20th April 2006
Gay school group takes head to court
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday to stop discrimination against students at the Noble Street Charter School who tried to create a gay straight alliance (GSA) student group."Noble Street Charter School has dragged its feet in hopes that the end of the school year would end the desire for a club, but the students have demonstrated that they need and have a right to form a GSA," said James Madigan, staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Midwest regional office in Chicago.
Website brings gays out of the broom closet
12:00 AM — Salem, Massachusetts, long known for its witches, ghosts, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night, is about to become known for another segment of its community, gays and lesbians.Local gay activist Robert Murch, who has helped lead the battle for marriage equality in the Bay State, has launched a website, gaysalem.com, as an innovative way for gays and lesbians living in Salem to be recognised as a contributing factor to the culture of the city.
Pride parade arranged for anti-gay pastor’s home 11
12:00 AM — A Swedish gay rights group is hitting back at a pastor who called homosexuality an abnormality by arranging a pride parade in his home town.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden.
Analysts predict former New York mayor “gay rights” backtrack 1
12:00 AM — Former New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani may renege on his support for gay rights, according to political analysts.Mr Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is "pro gay rights," but now as he attempts to stand as the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he appears to be backtracking on that promise.
19th April 2006
Pro gay Prodi officially announced as Italian PM 2
12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, has been officially declared the winner in the Italian elections by the Supreme Court, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.
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.
Gay community joins Nepal protests
12:00 AM — Nepalese gay groups have joined protests against the country's King Gyanendra.Blue Diamond Society, the only gay rights organisation in Nepal, has joined the opposition to the king, after he sacked the government last year, thus plunging the South Asian country into turmoil.
School chairman apologises for “gay species” remark
12:00 AM — A school board chairman has been forced to apologise after referring to gay people as a "species" during a meeting.The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, which also campaigns for gay rights, had called on Tom Lynch to resign after he called gays a "protected species" in a conversation about the Palm Beach County School Board's anti-harassmnet policy.
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
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.