23rd February 2006
Morrissey angry over government investigation 2
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Task force to end gay bullying 4
12:00 AM — A conference of students, politicians and gay groups is getting together to raise awareness about the bullying and harassment of gay and lesbian youth.More than 500 people from 75 cities are expected to attend a conference at Drake University in Iowa. The conference is being hosted by Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force.
Online gay archive to be launched
12:00 AM — An online gay database has been set up at the national archives as part of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender history month.The portal includes documents, party invites and posters relevant to the history of the gay community. Among the artefacts are documents recording Oscar Wilde's internment into Wandsworth Prison following his 1895 conviction for gross indecency.
Increase in US ballots trying to ban gay adoption 1
12:00 AM — A wave of ballots to ban gays and lesbians from adopting have hit at least 16 states in the USA.Efforts to pass laws are underway in Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky where gay marriage has already been banned."Now that we've defined what marriage is, we need to take that further and say children deserve to be in that relationship," Greg Quinlan of Ohio's Pro-Family Network, a conservative Christian group, told USA Today.
Senate to debate gay club ban 1
12:00 AM — The Senate will debate a bill proposing a ban on gay school clubs after its education committee voted in favour for the law yesterday.The amended bill was endorsed by the Senate Education Committee on a 4-2 vote Monday, and will now get a debate by the full Senate. Some fear the original language would ban gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) from Utah's public high schools, but the Utah attorney general said it would run afoul of federal equal access laws.
Vatican to combat gay marriage laws 3
12:00 AM — Gay rights groups are criticising the Vatican this week over a debate on how to block the spread of laws in traditionally Roman Catholic countries granting legal status to homosexual marriages.Theologians and jurists are taking part in the five-day seminar at the Vatican-administered Lateran university in Rome, organised by the John Paul II institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family.
Malaysian charged with murder of gay professor 3
12:00 AM — A Malaysian man has been charged with the murder of a gay Singaporean professor after 13 years on the run.Lee Chez Kee, 36, who appeared at a special sitting of the Subordinate Courts, had been avoiding police since the murder of National University of Singapore (NUS) don Lee Kok Cheong between Dec 12 and 14, 1993.
20th February 2006
Judge overturns gay foster parent ban 1
12:00 AM — A judge has ruled that the Missouri Department of Social Services improperly denied a woman's application to become a foster parent because she is a lesbian.The denial had been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, who work to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied them, acting on behalf of Lisa Johnston. Jackson County Circuit Judge Sandra C. Midkiff upheld the challenge after hearing testimony in November.
Pastor stands up for gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — A pastor has announced that he would no longer conduct civil marriages for the state of Asheville in an attempt to treat gay and straight people equally.The Rev. Joe Hoffman, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, announced in his weekend sermon that he would be treating his gay and lesbian parishioners the same as heterosexuals.