25th April 2006
Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community
12:00 AM — A Nigerian human rights activist is standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's negative laws on gay rights.With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and "oppressive piece of anti-gay legislation."
Suspected homophobic attack in Brazil
12:00 AM — Four people were attacked last weekend in a suspected homophobic assault in Brazil where an increasing spate of incidents are being perpetrated by gangs of skinheads.A man was stabbed several times and three others were targeted on a street where several gay bars are located in Rua da Consolacao, Sao Paulo, according to police.
Elton John’s Vampire musical to see daylight
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical will hit the stage tonight.Lestat, a story based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, is to open on Broadway this evening written by the gay superstar.Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance at the Palace Theatre in New York following a stint in San Francisco.
Vatican bans church service for gays 1
12:00 AM — The Vatican has banned a service for gay Catholics at a church in Bavaria due to its close proximity to a gay pride festival being held in the area.Josef Heigl, vicar general for the diocese of Augsburg told the Reuters news agency that the Vatican had stopped the service, which has been taking place during the Christopher Street Day gay festival since 1999, to allay fears that it might give the impression that the Catholic Church endorsed gay rights.
Parents may sue school over gay book 1
12:00 AM — A parents' group in Massachusetts is planning to sue a local school for using a book that portrays gay marriage.The Parents Rights Coalition believe the law is being abused and claim their children are being indoctrinated.A statement from the group described the experience of Robin Wirthlin, a mother who complained to the Joseph Estabrook Elementary School after her 7 year old son was provided with the book in class.
Homophobic pensioner gets restraining order
12:00 AM — A pensioner has been given a restraining order stopping him going within 100 metres of a gay couple.Dennis Scanes, 66, had waged a seven month homophobic hate campaign against Kevin Whitburn and Andrew Brown as well as Mr Whitburn's mother.
Film to raise awareness of Crystal Meth dangers to gay community 5
12:00 AM — Tweakers, a film about the crystal-meth epidemic and the lives it destroys, has gained official support by the West Hollywood City Council, after a motion introduced by Councilmember John Duran was unanimously approved."Projects like 'Tweakers' are very important because they deliver a warning message to those who are thinking about using this drug and to those who are already addicted to it in a way that is direct yet not confrontational," said Mr Duran, who himself is in recovery.
Homophobic “Crips” attacker sentenced
12:00 AM — A New York man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after a homophobic attack which left his victim in a coma and now needing a cane to walk.Steven Pomie, 23, was found guilty of first degree assault on Dwan Prince, 28, who was beaten so badly that his whole left side is paralysed and he cannot remember the attack.
Gay group supports campaign to clear homophobic preacher
12:00 AM — A campaign by the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland to clear the name of the late anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond, has been backed by gay groups.Mr Hammond was arrested and fined for public order offences in 2002 after holding signs up in Bournemouth which said "Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism," he then died in 2003.
Sir Elton tells George Michael to swallow his pride
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him if he does not get help.He reacted to claims from the former Wham lead singer on the Parkinson show that he was the cause of his problems.The gay star was appearing on US talk show, Ellen, he said: "They always know that I will be there to help them.
Sentence delay for gay reality show winner
12:00 AM — Sentencing has been delayed for the openly gay winner of Survivor's first season, who was found guilty in January of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings and other income.Richard Hatch, 45, who graced the cover of The Advocate and became something of a gay icon following his first season win, was expected to be sentenced this month. Sentencing has now been delayed until May 16, according to the Dallas Voice.
24th April 2006
Students sue for religious right to condemn homosexuality 2
12:00 AM — Two religious students are taking their college to court over the right to speak out against homosexuality.Orit Sklar and Ruth Malhorta, a Jew and a Christian, are suing the Georgia Institute of Technology, claiming their religious freedom is limited by a ban on criticising gay issues.
Robin Williams questions gay rumours 4
12:00 AM — Hollywood star Robin Williams has insisted he isn't gay despite several men claiming to have slept with him.The actor said he would like to meet the people who say he is gay because it is a part of his life which he cannot remember.
Cameroonians acquitted over gay charges
12:00 AM — Nine men arrested for gay acts in Cameroon have been freed, according to a gay human rights group.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) claims the men detained for homosexuality in Cameroon have been acquitted of all charges, in what is being called a major human rights victory in the country.
Amsterdam mayor pushes gay rights
12:00 AM — The mayor of Amsterdam has called on Europe's capitals to embrace gay rights.Job Cohen wrote a letter to eight over capitals in Europe including Warsaw, Prague, Lisbon, Dublin and Vienna , warning against homophobia.
23rd April 2006
Dutch MP condemns Islam’s homophobia
12:00 AM — A Dutch Muslim-born politician has condemned Islam's attitudes to homosexuality and claims that the Netherlands have not done enough to protect gay asylum seekers who face death in their country of origin.Ayaan Hirsi Ali, first gained international attention with a film documenting voilence against women within Islamic societies. Her new film claims that Islam is responsible for a great deal of homophobia.
22nd April 2006
Spain still supports gay marriage a year on
12:00 AM — Despite it being a predominantly Catholic country, most in Spain believe that introducing gay marriage was right.A survey by the Instituto Opina polling organisation found that 61 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement: "Do you agree or disagree with the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage."On June 30th 2004, Spanish minister of justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar announced legislation to extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples.
Appeal court upholds ban on homophobic t-shirts in US schools 1
12:00 AM — American high schools have been told by an appeal court that they can ban students from wearing t-shirts that can be hurtful to fellow students after a San Diego school banned a pupil from wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that "homosexuality is shameful."Teenager Tyler Harper student sued Poway High School, claiming that banning him from wearing the t-shirt violated his free speech, religious freedom and due process rights.
21st April 2006
Legal group describes results of gay adoption restrictions
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has released a new edition of its publication "Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting"The legal group compiles decades of social science research, the positions of the major child health and welfare organisations and government data to show how children are hurt by restrictions on parenting by lesbian and gay men.
Church leader warns diocese against gay bishop
12:00 AM — The diocese of California has been warned not to elect a gay bishop.Frank Giswold, the leader of the US Episcopal church, which is facing expulsion and shafting from the worldwide Anglican communion after the appointment of openly gay minister, Gene Robinson in 2003, has told the diocese of California they would widen the dispute if they did the same.