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  • 30th March 2006

    Gay activists push for immigrant care

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US

    12:00 AM — Gay groups reacted to America's strong stance on immigration this week by persuading the Senate Judiciary Committee to adopt an amendment that would protect church and charitable groups, from prosecution for providing care to undocumented immigrants.The action essentially rebuffs a controversial House measure passed in December that makes it a felony to provide nonemergency aid to undocumented immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US.

  • Explanation sought for “gay terrorists” incident

    Commentators argue that President Lech Kaczynski, former mayor of Warsaw who banned gay pride parades, could have used the incident to evoke a terrorist threat

    12:00 AM — Poland's opposition party is demanding an explanation for an incident in last year's elections when a bomb hoax was blamed on "gay terrorists."Wojciech Wierzejski, an MP from conservative Catholic party, LPR, told a Polish radio station it is more likely the ruling Law and Justice Party played a part in planting the fake bombs rather than gay organisations as it was originally suggested.

  • Busta Rhymes accused of homophobic attack 4

    Busta Rhymes allegedly shouted at a gay fan

    12:00 AM — The American rap star, Busta Rhymes allegedly lashed out at a young gay fan outside a gay night club in Miami earlier this week.The New York Post claims that the singer has been on edge since his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, was shot dead last month in Brooklyn while guarding Rhymes' jewellery."The restaurant was packed with transvestites, gay men and drag queens, which obviously made Busta a little edgy," eyewitness Thomas Barker told the Post.

  • Euro MPs support gay club protests

    President Kaczynski is being called on to stop the police siege of the club

    12:00 AM — Green Party Euro-MPs have warned of escalating state-sponsored homophobia in Poland after police in Warsaw blockaded 'Le Madame', a hugely popular gay club hosting political and cultural activities.Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas today called on the Polish government to change their "old-fashioned" and "discriminatory policies" and order police to abandon the siege immediately.

  • Shock levels of depression amongst Australian gays

    It is the largest survey of its kind in Australia, encompassing 5500 people

    12:00 AM — High instances of homophobia are causing surprisingly large levels of depression amongst Australia's gay community, according to a study.The findings, similar to reports earlier this week in Northern Ireland, discovered that 90 per cent of gays and lesbian in Australia hide feelings they have towards their partners and over half have been victims of verbal abuse.

  • Pope: No gay marriage negotiations 4

    The pontiff called all other views on marriage harmful and vowed to oppose them

    12:00 AM — The Church's position on gay marriage is "non negotiable," according to the Pope.Pope Benedict XVI has launched a fresh attack on gay marriage and abortion just days before national elections in Italy, stating the Vatican's right to speak out on difficult issues.

  • Gonorrhoea hits black gay community 1

    Health providers have been advised to screen all sexually active black people under 25

    12:00 AM — An increasing number of young black gay Americans are becoming at risk from gonorrhoea, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.The Department published startling statistics which claimed there has been a 100 per cent increase in the sexually transmitted disease amongst teenagers in the gay black community since 2004.

  • 29th March 2006

    Sharon Stone’s Basic Instinct lesbian scenes cut

    The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial

    12:00 AM — Producers of the sequel to Basic Instinct were forced to edit steamy lesbian sex scenes from the new movie after US censors threatened to give the film a restrictive rating.The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial, so on the advice of the ratings board, removed the raunchy material featuring Sharon Stone and French actress Annie Caillon.

  • Teenagers file lawsuit over lesbian expulsion

    The teenagers claim the head teacher believed third-hand information that they were lesbians

    12:00 AM — Two schoolgirls pursuing a lawsuit over their expulsion after an alleged lesbian relationship, were given backing by the Superior Court.Judge Gloria Connor Trask refused to dismiss the claims despite statements from the California Lutheran High School that the institution is a private, religious, organisation and that the case should be refused.

  • Undeveloped HIV drug appears in gay community

    The drug successfully kept the virus from reproducing in trials

    12:00 AM — Scientists are pushing through a new AIDs treatment in reaction to fears that an immunity may be built up after reports of gay men already getting hold of the anti viral drug.Medical experts at the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention believe they have developed a drug which could prevent the spread of HIV, since recently successful tests onmonkeys.

  • Gay man gets family back

    Legal experts predict the case will have a big impact on America's gay community

    12:00 AM — A gay man who had been force to choose between custody of his son or living with his partner has now been given permission to live with both of his loved ones.A Montgomery Court Judge yesterday lifted a 2002 cohabitation ban on Karl Ulf Hedberg, which let him live with his son on the basis that his partner moved out.

  • Polish protests at gay bar closure

    Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building

    12:00 AM — A former gay club in Warsaw which was due to be closed last weekend has been hijacked by 200 peaceful protestors aiming to preserve the "haven of left wing thought."Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building and has no plans to continue using it as a premises for popular gay club and bar, Le Madame.

  • Gay band cop faces prison

    Willis helped write hits such as YMCA and In The Navy

    12:00 AM — The original lead singer of gay icon's The Village People, is facing five years in prison over cocaine and gun charges in the US.Victor Willis, appeared on stage as the cop between 1977 and 1980 along with a sailor, a cowboy, an Indian, a leather enthusiast and a construction worker, but now he has found himself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested in San Francisco when cocaine was found in his car.

  • Town rallies to support gay hostage 1

    Residents of Sault Ste. Marie, are welcoming back James Loney

    12:00 AM — Due to an influx of traffic regarding an earlier report on the return of hostage, James Loney, from Iraq, PinkNews.co.uk is delighted to acknowledge the overwhelming and heartfelt support from the peacemaker's hometown on our message boards.Residents of Sault Ste. Marie, are welcoming back James Loney, after his return from captivity since November 2005.

  • Moscow mayor asked to “review” gay pride ban

    Russia takes presidency of the Council 10 days before the parade is due

    12:00 AM — The Council of Europe has called on the mayor of Moscow to reinstate the city's gay pride parade.President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council, Giovanni di Stasi asked Yuri Luzhkov to "review," his policy and allow the gay community to march in Russia in May as it is an entitlement according to human rights conventions of free expression and protection from discrimination.

  • Police officer’s gay internet jibes

    There are reportedly four officers involved

    12:00 AM — US police officers are facing disciplinary procedures over homophobic and discriminatory internet postings on a popular website.Photos and offensive comments were uploaded onto internet community site, MySpace, where the users called each other gay and disabled in a derogatory manner, it is believed that these actions broke the Lexington police force's disciplinary code.

  • Gay blood welcomed in Portugal

    Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors  irrelevant

    12:00 AM — The Portuguese gay community are now free to donate blood, after officials announced new blood screening tests last weekend.Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors as irrelevant after the introduction of new technology which will help detect HIV infected blood.

  • Handbook to promote gay health issues

    The book aims to end stereotypes of looking at diseases based on sexual orientation and encourages looking at patients individually

    12:00 AM — A research specialist is hoping to improve knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues amongst health providers in a recently published handbook.Michael Shankle a sexual orientation and health expert at the Pennsylvania Prevention Project edited The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service to prepare medical professionals for when they deal with the gay community.

  • American TV networks ban pro-gay Church adverts

    The church has spent $1.5m on the campaign

    12:00 AM — Citing policies to refuse controversial or religious advertising, all for major television networks in the United States have refused to air a gay-friendly advertisement for the United Church of Christ.A 30-second commercial for the church showing a gay couple, a single mother and a disabled man flying out of their pews as an unidentified hand pushed a red "ejector" button" will begin airing on cable networks and Spanish-language channels in April.

  • 28th March 2006

    Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award. 5

    Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award.

    12:00 AM — "Finally an award that means something," sighed Ang Lee happily as Brokeback Mountain claimed a gong in New York.In it's 17th annual awards, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) named the "gay cowboy movie" it's top film of the year.The writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several years, hosted the glamorous evening at the Manhattan Hotel, and presenters included Michael Douglas and Sandra Bernhard.

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