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March 2006

  • 22nd March 2006

    Sportswear brand faces ban due to anti-gay and neo-Nazi links 1

    In an attempt to counter this negative image, Lonsdale has sponsored gay rights and immigrant groups

    12:00 AM — One of Britain's largest sportswear brands, Lonsdale may face problems in selling to customers in Europe after the continent's largest mail-order company carries through a threat to ban sales of the firm's line due to their popularity with the far right.Michel Badke, managing director of Quelle, the German based mail-order giant told the Independent: "Quelle wants to distance itself clearly from all tendencies associated with extremism."

  • India’s celebrities speak up for gay rights

    Dino Morea said: “gays can make great friends“

    12:00 AM — With the recent official founding of gay group the Men's Community Development Society (MCDS), Indian celebrities have been moved to speak out about attitudes towards gay people in the popular paper Hindustan Times.Male supermodel Dino Morea kicked off the debate noting: "when I entered the modelling world after completing my graduation, I had loads of stories about homosexuals forcibly making you enter into an act with them."

  • Vicars weigh in on both sides of gay marriage issue

    The Rev Doug Donley: God guides vicars on Gay marriage issue. One gets green light, the other sees red

    12:00 AM — The Rev Steve Goold and the Rev Doug Donley found themselves on opposites sides of the debate as their prayers to god for guidance on the issue of gay marriage gave them both different answers.Mr Goold, senior pastor of the Crystal Evangelical Free Church in New Hope said that he felt compelled by God to voice his objection in the gay marriage debate at the Minnesota Capitol.

  • First gay club registered in India 13

    gay club registered in Chennai, India

    12:00 AM — The first gay club to be officially registered in India has been founded in Chennai - a brave move in a country where homosexuality is illegal, and homosexuals are viewed with suspicion and contempt.The group's founder, Mr Vasu, said that he created the Men's Community Development Society (MCDS) to draw attention to the injustices that gay people suffer. Unofficially the group has been meeting for 6 years and has over 700 members in Chennai alone, but Mr Vasu decided to take the step of registering the MCDS after police discrimination convinced him that some official protest should be made.

  • Gay marriage vote in New Hampshire

    New Hampshire joins gay marriage debate

    12:00 AM — A vote in New Hampshire yesterday had a tentative pro gay marriage result. A constitutional amendment had been proposed which would ban same sex marriage specifically in the state's Bill of Rights. It was defeated by 207 votes to 125.Senator Jack Raymond, an opponent of gay marriage said that he would respect the views of the house and not pursue a similar amendment in the State Senate. "The people is the third rail in politics" he said, "and obviously the people that voted against it didn't want it to hit the third rail".

  • Gay asylum seekers sent back to Iran

    LGBT asylum seekers sent back to Iran

    12:00 AM — Gay asylum seekers to the Netherlands from Iran will be sent back there, Rita Verdonk, Dutch Immigration minister decides.She is lifting a ban that was put in place 6 months ago following reports that Iranian homosexuals were being executed. Jean Lambert Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London spoke out against the lifting of the ban, expressing concern that Iranian Lesbian Gay Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) immigrants would face a frightening and uncertain future. "It is extremely worrying that some EU countries are willing to ignore the advice of the Human Rights Watch and signs of danger in Iran."

  • Conservative Jews divided over gay rights

    The issue of homosexuality has long divided the Jewish community

    12:00 AM — Moves to lift a ban on gay rabbis and marriages has come has proved a sticking point for the leaders of the American Conservative Judaism community convening in an annual meeting in Mexico City.The Conservative Judaism movement who claim to be an attempt to reconcile traditional Judaism and modernity have been overtaken as the largest Jewish group in the USA by the more liberal, Reform movement.

  • Gay v Muslim football 3

    Gay v Muslim football competition

    12:00 AM — A football tournament played in Holland yesterday pitted a gay team against a Muslim team in a bid to promote tolerance.Frank Van Dalen, chairman of a collection of Dutch gay groups said: "There is tension between the gay and Muslim communities and a lot of this tension comes from ignorance." Watching the game from the sidelines he commented "We want to show we can live with each other."

  • Lesbian fire-fighter launches discrimination case against boss, who is also her former lover

    Bonnie Bleskachek is one of America's few gay fire chiefs

    12:00 AM — A lesbian fire-fighter has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the fire chief of Minneapolis Tuesday, a woman who happens to be the fire-fighter's former domestic partner.Captain Jennifer Cornell launched her claim in Minneapolis, USA District Court against Chief Bonnie Bleskachek. Ms Cornell named the city as a co-defendant.

  • No time for minor crimes unless they are homophobic, Police Chief admits 3

    No time for minor crime Police Chief, Sean White admits

    12:00 AM — Humberside Police force have admitted that they will not be investigating less serious crimes unless they are racist or homophobic, in a move that Shadow Home Secretary David Davis called "terrifying".Police chiefs on Humberside insisted that the cuts were necessary in order to comply with a Home Office directive to deal with a backlog of 3,500 unsolved serious offences in the city.

  • Mormons threatens to excommunicate member who held a legal gay marriage

    The church said that only allows heterosexuals to be members

    12:00 AM — The Mormon Church is threatening to excommunicate a long-time member who legally married his long-term male partner in Toronto, Canada last year.Buckley Jeppson, 57, married Mike Kessler in 2004, but says senior church official recently told him his life is incompatible with the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that a disciplinary council would address the matter.

  • Diversity Day cancelled … again 2

    Diversity Day cancelled ... again

    12:00 AM — Every couple of years Viroqua High School in Virginia spend a day celebrating diversity and tolerance in the community, promoting the values of acceptance non-judgement and charity.But not this year.Florida based law firm Liberty Counsel, representing Pastor Don Greven of Bad Axe Lutheran Church and grandfather of a pupil Charles Lind, threatened legal action if the day went ahead.

  • Parity for gay men in South Korean army

    “The military will treat homosexual soldiers the same as heterosexual ones“

    12:00 AM — South Korea's defence ministry issued a statement addressing the issue of the treatment of gay soldiers in the army."The military will treat homosexual soldiers the same as heterosexual ones," the ministry said in a written statement distributed to news gathering groups.

  • 21st March 2006

    Council and Clergy gay marriage mix up

    The Council appologises to anti gay marriage vicar for misrepresenting him

    12:00 AM — When The Rev Philip Millen of Randalstown Free Presbyterian Church wrote a letter to Anrtim Borough Council objecting to civil partnerships, he was horrified to see it photocopied on the back of civil partnership application forms.A "clerical error" was blamed for the mix up, but that doesn't stop Mr Millen hinting darkly that "there may be ulterior motives at work".

  • Councillor expresses concerns about discrimination law opt outs

    No one refused hotel room or table in restaurant because of sexuality, Johnson hopes

    12:00 AM — Simon Williams, the Green Party councillor for Brighton, voiced his concerns today over the government's soon to be implemented anti discrimination legislation.New rules expected to come in in October 2006 will make it illegal for lesbian or gay customers to be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Hotels, insurance providers and house sellers or landlords will all be targeted by the policy, which Mr Williams described as "welcome". So why the concern?

  • Human rights group condemns Islamists and the Metropolitan Police

    Maryam Namazie called for an end to “political Islam”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe fifth annual Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund meeting was held in London last night despite the pulling out of the guest speaker, the liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf due to death threats.Instead the main speaker was the Iranian born secularist Maryam Namazie who claimed that supporters "should pay more to hear me speak than some Imam."

  • Bird Flu: God’s punishment for gay marriage – Rabbi claims 3

    bird flu caused by gay marriage?

    12:00 AM — Rabbi David Basri, a prominent Kabbalah preacher, has attributed an outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel to calls in election campaigns to legalise gay marriages.With less than a week to go before the polls open, his remarks have caused a flutter through left-wing political campaigners. Mertez party member Yossi Beilin is seeking liberal votes with a pro gay marriage stance that he's quite literally pressing home on stickers reading "voice of the groom and groom."

  • Equality review highlights issue of homophobic bullying 4

    Homophobic bullying can lead to trauancy and crime says the government report

    12:00 AM — Trevor Phillips, chair of the government's independent Equalities Review, spoke out about the problems of homophobic bullying in a consultation report published today."We need to focus our efforts to ensure that all of those who are disadvantaged in some way are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to a vibrant and successful UK economy," said Mr Phillips. The social cost and lost earnings are thought to cost billions of pounds a year.

  • International gay group still aiming for UN recognition

    The ILGA asked: “How long can lesbian and gay rights be ignored at the UN?“

    12:00 AM — An international group representing lesbians and gays have said that they will seek to put pressure on the United Nations to grant full recognition of lesbian and gay human rights through their biannual conference to be held in Geneva next week.The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) said the conference would be addressed by delegates from all continents, including countries where homosexuality is banned.

  • Bishop speaks out against gay adoption

    Bishop opposed to gay adoption

    12:00 AM — San Franciscan Archbishop George Niederauer has only been in office a month but he's making his presence felt with an anti gay adoption approach.He wants the social services arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to bring it's adoption programme "fully in sync" with the church's views while continuing to find homes for hard-to-place children, according to spokesman Maurice Healy.

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