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March 2006

  • 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.

  • Human rights group blast plans to promote anti gay army policies in schools

    The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in November 2004 that the schools were allowed to enforce their own policies. The 8-0 decision overturned the earlier decision

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese has released a statement expressing disappointment regarding the unanimous Supreme Court decision upholding a federal law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, circumventing anti-discrimination measures. The case did not consider the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.""The American government shouldn't be in the business of sidestepping anti-discrimination policies. This case didn't even address the military policy keeping recruiters at bay from thousands of patriotic Americans who want to serve but can't.

  • Liberty group argues for gay marriage rights

    The brief was filed in the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of same-sex couples from throughout the state

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has asked New York's highest court to strike down a New York law that bars lesbian and gay couples and their families from the protections of marriage."My partner Heather was grilled by hospital staff over and over about who she was and why she was there when I was in the hospital for breast cancer surgery. We never would have had to go through such an ordeal if we were only able to be married," said Carol Snyder, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

  • Gay banker masturbated in front of employee, tribunal told 4

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

    12:00 AM — A gay banker was allegedly sacked by HSBC for masturbating in front of a male employee in the work gym shower, an employment tribunal has been told.43-year-old Peter Lewis, claims he was sacked by the bank because he is gay. He was dismissed by the banking giant for "gross personal misconduct". The incident in question relates to an encounter between Mr Lewis and another male employee of the bank, which ultimately resulted in a complaint of "sexual harassment".

  • 7th March 2006

    Gay cannibal blocks film screening about his life

    The case is currently under appeal from the prosecutors who argue he should have been found guilty of murder

    12:00 AM — A film about the real life story of the German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been banned in Germany.Self confessed cannibal, Armin Meiwes, 44, who is currently undergoing a second trial for killing and then eating a man he met in through a gay website, asked that the screening of the film be blocked.

  • Scientologist John Travolta to play woman in camp film 7

    The casting of Mr Travolta is controversial

    12:00 AM — The Scientologist, John Travolta is to play a the role of a woman in the a film version of the hit camp Broadway musical Hairspray.The Hollywood star has been cast to play the role of Edna Turnblad, the mother of a teenage aspiring dancer, in the silver screen adaptation of the hit musical, itself adapted from the 1988 cult movie of the same name, then staring Ricki Lake.

  • ABBA reunite for gay rights 1

    Abba are the most well known celebrities to have made donations to the auction so far

    12:00 AM — Legendary Swedish pop group, Abba, have come together for the first time in ten years to sign souvenirs in support of gay rights in Poland.Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are offering signed posters, photos and music on auction site eBay to raise money for Warsaw Pride in Poland, which has come under attack by president Lech Kaczynski.

  • Australia to give gay partners immigration rights

    Ms Vanstone said citizens and permanent residents would be able to sponsor same-sex partners

    12:00 AM — Gay partners will be given immigration rights in a bid to recruit more doctors in regional areas of Australia.The Australian Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone announced that the country is expecting more gay and lesbian doctors to work in regional areas after changes to immigration laws.

  • Unprotected gay sex contributing to PNG AIDs epidemic 1

    An AIDS research group also found that half of the new infections were caused by gay sex

    12:00 AM — An AIDs summit has warned that Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces an HIV epidemic in the next 20 years unless action is taken to fight the disease.Speaking at PNG's first national summit on HIV prevention, Australia's representative for HIV/AIDS Annmaree O'Keeffe predicted that half a million people could be infected over the next two decades.

  • More gay people should be welcomed to the Church, dean says

    The Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests

    12:00 AM — A senior Portsmouth Reverend is calling for gay people to be welcomed into the Church.The Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, the Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests. According to Church policy gay clergy should not be sexually active.

  • Kate Moss in lesbian tryst, agent claims

    Ms Moss was in Cape Town for a Versace charity fashion show organised by fellow beauty queen Naomi Campbell

    12:00 AM — A modelling agent has claimed in The Sun that supermodel Kate Moss and a top American model spent a cocaine fuelled lesbian night of passion together whilst on a charity trip to South Africa honouring Nelson Mandela.Gavin Maselle told the Sun newspaper that the catwalk princesses snorted cocaine before getting under the sheets with a female counterpart in their king size hotel suite. He told the tabloid that Ms Moss phoned him the morning after to tell him about the evening.

  • Further student protests at gay blood discrimination 6

    Students across the UK are involved in the campaign and several colleges and universities have held local events to highlight the campaign

    12:00 AM — Inequality in the Scottish blood transfusion service is being highlighted this week with a series of events being held by students across Scotland.Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock will all see events held outside blood transfusion venues on 9 March, where students will urge members of the public to give blood because gay and bisexual men are banned from doing so. Scotland needs 1,000 blood donations per day to keep up with demand.

  • Gay men more aware of HIV drug

    The campaign also had a significant impact on the numbers of gay men seeking PEP

    12:00 AM — Gay men's awareness of a drug which could prevent HIV infection when someone has been exposed to the virus has doubled in the UK following a targeted national education campaign. The drug, called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), has an 80% chance of preventing HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure, for 28 days.According to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey undertaken by Sigma Research, gay men in the UK in 2005 were twice as likely to be aware of PEP than they were in 2003, an increase from 22% to 39% following an awareness campaign coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust.

  • EastEnders actress explains lesbian role

    The 22-year-old star spoke openly about her breast enlargement and her character's upcoming shock lesbian affair

    12:00 AM — EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy answered questions about her character's upcoming lesbian storyline on a visited to a North London hospital radio station this weekRadio Brockley, which has been based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital for forty years, hosted Ms Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in the BBC prime time soap. She told the show the storyline was a strange experience.

  • New Zealand reports increase in gay unprotected sex

    Ms Le Mesurier said that further analysis was needed but it was highly likely that major factors influencing the increase would include, the success of HIV treatments causing people to be less worried about avoiding HIV; the growth of internet dating, which is hugely increasing the opportunities men have for sex

    12:00 AM — The New Zealand Aids Foundation has revealed that more gay men are having unprotected sex than ever before in the country.Last year there were 89 new HIV diagnoses among gay men, the highest number since the epidemic began and a 19% increase on the previous highest figure in 2004. It means that in 2005 there was one new infection every four days.

  • Brokeback Mountain director had Oscar speech cut

    The gay cowboy movie is banned in China

    12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee had his Oscar acceptance speech censored by the Chinese media on Sunday, it has been revealed.Chinese media editors cut certain parts from his speech during the broadcast of the Academy Awards, including references to his native Taiwan and gay issues, as homosexuality is still frowned upon in the country. It was seen as a mental disorder until 2001.

  • I thought Michael Jackson was gay, says brother 15

    In his upcoming autobiography, Jermaine Jackson, who gained a handful of Motown hits, claims that in the Jackson 5 era there were fears that their little brother was gay

    12:00 AM — The brother of pop superstar Michael Jackson has revealed that he and his brothers thought the singer was gay.In his upcoming autobiography, Jermaine Jackson, who gained a handful of Motown hits, claims that in the Jackson 5 era there were fears that their little brother was gay.

  • Human rights groups to fight gay marriage ban 1

    A statewide campaign to defeat the amendment will launch soon with the support of organizations and individuals from across the state

    12:00 AM — Wisconsin has moved a step closer to banning gay marriage with the legislative passage of a constitutional amendment banning civil unions and marriage for same-sex couples. The discriminatory amendment will go before voters in the November elections."The legislature voted to discriminate but fair-minded Wisconsin voters will have the final say in November," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Wisconsinites do not want to see their friends and neighbours forever denied the ability to visit their loved one in the hospital or share health and retirement benefits - but that's exactly what this far-reaching constitutional amendment would do."

  • Schools must allow US army to recruit despite gay sacking policy

    Congress had threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding to schools refusing to comply

    12:00 AM — The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a free speech challenge to the Solomon Amendment. The Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR) coalition of law schools challenged the constitutionality of the amendment, passed in 1996, which requires universities to grant military recruiters full access to students despite university non-discrimination policies which bar recruiters who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.Congress had threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding to schools refusing to comply. In November 2004, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favour of FAIR. Today's court decision overturns the 3rd Circuit ruling. The Supreme Court did not consider the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in reviewing the Solomon challenge.

  • 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.

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