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February 2006

  • 13th February 2006

    UAE jails 12 men for homosexuality 2

    Homosexuality is illegal in the Muslim UAE and neighbouring Gulf countries

    12:00 AM — The USA has condemned the United Arab Emirates after twelve men were jailed for participating in a gay wedding.Officials in the country discovered 26 men preparing for a same sex ceremony, eleven of them confessed whilst 14 were acquitted.An official said: "A United Arab Emirates court has jailed 12 men who were arrested after being discovered preparing for a gay wedding, but acquitted another 14 defendants. They were sentenced to five years in prison for homosexuality and one year for obscenity."

  • Airline refuse to let gay couple take travel prize

    The airline would only recognize a spouse, another airline employee, or a dependent child as a companion

    12:00 AM — A travel group violated California's anti-discrimination laws when it refused to allow a gay couple to use tickets an employee won, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a letter urging the company to change its policies.The ACLU sent the letter on behalf of La Mirada resident Rob Anders, a long-time airline industry employee, who won round-trip domestic airfare on Northwest Airlines for him and a companion at his company holiday party last December. But when he tried to redeem the tickets for himself and his registered domestic partner, Northwest refused.

  • Homophobic killer gets reduced sentence

    Burke and Marcos Perez were found guilty of beating Richard Reihl to death

    12:00 AM — A Supreme Court judge has axed five years off the 40-year sentence of Sean Burke, who was convicted of beating a gay man to death with a fireplace log in 1998.Judge Raymond Norko modified Burke's sentence for good behaviour, despite opposition from family members of the victims. Burke, who had been scheduled to be released in 2017, is now up for release in 2012.

  • NFL accused of homophobia

    Roy Simmons played for the New York Giants and is one of three NFL players to have ever come out

    12:00 AM — One of only three NFL players to ever publicly reveal his homosexuality says the league discriminated against him by refusing to let him into the Super Bowl earlier this month.Former New York Giants offensive lineman Roy Simmons said he wasn't granted media access to the game because he is gay and HIV positive, and because he has said other pro football players are closeted homosexuals.

  • Scotland holds three gay weddings a day

    A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days

    12:00 AM — At least three gay weddings have taken place in Scotland every day since the Civil Partnerships Act came into force.A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days.The paper reports that another 385 homosexual couples have booked registrations to take place over the next three months.

  • 12th February 2006

    “Bisexual football stars in gay orgy”- tabloid claims 23

    The newspaper claims that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy

    12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has today claimed that two leading Premiership footballers are bisexual and have engaged in a gay orgy.The News of the World, said that the footballers who can not be named for legal reasons were caught on camera in an orgy with well known music industry figure.The newspaper claims that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy.

  • Gay star hits out at “old fashioned” Hollywood

    “The film industry is very old fashioned in California,“ Sir Ian said yesterday

    12:00 AM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay star of the Lord of the Rings has criticised Hollywood's attitude to homosexuality during a speech at the Berlin Film Festival.Sir Ian who was receiving a lifetime achievement award said that it was very hard for gay actors in America to be open about their sexuality."The film industry is very old fashioned in California," he said.

  • 10th February 2006

    Casanova

    12:00 AM — Fresh from a much-lauded and award-nominated turn as a rugged and secretly gay cowboy coming to terms with his love for another man in Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger here returns to more familiar territory, proving both his rampant heterosexuality and his great comic timing. After all, how better to demonstrate that just because you've played a gay cowboy doesn't mean you're gay than by taking on the role of the most infamous seducer of women in history?

  • Ted Heath was a “gay man” 3

    Edward Heath was Prime Minister between 1970 and 1974. He died last year.

    12:00 AM — A book written by a friend of the late Sir Edward Heath is set to revive rumours that the former Prime Minister was homosexual.Gay entrepreneur, Jeremy Norman devotes a whole chapter to Mr Heath in his autobiography, No Make Up: Straight Tales of a Queer Life.Mr Norman, who founded gay club Heaven, told the Evening Standard, "Unquestionably, he was a gay man."

  • The Fog

    12:00 AM — In 1980, writer/director John Carpenter scared the bejeezus out of everyone with his zombie ghost story The Fog - where a coastal town is terrorised by a strange mist and the loping masses of long-dead, cursed sailors. Its simplicity was a large part of its charm - it had no pretences to be anything other than a zombie horror B-movie, yet, by the standards of the time, its pacing and atmosphere were perfectly accomplished.

  • Aeon Flux 1

    12:00 AM — In 1991 MTV introduced a new adult-themed cartoon to its Liquid Television series, a dialogue-free short packed with stylishly frenetic action and centred around a girl in a leather bikini who got killed every episode on some kind of impossible mission. By 1995, this short cartoon had been expanded into a series of half-hour shows, now with dialogue and with the fetish gear-clad heroine actually managing to survive.

  • Good Night, And Good Luck

    12:00 AM — Considering that George Clooney's career started off with a pile of awful nonsense like Return to Horror High and Return of the Killer Tomatoes, and that his return to the big screen after finally getting famous with TV hospital drama ER was blighted by the disastrous campness of Batman and Robin and tedious nonsense of The Peacemaker, his successes of the last few years are nothing short of amazing.Not content with reviving both his own and director Steven Soderbergh's careers with a wonderfully charming performance in 1998's rom/com crime caper Out of Sight, he has gone on to turn in some genuinely great performances in a succession of modern classics.

  • Adam Sandler to lead gay comedy

    Adam Sandler is rumoured to play a gay fireman in a gay comedy

    12:00 AM — Adam Sandler is set to play a fireman in a gay comedy alongside Kevin James, about a fake same sex marriage.The film, called I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry is a reversed version of The Birdcage, where a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.

  • Florida gay couples push for legal protection 1

    Gay groups want equal rights for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay proposed Constitutional amendment that failed to gather enough signatures to be placed on the 2006 ballot should be thrown out altogether because it deceives voters, the American Civil Liberties Union argued before the Florida Supreme Court this week.The measure, which anti-gay groups have vowed to place on the 2008 Presidential ballot, would ban equal marriage rights, permanently block civil unions and threaten existing domestic partnership protections across the state.

  • Legal lawsuit seeking gay marriage

    Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit appealing a December 2005 ruling which said that limiting marriage to people of different sexes is not unconstitutional

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal, an organisation committed to achieving full recognition gay civil rights, filed its opening brief in the New York Court of Appeals this week, appealing a December 2005 ruling which said that limiting marriage to people of different sexes is not unconstitutional.That ruling reversed the trial court decision handed down in February 2005 that found that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

  • Gay group wants pride march back on calendar

    The 2006 Belfast gay pride festival will take place on the last weekend in July

    12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.

  • Student faces investigation over ‘homophobic’ website 1

    Warren McKenzie, a University of Central Lancashire student, boasts it is the “sickest shop“ on the Internet

    12:00 AM — A student is facing police and trading standards examinations after public outcries over a website selling products targeting the disabled, gay people and victims of crime.The site offers items featuring homophobic slogans and also attacks wheelchair users, celebrates terrorist attacks and glorifies child killers Ian Huntley and Myra Hindley.

  • Police investigate copycat homophobic posters

    Lancashire Police is investigating who made the homophobic posters

    12:00 AM — Lancashire Police is investigating homophobic posters in Glasgow which claims to be part of a recruitment campaign for the force.Police in Lancashire are treating it as a "homophobic incident" and are stressing the force has nothing to do with the posters.Insp Ian McCann, from Lancashire Police's diversity unit, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "During the last few days we have become aware of posters that have been found in and around the Glasgow area that purport to be from Lancashire Constabulary."

  • Pete Burns announces gay marriage plans

    Pete Burns will follow Elton John and David Furnish down the aisle for a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — Eighties pop star and celebrity big brother contestant, Pete Burns announced his engagement to boyfriend Michael Simpson, last night.The Dead or Alive front man broke the news in a televison interview with Richard and Judy on Channel 4. The couple showed off Vivienne Westwood diamante skull design rings.Mr Burns, who had a hit single in the 1980s with You Spin Me Round, declared how in love they were on the chat show, and confirmed they intend to have a same sex partnership.

  • Gay group question US Aids budget 2

    HRC want Mr Bush to pay more attention to issues of HIV and AIDs

    12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has raised uncertainty over President George Bush's budget proposal in regards to HIV and AIDS, released this month.The Human Rights Campaign believe his ideas present a mixed bag on the illness with modest funding increases in care and treatment programmes, additional cuts in Medicaid, and an increase in abstinence only programmes.

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