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06 March 2006

  • 6th March 2006

    Women’s group calling for end to lesbian persecution

    The picket will call for women's rights, an end to the veil and death penalty for lesbianism and adultery, and condemnation of the Islamic regime for 27 years of crimes against women

    12:00 AM — The Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran is calling for an end to sexual apartheid in the country.They have announced that Wednesday 8 March will be International Women's Day in solidarity with Iranian women. The group will hold a protest in Parliament Square from 12 noon.

  • Retired officer charged over lesbian remark

    The North Wales Daily Post reported that he used the term during a private conversation with his officers

    12:00 AM — A former policeman has been charged for allegedly calling a female officer a "dyke"John Atkinson, 45, from North Wales, is accused of making the offensive remark at a former colleague's funeral. He was arrested and charged under the Public Order Act for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress.

  • The Simpsons come alive on TV

    Bart and Homer sit back and enjoy some television

    12:00 AM — Now we'll be honest, this doesn't really have very much to do with gay rights but we couldn't resist covering this story. So sit back, grin and bear the tortuously weak link.Gay icons* the Simpsons are to come to life in a new promotion to be shown on British television.A typical British family complete with slob dad, prim and proper mum and devil-child son present their own take on the Simpson's opening credits.

  • Lesbian crowned Homecoming King 1

    Some students are hailing the result as a positive symbol while others are seeing it as offensive

    12:00 AM — A lesbian has sparked controversy amongst students after winning a Homecoming King contest at her contest.Jen Jones, a senior at the school, beat three men to the crown at Hood College in Maryland, USA.Some students are hailing the result as a positive symbol while others are seeing it as offensive to the men who took part and that it makes the election look like a joke.

  • Free fertility treatment for lesbians 5

    Some health trusts are now saying they will extend the offer of one treatment to single or lesbian women who are experiencing fertility problems, at the same priority as a married couple

    12:00 AM — Single women and lesbians will soon be able to get free fertility treatment on the NHS, according to reports.Currently the Health Service allows one free IVF cycle to mixed-sex couples where the woman is under 40. Some health trusts are now saying they will extend the offer of one treatment to single or lesbian women who are experiencing fertility problems, at the same priority as a married couple.

  • Teenager sues school for not preventing homophobia

    Michale Bullis, 18, says he was injured last November in the Grove High School cafeteria after being attacked because he was gay

    12:00 AM — A gay teenager is seeking compensation from his school in Oklahoma after claiming he was assaulted by another student because he was not given enough protection.Michale Bullis, 18, says he was injured last November in the Grove High School cafeteria after being attacked because he was gay.

  • DJ files legal action over gay orgy claims 24

    DJ Masterstepz was not named by either newspaper,  both of which printed stories claiming a well-known DJ had taken part in gay sex acts with Premiership footballers (Choice FM publicity picture)

    12:00 AM — The DJ who was featured in an internet picture with footballer Ashley Cole after tabloid allegations of a gay orgy has initiated legal action against the Sun and the News of the World.Ian Thompson, known as DJ Masterstepz, was not named by either newspaper, both of which printed stories claiming a well-known DJ had taken part in gay sex acts with Premiership footballers. An unedited version of the obscured picture that the News of the World printed was later published on PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Gay Boyzone star to wed partner

    The singer is reported to have set a date for March 20 for a ceremony

    12:00 AM — Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately is set to have a star studded civil partnership ceremony with his partner, internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, after setting a date this week.The singer is reported to have set a date for March 20 for a ceremony thought to be held at his London home.

  • Fans complain after tabloids say singer is gay 2

    The case could set a precedent for other entertainers who may have something to hide

    12:00 AM — American Idol fans are suing a music company after complaining that they were duped into buying the music of a former contestant after claims that he is gay.The contestant, Clay Aiken, appeared in the 2003 series of American Idol, he was marketed through his boyish looks and Christian beliefs which have helped him sell millions of records. However, his followers have reacted angrily to tabloid allegations that he met men in gay sex chat rooms.

  • Madonna tries to explain away gay kiss to daughter 2

    Madonna claims her daughter became “obsessed” with gay questions

    12:00 AM — The "Queen" of pop, Madonna has revealed that her girl on girl kiss with the teen pop sensation, Britney Spears left her with some tough questions from her daughter Lourdes.Madonna told an American gay magazine how her nine-year old daughter became "obsessed" with gay questions after her stunt at the MTV awards.

  • Pensioners demand right to be anti gay 2

    pensioner Joe Roberts, 73 and his wife Helen, 68, are demanding £10,000 compensation for being denied the rights to freedom of expression and to hold religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Two Christian pensioners are planning to sue their local police and council claiming they have the right to be anti gay.The retired couple faced a police investigation for "potentially homophobic" comments in December after objecting to Wyre Borough Council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to the Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.

  • Gay army recruit refuses discharge

    The South Korean army defines homosexuals as “Disabled in character and attitude“

    12:00 AM — A gay Korean conscript is looking to highlight gay rights issues by refusing a discharge from the Korean army .Yoo Jung Min-Seok announced to the press, "My identity, the duty my country demands and my rights as a citizen are in conflict in a world where it is regarded as compulsory for men to be masculine.""I reject the harm done by the macho barracks culture and an army that produces aggressive, belligerent men."

  • Prevalence of gay teens using clubbing drugs, says study

    Drug use was higher amongst the 2.5% of students who identified themselves as gay or bisexual

    12:00 AM — Gay or bisexual school children as young as fourteen are 17 times more likely than straight students to use crystal methamphetamine and other "club drugs," according to research in Canada.The study surveyed over 600 students aged 13 to 19 at Vancouver and Victoria high schools. It found 14% have used crystal meth and other "club drugs"

  • Gay Jews may get marriage rights

    Conservative Judaism believes in Jewish law and tradition (halakhah,) while adapting to modern conditions

    12:00 AM — The UK Masorti movement has said it would never consider Jewish same sex unions, in reaction to its US equivalent considering allowing gay marriage and gay rabbis this week.American gay Jews may soon be allowed to get married and become rabbis after the Conservative Judaism movement meets this week.Previously the group, which is in the centre of Jewish thought between liberal and orthodox movements, has banned same sex marriage and gay rabbis.

  • Spanish gays marrying in their thousands

    Spain was the third country to grant civil marriage rights to same-sex couples, after the Netherlands and Belgium

    12:00 AM — Over a thousand same sex couples have been married in Spain since the country's marriage equality law came into force last summer.International newspaper reports claim that 800 same sex ceremonies have been recorded on computers and that only accounts for half of the marriages performed.

  • Ex-stripper tops the UK music charts with “Chico Time” 1

    Former stipper Chico scored a number one single

    12:00 AM — The former stripper and X-Factor constant Chico, has topped the UK charts with his debut single, "Chico Time."The singer who has quickly grown a following in the gay community thanks to his cheesy pop tunes, knocked gay icon and pop queen Madonna off her perch at the top of the charts.Fellow gay icons, the Pussycat Dolls missed out on another number one, their single "Beep" went in just below Chico at number two.

  • Banker to tell tribunal he was sacked because he was gay 4

    Mr Lewis was global head of equity trading and is believed to earn around £1m a year

    12:00 AM — A banker's £5m compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that the City giant sacked him because he was openly gay is due to start at an employment tribunal in east London today.An investment banker who claims he was sacked from HSBC because he was gay will have his case heard at an employment tribunal this week.

  • Publisher jailed after printing gay list

    Homosexuality is a crime in Cameroon punishable by between six months and five years in prison, and a fine

    12:00 AM — The newspaper publisher who outed prominent public figures he thought were gay in Cameroon has been jailed for defamation.Jean Pierre Amougo Belinga, publisher of L'Anecdote, was jailed for four months for defaming a government minister who was named in a list of 50 presumed homosexuals in the African country where homosexuality is illegal.

  • Google may face legal action over Ashley Cole searches 5

    Visitors to Google are presented with information relating to the keywords “Ashley Cole gay” when they search for the Arsenal star (ChoiceFM publicity photo)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe internet search engine, Google, may face legal action following the way it presents search results relating to the Arsenal and England defender, Ashley Cole.Customers seeking information using the keywords, "Ashley Cole" are controversially now shown additional information for the keywords, "Ashley Cole gay" within the main body of their requested search results.

  • Brokeback Mountain scores best director award at Oscars

    the gay cowboy movie received awards for best music score, best director and best adapted screenplay (from the book by Annie Proulx)

    12:00 AM — Despite being nominated for eight Oscars including best actor for Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain scored only three awards at the Oscars ceremony held in Hollywood yesterday.The film which has wowed audiences across Britain has scored some high profile fans including the Conservative leader, David Cameron.

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