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March 2006

  • 31st March 2006

    McKellen criticises Brokeback gay kiss fears 7

    McKellen slammed the 25 year old actor for not considering how his remarks would be interpreted from a gay stance

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has voiced his disapproval of Brokeback Mountain's Jake Gyllenhaal after he admitted he was scared about kissing co star Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy movie.McKellen slammed the 25 year old actor for not considering how his remarks would be interpreted from a gay view point.

  • ‘Gay list’ editor jailed 1

    Ten libel complaints have been filed since the lists were published in February.

    12:00 AM — A second newspaper editor in Cameroon has been sentenced over a recent media gay witch hunt in the African country.Ayisi Biloa, publication director of Nouvelle Afrique, was jailed for six months and received a 4 million FCFA (6500 euros) fine after libel claims from a doctor and a government minister.

  • Bahamas bans Brokeback Mountain

    Gay group, The Rainbow Alliance, called the ban a “farce“

    12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain has been banned in the Bahamas, prompting accusations of discrimination and censorship.The Plays and Films Control Board is being pushed by cinemas and gay groups to change its decision which blocks any theatre screenings of the award winning gay cowboy movie at the request of the Bahamas Christian Council.

  • Elton John’s gay wedding day fears

    The couple were the most famous pair to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act

    12:00 AM — Gay singer Sir Elton John and David Furnish rushed into their civil partnership ceremony fearing a homophobic attack, it has been revealed.The couple were the most famous pair to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act on the day it came into effect on December 21 last year.

  • 30th March 2006

    Gay groups question Lambeth councillor revelation 3

    Cllr Anglin told the South London Press this is a private matter

    12:00 AM — A local paper has exposed a Lambeth councillor who posed naked on a gay website, prompting a negative response from gay groups.The front page story of today's South London Press, revealed the openly gay Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, posted nude pictures of himself and recounted sexual wrestling fantasies on the Gaydar internet site.

  • Gonorrhoea hits black gay community 1

    Health providers have been advised to screen all sexually active black people under 25

    12:00 AM — An increasing number of young black gay Americans are becoming at risk from gonorrhoea, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.The Department published startling statistics which claimed there has been a 100 per cent increase in the sexually transmitted disease amongst teenagers in the gay black community since 2004.

  • Pope: No gay marriage negotiations 4

    The pontiff called all other views on marriage harmful and vowed to oppose them

    12:00 AM — The Church's position on gay marriage is "non negotiable," according to the Pope.Pope Benedict XVI has launched a fresh attack on gay marriage and abortion just days before national elections in Italy, stating the Vatican's right to speak out on difficult issues.

  • Shock levels of depression amongst Australian gays

    It is the largest survey of its kind in Australia, encompassing 5500 people

    12:00 AM — High instances of homophobia are causing surprisingly large levels of depression amongst Australia's gay community, according to a study.The findings, similar to reports earlier this week in Northern Ireland, discovered that 90 per cent of gays and lesbian in Australia hide feelings they have towards their partners and over half have been victims of verbal abuse.

  • Euro MPs support gay club protests

    President Kaczynski is being called on to stop the police siege of the club

    12:00 AM — Green Party Euro-MPs have warned of escalating state-sponsored homophobia in Poland after police in Warsaw blockaded 'Le Madame', a hugely popular gay club hosting political and cultural activities.Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas today called on the Polish government to change their "old-fashioned" and "discriminatory policies" and order police to abandon the siege immediately.

  • Busta Rhymes accused of homophobic attack 4

    Busta Rhymes allegedly shouted at a gay fan

    12:00 AM — The American rap star, Busta Rhymes allegedly lashed out at a young gay fan outside a gay night club in Miami earlier this week.The New York Post claims that the singer has been on edge since his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, was shot dead last month in Brooklyn while guarding Rhymes' jewellery."The restaurant was packed with transvestites, gay men and drag queens, which obviously made Busta a little edgy," eyewitness Thomas Barker told the Post.

  • School removes gay bullying site

    Parents of pupils at Holy Rood High in Scotland, complained to teachers about the contents of the site

    12:00 AM — A school internet chat room has been removed after complaints that it was being used to organise bullying campaigns.Parents of pupils at Holy Rood High in Scotland, complained to teachers about the contents of the site which included lists of the ugliest schoolchildren and suspicions of homosexuality amongst classmates.

  • Website launched to report homophobic crime

    Users can find out how homophobic incidents are classified and how and why these incidents should be reported

    12:00 AM — A support website has been set up to help make it easier to deal with and report homophobic and hate crimes.The site, Silence is Not Golden, aims to provide support for victims of homophobic incidents, in partnership with Hertfordshire Police.Users can find out how homophobic incidents are classified and how and why these incidents should be reported.

  • Lesbian and Gay film festival rides into town

    Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal will appear  in a screening of award winning gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain

    12:00 AM — The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival was launched in the West End last night by former Friends star Lisa Kudrow.Leicester Square welcomed the comedy actress who played dipsy Phoebe in the sitcom, along with director Don Ross, who wrote Happy Endings, starring Kudrow, which was shown last night.

  • Schoolboy bullied by gay jibes website 1

    The hate filled site, which received over 500 visitors, was set up by two pupils,  they uploaded images of him in school uniform along with hurtful accusations.

    12:00 AM — A young pupil was forced to move school after bullies set up a website accusing him of being gay.The 13 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was deliberately targeted for almost a year with bogus and abusive claims including false lists of likes and dislikes which labelled him as gay.

  • Explanation sought for “gay terrorists” incident

    Commentators argue that President Lech Kaczynski, former mayor of Warsaw who banned gay pride parades, could have used the incident to evoke a terrorist threat

    12:00 AM — Poland's opposition party is demanding an explanation for an incident in last year's elections when a bomb hoax was blamed on "gay terrorists."Wojciech Wierzejski, an MP from conservative Catholic party, LPR, told a Polish radio station it is more likely the ruling Law and Justice Party played a part in planting the fake bombs rather than gay organisations as it was originally suggested.

  • Gay activists push for immigrant care

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US

    12:00 AM — Gay groups reacted to America's strong stance on immigration this week by persuading the Senate Judiciary Committee to adopt an amendment that would protect church and charitable groups, from prosecution for providing care to undocumented immigrants.The action essentially rebuffs a controversial House measure passed in December that makes it a felony to provide nonemergency aid to undocumented immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have rallied against get-tough immigration legislation in the US.

  • Legal tax victory for gay partners

    The court rejected the counties' challenge and affirmed the rule

    12:00 AM — A Sacramento Superior Court judge has upheld a Board of Equalisation Rule protecting domestic partners from increased property taxes when one of the partners dies and the other inherits the couple's home.In 2003, the Board of Equalisation adopted a rule giving the same protection to registered domestic partners. In March 2005, Sutter and Orange Counties challenged the rule in state court. Represented by NCLR, Lambda Legal, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles Olson LLP, Equality California and three same-sex couples intervened in the litigation to defend the rule.

  • Gay star gets drugs caution 5

    The former WHAM! member was taken into custody at the end of February

    12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has been given a police caution for drugs possession after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, last month.The former WHAM! member was taken into custody at the end of February when police arrested him on suspicion of possessing class C drugs and being unfit to drive.

  • Australian PM vows to block gay marriage

    Mr Howard views the ACT plans as a threat to 2004 federal legislation which defines marriage as a union between man and woman

    12:00 AM — The Australian Prime Minister faced accusations of homophobia today when he vowed to block any attempts to "undermine" marriage.John Howard's government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions.

  • 29th March 2006

    Gay band cop faces prison

    Willis helped write hits such as YMCA and In The Navy

    12:00 AM — The original lead singer of gay icon's The Village People, is facing five years in prison over cocaine and gun charges in the US.Victor Willis, appeared on stage as the cop between 1977 and 1980 along with a sailor, a cowboy, an Indian, a leather enthusiast and a construction worker, but now he has found himself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested in San Francisco when cocaine was found in his car.

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