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April 2006

  • 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.

  • Gaybar domain name auctioned to fund advocacy groups

    The auction will begin on May 1, 2006 on eBay.com with an opening bid of $125,000 USD

    12:00 AM — A web marketing company is collaborating with two major gay and lesbian equality organisations to raise money for programmes in the US and Canada.Defining Presence Marketing Group (DPMG) will auction a major web property with enormous development potential to help benefit two non-profit organizations and contribute to their work as advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Californian LGBT Ministry opens way for gay bishop

    Oasis/California commended the report of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for its commitment to “maintain the highest degree of communion possible“

    12:00 AM — A report issued recently by the Episcopal Church does not bar election of the best candidate as bishop of the Diocese of California whether or not that person is lesbian, straight, or gay, the leader of the diocese's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ministry, Oasis/California, has announced."Of most interest to the Diocese of California is the report's call for 'nominating committees, electing conventions, Standing Committees, and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise very considerable caution in the nomination, election, consent to, and consecration of bishops whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion,'" Oasis/California president Rev John Kirkley said.

  • 19th April 2006

    Barrymore pool death case re-opened 1

    Michael Barrymore welcome the inquiry (Photo: Joy Padmore)

    12:00 AM — Essex police have announced that they are reviewing the death of a man who was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality Michael Barrymore.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001. During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.

  • Expelled gay student allowed to complete work

    University president Jim Taylor said information the student posted on a website went against university rules

    12:00 AM — A gay student who was expelled from the University of the Cumberlands after revealing his sexuality on a website, has had his suspension overturned so he can complete his coursework.Jason Johnson, a theatre arts student, has reached an agreement with the school for him to finish his assignments this term.

  • Brokeback makes best book-to-film shortlist

    Brokeback Mountain was based on a work by Annie Proulx

    12:00 AM — Gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has been included in a shortlist of the top 50 books adapted into a film.The list, which is being organised by the Guardian and the British Book Marketing Society, recognises literature which has been turned into successful movies.

  • Transsexual tattoo removal causes dispute 5

    Laser tattoo removal is an expensive procedure

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been criticised for wasting taxpayer's money after being approved NHS treatment for the removal of her tattoos.Cancer sufferer, Claire McDonnel, 33, slammed Tanya Bainbridge, who will receive the £2,500 procedure, while she has been refused the "wonder drug" Herceptin by her Primary Care Trust (PCT.)

  • Italy elects Europe’s first transgender MP 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno,  Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she.'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe official announcement of Romano Prodi's election success in Italy today now means that the gay community can look forward to a possible increase in rights and representation.Signor Prodi has previously promised a civil partnership law and five LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community members have also been elected to Parliament.

  • Dave the Chameleon? 2

    The Labour Party has named the Tory leader “Dave the Chameleon“

    12:00 AM — The Labour party have warned the gay community that Conservative leader David Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power.Katie Hanson, co-chair of the Labour committee for Lesbian and Gay Rights told PinkNews.co.uk, "David Cameron might appear to be fresher in his thinking but we believe he is out of kilter with the bulk of his Party. As we know, one day David the Chameleon is blue, the next pink, the next green."

  • Pro gay Prodi officially announced as Italian PM 2

    Romano Prodi's appointment was confirmed by the SkyTG24 news channel

    12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, has been officially declared the winner in the Italian elections by the Supreme Court, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

  • New calls for HIV blunder inquiry

    Over 4000 people with haemophilia were exposed to HIV during the 1970s and 1980s through the use of contaminated blood products

    12:00 AM — The Haemophilia Society has renewed calls for a public inquiry into how what has been described as the greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS took place.Over 4000 people with haemophilia were exposed to HIV during the 1970s and 1980s through the use of contaminated blood products by the NHS. It is believed that up to 1,000 of these have since died as a result.

  • School chairman apologises for “gay species” remark

    A human rights group had called on school board chairman Tom Lynch to resign after he called gays a “protected species”

    12:00 AM — A school board chairman has been forced to apologise after referring to gay people as a "species" during a meeting.The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, which also campaigns for gay rights, had called on Tom Lynch to resign after he called gays a "protected species" in a conversation about the Palm Beach County School Board's anti-harassmnet policy.

  • Gay community joins Nepal protests

    King Gyanendra dismissed the Nepalese government in February 2005

    12:00 AM — Nepalese gay groups have joined protests against the country's King Gyanendra.Blue Diamond Society, the only gay rights organisation in Nepal, has joined the opposition to the king, after he sacked the government last year, thus plunging the South Asian country into turmoil.

  • Fellowship calls for Christian trial of gay bishop 5

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Anglican Bishop

    12:00 AM — An Anglican fellowship has launched a national petition to bring charges against gay bishop Gene Robinson and those involved in installing him.The Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC), want to determine, in formal trials, the standing of church law, doctrine and practice.

  • Gay star is a “stoned waster” 4

    George Michael has been questioned “under caution” by police over allegations he hit three parked cars last weekend

    12:00 AM — George Michael's music career and his health is under threat because of a cannabis addiction, a colleague claims.Toby Bourke, who sang with Michael on the song, Waltz Away Dreaming, says the singer has become a "stoned waster" and smokes 20 joints a day.

  • Senior gay police officer may be forced to quit 7

    Sources told the Daily Mail, that Brian Paddick could leave or be moved into a “less visible” role at the Metropolitan Police

    12:00 AM — Britain's most senior gay police officer may be forced out of Scotland Yard, according to reports.Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, could leave the force after conflicts between his account of the tube shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes last year, and the official police statement.

  • Human rights group challenges “homosexual conduct” army dismissal

    The US army operates a “Don't Ask Don't Tell“ policy when it comes to gay recruits

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has challenged the dismissal of a flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for engaging in "homosexual conduct."The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeks to forbid Major Margaret Witt's discharge.

  • Transgendered chicken baffles animal experts 4

    Animal experts say a chicken sex change is a one in 10,000 rarity

    12:00 AM — A chicken has caused immense clucking amongst animal experts, and this time there isn't even a little squawk of bird flu.Freaky the hen has undergone a natural sex change, after growing red flaps and a thick tail of feathers, to become a cockerel.She had been laying eggs for her owner for eight months until waking up one day with a totally different personality.

  • Gay representatives to join sexual health lobby

    Students will also draw attention to recent cuts in funding for local sexual health provision

    12:00 AM — Sexual health provision needs to be drastically improved in order to cut the rates of sexually transmitted infections amongst the student population, MPs will hear today.At a lobbying event organised by National Union of Students (NUS UK) and the Terrence Higgins Trust, students from across the UK, including LGBT officers (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) will describe the difficulties they face in accessing sexual healthcare, from long waiting times at GUM clinics to a lack of free condoms.

  • Gay charity fights workplace discrimination in Wales 1

    The project by Stonewall Cymru will help lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Wales get the advice they need

    12:00 AM — Stonewall Cymru has launched a project to raise awareness of the 2003 Employment Equality Regulations covering sexual orientation amongst information and advice providers in Wales.The project will help lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Wales get the advice they need, improve the quality of advice available to them, and remove the barriers to securing justice.

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