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  • 29th April 2006

    Police forced to intervene in Polish gay rights march

    Over a thousand marchers protested with placards urging the public to “Stop homophobia“

    12:00 AM — Riot police have been forced to intervene in a march for gay tolerance held in the Polish city of Krakow after counter demonstrations from members of far-right youth groups.Police officers reported that several arrests have taken place after members of the rightwing All Poland Youth Group threw stones and eggs at the participants of march for tolerance.

  • 28th April 2006

    “God Hates Fags” church continues to make homophobic protests at military funerals 12

    A mother and daughter tell mourners not to pray for the USA

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureA church in Kansas has continued its protests of funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming that their deaths are punishments from God for homosexuality.The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Their campaign is called "Thank God for Improvised Explosive Devices."

  • Senior gay police officer claims he may be forced to quit post 1

    Brian Paddick is the most senior gay police officer in Britain

    12:00 AM — Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Britain's most senior gay police officer has said that he maybe forced to quit the force by the end of the year.The Pandora column in the Independent claimed that whilst attending a fund-raising party for Stonewall, Mr Paddick told guests that he had fallen out with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair.

  • Gay porn case soldier sentenced 1

    The military-themed Web site did not make any direct reference to the division or Fort Bragg, a sprawling post about 70 miles south of Raleigh

    12:00 AM — An Army paratrooper has pleaded guilty to partaking in sexual activities featured on a gay porn site.Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division accused of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and was demoted to a private.

  • Gay couples may owe thousands in tax

    The body claims warnings from HM Revenue and Customs were overlooked in the excitement of the new Civil Partnership rules

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveUnmarried same sex couples may owe the taxman £1,600, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).When gay and lesbian couples were granted civil partnership rights in 2005, the law also stated that even those couples who do not have a ceremony would be treated as a unit for tax credits.

  • Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry

    Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners

    12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.

  • Care assistant tells tribunal he was sacked for being gay

    The case was heard by an employment tribunal

    12:00 AM — A care assistant from Blakenhall, Wolverhampton has told an employment tribunal that he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams is seeking damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He claims that he was sacked after a years service without his employers carrying out a disciplinary or dismissal procedure.

  • ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1

    The ACT government which includes areas such as the Australian capital, Canberra, expect the new bill to pass and possibly take effect in June

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.

  • Half a century of gay progress 1

    The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up “to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."

  • HIV diagnoses on the rise

    The new figures also indicated that HIV diagnoses reported for the first quarter of 2006 are a fifth higher than those received during the same period in 2005

    12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.

  • 27th April 2006

    First gay church opens in Blackpool

    The church describes itself as an “inclusive church that welcomes everyone who celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people“

    12:00 AM — Blackpool's first "gay affirming" church will hold its inaugural meeting tonight.Liberty Church, inspired by the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) network, is looking to set up a gay and lesbian congregation.

  • EU rules for British transsexual pension rights 1

    Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old

    12:00 AM — Britain is illegally refusing pension rights to transsexuals by only considering their original sex, according to the European Union's Court of Justice.Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old because the law still identified her as a man.

  • Rabbi calls for Christian gay respect

    Rabb Eric Yoffiei has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A rabbi has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality, stating they pose no threat to him.He delivered the message yesterday at the minister's Christian based Liberty University.

  • Dairylea owner will sponsor Gay Games

    Kraft, who own Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange among other brands will sponsor the Gay Games

    12:00 AM — Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer's Gay Games.The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events.

  • Students demand dismissal of “homophobic” basketball coach

    Coach Rene Portland (right) with student

    12:00 AM — Students from Pennsylvania State University held a protest yesterday demanding the dismissal of a basketball coach who they allege is homophobic.The group of students representing gay and black students together with an HIV education group and delegates from the students' union protested outside the office of university president Graham Spainer.The students demanded a change in the way that the institution deals with issues relating to gay people and other minority groups.

  • Drug offences on the rise

    Home secretary Charles Clarke expressed a commitment to driving down violent crime

    12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.

  • 26th April 2006

    Senator gets death threats over gay marriage support

    Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a  picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating claims that a Senator has been receiving death threats over his support for gay marriage.Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it, attached to a newspaper advert supporting a law to ban gay marriage.

  • Gay group protest “homophobic funding”

    Ernie Fletcher said he approved the funding as it came from coal company severance taxes and not individual taxpayers

    12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in Kentucky has launched a lawsuit against Governor Ernie Fletcher after he supported funding for a university which expelled a gay student last week.The governor approved an $11 million budget for the University of Cumberlands, despite claims from the group that it broke discrimination laws by expelling Jason Johnson after he revealed his sexuality on a website.

  • Mark Oaten’s wife reveals gay affair reaction 5

    Mark Oaten had stepped down from the Liberal Democrat leadership contest prior to the revelations, and resigned from his home affairs post after

    12:00 AM — The wife of former Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Mark Oaten, attacked and threw her wedding ring at him after finding out about his six month gay affair.Belinda Oaten revealed her feelings in a five page magazine interview with Hello magazine, detailing her reaction to a News of the World story in January, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy."

  • Irish PM welcomes gay candidates

    Bertie Ahern said he would welcome gay candidates in his Party

    12:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, has opened the way for more gay ministers in his Fianna Fail Party, according to gay campaignersThe Taoiseach said he would be "very happy" to see openly gay candidates at the next election in an interview with an Irish gay magazine.

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