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  • 28th February 2006

    Group push for gay emergency pack 1

    The group wants an emergency pack for gay people affected by disasters

    12:00 AM — A gay council group in West Hollywood is suggesting an lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender specific emergency pack in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.The Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board of the city of West Hollywood believes the LGBT community needs its own pack and is hoping the City Council will review and consider its proposal.

  • Group files lawsuit against school gay club ban

    The ACLU sued White County School District officials for violating the students' rights under the federal Equal Access Act

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court against officials at White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia for illegally banning a gay-straight alliance club (GSA)."I've been assaulted at school twice and called names more times than I can remember, and I know gay students who have had to drop out of our school because the harassment was so bad.

  • Army cadets dismissed for “gay acts” 1

    Fifteen officer cadets in the Nigerian army were  expelled

    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

    Several parents said their young children wouldn't understand the change of gender and would be confused

    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

    The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning

    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

    The THT reports that gay men account for 48% of all HIV cases and 59% of all AIDS cases in the UK

    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

    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

    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

    Cynthia Nixon, who played cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbs on the hit show, split from her childhood sweetheart in 2003

    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

    Pierce 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

    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

    Britney Spears sparked controversy in 2003 after a passionate on stage kiss with fellow superstar Madonna at the MTV VMAs

    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

    Officials believe the rise is due to more people reporting hate crimes rather than more taking place

    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

    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

    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

    Pierce Brosnan has decided to cut bisexual scenes from his new movie The Matador

    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

    The Mayor defended the outburst, saying Evening Standard reporter, Mr Finegold was “doorstepping“ him outside a party

    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

    One of the cds William Hillan is accused of playing too loud

    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

    The couple will appear in an interview on Channel 4's Dispatches programme

    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

    The President named Rev. Herbert Lusk, a former American football star, as one of five new members of the presidential AIDS advisory 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

    The star has received an Oscar nomination for the song Travelin Thru for the movie Transamerica

    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

    The study notes that “on sexuality a more worrying picture emerged“ and that a “lack of tolerance was experienced in more than one session“ from both boys and girls

    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

    In 2003, Statistics New Zealand research indicated most people would accept a question, provided people could refuse to answer

    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.

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