2nd February 2006
Oaten wants to remain an MP 19
12:00 AM — Former Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten spoke to the public for the first time since tabloid allegations of a gay sex scandal to reveal his desire to stay in Parliament.Mr Oaten, who has kept a low profile over the last couple of weeks, told his local paper, the Hampshire Chronicle, he wanted to remain an MP but insisted that his priority was to salvage his marriage following reports that he paid a rent boy for sex.
Lesbians aim to beat Portugeuse law
12:00 AM — Two Portuguese women are trying to take advantage of a legal discrepancy in Portugal in an attempt to get married and highlight homosexual rights in the country.The couple became the first homosexuals to try to register their marriage yesterday, and are expecting to be turned down, but said they had already presented an appeal in the courts.
Jersey review age of consent
12:00 AM — An official review into the age of consent for gay men in Jersey is taking place over the next two months.The Parliament of the Channel Island's Bailiwick of Jersey has asked the Corporate Affairs Scrutiny Panel to review proposals to lower the age of consent from 18 to 16.Last week, Jersey's Community Relations Trust said it would take away the criminalisation of what it says is a natural act.
Christians protest at gay casting
12:00 AM — A Christian made movie about the real-life story of a son who makes peace with an Amazon tribe that killed his missionary father, has sparked controversy in the evangelical world after the casting of a gay actor for the lead role.The film, End of the Spear, stars Chad Allen as slain missionary Nate Saint. Mr Allen is openly gay and is a proud advocate of gay rights.Newsweek revealed criticisms made by Chrisitian ministers aimed at Every Tribe Entertainement, an evangelical film company.
Bishop: Church must overcome homophobia 3
12:00 AM — The Worldwide Anglican Church is hoping to shift public attention away from internal rifts over gay priests and onto pressing global issues of poverty and disease, bishops revealed today.South Africa's Archbishop, Njongonkulu Ndungane, told Reuters: "The Anglican church has always been at the heart of social justice issues ... but like any family sometimes there is a row, and a row tends to make loud noises."
1st February 2006
Czech President rejects gay marriage
12:00 AM — Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.The bill now returns to the lower house of parliament, where the veto can be overturned if 101 of the 200 deputies vote for the measure.
Gay Pride knifeman jailed
12:00 AM — An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who stabbed people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last year, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.Judges ruled that the accused displayed extreme fanatical behaviour in his actions that injured three people.The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel, a resident of the ultra-Orthodox community of Kiryat Sefer, of attempted murder and severe injury for stabbing and injuring three people at the gay parade.
Outgames finds new partners 1
12:00 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 have announced a formal partnership.The 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 has been a member of the IGLTA for the past two years, during which they have developed a strong partnership and cooperated on projects allowing both organisations to promote their services and events, as well as promote gay travel as a whole.
Civil Rights activist dies
12:00 AM — The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, died on Monday night in Mexico, where she was receiving treatment at a holistic health centre after a heart attack last year.Coretta Scott King, 78, suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack last August. Her sister Edythe Scott Bagley told CNN she was receiving further medical treatment as part of her rehabilitation at Hospital Santa Monica when she died.
Anti gay judge appointed to Supreme Court
12:00 AM — A judge who opposed legalised abortion and gay rights has been appointed to the Supreme Court in the USA.Samuel Alito, President George Bush's second Supreme Court pick, narrowly won confirmation in the tightest race victory since Clarence Thomas was appointed to the court in 1991.Mr Alito opposed legalised abortion and gay rights as a young lawyer but now says he will approach the issues with an "open mind," won his seat with a 58-42 Senate vote.
Gay kiss advert cleared for broadcast
12:00 AM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that an advert for Dolce Gabbana that features two men kissing is suitable for broadcast at any time.The television advertisement for DG watches showed various brief shots of people in cafes, restaurants and on a dance floor. In each shot, they were wearing two DG watches. In the final scene, a man loading groceries into his car gave one of his watches to a second man, after which they kissed briefly on the lips.
Brad Pitt wants to play gay
12:00 AM — Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt has expressed his desire to star in the ultimate gay love story after the success of films such as Brokeback Mountain.An insider told the Sun, "Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man. He wants it to be a story that appeals to both men and women and he wants it to be the edgiest work he's done."He is reportedly expecting a baby boy with lover Angelina Jolie.
Catherine Zeta Jones in transgender role 5
12:00 AM — Catherine Zeta Jones is rumoured to be the next high profile star to become trans gendered following the critically acclaimed film, Transamerica.Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who won a Golden Globe for Transamerica, has shown that being a woman playing a man who self defines as a woman can get you noticed.According to the New York Post, Catherine Zeta Jones is being lined up to play a 1960s sex-change cabaret artist in an upcoming movie.
Cameron’s Conservatives may form homophobic alliance 2
12:00 AM — The Conservative Party may join forces with one of Europe's most homophobic political parties.David Cameron, Conservative Party leader, has sanctioned talks with Poland's governing party, whose policies include banning gay pride marches.The negotiations with the Law and Justice party, which were criticised last night by gay rights campaigners, highlight the challenge facing Mr Cameron as he seeks to break away from Europe's main centre-right grouping.
BBC may silence GayTalk
12:00 AM — The BBC's continuous cost cutting has hit the airwaves of gay radio show, Gay Talk, after almost ten years of transmitting to Manchester's gay communities.Gay Talk, transmitted as part of BBC GMR, will end in April despite its unrivalled record of covering major gay events on the BBC network.The BBC's decision has prompted a campaign to save the show headed by the team behind it.
31st January 2006
Man may loose his sight after homophobic attack 1
12:00 AM — A gay man from County Donegal, Northern Ireland has been told that he may loose the sight in one eye after being beaten in a suspected homophobic attack.The unnamed 20-year-old, was attacked by two men in as he walked along a quiet street on Sunday.The attackers punched the man on the face and knocked him to the ground. He is now recuperating in hospital.
Signatures on anti-gay marriage petition were fakes- gay rights group claims
12:00 AM — More than 2000 voter signatures appeared illegitimately on the initiative petition to ban gay marriage, the gay rights organization MassEquality claimed today. It is to call on the Massachusetts Attorney General and Secretary of State to fully investigate the signature collection activities of VoteonMarriage, an offshoot of the Massachusetts Family Institute.MassEquality says that its own investigations have uncovered more than 2000 voters whose signatures were collected through fraud, deception, forgery and trickery during the signature drive which ended Dec. 7, 2005.
Men appear in court over gay murder
12:00 AM — Two men appeared in court on today charged with murdering the gay bar manager, Jody Dobrowski, on Clapham Common last year.Unemployed Thomas Pickford and decorator Scott Walker denied murdering the 24 year old last October.Mr Pickford, 25, and Mr Walker, 33, who appeared at the Old Bailey by video link were remanded in custody. Their trial will begin on June 12th 2006.
Brokeback mountain leads the Oscars pack 5
12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has led the pack with eight Oscar nominations, which were announced earlier today.The film which has wowed audiences across Britain has scored some high profile fans including the Conservative leader, David Cameron.It scored nominations for Jake Gyllenhaal, best supporting actor, Heath Ledger, best actor and Ang Lee as best director.
30th January 2006
China bans Brokeback Mountain 5
12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has been banned by Chinese censors because they object to its homosexual content.The film is directed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who was the director of Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.The national Xinhua News Agency claims that the "sensitive topic" of homosexuality has meant that the film is unsuitable for release within the communist country.