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  • 10th April 2006

    Governor criticises gay law amendment

    Mr Kaine refused to sign the bill stating it would have negative consequences for all unmarried couples

    12:00 AM — A Democratic Virginia Governor has promised to vote against a constitutional amendment that would formally ban gay marriage.Mr Kaine refused to sign the bill stating it would have negative consequences for all unmarried couples in the state.

  • Give gay Jews marriage rights, rabbi says 1

    The Jewish Conservative movement in America has agreed to discuss gay marriage rights

    12:00 AM — Jewish gay marriage should be supported whether or not the Conservative moment agrees, according to a US rabbi.Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a scholar at the Temple Emanuel, New England, told congregants in a sermon, that tradition should not be a stumbling block to "textual interpretations."

  • Senator refuses to budget gay bigotry

    Senator Ernesto Scorsone opposed an item proposing support for a pharmacy on the University of Cumberlands campus

    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.

  • Group declares gay bar demo a success

    The building was purchased by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views

    12:00 AM — A demonstration against the closure of a political, cultural and gay club was labelled a "big political success" by organisers yesterday.Around 1000 people including political and cultural figures, as well as gay groups, turned up to oppose the closure of Le Madame in Warsaw, Poland.

  • Over half of New York supports gay marriage 1

    New York does not currently recognise gay marriage

    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.

  • Censorship row hits Canadian gay pride

    The problem was revealed at the InterPride conference last weekend, when Bob Fougere, a gay parent, said his teenage grandson refuses to attend the parades because of the nudity.

    12:00 AM — Gay pride organisers in Canada have revealed problems with arrangements after some participants have complained about a lack of inclusive family events.Pride planners do not want to censor behaviour but also want to make everyone feel comfortable to attend.

  • San Francisco is most gay city but is also home to high HIV rates

    25.8 per cent of the gay male population is infected with the HIV virus

    12:00 AM — New statistics released by the San Francisco Department of Public Heath suggest that the city has the highest percentage of gay men in the world and that a quarter of them are HIV positive."Despite an overall loss in the population in San Francisco in the last five years, we think there has been an absolute gain in gay men," William McFarland, head of HIV/AIDS statistics at San Francisco's Department of Public Health, said in an interview. "From all the data I have seen ... it's the gayest city in the world."

  • Gay killer escapes jail for second time

    He was given a life sentence for second degree murder in 1989

    12:00 AM — A Canadian man serving a life sentence for stabbing his gay lover to death, is on the run for the second time.Andre Seguin, 41, has been allowed out for the day to take part in a volunteer work programme, but did not return to the minimum security penitentiary in Quebec.

  • 7th April 2006

    Gay birds duck female advances

    The Swedish shelducks have ignored calls from female ducks

    12:00 AM — Two male ducks are driving park keepers and their female counterparts quackers by refusing the advances of the opposite sex for each other.The Swedish shelducks have ignored calls from lady ducks over the last three years and appear to deliberately stick together.

  • Rhode Island considers gay marriage law

    Sponsors of the legislation have high hopes the bill will go to a vote

    12:00 AM — Rhode Island officials are considering a new marriage equality bill.Sponsors of the legislation have high hopes the bill will go to a vote and eventually be passed, despite failing to push it through both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the last ten years.

  • Whitney Houston’s “lesbian flings” 16

    Tina Brown claims the artist has had a series of steamy same sexual affairs

    12:00 AM — Singer Whitney Houston had cocaine fuelled lesbian sexual encounters, according to her sister-in law.Tina Brown claims the artist has had a series of steamy same sex affairs which her brother, Bobby Brown, Houston's husband, allegedly has been aware of.

  • Gay “greed” killer jailed

    Schlensker, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday and was sentenced to life in prison

    12:00 AM — A court has rejected a gay man's claims that he killed his lover because he wanted to escape the homosexual lifestyle.The court and police dismissed Eric Schlensker's account and said he murdered and robbed Larry Lewis through greed.Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Anne Flanagan said: "The victim had a loving relationship with the suspect, but unfortunately it wasn't reciprocated."

  • Six men convicted of homophobic attack

    Judge Michael Vigil told Maturin and Medina that they would undergo psychological examinations in the sate prison

    12:00 AM — Six men have been convicted of the homophobic attack of two gay men in Santa Fe, New Mexico.James Maestas, 22, and Joshua Stockham, 24, were attacked on the evening of the 27th February 2005 in the car park of a local motel. Mr Maestas was left in a comatose state for eight days whilst his friend Mr Stockham suffered from minor injuries. Mr Maestas told the court that he had to learn how to walk again and how to cope with everyday activities such as dressing himself.

  • Gay cruise director’s Mickey Mouse role

    The cruise, which is featured in an HBO documentary,  called All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise, provides discussion groups on adoption, artificial insemination, surrogacy, and other topics of particular interest to gay families

    12:00 AM — Lesbian US comedian and TV presenter, Rosie O'Donnell, has compared herself to Mickey Mouse.O'Donnell, who launched the first cruise for gay and lesbian families in America, says she feels like she is putting in a Disney style performances when welcoming passengers onto the ship which travels from New York to the Bahamas.

  • Baywatch’s Carmen Electra makes waves at lesbian event

    Fans went crazy at the Palm Springs event, which has turned into an annual lesbian gathering

    12:00 AM — Baywatch babe Carmen Electra says she "only wants to perform for lesbians" after wowing fans with her dance group at the Dinah Shore Golf Classic in California last weekend.Fans went crazy at the Palm Springs event, which has turned into an annual lesbian gathering, when Electra's band took to the stage.

  • Arizona senator’s son admits to poking broomsticks up younger boys rectums

    One of the defendants is the son of Arizona senate president, Ken Bennett

    12:00 AM — The son of Ken Bennett, president of the Arizona state senate admitted in court earlier this week to assaulting school boys of between the age of 11 and 15 with a broomstick and other items. However, the judge deliberating on the case decided to drop all but one of the 18 charges against him which may result in him avoiding jail.Clifton Bennett, 18, and co-defendant Kyle Wheeler, 19, were not charged with sexual assault but instead have pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

  • Prison officer punished for Brokeback screening

    The film was shown two days after its DVD release in the US

    12:00 AM — A prison officer is facing punishment for arranging a screening of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The unnamed officer from a Norfolk prison in Massachusetts is accused of breaking prison guidelines because of the "graphic nature of sexually explicit scenes."

  • Actress recognised for gay work 1

    Charlize Theron, was honoured for  increasing “visibility and understanding“ of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — She's played a lesbian serial killer in Monster and previously refused to marry her boyfriend until same sex marriage was legalised in America, and now actress Charlize Theron has deservingly been given an award for raising issues of the gay community.Theron, was honoured for increasing "visibility and understanding" of homosexuality, at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards in Los Angeles last weekend.

  • Brokeback cowboy becomes the Godfather

    The pair reportedly refer to each other as “best friends”

    12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain's gay cowboy's Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal have found a way of becoming closer in real life.Gyllenhaal has been suggested as a possible godfather for Ledger's six-month-old daughter, Matilda Rose.

  • New calls for anti-gay Ford boycott 2

    The Ford Motor Company's policy promises that the company won't discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation

    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.

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