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March 2006

  • 27th March 2006

    Scottish gay bars ready as smoking ban ignites 5

    From now on it will be invisible cigarettes only as a smoking ban comes into force across Scotland, smokers will have to go outside if they wish to light up

    12:00 AM — Smoking has now been stubbed out across bars and pubs in Scotland.The ban, which came into force yesterday to a mixed reception, applies to public places including restaurants, bars and clubs.A spokesman from gay establishment, the Claremont Bar in Edinburgh told PinkNews.co.uk, "We have been ready since the end of January, it is no big shock to us."

  • Diverse US support for openly gay army members

    The survey follows similar findings from other organisations. A recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found 79% of Americans favour allowing gays to serve openly

    12:00 AM — Americans of all ages and numerous religions support the idea of openly gay army recruits, according to a poll.The survey, released by the Pew Research Centre, shows that a majority of Americans in every age group, geographic region of the country and throughout numerous religious denominations support allowing lesbian and gay Americans to serve openly in the armed forces.

  • Win £100 of luxury Italian cheese (plus accessories) 3

    Win £100 of luxury cheese

    12:00 AM — Delicious Grana Padano hard Italian cheese is as good for your waist line as it is for your taste buds. 50g contains just 190 calories (the same as a small fruit smoothie) and all the goodness of a pint and a half of skimmed milk.Thanks to our friends at Grana Padano, we've got a Win a half round of gourmet Grana Padano cheese worth over £100 to give away, in addition to a professional cheese knife and top of the range grater so that you can eat it in style.

  • Gay groups slam Hillary Clinton’s “ambiguous” gay policy 1

    Mrs Clinton supports civil unions, a similar system to the British civil partnership scheme, gay marriage in all but name

    12:00 AM — US Democrats have blocked progress on gay rights, according to activists.Eight Democratic senators, including Senator Hillary Clinton, former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, listened to complaints last week from gay groups that they and their party colleagues have hindered progress on gay rights.

  • ACLU defends blogger’s right to parody “ex-gay” group

    He reacted to a billboard, sponsored by “ex-gay“ ministry Exodus International

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defence of a Californian man who received a cease-and-desist letter after posting a parody of a billboard advertisement for so-called "reparative therapy" on his website."The moment I saw the billboards last September, I was deeply offended. The inspiration for the parody I created came to me instantly. How would straight people feel if their very being, their sense of self was being so overtly disparaged?" said Justin Watt, a blogger from Santa Rosa, California.

  • Homophobic lecturer suspended

    12:00 AM — The university lecturer at the centre of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, has been suspended pending disciplinary action.Dr Frank Ellis, an academic at the University of Leeds, was blasted by students and minority groups last week after telling the student magazine that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries and that "there is a persistent gap in average black and white average IQ."

  • 26th March 2006

    Diverse crowd join in London to attend rally in support of free speech 2

    Around 1000 people braved the rain in London yesterday

    12:00 AM — Over a thousand people braved the pouring rain to listen to a diverse range of speakers enthusing over the rights of freedom of speech in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group, OutRage!, was reserved the key note speaker position to address a largely peaceful crowd.

  • 25th March 2006

    Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.

    Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.

    12:00 AM — The national lottery has agreed to donate £120, 000 to Gay-Glos, a charity which runs gay friendship groups in Gloucestershire.The money comes from an amount allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK, and will be used to create a gay friendship group for the over 60s, and a mobile group for young people between the ages of 18 and 25. The groups will offer advice and help to gay people living in the more remote areas of the rural county.

  • 24th March 2006

    Lesbian who poured boiling bleach on lover is jailed

    “Help you? I wouldn't spit on you“

    12:00 AM — "Help you? I wouldn't spit on you," said Juliet Wilson as she poured boiling bleach over her girlfriend in a jealous rage.In her trial at Wood Green Crown Court, prosecutor Mark Kimsey explained that Ms Wilson has become upset when her girlfriend Ms Grizzle had arranged to meet an ex lover and returned late back to the house that she shared with Ms Wilson's children, aged 8 and 11.

  • Man throws his own penis at police 2

    Man cuts off his own penis and throws it at Police

    12:00 AM — What's worse than having your penis cut off?Having your penis cut off then being stunned by a police Tasar, perhaps?Jakub Fik knows all about that particular brand of misery. Distraught over an argument with his girlfriend, Mr Fik went on a rampage through the streets of Chicago, smashing car windows and breaking into houses. When police caught up with him he cut off his penis, threw it at an officer, and, for good measure, threw the knife at him as well.

  • Cockles and Muscles (Crustaces et Coquillages)

    12:00 AM — Cockles and Muscles is a delightful, light-hearted tale of the intricacies of modern French family life.Set in the sea side resort of Côte d'azur where mechanic father, Marc (Gilbert Melki) and his half Dutch wife Beatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) take their son Charly (Romain Torres) to enjoy an idyllic summer in the house that Marc spent his youth.

  • Coming out for Mothers Day

    Coming out for Mothers Day

    12:00 AM — A Big Up survey ahead of mother's day has revealed that Black mothers are more supportive when their sons come out than people think.A Sigma Research Poll taken in 2002 revealed that 11% of gay black men had been discriminated against by their own families, where as half as many white men received the same sort of treatment. But things appear to be changing.

  • Rent

    12:00 AM — A play revolving around the depressing subject-matter of impoverished young people living in the shadow of AIDS would, to a lot of people, hardly sound like the most entertaining night out. Chuck in song and dance numbers, and it's hardly surprising that Rent has become the subject of numerous parodies - not least the memorable song "Everyone has AIDS" from 2004's irreverent Team America: World Police.

  • Nigerian President heads to America amid homophobic law debate

    Obasanjo hopes to meet Bush on his visit to America

    12:00 AM — As more than 20 human rights groups voice concerns about the new homophobic laws in Nigeria, it's President prepares to take a holiday.Olusegun Obasanjo, the now president, ex dictator of Nigeria will be visiting America, where he hopes to hob nob with George Bush.

  • Paradise Now

    12:00 AM — You surely cannot get much more topical and controversial than a Palestinian film about suicide bombers. Anyone who watches the news regularly will have seen and heard about little else for much of the last five years.So the obvious question many would ask is, "Why would I want to go to the cinema for this when I can just turn on the TV?"

  • Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

    12:00 AM — Since the success of the likes of Toy Story and Shrek, computer-animated movies have become a regular fixture of the school holiday cinema listings.From the apparent decline of Hollywood animation in the 1980s and early 1990s, new technologies have revitalised the art of feature-length cartoons, and the constant desire of parents world-wide to find something to keep their kids occupied has ensured that there is big money in the genre.

  • Banks must review discrimination policy lawyers say 5

    Employees may be personally liable for discrimination, as well as firms.

    12:00 AM — As the unfair dismissal for being gay trail continues, lawyers urge city banks to address implicit homophobic attitudes.Speaking to Reuters, Michelle Mendelsson head of European diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse said that: "One of our challenges ... is how we engage this group."Lawyers are warning bamks that they need to take diversity training seriously, as new legislation tightens up discrimination employment laws.

  • Homophobic law might hamper AIDS effort, Human Rights group fears. 2

    Homophobic law might hamper AIDS effort, Human Rights group fears.

    12:00 AM — Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's outlawing of homosexuality looks set to become law. The ex military dictator was elected in 1999, but his government is offering little resistance to his legislative desires.Justice Minister Bayo Ojo said that the new bill which makes homosexuality a criminal offence had been approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by president Obasanjo, and would be forwarded immediately to lawmakers to be written into the constitution.

  • Gay sex attacker sentenced to five years 1

    Cyrus Winton was found guilty of three attacks and three thefts

    12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been jailed for five years.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts. Sentencing Winton, the judge described him as a very dangerous man. He was also placed under a five-year supervision order on release.

  • Banned on TV, gay kiss shown on internet

    Banned on TV, gay kiss shown on internet

    12:00 AM — A controversial gay kiss scene in new American series "Bedford Diaries" is causing more than its fair share of drama.The kiss, which takes place in a crowded bar, will not be screened on the WB channel, in response to vocal outraged protests. Many of these came from agitated parents, anxious that their children should not be able to see the kiss, which was scheduled to be braodcast in an evening time slot.

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