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February 2006

  • 20th February 2006

    Fake gay marriages could get immigrants British passports

    12:00 AM — Immigrants could be encouraged to have a gay marriage in order to get a passport, according to reports.Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times discovered that lawyers are prepared to advise potential immigrants to sign up for gay marriages in order to get British Citizenship, even if they are heterosexual.

  • Immigrant jailed for gay pride rape

    The woman had no ticket for the festival but Mailat offered to get her one from an acquaintance

    12:00 AM — An illegal immigrant who raped a lesbian at London's Gay Pride festival has been jailed for life.Dominic Mailat, 42, who had already served two prison terms for rape in his native Romania in the 1980s, launched a savage attack on his 24-year-old Spanish victim at the event in July 2000 before going on the run for five years.

  • Teachers find it hard to stop homophobic bullying 4

    Simon Blake pointed out that homophobic bullying, when children use the word 'gay' as a term of abuse, causes particular problems for teachers

    12:00 AM — Teachers are cracking down on bullying in schools but still find it hard to deal with homophobic abuse according to the Anti Bullying Alliance.Data obtained by the Evening Standard showed school exclusions rose in 17 boroughs and went down in only five. There were wide variations between authorities. Children were suspended or expelled for bullying on 860 occasions in London schools last year, up 52 per cent from 567 in the previous 12 months.

  • South Korean soldiers discharged for being gay 1

    All South Korean men are required to serve in the military and officers strongly investigate claims of homosexuality by asking doctors and friends to find out if it is just an excuse to evade serviceAll South Korean men are required to serve in the military and officers strongly investigate claims of homosexuality by asking doctors and friends to find out if it is just an excuse to evade service

    12:00 AM — Eight soldiers were thrown out of South Korea's military in 2005 for homosexuality, according to army statistics revealed for the first time.South Korean military regulations bar gay men from serving in the force. The figure of those who were discharged was reported by local media, and the army confirmed it when asked.

  • Kate Moss in lesbian role

    Kate Moss is being lined up for a lesbian role in a film about Dusty Springfield

    12:00 AM — Controversial model Kate Moss is being lined up for a lesbian role in Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee's latest film.The film is based on the life of singer Dusty Springfield, and Ms Moss is expected to play a socialite who became one of her early lovers.Charlize Theron, 30, is rumoured to be playing Dusty Springfield.

  • Gay icon Laurel Hester dies

    Laurel Hester's pension benefits were extended to her partner a month before her death

    12:00 AM — A gay rights icon who spent her last years campaigning to have her pension benefits extended to her partner has died of cancer.Laurel Hester was a member of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. She died at the Point Pleasant home she shared with her partner, Stacie Andree. The couple had been together for six years and were registered as domestic partners in 2004.

  • Paedophile raped boy he met in gay chatroom 2

    The boy's mother warned of the dangers of internet chatrooms

    12:00 AM — A 27 year old paedophile posed as a teenager in a gay chat room to rape a 14 year old boy.Luton Crown Court was told that John Lloyd indecently assaulted the boy in his own bed after grooming him on the internet and convincing the parents he was 15. He was jailed for eight years.

  • Pastor stands up for gay marriage 1

    The UCC became the first major US Christian denomination to declare its support for gay marriage, they have supported gay rights since the 1970s

    12:00 AM — A pastor has announced that he would no longer conduct civil marriages for the state of Asheville in an attempt to treat gay and straight people equally.The Rev. Joe Hoffman, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, announced in his weekend sermon that he would be treating his gay and lesbian parishioners the same as heterosexuals.

  • Australian school orders lesbian to remove pro gay t-shirt

    An example of the “offensive“ t-shirt

    12:00 AM — School officials at a high-school in Melbourne have caused a stir by asking a student to remove a t-shirt with a gay slogan.More than 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College rallied behind a 17-year-old senior named Stephanie after teachers at the school told her to change out of the t-shirt for class pictures.Stephanie, who requested that her last name not be published, said she had worn the t-shirt with the slogan "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" printed across the front to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students.

  • Judge overturns gay foster parent ban 1

    The American Civil Liberties Union work to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied them

    12:00 AM — A judge has ruled that the Missouri Department of Social Services improperly denied a woman's application to become a foster parent because she is a lesbian.The denial had been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, who work to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied them, acting on behalf of Lisa Johnston. Jackson County Circuit Judge Sandra C. Midkiff upheld the challenge after hearing testimony in November.

  • 19th February 2006

    Brokeback Mountain rides away with four BAFTAs

    Jake Gyllenhaal, won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Jack Twist

    12:00 AM — The gay cowboy romance, Brokeback Mountain emerged as the victor at the BAFTAs, held in London this evening. The film scored best film whilst Ang Lee, received the best director award.Jake Gyllenhaal, won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Jack Twist. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: "It's just a pleasure to be a part of this movie and I can't even believe I've got this for it."

  • Gorgeous George

    12:00 AM — He is a little bit nutty

  • Tottenham Hotspur to ban homophobic fans

    Offenders may be ejected from stadiums

    12:00 AM — Tottenham Hotspur are to become the first Premiership football club to ban homophobic chanting on the terrace. The club have warned fans that offenders may be ejected from premisses and risk having their season tickets voided.The club have instituted the rules following a series of homophobic chants directed at Tottenham's former captain, Sol Campbell during their recent home win over Charlton.

  • 18th February 2006

    Gay rights group claim victory against Muslim leader

    Sir Iqbal was accused of homophobia by Peter Tatchell

    12:00 AM — The gay rights group, Outrage!, claim that Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain was forced to withdraw from making a key note address at the trade union-sponsored "Unite Against Fascism" conference held in London today, following protests against his alleged homophobic views.However, Sir Iqbal was likely to have been absent due to the event clashing with a London rally against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in the European press.

  • 17th February 2006

    Poll reveals Turkey’s conservative views on homosexuality

    The survey found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A significant amount of Turkish people are uncomfortable with homosexuality, a survey suggests.The poll conducted by the Open Society Institute and Istanbul's Bogazici University found that three quarters of Turks disapprove of gays and lesbians.

  • Dublin man admits gay attacks

    The arrested man has admitted to three of the attacks, two of which took place near Dublin's St Audeon's Church (above)

    12:00 AM — A man in Dublin has confessed to attacking a number of gay men in the city over the last 12 months, police report.Dublin's Gardai claim to have arrested the 17 year old last week and believe he may be to blame for a series of attacks that left one victim in a coma.The Southside People newspaper reported, Garda sources say that the unnamed youth has admitted beating Brian O'Callaghan until he was unconscious.

  • Bishop attacks Spanish PM over gay marriage

    Mr Zapatero and his government refused to give in under pressure from the previous Pope, John Paul II, who was set against the introduction of gay marriage in Spain

    12:00 AM — A leading Catholic Bishop has compared the Spanish Prime Minister to Roman Emperor Caligula over Spain's legalisation of same sex marriage.Bishop Antonio Algora attacked José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Spanish newspapers, he said: "If Zapatero wants to become Caligula, it's up to him, but without doubt people will have to learn who Caligula was and what customs he imposed on Rome, it's as simple as that."

  • Washington mayoral candidate to block gay clubs

    Opposition surfaced last month after Mr Orange discovered that gay business owner Bob Siegel planned to buy a vacant warehouse in the ward and intended to invite one or more of the gay clubs to move there

    12:00 AM — A candidate to become the Mayor of Washington is campaigning to block adult gay entertainment businesses from his ward prompting petitions from activists.Vincent Orange, who currently serves on the District's Council, is expected to replace them with a new Major League Baseball stadium in ward 5.

  • London Mayor urged to help resurrect Moscow Pride 1

    The GALHA letter praises Mr Livingstone for his long-standing support for lesbian and gay rights notably inaugurating the first ever registration of their partnerships - and his enthusiastic support for the London Pride events

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has called on the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to appeal to his counterpart in Moscow to lift the ban on a gay pride parade in the city.The Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, has said that all attempts to organise a gay parade, in any form, open or disguised, will be "resolutely quashed". His press secretary, Sergey Tsoy, said that the reports about the proposed parade "have evoked outrage on society, in particular among religious leaders."

  • Complaints over lesbian FCUKing ad 3

    two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches

    12:00 AM — A new French Connection advertising campaign has received over 60 complaints since its launch this week.Controversial designers, are looking to launch a fashion or style debate through the adverts which featuring raunchy lesbian scenes.In the fashion label's latest television and cinema ad campaign, two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches.

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