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  • 7th March 2006

    ABBA reunite for gay rights 1

    Abba are the most well known celebrities to have made donations to the auction so far

    12:00 AM — Legendary Swedish pop group, Abba, have come together for the first time in ten years to sign souvenirs in support of gay rights in Poland.Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are offering signed posters, photos and music on auction site eBay to raise money for Warsaw Pride in Poland, which has come under attack by president Lech Kaczynski.

  • Gay cannibal blocks film screening about his life

    The case is currently under appeal from the prosecutors who argue he should have been found guilty of murder

    12:00 AM — A film about the real life story of the German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been banned in Germany.Self confessed cannibal, Armin Meiwes, 44, who is currently undergoing a second trial for killing and then eating a man he met in through a gay website, asked that the screening of the film be blocked.

  • 6th March 2006

    Spanish gays marrying in their thousands

    Spain was the third country to grant civil marriage rights to same-sex couples, after the Netherlands and Belgium

    12:00 AM — Over a thousand same sex couples have been married in Spain since the country's marriage equality law came into force last summer.International newspaper reports claim that 800 same sex ceremonies have been recorded on computers and that only accounts for half of the marriages performed.

  • Prevalence of gay teens using clubbing drugs, says study

    Drug use was higher amongst the 2.5% of students who identified themselves as gay or bisexual

    12:00 AM — Gay or bisexual school children as young as fourteen are 17 times more likely than straight students to use crystal methamphetamine and other "club drugs," according to research in Canada.The study surveyed over 600 students aged 13 to 19 at Vancouver and Victoria high schools. It found 14% have used crystal meth and other "club drugs"

  • Gay army recruit refuses discharge

    The South Korean army defines homosexuals as “Disabled in character and attitude“

    12:00 AM — A gay Korean conscript is looking to highlight gay rights issues by refusing a discharge from the Korean army .Yoo Jung Min-Seok announced to the press, "My identity, the duty my country demands and my rights as a citizen are in conflict in a world where it is regarded as compulsory for men to be masculine.""I reject the harm done by the macho barracks culture and an army that produces aggressive, belligerent men."

  • Teenager sues school for not preventing homophobia

    Michale Bullis, 18, says he was injured last November in the Grove High School cafeteria after being attacked because he was gay

    12:00 AM — A gay teenager is seeking compensation from his school in Oklahoma after claiming he was assaulted by another student because he was not given enough protection.Michale Bullis, 18, says he was injured last November in the Grove High School cafeteria after being attacked because he was gay.

  • Lesbian crowned Homecoming King 1

    Some students are hailing the result as a positive symbol while others are seeing it as offensive

    12:00 AM — A lesbian has sparked controversy amongst students after winning a Homecoming King contest at her contest.Jen Jones, a senior at the school, beat three men to the crown at Hood College in Maryland, USA.Some students are hailing 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.

  • The Simpsons come alive on TV

    Bart and Homer sit back and enjoy some television

    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

    The North Wales Daily Post reported that he used the term during a private conversation with his officers

    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

    The picket will call for women's rights, an end to the veil and death penalty for lesbianism and adultery, and condemnation of the Islamic regime for 27 years of crimes against women

    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

    The Vatican believes gay adoptions are “gravely immoral.“

    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

    Alan Chambers says he is living proof that gays can change

    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

    The lawsuit charges that Mr Bowman discriminated against Green by preventing others from providing life-saving medical care to Green because of his sexual orientation and/or perceived HIV status

    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

    The page, ran by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA),  discussed safer sex and the impact of discrimination as well as drug abuse

    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

    Swimming is just one of the activities taking place at the camp

    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

    Homosexuality was seen a mental disorder in China until 2001

    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

    The Spectator survey used slightly stronger wording, but it still demonstrates a clear change in public perception of homosexuality

    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

    Mrs Clinton has come under fire for her views on gay marriage

    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

    Fans have debated for years on the sexuality of Bruce Wayne's alter ego

    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

    Mr Romney has said he could not legally offer the church an exemption from a law that requires all adoption agencies work with same-sex couples

    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.

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