10th April 2006
Muslim Council gay rights u-turn “welcomed”
12:00 AM — Revelations that the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has agreed to combat homophobia in the Muslim community have been "warmly welcomed" by OutRage!, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human rights group.MCB policy advisor, Muhammed Aziz, revealed a five-year plan against homophobia in an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last week.
Gay student expelled for ‘promoting sexual behaviour’
12:00 AM — A gay student has been expelled from a Baptist university after revealing his sexuality on an internet blog.Jason Johnson, 20, felt comfortable being gay at the University of Cumberlands as the school's code of conduct only "barred lewd and indecent conduct."
Gay activists arrested
12:00 AM — A group of gay rights activists aiming to highlight religious gay discrimination were accused of trespass and escorted off a university campus yesterdayFive members of Soulforce, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group, were put into a van by police at the Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah after refusing to leave.
Federal MP joins gay marriage row 1
12:00 AM — A Federal Government backbencher has called on Prime Minister John Howard to review his opposition to gay relationships.West Australian Liberal MP, Judi Moylan suggested the government should examine ways of ending same sex discrimination in areas like tax and pensions.
Senator refuses to budget gay bigotry
12:00 AM — A Kentucky State senator has refused to supporting budgeting a university which expelled a student for being gay.Senator Ernesto Scorsone opposed an item proposing support for a pharmacy on the University of Cumberlands campus, where a student was forced to leave after revealing his sexuality on a website.
Over half of New York supports gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Support in New York has steadily grown over the last three years for the right of gay people to marry, according to a poll released today by Empire State Pride Agenda, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation.Conducted by Global Strategy Group in March, the poll found that 53% of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples while 38% do not. These numbers and those from two other polls conducted for the Pride Agenda by Global Strategy Group in 2004 and 2005 track a steady increase in support among New Yorkers on this issue.
7th April 2006
Anti homophobia event to be launched 2
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
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
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”
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
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.
6th April 2006
Dying gay man weds partner in hospital
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.
Community threatened by “gay 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
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
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
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
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.
5th April 2006
Potential president backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A potential candidate for the 2008 US presidency has stated his support for gay marriage.Senator Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections, gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights in reaction to amendments in several states looking to overturn such laws.
Scotland Yard to produce gay census
12:00 AM — Police officers will be asked to declare their sexuality, according to a new paper to be produced by Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair.The policy, which will be presented to the equality committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority, is expected to set out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers in the police force.
Gay candidate running for Hackney Mayor 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay candidate has been unveiled as the Conservative Party's representative for the Hackney mayoral elections in May.Andrew Boff, a runner up in the 2002 local election, will campaign for a council closer to the people and better services.