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March 2006

  • 28th March 2006

    211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care? 5

    211 complaints to BBC over gay Eastender, but pinknews poll reveals different story

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe lesbian storyline between Sonia and Naomi on EastEnders has been bringing in its fair share of complaints.211 emails calls and letters have been received by the EastEnders press office, objecting to the storyline which saw the break up of Sonia's marriage, fueled by her first gay kiss with a friend.

  • Peter Tatchell on “Queen” Mugabe and the scary prospect of being an establishment figure

    “Queen“ Mugabe is no friend of Peter Tatchell

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen meets Peter Tatchell of the human rights group OutRage! to discuss gay rights, the progress made in Britain and whether Robert Mugabe could be considered a closet case.Climbing the steps of a slightly dingy south London housing estate, you have little sense that you are on route to the headquarters of one of Britain's foremost human rights campaign groups.

  • Verdict in gay hate crime case – guilty

    Verdict in gay hate crime case - guilty

    12:00 AM — A member of the Crips street gang has been convicted for a frenzied attack on a gay manA Brooklyn Supreme Court jury found Steven Pomie, 25, guilty of assault and assault as a hate crime for the brutal June 2005 attack that left Dwan Prince, 28, paralysed.

  • No Queen and Queen at prom

    No Queen and Queen at prom

    12:00 AM — Laura Murphy, a church attending Catholic school girl has been forbidden by school authorities from bringing her partner to her high school prom.Though Ms Murphy had attended a school dance with Lindsey Shelton, a freshman at a local college, the school put its foot down over the all important prom in Cheektowaga, New York. A friend of Ms Murphy said: "We had a date dance at the beginning of the year, and they let her bring her girlfriend to that, so what's the difference between a date dance and the prom?"

  • Freed gay hostage to be welcomed home

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, to be welcomed home

    12:00 AM — The inhabitants of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are tying ribbons to the trees, and hanging out flags and signs reading, "Prayers Answered" to welcome home freed Iraq hostage James Loney.The 42 year old peace activist, was taken hostage Baghdad along with Norman Kember, fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, and American Tom Fox, whose bullet-ridden body was found earlier this month. He returned to Canada on Sunday having been freed by coalition forces in Iraq, where he was greeted by his partner, Dan Hunt.

  • Civil partnership in Australian Capital Territory

    The flag of the Australian Capital Territory

    12:00 AM — Debate in Canberra raged last night over a new civil partnership scheme. The Minister for the Australian Capital Territory (the region where Canberra is situated) Jon Stanhope said that the new Civil Union Act would "essentially create domestic relationships".Mr Stanhope said that discrimination against gay and lesbian couples was unacceptable, and that the region should follow the example of Tasmania in registering same sex relationships.

  • “Gay couples only adopt to molest” says Republican politican 10

    Gay couples only adopt to molest says US Representative

    12:00 AM — As the gay adoption debate shows no signs of resolution in America, the Republican party's Representative for Hendersonville, Debra Maggart, says she believes gay couples may adopt children for the purpose of molesting them.In a public email correspondence with a master's student at Vanderbilt University she argued against gay adoption on moral and safely grounds."We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse," she claimed.

  • Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award. 5

    Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award.

    12:00 AM — "Finally an award that means something," sighed Ang Lee happily as Brokeback Mountain claimed a gong in New York.In it's 17th annual awards, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) named the "gay cowboy movie" it's top film of the year.The writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several years, hosted the glamorous evening at the Manhattan Hotel, and presenters included Michael Douglas and Sandra Bernhard.

  • 27th March 2006

    Pope’s gay views “in line with Hitler” 4

    He referred to the Pope's former membership of the Hitler Youth Movement in Germany in the 1940s

    12:00 AM — Pope Benedict XVI's gay stance is as bad as prejudices of "Hitler and Himmler" in Nazi Germany, according to an Irish Senator.Senator David Norris criticise the pontiff over his constant condemnation of homosexuality and refused to take "moral instructions from a man with a swastika on his arms."

  • Transgendered man documents hair raising life

    The former female model, now called Rico Adrian Paris has courted media interest with his autobiography

    12:00 AM — A transgendered man who excelled in female beauty pageants around the UK is set to reveal all in a book documenting his journey from life as a woman to being a man.The former female model, now called Rico Adrian Paris has courted media interest with his autobiography, Transman Bitesize, which tells the tale of 37 years as a woman called Helen Thompson, two marriages, and four children, until having a sex change.

  • R Kelly disowns brother over bisexual claims 3

    The singer is due to stand trial on child pornography charges in Chicago, Illinois in April. He has pleaded innocent.

    12:00 AM — R B star R Kelly is bisexual, according to a DVD being promoted by younger brother, Carey Kelly.Mr Kelly, told New York Radio station Hot 97 that his low budget release reveals the artist, real name Robert Kelly, has asked him to cover for him in his upcoming trial for child pornography, beats his wife and is bisexual.

  • Will Young has joined “anti-gay” Church- press claim 4

    Will Young came out as gay when he won Pop Idol

    12:00 AM — The gay Pop Idol winner, Will Young has joined a Christian group that allegedly "frowns on homosexuality and labels it an 'illness'."The Daily Mail today claims that the singer has joined a small group of disciples meeting in a formerly derelict church in South Kensington, West London. According to the newspaper, he became a regular worshipper after completing a controversial initiation programme criticised for brainwashing its devotees.

  • Coach dismissed after gay porn revelations 3

    He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years

    12:00 AM — A gym coach has been banned from working with children at a Catholic school after it was discovered that he was a former porn star.School principal, Dennis Litteken, dismissed the athlete after he found out that the 22 year old gymnast, Josh Weast, had once starred in gay porn videos.He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years.

  • Homophobia hits Hungarian elections 2

    The Hungarian elections take place from April 9 to 23

    12:00 AM — Members of Hungary's ruling coalition party have been accused of destroying traditional values in an anti gay tirade from opposition group, the Christian Democrat People's Party (KDNP.)The KNDP, which is allied to the main conservative opposition, Fidesz, increased its anti gay standing in the run up to elections, when it accused the liberal party of corroding the country's values by supporting schemes such as gay pride.

  • Gay groups voice concern over Bulger killer’s outing 6

    The Daily Mail and The Sun reported this week that Thompson, now 23, has been given permission by his probation service minders to live with his homosexual lover

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed dismay at a media frenzy over allegations that one of Jamie Bulger's killers, Robert Thompson, is gay.Thomson, who abducted and murdered toddler Jamie Bulger, with his friend Jon Venables when they were ten years old in 1993, is now believed to be living with a gay lover.

  • Pink claims brother stole her lesbian lover

    The singer said the girl was her first love

    12:00 AM — Pop star Pink has revealed tales of heartbreak after her brother stole her lesbian lover when she was a young teenager.The singer, real name Alecia Moore, told the Independent she received therapy after the break up and was still upset about it years later.She said the girl was her first love, "I had a girlfriend when I was 13 and she left me for my brother!"

  • Norwegian bishop suggests gays seek therapy

    Bishop Kvarme defended his remarks on television and insisted he wasn't suggesting counselling for gay people

    12:00 AM — A Norwegian bishop has been condemned by public figures after suggesting gay people change their sexual orientation by visiting a psychiatrist.Norway's top actress slammed Oslo Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme, and was joined in opposition to his remarks by senior politicians and government officials.

  • Brokeback toy boys 6

    The figures are designed looking down, as they do for most of the film

    12:00 AM — An internet blogger has caused online tears, and praise after designing action figures dedicated to the gay cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain.Jedi Doug, an action figure enthusiast from Canada, constructed the models by hand from other toys, and has featured them on his website along with models from other programmes such as Angel and Napoleon Dynamite.

  • Freedom march organiser looking to build on success 1

    He expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced

    12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's March for Free Expression, Peter Risdon, has openly praised the Muslim Action Committee's Ismaeel-Haneef, for helping to ensure peaceful rallies in London and Birmingham.He thanked him in an open letter in which he expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced and invited him to a further debate on the controversial Danish cartoons satirising the Islamic Prophet Muhammed.

  • FCUK grooming kit worth £150 up for grabs 1

    12:00 AM — Already popular in the gay community, the FCUK grooming range has been repackaged and restyled with a funky new look.To celebrate their launch, PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with French Connection to offer a massive goody bag complete with every item in the range (worth around £150) for one lucky reader . Five runners up will each receive a weekend travel kit which retails at £14.

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