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  • 7th April 2006

    Arizona senator’s son admits to poking broomsticks up younger boys rectums

    One of the defendants is the son of Arizona senate president, Ken Bennett

    12:00 AM — The son of Ken Bennett, president of the Arizona state senate admitted in court earlier this week to assaulting school boys of between the age of 11 and 15 with a broomstick and other items. However, the judge deliberating on the case decided to drop all but one of the 18 charges against him which may result in him avoiding jail.Clifton Bennett, 18, and co-defendant Kyle Wheeler, 19, were not charged with sexual assault but instead have pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

  • CPS gay forum chair arrested

    Will Hollins, credited with setting up a gay forum to promote equality and diversity, is charged with sexual assaults on two men and possessing and supplying cocaine and cannabis

    12:00 AM — The chairman of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network, has been accused of gay sex attacks and drug possession.Will Hollins, credited with setting up a gay forum to promote equality and diversity, is charged with sexual assaults on two men and possessing and supplying cocaine and cannabis.

  • Advisor faces dismissal after lesbian porn revelations

    Her work was revealed after a colleague at LG identified the award winning married worker on a website

    12:00 AM — An insurance firm famous for telling people to save for a rainy day is threatening to sack one of its employees after discovering what she gets up to in her spare time.Michelle Batowski, a customer advisor at Legal General, is facing a disciplinary hearing after workmates found out she had appeared on a lesbian porn show.

  • Bishop calls for universal gay marriage opposition 1

    The minister expressed hope that the Protection of Marriage Amendment would be introduced in the Senate in June

    12:00 AM — A senior US bishop has called on all Roman Catholics to oppose gay marriage by supporting a marriage amendment law.Bishop William Skystad, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said a law protecting marriage was the only way to ban gay unions in the constitution.

  • Anti homophobia event to be launched 2

    IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders

    12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be formally launched this evening, amongst cross party support.IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

  • Fall in public HIV awareness

    The results suggest that around one million people in Great Britain rarely or never use a condom with a new sexual partner

    12:00 AM — The public's knowledge of HIV has fallen despite growing numbers of infections, according to the Nationals AIDs Trust (NAT.)The National AIDS Trust, launched the results of an Ipsos MORI poll today revealing that, despite growing numbers of people infected with HIV, people are often less aware of how HIV is transmitted than they were five years ago.

  • New calls for anti-gay Ford boycott 2

    The Ford Motor Company's policy promises that the company won't discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — An anti gay group is leading a new protest against the Ford motor company because of the manufacturers support for homosexuality.The founder of the American Family Association, along with 28 other pro-family groups, has announced a one-year boycott of Ford over the automaker's support of homosexual-rights groups that promote gay marriage.

  • Police gay census not “political correctness”

    Metropolitan Police chief, Sir Ian Blair presented the policy this week setting out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police Authority's equality chairperson has hit back at claims that plans to ask officers to declare their sexuality are about "political correctness."Metropolitan Police chief, Sir Ian Blair presented the policy this week setting out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers in the police force.

  • Muslim group reveals plan for gay consensus

    Sir Iqbal was accused of homophobia in January after comments on Radio 4

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has been told of a five year plan to combat homophobia in the British Muslim community.Muhammed Aziz, policy advisor to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), told PinkNews.co.uk that significant progress is expected following internal discussions after a productive All Party Parliamentary Group meeting earlier this year, which included the Muslim organisation and gay charity Stonewall.

  • Acid row lesbian jailed 1

    Lawson was jailed for three years by Wood Green Court

    12:00 AM — A woman has been jailed after throwing acid at her lesbian partner who she thought was having an affair.Juliet Lawson, 36, from Enfield, threw a bottle of ammonia at her partner during a row last year, leaving her with burns.The unnamed victim, 37, at first thought she had been scalded by boiling water in the argument and left the house to catch a bus, only to ask the driver to call an ambulance when the acid started to burn her face and back.

  • 6th April 2006

    Community threatened by “gay liaisons”

    Residents claim the Reddish Vale Country Park has become a hotspot for sexual liaisons

    12:00 AM — Picturesque areas of Stockport are being turned into destinations for "dogging" and sexual activity for the gay community, according to local residents.The Tame Valley Defence Group claims that the Reddish Vale Country Park has become a hotspot for sexual liaisons and voyeurism.

  • Gay “proposition” sparks Jamaican riot 1

    The gay man could face charges if found guilty

    12:00 AM — Jamaican students rioted against a gay pupil who had been accused of propositioning a classmate, according to reports.Police attempted to protect and escort the gay man off the University of West Indies campus after he was chased by an angry mob.

  • Lesbian Tory vice chairman tipped for London Mayor campaign 2

    The businesswoman is seen as an ideal representative to portray the Party's “keep it real” image

    12:00 AM — Lesbian Conservative Party vice chairman Margot James has emerged as a potential applicant for the selection of a Tory London mayoral candidate.The Conservatives are holding an open primary which allows anyone to apply to be nominated to contest the position for the 2008 London mayoral election.

  • Gay friendly policies vital in work choices

    Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — A US lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organisation has announced the results of the largest nationwide survey of the gay community.Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community in the first ever attempt to ask how important gay-friendly policies are to where gay people decide to work.

  • Superheroes fighting for gay sexual health

    The procedure is free, quick, straight-forward and will protect those vaccinated from a potentially life-threatening disease

    12:00 AM — A group of sexual health superheroes have donned their capes to fight hepatitis in the gay community, in reaction to figures which show half of London's gay men are not vaccinated against the disease.'The Vaccinators', dressed in their superhero outfits and arriving in their superhero bus, launched the start of the Sorted campaign to encourage gay men to vaccinate against Hepatitis A and B.

  • Homophobic attacker jailed

    Thomas Bampton was labelled a “coward“

    12:00 AM — A man who attacked a gay neighbour leaving him with permanent scars and requiring 114 stitches, has been jailed for five years and 137 days.The homophobic assault took place when Thomas Bampton, 47, who was drunk and high on drugs targeted Stuart Windsor in Blackpool.

  • Dying gay man weds partner in hospital

    Peter Howard  was diagnosed with skin cancer five years ago and doctors warned the condition had got extremely serious, prompting him to arrange his civil union to partner

    12:00 AM — A gay man who has been given a month to live, had a civil partnership ceremony with his boyfriend in hospital today.Peter Howard, 57, was diagnosed with skin cancer five years ago and doctors warned the condition had got extremely serious, prompting him to arrange his civil union to partner, Chris Wells, 32, at short notice.

  • Gay killer has bail application thrown out of court 1

    William Beggs  was jailed for life in 2001

    12:00 AM — The gay "Limbs in the Loch Killer" William Beggs has had his application for bail pending a full hearing of his appeal against his conviction thrown out by a Scottish court.Beggs,42, known as the "Limbs in the Loch Killer," was jailed for life in 2001. He drugged, raped and murdered 18 year-old Barry Wallace before dumping his head in the sea and his limbs and torso into Loch Lomond. He escaped to Amsterdam where he eventually surrendered to police.

  • New law states textbooks must recognise homosexuality

    It would include sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools cannot ignore

    12:00 AM — Schools in California may be legally obliged to teach about the contributions of gay and transgender people, after a bill was passed by the state Senate this week.It would include sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools cannot ignore or discriminate against and must recognise positively in textbooks.

  • Girlfriend strangled because of lesbian past wasn’t first case, court told

    The judge Mr Justice Simon told jurors that the previous convictions didn't mean he had carried out this one

    12:00 AM — A jealous boyfriend accused of strangling his girlfriend in a rage over her lesbian past held similar convictions previously, a court has been told.Steven Wallace, 40, denies the attempted murder of Wendy Brown, 30, but yesterday saw previous convictions of grievous bodily harm read to the jury.

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