14th February 2006
Christian groups helping gay people “recover” 3
12:00 AM — Two Christian groups who say they help people "recover from homosexuality," are holding an event in St Louis, USA.Exodus International, had billboards installed along St. Louis roads last week. Focus on the Family, the other group, will host the meeting Feb. 25 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester.The billboards say, "I questioned homosexuality. Change is possible. Discover how," and lists the Web site for Exodus.
Smoking banned, but are gay bars ready?
12:00 AM — Research conducted by PinkNews.co.uk has revealed that gay venues in London are not prepared for the newly passed ban on smoking in public places that will become law next summer.London's top pubs and clubs were phoned and asked how much of an impact a ban would have on their trade. Some places had little idea about the legislation and others felt it would make no difference.
13th February 2006
Scotland holds three gay weddings a day
12:00 AM — At least three gay weddings have taken place in Scotland every day since the Civil Partnerships Act came into force.A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days.The paper reports that another 385 homosexual couples have booked registrations to take place over the next three months.
NFL accused of homophobia
12:00 AM — One of only three NFL players to ever publicly reveal his homosexuality says the league discriminated against him by refusing to let him into the Super Bowl earlier this month.Former New York Giants offensive lineman Roy Simmons said he wasn't granted media access to the game because he is gay and HIV positive, and because he has said other pro football players are closeted homosexuals.
Homophobic killer gets reduced sentence
12:00 AM — A Supreme Court judge has axed five years off the 40-year sentence of Sean Burke, who was convicted of beating a gay man to death with a fireplace log in 1998.Judge Raymond Norko modified Burke's sentence for good behaviour, despite opposition from family members of the victims. Burke, who had been scheduled to be released in 2017, is now up for release in 2012.
Airline refuse to let gay couple take travel prize
12:00 AM — A travel group violated California's anti-discrimination laws when it refused to allow a gay couple to use tickets an employee won, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a letter urging the company to change its policies.The ACLU sent the letter on behalf of La Mirada resident Rob Anders, a long-time airline industry employee, who won round-trip domestic airfare on Northwest Airlines for him and a companion at his company holiday party last December. But when he tried to redeem the tickets for himself and his registered domestic partner, Northwest refused.
UAE jails 12 men for homosexuality 2
12:00 AM — The USA has condemned the United Arab Emirates after twelve men were jailed for participating in a gay wedding.Officials in the country discovered 26 men preparing for a same sex ceremony, eleven of them confessed whilst 14 were acquitted.An official said: "A United Arab Emirates court has jailed 12 men who were arrested after being discovered preparing for a gay wedding, but acquitted another 14 defendants. They were sentenced to five years in prison for homosexuality and one year for obscenity."
Princess Diana’s home opened for gay weddings
12:00 AM — Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales has been accused of cashing in on his late sister's memory by opening up her ancestral home for gay weddings.Althrop House, where the late wife of Prince Charles was brought up, can be rented out for £50,000 as a luxury wedding venue for gay and straight couples.
“Neighbours from hell” evicted after homophobic and anti-disabled abuse 2
12:00 AM — A family described by the police as as a "neighbours from hell" have been evicted from their Cheltenham home after they taunted abuse at gay people and attacked a disabled man.The single mother and her three daughters shouted abuse at visitors to the gay EXS nightclub on Cheltenham High Street from their home nearby.
Gay sex to be described in school textbooks 3
12:00 AM — Parents are outraged at a school guidebook which contains a chapter describing graphic details of gay sex.The Daily Mail reports that a school pamphlet teaching children to 'talk dirty' and use cling film to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, is being used to provide sex education to students from 14 years old. It has already sold 60,000 copies.
12th February 2006
Gay star hits out at “old fashioned” Hollywood
12:00 AM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay star of the Lord of the Rings has criticised Hollywood's attitude to homosexuality during a speech at the Berlin Film Festival.Sir Ian who was receiving a lifetime achievement award said that it was very hard for gay actors in America to be open about their sexuality."The film industry is very old fashioned in California," he said.
“Bisexual football stars in gay orgy”- tabloid claims 23
12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has today claimed that two leading Premiership footballers are bisexual and have engaged in a gay orgy.The News of the World, said that the footballers who can not be named for legal reasons were caught on camera in an orgy with well known music industry figure.The newspaper claims that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy.
10th February 2006
Gay group question US Aids budget 2
12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has raised uncertainty over President George Bush's budget proposal in regards to HIV and AIDS, released this month.The Human Rights Campaign believe his ideas present a mixed bag on the illness with modest funding increases in care and treatment programmes, additional cuts in Medicaid, and an increase in abstinence only programmes.
Pete Burns announces gay marriage plans
12:00 AM — Eighties pop star and celebrity big brother contestant, Pete Burns announced his engagement to boyfriend Michael Simpson, last night.The Dead or Alive front man broke the news in a televison interview with Richard and Judy on Channel 4. The couple showed off Vivienne Westwood diamante skull design rings.Mr Burns, who had a hit single in the 1980s with You Spin Me Round, declared how in love they were on the chat show, and confirmed they intend to have a same sex partnership.
Police investigate copycat homophobic posters
12:00 AM — Lancashire Police is investigating homophobic posters in Glasgow which claims to be part of a recruitment campaign for the force.Police in Lancashire are treating it as a "homophobic incident" and are stressing the force has nothing to do with the posters.Insp Ian McCann, from Lancashire Police's diversity unit, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "During the last few days we have become aware of posters that have been found in and around the Glasgow area that purport to be from Lancashire Constabulary."
Student faces investigation over ‘homophobic’ website 1
12:00 AM — A student is facing police and trading standards examinations after public outcries over a website selling products targeting the disabled, gay people and victims of crime.The site offers items featuring homophobic slogans and also attacks wheelchair users, celebrates terrorist attacks and glorifies child killers Ian Huntley and Myra Hindley.
Gay group wants pride march back on calendar
12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.
Legal lawsuit seeking gay marriage
12:00 AM — Lambda Legal, an organisation committed to achieving full recognition gay civil rights, filed its opening brief in the New York Court of Appeals this week, appealing a December 2005 ruling which said that limiting marriage to people of different sexes is not unconstitutional.That ruling reversed the trial court decision handed down in February 2005 that found that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Florida gay couples push for legal protection 1
12:00 AM — An anti-gay proposed Constitutional amendment that failed to gather enough signatures to be placed on the 2006 ballot should be thrown out altogether because it deceives voters, the American Civil Liberties Union argued before the Florida Supreme Court this week.The measure, which anti-gay groups have vowed to place on the 2008 Presidential ballot, would ban equal marriage rights, permanently block civil unions and threaten existing domestic partnership protections across the state.
Adam Sandler to lead gay comedy
12:00 AM — Adam Sandler is set to play a fireman in a gay comedy alongside Kevin James, about a fake same sex marriage.The film, called I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry is a reversed version of The Birdcage, where a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.