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  • 24th February 2006

    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.

  • Turin gay pride looks to takeover city

    The mayor, the president of the province of Turin and the president of the Piedmont region welcomed the gay pride event

    12:00 AM — Whilst the 2006 Winter Olympics plough on in Turin, a gay pride event is looking to also take the city by storm.The Italian city is currently hosting a series of events under the umbrella of Turin Pride 2006 which will culminate in a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in June.A gay sports competition is set to start next month and several lectures and musical programmes are scheduled. A gay film festival will be held April 20-27.

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  • Scotland tackles workplace homophobia

    A scheme to help tackle homophobia in the workplace and improve employers' attitudes to lesbian and gay issues has received backing from the Scottish Executive

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is set to back a scheme to tackle homophobia in the workplace.The Diversity Champions project, launched this month by Stonewall Scotland after success in England and Wales, has received supported from the Scottish government.Supporters hope the scheme will help end bullying based on sexuality in Scotland's workplace and improve Scottish employer's positions in the Work Equality Index, a list of top places to work for gays and lesbians.

  • Lib Dem MSP to have first civil partnership

    According to sources Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, will register her relationship with Suzanne Main next month

    12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat will be the first MSP to have a civil partnership after announcing her plans for a ceremony today.According to sources Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, will register her relationship with Suzanne Main next month.The couple said in a statement: "The ceremony will take place in Edinburgh in the presence of family and friends."

  • 3 men deny murdering gay student

    Darren Johnson, 27, Mohammed Choudhury, 24, and Muhammed Nduka, 24, all entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey yesterday

    12:00 AM — Three men are denying the murder of a gay student in London last year.Darren Johnson, 27, Mohammed Choudhury, 24, and Muhammed Nduka, 24, all entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey yesterday.A fourth man, Thomas Girmay, 22, joined the three to plead not guilty to robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

  • Teen given Asbo for homophobic hate campaign

    Aaron Bissmire, 18, led a gang which tormented and abused residents from the Cardigan Estate in Bush Hill Park

    12:00 AM — A teenager who subjected a gay man to a homophobic hate campaign has been given an anti-social behaviour order.Aaron Bissmire, 18, led a gang which tormented and abused residents from the Cardigan Estate in Bush Hill Park. Enfield Magistrates Court issued him with a three-year behaviour order banning him from misbehaving in the neighbourhood.

  • 21st February 2006

    Boy George ridicules gay marriage 9

    Boy George predicted many gay 'marriages' are destined for the divorce courts

    12:00 AM — Former Culture Club front man Boy George has slammed same-sex 'weddings', insisting marriage is outdated and has no place in modern or gay culture.The singer, who wrote hit song Karma Chameleon, ridiculed Elton John and David Furnish's decision to have a civil ceremony on December 21 last year - the first day British laws permitted the unions.

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