2nd May 2006
Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7
12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.
Legal rights group sides with homophobes
12:00 AM — A legal group, usually on the side of gay rights, is defending a church group which protests at military funerals claiming the deaths are punishment for US gay policy.The American Civil Liberties Union, which often supports gay marriage and adoption cases, argues that the law in Kentucky which limits funeral protests inhibits the Westboro Baptist Church's freedom of speech.
Gay equality walk raises record amount
12:00 AM — Stonewall's third Equality Walk in Brighton last Sunday raised over £30,000 to help tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.A record turn out of over 200 stalwart supporters assembled at the Brighton seafront to raise money for the gay charity's continuing work, including its 'Education for All' programme.
Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse
12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.
Students join global fight for gay equality
12:00 AM — Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event tomorrow organised by the National Union of Students UK (NUS UK).The One World event, supported by Amnesty International, will take place at the University of Manchester Students' Union. Speakers from various European countries will discuss their own personal experiences of prejudice and discrimination and the steps they are taking to combat this. Students will also view footage of Pride events that have taken place in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
Gay friendly London Mayor launches EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — The London Mayor has called on the gay community to think about how it can help LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people in countries where homosexuality is illegal.Ken Livingstone, speaking at the launch of EuroPride06 today, said other cities have a long way to go compared to London's position on gay rights.
Comment: What ever you do, vote for gay rights on Thursday 3
12:00 AM — There will be local elections in many parts of England this Thursday and our advice to our readers is that who ever you support, make sure that you vote!In 2006, we the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community are able to support candidates of any of the three major political parties (and the Greens) in 90 per cent of cases.
Local Labour group accused of “using homophobia to win votes” 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTension is mounting in the upcoming local elections, particularly in Lambeth where a conflict has arisen between the local Labour group and the ruling Liberal Democrats.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Lib Dem councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.
Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2
12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.
Second gay porn soldier jailed
12:00 AM — A second paratrooper has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual acts on a gay porn websitePrivate Kagen Mullen will be sentenced to three months in jail and an army discharge, after admitting having sex for $7,500.The married father of one had charges of pandering, sodomy and adultery dropped as part of a plea deal.
Gay ministers become Britain’s first married clergy 2
12:00 AM — A gay couple have become the first clergymen to have a civil partnership in Britain.Paul and Brizz Miles-Knight, a layman and a priest, had a ceremony on the bank holiday weekend, with the backing of the United Episcopal Church, set up for those who have lost faith with Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism.
1st May 2006
Moscow gay club night cancelled following attack
12:00 AM — Homophobic protesters hurling eggs and bottles have forced a gay club in Moscow to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party.Police were forced to intervene when at least 100 skinheads, fascists nationalists and elderly Christian fundamentalists clutching Orthodox icons descended on the club at 10pm (6pm GMT) last night.
Australian Big Brother star was victim of homophobic attack
12:00 AM — It has emerged that a star in the Australian Big Brother who outed himself last week live on the reality television series was beaten unconscious in an alleged homophobic attack earlier this year.The 26-year-old model, David Graham, who came out as gay last week is the early favourite two win the sixth series of the Australian version of the hit tv show.He was brutally beaten by a gang of five men and left for dead in a pool of his own during the early hours of 22nd January.
Will Young voted most popular music act of all time
12:00 AM — Gay pop star Will Young has beaten the Beatles, Robbie Williams and Coldplay to be named the most popular British artist of all time in a poll of radio listeners.The 27-year-old came out as gay shortly after winning the first Pop Idol contest in 2002. He beat fellow British artists to top the poll of the 40 most popular artists by listeners of commercial radio.
Boyzone star suffers homophobic abuse 2
12:00 AM — Former Boyzone star Stephen Gately says that he has suffered homophobic attacks in Canterbury, Kent.The 30-year-old gay star who married his partner Andy Cowles in a civil partnership ceremony is currently staring in a stage version of the Wizard Of Oz at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre.Gately said: "Canterbury is beautiful and I loved it."