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April 2006

  • 21st April 2006

    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.

  • Russia to consider gay marriage

    Same sex marriage is banned in Russia

    12:00 AM — A Russian politician has ignited an inquiry into the legality of gay marriage by the country's constitutional court.Straight member of the Bashkortostan State Assembly Edvard Murzin had an attempt to marry a gay activist rejected by Russia's Supreme Court in February, but the law banning gay marriage may soon be changed after he appealed the decision.

  • “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.

  • Man found dead in gay sauna

    Police were called to the sauna after a man's body was discovered

    12:00 AM — Police have ended internet speculation over the closure of a gay sauna last week after revealing that a 25- year-old man was found dead in the establishment.The Shoreditch branch of gay sauna chain, Chariots, was closed over the whole Easter bank holiday weekend after a man was found dead in one of the sauna cabins by staff.

  • Gay lynching continuing in Iran, report claims 1

    These documents claim to expose the state-sanctioned torture and murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the Iranian clerical regime

    12:00 AM — The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!Mr Forbes's nine-month investigation, published this week by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran.

  • 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.

  • Gay 9/11 passenger’s mum stands in Moussaoui case

    3,000 people were killed on 11 September 2001 when 19 Al Qaeda hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon, and one into a field in Pennsylvania

    12:00 AM — The mother of a gay 9/11 Flight 93 passenger who tried to overthrow hijackers appeared in the sentencing trial of one of the planners, Zacarias Moussaoui this week.Mark Bingham was on United Flight 93 on 11 September 2001, bound for a collision with the Capitol or the White House, until heroic passengers confronted the terrorists, and the plane crashed onto a Pennsylvania field.

  • Ian McKellen dreams of X-Men gay scene 8

    Sir Ian McKellen plays Magneto in the X-Men trilogy

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has complained that his character in the upcoming X-Men film should have had some gay scenes.Legendary thespian, Sir Ian, plays Magneto in the third X-Men movie, and claims it would have been nice to have a homoerotic sub plot in his role.

  • 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.

  • 20th April 2006

    Israel considers gay marriage 1

    The couple's  lawyer, Onn Stock, is expected to only ask for gay marriages from outside Israel to be granted

    12:00 AM — Israel will consider gay marriage, according to its Supreme Court.Oral arguments from a group of gay people who married in Canada will be heard at the end of May according to reports from a gay news website.The couples married in Canada, where same sex marriage is legal, and then returned to their homes in Israel, where they hope to have their ceremonies recognised.

  • Sydney to hear gay adoption views

    The Sydney state government in Australia currently blocks gay couples from adopting but allows it for  single gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — Sydney based gay and lesbian couples may be given the right to adopt children, activists say.The New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby is looking to take advantage of public submissions to a review of the Department of Community Services Adoption Act.

  • Libraries remain open to gay publications

    There have been over 400 complaints about gay material in libraries this year

    12:00 AM — Attempts by conservative groups to remove gay publications from a public library have failed.Trustee Bryce Kurfees from the Upper Arlington Public Library Board attempted to stop the "garbage" of Outlook Weekly and Gay People's Chronicle from being provided in public libraries.

  • Man detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island

    12:00 AM — A suspect has been detained over the homophobic attack on two news producers in the Caribbean.The Chief Prosecutor for the island of St Maarten, Taco Stein, has confirmed that two men were questioned by police, one has been released and one is in custody.

  • Colorado gay workers await anti-discrimination laws

    Bill sponsor, Senator Jennifer Veiga, hopes to avoid Mr Owens this year as she worries the law would fail “unless the governor is out of town on vacation, or out the country“

    12:00 AM — Gay workers in Colorado will be given anti discrimination laws, if a senator can avoid one governor in the state Senate.The proposal replicates a plan from last year which was vetoed by Governor Bill Owens because it could be "costly for Colorado businesses."

  • Parent claims gay school book is ‘indoctrinating’ son 1

    The Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash said the school has no legal obligation to tell parents about the book

    12:00 AM — A 7-year-old's parents are complaining after his school provided a storybook about gay marriage without warning them.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.

  • Westlife star denies gay marriage plans 9

    Mark Feehily insists there are no wedding bells with his partner  yet

    12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has dismissed rumours that he plans to marry his gay partnerThe gay artist met his partner, a member of former boy band V, Kevin McDaid, last year, and despite being engaged, insists there are no wedding bells yet.

  • Gay school group takes head to court

    Over the course of the past academic year, students at Noble Street Charter School have tried to establish a GSA student group

    12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday to stop discrimination against students at the Noble Street Charter School who tried to create a gay straight alliance (GSA) student group."Noble Street Charter School has dragged its feet in hopes that the end of the school year would end the desire for a club, but the students have demonstrated that they need and have a right to form a GSA," said James Madigan, staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest regional office in Chicago.

  • Website brings gays out of the broom closet

    The site is inspired by the television show Bewitched, a series that filmed in Salem in the late 1960's that depicted its own non-traditional couple in the form of a Witch married to a mortal man

    12:00 AM — Salem, Massachusetts, long known for its witches, ghosts, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night, is about to become known for another segment of its community, gays and lesbians.Local gay activist Robert Murch, who has helped lead the battle for marriage equality in the Bay State, has launched a website, gaysalem.com, as an innovative way for gays and lesbians living in Salem to be recognised as a contributing factor to the culture of the city.

  • Pride parade arranged for anti-gay pastor’s home 11

    Ake Green  delivered a fiery anti-gay sermon that triggered a legal battle testing the limits of Sweden's freedom of speech

    12:00 AM — A Swedish gay rights group is hitting back at a pastor who called homosexuality an abnormality by arranging a pride parade in his home town.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden.

  • Anti-homophobia lessons for schools

    Lifelong learning select committee chairman Councillor Susan Ridney welcomed the idea and admitted there have been reports of homophobic name calling in local schools

    12:00 AM — Dudley primary school children will be given anti-homophobia lessons, according to local authority plans.Education officers at Dudley Council are reported to be worried about the effects of bullying on young children and look set to push through anti bullying legislation this week.

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