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  • 20th April 2006

    Pride parade arranged for anti-gay pastor’s home 11

    Ake Green  delivered a fiery anti-gay sermon that triggered a legal battle testing the limits of Sweden's freedom of speech

    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

    Rudolph Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is “pro gay rights”

    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.

  • Californian LGBT Ministry opens way for gay bishop

    Oasis/California commended the report of the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for its commitment to “maintain the highest degree of communion possible“

    12:00 AM — A report issued recently by the Episcopal Church does not bar election of the best candidate as bishop of the Diocese of California whether or not that person is lesbian, straight, or gay, the leader of the diocese's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ministry, Oasis/California, has announced."Of most interest to the Diocese of California is the report's call for 'nominating committees, electing conventions, Standing Committees, and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise very considerable caution in the nomination, election, consent to, and consecration of bishops whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion,'" Oasis/California president Rev John Kirkley said.

  • 19th April 2006

    Human rights group challenges “homosexual conduct” army dismissal

    The US army operates a “Don't Ask Don't Tell“ policy when it comes to gay recruits

    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

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Anglican Bishop

    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

    King Gyanendra dismissed the Nepalese government in February 2005

    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

    A human rights group had called on school board chairman Tom Lynch to resign after he called gays a “protected species”

    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.

  • Pro gay Prodi officially announced as Italian PM 2

    Romano Prodi's appointment was confirmed by the SkyTG24 news channel

    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

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno,  Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she.'

    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

    University president Jim Taylor said information the student posted on a website went against university rules

    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.

  • 18th April 2006

    Anti-gay minister loses web appeal 5

    Mr Falwell claimed a gay man from New York City improperly draws attention to his site by using a common misspelling of his name

    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

    Diane Wells' attorney, Mel Sachs, claims the charges were made up by her siblings

    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

    Gay groups claim it fails to specifically highlight the most vulnerable students such as gays and minorities

    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

    The new law states that demonstrators must remain a certain distance from the funeral

    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

    Mr Jefferson, 51, initially criticised the police's lazy attitude after Mr Smith was left with brain damage in the attack

    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

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised over $90 million dollars since 1992

    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

    The Christian Legal Society claims that the refusal violates freedom of speech and religion

    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

    The bill would also add lesbian and gay people to California history lessons

    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 travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship

    Freedom of the Seas will be the 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.

  • Gay Illinois treasurer candidate overseeing lesbian union

    The couple will marry legally in Canada, where same-sex unions were decriminalised five years ago

    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.

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