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April 2006

  • 21st April 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 80 years of the Queen 2

    The Queen is 80 today

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTo celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, PinkNews.co.uk looks back at the tremendous changes to the rights of gay people during her lifetime and in particular her illustrious 54 year reign.At her birth on the 21st April 1926 , the then Princess Elizabeth of York would have found a country with a completely different view of homosexuality than we see today, homosexual activities between consenting males was still a serious criminal offence punishable by a spell in prison.

  • Church leader warns diocese against gay bishop

    Two gay candidates are on a shortlist to become  the next bishop in the diocese of California in the next two weeks

    12:00 AM — The diocese of California has been warned not to elect a gay bishop.Frank Giswold, the leader of the US Episcopal church, which is facing expulsion and shafting from the worldwide Anglican communion after the appointment of openly gay minister, Gene Robinson in 2003, has told the diocese of California they would widen the dispute if they did the same.

  • Legal group describes results of gay adoption restrictions

    The legal group compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organisations and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on gay parenting

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has released a new edition of its publication "Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting"The legal group compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organisations and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on parenting by lesbian and gay men.

  • Homophobic crimes down in London

    The reports suggests overall crime is down three percent, bringing the number of crimes committed down to under a million

    12:00 AM — Homophobic crimes in London have dropped over the last five years, according to the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) annual figuresThis year's crime figures revealed by the force show a drop in offences and more cases being solved, including racist, homophobic and domestic incidents.

  • 20th April 2006

    Analysts predict former New York mayor “gay rights” backtrack 1

    Rudolph Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is “pro gay rights”

    12:00 AM — Former New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani may renege on his support for gay rights, according to political analysts.Mr Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is "pro gay rights," but now as he attempts to stand as the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he appears to be backtracking on that promise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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