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  • 7th March 2006

    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.

  • New Zealand reports increase in gay unprotected sex

    Ms Le Mesurier said that further analysis was needed but it was highly likely that major factors influencing the increase would include, the success of HIV treatments causing people to be less worried about avoiding HIV; the growth of internet dating, which is hugely increasing the opportunities men have for sex

    12:00 AM — The New Zealand Aids Foundation has revealed that more gay men are having unprotected sex than ever before in the country.Last year there were 89 new HIV diagnoses among gay men, the highest number since the epidemic began and a 19% increase on the previous highest figure in 2004. It means that in 2005 there was one new infection every four days.

  • Kate Moss in lesbian tryst, agent claims

    Ms Moss was in Cape Town for a Versace charity fashion show organised by fellow beauty queen Naomi Campbell

    12:00 AM — A modelling agent has claimed in The Sun that supermodel Kate Moss and a top American model spent a cocaine fuelled lesbian night of passion together whilst on a charity trip to South Africa honouring Nelson Mandela.Gavin Maselle told the Sun newspaper that the catwalk princesses snorted cocaine before getting under the sheets with a female counterpart in their king size hotel suite. He told the tabloid that Ms Moss phoned him the morning after to tell him about the evening.

  • More gay people should be welcomed to the Church, dean says

    The Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests

    12:00 AM — A senior Portsmouth Reverend is calling for gay people to be welcomed into the Church.The Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, the Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests. According to Church policy gay clergy should not be sexually active.

  • Unprotected gay sex contributing to PNG AIDs epidemic 1

    An AIDS research group also found that half of the new infections were caused by gay sex

    12:00 AM — An AIDs summit has warned that Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces an HIV epidemic in the next 20 years unless action is taken to fight the disease.Speaking at PNG's first national summit on HIV prevention, Australia's representative for HIV/AIDS Annmaree O'Keeffe predicted that half a million people could be infected over the next two decades.

  • Australia to give gay partners immigration rights

    Ms Vanstone said citizens and permanent residents would be able to sponsor same-sex partners

    12:00 AM — Gay partners will be given immigration rights in a bid to recruit more doctors in regional areas of Australia.The Australian Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone announced that the country is expecting more gay and lesbian doctors to work in regional areas after changes to immigration laws.

  • 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.

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