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April 2006

  • 24th April 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”

    Dr Williams refused to comment on Reverend Peter Akinola's support for the anti-gay law

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is "appeasing homophobia," according to a gay rights group.Outrage condemned Dr Rowan William's silence over a ministers support of anti gay laws in Nigeria which make gay unions illegal and ban gay organisations.

  • 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.

  • Win tickets to the London Oddbins Wine Fair

    Win a pair of tickets to the wine fair

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk and Oddbins are offering you the chance to win tickets to the 30th Oddbins Wine Fair.Now a fully established event on the wine tasting circuit, the Oddbins Wine Fair is the place to try wines that you'd never consider tasting before. With over 500 wines, champagnes and spirits on show, this event is the original and best London Wine Fair and it's the place to taste your way around the Oddbins shelves and meet the people behind the wines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 23rd April 2006

    Dutch MP condemns Islam’s homophobia

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali condemed Islam's attitudes towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A Dutch Muslim-born politician has condemned Islam's attitudes to homosexuality and claims that the Netherlands have not done enough to protect gay asylum seekers who face death in their country of origin.Ayaan Hirsi Ali, first gained international attention with a film documenting voilence against women within Islamic societies. Her new film claims that Islam is responsible for a great deal of homophobia.

  • Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute 14

    PinkNews.co.uk last week revealed informal MCB talks regarding gay rights in reaction to Sir Iqbal Sacranie's Radio 4 comments

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive InvestigationA dispute appears to be emerging within the board of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its advisors in regards to their policy on gay issues.Last week PinkNews.co.uk revealed an informal 5 year MCB plan to combat homophobia amongst Muslims and Islamophobia in the gay community, after talking to the group's policy consultant, Muhammed Aziz.

  • 22nd April 2006

    George Michael talks cars, drugs and gay marriage 4

    George Michael has announced his first international tour for 15 years from this September

    12:00 AM — George Michael has revealed plans to have a civil partnership and jokingly blamed his recent troubles on Sir Elton John, in an interview with Michael Parkinson to be broadcast this weekend.The gay star, who has been branded a "stoned waster" by friends after a drugs caution, and was questioned by police this week over crashing into three cars, described himself as a "terrible driver" and "vulnerable to the press."

  • Elton John “shocked” that George Michael blames him for woes

    Sir Elton asked a friend: “Did I crash George's car?“

    12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John said yesterday that that he was shocked that fellow gay star George Michael blames him over his troubled lifestyle.In an interview to be broadcast this evening, George Michael will tell Michael Parkinson: "The trajectory of my particular soap opera launched from that statement Elton made about 18 months ago when he hadn't seen me for years."

  • Appeal court upholds ban on homophobic t-shirts in US schools 1

    The court found that the t-shirt was hurtful

    12:00 AM — American high schools have been told by an appeal court that they can ban students from wearing t-shirts that can be hurtful to fellow students after a San Diego school banned a pupil from wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that "homosexuality is shameful."Teenager Tyler Harper student sued Poway High School, claiming that banning him from wearing the t-shirt violated his free speech, religious freedom and due process rights.

  • Spain still supports gay marriage a year on

    61% support gay and lesbian weddings

    12:00 AM — Despite it being a predominantly Catholic country, most in Spain believe that introducing gay marriage was right.A survey by the Instituto Opina polling organisation found that 61 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement: "Do you agree or disagree with the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage."On June 30th 2004, Spanish minister of justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar announced legislation to extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples.

  • 21st April 2006

    Rights group calls on US to protect gay Iraqis

    The  International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has reacted to a United Nations report that gay Iraqis are increasingly targeted for violent threats, kidnappings, attacks, and murder, by calling on the government to take action.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians in Iraq and take all possible measures to ensure their protection.

  • University to hold gay prom

    Gay proms are being arranged across America ranging from high schools to adults

    12:00 AM — A New York university will host a gay prom this evening.Members of Binghamton University's Rainbow Pride Union (RPU) are hosting the University's first gay prom tonight, intending to celebrate diversity, and to re-create a generic high school prom where all sexualities are welcome.

  • “Memorable” gay adoption introduced in Belgium 1

    Previously only straight couples or single people were allowed to adopt in Belgium

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Belgium are celebrating a "memorable day" as adoption rights were narrowly implemented in law yesterday.Senators in the country's upper house backed the proposal by a vote of 34 to 33 with two abstentions, to become the fifth member of the European Union to allow same-sex couples equal rights in adoption, with the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.

  • Boy attacked because of lesbian mum

    She said she was receiving support from local residents and police are investigating the incident

    12:00 AM — An Irish mum spoke has spoken of her anger after her 17-year-old son was attacked because she is a lesbian.Eleanor McManus, from Schull, West Cork, revealed her boy, Erin, is lucky to be alive after he was assaulted after a party last Sunday evening.

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