19th April 2006
Italy elects Europe’s first transgender MP 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe official announcement of Romano Prodi's election success in Italy today now means that the gay community can look forward to a possible increase in rights and representation.Signor Prodi has previously promised a civil partnership law and five LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community members have also been elected to Parliament.
Expelled gay student allowed to complete work
12:00 AM — A gay student who was expelled from the University of the Cumberlands after revealing his sexuality on a website, has had his suspension overturned so he can complete his coursework.Jason Johnson, a theatre arts student, has reached an agreement with the school for him to finish his assignments this term.
Human rights group challenges “homosexual conduct” army dismissal
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has challenged the dismissal of a flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for engaging in "homosexual conduct."The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, seeks to forbid Major Margaret Witt's discharge.
Fellowship calls for Christian trial of gay bishop 5
12:00 AM — An Anglican fellowship has launched a national petition to bring charges against gay bishop Gene Robinson and those involved in installing him.The Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC), want to determine, in formal trials, the standing of church law, doctrine and practice.
18th April 2006
Anti-gay minister loses web appeal 5
12:00 AM — Notoriously anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell lost a Supreme Court appeal yesterday of a case that sought to shut down a web site with a similar name but opposing views on gay rights.In the appeal, Mr Falwell claimed a gay man from New York City improperly draws attention to his site by using a common misspelling of his name as the site's domain name.
Mother and trans child in court battle
12:00 AM — A transsexual will face assault charges in court today after allegations she broke her 85-year-old mother's arm.Diane Wells, 52, is accused of misdemeanour assault on her mother last May and is also subject to a civil lawsuit from her siblings who claim she bullied her parent.
Gay activists oppose “vague” anti bullying bill
12:00 AM — Gay groups are protesting a "vague" anti bullying bill which they believe could leave homosexuals open to abuse in Florida schools.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, yesterday in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation.
Anti gay funeral protests limited 2
12:00 AM — Nine US states have introduced laws to impose restrictions on protests at funerals of gay soldiers.Over the last year, church groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church, in Kansas, have picketed funerals of gay soldiers waving signs with slogans such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
Island apologises for homophobic attack 5
12:00 AM — Tourism officials from St Maarten have promised to find and punish the perpetrators of a homophobic attack on two American journalists last month.Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang outside a bar on the Caribbean Island.
Elton John’s thousand dollar clothes sale
12:00 AM — An auction of Elton John's unwanted garments raised over $700,000 (£397, 073) for his AIDs charity last week.The spring clearout, which included items worn by the singer and his partner David Furnish, included designs from Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada as well as Sir Elton's polka-dot suit worn during his controversial performance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammys.
Judge rules against anti gay Christian group
12:00 AM — A US judge has backed a college's policy blocking funding and recognition to a Christian student group which bans gays, lesbians and non Christians.District Judge Jeffrey White ruled in favour of UC Hastings College of Law yesterday in a dispute with the Christian Legal Society at the school.
Protests against “gay friendly” textbook
12:00 AM — Students and teachers in Apple Valley, California launched a protest yesterday against a law to put a "gay friendly" spin in school books.The picketers are calling the legislation, currently awaiting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval, an assault on their ethics and morality.
17th April 2006
Gay Illinois treasurer candidate overseeing lesbian union
12:00 AM — Reverend Dan Rodriguez-Schlorff, the Green Party candidate for the Illinois State Treasurer, will officiate a wedding ceremony uniting two women in a private ceremony in May.The couple first approached Mr Schlorff after hearing him speak at the Matthew Shepard rally last October.
Gay artist donates Brokeback inspired painting
12:00 AM — American artist, Thom Bierdz, has unveiled a major new painting inspired by the dozy embrace scene in gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The impressionistic painting is titled "Brokeback Tree House, Happy Ever After."
Pentagon admits gay surveillance
12:00 AM — The US Department of Defence (DoD) has released documentation confirming government surveillance of groups opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBT) service members, according to a gay legal group.The government's TALON reports were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) in January.
Transgender protection added to Harvard policy
12:00 AM — Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in America, has announced it will be adding gender identity to its non-discrimination policy, safeguarding transgender students and faculty."Harvard's step forward will ensure that its students and staff continue to represent some of the best this country has to offer," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.
No gay marriage for Hong Kong Brits 1
12:00 AM — Gay British nationals in Hong Kong will not be allowed civil partnerships, a consulate spokeswoman announced yesterday.The British consulate office in Hong Kong declared on its website, the Hong Kong government "does not consider it appropriate to agree to the registration of civil partnerships of same-sex couples at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong at present."
State allows gay adoption discrimination
12:00 AM — Catholic adoption agencies in Massachusetts will be allowed to refuse gay couples adoption rights, according to the state's Department of Early Education.Although stopping gay couples adopting comes under anti discrimination laws, the department said there would be no action taken as Governor Mitt Romney is planning legislation to give religious groups an exemption.
Gay travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship
12:00 AM — Atlantis Events, a company specialising in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, has announced it will charter the world's largest passenger ship in January 2007 for a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship will cater for over 3000 passengers with high tech facilities once completed in Finland.
14th April 2006
Race for Gay Games registration 3
12:00 AM — Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games have announced they now have more than 10,000 participants from over 45 countries committed to attending the event in July."With just 100 days to go before the 2006 Gay Games open in Chicago," said Brian McGuinness, Gay Games Chicago executive director, "our registration rates remain ahead of expectations with 12,000 participating athletes and artists expected to march into the 15 July 2006 Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field."