8th February 2006
Doctor in court for promoting “anti-gay” treatments
12:00 AM — Southern Legal Counsel and the National Centre for Lesbian Rights filed a complaint on behalf of Jamie Beiler earlier this week with the Florida Department of Health and CIGNA Healthcare against Dr. John R. Hartman and his physician's assistant, Dawn Pope-Wright.Ms Beiler visited Dr. Hartman's office in March, 2005 for a routine medical check-up. When her appointment was finished, the complaint alleges Ms Pope-Wright gave Ms Beiler a handful of literature referring to homosexuality as "sinful" and advising lesbians and gay men to change their sexual orientation.
Gay bar attacker shoots himself 1
12:00 AM — An 18-year-old suspect in a gay bar attack in Massachusetts shot himself over the weekend in a shootout with Arkansas police officers.Bristol District Attorney Paul Walsh Jr. said Jacob D. Robida, who was wanted on suspicion of attacking several members of the New Bedford gay bar, Puzzles last week, turned a gun on himself after shooting and killing a lone police officer during a routine traffic stop on Saturday.
Rise in homophobic assualts in Northern Ireland 3
12:00 AM — Continuing violent attacks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across Northern Ireland has been met with a lack of action from local authorities, forcing many to leave the country, according to a report from Gay.com.Ireland's gay activist group Rainbow Project believes Donegal is losing many lesbians and gay people who believe they are no longer able to live in the area. The area has seen a number of violent attacks over the last two years, the latest of which resulted in a man losing an eye.
Warrant issued for gay film icon
12:00 AM — An arrest warrant has been filed for gay film icon Natasha Lyonne, according to reports in the New York Times.The paper states that a bench warrant has been issued for Miss Lyonne's arrest - the third in a year - for failure to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief, harassment and trespassing.Charges were filed by a former neighbour who alleged the actress threatened to harm her, trashed her apartment and threatened to molest her dog.
KT Tunstall: I’m proud of my lesbian following 58
12:00 AM — Rock chick KT Tunstall has revealed her gratitude to her gay and lesbian following in an interview with a daily newspaper.The 30-year-old singer told the Daily Mirror she was proud to have a massive lesbian fan base, she said: "There's always a gay crowd up the front at my gigs. It's a huge compliment.""I think it's because I'm a singer-songwriter with a personality - balls and some sassiness."
Lifetime award for gay actor
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen is to receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Berlin Film Festival.The ceremony, which opens this week, will honour the Lord of the Rings star with the festival's Golden Bear Award, according to reports in the Hollywood Reporter
China’s first gay survey 57
12:00 AM — China has produced its first survey on gay men, titled "Chinese MSM (men who have sex with men)" in Beijing.The 650,000-character report on sex and the state of self-identity" was supported by the Ford Foundation in the United States and published by Beijing Gender Consultation Centre. It presents a comprehensive and in-depth view of China's MSM behaviour and current status, but also reveals the previously hidden Chinese gay groups and the cultural state of mind little known to the public.
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