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2005

  • 2nd November 2005

    Michigan halts equal treatment of gay partners 1

    Republican State Attorney General Mike Cox is appealing the court ruling that gives public sector gay workers equal treatment

    12:00 AM — The Michigan Court of Appeals issued a temporary halt this week to a ruling that allowed governments and public universities to provide health insurance to the partners of gay employees.The dispute goes back to Michigan voters' approval almost a year ago of a constitutional amendment that made the union between a man and a woman the only agreement recognized as a marriage "or similar union for any purpose."

  • 1st November 2005

    Liverpool’s gay pride event kicks off 1

    Homotopia is aiming for thousands of extra visitors to Liverpool

    12:00 AM — Homotopia, Liverpool's annual gay pride event kicked off on Monday and will last for the next two weeks.The event, which is in its second year, will feature gay films, exhibitions, artwork and stage shows.Homotopia will also feature a host of guest speakers including OutRage! founder Peter Tatchell.

  • Police search Liverpool gay bar after drug illnesses 1

    The police say a rogue batch of drugs may be in circulation

    12:00 AM — Police searched a gay bar in Liverpool on Monday after three people fell ill after allegedly taking drugs inside the popular, GBar.Two women, aged 23 and 25 were taken to hospital at 1.30 am on Monday morning after collapsing inside the door. The younger woman was initially classed as being 'critically ill' but her health has improved to treatment.

  • USA gay rights group criticise Bush over Supreme Court nominee 1

    Samuel Alito is accused of being supported by anti-gay organization, Concerned Women for America

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups in the USA were quick to criticise President Bush as pandering to the far right by choosing jurist Samuel Alito to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.They expressed particular doubt as to Alito's willingness to protect the rights of LGBT and HIV-affected people.Alito's nomination comes on the heels of hopeful Harriet Miers bowing out of her nomination last week after scathing attacks from the extreme right.

  • 31st October 2005

    Church of Scotland backs gay adoption 4

    The church say they welcome and support the emphasis on the best interests of the child

    12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland (the Kirk) has cautiously welcomed proposals for unmarried and gay couples to adopt.The Kirk was responding to the policies of the Scottish Executive that will overhaul the adoptions law in the country. Under the current legal system in Scotland, only one member of an unmarried gay or straight couple can legally be considered the adoptive parent of a child, with the other partner being granted only the right for the child to reside with them.

  • 29th October 2005

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  • Sonia’s EastEnders Lesbian Kiss 4

    EastEnders' Sonia thinks her marriage to Martin is dead

    12:00 AM — EastEnders' Sonia Fowler played by Natalie Cassidy will be caught up in a lesbian embrace with her best friend Naomi (Petra Letang).The pair indulge in a lesbian kiss after Sonia admits to her friend that her marriage to Martin (James Alexandrou) is dying. Her friend tells Sonia that she has had held feelings for Sonia since they first met.

  • 28th October 2005

    Star Trek actor comes out as gay 1

    Takei told the press, “Brad's my partner, we've been together for 18 years“

    12:00 AM — George Takei, better known as Mr. Sulu from the hit TV series (and subsequent six movies) Star Trek, has made it official in a new interview with Los Angeles based Frontiers magazine."Brad's my partner, we've been together for 18 years," Takei tells Frontiers. "I've been 'open,' but I have not talked to the press."The 68-year-old actor was born in Los Angeles but spent much of his childhood in Japanese internment camps in Arkansas and Northern California.

  • Gay marriage ceremony will tell partners not to fear their love 5

    Partners will pledge to share their lives openly and respect each other as individuals through good times and bad.

    12:00 AM — The Association of Registration and Celebratory Services have released the wording for civil partnership ceremonies.The ceremonies that will take place in England and Wales after the 5th December describes the ceremony as one that will "enable the love and respect that they [partners] have for each other to develop into a deep and lasting relationship."

  • 27th October 2005

    Government hits back at claims that gay couples will receive benefit pensions cuts 4

    David Blunkett's spokeswoman said that the change is about equality not cuts

    12:00 AM — OutRage! the gay rights group led by human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell claims that gay couples may see a reduction in state benefits as a result of the Civil Partnership Act. However, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) say this is equality in action.Tatchell says that all cohabiting same-sex couples will experience a reduction in state benefits, as a side effect the new Civil Partnership Act.

  • “God made me gay” vicar faces trial today 30

    Stroud says Jesus loves and accepts gays  (photo credit: Ian Britton/ freefoto.com)

    12:00 AM — A Methodist minister who was defrocked after telling her Pennsylvania congregation she is gay has her credentials back, but her ordination could again be revoked this week after she goes before the church's highest judicial panel.The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will hear Irene Stroud's case in Houston today. Decisions by the council are final.

  • Bishop of London refuses to ban gay Bishop from church service 29

    The Bishop of London says he's not in the business of curtailing free speech

    12:00 AM — The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has refused to ban the American gay Bishop Gene Robinson from attending a Church of England service.The Bishop of London's refusal comes after a letter was sent to him by the London Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, urging the Bishop to try an ban the gay cleric from visiting London or attending any church services in England.

  • Lisburn ban on gay marriage ceremonies sparks protest 4

    The council is accused of failing to promote equality of opportunity

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners descended on Lisburn City Council offices on Wednesday to protest on their ban on civil partnership ceremonies.Local authorities are forced to offer civil partnership registrations under the Civil Partnership Act that comes into effect in December of this year. However, they are free to decide whether to offer facilities for ceremonies on their properties.

  • 26th October 2005

    Anti-gay Warsaw Mayor, Lech Kaczynski, wins Polish Presidential election 2

    Lech Kaczynski as Mayor of Warsaw cancelled 2005's gay pride parade

    12:00 AM — Lech Kaczynski, the conservative mayor of Warsaw who cancelled the city's Gay Pride parade earlier this year, has won the Polish presidential elections.Kaczynski, representing the Law and Justice party, received 55 percent of the vote, defeating the more liberal Donald Tusk of the Civic Platform party.Turnout for the vote was 50 percent, the lowest in 15 years.

  • 25 of the USA’s Iraq deaths may have been gay 1

    Openly Gay Army Sgt. Robert Stout was wounded in Iraq

    12:00 AM — As CNN reports that American casualties in the war in Iraq have reached 2000, statistician Gary Gates estimated yesterday that more than 25 of those killed were gay or lesbian. More than 65,000 lesbian and gay Americans are on active duty and serving in the National Guard and reserves, according to an earlier estimate by Gates."Lesbian and gay soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq, too," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

  • 25th October 2005

    USA gay groups mourn death of Rosa Parks 1

    Rosa Parks triggered the Montgomery bus boycott

    12:00 AM — Rosa Parks, the Alabama seamstress whose soft-spoken refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man triggered the Montgomery bus boycott, the first great mass action in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, died yesterday at 92.USA gay civil rights groups are remembering the role Parks played in beginning of the fight for equal rights in America.

  • Family pay tribute to London gay legend, Simon Hobart 37

    Simon Hobart's family descibed him as “a wonderful, unique person who will be sadly missed“

    12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Much of London's gay community was in shock as the news spread over the course of the week.Simon who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. Police have confirmed that the body of a man matching Mr Hobart's description was found on Sunday morning outside his home. They are not treating the death as suspicious.

  • Popstarz to reopen soon 37

    Simon Hobart's family descibed him as “a  wonderful, unique person who will be sadly missed“

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  • 24th October 2005

    Men appear in court over Clapham gay murder

    Jody Dobrowski was murded in the early hours of Saturday 15th October 2005

    12:00 AM — Two men appeared at a magistrates court earlier today in connection with the death of the gay bar man, Jody Dobrowski.Thomas Pickford (25) who is homeless and Scott Walker (33) a homeless decorator appeared at South Western Magistrates' Court.They spoke only to confirm their names and date of birth. Their solicitors made no application for bail and the pair have been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 31st January 2006.

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