6th March 2006
The Simpsons come alive on TV
12:00 AM — Now we'll be honest, this doesn't really have very much to do with gay rights but we couldn't resist covering this story. So sit back, grin and bear the tortuously weak link.Gay icons* the Simpsons are to come to life in a new promotion to be shown on British television.A typical British family complete with slob dad, prim and proper mum and devil-child son present their own take on the Simpson's opening credits.
Retired officer charged over lesbian remark
12:00 AM — A former policeman has been charged for allegedly calling a female officer a "dyke"John Atkinson, 45, from North Wales, is accused of making the offensive remark at a former colleague's funeral. He was arrested and charged under the Public Order Act for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress.
Women’s group calling for end to lesbian persecution
12:00 AM — The Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran is calling for an end to sexual apartheid in the country.They have announced that Wednesday 8 March will be International Women's Day in solidarity with Iranian women. The group will hold a protest in Parliament Square from 12 noon.
3rd March 2006
Catholic charity members resign over anti gay adoption
12:00 AM — Several members of the Catholic Charities Board resigned this week in protest against Massachusetts bishop's anti gay adoption stance.Roman Catholic bishops in Massachusetts have requested that Christian social service agencies are exempt from gay adoption laws. The bishops said state law compromised their religious freedom by ordering them to consider gay people as adoptive parents.
Parents offered anti gay therapy for teens 4
12:00 AM — Religious organisations are harming homosexual teenagers by offering bogus "cure" therapies, according to research from a US gay group.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute claims that Christian groups in Florida are offering parents therapy to stop their child becoming gay.
Officer stopped treatment of gay man, lawsuit claims 2
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit on behalf of the family of a West Virginia man who died of a heart attack after the police chief allegedly prevented his friend from performing CPR because he falsely assumed the man was HIV positive.Claude Green, 43, who was gay, died last year. The ACLU filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on behalf of his family against the City of Welch and Robert K. Bowman, Welch's Chief of Police.
Gay health removed from government website
12:00 AM — A US gay rights group is accusing the government of bias towards christian groups after it removed gay health information from its website following anti gay groups complaints.The Family Research Council (FRC), a Judeo-Christian group which promotes marriage and family as the centre of society, encouraged its members to complain to the Department of Health and Human Services over a web page they believe contains destructive behaviour and biased views. Within two weeks the material was removed.
Sweden looking for gay campers
12:00 AM — A Swedish group has set up a camp for gay, bisexual men and others who want to explore their homosexuality.The International GayCamp 2006, for Men who have Sex with Men, will take part for 8 days from July 23 outside Stockholm in Sweden. The Gay-Camp Organisation is a non-profit organisation run by men from the gay community for males who wants to explore their sexuality.
Gay marriage push in China
12:00 AM — A Chinese sociologist is encouraging her country to allow gay marriage so that homophobic discrimination will end.Li Yinhe, a sociologist and member of the advisory body to parliament, is submitting a proposal on same-sex marriage. Until 2001 Homosexuality was seen a mental disorder in China.
Spectator readers show support for gay rights and pornography
12:00 AM — It might be the bastion of Tory middle England, but the Spectator has proven that its nickname the "Sextator" might be quite apt. A surprising survey of readers found that most had rather liberal attitudes to homosexuality and pornography.The Spectator, the right leaning, Conservative supporting news magazine found in a survey of readers that women were more liberal than their husbands when it came to homosexuality. Only 14 per cent of female readers considered homosexuality to be "morally wrong in all circumstances" compared to 27 per cent of men.
New York’s gays can’t decide whether to back Hillary Clinton
12:00 AM — A week after PinkNews.co.uk reported that gay groups in New York were not backing Hillary Clinton's re-election campaign, it has emerged that the groups are split over whether to sever donations to the former first lady.Last week, a confidential memo written by Alan Van Capelle, theexecutive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, was leaked to the gay media. It recommended that gay groups should not contribute funds to Mrs Clinton's re-election campaign for her seat in the Senate.
Brokebat Mountain: “Batman is gay”, says George Clooney 16
12:00 AM — Gotham City superhero, Batman, is gay, according to Hollywood superstar George Clooney.The actor who was being interviewed on an American Oscar show, replied to host Barbara Walters' who asked if he would ever play a gay cowboy. Mr Clooney said he believed he had already played a gay character, "I was in a rubber suit and I had rubber nipples. I could have played Batman straight, but I made him gay."
Governor hears anti gay adoption views 10
12:00 AM — Further establishing himself as a right wing politician, Gov. Mitt Romney said this week he would sign a bill outlawing abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and that he would discuss exempting Catholic charities from gay adoptions.The governor has agreed to meet with the state's Roman Catholic bishops to discuss their bid to exempt Christian charities from gay adoptions.
Study reveals high HIV risk from outdoor sex
12:00 AM — People who have unprotected anal sex outdoors are at high risk of HIV reinfections, research shows.According toa Scottish Study, those who have been tested HIV are still at risk of infection, the paper "describes sexual risk behaviours and HIV testing amongst men who cruise an urban public sex environment (PSE) in southern England."
2nd March 2006
Minister faces ban for marrying lesbian couples
12:00 AM — An American minister could face expulsion after accusations that she led marriage ceremonies for two lesbian couples in California.The Rev Jane Spahr of San Rafael will be tried by the judicial body of the Presbyterian Church, punishment could include anything from a rebuke to a 30 year ban from the ministry.Ms Spahr, who is also a lesbian activist, insists she was honouring her personal conscience and relationship with God when she officiated at the ceremonies.
Gay officer sues township
12:00 AM — A gay police officer who's colleague outed him to the rest of his force is pursuing legal action against his department.In 2001 Michael J. Kurz, 34, who worked at the Washington Township Police Department confided in a co worker that he was gay, his secret was then exposed to the rest of his colleagues.
US gays denied lower tax rates 1
12:00 AM — Gay couples in America who are married have no right to lower tax rates as the US government only recognises straight marriage, according to the Internal Revenue Service.The IRS has sent out warnings that same sex couples legally married in Massachusetts or registered as domestic partners in states such as California and New Jersey still have to file separate income tax forms, rather than joint ones which straight couples who divide their incomes do.
Republicans using gay marriage campaign to recruit members
12:00 AM — The Minnesota Republican Party is being accused of secretly building up a voter database through a CD-Rom campaigning for a gay marriage ban.Democrats are complaining that the disc will gather false data just from people putting it on their computers. The discs contain video clips from state governors talking about what they consider as the dangers of gay marriage and why they believe a constitutional amendment is needed to ensure marriage remains between a man and woman.
1st March 2006
Warship to host gay wedding 1
12:00 AM — One of the 19th Century's fastest and largest battleships is set to make more waves when she hosts her first civil partnership.Lieutenant Commander Jim Phillips, 31, will become the second Royal Navy officer to have a same sex ceremony when he registers his partnership to Marcus Rutter on HMS Warrior this weekend.
Gay marriage bans cause stress, study says 4
12:00 AM — Same sex marriage bans cause mental stress for gays and lesbians, according to a US study.The research, "I do, but I can't," at the National Sexuality Resource Centre, in San Francisco, found that denying same-sex couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals created "the mental distress of second-class citizenship." They claim bans increases depression and isolation.