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  • 11th May 2006

    Baby One More Time: Gay icon Britney Spears is pregnant 4

    Britney Spears will now have to delay her comeback tour

    12:00 AM — Gay icon, Britney Spears is pregnant.The singer is expecting her second child with husband Kevin Federline.Spears, who gave birth to a son, Sean Preston, last year, revealed the news on The Tonight Show, she told host David Letterman, "Don't worry, Dave, it's not yours."

  • 10th May 2006

    Gay domestic partners given benefits

    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich this week issued an executive order extending domestic partnership benefits to all state employees

    12:00 AM — Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich this week issued an executive order extending domestic partnership benefits to all state employees under the authority of the governor's office.Illinois is America's 13th state, and the third largest to adopt domestic partnership benefits for a major segment of its state employee population.

  • Syphilis Rates Soar in Gay and Bisexual Men

    Nearly two-thirds of all the new syphilis cases in 2004 were in men who had engaged in homosexual activity, according to the CDC

    12:00 AM — The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report that despite steady declines in syphilis rates among African Americans, women and babies between 1999 and 2004, overall numbers continued to rise driven by a dramatic jump in infections among gay and bisexual men.Nearly two-thirds of all the new syphilis cases in 2004 were in men who had engaged in homosexual activity, according to the CDC. That same group made up just 5% of new infections in 1999, the report said.

  • US states introduce transgender protections

    Hawaii and Vermont, have in the past week introduced laws to include, protect and support transgender people

    12:00 AM — Two US states have made historic strides in protecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people.Hawaii and Vermont, have in the past week introduced laws to include, protect and support transgender people.Hawaii's second transgender-inclusive bill passed into law, followed by an expansive non-discrimination bill in Vermont clearing the Legislature, positioning Vermont to become the ninth state in America to make discriminatory practices based on gender identity or expression illegal.

  • 9th May 2006

    Homosexuality linked to biology 1

    Volunteers were tested to see how they reacted to hormones such as female pheromones

    12:00 AM — Scientists have found more evidence suggesting sexuality is biologically determined, adding weight to arguments that homosexuality is natural.Researchers from the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden, discovered that the brains of lesbians responded to known as sexual hormones differently to heterosexual women.

  • Church allows gay membership ban

    Leaders in Virginia argued that Mr Johnson's actions violated the denomination's pledge of openness to anyone seeking Christ

    12:00 AM — The United Methodist Church's high-court is refusing to reconsider an earlier ruling that allowed a Virginia minister to deny a man church membership because he is gay.According to the Associated Press, the 5 to 4 ruling was handed down yesterday by the Judicial Council, saying there was no basis to revisit the case.

  • Human rights group move against gay marriage law change 1

    With a Senate vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign's fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment has hit full swing as the date for the Senate vote approaches.With a vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign in the press targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, urged more than 250,000 fair-minded Americans to act against the amendment.

  • Gay fear mother found guilty of custody interference 1

    The boy, now 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said his mother told him to lie at the custody hearing about being molested

    12:00 AM — A mother who kidnapped her son in fear that her ex husband would turn him gay, has been found guilty of interfering with custody of the child and breaking a restraining order.The jury of four women and two men took just an hour to find 50-year-old Caren Macdonald guilty.

  • Caribbean homophobic attack victims speak out 5

    A male and female St Maarten resident were arrested last weekend over the homophobic attacks

    12:00 AM — The family of one of the producers attacked in the Caribbean last month have spoken of their shock at how the homophobic assault has affected him.Ryan Smith, 25, a top producer with the David Letterman show and CBS news, has been left with speech and writing problems as well as surgical scars.

  • Canadian band release gay marriage song

    The Habit has summed up their challenge to Mr Harper in the song Fighter

    12:00 AM — Canadian indie-pop band The Habit has a message for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, don't make Canadians fight for their right to marry, again.The Habit has summed up their challenge to Mr Harper in the song Fighter, which they are releasing today in an internet-exclusive launch.

  • Gay cannibal handed murder conviction

    The defendant's lawyer admitted to the Berlin court that his client had a fetish for human flesh but insisted he posed no threat to society

    12:00 AM — A German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been sentenced to life in prison for murder today after a judge ordered a retrial deeming his earlier sentence too lenient.Armin Meiwes, 44, was initially only found guilty of manslaughter after killing Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, in 2004, on the basis that his victim was a willing partner.

  • 8th May 2006

    Human rights group call for action against homophobia

    The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in Moscow, Russia

    12:00 AM — Moscow authorities must investigate two incidents where protestors threatened and attacked people entering and leaving gay-friendly bars, according to Human Rights Watch.The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in a letter to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, which also calls for an end to the threatened ban on Russia's first planned gay pride parade, scheduled for May 27.

  • California church avoids gay row

    There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church in California has avoided a row over homosexuality after choosing a heterosexual bishop to become its next minister.There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist for a new bishop.

  • Gay hate crimes bill fails

    The bill was abandoned in the Senate so that a sex offenders register could pass

    12:00 AM — A change in the law that would have added homosexuality to federal laws regarding hate crime has been abandoned.The bill, being pushed by Senator Ted Kennedy, had to be dropped after Republicans threatened to block a more high profile sex offender bill and blame it on him and gay activists.

  • Hitler was gay, book claims

    Itzik Cohen, best known for his roles as drag queens plays a gay Adolf Hitler in the Israeli production of The Producers

    12:00 AM — Adolf Hitler may have been gay, according to a new book.The publication, Adolf Hitler: The Final Analysis, by physician, Andrew Norman, studies how the leader of Nazi Germany's mental and physical state affected his judgement and conduct as he led the country into Word War Two.

  • Tennis ace slams Czech president’s gay veto 1

    Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 40 Grand Slam doubles titles and the women's singles title at Wimbledon a record 9 times

    12:00 AM — Czech Tennis star, Martina Navratilova has criticised her home country's president, Vaclav Klaus for being anti-gay.In February Mr Klaus vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.

  • Friends star avoids trans sex change programme 1

    Courtney Cox has avoided having her family's private matters exposed in public

    12:00 AM — Actress Courtney Cox has avoided having her family's private matters exposed in public, quite literally.Her brother in law, transsexual Alexis Arquette, sibling of Cox' husband, David Arquette, was set to have a sex change operation live on television.

  • Paris Hilton: ‘I want a gay boyfriend’ 7

    Paris Hilton who split up with her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos says she'd rather have a gay boyfriend

    12:00 AM — Simple Life star Paris Hilton who split up with her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos says she'd rather have a gay boyfriend as they take more care in their appearance.The star told Out magazine in America: "Gay guys are more fun andthey dress better and they're usually hotter.

  • 5th May 2006

    Legal group fights for gay benefits in New York

    Lambda Legal argued in court today that state and local government agencies, municipalities, and private businesses across the state are respecting out-of-state marriages

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of New York in Nassau County in a lawsuit today on behalf of a retired Nassau County teacher who was denied spousal benefits for his same-sex spouse."Duke Funderburke helped to educate a generation of New Yorkers over the course of his 25 years as a teacher," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney and lead attorney on the case.

  • Congress member signs bill against Pentagon’s gay policy 5

    Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation

    12:00 AM — California Democratic Representative, Susan Davis has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation.

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