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  • 24th February 2006

    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.

  • 23rd February 2006

    Brokeback Mountain causes stir in Jamaica

    Brokeback Mountain has sparked controversy in the country since the Jamaican Cinematograph Authority released the film yesterday

    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

    According to the study, lesbian and gay officers rarely come out to their colleagues, although those still not open about their sexuality sill face abuse

    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.

  • Australian Treasurer offends gay couple

    Mr Costello, who was addressing a debate at the Sydney Institute, said: “I think we do recognise the rights of gay and lesbian people in Australia, we do not criminalise conduct or behaviour“

    12:00 AM — Australian Treasurer Peter Costello has caused outrage amongst gay campaigners after labelling same sex marriage as appalling and offensive.The comments came after gay couple Professor Kerryn Phelps and her partner Jackie Stricker asked Mr Costello about the government's failure to legally recognise same sex partnerships in the same way as heterosexual marriages.

  • US considers banning anti gay military funeral protests 2

    The legislation would ban protests at funerals within an hour before they start and would make it illegal to obstruct mourners

    12:00 AM — A growing number of US states are considering limiting protests at military funerals amid fears of anti gay picketing from conservative church groups.The bills would ensure that states regulate funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people. Church members have publicly given thanks for soldiers' deaths at military funerals, raising calls to regulate the protests.

  • Traveller murdered for rejecting gay advance, court told

    The prosecution said blood matching Fred's Moss's DNA was in the defendant's car boot and on a knife and hacksaw belonging to him

    12:00 AM — A man accused of murdering a traveller has denied killing him after a failed sexual advance.Christopher Nudds, 26, who is gay, told Northampton Crown Court that he didn't try anything on with him. Prosecutor William Harbage QC asked him if he made a move on the victim, Mr Nudds said: "Absolutely not, Fred wasn't gay, was he?"

  • DrudgeReport brings PinkNews.co.uk to its knees 2

    Whilst the explosion wasn't this big, the damage to PinkNews.co.uk's servers was just as devastating

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk editor, Benjamin Cohen, on the price of fame and why the website went down yesterday.PinkNews.co.uk has grown a lot since I launched the website as Britain's first online gay news service back in July 2005. The level of our readers tends to double every month or so and I'm constantly surprised at which articles prove to be popular, and those that are not.

  • DrudgeReport brings PinkNews.co.uk to its knees 2

    Whilst the explosion wasn't this big, the damage to PinkNews.co.uk's servers was just as devastating

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk editor, Benjamin Cohen, on the price of fame and why the website went down yesterday.PinkNews.co.uk has grown a lot since I launched the website as Britain's first online gay news service back in July 2005. The level of our readers tends to double every month or so and I'm constantly surprised at which articles prove to be popular, and those that are not.

  • Morrissey angry over government investigation 2

    The singer is a well known critic of the Iraq war

    12:00 AM — British pop singer Morrissey is fuming after being quizzed by FBI and British intelligence for speaking out against the American and British governments.The former front man of influential pop group The Smiths, who is now a solo artist, is a well known critic of the war in Iraq and has previously dubbed President George W Bush a "terrorist." He was baffled when he was taken in by authorities.

  • Hotelier cleared after refusing to let gay couple share bed

    Mr Bush, 60, suggested a twin room might be more suitable for the couple

    12:00 AM — A gay couple's weekend country retreat was ruined after a hotel manager refused to let them share a double bed, a court was told.Kevin Smith and Jose Ruiz claim hotel owner Robert Bush threatening them with a gun after locking them out of the hotel the night before. The London based couple had planned to stay at the White Hart Hotel in Overton, near Basingstoke, but they found their booking for a double room did not meet Mr Bush's approval.

  • 22nd February 2006

    Nationwide tour to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell”

    “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” dates back to 1993, when President Bill Clinton suspended a Department of Defence policy banning gays and lesbians from the military

    12:00 AM — A group of gay and lesbian veterans have launched a nationwide campaign to push for a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.According to the Boston Herald, the seven-week speaking tour will feature seven former service members who argue that the discriminatory law keeps able-bodied Americans from serving in the military at a time when the war in Iraq makes America desperate for troops.

  • Hillary Clinton criticised over gay marriage stance 1

    Mrs Clinton's advisers said her support within the gay community runs deep, noting that a fund-raising event planned for next month will have prominent gay politicians and activists as hosts

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group in New York is telling gays and lesbians to oppose Senator Hillary Clinton's re-election because of her position on same sex marriageAlan Van Capelle, executive director of the group, the Empire State Pride Agenda, said Mrs Clinton was "a complete disappointment" over her opposition to same-sex marriage and her support for a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

  • California may elect gay bishop 1

    The Very Rev Robert Taylor, the dean of St Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, is one of the shortlisted gay candidates

    12:00 AM — A new controversy hit the Anglican Church yesterday after the diocese of California include a gay man and a lesbian in a shortlist for its next bishop.The Daily Telegraph reported that the move will please liberals but trouble the Archbishop Of Canterbury who has previously supported calls for a suspension of the appointment of gay bishops.

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