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  • 4th May 2006

    Gay candidates await local council results 4

    Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay councillors from across the political spectrum are feeling confident as the local elections reach the halfway stage this afternoon.Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs.

  • 3rd May 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Students join global fight for gay equality

    Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event

    12:00 AM — Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event tomorrow organised by the National Union of Students UK (NUS UK).The One World event, supported by Amnesty International, will take place at the University of Manchester Students' Union. Speakers from various European countries will discuss their own personal experiences of prejudice and discrimination and the steps they are taking to combat this. Students will also view footage of Pride events that have taken place in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

  • Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse

    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 yesterday

    12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.

  • Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7

    Buju Banton has been criticised for homophobic lyrics in his songs

    12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.

  • Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2

    The manufacturer, along with other car companies, is sponsoring a children's section of gay group, The Triangle Foundation's Motor City Pride

    12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.

  • 29th April 2006

    Police forced to intervene in Polish gay rights march

    Over a thousand marchers protested with placards urging the public to “Stop homophobia“

    12:00 AM — Riot police have been forced to intervene in a march for gay tolerance held in the Polish city of Krakow after counter demonstrations from members of far-right youth groups.Police officers reported that several arrests have taken place after members of the rightwing All Poland Youth Group threw stones and eggs at the participants of march for tolerance.

  • 28th April 2006

    Half a century of gay progress 1

    The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up “to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."

  • HIV diagnoses on the rise

    The new figures also indicated that HIV diagnoses reported for the first quarter of 2006 are a fifth higher than those received during the same period in 2005

    12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.

  • 27th April 2006

    Drug offences on the rise

    Home secretary Charles Clarke expressed a commitment to driving down violent crime

    12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.

  • 26th April 2006

    Senator gets death threats over gay marriage support

    Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a  picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating claims that a Senator has been receiving death threats over his support for gay marriage.Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it, attached to a newspaper advert supporting a law to ban gay marriage.

  • Gay group protest “homophobic funding”

    Ernie Fletcher said he approved the funding as it came from coal company severance taxes and not individual taxpayers

    12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in Kentucky has launched a lawsuit against Governor Ernie Fletcher after he supported funding for a university which expelled a gay student last week.The governor approved an $11 million budget for the University of Cumberlands, despite claims from the group that it broke discrimination laws by expelling Jason Johnson after he revealed his sexuality on a website.

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