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  • 9th May 2006

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Massachusetts debates gay marriage ban

    Thomas Reilly's office said the ballot would not overturn previous marriages, it would adjust the constitution so no more gay marriages would take place

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts began to hear views yesterday over calls from some groups to debate banning gay marriage in a 2008 ballot.Lawyers from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) against the proposal from Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said: "Our state constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.'"

  • Jerusalem mayor reluctantly accepts gay pride 23

    Previous gay pride events in the city have been met with petitions and small protests, and last year an orthodox Jew stabbed two participants

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Jerusalem has been told he cannot stop this year's WorldPride event in the capital of Israel.Uri Lupoliansky, an orthodox Jew, opposes the parade, but has been told by a Jerusalem municipality spokesman that he cannot stop it taking place.

  • 4th May 2006

    Bishops attack homophobic Polish station

    Radio Maryja has created controversy for mixing religious broadcasting with anti Jewish and anti gay commentary

    12:00 AM — A group of Polish bishops have set up a council to check on homophobic and anti- Semitic broadcasts from a religious radio station in the country.Radio Maryja has created controversy for mixing religious broadcasting with anti Jewish and anti gay commentary as well as its open support for the ruling Law and Justice Party.

  • Few gay men regret disclosing HIV status 3

    Nearly 16,000 Americans died of AIDS in 2004, with 529,000 AIDS-related deaths since 1981

    12:00 AM — Gay men who are HIV-positive rarely regret revealing their health status to others, according to research.A Ohio State University study, the first of its kind, is being seen as important for clinicians who work with HIV-positive men who are often uncertain whether to tell friends, family, co-workers or others about being diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS.

  • Gay Games director fired 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — The executive director of the Chicago Gay Games has been fired, just 10 weeks before the start of the event.Kevin Boyer, co vice chairman of the event, confirmed that Brian McGuiness has been replaced as the event organiser after he had worked on the scheme for a year.

  • Gay group welcomes Wendy’s anti-discrimination policy

    Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees

    12:00 AM — Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.The move came after the restaurant chain was put under pressure from gay civil rights group, the Equality Project, and the companies biggest shareholder, the New York City Employees (NCYERS) Retirement Fund.

  • Cameroon holding freed “gay sex” prisoners

    At their initial trial, no witnesses were called and no proof offered by the prosecution,

    12:00 AM — The Cameroonian government has refused to release nine men jailed on charges of homosexuality despite their acquittal, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).The men have been detained in Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for nearly a year after being accused of gay acts.

  • Christian lawyers defend Day of Silence protesters

    Half a million students in the US went silent last week to protest the bullying and harassment felt by LGBT students

    12:00 AM — A Christian law practice has filed a lawsuit against Oakmont High School after last week's national Day of Silence when several students were expelled for wearing anti gay t-shirts.Thirteen students came to the school in Sacramento wearing t-shirts saying "Homosexuality is sin. Jesus can set you free," they were given told to remove their shirts or face disciplinary action, and were suspended after refusing to take them off.

  • Cheney’s daughter: Bush must catch up on gay rights

    US Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter has spoken out against President George W Bush

    12:00 AM — US Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter has spoken out against President George W Bush for the first time over his opposition to gay marriage.Mary Cheney, who has often been criticised for remaining silent on Mr Bush's gay policy, has revealed that she considered quitting the 2004 campaign because of the GOP's gay stand.

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