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  • 15th February 2006

    Hong Kong couples awaiting UK gay marriage approval 1

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Hong Kong in 1991

    12:00 AM — Hong Kong gay couples are awaiting a decision from the government on if the British Consulate can conduct civil partnerships in its country.According to the UK Civil Partnership Act, all "British nationals" can register for a same-sex civil union in a British embassy or consulate, as long as the local law agrees.

  • Country singer releases gay cowboy song 2

    Willie Nelson features on the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain with the song He Was A Friend of Mine

    12:00 AM — Country music singer Willie Nelson has written a song about a gay cowboy romance to coincide with hit film Brokeback Mountain's visit to the Oscars.The song, released on Valentines Day, is called Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond of Each Other), it was originally written in 1981. It was played for the first time yesterday on US radio.

  • Singapore allows film fans to see Brokeback Mountain 5

    Promotional material for Brokeback Mountain in Singapore will carry a consumer advisory saying “mature theme, sexual scenes”

    12:00 AM — Cinemagoers in Singapore will be allowed to watch gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain without censorship from tomorrow.The Guardian reported that despite the island's strict homosexuality laws and definition of gay sex as gross indecency, film fans over 21 will be able to watch the highly acclaimed movie.

  • Banning smoking is the best thing Labour have done for the gay community 11

    Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Editor, Benjamin Cohen takes a look at the impact of the smoking ban on the gay community and argues that it may be Labour's finest hour."It's strange that after nine years of governing Britain, with all the changes to the way that the gay community is treated, Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places."

  • 14th February 2006

    Lesbian accuses bosses of homophobia

    The company was accused during the early 1990s of dismissing some gay workers when a Cracker Barrel executive's memo was leaked saying managers should fire employees who didn't “demonstrate normal heterosexual values“

    12:00 AM — A lesbian is accusing her bosses of discrimination after she says they did nothing after she was groped by co workers and verbally assaulted over her sexuality.Bonnie Usher worked at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, a home country food chain, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. She filed a complained with the state's human rights commission against the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store accusing management of discriminating against her.

  • Israeli lesbians granted joint motherhood

    Gay activists hailed the ruling but said it would be a while before the country fully recognises same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The Israeli Family Court recognised lesbian couples as joint mothers for the first time on Sunday.Tal and Avital Yarous-Hakak, received their adoption orders and are listed as the mothers of their three children.The orders were issued in light of a High Court of Justice ruling on the matter, according to which adoption laws allow the process, even if the both partners are of the same gender.

  • Heath Ledger in new gay role

    The Australian actor is favourite to land the role of the closeted actor, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1985

    12:00 AM — The star of Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger, who won accolades for his performance as a gay cowboy, looks set to play a gay man again.He is rumoured to be lined up for the role of gay icon, Hollywood actor Rock Hudson.Movie site AintItCoolNews.com claims the Australian actor is favourite to land the role of the closeted actor, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1985.

  • Saddam calls trial judges homosexuals 2

    Saddam Hussein and the others deny the revenge killings of 148 people in the northern Iraqi village of Dujail after a failed bid to assassinate the dictator there in 1982

    12:00 AM — Saddam Hussein called his trial judges homosexuals yesterday in a further tirade at the Baghdad court where he is accused of mass murder.The former Iraqi leader wanted to boycott the hearing but the chief judge ordered him to attend.Mr Hussein protested shouting, "Down with Bush!" as he walked into the Baghdad court.

  • Well known gay figure murdered in Oxford 1

    Guy Thomas was well known on the Oxford gay scene

    12:00 AM — Two people have been arrested over the murder of a well known man on the Oxford gay scene.Detectives are remaining quiet over the death of Guy Thomas, 41, whose body was found in a flat in Cowley, Oxford, on Friday.Mr Thomas, 41, died from loss of blood from a head injury. Police believe he had been assaulted. A man aged 32 and woman aged 33 were arrested on the weekend. Yesterday, magistrates gave them until midday today to continue holding them.

  • New Jersey to decide on gay marriage

    The issue will be debated in front of New Jersey Supreme Court judges

    12:00 AM — Campaigners for and against gay marriage will be keeping an eye on New Jersey tomorrow when the issue is debated before the state Supreme Court.In the courtroom the arguments will mainly concentrate on who should decide whether to allow it: lawmakers or judges.The state Attorney General's office, defending New Jersey's ban on same-sex marriage, believes the Legislature should make such important and controversial decisions.

  • Lesbian gay and bisexual support for Shropshire 2

    THT runs LGT youth groups from many of it's offices throughout the UK

    12:00 AM — A gay youth group is to be launched in Shropshire to help young people cope with homosexual issues.The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), an HIV and sexual health charity, has started an organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people. It will add to a number of services run from the charity's new office in Wellington.

  • Christian groups helping gay people “recover” 3

    Alan Chambers, head of Exodus, says he is living proof of Bible based change

    12:00 AM — Two Christian groups who say they help people "recover from homosexuality," are holding an event in St Louis, USA.Exodus International, had billboards installed along St. Louis roads last week. Focus on the Family, the other group, will host the meeting Feb. 25 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester.The billboards say, "I questioned homosexuality. Change is possible. Discover how," and lists the Web site for Exodus.

  • 13th February 2006

    Scotland holds three gay weddings a day

    A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days

    12:00 AM — At least three gay weddings have taken place in Scotland every day since the Civil Partnerships Act came into force.A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days.The paper reports that another 385 homosexual couples have booked registrations to take place over the next three months.

  • NFL accused of homophobia

    Roy Simmons played for the New York Giants and is one of three NFL players to have ever come out

    12:00 AM — One of only three NFL players to ever publicly reveal his homosexuality says the league discriminated against him by refusing to let him into the Super Bowl earlier this month.Former New York Giants offensive lineman Roy Simmons said he wasn't granted media access to the game because he is gay and HIV positive, and because he has said other pro football players are closeted homosexuals.

  • Homophobic killer gets reduced sentence

    Burke and Marcos Perez were found guilty of beating Richard Reihl to death

    12:00 AM — A Supreme Court judge has axed five years off the 40-year sentence of Sean Burke, who was convicted of beating a gay man to death with a fireplace log in 1998.Judge Raymond Norko modified Burke's sentence for good behaviour, despite opposition from family members of the victims. Burke, who had been scheduled to be released in 2017, is now up for release in 2012.

  • Airline refuse to let gay couple take travel prize

    The airline would only recognize a spouse, another airline employee, or a dependent child as a companion

    12:00 AM — A travel group violated California's anti-discrimination laws when it refused to allow a gay couple to use tickets an employee won, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a letter urging the company to change its policies.The ACLU sent the letter on behalf of La Mirada resident Rob Anders, a long-time airline industry employee, who won round-trip domestic airfare on Northwest Airlines for him and a companion at his company holiday party last December. But when he tried to redeem the tickets for himself and his registered domestic partner, Northwest refused.

  • 10th February 2006

    Gay group question US Aids budget 2

    HRC want Mr Bush to pay more attention to issues of HIV and AIDs

    12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has raised uncertainty over President George Bush's budget proposal in regards to HIV and AIDS, released this month.The Human Rights Campaign believe his ideas present a mixed bag on the illness with modest funding increases in care and treatment programmes, additional cuts in Medicaid, and an increase in abstinence only programmes.

  • Pete Burns announces gay marriage plans

    Pete Burns will follow Elton John and David Furnish down the aisle for a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — Eighties pop star and celebrity big brother contestant, Pete Burns announced his engagement to boyfriend Michael Simpson, last night.The Dead or Alive front man broke the news in a televison interview with Richard and Judy on Channel 4. The couple showed off Vivienne Westwood diamante skull design rings.Mr Burns, who had a hit single in the 1980s with You Spin Me Round, declared how in love they were on the chat show, and confirmed they intend to have a same sex partnership.

  • Gay group wants pride march back on calendar

    The 2006 Belfast gay pride festival will take place on the last weekend in July

    12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.

  • Legal lawsuit seeking gay marriage

    Lambda Legal has filed a lawsuit appealing a December 2005 ruling which said that limiting marriage to people of different sexes is not unconstitutional

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal, an organisation committed to achieving full recognition gay civil rights, filed its opening brief in the New York Court of Appeals this week, appealing a December 2005 ruling which said that limiting marriage to people of different sexes is not unconstitutional.That ruling reversed the trial court decision handed down in February 2005 that found that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

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