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  • 25th April 2006

    Gay group supports campaign to clear homophobic preacher

    Gay groups have backed plans to clear the name of anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond

    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.

  • Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community

    US President at a recent meeting with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently declared homosexual practice is “unBiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican“

    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."

  • Sentence delay for gay reality show winner

    Richard Hatch won reality TV show Survivor

    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.

  • Vatican bans church service for gays 1

    Vatican officals have banned a service for gay Catholics

    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.

  • Suspected homophobic attack in Brazil

    There have been a spate of attacks but skinhead gangs in Brazil

    12:00 AM — Four people were attacked last weekend in a suspected homophobic assault in Brazil where an increasing spate of incidents are being perpetrated by gangs of skinheads.A man was stabbed several times and three others were targeted on a street where several gay bars are located in Rua da Consolacao, Sao Paulo, according to police.

  • Parents may sue school over gay book 1

    The book, “King  King,” where a prince marries a fellow prince instead of a princess, was used in a lesson teaching different types of weddings

    12:00 AM — A parents' group in Massachusetts is planning to sue a local school for using a book that portrays gay marriage.The Parents Rights Coalition believe the law is being abused and claim their children are being indoctrinated.A statement from the group described the experience of Robin Wirthlin, a mother who complained to the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School after her 7 year old son was provided with the book in class.

  • Homophobic pensioner gets restraining order

    Scanes is still allowed to live in the same street as the couple, the court decided

    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.

  • 24th April 2006

    Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded

    The aim of the service is to provide an alternative testing environment for people who are not able to access services during the normal working day

    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”

    Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it “may be considered offensive”

    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."

  • Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”

    Dr Williams refused to comment on Reverend Peter Akinola's support for the anti-gay law

    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.

  • Students sue for religious right to condemn homosexuality 2

    Their main aim is to make university  give more recognition to religious viewpoints

    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

    PinkNews.co.uk reported at the beginning of the month that Bertie Ahern had announced plans to introduced gay marriage laws

    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

    The result is seen as a victory for human rights in Cameroon

    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

    Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the gay adoption issue

    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

    News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to DJ Masterstepz

    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

    Mayor Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe regarding homophobia

    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.

  • 23rd April 2006

    Dutch MP condemns Islam’s homophobia

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali condemed Islam's attitudes towards homosexuality

    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

    PinkNews.co.uk last week revealed informal MCB talks regarding gay rights in reaction to Sir Iqbal Sacranie's Radio 4 comments

    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

    The court found that the t-shirt was hurtful

    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

    61% support gay and lesbian weddings

    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.

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