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28 March 2006

  • 28th March 2006

    Gay Church Advert is only like Will and Grace, says Church leader

    Gay Church Advert is only like Will and Grace, says Church leader

    12:00 AM — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox have all decided not to show an advertisement that portrays a gay couple being banished from a church.The commercial shows a gay couple, a single mother, a disabled man, and others being ejected from their pews by a giant supernatural hand pressing a big red button. Text on the screen reads, "God doesn't reject people. Neither do we."

  • Gay sex education in China discussed

    Gay sex education in China discussed

    12:00 AM — Liu Shujie, a member of the family planning association of Wuchang district of Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, encouraged family planning delegates to offer advice to gay people.She told delegates at the Shenzhen conference that she had decided to provide gay-friendly sex education in 2003, due to overwhelming demand. She described a boy who "broke into tears, saying the man he loved walked away from him after finding out he was gay. I was really puzzled and did not know what to do," she said.

  • Disney to scrap Elton movie

    Disney to scrap Elton movie

    12:00 AM — Amid cries of "wherefore?" Elton John's animated movie "Gnomeo Juliet," has been scrapped by bosses at Disney.The retelling of Shakespeare's famous play was to have been the second Disney collaboration with Elton John, following the success of The Lion King, which saw Elton and lyricist Tim Rice collect an Oscar for the song "Can you hear the love tonight?"

  • Jersey to reduce age of gay consent to 16

    Jersey to reduce age of gay consent to 16

    12:00 AM — A report delivered this morning by the Corporate Services Panel says there is "no alternative" to lowering the age of consent for homosexual consent.The Island's laws currently set the age of consent at 18 for homosexual couples, and 16 for heterosexual couples. This, the report claims, is in breech of Jersey's obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.

  • Mugabe might be “repressed queen” 3

    Mugabe might be “repressed queen”

    12:00 AM — "I wouldn't be surprised if Mugabe is himself a closet, self loathing, repressed queen. He fits the archetype," claims gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. "His demonstrative, ostentatious, anti-gay tirades, must lead us to question why he is so obsessed with homosexuality."In an interview to Pinknews, Tatchell said he suspected that the Zimbabwean president "could be one of Professor Adams's 80% of homophobic men who are secret, repressed, self-hating fags."

  • Portia di Rossi tells grandma “I’m Gay” 1

    Portia tells 99 year old grandma “I'm gay“

    12:00 AM — Portia de Rossi spoke about some of the difficulties of coming out to her family.The former Ally McBeal star's sexuality was thrust into the public eye when her realtionship with Ellen de Generes became public. The star, who's birth name is Amanda Lee Rogers, had previously dated Francesca Gregorini, but broke up in order to date America's most famous lesbian.

  • Danny La Rue has stroke 6

    Danny la Rue has a stroke

    12:00 AM — Female impersonator Danny la Rue is bowing out of public life having suffered a stroke.A close friend, Pat Lake-Smith told The Stage that "Danny has a stroke but without paralysis." She announced the performer's tour cancellation, saying "he has been ordered by his doctors to rest completely. He has great inner strength and is deeply grateful for all the kindness that has been shown to him at this difficult time".

  • 211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care? 5

    211 complaints to BBC over gay Eastender, but pinknews poll reveals different story

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe lesbian storyline between Sonia and Naomi on EastEnders has been bringing in its fair share of complaints.211 emails calls and letters have been received by the EastEnders press office, objecting to the storyline which saw the break up of Sonia's marriage, fueled by her first gay kiss with a friend.

  • Peter Tatchell on “Queen” Mugabe and the scary prospect of being an establishment figure

    “Queen“ Mugabe is no friend of Peter Tatchell

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen meets Peter Tatchell of the human rights group OutRage! to discuss gay rights, the progress made in Britain and whether Robert Mugabe could be considered a closet case.Climbing the steps of a slightly dingy south London housing estate, you have little sense that you are on route to the headquarters of one of Britain's foremost human rights campaign groups.

  • Verdict in gay hate crime case – guilty

    Verdict in gay hate crime case - guilty

    12:00 AM — A member of the Crips street gang has been convicted for a frenzied attack on a gay manA Brooklyn Supreme Court jury found Steven Pomie, 25, guilty of assault and assault as a hate crime for the brutal June 2005 attack that left Dwan Prince, 28, paralysed.

  • No Queen and Queen at prom

    No Queen and Queen at prom

    12:00 AM — Laura Murphy, a church attending Catholic school girl has been forbidden by school authorities from bringing her partner to her high school prom.Though Ms Murphy had attended a school dance with Lindsey Shelton, a freshman at a local college, the school put its foot down over the all important prom in Cheektowaga, New York. A friend of Ms Murphy said: "We had a date dance at the beginning of the year, and they let her bring her girlfriend to that, so what's the difference between a date dance and the prom?"

  • Freed gay hostage to be welcomed home

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, to be welcomed home

    12:00 AM — The inhabitants of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are tying ribbons to the trees, and hanging out flags and signs reading, "Prayers Answered" to welcome home freed Iraq hostage James Loney.The 42 year old peace activist, was taken hostage Baghdad along with Norman Kember, fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, and American Tom Fox, whose bullet-ridden body was found earlier this month. He returned to Canada on Sunday having been freed by coalition forces in Iraq, where he was greeted by his partner, Dan Hunt.

  • Civil partnership in Australian Capital Territory

    The flag of the Australian Capital Territory

    12:00 AM — Debate in Canberra raged last night over a new civil partnership scheme. The Minister for the Australian Capital Territory (the region where Canberra is situated) Jon Stanhope said that the new Civil Union Act would "essentially create domestic relationships".Mr Stanhope said that discrimination against gay and lesbian couples was unacceptable, and that the region should follow the example of Tasmania in registering same sex relationships.

  • “Gay couples only adopt to molest” says Republican politican 10

    Gay couples only adopt to molest says US Representative

    12:00 AM — As the gay adoption debate shows no signs of resolution in America, the Republican party's Representative for Hendersonville, Debra Maggart, says she believes gay couples may adopt children for the purpose of molesting them.In a public email correspondence with a master's student at Vanderbilt University she argued against gay adoption on moral and safely grounds."We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse," she claimed.

  • Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award. 5

    Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award.

    12:00 AM — "Finally an award that means something," sighed Ang Lee happily as Brokeback Mountain claimed a gong in New York.In it's 17th annual awards, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) named the "gay cowboy movie" it's top film of the year.The writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several years, hosted the glamorous evening at the Manhattan Hotel, and presenters included Michael Douglas and Sandra Bernhard.

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