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March 2006

  • 29th March 2006

    Polish protests at gay bar closure

    Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building

    12:00 AM — A former gay club in Warsaw which was due to be closed last weekend has been hijacked by 200 peaceful protestors aiming to preserve the "haven of left wing thought."Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building and has no plans to continue using it as a premises for popular gay club and bar, Le Madame.

  • Gay man gets family back

    Legal experts predict the case will have a big impact on America's gay community

    12:00 AM — A gay man who had been force to choose between custody of his son or living with his partner has now been given permission to live with both of his loved ones.A Montgomery Court Judge yesterday lifted a 2002 cohabitation ban on Karl Ulf Hedberg, which let him live with his son on the basis that his partner moved out.

  • Scotland considers adoption for gay couples

    Present laws only allow one partner in an unmarried couple to adopt

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Scotland will be given adoption and fostering rights if upcoming legislation is passed by parliament.The Adoption Bill, which was produced yesterday, aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Undeveloped HIV drug appears in gay community

    The drug successfully kept the virus from reproducing in trials

    12:00 AM — Scientists are pushing through a new AIDs treatment in reaction to fears that an immunity may be built up after reports of gay men already getting hold of the anti viral drug.Medical experts at the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention believe they have developed a drug which could prevent the spread of HIV, since recently successful tests onmonkeys.

  • Teenagers file lawsuit over lesbian expulsion

    The teenagers claim the head teacher believed third-hand information that they were lesbians

    12:00 AM — Two schoolgirls pursuing a lawsuit over their expulsion after an alleged lesbian relationship, were given backing by the Superior Court.Judge Gloria Connor Trask refused to dismiss the claims despite statements from the California Lutheran High School that the institution is a private, religious, organisation and that the case should be refused.

  • Sharon Stone’s Basic Instinct lesbian scenes cut

    The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial

    12:00 AM — Producers of the sequel to Basic Instinct were forced to edit steamy lesbian sex scenes from the new movie after US censors threatened to give the film a restrictive rating.The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial, so on the advice of the ratings board, removed the raunchy material featuring Sharon Stone and French actress Annie Caillon.

  • American TV networks ban pro-gay Church adverts

    The church has spent $1.5m on the campaign

    12:00 AM — Citing policies to refuse controversial or religious advertising, all for major television networks in the United States have refused to air a gay-friendly advertisement for the United Church of Christ.A 30-second commercial for the church showing a gay couple, a single mother and a disabled man flying out of their pews as an unidentified hand pushed a red "ejector" button" will begin airing on cable networks and Spanish-language channels in April.

  • Handbook to promote gay health issues

    The book aims to end stereotypes of looking at diseases based on sexual orientation and encourages looking at patients individually

    12:00 AM — A research specialist is hoping to improve knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues amongst health providers in a recently published handbook.Michael Shankle a sexual orientation and health expert at the Pennsylvania Prevention Project edited The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service to prepare medical professionals for when they deal with the gay community.

  • Gay blood welcomed in Portugal

    Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors  irrelevant

    12:00 AM — The Portuguese gay community are now free to donate blood, after officials announced new blood screening tests last weekend.Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors as irrelevant after the introduction of new technology which will help detect HIV infected blood.

  • Police officer’s gay internet jibes

    There are reportedly four officers involved

    12:00 AM — US police officers are facing disciplinary procedures over homophobic and discriminatory internet postings on a popular website.Photos and offensive comments were uploaded onto internet community site, MySpace, where the users called each other gay and disabled in a derogatory manner, it is believed that these actions broke the Lexington police force's disciplinary code.

  • Moscow mayor asked to “review” gay pride ban

    Russia takes presidency of the Council 10 days before the parade is due

    12:00 AM — The Council of Europe has called on the mayor of Moscow to reinstate the city's gay pride parade.President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council, Giovanni di Stasi asked Yuri Luzhkov to "review," his policy and allow the gay community to march in Russia in May as it is an entitlement according to human rights conventions of free expression and protection from discrimination.

  • Town rallies to support gay hostage 1

    Residents of Sault Ste. Marie, are welcoming back James Loney

    12:00 AM — Due to an influx of traffic regarding an earlier report on the return of hostage, James Loney, from Iraq, PinkNews.co.uk is delighted to acknowledge the overwhelming and heartfelt support from the peacemaker's hometown on our message boards.Residents of Sault Ste. Marie, are welcoming back James Loney, after his return from captivity since November 2005.

  • High suicide risk amongst gay men

    According to the research, homophobic attitudes and a lack of resources on mental and emotional conditions, play a big part in  difficulties

    12:00 AM — A mental health report will highlight a prevalence of self harm, suicide contemplation and poor mental health amongst gay and bisexual men in Northern Ireland, at a Belfast conference today.The three year study, Out on Your Own, conducted by the Rainbow Project, reveals a quarter of gay men have attempted suicide, two thirds have considered it and 30 per cent have self harmed.

  • 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".

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