24th February 2006
Gay campaigner unhappy with “sexually discriminatory” census
12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner is accusing New Zealand's national statistical office of breaking the law by excluding a question on sexual orientation from the censusVictor van Wetering, former editor of gay newspaper Express, is calling the omission by Statistics New Zealand "actively discriminatory."" He first complained to the Human Rights Commission in 2001.
High anti gay feelings amongst Haringey school children
12:00 AM — Homophobia is rife amongst a large number of school children, according to university research.A Middlesex University reported, commissioned by the Haringey Safer Communities Partnership claims: "There exists a high level of homophobia among school age children." The report is based on workshops with school children aged 12 to 13.
Dolly Parton receives gay hate mail 4
12:00 AM — Country singer Dolly Parton has been receiving hate mail in reaction to her increasing gay following, according to reports.Entertainment website contactmusic.com, claim Ms Parton has been targeted because of her largely gay male fan base. She said: "Having a big gay following, I get hate mail and threats."The star has received an Oscar nomination for the song Travelin Thru for the movie Transamerica, which she will sing at the ceremony next week.
UK groups to protest Moscow Gay Pride ban 4
12:00 AM — British gay campaigners will protest outside the Russian Embassy next week in opposition to the gay pride march ban in Moscow.The demonstration is being called by the organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia and will coincide with parallel protests in other European cities.Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov last week announced that the city government will not allow a gay parade "in any form" and any attempt to hold a gay event will be "resolutely quashed"
Anti-gay minister appointed to AIDs panel
12:00 AM — American President George W Bush has appointed a Baptist minister who opposes gay marriage to a council on HIV and AIDs.The President named Rev. Herbert Lusk, a former American football star, as one of five new members of the presidential AIDS advisory panel, according to a current panel member.
Gay rights row taken to TV
12:00 AM — A couple campaigning for gay rights are taking their local council row onto prime time television.Joe and Helen Roberts have become the focus of national attention after questioning Wyre Council's gay rights policy. The couple will appear in an interview on Channel 4's Dispatches programme which is investigating civil liberties and freedom of speech.
Asbo for gay hairdresser who played music too loud 1
12:00 AM — A hairdresser has been handed an Asbo after neighbours complained he was playing music such as country hit Stand By Your Man too loudly.William Hillan from Larkhall, Lanarkshire annoyed neighbours by playing high volume music from his sound system at all hours. They complained the songs were so loud they couldn't hear their TVs and also said he held noisy parties in his back garden.
Pro gay mayor suspended from office 3
12:00 AM — London Mayor, Ken Livingstone has been suspended from office for a month after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard.The adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor of London brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay
Bond director charged in gay prostitution crackdown
12:00 AM — The James Bond director accused of offering sex to an undercover policeman has been sentenced to 15 days community service.Lee Tamahori, 55, who directed Die Another Day, was arrested for allegedly offering oral sex whilst dressing as a woman, according to officials in America. An LA police officer said he was approached by Mr Tamahori who offered to "orally copulate him for money."
Gay walks launched in Edinburgh
12:00 AM — A leaflet charting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historic walks in Edinburgh has been launched.The pamphlets, which form part of gay history awareness project, Remember When, highlight routes of seven walks spanning 500 years through different parts of the capital.They include stories of persecution, as well as modern stories of liberation, such as the landmark of Scotland's first Gay Pride march.
Homophobic crime increases in Midlands
12:00 AM — Homophobic crime has risen in the West Midlands, according to new figures from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.However officials believe the rise is due to more people reporting hate crimes rather than more taking place. Jayne Salt, the West Midlands CPS homophobic crime co-ordinator, told the Birmingham Post: "There have been a growing number of crimes we've processed from March 2005-2006."
Gay Hitler takes Israel by storm
12:00 AM — In a surprising move, the Hebrew version of the stage musical, The Producers has taken Israel by storm with a gay Hitler.The Mel Brooks musical centres on the efforts of a theatrical producer's attempts to stage a sure-fire flop, Springtime for Hitler.The Israeli version of the show has be translated into Hebrew complete with Nazi salutes. However, swastikas are in less abundance than the Broadway and London versions of the musical.
Simon Hobart died from drink- inquest told 37
12:00 AM — Club promoter Simon Hobart died after an evening of heavy drinking, a South London inquest was told.Mr Hobart, who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. He was found dead outside his flat in October last year.