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02 March 2006

  • 2nd March 2006

    School rejects ex-pupil for starring in Brokeback Mountain 5

    Michelle Williams has received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress

    12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain star, Michelle Williams is persona non grata at her old school, who don't want to know her since she starred in the film of gay cowboy love.Ms Williams attended Santa Fe Christian School in California. The school's headmaster, Jim Hopson told his local newspaper that the school "don't want to have anything to do with her in relation to that movie."

  • International protests against gay pride ban

    The Moscow Gay Pride parade is scheduled to take place on 27 May, the anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet era laws against male homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Demonstrators picketed the Russian Embassy in London today in protest at the ban on the Moscow Gay Pride parade by the city's mayor. They also condemned the threats of violence against the Pride marchers by Russian religious leaders.Today's London protest coincided with simultaneous protests Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw.

  • Cameron invites gay community to vote Conservative

    This statement echoes his vision of modern compassionate Conservatism which he spelt out earlier this week as part of  a plan for general election success

    12:00 AM — The gay community should seriously consider supporting the Conservative Party, according to David Cameron.Mr Cameron, leader of The Conservatives told PinkNews.co.uk: "We want the gay community to look at us and hear what we have to say so that they can decide if we look and sound like their kind of party."We are an open and inclusive party and we are passionate about acting to ensure that at every level, we are representative of modern Britain."

  • Bisexual politician fails in attempt to lead party

    Simon Hughes failed in his second attempt to lead his party

    12:00 AM — Simon Hughes has failed in his second attempt to secure the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third largest political party.Mr Hughes, the 54 year old MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey previously came second to Charles Kennedy in the 1999 leadership election, following the retirement of Paddy Ashdown.

  • Pro gay Campbell prepares to lead Lib Dems 2

    The MP for North East Fife had been acting leader since Charles Kennedy resigned in January

    12:00 AM — Sir Menzies Campbell has raced Britain at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and has previously held the British 100m record, but nothing could have prepared him for this closely fought Liberal Democrat leadership election..He was appointed the party leader today defeating defeating Chris Huhne 57% to 43% after a six week campaign between him, Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes.

  • Menzies Campbell wins Lib Dem leadership race

    Lib Dem vice president Lord Dholakia announced this afternoon that  Sir Menzies Campbell will be the party's new leader

    12:00 AM — Bisexual MP Simon Hughes has missed out on the Liberal Democrat leadership post to acting leader Sir Menzies Campbell (sometimes referred to as Ming Campbell.)Lib Dem vice president Lord Dholakia announced this afternoon that Sir Menzies Campbell will be the party's new leader after Charles Kennedy resigned at the end of January. Over 70% of party members turned out to vote between Simon Hughes, Sir Menzies Campbell and Chris Huhne.

  • Transgendered fire-fighter claims discrimination 4

    Fire Chief Carlos Perez is named in the complaint

    12:00 AM — An American fire-fighter claims that she's being discriminated against because she used to be a man.Fire Captain Jamie Faucon, has filed a complaint against the Knoxville Fire Chief Carlos Perez and her supervisor, Mark Foulkes.Ms Faucon claims that she was denied a car and overtime because she is a trangendered woman.

  • Brokeback Mountain gets sweet tooth 1

    Previous Brokeback bidding wars have included dolls and clothes worn in the hit film

    12:00 AM — The online auction frenzy for Brokeback Mountain memorabilia continues this week with an auction for sweet dispensers dedicated to the gay cowboy movie.An American seller on eBay is offering buyers two Pez dispensers which feature the heads of actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. The custom made sweet holders of characters, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, are made from Sculpey Clay and hand painted. The name "PEZ" is outlined in rhinestones.

  • Republicans using gay marriage campaign to recruit members

    The discs contain video clips from state governors talking about what they consider as the dangers of gay marriage and why they believe a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure marriage remains between a man and woman

    12:00 AM — The Minnesota Republican Party is being accused of secretly building up a voter database through a CD-Rom campaigning for a gay marriage ban.Democrats are complaining that the disc will gather false data just from people putting it on their computers. The discs contain video clips from state governors talking about what they consider as the dangers of gay marriage and why they believe a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure marriage remains between a man and woman.

  • Jewish writer challenges religion with lesbian story

    The book seeks to reconcile religiosity and homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A Jewish novelist is challenging her religious upbringing in a debut book about a lesbian affair with an Orthodox rabbi's wife.Naomi Alderman, 31, wrote "Disobedience" to raise questions of the central values of Orthodox Judaism and to highlight women's issues in the religion.

  • US gays denied lower tax rates 1

    Gay families pay on average higher taxes and get fewer benefits

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in America who are married have no right to lower tax rates as the US government only recognises straight marriage, according to the Internal Revenue Service.The IRS has sent out warnings that same sex couples legally married in Massachusetts or registered as domestic partners in states such as California and New Jersey still have to file separate income tax forms, rather than joint ones which straight couples who divide their incomes do.

  • British politicians back protests for Moscow gay pride

    12:00 AM — British political parties have stated their support for international protests against the Moscow Gay Pride ban taking place outside Russian Embassies this afternoon.Gay groups will picket outside Russian Embassies in London, Paris and Warsaw this afternoon against Yury Luzhkov, the mayor of Moscow who announced that the city government will notallow a gay parade "in any form" and any attempt to hold a gay event will be "resolutely quashed".

  • Gay officer sues township

    The lawsuit says there is rampant homophobia in the law enforcement community

    12:00 AM — A gay police officer who's colleague outed him to the rest of his force is pursuing legal action against his department.In 2001 Michael J. Kurz, 34, who worked at the Washington Township Police Department confided in a co worker that he was gay, his secret was then exposed to the rest of his colleagues.

  • Minister faces ban for marrying lesbian couples

    The Rev Jane Spahr of San Rafael will be tried by the judicial body of the Presbyterian Church, punishment could include anything from a rebuke to a 30 year ban from the ministry

    12:00 AM — An American minister could face expulsion after accusations that she led marriage ceremonies for two lesbian couples in California.The Rev Jane Spahr of San Rafael will be tried by the judicial body of the Presbyterian Church, punishment could include anything from a rebuke to a 30 year ban from the ministry.Ms Spahr, who is also a lesbian activist, insists she was honouring her personal conscience and relationship with God when she officiated at the ceremonies.

  • Will bisexual MP be next Lib Dem leader?

    Simon Hughes, 54, admitted to being bisexual at the end of January amid accusations of lies over his sexuality

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats will announce their new leader later on today, in what has been a roller coaster six week campaign.Votes from the party's 73,000 members will be counted today in a choice between Simon Hughes, Sir Menzies Campbell and Chris Huhne.All three insist they can win the contest which began in January when former leader Charles Kennedy resigned.

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