25th April 2006
Homophobic pensioner gets restraining order
12:00 AM — A pensioner has been given a restraining order stopping him going within 100 metres of a gay couple.Dennis Scanes, 66, had waged a seven month homophobic hate campaign against Kevin Whitburn and Andrew Brown as well as Mr Whitburn's mother.
Police investigate homophobic crime reporting fears
12:00 AM — Surrey Police has commissioned the support and training charity EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents to them.EACH will seek the views of Surrey residents and service users, leading to a report that will highlight the relevant issues, make recommendations to assist Surrey Police's understanding of homophobia and contribute to subsequent police practice.
Homophobic “Crips” attacker sentenced
12:00 AM — A New York man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after a homophobic attack which left his victim in a coma and now needing a cane to walk.Steven Pomie, 23, was found guilty of first degree assault on Dwan Prince, 28, who was beaten so badly that his whole left side is paralysed and he cannot remember the attack.
Gay group supports campaign to clear homophobic preacher
12:00 AM — A campaign by the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland to clear the name of the late anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond, has been backed by gay groups.Mr Hammond was arrested and fined for public order offences in 2002 after holding signs up in Bournemouth which said "Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism," he then died in 2003.
Vatican bans church service for gays 1
12:00 AM — The Vatican has banned a service for gay Catholics at a church in Bavaria due to its close proximity to a gay pride festival being held in the area.Josef Heigl, vicar general for the diocese of Augsburg told the Reuters news agency that the Vatican had stopped the service, which has been taking place during the Christopher Street Day gay festival since 1999, to allay fears that it might give the impression that the Catholic Church endorsed gay rights.
Sentence delay for gay reality show winner
12:00 AM — Sentencing has been delayed for the openly gay winner of Survivor's first season, who was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings and other income.Richard Hatch, 45, who graced the cover of The Advocate and became something of a gay icon following his first season win, was expected to be sentenced this month. Sentencing has now been delayed until May 16, according to the Dallas Voice.
Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community
12:00 AM — A Nigerian human rights activist is standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's negative laws on gay rights.With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and "oppressive piece of anti-gay legislation."
24th April 2006
Students sue for religious right to condemn homosexuality 2
12:00 AM — Two religious students are taking their college to court over the right to speak out against homosexuality.Orit Sklar and Ruth Malhorta, a Jew and a Christian, are suing the Georgia Institute of Technology, claiming their religious freedom is limited by a ban on criticising gay issues.
Gay groups welcome Irish PM’s gay marriage promise
12:00 AM — The Irish Prime Minister has reiterated his promise to introduce laws recognising gay partnerships.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election, echoing a previous statement made to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), earlier this month.
Cameroonians acquitted over gay charges
12:00 AM — Nine men arrested for gay acts in Cameroon have been freed, according to a gay human rights group.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims the men detained for homosexuality in Cameroon have been acquitted of all charges, in what is being called a major human rights victory in the country.
Scottish first minister rejects gay adoption debate invite 1
12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has been criticised by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop for refusing to attend a gay adoption radio debate.Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the issue on London based Christian station, Premier Radio, prompting Bishop Joseph Devine to reopen their conflict over controversial legislation regarding adoption rights for gays and lesbians in Scotland.
News Group offer compensation in “gay orgy” case
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe publishers of the News of the World and The Sun, have made DJ Masterstepz an "offer of amends" in relation to his defamation claim against both newspapers, after they published "gay orgy" allegations in February.This means that News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to Masterstepz, real name, Ian Thompson, over the allegations and pay him damages.
Amsterdam mayor pushes gay rights
12:00 AM — The mayor of Amsterdam has called on Europe's capitals to embrace gay rights.Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe including Warsaw, Prague, Lisbon, Dublin and Vienna , warning against homophobia.
Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is "appeasing homophobia," according to a gay rights group.Outrage condemned Dr Rowan William's silence over a ministers support of anti gay laws in Nigeria which make gay unions illegal and ban gay organisations.
Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded
12:00 AM — Due to increasing demand Terrence Higgins Trust has just expanded its sexual health testing services in Wolverhampton.Tests for HIV and hepatitis are available and the public can also drop in for condoms and advice.Testing normally takes place on a Saturday at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices in Bond Street, Wolverhampton every fortnight from 10.30am -1pm.
Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”
12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."
23rd April 2006
Dutch MP condemns Islam’s homophobia
12:00 AM — A Dutch Muslim-born politician has condemned Islam's attitudes to homosexuality and claims that the Netherlands have not done enough to protect gay asylum seekers who face death in their country of origin.Ayaan Hirsi Ali, first gained international attention with a film documenting voilence against women within Islamic societies. Her new film claims that Islam is responsible for a great deal of homophobia.
Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute 14
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive InvestigationA dispute appears to be emerging within the board of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its advisors in regards to their policy on gay issues.Last week PinkNews.co.uk revealed an informal 5 year MCB plan to combat homophobia amongst Muslims and Islamophobia in the gay community, after talking to the group's policy consultant, Muhammed Aziz.
22nd April 2006
Appeal court upholds ban on homophobic t-shirts in US schools 1
12:00 AM — American high schools have been told by an appeal court that they can ban students from wearing t-shirts that can be hurtful to fellow students after a San Diego school banned a pupil from wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that "homosexuality is shameful."Teenager Tyler Harper student sued Poway High School, claiming that banning him from wearing the t-shirt violated his free speech, religious freedom and due process rights.
Spain still supports gay marriage a year on
12:00 AM — Despite it being a predominantly Catholic country, most in Spain believe that introducing gay marriage was right.A survey by the Instituto Opina polling organisation found that 61 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement: "Do you agree or disagree with the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage."On June 30th 2004, Spanish minister of justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar announced legislation to extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples.