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2006

  • 8th February 2006

    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

  • 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.

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  • 7th February 2006

    South Africa debating gay marriage 1

    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told the seminar that everyone has the constitutional right to be different

    12:00 AM — The South African Council of Churches is expected to develop a stance on gay marriage to present to Parliament later this year.Reports on the ISI Emerging Markets Africawire, suggest the SACC will use a two day conference which began yesterday, to formulate a view on civil partnerships.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told the seminar that everyone has the constitutional right to be different,

  • Chlamydia epidemic targets US gays 1

    Chlamydia, caused by bacteria, is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases

    12:00 AM — A rare strain of chlamydia is spreading among gay and bisexual men in America causing an increase in risks of HIV, according to US health officials.The Associated Press reported that the infection can increase chances of getting or spreading the AIDS virus.Called LGV chlamydia, this sexually transmitted disease has already troubled Europe.

  • Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5

    One of the chief aims of this campaign is to encourage more students to donate blood because gay and bisexual men can't

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.

  • Will Young: I’m not a gay pop star

    Will Young has gone from reality star to superstar

    12:00 AM — Pop Idol winner turned Brit nominee, Will Young, this week said he was open about being gay but did not want to be defined by his sexuality.In a frank and open hearted interview to the Evening Standard he told how he came out to his parents through a friend and said he didn't want to be stereotyped as a gay pop star, "I don't want to be defined as a gay pop star, much the same as I don't want to be defined as a public-school one."

  • Westlife singer: Coming out makes life better 13

    Mark Feehily is currently in a long term relationship with former V band member Kevin McDaid.

    12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has heaped praise on the Civil Partnership Act in the UK, but the gay band member, who came out at the end of last year, insisted he had no plans to get married.In an exclusive web chat on the Sun website, he revealed it was not too difficult to come out, "When you get to the point of feeling OK about doing it, it's just a case of finding a few minutes to actually say the words. Getting to that place was hard, but once I got there I had absolutely no problem."

  • Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5

    The Church of England's guidelines are that while active same-sex relationships could be allowed among lay people, they should not be permitted among the clergy

    12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.

  • Islamic preacher who targeted gays is jailed

    Abu Hamza will remain at Belmarsh high security prison

    12:00 AM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and race hate.The preacher claimed that Zionists kept homosexual files on how gay politicians were in order to bribe them, and said he disapproved of homosexuality. He said Aids had been sent as a curse on homosexuals, "They have a common punishment amongst them and they have the virus to run after them wherever they go."

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  • UN conference to beat AIDS 2

    A previous AIDS conference in Eastern Europe, which is starting to accept homosexuality more

    12:00 AM — A United Nations backed international conference is set to tackle HIV and AIDS issues in May.The first European and Central Asian AIDS Conference will take place in Moscow. The conference is expected to gather 500 participants, and provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to share experiences and establish new partnerships to address the particular characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.

  • 6th February 2006

    Doctor harasses lesbian patient over sexuality 1

    A lesbian patient went to her doctor for a routine checkup but returned home with materials criticising her lifestyle

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association this week condemned a surgery who allegedly harassed a lesbian patient in his surgery.They claim a Florida medical office gave a lesbian patient material describing homosexuality as "sinful" and "sexually impure" and advising her to change her sexuality.

  • Aussie star offended by claims of lesbian sex romp 1

    CCTV pictures allegedly reveal Dannii Minogue getting close to a female stripper

    12:00 AM — Pop star Dannii Minogue has been hurt by newspaper revelations of a lesbian sex romp, according to a close friend.Images published by The News of the World over the weekend, apparently show the little sister of Kylie Minogue, in steamy and sexual poses with a stripper at the Puss In Boots nightclub.

  • Gay TV star accused of PR stunt

    Michael Barrymore has been on a recent quest to revive his TV career

    12:00 AM — The father of Stuart Lubbock, who drowned in Michael Barrymore's pool, has accused the TV presenter of a sickening PR stunt to revive his celebrity status.Reports in The Mirror, reveal that Terry Lubbock felt exploited after meeting the star and allegedly forgiving him over his son's death. Mr Lubbock told the Mirror he had only met Mr Barrymore to get answers about the incident but feels he was the object of a charm offensive.

  • Cameron makes gay MPs a priority 2

    David Cameron is looking to modernise the Conservative Party

    12:00 AM — Tory leader, David Cameron has put gay politicians on a list of priority targets whom the Conservative leadership want to see in Parliament.According to the Independent, the Conservative Party wrote to a number of openly gay figures last week, asking them to apply to join an elite list of "priority" candidates who would have "a much higher change of being selected for a winnable seat, and therefore, of becoming an MP after the next election".

  • Gay people told: Come to Britain

    The tourist office for England, Scotland and Wales, suggests that EuroPride and a host of other festivals and events country-wide make 2006 the must-visit year.

    12:00 AM — Gay people worldwide are being urged to go to Britain, in an attempt to cash in on "the pink pound" of tourism.The national tourist agency VisitBritain is urging gay people, "Isn't it time you came out ... to Britain."Reuters' report that Gay tourism is now worth up to three billion pounds a year to the economy with London positioned to rival New York, Sydney and Amsterdam as a hot spot for gay visitors.

  • Gay witch-hunt hits Cameroon

    Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay crusade has begun in Cameroon after newspapers accused more than 50 prominent figures of homosexuality.Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon as in many African countries, with jail sentences of up to five years, and editors say they are on a campaign against "deviant behaviour".The Guardian revealed that lists have included names of government ministers, news readers, singers and sports stars.

  • Gay fans gather for Super Bowl

    The Super Bowl is one of the leading sporting events in the USA

    12:00 AM — The lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender community were warmly welcomed to the Superbowl last weekend.People from all backgrounds were welcomed to a four day festival leading up to the game, in nine inches of snow. A centre was set up to greet hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered visitors.

  • Mixed feelings over gay star’s return 2

    Michael Barrymore's comeback has been met with mixed feelings

    12:00 AM — The comeback of gay TV entertainer, Michael Barrymore, has been met with mixed reactions in the press and media world, this weekend.PR guru Max Clifford, a former friend of Mr Barrymore and his ex-wife Cheryl, who died last year of cancer, told the Independent, "I know Michael and he is both manipulative and a very convincing actor. This is just a desperate attempt to get back into British television."

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