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October 2006

  • 12th October 2006

    Foster’s con is bad news for Fijian gays and lesbians 1

    Mr Foster had allegedly already taken $1.5 million Australian dollars from two investors for his own planned development, despite not yet having any legal claim to the

    12:00 AM — Andrew M. Potts reports on a scam which has resulted in an increase in hostility towards the gay community in Fiji.Peter Foster, the disgraced Australian businessman who nearly brought down the Blairs in the so-called Cheriegate property scandal, has been accused of launching a homophobic smear campaign against a tourist development in Fiji which has lead to calls by Fijian Christian fundamentalists to remove clauses in the nation's constitution which give limited protection to gays and lesbians.

  • UN criticises Cameroon’s anti-gay policies

    The men were arrested at a bar frequented by gays and lesbians in Yaoundé, Cameroon last June and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being found guilty “sodomy“

    12:00 AM — The United Nations has criticised Cameroonian authorities for detaining 11 men on their basis of their presumed sexuality.The men were arrested at a bar frequented by gays and lesbians in Yaoundé, Cameroon last June and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being found guilty "sodomy."

  • Disney characters taking the Mickey 3

    The footage featuring Goofy simulating intimate clinches with the Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse getting intimate with the Snowman, was taken at Disneyland Paris and would definitely not be suitable for kids

    12:00 AM — Disney bosses are reported to be outraged after a video showing characters pretending to be having an orgy was circulated on the internet.The footage featuring Goofy simulating intimate clinches with the Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse getting intimate with the Snowman, was taken at Disneyland Paris and would definitely not be suitable for kids.

  • Irish Greens back gay marriage

    The move would bring comfort to Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan who were married in Canada in 2003 and are currently trying to get their union to be recognised by the Irish government too

    12:00 AM — Ireland does not currently even have any laws regarding same sex unions, but the country's Green Party has today vowed to introduce total equality between the gay and straight community by promising same-sex marriage, civil partnerships for both same-sex and heterosexual couples, and legal rights for couples who live together.The Party believes legislative changes are necessary to ensure equality for all, to offer protection for the contemporary family and to provide a legal framework in areas including taxation, inheritance and maintenance.

  • Norway host gay animals 2

    The display, entitled Against Nature, at the Oslo Natural History Museum, documents homosexual behaviour amongst over a thousand members of the animal kingdom from beetles to whales

    12:00 AM — There is a big gay buzz around Norway at the moment after the country's capital opened the world's first museum exhibition on gay animals today.The display, entitled Against Nature, at the Oslo Natural History Museum, documents homosexual behaviour amongst over a thousand members of the animal kingdom from beetles to whales.

  • Boy George slates Culture Club replacement 1

    Culture Club have recently reformed with a new lead singer Sam Butcher for a UK tour starting in December

    12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George has described his Culture Club replacement as "terrible" and "dreadful."Culture Club have recently reformed with a new lead singer Sam Butcher for a UK tour starting in December.But Boy George, who led the group to international fame with disco hits such as Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me in the 1980s, said Butcher has no right to sing his songs which were about personal issues.

  • Gay banker appeals HSBC judgement 4

    Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK

    12:00 AM — A gay former senior banker has won the right to appeal an employment tribunal judgement that he was not sacked by HSBC because of his sexuality.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.

  • Belarus drops diplomat gay porn charge

    The EU has called on the government , led by Alexander Lukashenko,  to allow protests and freedom of speech in the country

    12:00 AM — Belarus has dropped a gay pornography charge against a Latvian diplomat.A feud emerged last August between officials in Belarus and neighbouring Latvia after Belarusian national television screened footage describing "a dirty homosexual orgy" claiming to involve a Latvian diplomat.

  • Gay rights politician in drug swab prank

    Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine

    12:00 AM — A gay rights spokesman thought he was giving an impromptu political interview to eager reporters but ended up becoming one of the victims of a drug test prank for prime-time television this week, which has caused outcry in the Italian Parliament.Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine after secretly tested them for drugs when being asked to give an interview on the 2007 budget.

  • Equality group welcomes gay carer compensation

    Niall Crowley, chief executive of the Equality Authority, said it shows the importance of recognition for same sex couples in Ireland

    12:00 AM — The Equality Authority has welcomed a decision by the Irish government today to compensate a gay man for taking unpaid leave from his job to care for his partner.The equal rights group called it an "important recognition" for same sex couples in the Republic of Ireland, after the unnamed claimant won his case under the Equal Status Act.

  • Killer nearly sawed off lesbian’s head

    Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard

    12:00 AM — A killer who nearly sawed his former lover's head off after she told him she was leaving him for a woman has been found guilty of murder.James Seaton, 46, is expected to be handed a life sentence for the murder of Jacqueline Queen last November.Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard.

  • Boy George confronts homophobic “chavs” 8

    Boy George refused to be insulted and retaliated by walking towards them shouting, “I know I'm a queer. Shut your mouth 'til I knock you out“

    12:00 AM — Homophobia is unacceptable and should be stopped whenever and wherever, advice that gay singer Boy George took quite literally last night when he confronted a gang of homophobes at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.The artist was being interviewed by journalists when a group of teenagers began shouting homophobic abuse at him.

  • 11th October 2006

    Lesbian couple drop marriage appeal 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose legal Canadian marriage was declared invalid by the High Court earlier this year has given up its appeal due to a lack of funds but vows to fight on through campaigns.University professors Sue Wilkinson, 52, and Celia Kitzinger, 50, will not be taking their fight to the Court of Appeal because of their current court bill of £25,000 which covers the government's legal costs for the case.

  • Yobs jailed for Elton John fan attack 6

    Henry Peters, 31, and Neil Wattley, 30, had hurled homophobic jibes at Graham Brydon as he walked home in a souvenir T-shirt after a concert by the singer

    12:00 AM — Two men who beat up an Elton John fan have been jailed.Henry Peters, 31, and Neil Wattley, 30, had hurled homophobic jibes at Graham Brydon as he walked home in a souvenir T-shirt after a concert by the singer.The pair attacked uncle and nephew Graham and John Brydon shouting "Elton John is f***ing gay" after Peters had spotted the official concert T-shirt Graham Brydon was wearing.

  • Gay ex-hostage promoting peace 1

    Freed hostage, James Loney, pictured with  fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden

    12:00 AM — Gay peace activist James Loney is looking to turn the experience of being held hostage in Iraq into a campaign to help promote peace between religions and confront extremism.Mr Loney's abduction by Iraqi militias between November 2005 and March 2006 became the focus of international media attention, his partner and family kept his homosexuality a secret in fear that his captors would execute him.

  • Stonewall helps small business promote gay equality

    Gay People, Your Business is endorsed by the Federation of Small Businesses and has been funded by the Department for Communities  Local Government

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has launched its first guide advising Britain's four million small businesses how to become more gay-friendly.Gay People, Your Business is designed to be read in 15 minutes for companies who may not understand or have the time to translate legal and business jargon.

  • Gay actor branded a “pervert”

    Hollywood studios branded Rupert Everett a pervert when he came out, the gay actor has revealed

    12:00 AM — Hollywood studios branded Rupert Everett a pervert when he came out, the gay actor has revealed.The British star came out in 1992, making him one of the first openly gay Hollywood actors, but he says his sexuality held him back from getting big parts.

  • Americans becoming more supportive of gay issues

    The online poll of 2,932 US adults found that seven out of ten heterosexual adults in the United States say that they know someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

    12:00 AM — Two new studies released today to mark National Coming Out Day show that more Americans know someone who is gay and, as a result, are more supportive of LGBT issues."As we continue to introduce our lives and relationships to Americans, more are responding in a positive way and being increasingly supportive of full equality under the law," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.

  • Elton John becomes Disney Legend

    Gay star Sir Elton John has been named as a Disney Legend

    12:00 AM — Gay star Sir Elton John has been named as a Disney Legend.This is no Mickey Mouse award for the singer, it recognises his leadership in the music industry and contribution to the Disney brand.He co-wrote the soundtrack to classic Disney movie The Lion King with Tim Rice, and has sold over 200 million records worldwide.

  • Monument against homophobia in Sitges

    The monument has an inscription proclaiming, “Sitges against Homophobia. October 1996-2006. Never again“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in Sitges, Spain, have welcomed a new monument against homophobia.The 4ft pink triangle overlooks the sea from the fourth pier of the popular Catalan gay resort.Politicians erected the structure as a symbol of its stance against homophobia.

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