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  • 26th April 2006

    New Zealand civil unions branded a “waste of time”

    Only 458 couples have opted for civil unions in New Zealand

    12:00 AM — The introduction of civil unions in New Zealand have been branded as a "waste of time" after only 458 gay and straight couples have chosen to civil unions over 20,000 straight couples who opted for marriages.New Zealand introduced civil unions a year ago today for both gay and straight couples although only straight couples are entitled to marry under the legislation within the Marriage Act. National Party MP Bill English, who opposed them said: "It was largely a waste of time."

  • Florida schools to target gay bullying

    The approved change now means every school district in Florida will have to adopt an anti bullying policy

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Florida are claiming victory after state representative Ellyn Bogdanooff added homophobia to school bullying categories.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation on school bullying last week.

  • Students go silent for gay rights

    The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs

    12:00 AM — Half a million students in the US will stop talking today to protest the bullying and harassment felt by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Day of Silence is organised by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and is being supported by Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) and other co-curricular student clubs with an anticipated 500,000 students in 4,000 schools across the country.

  • Gay group looks to be top of Australian politics

    The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off

    12:00 AM — A South Australian gay group has called on the new parliament to put same sex couple recognition on the political agenda when it reconvenes tomorrow.The new state parliament, which was elected last month giving the Australian Labour Party a landslide majority, is being asked to start from where it left off after a Same Sex Relationships Bill was the last debate in the previous sitting.

  • Critics blast Elton John musical

    Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical has been crucified by critics after its Broadway premiere last night.It is "beyond rescue" according to trade newspaper Variety and the New York Times dubbed it a "musical sleeping pill," despite many parts being changed from its San Francisco run, which also got poor reviews.

  • Court upholds Pentagon anti gay policy

    The SLDN lawsuit asserts that “'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' punishes gay, lesbian and bisexual service members

    12:00 AM — The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has granted the government's motion to dismiss in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members."We are disappointed in the court's decision, and are reviewing all possible responses," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the organisation representing the plaintiffs in the case.

  • Religious and human rights groups defend New York gay marriage 1

    Nearly 200 religious organisations, congregations and clergy from throughout the state also filed a brief pointing out that there is broad support among religions for marriage for same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — In 14 friend-of-the-court briefs, (lawsuits filed on behalf of someone else) filed with the New York Court of Appeals, national and state-wide religious and civil rights leaders and organisations have urged the court to put an end to state laws that deny same-sex couples the protections of marriage.The court is hearing oral arguments in lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and others on behalf of same-sex couples on May 31, 2006. "It's wrong for New York to continue to deny same-sex couples and their children equal protections for their families," said Victor Bolden, general counsel of the NAACP Legal Defence Educational Fund, "The constitution protects the right of individuals to marry whomever they love regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."

  • Medals unveiled for Gay Games 3

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

    12:00 AM — The organisers of the 2006 Gay Games unveiled the gold, silver and bronze medals in a special ceremony in front of more than 1,000 people during the "Night of 100 Champions" gala last week.Modelled by representatives of the Chicago Spirit Brigade at the Soldier's Field, the medals were created by nationally acclaimed jewellery designer Lester Lampert Corporate, the official medallion creator and jeweller of the 2006 Gay Games.

  • Gay community joins Israeli holocaust remembrance

    People lay memorial wreaths at Yad Vashem

    12:00 AM — The gay community in Israel took part in the country's holocaust commemorations for the first time.Holocaust Remembrance day was commemorated over the last two days with wreath laying ceremonies and talks from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Moshe Katsav, at the Yad Vashem memorial museum.

  • Senator gets death threats over gay marriage support

    Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a  picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating claims that a Senator has been receiving death threats over his support for gay marriage.Minnesota state Senator Satveer Chaudhary revealed he has been sent a picture of himself with a bullet hole drawn on it, attached to a newspaper advert supporting a law to ban gay marriage.

  • 25th April 2006

    Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community

    US President at a recent meeting with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently declared homosexual practice is “unBiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican“

    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

    There have been a spate of attacks but skinhead gangs 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

    Sir Elton John, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance

    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

    Vatican officals have banned a service for gay Catholics

    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

    The book, “King  King,” where a prince marries a fellow prince instead of a princess, was used in a lesson teaching different types of weddings

    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

    Scanes is still allowed to live in the same street as the couple, the court decided

    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

    The film Tweakers is based on the book by author Frank Sanello who examined how crystal-meth abuse is reaching epidemic proportions amongst the gay community

    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

    The former construction worker was attacked by a gang including Pomie last June

    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

    Gay groups have backed plans to clear the name of anti gay preacher, Harry Hammond

    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

    Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him

    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.

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