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  • 2nd March 2006

    Minister faces ban for marrying lesbian couples

    The Rev Jane Spahr of San Rafael will be tried by the judicial body of the Presbyterian Church, punishment could include anything from a rebuke to a 30 year ban from the ministry

    12:00 AM — An American minister could face expulsion after accusations that she led marriage ceremonies for two lesbian couples in California.The Rev Jane Spahr of San Rafael will be tried by the judicial body of the Presbyterian Church, punishment could include anything from a rebuke to a 30 year ban from the ministry.Ms Spahr, who is also a lesbian activist, insists she was honouring her personal conscience and relationship with God when she officiated at the ceremonies.

  • Gay officer sues township

    The lawsuit says there is rampant homophobia in the law enforcement community

    12:00 AM — A gay police officer who's colleague outed him to the rest of his force is pursuing legal action against his department.In 2001 Michael J. Kurz, 34, who worked at the Washington Township Police Department confided in a co worker that he was gay, his secret was then exposed to the rest of his colleagues.

  • US gays denied lower tax rates 1

    Gay families pay on average higher taxes and get fewer benefits

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in America who are married have no right to lower tax rates as the US government only recognises straight marriage, according to the Internal Revenue Service.The IRS has sent out warnings that same sex couples legally married in Massachusetts or registered as domestic partners in states such as California and New Jersey still have to file separate income tax forms, rather than joint ones which straight couples who divide their incomes do.

  • Republicans using gay marriage campaign to recruit members

    The discs contain video clips from state governors talking about what they consider as the dangers of gay marriage and why they believe a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure marriage remains between a man and woman

    12:00 AM — The Minnesota Republican Party is being accused of secretly building up a voter database through a CD-Rom campaigning for a gay marriage ban.Democrats are complaining that the disc will gather false data just from people putting it on their computers. The discs contain video clips from state governors talking about what they consider as the dangers of gay marriage and why they believe a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure marriage remains between a man and woman.

  • 1st March 2006

    Warship to host gay wedding 1

    The Warrior is known as the pride of Queen Victoria, launched in the 1860s, it revolutionaries warship construction. It was fuelled by steam and sail

    12:00 AM — One of the 19th Century's fastest and largest battleships is set to make more waves when she hosts her first civil partnership.Lieutenant Commander Jim Phillips, 31, will become the second Royal Navy officer to have a same sex ceremony when he registers his partnership to Marcus Rutter on HMS Warrior this weekend.

  • Gay marriage bans cause stress, study says 4

    The research claims that bans increases depression and isolation

    12:00 AM — Same sex marriage bans cause mental stress for gays and lesbians, according to a US study.The research, "I do, but I can't," at the National Sexuality Resource Centre, in San Francisco, found that denying same-sex couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals created "the mental distress of second-class citizenship." They claim bans increases depression and isolation.

  • Size matters to gay men, research shows

    The team questioned over 250 gay men in their twenties about their self esteem and how they saw their own bodies

    12:00 AM — Dutch researchers have found that genitalia size is of prime importance to how gay men see themselves.A study at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands concluded that gay men believe a larger penis contributes to a better life and lovemaking.The team questioned over 250 gay men in their twenties about their self esteem and how they saw their own bodies.

  • 28th February 2006

    Gay killer quizzed over second murder 1

    Police are now speculating whether Nudds murdered 83 year old Colonel Riley Workman after a gay affair

    12:00 AM — A man jailed yesterday for killing an alleged gay lover is facing fresh questioning over the murder of an ex colonel.Northampton Crown Court found Christopher Nudds, 27, guilty of shooting traveller Fred Moss, dismembering his body and burning it in the countryside. He was jailed for 30 years.However, police are now speculating whether the killer also shot 83 year old Colonel Riley Workman after a gay affair.

  • Africans jailed for gay sex

    Homosexuality is seen as a curse in some traditional African beliefs

    12:00 AM — Two Cameroonians were jailed yesterday after admitting to having gay sex.A court in Cameroon, where homosexuality is illegal, jailed the men for a year. One of the men said he had been tricked into the act on a false promise that he would be taken to Europe.The country's tabloid newspapers sold out last month after publishing lists and photos of allegedly gay public figures in what their editors justified as a crusade against "deviant behaviour".

  • Senior Bishop backs gay support group

    Changing Attitude has branches in more than half the dioceses of the Church of England and has sister organisations in Scotland and New Zealand

    12:00 AM — A senior Suffolk bishop has sparked controversy amongst worshippers after helping to launch a gay Christian support groupThe Rt Rev Richard Lewis, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, will launch the Gay Christian Support Group which will recognise the contributions that gay and lesbian Christians make.Rev Lewis is a patron of Changing Attitude, a worldwide Anglican group which works for gay and lesbian affirmation within the community

  • Gay Games will not row on Crystal Lake

    Gay Games officials believe the opposition is an excuse to discriminate against the gay and lesbian community

    12:00 AM — The Crystal Lake Park District in Chicago has given in to residents complaints by turning down the Gay Games request to host its rowing event in the area.Illinois residents filed complaints last week with the Crystal Lake Park District over plans to allow this summer's Gay Games to host a rowing event in the area.

  • Sheffield gay bar ransacked

    Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay clubbers were attacked on the weekend in a suspected homophobic attack on a Sheffield night club.Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning. Three patrons who tried to intervene were injured and many others were hurt in the crossfire of smashed windows and optics.South Yorkshire Police confirmed they are treating it as "a homophobic incident".

  • Gang leader gets Asbo for gay abuse

    The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes

    12:00 AM — A gang ringleader has been given an Asbo after a hate campaign against a gay man and transgender female.The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes.Carl Carter, 27, was handed an ASBO before city magistrates on Friday

  • Clint Eastwood’s son is gay, friend claims 4

    Sam Kelley says he enjoyed a close relationship with musician Kyle Eastwood (pictured above)

    12:00 AM — A US estate agent is claiming to have had a gay affair with Clint Eastwood's son.New York based Sam Kelley says he enjoyed a close relationship with the Hollywood legends son, Kyle Eastwood, during his 14 year marriage to model Laura Gomez.

  • Anti racist gay group dismiss Outrage claims 1

    The group says Sir Iqbal had another engagement on the day of the conference and another MCB representative was sent instead

    12:00 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism this week reacted to Outrage's outburst against the Muslim Council of Britain and allegations that he was dropped from the Unite Against Fascism conference last weekend.PinkNews.co.uk is publishing this letter from the LAGCAR as part of our right to reply policy. We would welcome a response from Sir Iqbal Sacranie if he would like to talk directly to the gay community.

  • Group push for gay emergency pack 1

    The group wants an emergency pack for gay people affected by disasters

    12:00 AM — A gay council group in West Hollywood is suggesting an lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender specific emergency pack in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.The Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board of the city of West Hollywood believes the LGBT community needs its own pack and is hoping the City Council will review and consider its proposal.

  • Group files lawsuit against school gay club ban

    The ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court against officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia for illegally banning a gay-straight alliance club (GSA)."I've been assaulted at school twice and called names more times than I can remember, and I know gay students who have had to drop out of our school because the harassment was so bad.

  • Army cadets dismissed for “gay acts” 1

    Fifteen officer cadets in the Nigerian army were  expelled

    12:00 AM — Fifteen army cadets have been dismissed from Nigeria's military academy for alleged homosexual acts.An academy spokesman said action was taken after complaints of molestation. Homosexuality comes under indecency laws in the country.Maj. Timothy Atigha told the Associated Press a board of inquiry had been set up to look into the allegations, and medical examinations were conducted on all the 1,000 or so cadets at the Nigeria Defence Academy.

  • Trans teacher returns to school

    Several parents said their young children wouldn't understand the change of gender and would be confused

    12:00 AM — A Virginia school has caused controversy amongst parents after allowing a teacher to return to work after a sex change.Lily Mcbeth is a substitute teacher at Eagleswood Elementary School, she had a sex change last year to become a woman and re applied for her job under her new name.The school board allowed the 71 year old to work earlier this week amongst anger from parents to ban her from the school she had taught at as a man for five years.

  • 27th February 2006

    Gay star in drugs arrest 4

    The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay superstar George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs after a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of a car.The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning initially on suspicion of being in no fit state to drive. After a doctor's examination this offence was not followed up.

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