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  • 26th April 2006

    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.

  • California to protect its older gay members 1

    Mark Leno is a gay assembly member

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in California are welcoming a new law which could ensure better facilities for elderly members of the gay community.The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care passed a bill that would require the California Department of Aging to ensure that a variety of programmes and services targeted to elders account for the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors.

  • Irish PM welcomes gay candidates

    Bertie Ahern said he would welcome gay candidates in his Party

    12:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, has opened the way for more gay ministers in his Fianna Fail Party, according to gay campaignersThe Taoiseach said he would be "very happy" to see openly gay candidates at the next election in an interview with an Irish gay magazine.

  • Lesbian appeals decision to refuse her infertility treatment

    The doctors claim a right not to comply with California's civil rights law because they are fundamentalist Christians and they object to treating a lesbian patient the same way they treat other patients

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group, Lambda Legal, has asked the California Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing doctors to refuse infertility treatment to a lesbian patient.The group claim Guadalupe Benitez was refused support based on their religious beliefs and because of her sexuality.

  • Anti gay church slams poet 2

    Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church, reacted to a poem written by Irish poet, Desmond Egan called Understanding God Took Quickly in Topeka

    12:00 AM — Ireland is a "land of sodomite dandies," according to a US church which has attacked a local poet for criticising it.Fred Phelps, the leader of Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church, reacted to a poem written by Irish poet, Desmond Egan called Understanding God Took Quickly in Topeka.

  • New Zealand civil unions branded a “waste of time”

    Only 458 couples have opted for civil unions in New Zealand

    12:00 AM — The introduction of civil unions in New Zealand have been branded as a "waste of time" after only 458 gay and straight couples have chosen to civil unions over 20,000 straight couples who opted for marriages.New Zealand introduced civil unions a year ago today for both gay and straight couples although only straight couples are entitled to marry under the legislation within the Marriage Act. National Party MP Bill English, who opposed them said: "It was largely a waste of time."

  • Florida schools to target gay bullying

    The approved change now means every school district in Florida will have to adopt an anti bullying policy

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Florida are claiming victory after state representative Ellyn Bogdanooff added homophobia to school bullying categories.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation on school bullying last week.

  • Students go silent for gay rights

    The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs

    12:00 AM — Half a million students in the US will stop talking today to protest the bullying and harassment felt by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs with an anticipated 500,000 students in 4,000 schools across the country.

  • Gay group looks to be top of Australian politics

    The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off

    12:00 AM — A South Australian gay group has called on the new parliament to put same sex couple recognition on the political agenda when it reconvenes tomorrow.The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off after a Same Sex Relationships Bill was the last debate in the previous sitting.

  • Critics blast Elton John musical

    Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical has been crucified by critics after its Broadway premiere last night.It is "beyond rescue" according to trade newspaper Variety and the New York Times dubbed it a "musical sleeping pill," despite many parts being changed from its San Francisco run, which also got poor reviews.

  • 25th April 2006

    Film to raise awareness of Crystal Meth dangers to gay community 5

    The film Tweakers is based on the book by author Frank Sanello who examined how crystal-meth abuse is reaching epidemic proportions amongst the gay community

    12:00 AM — Tweakers, a film about the crystal-meth epidemic and the lives it destroys, has gained official support by the West Hollywood City Council, after a motion introduced by Councilmember John Duran was unanimously approved."Projects like 'Tweakers' are very important because they deliver a warning message to those who are thinking about using this drug and to those who are already addicted to it in a way that is direct yet not confrontational," said Mr Duran, who himself is in recovery.

  • Homophobic “Crips” attacker sentenced

    The former construction worker was attacked by a gang including Pomie last June

    12:00 AM — A New York man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after a homophobic attack which left his victim in a coma and now needing a cane to walk.Steven Pomie, 23, was found guilty of first degree assault on Dwan Prince, 28, who was beaten so badly that his whole left side is paralysed and he cannot remember the attack.

  • Gay group supports campaign to clear homophobic preacher

    Gay groups have backed plans to clear the name of anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond

    12:00 AM — A campaign by the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland to clear the name of the late anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond, has been backed by gay groups.Mr Hammond was arrested and fined for public order offences in 2002 after holding signs up in Bournemouth which said "Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism," he then died in 2003.

  • Sir Elton tells George Michael to swallow his pride

    Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him if he does not get help.He reacted to claims from the former Wham lead singer on the Parkinson show that he was the cause of his problems.The gay star was appearing on US talk show, Ellen, he said: "They always know that I will be there to help them.

  • Sentence delay for gay reality show winner

    Richard Hatch won reality TV show Survivor

    12:00 AM — Sentencing has been delayed for the openly gay winner of Survivor's first season, who was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings and other income.Richard Hatch, 45, who graced the cover of The Advocate and became something of a gay icon following his first season win, was expected to be sentenced this month. Sentencing has now been delayed until May 16, according to the Dallas Voice.

  • Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community

    US President at a recent meeting with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently declared homosexual practice is “unBiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican“

    12:00 AM — A Nigerian human rights activist is standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's negative laws on gay rights.With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and "oppressive piece of anti-gay legislation."

  • Suspected homophobic attack in Brazil

    There have been a spate of attacks but skinhead gangs in Brazil

    12:00 AM — Four people were attacked last weekend in a suspected homophobic assault in Brazil where an increasing spate of incidents are being perpetrated by gangs of skinheads.A man was stabbed several times and three others were targeted on a street where several gay bars are located in Rua da Consolacao, Sao Paulo, according to police.

  • Elton John’s Vampire musical to see daylight

    Sir Elton John, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical will hit the stage tonight.Lestat, a story based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, is to open on Broadway this evening written by the gay superstar.Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance at the Palace Theatre in New York following a stint in San Francisco.

  • Vatican bans church service for gays 1

    Vatican officals have banned a service for gay Catholics

    12:00 AM — The Vatican has banned a service for gay Catholics at a church in Bavaria due to its close proximity to a gay pride festival being held in the area.Josef Heigl, vicar general for the diocese of Augsburg told the Reuters news agency that the Vatican had stopped the service, which has been taking place during the Christopher Street Day gay festival since 1999, to allay fears that it might give the impression that the Catholic Church endorsed gay rights.

  • Parents may sue school over gay book 1

    The book, “King  King,” where a prince marries a fellow prince instead of a princess, was used in a lesson teaching different types of weddings

    12:00 AM — A parents' group in Massachusetts is planning to sue a local school for using a book that portrays gay marriage.The Parents Rights Coalition believe the law is being abused and claim their children are being indoctrinated.A statement from the group described the experience of Robin Wirthlin, a mother who complained to the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School after her 7 year old son was provided with the book in class.

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