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03 April 2007

  • 3rd April 2007

    Rosie’s gay cruise is backed by Bermuda’s leader 6

    Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda. photo: government of Bermuda

    5:57 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has dismissed requests for Rose O'Donnell's gay and lesbian family cruise to be cancelled.Speaking during a dinner with Bermudian students in Canada, Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda.He said: "If we discriminate against a cruise ship, then we would have to send a homosexual detection unit to the airport."

  • Workplace discrimination not robust enough, claims campaigner

    70% of claims were against private sector employers, and two-thirds of the claims were brought by men.

    5:41 PM — Research into discrimination at work has found that there have been few claims on the basis of sexual orientation against health and education employers.The Sexual Orientation and Religion and Belief regulations came into force in December 2003.The study by Acas, the employment relations service, into how they are working in practice was launched yesterday.

  • Lord of the Rings star rails against Hollywood closet

    The star of  The Lord of the Rings  and  The Da Vinci Code  has been openly gay since 1988.

    3:33 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has slammed Hollywood producers for encouraging gay actors and actresses to hide their sexuality.The famous actor and gay rights campaigner has in the past criticised actors for not coming out.Now, it seems he blames the producers.

  • Gays continue to be targeted amid Iraq carnage 1

    The targeting of gay people is just another example of the chaos of daily life in Iraq.

    3:22 PM — "Iraqi lesbians and gays continue to be subjected a systematic reign of terror by Shia death squads."The government of Iraq refuses to crack down on the killers or to take any action to protect its gay citizens," according to Ali Hili, the coordinator of the human rights group Iraqi LGBT.Mr Hili, an Iraqi living in London, told PinkNews.co.uk that death squads are responsible for the murders of a range of people thought to be "unIslamic."

  • Challenge to gay marriage ban in California

    The Supreme Court will schedule oral arguments on whether the ban on same-sex marriage discriminates against gay men and women.

    2:41 PM — The constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in California was challenged yesterday, as advocates filed their opening briefs with the state's highest court.Briefs have been filed by the city and county of San Francisco, 15 same-sex couples, Equality California and Our Family Coalition.Anyone who supports the same-sex marriage ban must answer by June 1st.

  • Seeking a salesman who can deliver

    This is a results-based position, so the applicant will have to have proven sales ability.

    12:35 PM — PinkNews.co.uk, the award-winning gay news website, is looking for a sales manager to join our team.Managing sales and marketing on the website and our associated publications, the successful applicant will forge new relationships with both SME and blue chip advertisers.We will only consider applications from candidates with a background in B2B sales.

  • Australian state considers same sex partner register

    It is not yet known what exact rights the register in Victoria will allow for.

    12:35 PM — The Premier of Victoria in Australia has called for more rights for gay couples.Labour Premier Steve Bracks has asked Attorney-General Rob Hulls to advise the government on whether a gay relationship register could be established in Victoria.The register would be similar to a model already at work in Tasmania.

  • Pop idol praised for coming out 1

    “Frankly I'd trade 10 judges for one pop star.  I think it's a wonderful thing that he's expressed the truth and he's getting on with his life.“

    12:11 PM — One of Australia's most senior judges has voiced his approval of a former Australian Idol contestant's decision to come out of the closet.During a speech at the Southern Cross University in Lismore this week, High Court Justice Michael Kirby paid tribute to Idol finalist Anthony Callea.The judge, who is openly gay, told the audience that the time for hiding the truth about one's sexuality is over.

  • Trans employment project launches in LA

    A new programme launched this month is helping transgender women and men, especially those engaged in sex work.

    11:45 AM — Few people find it more difficult to find steady and rewarding jobs than transgender men and women.Facing a complex and daunting combination of transgender phobia, homophobia and gender discrimination in the workplace, many transgender adults accept low-level and low-paying jobs or—worse yet—turn to sex work to survive.

  • American gay teens lobby for their rights

    Gay youth make a difference because their tales might remind politicians of how it felt to be picked on in high school.

    11:34 AM — A group of gay youth lobbied California assemblyman Curren Price on Saturday, asking him to co-sponsor a bill that would protect young people from discrimination in schools.The lobbyists included Maria Ramos, 18; Andrew Konke, 21; and Ignacio Pitalua, 19. Pitalua told the congressman that being picked on by other kids was "a big obstacle to learning," the AP reported.These young people are not alone in their activism. Others like them are protesting for gay rights across the country.

  • Internet abuse by child triggers police investigation 2

    Mr Rawlinson said his son was terrified when the police arrived at their home, and thought that he would be locked up in a prison cell.

    11:21 AM — An 11-year-old boy has been the subject of a homophobic hate crime investigation after he labelled a classmate a "gay boy" in an e-mail.The parents of the 10-year-old victim complained to police after seeing the e-mail, which they viewed as homophobic bullying.Two policemen from Widnes in Cheshire then visited the boys' primary school to speak to the head teacher.

  • China’s first gay TV show 1

    A more relaxed attitude to homosexuality in China has come alongside the liberalisation of the country's economy.

    10:35 AM — An hour-long internet television programme to be broadcast this week will be the first in China aimed at gay men. Connecting Homosexuals will be presented by out gay man and AIDS activist Didier Zheng and will be shown on www.phoenixtv.com on Thursday.Mr Zheng, who was educated in Paris, explained that he hopes gay people will gain more visibility and recognition in Chinese society.

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