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2005

  • 10th October 2005

    Mayor of London Compares Anti-Gay Muslim to the Pope 1

    12:00 AM — Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based imam who is banned from USA was praised by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone (pictured), as a leading Islamic scholar who should be treated in the same way as the late Pope, John XXIII who led the Catholic Church between 1958 and 1963.

  • US Student to Sue School Over Gay Kiss Row

    12:00 AM — A gay high school student filed suit against the Garden Grove Unified School District Wednesday, claiming she was suspended several times and forced to temporarily transfer schools because she refused to stop hugging and kissing her girlfriend on campus.

  • UK Campaigners Attack Namibian Minister Over Gay Slurs

    12:00 AM — The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of the UK's gay campaign group, Outrage has attacked a senior member of the Namibian government for homophobia.

  • Tory Spokesman Condemns Plans for Gay Army Couples 3

    12:00 AM — The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed gay couples that register a civil partnership will receive the same rights as straight married couples. These will include being able to live in rented accommodation at army bases, which is not open to unmarried couples.Aldershot's MP Gerald Howarth (pictured), who is also the Shadow Defence Minister in Michael Howard's Opposition Team, branded the decision a "truly undesirable move", claiming that it is immoral.

  • Elijah Wood Doesn’t Mind Being Seen as Gay

    12:00 AM — The Lord of the Rings star, Elijah Wood yesterday told US chat show host, Conan O'Brien that he thinks the websites that prove that he's gay are very funny."There's one that's called elijahwoodisveryverygay, which is actually a personal favourite of mine, it's absolutely hilarious."

  • HSBC to Drop Gay Quiz on Mortgage Applications

    12:00 AM — A HSBC branch in Porthmadog, North Wales, says it will no longer ask gay couples to take HIV tests when applying for a mortgage.

  • Fox TV Station Refuses Gay Democrats Campaign Ad

    12:00 AM — A New York affiliate of the Fox network is refusing to run a commercial for a gay Democratic candidate running for Manhattan Borough President.

  • UK Gay TV Channel Scrapped

    12:00 AM — Faze, the UK's first general gay programming channel will not launch after all. Despite 8 months of work, advertising and promotions, the channel's operators failed to reach an agreement with Sky over the funding for the service.

  • An Open Letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger 1

    12:00 AM — Ross von Metzke reacts to Schwarzenegger's decision to veto gay marriages.

  • Schwarzenegger Rejects Gay Marriage Plans

    12:00 AM — Just two days after California's Same-Sex Marriage Bill was approved by the upper house of the state's parliament, Arnold Schwarzenegger(pictured), the Governor of California has announced that he will veto the bill.The Governor, was initially expected to have supported the change in the law, however Mr Schwarzenegger has stated that he believes that gay marriage would be unconstitutional.

  • Former Bartender Admits to Torching of Cardiff Gay Bar

    12:00 AM — A former bartender at Club X, the Cardiff night club set on fire in July, has admitted to torching the bar, although he says his actions were not motivated by malice.

  • Italian Health Minister Condemns Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

    12:00 AM — Italy's health minister has condemned a decision by one of the country's biggest hospitals to stop a gay man from giving blood.

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  • Isle of Man Plans to Reduce the Gay Age of Consent

    12:00 AM — The Isle of Man's Council of Ministers has announced that the state will be looking to equalise the age of consent for gay and straight sex.The Isle, which has its own legal system, but is a British Crown dependency, is currently the only place in the British Isles where the age of consent is unequal

  • Poll Shows Americans Support Gays in the Army

    12:00 AM — A poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 58% of Americans support allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military, up from 52% in 1994.The percentage of those who strongly opposed allowing open service fell from 26% in 1994 to 15% in 2005.

  • Christian Group Blames Katrina on Gays 2

    12:00 AM — An organization of Christian fundamentalists has stepped forward with claims the destruction brought on by Hurricane Katrina is God's judgment against New Orleans for holding festivals like the gay Southern Decadence party, which was scheduled for the state's Labour Day weekend and has since been cancelled.

  • Gay Marriage Challenge in Maryland, USA

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a Maryland circuit court to strike down a state law than bars same-sex couples from marriage and the hundreds of family protections afforded to married couples."The Maryland constitution requires that the state treat all Marylanders equally," said Ken Choe, a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU's Lesbian and Gay Rights Project who argued the case.

  • Gay Fund for Hurricane Katrina Victims

    12:00 AM — In response to the trail of destruction that Hurricane Katrina blazed throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Rainbow World Fund (RWF) is launching a Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign.

  • California Votes to Legalise Gay Marriages

    12:00 AM — California's Senate has defied the US President George Bush by voting to legislate for gay marriages.Although many areas in the USA do offer some form of Gay marriage, this is the first time that a State Senate has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriages. The bill passed with 21 votes compared to 15 votes from those opposing moves.

  • Gay Cruising Row Over EU Summit Policing

    12:00 AM — Gay Men who use Gosforth Park a popular open space in Newcastle for cruising, have been warned to stay away next week.European Interior Ministers (Home Office Ministers) are due in the area to join the British Home Secretary, Charles Clarke (pictured) in debating issues such as terrorism and asylum.

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