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March 2006

  • 9th March 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 8th March 2006

    Gay pride is music to Virgin’s ears 6

    EuroPride 2006 marks the third year that Virgin Mobile have supported London's Pride festival earning the company a reputation as the most 'gay friendly' of all mobile phone service providers

    12:00 AM — Virgin Mobile is the first blue chip company sign up as a gold sponsor for the massive EuroPride London festival taking place across the city during the last two weeks in June and featuring EuroPride day on Saturday, July 1.The mobile phone service provider will host, as their main attraction, the Virgin Mobile Cabaret Stage in London's Leicester Square following the largest ever LGBT Pride Parade through central London from Oxford Street.

  • New Zealand to lift gay sperm ban

    The controversial issue has been widely covered in the media due to a shortage of sperm donors in New Zealand and Australia

    12:00 AM — A ban on gay sperm donors may soon be lifted in New Zealand according to health authorities in the country.The controversial issue has been widely covered in the media due to a shortage of sperm donors in New Zealand and Australia. However, when a gay man in Wellington offered to help, he was turned away.

  • Netherlands may deport gay Iranians 1

    Ms Verdonk said last month, “For homosexual men and women it is not totally impossible to function in society, although they should be wary of coming out of the closet too openly“

    12:00 AM — The Dutch Immigration minister is facing criticism over plans to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers back to Iran.A ban on deportations was imposed last September after reports of gay executions in Iran, but now the minister, Rita Verdonk, wishes to end the moratorium as she believes there is no clear evidence of execution for being a homosexual in the country.

  • Pub owner charged for reprimanding kissing lesbians

    Mr Malone denies discrimination insisting that he would have stopped a heterosexual couple from kissing

    12:00 AM — An Irish pub owner has been charged with discrimination after ordering a lesbian couple to stop kissing in his establishment.Judges ruled yesterday that the request breached the Equal Status Act because it was discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The case was brought by the Equality Authority on behalf of Eileen Twomey and Myra McGuirk, against publican Michael Malone of Malone's Pub in Cork.

  • Elton John’s gay marriage goblets go on sale

    Sir Elton has slammed this years Oscars as the “most boring show ever”

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh Castle is offering goblets similar to those used at Elton John's civil partnership ceremony.As part of a make over at the castle's shop, remakes of the cups used when the singer wed his gay partner David Furnish, will form part of a banqueting collection of Scottish food and drink.

  • Gay media monitor launched

    Last week a Stonewall study revealed that only 0.06% of BBC airtime was devoted to sexual diversity

    12:00 AM — A new scheme has been launched by gay charity, Stonewall, to monitor the portral of gay people in the media, after the BBC was slammed for its coverage of homosexual issues.The project will allow TV viewers, radio listeners and newspaper readers to log any instances of homophobia they witness in the media.

  • MP defends meeting with anti gay Muslim group 2

    She was criticised by gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell who told her he had received death threats from the group because of his fergence of gay people

    12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister, Clare Short, has defended a meeting she held with a radical Muslim group last week, amid anger from fellow Labour MPs and gay rights activists.The former international development secretary invited Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.

  • Ashley Cole uses internet to discover impact of “gay” rumours 23

    Mr Cole wishes to find how his fans found out about the rumours

    12:00 AM — The solicitors for footballer Ashley Cole in his libel case against the News of the World and the Sun are taking to the internet to decipher how articles relating to a "gay orgy" have affected the public perception of the Arsenal and England star.Answers to the questions will be used as evidence in a civil court case against the papers involved, and some of the respondents may be called as witnesses.

  • Lesbian Homecoming King causes college review 1

    Some students hailed 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

    12:00 AM — A lesbian who sparked controversy amongst students after winning a Homecoming King contest has prompted college officials to review their homecoming rules.Jen Jones, a senior at the school, beat three men to the crown at Hood College in Maryland, USA. She praised the school for appointing her.

  • Gay bishop returns to work after alcohol treatment

    Bishop Robinson caused surprise when he checked into an alcohol treatment centre last month

    12:00 AM — The first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church has returned to work after a month's rehabilitation from an alcohol problem.Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church's New Hampshire bishop returned from treatment last week. He was catching up with work and not granting interviews. His spokesman Mike Barwell, told the Press Association, "He is going to kind of ease back into things."

  • Gay icon handed unique restraining order 7

    The heiress's spokesman Elliot Mintz  said his client wants nothing to do with Mr Quintana and is happy to stay away from him

    12:00 AM — Gay icon, Paris Hilton, has been given an unusual restraining order to stay at least 100 yards away from an event producer, unless they are at the same party.Brian Quintana was granted the three-year order against the Simple Life star last month after he testified that she continuosly harassed and threatened him after their friendship ended.

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