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March 2006

  • 21st March 2006

    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."

  • 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?

  • 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".

  • 20th March 2006

    Australian state premier bars gay marriage bill 1

    A spokesperson for Steve Bracks said that gay marriage was “not on the Government's agenda“

    12:00 AM — The premier of the Australian state of Victoria has declared his opposition to proposals for a gay marriage bill similar to the British Civil Partnerships Act to be introduced in his state.Steve Bracks, the Australian Labor [sic] party Victoria premier has refused to allow an official who is responsible for drafting legislation to assist independent MP, Andrew Olexander to draft a civil unions bill.

  • Gay holiday camp owners claim they suffered hate crimes

    The camp owners accuse their neighbours of hate crimes

    12:00 AM — The owners of a popular gay holiday resort in Ozarks Missouri, USA are finally retaliating by taking their neighbours to court accusing them of violating the hate crime law, which includes crimes based on sexual orientation.Charles Franzke and James Thideman owners of Cactus Canyon Campground, claim to have endured seven years of torment including their guests being shot at and having rocks hurled at them.

  • Gay wedding numbers stabilise in the Netherlands 1

    At their peak, 3% of all marriages in the Netherlands were between same sex couples

    12:00 AM — The world's first same-sex marriages were introduced in the Netherlands five years ago when a record number 2,214 tied the knot representing some 3 % of the total Dutch weddings that year. Now the level has fallen due to what researchers label as "stabilisation."Demographics Professor Jan Latten at the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said: "There was an element of hype in 2001. Lots of people who had already been together for 30 or 40 years got married. The numbers peaked in 2002 when 1,838 same-sex couples tied the knot.

  • Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music 2

    Beverly Knight is well known as a gay icon

    12:00 AM — Pop diva Beverly Knight has spoken out against the blatant homophobia in a great deal of music from black artists including Beenie Man.Ms Knight first spoke out against homophobia in 2004 following the death of her friend, the television presenter Tyrone Jameson who died of AIDs.The pop star has in her own right become an icon of the gay community.

  • Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders

    Peter Tatchell said: “Support for a liberal, progressive Islam is an urgent priority“

    12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.

  • 19th March 2006

    Gay Briton accused of murder released on bail in Crete

    Ryan Johnson was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday

    12:00 AM — A gay British man accused of killing his parents following a rift over his homosexuality has been bailed in Crete.Ryan Johnson, 32, from Newlyn, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday. He is charged with murdering Terry and Jo Johnson, aged 53 and 54, at the weekend. Members of his family arrived on the Greek island on Thursday night.

  • British men jailed for gay abuse of children in India

    The pair abused boys in a shelter they had set-up

    12:00 AM — Two British men have been jailed for six years in India after they were found guilty of abusing boys at a children's shelter that one of the pair had set-up in Bombay.The court found Duncan Grant, a charity worker, and Allan Waters guilty of child sex abuse and engaging in unnatural acts with children. They were sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of £20,000 each.

  • Boyzone star holds gay wedding in London 2

    Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner

    12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner in a civil ceremony at an exclusive hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.The 30-year-old singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, in Las Vegas three years ago.A spokesman for the Goring Hotel said that Sir Elton John, who was expected to be one of the guests, was not present.

  • Beckham’s ex says she’s not a lesbian, but is bisexual

    Ms Loos famously masturbated a pig on the reality television programme, the Farm

    12:00 AM — Rebecca Loos, who famously enjoyed a brief affair with England and Real Madrid star David Beckham says that despite being bisexual, she would only settle down with a man.The former personal assistant said: "I love lesbians but I'm not one myself. I'm bisexual. I do fancy some women, but only very occasionally. I rarely walk into a room and am attracted to a girl. I'm very picky. But there is the potential for me to fancy women."

  • Gay police chief believes he is being made the fall guy for the tube shooting 7

    Britain Paddick is furious at being “hung out to dry”

    12:00 AM — Sources close to the most senior gay police officer in Britain say that he has been made "the fall guy" in a campaign to save the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner.Colleagues of Britain Paddick, the deputy assistant commissioner say that he is furious at being "hung out to dry" by the force after he gave a testimony on his boss, Sir Ian to the investigators looking into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian at Stockwell tube station last year.

  • 17th March 2006

    Gay agency offers Greek trip for biggest fundraisers

    The holiday valued at £1,000 is for a seven night stay for two people

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) is offering a holiday to the Greek Island of Mykonos for the person who can raise the most money for the charitable organisation.Supporters can fundraise in any way they like and whoever sends the largest amount of proceeds to the NAT will win the trip with gay tour operator, Respect holidays.

  • Red Cross enters gay blood ban protests

    The health organisation, who claim to supply almost half of America's blood, believe improved HIV testing means the current ban is now not needed

    12:00 AM — The American Red Cross (ARC) is lobbying the US government to lift the Department of Health and Human Services' ban on gay blood donors.According to the American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) gay men are at higher risk of contracting and transmitting HIV and other diseases such as hepatitis, which poses a health risk.

  • Gay council leader boycotts St Patrick’s Day 2

    New York's Irish gay organisations had been pushing to march behind their own banner

    12:00 AM — New York's first openly gay council leader will boycott today's St Patrick's Day parade after Irish gay groups were blocked from participating.The chairman of the Manhattan parade, John Dunleavy, refused an approach from the leader of New York's City Council leader, Christine Quinn, to allow gay groups to join the march.

  • Gay banker’s sacking was “fair but not perfect” 4

    The head of the disciplinary hearing last year, Charles Laughton-Scott, told the Stratford tribunal, “We considered it had been a fair process. Was it perfect? No“

    12:00 AM — HSBC handled a gay banker's dismissal in a fair but not perfect way, a senior HSBC executive admitted to an employment tribunal yesterday.Peter Lewis, the bank's former equity head, was sacked after a disciplinary hearing where a fellow employee accused him of masturbating in front of him, but Mr Lewis claims he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.

  • Gay affair break up captures the nation

    Over 40 people have responded to her article

    12:00 AM — A woman whose engagement fell apart after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has generated a hugely emotive and informative debate in a UK broadsheet.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, has caught the heart and minds of readers of The Times.

  • Dutch group tackles gay Muslim tensions

    Muslim-gay friction will be the theme of the football matches to be held next week

    12:00 AM — A Dutch multicultural group is hoping to attack tensions between gay and Muslim groups with a football tournament.The Institute of Multicultural Development (IMD) will hold the competition next week in reaction to a survey by the Police Research Academy which blamed people of Moroccan and Turkish origin for a significant amount of homophobic attacks.

  • Former nurse jailed for murdering gay pensioner

    Mark Pacelli Papazian, 50, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty

    12:00 AM — A man was jailed for 23 years today for murdering a gay retired English teacher who had treated him as a lover.The former psychiatric nurse was imprisoned after being found guilty of killing 65 year old Roger Hendra at his flat in Hampstead, London, last June.

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