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March 2006

  • 10th March 2006

    Gay banker not sacked over sexuality, tribunal told 4

    HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed “entirely correct procedures”

    12:00 AM — HSBC's human resources manager has insisted that a gay banker was not sacked because of his sexuality.HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed "entirely correct procedures" when it dismissed Peter Lewis, who claims he was fired because he was gay.

  • Officers pose as gay men to catch drug dealers

    “From our understanding, they believe that by consuming drugs while having sex, their sexual pleasure can be heightened,“ a police officer said

    12:00 AM — Police in Singapore are going undercover as homosexuals in an attempt to catch drug traffickers.Two male officers posed as gay men looking for sex to gain access to a drug ring which supplied ecstasy pills exclusively to the gay community.Officers found six ecstasy pills in the raid and later found another 136 ecstasy pills and eight Erimin-5 tablets, a banned sedative.

  • Mussolini’s grand daughter: “Fascists better than faggots” 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno, Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she'

    12:00 AM — The granddaughter of the late Fascist leader Benito Mussolini has defended her relative's political beliefs and wartime actions by saying it was better than being a "faggot."Alessandra Mussolini, a member of a right wing party just welcomed into Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition, made the derogatory comments on a TV chat show in Italy.

  • Man charged for endangering gay sex partners 1

    The arrest came as part of a crackdown on obscene websites

    12:00 AM — An HIV-positive man has been arrested for potentially spreading the virus by having sex with other men without warning them of his condition.Incheon Metropolitan Police in South Korea arrested and charged the 24-year old, who caught the virus in 2002, is charged with having high-risk sex with seven men he met on the internet.

  • Gay social networking site launches beta test phase

    Users can sign up at  PinkMates.co.uk

    12:00 AM — PinkMates.co.uk the latest site from the team behind PinkNews.co.uk has announced that it is to launch with a beta test period from the 10th March 2006.Up to 10,000 free accounts will be allocated during this pre-launch stage to iron out bugs in the system.

  • Lesbian Rabbi announces gay marriage

    Rabbi Sarah helped Liberal Judaism draw up the marriage liturgy, called Covenant of Love, for Jewish same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — A homosexual rabbi is to become one of the first lesbians to marry in a synagogueRabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, of the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, will marry her partner of three years Jess Wood on Saturday, March 24 followed by a traditional Jewish wedding at her synagogue.

  • Gay groups say Easter discrimination is no yolk

    The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a family occasion in Washington since 1878.

    12:00 AM — Gay groups are reacting to the increasing anti gay legislation in America by organising a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family event outside the White House in Washington.While several US states are currently debating issues such as gay marriage and adoption, the Family Pride Coalition, which campaigns for gay family equality, encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the government building last weekend.

  • Brad Pitt may have found gay role 1

    Last month the star revealed that he would love to appear in the ultimate gay love story

    12:00 AM — Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is rumoured to have landed his dream gay love story.The actor is said to have been lined up for a part in The Front Runner, a film about a gay love affair between a male track coach and a team member, based on a novel by Patricia Nell Warren.

  • Pension rights for partners of gay police officers 1

    12:00 AM — The partners of gay police officers will be given pension benefits for the first time, according to a new scheme announced yesterday.In a landmark move by the police force, officers in same sex or unmarried relationships will be allowed to nominate a partner to receive half their pension after they die, even if they are no longer together at the time of death.

  • Gay film festival tours Africa

    Gay groups and individuals can already watch free DVDs of films featured in the event in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

    12:00 AM — The organisers of South Africa's gay film festival are planning to take the cultural event to gay people and groups across the region.For 12 years, the South African "Out in Africa" film festival has been one of the biggest cultural events on the gay calendar, now the films will be taken to neighbouring African countries where homosexuality is not seen as positively.

  • Gay Olympics come to Copenhagen

    It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country's Olympic bid

    12:00 AM — Denmark will host the 2009 OutGames as part of its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.The event will be hosted in the capital city of Copenhagen and is expected to attract over 15,000 competitors and 200,000 fans.It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country's Olympic bid, Martin Geertsen, deputy mayor of cultural affairs said: "I feel an air of excitement all over. Therefore we will work to make sure that the OutGames become the biggest and best international sporting event for gays and lesbians."

  • “England team are gay boys”- says Oasis star 1

    Mr Gallagher called England captain David Beckham a “nancy boy”

    12:00 AM — Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has used his bands recent tour to launch an attack on the England football team by calling them a bunch of "gay boys"The front man said: "At times the England players seem to play like women. Beckham and others, they're gay boys."

  • Friends claim Luther Vandross was gay 6

    Vandross, whose hits included Dance With My Father and Here and Now, died in July 2005

    12:00 AM — A gay magazine has revealed that the artist, who died last summer, was secretly homosexual and was extremely careful not to let the public know.One friend, writer Bruce Vilanch, told the magazine that he was aware of the star's sexuality from the beginning of his career, he said: ""He was way 'in' (the closet). He said to me, 'No one knows I'm in the life.'"

  • EastEnders star turned MEP to hold gay marriage 1

    Mr Cashman was the first major gay actor in a British soap when he played Colin Russell in the Albert Square based drama

    12:00 AM — Former EastEnders actor Michael Cashman will become Britain's first MEP to have a civil partnership this weekend.The Labour MEP for the West Midlands will wed his long term partner, Paul Cottingham tomorrow at a star studded ceremony in South London attended by names such as Barbara Windsor, Patrick Stewart and Tony Blair.

  • 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.

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