on sale from 10 am and were all gone by lunch time, prompting a new set of dates to be added.A spokeswoman for Ticketmaster said she was not surprised, "It is not surprising that the tickets sold so well as, after all, it is George Michael.

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