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February 2006

  • 24th February 2006

    Gay rights row taken to TV

    The couple will appear in an interview on Channel 4's Dispatches programme

    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

    One of the cds William Hillan is accused of playing too loud

    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

    The Mayor defended the outburst, saying Evening Standard reporter, Mr Finegold was “doorstepping“ him outside a party

    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

    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."

  • 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.

  • Homophobic crime increases in Midlands

    Officials believe the rise is due to more people reporting hate crimes rather than more taking place

    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

    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.

  • Simon Hobart died from drink- inquest told 37

    Simon Hobart, who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond

    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.

  • 23rd February 2006

    Hotelier cleared after refusing to let gay couple share bed

    Mr Bush, 60, suggested a twin room might be more suitable for the couple

    12:00 AM — A gay couple's weekend country retreat was ruined after a hotel manager refused to let them share a double bed, a court was told.Kevin Smith and Jose Ruiz claim hotel owner Robert Bush threatening them with a gun after locking them out of the hotel the night before. The London based couple had planned to stay at the White Hart Hotel in Overton, near Basingstoke, but they found their booking for a double room did not meet Mr Bush's approval.

  • Property experts rank Eastern Europe as top gay destination 5

    Experts will be available to talk about Bulgaria, along with other top destinations at the Homes Overseas Magazine Exhibition at the National Hall in Olympia between the 10th and 12th March 2006

    12:00 AM — Eastern Europe is being touted as a top destination for gay couples looking for a holiday home, according to overseas property experts.Property writers at Home Overseas Magazine are recommending up and coming countries such as Bulgaria for the perfect getaway since several gay bars and clubs as well as dating agencies have opened up in many parts of the country.

  • Morrissey angry over government investigation 2

    The singer is a well known critic of the Iraq war

    12:00 AM — British pop singer Morrissey is fuming after being quizzed by FBI and British intelligence for speaking out against the American and British governments.The former front man of influential pop group The Smiths, who is now a solo artist, is a well known critic of the war in Iraq and has previously dubbed President George W Bush a "terrorist." He was baffled when he was taken in by authorities.

  • DrudgeReport brings PinkNews.co.uk to its knees 2

    Whilst the explosion wasn't this big, the damage to PinkNews.co.uk's servers was just as devastating

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk editor, Benjamin Cohen, on the price of fame and why the website went down yesterday.PinkNews.co.uk has grown a lot since I launched the website as Britain's first online gay news service back in July 2005. The level of our readers tends to double every month or so and I'm constantly surprised at which articles prove to be popular, and those that are not.

  • DrudgeReport brings PinkNews.co.uk to its knees 2

    Whilst the explosion wasn't this big, the damage to PinkNews.co.uk's servers was just as devastating

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk editor, Benjamin Cohen, on the price of fame and why the website went down yesterday.PinkNews.co.uk has grown a lot since I launched the website as Britain's first online gay news service back in July 2005. The level of our readers tends to double every month or so and I'm constantly surprised at which articles prove to be popular, and those that are not.

  • Traveller murdered for rejecting gay advance, court told

    The prosecution said blood matching Fred's Moss's DNA was in the defendant's car boot and on a knife and hacksaw belonging to him

    12:00 AM — A man accused of murdering a traveller has denied killing him after a failed sexual advance.Christopher Nudds, 26, who is gay, told Northampton Crown Court that he didn't try anything on with him. Prosecutor William Harbage QC asked him if he made a move on the victim, Mr Nudds said: "Absolutely not, Fred wasn't gay, was he?"

  • US considers banning anti gay military funeral protests 2

    The legislation would ban protests at funerals within an hour before they start and would make it illegal to obstruct mourners

    12:00 AM — A growing number of US states are considering limiting protests at military funerals amid fears of anti gay picketing from conservative church groups.The bills would ensure that states regulate funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people. Church members have publicly given thanks for soldiers' deaths at military funerals, raising calls to regulate the protests.

  • Australian Treasurer offends gay couple

    Mr Costello, who was addressing a debate at the Sydney Institute, said: “I think we do recognise the rights of gay and lesbian people in Australia, we do not criminalise conduct or behaviour“

    12:00 AM — Australian Treasurer Peter Costello has caused outrage amongst gay campaigners after labelling same sex marriage as appalling and offensive.The comments came after gay couple Professor Kerryn Phelps and her partner Jackie Stricker asked Mr Costello about the government's failure to legally recognise same sex partnerships in the same way as heterosexual marriages.

  • Scottish students join gay blood donor campaign 1

    The campaign is being led by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender wing of the National Union of Students (NUS), which is calling on the UK to relax the rules on blood donors to bring it into line with other countries

    12:00 AM — Students in Scotland have joined a national campaign against a ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.They feel the Scottish National Blood Transfusion service is discriminating against hundreds of healthy men. They will protest outside a blood donor session at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen urging others to give blood on their behalf .

  • Drag queen stands for parliament 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno, Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she'

    12:00 AM — A renowned Italian gay pride figure is ditching the sequins and feather boas in a bid to become the country's first trans MP.Vladimir Luxuria, a former organiser of Italy's gay pride parades, has joined the Communist Refoundation and wants to be seen as a serious politician.Born Wladimiro Guadagno, she considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she.'

  • Study labels Northern Ireland police as homophobic 3

    According to the study, lesbian and gay officers rarely come out to their colleagues, although those still not open about their sexuality sill face abuse

    12:00 AM — Northern Ireland police are homophobic to their colleagues, according to research.The study, conducted by the Institute for Conflict Research, comes after reports of anti-gay attacks in the province. It reveals a prevalence of verbal abuse and humiliation in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), despite efforts to rid anti-gay discrimination in the region.

  • Brokeback Mountain causes stir in Jamaica

    Brokeback Mountain has sparked controversy in the country since the Jamaican Cinematograph Authority released the film yesterday

    12:00 AM — Jamaica's religious leaders have voiced disapproval at the government's decision not to ban gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The romance has sparked controversy in the country since the Jamaican Cinematograph Authority released the film yesterday. Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica.

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