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09 March 2006

  • 9th March 2006

    Gay protesters blast Polish leader 2

    The objections stem from when Mr Kaczynski refused parade permits for gay pride parades when he was mayor of Warsaw.

    12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates gatecrashed a speech by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski in Berlin today, accusing him of using gay people as scapegoats.Protesters held placards and entered the auditorium at the city's Humboldt University while preliminary speakers were addressing the audience.

  • Soldiers charged in gay porn case 1

    The charges indicate the soldiers' behaviour is ``a much more serious matter than just their sexual orientation,''

    12:00 AM — Two out of the three paratroopers accused of engaging in sex acts on a gay porn site have been formally charged.Pfc. Wesley K. Mitten and Pvt. Kagen B. Mullen of the 82nd Airborne Division, pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the US Army after their cases were referred to a special courts martial scheduled for April.

  • Euro Commissioner promises action on homophobia

    The meeting followed the European Parliament's debate on homophobia in Europe in January in which they were criticised for not agreeing a plan of action

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights has praised the vice president of the European Commission after a meeting to discuss strategies to fight homophobia and discrimination of the gay community.The meeting followed the European Parliament's debate on homophobia in Europe in January in which they were criticised for not agreeing a plan of action.

  • Gay star swaps jail for rehab 8

    The former Culture Club front man will now enter a drugs programme in England and perform five days community service in Manhattan

    12:00 AM — Gay star Boy George has escaped jail over cocaine charges by agreeing to enter a drug rehabilitation programme and a community service scheme.The Eighties singer had charges of possessing 5g of cocaine dropped by the Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arrested in the USA last October, he did however plead guilty to wasting police time.

  • Ang Lee: Brokeback Mountain was not a “social statement”

    Critics hailed the film as socially significant and a symbol of tolerance

    12:00 AM — The director of Brokeback Mountain has revealed that he never meant for the hit film to become a social statement about homosexuality.Ang Lee told a press conference to Chinese media that he never wanted the movie to be seen as controversial, he said, "For me, Brokeback isn't rebellious at all. It's a very ordinary movie, people call it groundbreaking or what not. It puts a lot of pressure on me."

  • Homophobic attack victim invites culprit to church

    Powell will be sentenced at the end of March

    12:00 AM — A gay faith worker who was the victim of a homophobic attack, has invited his aggressor to his church.Dr Barry Rathbone, who runs a multi-faith group, the Beacon Project, in the coastal town of Boscombe, was attacked with a baseball bat and left with broken ribs and suspected spleen damage, by Martin Powell in November last year.

  • Government minister to become first MP to have gay marriage 2

    Ben Bradshaw  was one of the first openly gay MPs to be out at the same time that he was elected

    12:00 AM — Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June. His spokesman said: "To celebrate the occasion they're giving a party for family and close friends at Ben's sister's home in Herefordshire."

  • Little Britain to register gay catchphrases 5

    An insider told the Daily Express that the comedians are looking to bring out a range of goods including “toilet articles.”

    12:00 AM — The creators of camp comedy, Little Britain, will embrace toilet humour with a range of bathroom products containing famous phrases from the hit show, according to newspaper reports.David Walliams and Matt Lucas are said to have applied to register well known lines from characters such as Daffyd "the only gay in the village", and Emily "I'm a lady!" Howard.

  • Rights group call for release of allegedly gay men

    Homosexuality is a criminal offence under Section 347a of the Cameroonian Penal Code

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International has labelled the eight men and one boy being tried in Cameroon on charges of practicing homosexuality as prisoners of conscience.The human rights organisation is mobilising its global membership to petition Cameroon for the detainees' immediate release.These defendants are being held unjustly solely on the basis of their alleged sexual orientation, in violation of international human rights standards," said Michael Heflin, Director of OUTFront, Amnesty International USA's programme on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights.

  • Politician loses election race after gay prostitute revelations

    The Texas State flag alongside the American flag

    12:00 AM — A Democratic candidate for the Texas House has lost his bid for nomination after his support and endorsement faded in reaction to revelations that he once worked as a gay prostitute.The Dallas Morning News reported last month that Tom Malin had advertised his sexual services under the alias of Todd Sharpe as recently as 2001 via an online escort service.

  • UK Census ignores the number of gays in the village 5

    The gay community, including comedian Matt Lucas, is currently estimated at 6% of all adults. More accurate statistics will make it easier for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights to guarantee protection and support for people's sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — The 2011 Census will contain a civil partnerships section but questions on sexual orientation have been omitted, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.However, a nationwide government survey which includes questions on sexuality will be sent to UK households as part of a bid to calculate the amount lesbian, gay, and bisexual people living in Britain.

  • Gay Games given the row ahead

    Residents, gay rights activists, ministers and legal experts attended the meeting to raise issues ranging from tolerance, the human rights and fear the games would promote promiscuity

    12:00 AM — The vote banning the Gay Games rowing event from Crystal Lake in Chicago has been reversed.After a deadlock vote last month, it was thought that the proposal had failed and the event would have to be moved, but a rescheduled full committee poll this week gave approval for the event to go ahead.

  • Archbishop dismisses gay debate

    Dr Williams told the BBC last week that he fears a spilt in the Anglican Church over gay issues

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Anglican leaders that he does not want to use the Church's upcoming conference as a debating ground for homosexuality.In a letter to communion leaders, Dr Rowan Williams said he felt there was not "much enthusiasm" for reopening the issue which was discussed at the 1998 conference, where it was affirmed that homosexual behaviour is incompatible with the Bible.

  • Rabbis delay over Jewish gay marriage rights

    The UK Masorti movement told PinkNews.co.uk  it would never consider Jewish same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Judaism movement in America has delayed its decision on lifting a ban on homosexual rabbis and gay marriage.The organisation was expected to debate a removal of the prohibition this week but the Rabbinical Assembly has instead decided to wait until December to vote on the controversial issue.

  • First civil ceremony for gay MP 1

    Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish

    12:00 AM — A Labour environment minister will become the first MP to have a civil partnership.Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June.

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