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2006

  • 10th February 2006

    Gay group wants pride march back on calendar

    The 2006 Belfast gay pride festival will take place on the last weekend in July

    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.

  • Student faces investigation over ‘homophobic’ website 1

    Warren McKenzie, a University of Central Lancashire student, boasts it is the “sickest shop“ on the Internet

    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.

  • Police investigate copycat homophobic posters

    Lancashire Police is investigating who made the 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."

  • Pete Burns announces gay marriage plans

    Pete Burns will follow Elton John and David Furnish down the aisle for a civil partnership

    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.

  • Gay group question US Aids budget 2

    HRC want Mr Bush to pay more attention to issues of HIV and AIDs

    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.

  • 9th February 2006

    Residents anger over gay orgies

    WB Yeats's most famous writing was published in 1893. In it, he wrote: “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made“

    12:00 AM — A riverside walk in Ireland that has previously inspired poetry by WB Yeats, has now become an attraction for gay orgies, shocked families have told the Irish Mirror.The paper reports that residents are horrified that the pretty wooded area on the side of Lough Gill, Co Sligo, is now being used by men for outdoor sex.It was previously a popular place for walks known locally as "the Back Avenue."

  • Jude Law in biopic of gay Beatles’ manager

    Jude Law has been told he looks like the former Beatle's chief

    12:00 AM — Actor Jude Law is reported to be lined up to play gay Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, in a film about the music mogul's life.The Liverpool Echo revealed two years ago, Mr Law, star of Alfie - wanted to play the part of the Beatles man and said he had been told he looked like the famous manager.The movie, described as a "quirky, hallucinogenic biopic", is expected to be premiered in Liverpool during Capital of Culture year 2008, according to the paper.

  • Will and Grace to air mixed race kiss 3

    Tonight's episode ends with  Will and James locked in a passionate embrace

    12:00 AM — Hit gay sitcom Will and Grace is set to break more homosexual barriers when it broadcasts an interracial gay kiss between the characters of Will and James, in America tonight.Taye Diggs, plays James, Will's (Eric McCormack) hunky Canuck temptation, who was seen on US screens last week. Grace (Debra Messing) agrees to marry James so he can get his Green Card and stay in the States.

  • Gay star: I slept with girls

    Stephen Gately plans to marry his partner later this year

    12:00 AM — Gay Boyzone star, Stephen Gately has admitted to sleeping with girls even though he knew he was gay.The 29-year-old singer told an interview with the Irish Daily Mirror: "I've slept with girls, of course I have. When I was in Boyzone I slept with women but deep down I knew I was always gay.""There were always girls throwing themselves at us when we were in Boyzone. There was a lot of temptation there."

  • Council cleared over trans dismissal

    The tribunal ruled council bosses could not have discriminated against Mr Baldwin because they did not even know he had decided to change his gender

    12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has dismissed claims that a former gay rights officer was unfairly dismissed after he had a sex change.Brighton and Hove City Council had been accused of sex discrimination and sacking sex change employee, Andy Baldwin when he changed his name from Andrea to Andy.The tribunal ruled that council bosses could not have discriminated against Mr Baldwin because they did not even know he had decided to change his gender.

  • Wilde’s grandson protests anti gay broadcast 2

    Merlin Holland says the programme was overtly homophobic

    12:00 AM — The grandson of British gay playwright, Oscar Wilde, has issued a direct complaint to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, following an allegedly anti gay television programme in Russia last weekend.Merlin Holland, wrote a letter to the President encouraging him to ensure that there will be "balanced media coverage" for the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) convention to be held in Moscow later this year.

  • Gay penguins resist split attempts 8

    Gay rights groups have voiced dissaproval of the Zoo's methods

    12:00 AM — Two gay German penguins are resisting attempts to split them up so they can breed with their female counterparts.Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen, imported four Swedish penguins to seduce gay couple Six Point and Slash. However, the temptresses' advances have been met with a frosty reception.The pair instead remain devoted to and nurse pebbles as if they were eggs.

  • Moving on out or a storm in a coffee cup? 8

    Francis Maude- can he really change the way the Conservatives treat homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Can the Conservatives really woo the pink vote?The Conservative party are changing; at least that's what leader David Cameron would like you to believe. One of the key architects of the change is Francis Maude, former Foreign Office minister and now chairman of the Conservative Party.In his first major interview on gay rights, he explains toPinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen that his party's approach to gayrights in the 1980s and 1990s were wrong, that Section 28 was amistake and expresses his love for his openly gay brother who died of AIDs 12 years ago.

  • Tory Chairman: Gay policies were wrong 9

    Francis Maude told of his sadness at the death of his openly gay brother who died of AIDs

    12:00 AM — Conservative chairman, Francis Maude has revealed fears that his Party's past anti gay policies may have been a contributing factor to his homosexual brother's death.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, he told of his sadness at the death of his openly gay brother, Charles, who died of AIDs 12 years ago and admitted that the government's approach to gay rights in the 1980s and 1990s could have contributed to his plight.

  • Man jailed for killing gay admirer

    Nottingham Crown Court heard that Mr Hewitt was allegedly killed by Mr Doherty between January 25 and January 28 last year

    12:00 AM — A man who killed a gay admirer by stabbing him six times in the face has been jailed for lifeDaniel Doherty, 24, was found guilty of murdering of Stephen Hewitt, who was found with six knife wounds to his face, including two to his eye sockets, at his flat in Kenneth House. He was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years by judge Michael Pert, at Nottingham Crown Court.

  • 8th February 2006

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  • China’s first gay survey 57

    The report includes over 400 gay couples

    12:00 AM — China has produced its first survey on gay men, titled "Chinese MSM (men who have sex with men)" in Beijing.The 650,000-character report on sex and the state of self-identity" was supported by the Ford Foundation in the United States and published by Beijing Gender Consultation Centre. It presents a comprehensive and in-depth view of China's MSM behaviour and current status, but also reveals the previously hidden Chinese gay groups and the cultural state of mind little known to the public.

  • Lifetime award for gay actor

    Sir Ian Mckellen co-founded Stonewall in 1989 in reaction to Section 28.

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen is to receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Berlin Film Festival.The ceremony, which opens this week, will honour the Lord of the Rings star with the festival's Golden Bear Award, according to reports in the Hollywood Reporter

  • KT Tunstall: I’m proud of my lesbian following 58

    KT Tunstall believes she unintentionally sent out mixed messages about her sexuality when she wore a pair of rainbow-patterned braces on her record cover

    12:00 AM — Rock chick KT Tunstall has revealed her gratitude to her gay and lesbian following in an interview with a daily newspaper.The 30-year-old singer told the Daily Mirror she was proud to have a massive lesbian fan base, she said: "There's always a gay crowd up the front at my gigs. It's a huge compliment.""I think it's because I'm a singer-songwriter with a personality - balls and some sassiness."

  • Warrant issued for gay film icon

    An arrest warrant has been issued for actress Natasha Lyonne

    12:00 AM — An arrest warrant has been filed for gay film icon Natasha Lyonne, according to reports in the New York Times.The paper states that a bench warrant has been issued for Miss Lyonne's arrest - the third in a year - for failure to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief, harassment and trespassing.Charges were filed by a former neighbour who alleged the actress threatened to harm her, trashed her apartment and threatened to molest her dog.

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