28th March 2006
211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care? 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe lesbian storyline between Sonia and Naomi on EastEnders has been bringing in its fair share of complaints.211 emails calls and letters have been received by the EastEnders press office, objecting to the storyline which saw the break up of Sonia's marriage, fueled by her first gay kiss with a friend.
Danny La Rue has stroke 6
12:00 AM — Female impersonator Danny la Rue is bowing out of public life having suffered a stroke.A close friend, Pat Lake-Smith told The Stage that "Danny has a stroke but without paralysis." She announced the performer's tour cancellation, saying "he has been ordered by his doctors to rest completely. He has great inner strength and is deeply grateful for all the kindness that has been shown to him at this difficult time".
“Gay couples only adopt to molest” says Republican politican 10
12:00 AM — As the gay adoption debate shows no signs of resolution in America, the Republican party's Representative for Hendersonville, Debra Maggart, says she believes gay couples may adopt children for the purpose of molesting them.In a public email correspondence with a master's student at Vanderbilt University she argued against gay adoption on moral and safely grounds."We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse," she claimed.
Gay Church Advert is only like Will and Grace, says Church leader
12:00 AM — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox have all decided not to show an advertisement that portrays a gay couple being banished from a church.The commercial shows a gay couple, a single mother, a disabled man, and others being ejected from their pews by a giant supernatural hand pressing a big red button. Text on the screen reads, "God doesn't reject people. Neither do we."
Disney to scrap Elton movie
12:00 AM — Amid cries of "wherefore?" Elton John's animated movie "Gnomeo Juliet," has been scrapped by bosses at Disney.The retelling of Shakespeare's famous play was to have been the second Disney collaboration with Elton John, following the success of The Lion King, which saw Elton and lyricist Tim Rice collect an Oscar for the song "Can you hear the love tonight?"
Jersey to reduce age of gay consent to 16
12:00 AM — A report delivered this morning by the Corporate Services Panel says there is "no alternative" to lowering the age of consent for homosexual consent.The Island's laws currently set the age of consent at 18 for homosexual couples, and 16 for heterosexual couples. This, the report claims, is in breech of Jersey's obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Mugabe might be “repressed queen” 3
12:00 AM — "I wouldn't be surprised if Mugabe is himself a closet, self loathing, repressed queen. He fits the archetype," claims gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. "His demonstrative, ostentatious, anti-gay tirades, must lead us to question why he is so obsessed with homosexuality."In an interview to Pinknews, Tatchell said he suspected that the Zimbabwean president "could be one of Professor Adams's 80% of homophobic men who are secret, repressed, self-hating fags."
Portia di Rossi tells grandma “I’m Gay” 1
12:00 AM — Portia de Rossi spoke about some of the difficulties of coming out to her family.The former Ally McBeal star's sexuality was thrust into the public eye when her realtionship with Ellen de Generes became public. The star, who's birth name is Amanda Lee Rogers, had previously dated Francesca Gregorini, but broke up in order to date America's most famous lesbian.
25th March 2006
Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.
12:00 AM — The national lottery has agreed to donate £120, 000 to Gay-Glos, a charity which runs gay friendship groups in Gloucestershire.The money comes from an amount allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK, and will be used to create a gay friendship group for the over 60s, and a mobile group for young people between the ages of 18 and 25. The groups will offer advice and help to gay people living in the more remote areas of the rural county.
24th March 2006
White House policy reform called “covert war” on gay people 3
12:00 AM — Changes to government employment policy were and attack on gay people, Henry Waxman, the representative for California, and member of The Government Reform Committee, asserted. "The Bush administration is waging a covert war on loyal federal employees who happen to be gay," he said.The changes in wording are part of the revised policy which grants or denies security clearance for government employees. Though officials maintain that the change is to the wording alone, not to the policy, the matter is causing a stir in Washington.
Banned on TV, gay kiss shown on internet
12:00 AM — A controversial gay kiss scene in new American series "Bedford Diaries" is causing more than its fair share of drama.The kiss, which takes place in a crowded bar, will not be screened on the WB channel, in response to vocal outraged protests. Many of these came from agitated parents, anxious that their children should not be able to see the kiss, which was scheduled to be braodcast in an evening time slot.
Homophobic law might hamper AIDS effort, Human Rights group fears. 2
12:00 AM — Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's outlawing of homosexuality looks set to become law. The ex military dictator was elected in 1999, but his government is offering little resistance to his legislative desires.Justice Minister Bayo Ojo said that the new bill which makes homosexuality a criminal offence had been approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by president Obasanjo, and would be forwarded immediately to lawmakers to be written into the constitution.
Banks must review discrimination policy lawyers say 5
12:00 AM — As the unfair dismissal for being gay trail continues, lawyers urge city banks to address implicit homophobic attitudes.Speaking to Reuters, Michelle Mendelsson head of European diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse said that: "One of our challenges ... is how we engage this group."Lawyers are warning bamks that they need to take diversity training seriously, as new legislation tightens up discrimination employment laws.
Patients won’t tell doctors “I am Gay” 1
12:00 AM — An online survey conducted by Rainbow Network has revealed a worrying statistic - many gay people do not come out to their doctor and other healthcare professionals.The survey might be a uncontrolled internet poll, but the trends that it exposes have a widespread significance. 33% of people who answered the survey said that they had not come out to their doctor and further 11% worried that they would be discriminated against if they did.
Nigerian President heads to America amid homophobic law debate
12:00 AM — As more than 20 human rights groups voice concerns about the new homophobic laws in Nigeria, it's President prepares to take a holiday.Olusegun Obasanjo, the now president, ex dictator of Nigeria will be visiting America, where he hopes to hob nob with George Bush.
Coming out for Mothers Day
12:00 AM — A Big Up survey ahead of mother's day has revealed that Black mothers are more supportive when their sons come out than people think.A Sigma Research Poll taken in 2002 revealed that 11% of gay black men had been discriminated against by their own families, where as half as many white men received the same sort of treatment. But things appear to be changing.
Lesbian who poured boiling bleach on lover is jailed
12:00 AM — "Help you? I wouldn't spit on you," said Juliet Wilson as she poured boiling bleach over her girlfriend in a jealous rage.In her trial at Wood Green Crown Court, prosecutor Mark Kimsey explained that Ms Wilson has become upset when her girlfriend Ms Grizzle had arranged to meet an ex lover and returned late back to the house that she shared with Ms Wilson's children, aged 8 and 11.
Man throws his own penis at police 2
12:00 AM — What's worse than having your penis cut off?Having your penis cut off then being stunned by a police Tasar, perhaps?Jakub Fik knows all about that particular brand of misery. Distraught over an argument with his girlfriend, Mr Fik went on a rampage through the streets of Chicago, smashing car windows and breaking into houses. When police caught up with him he cut off his penis, threw it at an officer, and, for good measure, threw the knife at him as well.
23rd March 2006
Pro gay adoption organisation seeks parents 10
12:00 AM — As Catholic adoption agencies bicker about allowing gay couples to adopt, one agency in San Francisco is welcoming them with open arms.With a new publicity drive launching on Monday and a new slogan, "there's no place like home" Family Builders is determined to help children find families be they straight or gay.
Tipping point for gay marriage in America?
12:00 AM — When the Pew Research Centre conducted their annual poll examining people's attitudes towards the gay community, they had a pleasant surprise. In every category support for gay people had increased.On the thorny subject of gay marriage, 51% of the people questioned opposed it. This is a small but significant drop in objectors since 2004, when the poll reported that 63% of Americans were against it, many of whom "strongly objected".