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February 2006

  • 27th February 2006

    South Korea makes gay film a hit

    The surprise hit is about a troupe of entertainers condemned to die for an act mocking 16th-century King Yonsan, but who beg to be pardoned if they can make the king laugh

    12:00 AM — As Brokeback Mountain sails past $75 million at the box office in the United States, a gay-themed movie in South Korea has become the country's third most popular film of all time.King and the Clown, which tells the story of an effeminate male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, has sold more than 11 million tickets since its Dec. 29 premiere, a feat considering the country's conservative climate.

  • Sex the City star praises reaction to “lesbian” lover

    Cynthia Nixon, who played cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbs on the hit show, split from her childhood sweetheart in 2003

    12:00 AM — Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon has thanked the press and public for respecting her privacy over a relationship with another woman.Ms Nixon, who played cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbs on the hit show, split from her childhood sweetheart in 2003. A media frenzy followed after tabloid reports claimed she was having a lesbian relationship with Christine Marinoni.

  • Da Vinci Code faces gay porn remake as DaVinci Load 2

    Tom Hanks will not star in the gay porn remake

    12:00 AM — Whilst Da Vinci Code author, Dan Brown, faces a High Court accusation of plagiarism, it has been announced that the film version of his best-seller is to be remade as a gay porn film to be released on the same day as the Hollywood version starring Tom Hanks.Mr Brown's publishers, Random House, are facing a copyright challenge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors of the 1982 book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (also published by Random House).

  • Scottish bishop attacks gay adoption

    Senior Bishops are seeking a “conscience clause” giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender

    12:00 AM — A senior Roman Catholic bishop has joined the row on allowing gay couples to adopt in Scotland.The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell said he would not support "politically correct zealots" and would not "stand by and watch the destruction of Christian values and truth".In a letter to First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, he stressed that traditional heterosexual family units were the best prospect for the emotional and psychological well-being of a child.

  • Gay sex attacker convicted

    The court was told that he kept “trophies“  such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents

    12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been convicted in Scotland.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts.The court was told that he kept "trophies" such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents. Winton abducted straight men and performed sex acts on them in remote spots just two miles from his home.

  • Britney Spears rumoured for lesbian role 4

    Britney Spears sparked controversy in 2003 after a passionate on stage kiss with fellow superstar Madonna at the MTV VMAs

    12:00 AM — Britney Spears upcoming role on hit gay sitcom Will Grace is now being rumoured to be a lesbian part.According to reports, the episode, airing in the US this April, will feature Ms Spears as an assistant to Jack, played by Sean Hayes. In Touch Magazine claims a Christian network buys 'Out TV' where Jack works, and she becomes his sidekick.

  • George Michael: “arrest my own stupid fault” 1

    The one time teenage heartthrob was arrested on a street near Hyde Park Corner, London.

    12:00 AM — Gay pop star, George Michael had admitted his arrest yesterday for suspicion of possessing a Class C drugs was his "own stupid fault, as usual".A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were called by a member of the public to a man seen slumped over the steering wheel of a car on the street close to Hyde Park Corner. A search of the man revealedwhat was believed to be controlled substances."

  • Gay star in drugs arrest 4

    The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay superstar George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs after a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of a car.The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning initially on suspicion of being in no fit state to drive. After a doctor's examination this offence was not followed up.

  • Footballer offers to “cure” lesbian MSP 1

    The Ibrox defender, who is a devout Christian, labelled gays “an abomination“

    12:00 AM — A footballer in Scotland has been criticised over comments about gays and lesbians.Gay groups voiced concern over Rangers Trinidad and Tobago star Marvin Andrews after he said his church could "cure" lesbian Liberal Democrat MSP Margaret Smith, who announced her civil partnership plans last week.

  • Irish youth oppose gay blood donor ban

    The Yong Fine Gael conference in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, passed a motion opposing the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's stance on banning sexually active homosexual men from donating blood

    12:00 AM — An influential Irish youth organisation is calling on the country's blood service to reverse its policy excluding male gay donors.The Yong Fine Gael conference in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, passed a motion opposing the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's stance on banning sexually active homosexual men from donating blood.

  • Government tells gay bars to let in straights

    Gay bars may no longer be allowed to turn away straight people

    12:00 AM — As predicted on PinkNews.co.uk in November of last year, gay bars and clubs will be unable to turn away straight revellers on the basis of their sexuality or gender when the Equality Bill comes into force, according to a leaked Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) memo."If customers were turned away only because their answers to these questions indicated that they were straight, this could be discrimination," the memorandum states.

  • Sexual health clinic opens for Leeds students

    The THT reports that gay men account for 48% of all HIV cases and 59% of all AIDS cases in the UK

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is to launch a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The three hour service, which opens in May, will run one day a week and will be located conveniently for students at the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • 26th February 2006

    Mugabe attacks gays and threatens pro-gay clergy with prison 5

    Mr Mugabe, previously described gay people as worse than “dogs and pigs“

    12:00 AM — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has launched a blistering attackon homosexuality in a speech to mark his birthday.Mr Mugabe, who has previously described gay people as worse than"dogs and pigs" used an hour long speech to warn Zimbabweans of thedangers of homosexuality and threatened pro-gay clergy with prisonsentences.

  • 25th February 2006

    Paratroopers face court-martial over gay porn allegations

    The three soldiers who face courts-martial are: Richard T. Ashley, Wesley K. Mitten and Kagen B. Mullen

    12:00 AM — The American army has said that three paratroopers could be discharged from the service after they allegedly took part in sex acts published on a gay pornographic website.Three of the soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division face court-martial proceedings on charges of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment. The four other soldiers face non-judicial punishments.

  • France grants gay couples new parental rights

    The Cour de Cassation, decides how French law should be interpreted but does not hear actual trials

    12:00 AM — The highest court in France yesterday ruled that both members of a gay couple are entitled to exercise parental authority over a child, rather than just the biological parent.The Cour de Cassation, decides how French law should be interpreted but does not hear actual trials. The decision is likely to open the way for further debate in France over the rights of gay couples in terms of marriage and adoption, which remains illegal.

  • 24th February 2006

    Gay walks launched in Edinburgh

    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

    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.

  • Gay Hitler takes Israel by storm

    Itzik Cohen, best known for his roles as drag queens plays Hitler

    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.

  • Anti-gay minister appointed to AIDs panel

    The President named Rev. Herbert Lusk, a former American football star, as one of five new members of the presidential AIDS advisory 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.

  • Bond director charged in gay prostitution crackdown

    Pierce Brosnan has decided to cut bisexual scenes from his new movie The Matador

    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."

  • UK groups to protest Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    The demonstration is being called by the organisers of the International Day  Against Homophobia

    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"

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