28th February 2006
Army cadets dismissed for “gay acts” 1
12:00 AM — Fifteen army cadets have been dismissed from Nigeria's military academy for alleged homosexual acts.An academy spokesman said action was taken after complaints of molestation. Homosexuality comes under indecency laws in the country.Maj. Timothy Atigha told the Associated Press a board of inquiry had been set up to look into the allegations, and medical examinations were conducted on all the 1,000 or so cadets at the Nigeria Defence Academy.
Trans teacher returns to school
12:00 AM — A Virginia school has caused controversy amongst parents after allowing a teacher to return to work after a sex change.Lily Mcbeth is a substitute teacher at Eagleswood Elementary School, she had a sex change last year to become a woman and re applied for her job under her new name.The school board allowed the 71 year old to work earlier this week amongst anger from parents to ban her from the school she had taught at as a man for five years.
27th February 2006
Gay star in drugs arrest 4
12:00 AM — Gay superstar George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs after a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of a car.The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning initially on suspicion of being in no fit state to drive. After a doctor's examination this offence was not followed up.
Sexual health clinic opens for Leeds students
12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is to launch a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The three hour service, which opens in May, will run one day a week and will be located conveniently for students at the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University.
Gay sex attacker convicted
12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been convicted in Scotland.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts.The court was told that he kept "trophies" such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents. Winton abducted straight men and performed sex acts on them in remote spots just two miles from his home.
Sex the City star praises reaction to “lesbian” lover
12:00 AM — Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon has thanked the press and public for respecting her privacy over a relationship with another woman.Ms Nixon, who played cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbs on the hit show, split from her childhood sweetheart in 2003. A media frenzy followed after tabloid reports claimed she was having a lesbian relationship with Christine Marinoni.
Brosnan: No regrets over removing bisexuality from new film 1
12:00 AM — Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan told reporters this week that removing bi-sexual references to his character in his new movie The Matador was the right thing to do, despite the outstanding success of multiple Oscar nominee Brokeback Mountain.Mr Brosnan, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film, said he almost backed out of The Matador after suffering a confidence crisis.
Britney Spears rumoured for lesbian role 4
12:00 AM — Britney Spears upcoming role on hit gay sitcom Will Grace is now being rumoured to be a lesbian part.According to reports, the episode, airing in the US this April, will feature Ms Spears as an assistant to Jack, played by Sean Hayes. In Touch Magazine claims a Christian network buys 'Out TV' where Jack works, and she becomes his sidekick.
24th February 2006
Homophobic crime increases in Midlands
12:00 AM — Homophobic crime has risen in the West Midlands, according to new figures from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.However officials believe the rise is due to more people reporting hate crimes rather than more taking place. Jayne Salt, the West Midlands CPS homophobic crime co-ordinator, told the Birmingham Post: "There have been a growing number of crimes we've processed from March 2005-2006."
Gay walks launched in Edinburgh
12:00 AM — A leaflet charting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historic walks in Edinburgh has been launched.The pamphlets, which form part of gay history awareness project, Remember When, highlight routes of seven walks spanning 500 years through different parts of the capital.They include stories of persecution, as well as modern stories of liberation, such as the landmark of Scotland's first Gay Pride march.
Bond director charged in gay prostitution crackdown
12:00 AM — The James Bond director accused of offering sex to an undercover policeman has been sentenced to 15 days community service.Lee Tamahori, 55, who directed Die Another Day, was arrested for allegedly offering oral sex whilst dressing as a woman, according to officials in America. An LA police officer said he was approached by Mr Tamahori who offered to "orally copulate him for money."
Pro gay mayor suspended from office 3
12:00 AM — London Mayor, Ken Livingstone has been suspended from office for a month after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard.The adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor of London brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay
Asbo for gay hairdresser who played music too loud 1
12:00 AM — A hairdresser has been handed an Asbo after neighbours complained he was playing music such as country hit Stand By Your Man too loudly.William Hillan from Larkhall, Lanarkshire annoyed neighbours by playing high volume music from his sound system at all hours. They complained the songs were so loud they couldn't hear their TVs and also said he held noisy parties in his back garden.
Gay rights row taken to TV
12:00 AM — A couple campaigning for gay rights are taking their local council row onto prime time television.Joe and Helen Roberts have become the focus of national attention after questioning Wyre Council's gay rights policy. The couple will appear in an interview on Channel 4's Dispatches programme which is investigating civil liberties and freedom of speech.
Anti-gay minister appointed to AIDs panel
12:00 AM — American President George W Bush has appointed a Baptist minister who opposes gay marriage to a council on HIV and AIDs.The President named Rev. Herbert Lusk, a former American football star, as one of five new members of the presidential AIDS advisory panel, according to a current panel member.
Dolly Parton receives gay hate mail 4
12:00 AM — Country singer Dolly Parton has been receiving hate mail in reaction to her increasing gay following, according to reports.Entertainment website contactmusic.com, claim Ms Parton has been targeted because of her largely gay male fan base. She said: "Having a big gay following, I get hate mail and threats."The star has received an Oscar nomination for the song Travelin Thru for the movie Transamerica, which she will sing at the ceremony next week.
High anti gay feelings amongst Haringey school children
12:00 AM — Homophobia is rife amongst a large number of school children, according to university research.A Middlesex University reported, commissioned by the Haringey Safer Communities Partnership claims: "There exists a high level of homophobia among school age children." The report is based on workshops with school children aged 12 to 13.
Gay campaigner unhappy with “sexually discriminatory” census
12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner is accusing New Zealand's national statistical office of breaking the law by excluding a question on sexual orientation from the censusVictor van Wetering, former editor of gay newspaper Express, is calling the omission by Statistics New Zealand "actively discriminatory."" He first complained to the Human Rights Commission in 2001.
23rd February 2006
Brokeback Mountain causes stir in Jamaica
12:00 AM — Jamaica's religious leaders have voiced disapproval at the government's decision not to ban gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The romance has sparked controversy in the country since the Jamaican Cinematograph Authority released the film yesterday. Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica.
Study labels Northern Ireland police as homophobic 3
12:00 AM — Northern Ireland police are homophobic to their colleagues, according to research.The study, conducted by the Institute for Conflict Research, comes after reports of anti-gay attacks in the province. It reveals a prevalence of verbal abuse and humiliation in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), despite efforts to rid anti-gay discrimination in the region.