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  • 24th April 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 21st April 2006

    80 years of the Queen 2

    The Queen is 80 today

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTo celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, PinkNews.co.uk looks back at the tremendous changes to the rights of gay people during her lifetime and in particular her illustrious 54 year reign.At her birth on the 21st April 1926 , the then Princess Elizabeth of York would have found a country with a completely different view of homosexuality than we see today, homosexual activities between consenting males was still a serious criminal offence punishable by a spell in prison.

  • Church leader warns diocese against gay bishop

    Two gay candidates are on a shortlist to become  the next bishop in the diocese of California in the next two weeks

    12:00 AM — The diocese of California has been warned not to elect a gay bishop.Frank Giswold, the leader of the US Episcopal church, which is facing expulsion and shafting from the worldwide Anglican communion after the appointment of openly gay minister, Gene Robinson in 2003, has told the diocese of California they would widen the dispute if they did the same.

  • Gay lynching continuing in Iran, report claims 1

    These documents claim to expose the state-sanctioned torture and murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the Iranian clerical regime

    12:00 AM — The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!Mr Forbes's nine-month investigation, published this week by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran.

  • Homophobic crimes down in London

    The reports suggests overall crime is down three percent, bringing the number of crimes committed down to under a million

    12:00 AM — Homophobic crimes in London have dropped over the last five years, according to the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) annual figuresThis year's crime figures revealed by the force show a drop in offences and more cases being solved, including racist, homophobic and domestic incidents.

  • Rights group calls on US to protect gay Iraqis

    The  International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has reacted to a United Nations report that gay Iraqis are increasingly targeted for violent threats, kidnappings, attacks, and murder, by calling on the government to take action.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians in Iraq and take all possible measures to ensure their protection.

  • Legal group describes results of gay adoption restrictions

    The legal group compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organisations and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on gay parenting

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has released a new edition of its publication "Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting"The legal group compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organisations and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on parenting by lesbian and gay men.

  • Russia to consider gay marriage

    Same sex marriage is banned in Russia

    12:00 AM — A Russian politician has ignited an inquiry into the legality of gay marriage by the country's constitutional court.Straight member of the Bashkortostan State Assembly Edvard Murzin had an attempt to marry a gay activist rejected by Russia's Supreme Court in February, but the law banning gay marriage may soon be changed after he appealed the decision.

  • “Memorable” gay adoption introduced in Belgium 1

    Previously only straight couples or single people were allowed to adopt in Belgium

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Belgium are celebrating a "memorable day" as adoption rights were narrowly implemented in law yesterday.Senators in the country's upper house backed the proposal by a vote of 34 to 33 with two abstentions, to become the fifth member of the European Union to allow same-sex couples equal rights in adoption, with the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden.

  • Man found dead in gay sauna

    Police were called to the sauna after a man's body was discovered

    12:00 AM — Police have ended internet speculation over the closure of a gay sauna last week after revealing that a 25- year-old man was found dead in the establishment.The Shoreditch branch of gay sauna chain, Chariots, was closed over the whole Easter bank holiday weekend after a man was found dead in one of the sauna cabins by staff.

  • Boy attacked because of lesbian mum

    She said she was receiving support from local residents and police are investigating the incident

    12:00 AM — An Irish mum spoke has spoken of her anger after her 17-year-old son was attacked because she is a lesbian.Eleanor McManus, from Schull, West Cork, revealed her boy, Erin, is lucky to be alive after he was assaulted after a party last Sunday evening.

  • Gay 9/11 passenger’s mum stands in Moussaoui case

    3,000 people were killed on 11 September 2001 when 19 Al Qaeda hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon, and one into a field in Pennsylvania

    12:00 AM — The mother of a gay 9/11 Flight 93 passenger who tried to overthrow hijackers appeared in the sentencing trial of one of the planners, Zacarias Moussaoui this week.Mark Bingham was on United Flight 93 on 11 September 2001, bound for a collision with the Capitol or the White House, until heroic passengers confronted the terrorists, and the plane crashed onto a Pennsylvania field.

  • 20th April 2006

    Libraries remain open to gay publications

    There have been over 400 complaints about gay material in libraries this year

    12:00 AM — Attempts by conservative groups to remove gay publications from a public library have failed.Trustee Bryce Kurfees from the Upper Arlington Public Library Board attempted to stop the "garbage" of Outlook Weekly and Gay People's Chronicle from being provided in public libraries.

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