16th February 2006
Elton John wins damages for “rude” slur
12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John has accepted an undisclosed sum and an apology from the Sunday Times over an article which described him as "rude".Sir Elton, who famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as " "rude, vile pigs" took offence at an article titled "Rock royals get too grand" which described his AIDS Foundation Summer Ball.
Radio host sued over “homophobic” comments
12:00 AM — A radio host in Australia is being sued over comments he made about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy presenter Carson Kressley.John Laws is being sued by Gary Burns for the on air comments on Sydney's 2UE. Mr Burns argues that the words used were of homosexual vilification and a breach of the states Anti Discrimination Act.
Hong Kong gay men spread HIV 1
12:00 AM — Twenty gay men in Hong Kong gave each other HIV after meeting on the internet and deciding to spread the virus between themselves, according to health officials.The South China Morning Post revealed that Government health officials found all 20, who met between November 2003 and November 2005, had HIV with similar gene sequencing.
Boston schools appoint gay headteachers 2
12:00 AM — Two schools in Boston have appointed openly gay principals amid mixed feeling from parents.Brian Salzer, 38, who will be the principal at Newton South High School, comes from Sauk Prairie, a small Wisconsin school district near the state capital of Madison, and was the first openly gay principal in Wisconsin.
Cambridge dean to defy Bishop on gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The dean of a leading college at Cambridge University has written to the Bishop of Ely informing him that he will break the Church of England's ban on clergy offering services for civil partnerships or gay marriages.The dean of Emmanuel College, the Rev Jeremy Caddick has written to the Bishop of Ely arguing that he believes that the college does not fall within the Church's jurisdiction.
Gay MPs and cancer charities welcome smoking ban 10
12:00 AM — The smoking ban has been met with mainly positive reactions amongstthe gay community since Parliament voted for it on Tuesday.PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier in the week that many gay bars andvenues felt they could easily cope with a ban and therefore would be pretty much unaffected.
Moscow gay pride facing violence
12:00 AM — Gay groups planning to attend the Russian gay pride march in the Spring may face violent protests from Muslim groups.The leader of Russia's Muslims on Tuesday called for a "violent mass protest" if gay leaders go ahead with Pride celebrations. Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be killed if they went ahead.
Senate to vote on gay marriage amendment
12:00 AM — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that he will bring the already failed 'Marriage Protection Amendment' proposal up for a vote on June 5, 2006. Similar to 2004, the Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment will come as the fall election season heats up."Not one marriage is protected by this amendment and all marriages are devalued when used as a political ploy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Writing one group of people out of the protections of the Constitution is politics at its worst."
Brokeback Mountain stars become “gay action figures” 1
12:00 AM — The stars of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain are to be transformed into action figures.The Mirror reports that a fan has turned Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall into dolls based on their characters in the hit film.They come equipped with two horses, a campfire, a dog, a tent, a liquor bottle and a tree.
Gay group condemns anti LGBT adoption bill 1
12:00 AM — The gay rights group Family Pride has condemned the introduction of House Bill 515 in the Ohio House of Representatives. If passed, the measure would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those who live with them, from adopting or serving as foster parents in Ohio."Child welfare and respected professional organisations are clear in their opposition to these types of measures," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families.
Initiative launched to promote ethnic support of gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Five American organisations have announced a new initiative to elevate communities of colour who support marriage equality for same sex couples."The right-wing has perpetuated the idea that people of colour are overwhelmingly against marriage for same-sex couples, it is important that people see this for what it is, a half-baked myth that needs correcting," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.