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2006

  • 17th February 2006

    Dublin man admits gay attacks

    The arrested man has admitted to three of the attacks, two of which took place near Dublin's St Audeon's Church (above)

    12:00 AM — A man in Dublin has confessed to attacking a number of gay men in the city over the last 12 months, police report.Dublin's Gardai claim to have arrested the 17 year old last week and believe he may be to blame for a series of attacks that left one victim in a coma.The Southside People newspaper reported, Garda sources say that the unnamed youth has admitted beating Brian O'Callaghan until he was unconscious.

  • Bishop attacks Spanish PM over gay marriage

    Mr Zapatero and his government refused to give in under pressure from the previous Pope, John Paul II, who was set against the introduction of gay marriage in Spain

    12:00 AM — A leading Catholic Bishop has compared the Spanish Prime Minister to Roman Emperor Caligula over Spain's legalisation of same sex marriage.Bishop Antonio Algora attacked José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Spanish newspapers, he said: "If Zapatero wants to become Caligula, it's up to him, but without doubt people will have to learn who Caligula was and what customs he imposed on Rome, it's as simple as that."

  • Washington mayoral candidate to block gay clubs

    Opposition surfaced last month after Mr Orange discovered that gay business owner Bob Siegel planned to buy a vacant warehouse in the ward and intended to invite one or more of the gay clubs to move there

    12:00 AM — A candidate to become the Mayor of Washington is campaigning to block adult gay entertainment businesses from his ward prompting petitions from activists.Vincent Orange, who currently serves on the District's Council, is expected to replace them with a new Major League Baseball stadium in ward 5.

  • London Mayor urged to help resurrect Moscow Pride 1

    The GALHA letter praises Mr Livingstone for his long-standing support for lesbian and gay rights notably inaugurating the first ever registration of their partnerships - and his enthusiastic support for the London Pride events

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has called on the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to appeal to his counterpart in Moscow to lift the ban on a gay pride parade in the city.The Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, has said that all attempts to organise a gay parade, in any form, open or disguised, will be "resolutely quashed". His press secretary, Sergey Tsoy, said that the reports about the proposed parade "have evoked outrage on society, in particular among religious leaders."

  • Complaints over lesbian FCUKing ad 3

    two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches

    12:00 AM — A new French Connection advertising campaign has received over 60 complaints since its launch this week.Controversial designers, are looking to launch a fashion or style debate through the adverts which featuring raunchy lesbian scenes.In the fashion label's latest television and cinema ad campaign, two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches.

  • “Homophobic” Conservative canidate stands down 1

    Mr Cameron, who is targeting gay party members as priorities for the party, is thought to have insisted Mr Jenkins step aside

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron forced a Welsh Assembly candidate to stand down just 24 hours after he had been selected, over rows about "homophobic" remarks.John Jenkins, 25, stood down as the Conservative candidate for the key seat of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire after continued controversy over claims he made in 2003 that being gay was a "medical mental condition."

  • Psychologists examine impact of Pentagon gay policy on health 1

    “There is no evidence,“ the article says, “that combat performance is diminished or that unit cohesion declines when GLB persons serve openly“

    12:00 AM — A newly published article in the journal Professional Psychology examines how the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards gay recruits impedes access to mental healthcare in the armed services and identifies practical steps providers should take to provide the best possible care for lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel.The article, Service Delivery in a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" World, was published as part of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service.

  • US Scouts gay leader ban causes land row

    The US Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America has a constitutional right to exclude openly gay men from serving as troop leaders

    12:00 AM — A San Diego appellate court panel is assessing arguments over whether the Boy Scouts of America, which bans gay troop leaders and insists people make a pledge to God, has the right to use city-owned parkland.Mark Danis, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told the appeals panel, "San Diego city land can't be used as the headquarters of a discriminatory organisation," Mr Danis said.

  • 16th February 2006

    Elton John wins damages for “rude” slur

    Sir Elton famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as “ “rude, vile pigs”

    12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John has accepted an undisclosed sum and an apology from the Sunday Times over an article which described him as "rude".Sir Elton, who famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as " "rude, vile pigs" took offence at an article titled "Rock royals get too grand" which described his AIDS Foundation Summer Ball.

  • Radio host sued over “homophobic” comments

    Mr Laws said he meant no offence to homosexuals after he called Mr Kressley a “pillow-biter” and a “pompous little pansy prig” in a 2004 broadcast

    12:00 AM — A radio host in Australia is being sued over comments he made about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy presenter Carson Kressley.John Laws is being sued by Gary Burns for the on air comments on Sydney's 2UE. Mr Burns argues that the words used were of homosexual vilification and a breach of the states Anti Discrimination Act.

  • Hong Kong gay men spread HIV 1

    The total number of HIV cases in Hong Kong, which has a population of 6.8 million, is now 2,835 since 1984

    12:00 AM — Twenty gay men in Hong Kong gave each other HIV after meeting on the internet and deciding to spread the virus between themselves, according to health officials.The South China Morning Post revealed that Government health officials found all 20, who met between November 2003 and November 2005, had HIV with similar gene sequencing.

  • Boston schools appoint gay headteachers 2

    Brian Salzer  will be the principal at Newton South High School

    12:00 AM — Two schools in Boston have appointed openly gay principals amid mixed feeling from parents.Brian Salzer, 38, who will be the principal at Newton South High School, comes from Sauk Prairie, a small Wisconsin school district near the state capital of Madison, and was the first openly gay principal in Wisconsin.

  • Cambridge dean to defy Bishop on gay marriage 1

    The Rev Jeremy Caddick says that he will defy the Church policy

    12:00 AM — The dean of a leading college at Cambridge University has written to the Bishop of Ely informing him that he will break the Church of England's ban on clergy offering services for civil partnerships or gay marriages.The dean of Emmanuel College, the Rev Jeremy Caddick has written to the Bishop of Ely arguing that he believes that the college does not fall within the Church's jurisdiction.

  • Gay MPs and cancer charities welcome smoking ban 10

    Smoking will be stubbed out in all pubs, bars and clubs from next summer

    12:00 AM — The smoking ban has been met with mainly positive reactions amongstthe gay community since Parliament voted for it on Tuesday.PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier in the week that many gay bars andvenues felt they could easily cope with a ban and therefore would be pretty much unaffected.

  • Moscow gay pride facing violence

    Gay Russia is planning a pride parade in the Russian capital on May 27, 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay groups planning to attend the Russian gay pride march in the Spring may face violent protests from Muslim groups.The leader of Russia's Muslims on Tuesday called for a "violent mass protest" if gay leaders go ahead with Pride celebrations. Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be killed if they went ahead.

  • Senate to vote on gay marriage amendment

    Not only would the amendment ban marriage for same-sex couples, it also threatens domestic partnerships and civil unions

    12:00 AM — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has announced that he will bring the already failed 'Marriage Protection Amendment' proposal up for a vote on June 5, 2006. Similar to 2004, the Senate vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment will come as the fall election season heats up."Not one marriage is protected by this amendment and all marriages are devalued when used as a political ploy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Writing one group of people out of the protections of the Constitution is politics at its worst."

  • Brokeback Mountain stars become “gay action figures” 1

    They come equipped with two horses, a campfire, a dog, a tent, a liquor bottle and a tree.

    12:00 AM — The stars of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain are to be transformed into action figures.The Mirror reports that a fan has turned Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall into dolls based on their characters in the hit film.They come equipped with two horses, a campfire, a dog, a tent, a liquor bottle and a tree.

  • Gay group condemns anti LGBT adoption bill 1

    Family Pride is the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families

    12:00 AM — The gay rights group Family Pride has condemned the introduction of House Bill 515 in the Ohio House of Representatives. If passed, the measure would prohibit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those who live with them, from adopting or serving as foster parents in Ohio."Child welfare and respected professional organisations are clear in their opposition to these types of measures," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride, the only national nonprofit organisation exclusively dedicated to securing equality for LGBT parents and their families.

  • Initiative launched to promote ethnic support of gay marriage 1

    Alexander Robinson of the National Black Justice Coalition said: “The black family is a fundamental driver of black advancement“

    12:00 AM — Five American organisations have announced a new initiative to elevate communities of colour who support marriage equality for same sex couples."The right-wing has perpetuated the idea that people of colour are overwhelmingly against marriage for same-sex couples, it is important that people see this for what it is, a half-baked myth that needs correcting," said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal.

  • 15th February 2006

    US education to include homosexuality

    Mr Parker and supporters have picketed school board meetings since his son was given a book, “Who's in a Family?“ to read

    12:00 AM — School districts around the USA are experiencing opposition to a new health curriculum that includes teaching about gay issues.The schools describe it as making the curriculum more modern and expanding diversity education to stave off homophobic assualts like gay-bashing.However, David Parker, the father of a 5-year-old at an elementary school in Massachusetts, called the move an advance for the "homosexual agenda."

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