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  • 9th March 2006

    Rights group call for release of allegedly gay men

    Homosexuality is a criminal offence under Section 347a of the Cameroonian Penal Code

    12:00 AM — Amnesty International has labelled the eight men and one boy being tried in Cameroon on charges of practicing homosexuality as prisoners of conscience.The human rights organisation is mobilising its global membership to petition Cameroon for the detainees' immediate release.These defendants are being held unjustly solely on the basis of their alleged sexual orientation, in violation of international human rights standards," said Michael Heflin, Director of OUTFront, Amnesty International USA's programme on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights.

  • Little Britain to register gay catchphrases 5

    An insider told the Daily Express that the comedians are looking to bring out a range of goods including “toilet articles.”

    12:00 AM — The creators of camp comedy, Little Britain, will embrace toilet humour with a range of bathroom products containing famous phrases from the hit show, according to newspaper reports.David Walliams and Matt Lucas are said to have applied to register well known lines from characters such as Daffyd "the only gay in the village", and Emily "I'm a lady!" Howard.

  • Government minister to become first MP to have gay marriage 2

    Ben Bradshaw  was one of the first openly gay MPs to be out at the same time that he was elected

    12:00 AM — Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June. His spokesman said: "To celebrate the occasion they're giving a party for family and close friends at Ben's sister's home in Herefordshire."

  • Homophobic attack victim invites culprit to church

    Powell will be sentenced at the end of March

    12:00 AM — A gay faith worker who was the victim of a homophobic attack, has invited his aggressor to his church.Dr Barry Rathbone, who runs a multi-faith group, the Beacon Project, in the coastal town of Boscombe, was attacked with a baseball bat and left with broken ribs and suspected spleen damage, by Martin Powell in November last year.

  • Ang Lee: Brokeback Mountain was not a “social statement”

    Critics hailed the film as socially significant and a symbol of tolerance

    12:00 AM — The director of Brokeback Mountain has revealed that he never meant for the hit film to become a social statement about homosexuality.Ang Lee told a press conference to Chinese media that he never wanted the movie to be seen as controversial, he said, "For me, Brokeback isn't rebellious at all. It's a very ordinary movie, people call it groundbreaking or what not. It puts a lot of pressure on me."

  • Gay star swaps jail for rehab 8

    The former Culture Club front man will now enter a drugs programme in England and perform five days community service in Manhattan

    12:00 AM — Gay star Boy George has escaped jail over cocaine charges by agreeing to enter a drug rehabilitation programme and a community service scheme.The Eighties singer had charges of possessing 5g of cocaine dropped by the Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arrested in the USA last October, he did however plead guilty to wasting police time.

  • Euro Commissioner promises action on homophobia

    The meeting followed the European Parliament's debate on homophobia in Europe in January in which they were criticised for not agreeing a plan of action

    12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights has praised the vice president of the European Commission after a meeting to discuss strategies to fight homophobia and discrimination of the gay community.The meeting followed the European Parliament's debate on homophobia in Europe in January in which they were criticised for not agreeing a plan of action.

  • Soldiers charged in gay porn case 1

    The charges indicate the soldiers' behaviour is ``a much more serious matter than just their sexual orientation,''

    12:00 AM — Two out of the three paratroopers accused of engaging in sex acts on a gay porn site have been formally charged.Pfc. Wesley K. Mitten and Pvt. Kagen B. Mullen of the 82nd Airborne Division, pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the US Army after their cases were referred to a special courts martial scheduled for April.

  • Gay protesters blast Polish leader 2

    The objections stem from when Mr Kaczynski refused parade permits for gay pride parades when he was mayor of Warsaw.

    12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates gatecrashed a speech by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski in Berlin today, accusing him of using gay people as scapegoats.Protesters held placards and entered the auditorium at the city's Humboldt University while preliminary speakers were addressing the audience.

  • 8th March 2006

    Liberty group argues for gay marriage rights

    The brief was filed in the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of same-sex couples from throughout the state

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has asked New York's highest court to strike down a New York law that bars lesbian and gay couples and their families from the protections of marriage."My partner Heather was grilled by hospital staff over and over about who she was and why she was there when I was in the hospital for breast cancer surgery. We never would have had to go through such an ordeal if we were only able to be married," said Carol Snyder, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

  • Human rights group blast plans to promote anti gay army policies in schools

    The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in November 2004 that the schools were allowed to enforce their own policies. The 8-0 decision overturned the earlier decision

    12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese has released a statement expressing disappointment regarding the unanimous Supreme Court decision upholding a federal law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, circumventing anti-discrimination measures. The case did not consider the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.""The American government shouldn't be in the business of sidestepping anti-discrimination policies. This case didn't even address the military policy keeping recruiters at bay from thousands of patriotic Americans who want to serve but can't.

  • Gay pride is music to Virgin’s ears 6

    EuroPride 2006 marks the third year that Virgin Mobile have supported London's Pride festival earning the company a reputation as the most 'gay friendly' of all mobile phone service providers

    12:00 AM — Virgin Mobile is the first blue chip company sign up as a gold sponsor for the massive EuroPride London festival taking place across the city during the last two weeks in June and featuring EuroPride day on Saturday, July 1.The mobile phone service provider will host, as their main attraction, the Virgin Mobile Cabaret Stage in London's Leicester Square following the largest ever LGBT Pride Parade through central London from Oxford Street.

  • Netherlands may deport gay Iranians 1

    Ms Verdonk said last month, “For homosexual men and women it is not totally impossible to function in society, although they should be wary of coming out of the closet too openly“

    12:00 AM — The Dutch Immigration minister is facing criticism over plans to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers back to Iran.A ban on deportations was imposed last September after reports of gay executions in Iran, but now the minister, Rita Verdonk, wishes to end the moratorium as she believes there is no clear evidence of execution for being a homosexual in the country.

  • Pub owner charged for reprimanding kissing lesbians

    Mr Malone denies discrimination insisting that he would have stopped a heterosexual couple from kissing

    12:00 AM — An Irish pub owner has been charged with discrimination after ordering a lesbian couple to stop kissing in his establishment.Judges ruled yesterday that the request breached the Equal Status Act because it was discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The case was brought by the Equality Authority on behalf of Eileen Twomey and Myra McGuirk, against publican Michael Malone of Malone's Pub in Cork.

  • Elton John’s gay marriage goblets go on sale

    Sir Elton has slammed this years Oscars as the “most boring show ever”

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh Castle is offering goblets similar to those used at Elton John's civil partnership ceremony.As part of a make over at the castle's shop, remakes of the cups used when the singer wed his gay partner David Furnish, will form part of a banqueting collection of Scottish food and drink.

  • Lesbian Homecoming King causes college review 1

    Some students hailed the result as a positive symbol while others are seeing it as offensive to the men who took part and that it makes the election look like a joke

    12:00 AM — A lesbian who sparked controversy amongst students after winning a Homecoming King contest has prompted college officials to review their homecoming rules.Jen Jones, a senior at the school, beat three men to the crown at Hood College in Maryland, USA. She praised the school for appointing her.

  • Gay bishop returns to work after alcohol treatment

    Bishop Robinson caused surprise when he checked into an alcohol treatment centre last month

    12:00 AM — The first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church has returned to work after a month's rehabilitation from an alcohol problem.Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church's New Hampshire bishop returned from treatment last week. He was catching up with work and not granting interviews. His spokesman Mike Barwell, told the Press Association, "He is going to kind of ease back into things."

  • 7th March 2006

    Schools must allow US army to recruit despite gay sacking policy

    Congress had threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding to schools refusing to comply

    12:00 AM — The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a free speech challenge to the Solomon Amendment. The Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR) coalition of law schools challenged the constitutionality of the amendment, passed in 1996, which requires universities to grant military recruiters full access to students despite university non-discrimination policies which bar recruiters who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.Congress had threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding to schools refusing to comply. In November 2004, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favour of FAIR. Today's court decision overturns the 3rd Circuit ruling. The Supreme Court did not consider the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in reviewing the Solomon challenge.

  • Human rights groups to fight gay marriage ban 1

    A statewide campaign to defeat the amendment will launch soon with the support of organizations and individuals from across the state

    12:00 AM — Wisconsin has moved a step closer to banning gay marriage with the legislative passage of a constitutional amendment banning civil unions and marriage for same-sex couples. The discriminatory amendment will go before voters in the November elections."The legislature voted to discriminate but fair-minded Wisconsin voters will have the final say in November," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Wisconsinites do not want to see their friends and neighbours forever denied the ability to visit their loved one in the hospital or share health and retirement benefits - but that's exactly what this far-reaching constitutional amendment would do."

  • I thought Michael Jackson was gay, says brother 15

    In his upcoming autobiography, Jermaine Jackson, who gained a handful of Motown hits, claims that in the Jackson 5 era there were fears that their little brother was gay

    12:00 AM — The brother of pop superstar Michael Jackson has revealed that he and his brothers thought the singer was gay.In his upcoming autobiography, Jermaine Jackson, who gained a handful of Motown hits, claims that in the Jackson 5 era there were fears that their little brother was gay.

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