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April 2006

  • 17th April 2006

    Cameron in the pink: Tory leader sees increased support in the gay community 4

    A poll by the gay news website, PinkNews.co.uk has found a growth in support of the Conservative party amongst the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA poll by PinkNews.co.uk has found a growth in support of the Conservative party amongst the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community since the election of David Cameron as leader.In a poll of 600 readers, selected to be demographically representative of LGBT people in England, a 10.2% increase in support for the Conservatives since 2005 was found, although Labour remains the party of choice for the pink vote.

  • State allows gay adoption discrimination

    Governor Mitt Romney is expected to give Catholic charities an exemption from gay adoption laws

    12:00 AM — Catholic adoption agencies in Massachusetts will be allowed to refuse gay couples adoption rights, according to the state's Department of Early Education.Although stopping gay couples adopting comes under anti discrimination laws, the department said there would be no action taken as Governor Mitt Romney is planning legislation to give religious groups an exemption.

  • No gay marriage for Hong Kong Brits 1

    According to the UK Civil Partnership Act, all “British nationals“ can register for a same-sex civil union in a British embassy or consulate, as long as the local law agrees (Photo: David Cushing)

    12:00 AM — Gay British nationals in Hong Kong will not be allowed civil partnerships, a consulate spokeswoman announced yesterday.The British consulate office in Hong Kong declared on its website, the Hong Kong government "does not consider it appropriate to agree to the registration of civil partnerships of same-sex couples at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong at present."

  • Transgender protection added to Harvard policy

    Harvard's inclusion of gender identity means that half of the Ivy League schools now have gender identity in their non-discrimination policies

    12:00 AM — Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has announced it will be adding gender identity to its non-discrimination policy, safeguarding transgender students and faculty."Harvard's step forward will ensure that its students and staff continue to represent some of the best this country has to offer," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.

  • Pentagon admits gay surveillance

    The Department of Defence acknowledged that it had 'inappropriately' collected information on protestors

    12:00 AM — The US Department of Defence (DoD) has released documentation confirming government surveillance of groups opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) service members, according to a gay legal group.The government's TALON reports were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) in January.

  • Gay artist donates Brokeback inspired painting

    Brokeback Tree House by Thom Bierdz is being auctioned on the Ultimate Brokeback Forum

    12:00 AM — American artist, Thom Bierdz, has unveiled a major new painting inspired by the dozy embrace scene in gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The impressionistic painting is titled "Brokeback Tree House, Happy Ever After."

  • Gay Illinois treasurer candidate overseeing lesbian union

    The couple will marry legally in Canada, where same-sex unions were decriminalised five years ago

    12:00 AM — Reverend Dan Rodriguez-Schlorff, the Green Party candidate for the Illinois State Treasurer, will officiate a wedding ceremony uniting two women in a private ceremony in May.The couple first approached Mr Schlorff after hearing him speak at the Matthew Shepard rally last October.

  • Gay travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship

    Freedom of the Seas will be the world's largest cruise ship

    12:00 AM — Atlantis Events, a company specialising in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, has announced it will charter the world's largest passenger ship in January 2007 for a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship will cater for over 3000 passengers with high tech facilities once completed in Finland.

  • 16th April 2006

    Police raid club in drugs bust- gay club night may be cancelled 2

    Over 200 officers raided the popular club

    12:00 AM — Breaking News (updated 1:00 pm)Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad have raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London.The raid that begun at around 11.25 pm last night, was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk at around midnight on Sunday morning.

  • Police raid club in drugs bust- gay club night may be cancelled 2

    Police are currently at the scene of the Fridge nightclub

    12:00 AM — Breaking News (updated 1:15 am)Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad have raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London.The raid that begun at around 11.25 pm last night, was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk at around midnight on Sunday morning.

  • 15th April 2006

    H8 GAY numberplate finally banned by DVLA

    Labour MP Chris Rhonda said that “H8 GAY” was just as offensive as “H8 JEW” or “H8 WOG”

    12:00 AM — A homophobic number plate has been withdrawn by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) after complaints by a leading gay MP who claimed that the number plate H8 GAY was offensive to gay people.The DVLA at first refused to recall the number plate H8 GAY which is read as "hate gay" as it believed that it was not offensive on the grounds of "political, racial or religious sensitivities".

  • 14th April 2006

    Three gay men face jail over castration “dungeon” 2

    The suspects insisted their actions were agreed with the victims and told investigators some had travelled a long way for it

    12:00 AM — Three gay lovers are facing up to 15 years in prison after being accused of castrating six men and filming it.Police discovered a "dungeon" at the North Carolina home of Richard Sciar, 61, Michael Mendez, 60, and Danny Reeves, 49, all of whom could be charged with castration without malice, maiming without malice and practicing medicine without a licence.

  • Council warns gay cruisers

    12:00 AM — Gay people who meet to have sex in public in Wales will not ruin this Easter weekend, according to a local councillor.Carmarthenshire Council in Llanelli, Wales, spoke out after a website recommended several local attractions as ideal hotspots for gay and bisexual cruising.

  • Green Party call for gay guidelines to be sent to schools

    The guidance breaks important new ground, by explicitly recommending that primary schools acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities

    12:00 AM — Brighton Hove Green Party today called on their council to send copies of the government's new guidance on Sex Relationships Education to all local schools.The guidance breaks important new ground, by explicitly recommending that primary schools acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identities within families, and that secondary schools acknowledge that some of their students will be starting to identify as LGBT.

  • Race for Gay Games registration 3

    The Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games have announced they now have more than 10,000 participants from over 45 countries committed to attending the event in July."With just 100 days to go before the 2006 Gay Games open in Chicago," said Brian McGuinness, Gay Games Chicago executive director, "our registration rates remain ahead of expectations with 12,000 participating athletes and artists expected to march into the 15 July 2006 Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field."

  • Slavery and sexuality – A Jewish gay group embraces homosexuality this Passover 1

    Passover is all about the freeing of the Jews from slavery thousands of years ago

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeaturePinkNews.co.uk's Nikki Sinclair and Sarah Pinn report on a Jewish gay group using the festival of Passover to celebrate freedom from both oppression and homophobia."I bet when you were a child sitting at the Seder table with your family you never thought one day you would end up here!"This was Rabbi Mark Solomon's opening gambit at the communal Seder night for the Jewish Gay Lesbian Group (JGLG.)

  • 13th April 2006

    £11,500 pay out to bullied teenage sports coach

    £11,500 pay out to bullied teenage sports coach

    12:00 AM — 18 year old Grace Kinsey told a Sheffield tribunal court that she had been teased and bullied by her employer Lee Dickens. "I justfelt ugly. What he said upset me a lot. I was only 17 at the time," she told The Sun Newspaper.Mr Dickens told Ms Kinsey that she was too soft and needed "breaking in", during the time she worked for him during her school holidays. He inferred that she was a lesbian - a comment which lead Ms Kinsey to grow her hair in an attempt to stop people thinking she was gay.

  • Suicide rates down concludes National report

    Suicide rates down concludes National report.

    12:00 AM — The national suicide rate is at its lowest level since records began, according to the third annual report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy published today.The report shows the most recent suicide rate (for the 3 years2002/3/4) was 8.56 deaths per 100,000 population - a reduction of 6.6% from the 1997/8/9 figures

  • Tories deselect single mother and gay Arab 4

    Emile al-Uzaizi and Amanda Lloyd-Harris both supported David Cameron in his successful bid to become party leader

    12:00 AM — A single mother and a gay Arab have claimed that they were deselected as Conservative party candidates for next months local elections due to prejudice from the right of the party.Both Emile al-Uzaizi and Amanda Lloyd-Harris, who claim to be popular serving councillors, argue that their deselection is due to prejudice from right wing elements of the party in Hammersmith and Fulham. They intend to stand against their old party as independent candidates in local elections next month.

  • Helpline for gay married men

    Helpline for gay married men

    12:00 AM — Gay Project Cork research has shown that of 3,000 gay men living and working in Kerry, many are married and leading double lives.David Roche, development manager for Gay Project Cork said that keeping their homosexuality hidden was a priority for some men: "Many remain married after discovering their true sexuality. "The fear of a negative reaction is the most common reason that gay and bisexual men feel that they can't live full lives in their own community".

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