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  • 4th May 2006

    Brian Paddick to be first gay London Mayor? 2

    Any tips? Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick have a quiet word at the launch of EuroPride 2006

    12:00 AM — Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Mayor elections in 2008, according to reports.Mr Paddick, 47, the Met's most senior gay police officer, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.

  • Gay group welcomes Wendy’s anti-discrimination policy

    Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees

    12:00 AM — Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.The move came after the restaurant chain was put under pressure from gay civil rights group, the Equality Project, and the companies biggest shareholder, the New York City Employees (NCYERS) Retirement Fund.

  • Cameroon holding freed “gay sex” prisoners

    At their initial trial, no witnesses were called and no proof offered by the prosecution,

    12:00 AM — The Cameroonian government has refused to release nine men jailed on charges of homosexuality despite their acquittal, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).The men have been detained in Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for nearly a year after being accused of gay acts.

  • 3rd May 2006

    Gay activists held in Pentagon protest

    The group is touring the nation in an attempt to start a dialogue among institution notorious for their discrimination of the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — Twenty-one members of a cross country tour promoting gay rights to Christian and military colleges were detained at the U.S. Military Academy last week while protesting the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Members of the gay protest group Soulforce Equality Riders were issued citations on the last stop of their 20 campus tour.

  • Homophobia prevalent in US schools

    Over a third (37.8%) of students experienced physical harassment at school on the basis of sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying is still common in American schools, according to a new study from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).The group's 2005 National School Climate Survey (NSCS), the only national survey to document the experiences of students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in America's schools found that three quarters of respondents heard derogatory remarks such as "faggot" or "dyke" frequently, and nearly nine out of ten (89.2%) reported hearing "that's so gay" or "you're so gay," meaning stupid or worthless, often.

  • Opposition ACT group present gay marriage bill 1

    The proposal, from shadow attorney-general, Bill Stefaniak, comes after the ACT government backtracked on its Civil Unions Bill

    12:00 AM — The opposition Party in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has put forward a bill to register partnerships for all sexualities.The proposal, from shadow attorney-general, Bill Stefaniak, comes after the ACT government backtracked on its Civil Unions Bill in reaction to Federal government disapproval.

  • Most gay Americans are out, study claims 1

    Additional findings from the survey include 77% respondents feel legal recognition of same-sex marriage for tax, estate and insurance purposes are extremely important in voting for a candidate

    12:00 AM — A new census conducted annually by the School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York suggests that 97% of gay Americans are out to their families, friends and at work.That statistic, which some activists are suggesting seems unreasonably high, is partnered with several other percentages in the Gay/Lesbian Consumer Census Online, conducted in partnership with the media relations group OpusComm.

  • Mother abducts son to stop him turning gay, court told 1

    Caren Macdonald is accused of custody interference and breaking a restraining order

    12:00 AM — A mother kidnapped her son to stop her ex husband turning him gay, a court has been told.Caren Macdonald is accused of custody interference and breaking a restraining order after taking her 11-year-old child from a Florida school to Costa Rica in 2001.

  • Human rights group claims immigration law discriminates gay couples

    Immigration law is being debated in the US after national protests against recent legislation (Photo: 1115)

    12:00 AM — Thousands of US citizens and their foreign same-sex partners face enormous hardships, separation and even exile because discriminatory US immigration policies deprive these couples of the basic right to be together, according to a report.Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality said in a document released today as Congress debates immigration reforms, that it must end the discrimination that lesbian and gay Americans and their foreign partners endure under US immigration law.

  • Gay doctor paid patient £12,000 after masturbating him 3

    The man claimed that he was put into a trance by the doctor who then masturbated him

    12:00 AM — A gay doctor has been cleared of sexually assaulting and putting a patient into a trance in his surgery. He paid the man "damages" over a two year period.51-year-old Dr Lewis Dickinson who is a GP in Camberwell, south London was accused of sexual assault by a 61-year-old Ghanaian man who can not be named for legal reasons.

  • Lesbianism combats PMS, scientists claim

    Scientists have analysed the difference between straight relationships and lesbian relationships, and discovered that women are more compassionate compared to men (Photo: gina x)

    12:00 AM — Women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome because of men and will find more compassion if in a lesbian relationship, according to a study.Scientists have analysed the difference between straight relationships and lesbian relationships, and discovered that women are more compassionate compared to men who can be unsympathetic about symptoms.

  • Homophobic Moscow protesters arrested

    Homophobic protesters hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow forcing it to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party

    12:00 AM — Thirty nine protesters have been arrested after two nights of violence outside a gay club in Russian capital, Moscow.Riot police were used to control the crowds of right wing and religious activists, and most of those arrested were charged with causing a public disturbance.

  • EU grants gay couples “facilitation”

    European Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini warned governments, particularly in Eastern Europe, that the law is “immediately applicable“

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples will have their relationships "facilitated" across the European Union, according to new laws.The reforms of residency requirements came into effect yesterday and state that gay couples can live anywhere in the European Union and have their rights legally protected, even in countries where there are no same sex partner laws.

  • Almost half of gay Dubliners are victims of homophobic crime

    41 per cent of gay people said that they had been the victims of a homophobic hate crim

    12:00 AM — Almost half of gay Dubliners claim to have experienced either verbal or physical abuse due to the sexuality according to a report published by the government's Equality Authority.41 per cent of the thousand people questioned in the capital, Dublin said that they had been the victims of a homophobic hate crime, defined as "s "any physical or verbal attack where the victim is primarily targeted because of their perceived sexual orientation."

  • Lesbian mum opposes “illegitimate homosexuality” leaflet

    The school principal, Patsy Slaughter, defended the leaflet, which formed part of a three day workshop class but said it would be reconsidered

    12:00 AM — A lesbian mum has expressed anger after her daughter brought home a school sex education pamphlet which branded homosexuality as "contrary to the laws of nature."Angela Williams was shocked when her 12-year old showed her a pamphlet, The Top 10 Questions Teenagers Ask about Sex, which was given to her at Honeysuckle Middle School in Montgomery.

  • Jersey group calls for gay marriage 1

    Progress Jersey is pushing for legal recognition of gays and lesbians in Jersey

    12:00 AM — A Jersey lobby group has launched a campaign for civil partnerships on the Island.Progress Jersey is pushing for legal recognition of gays and lesbians in long term partnerships.A spokesman for the group told the Jersey Evening Post, "I think it's a civil rights issue and we are trying to get a level playing field.

  • Gay couple hope to be elected as councillors together

    James and Brynn Tudor married with a Tudor style wedding

    12:00 AM — The first gay couple to marry in a civil partnership in Birmingham, England are hoping to be the first gay couple to be jointly elected as local councillors.James and Brynn Tudor became the first gay couple in Birmingham to marry last year and they are now both standing as Liberal Democrat candidates in the elections that take place tomorrow. The former is standing for the Chelmsley Wood and later for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward.

  • 10,000 Irish gays missing out on marriage 1

    Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts

    12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed the publication of a new study revealing the number of gays and lesbians who have chosen to marry in countries that uphold marriage equality.Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts, where the constitution forbids the creation of second-class citizens.

  • 2nd May 2006

    Local Labour group accused of “using homophobia to win votes” 3

    Extracts from the South London Press article were then used on the Labour Group's website

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTension is mounting in the upcoming local elections, particularly in Lambeth where a conflict has arisen between the local Labour group and the ruling Liberal Democrats.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Lib Dem councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.

  • Comment: What ever you do, vote for gay rights on Thursday 3

    PinkNews.co.uk urges readers to vote on Thursday 4th May 2006

    12:00 AM — There will be local elections in many parts of England this Thursday and our advice to our readers is that who ever you support, make sure that you vote!In 2006, we the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community are able to support candidates of any of the three major political parties (and the Greens) in 90 per cent of cases.

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