9th February 2006
Jude Law in biopic of gay Beatles’ manager
12:00 AM — Actor Jude Law is reported to be lined up to play gay Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, in a film about the music mogul's life.The Liverpool Echo revealed two years ago, Mr Law, star of Alfie - wanted to play the part of the Beatles man and said he had been told he looked like the famous manager.The movie, described as a "quirky, hallucinogenic biopic", is expected to be premiered in Liverpool during Capital of Culture year 2008, according to the paper.
8th February 2006
Gay bar attacker shoots himself 1
12:00 AM — An 18-year-old suspect in a gay bar attack in Massachusetts shot himself over the weekend in a shootout with Arkansas police officers.Bristol District Attorney Paul Walsh Jr. said Jacob D. Robida, who was wanted on suspicion of attacking several members of the New Bedford gay bar, Puzzles last week, turned a gun on himself after shooting and killing a lone police officer during a routine traffic stop on Saturday.
Rise in homophobic assualts in Northern Ireland 3
12:00 AM — Continuing violent attacks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across Northern Ireland has been met with a lack of action from local authorities, forcing many to leave the country, according to a report from Gay.com.Ireland's gay activist group Rainbow Project believes Donegal is losing many lesbians and gay people who believe they are no longer able to live in the area. The area has seen a number of violent attacks over the last two years, the latest of which resulted in a man losing an eye.
Warrant issued for gay film icon
12:00 AM — An arrest warrant has been filed for gay film icon Natasha Lyonne, according to reports in the New York Times.The paper states that a bench warrant has been issued for Miss Lyonne's arrest - the third in a year - for failure to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief, harassment and trespassing.Charges were filed by a former neighbour who alleged the actress threatened to harm her, trashed her apartment and threatened to molest her dog.
KT Tunstall: I’m proud of my lesbian following 58
12:00 AM — Rock chick KT Tunstall has revealed her gratitude to her gay and lesbian following in an interview with a daily newspaper.The 30-year-old singer told the Daily Mirror she was proud to have a massive lesbian fan base, she said: "There's always a gay crowd up the front at my gigs. It's a huge compliment.""I think it's because I'm a singer-songwriter with a personality - balls and some sassiness."
Lifetime award for gay actor
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen is to receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Berlin Film Festival.The ceremony, which opens this week, will honour the Lord of the Rings star with the festival's Golden Bear Award, according to reports in the Hollywood Reporter
7th February 2006
South Africa debating gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The South African Council of Churches is expected to develop a stance on gay marriage to present to Parliament later this year.Reports on the ISI Emerging Markets Africawire, suggest the SACC will use a two day conference which began yesterday, to formulate a view on civil partnerships.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke told the seminar that everyone has the constitutional right to be different,
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5
12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.
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UN conference to beat AIDS 2
12:00 AM — A United Nations backed international conference is set to tackle HIV and AIDS issues in May.The first European and Central Asian AIDS Conference will take place in Moscow. The conference is expected to gather 500 participants, and provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, researchers, civil society representatives and people living with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to share experiences and establish new partnerships to address the particular characteristics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region.
6th February 2006
Doctor harasses lesbian patient over sexuality 1
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association this week condemned a surgery who allegedly harassed a lesbian patient in his surgery.They claim a Florida medical office gave a lesbian patient material describing homosexuality as "sinful" and "sexually impure" and advising her to change her sexuality.
Aussie star offended by claims of lesbian sex romp 1
12:00 AM — Pop star Dannii Minogue has been hurt by newspaper revelations of a lesbian sex romp, according to a close friend.Images published by The News of the World over the weekend, apparently show the little sister of Kylie Minogue, in steamy and sexual poses with a stripper at the Puss In Boots nightclub.
IDAHO off to good start 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia campaign has got off to a positive start this year, according to gay group, IDAHO.Last year the first International Day Against Homophobia was marked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including the first gay and lesbian rally in China, and an internet campaign by MAHA, a group of LGBT militants in Iran.
Royal Navy searching for gay recruits 2
12:00 AM — The Royal Navy is looking to increase its gay personnel, despite fears that the move could anger traditionalists within the service.Navy chiefs have been working to build bridges with the gay community for some time since the service's ban on gay and lesbian recruits was lifted five years ago.
3rd February 2006
Tennis ace to open Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova will open this year's Outgames in Montreal.The world-renowned tennis champion will present the Declaration of Montréal, the resolution of a conference on gay rights, with Olympic medallist and Outgames Co-President Mark Tewksbury at the Opening Ceremony on July 29, 2006.
Comment: Playing it Straight 1
12:00 AM — The recent popularity of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender genre as seen in award winning films such as Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica, has helped bring gay issues to the fore and raise the profile of many of the actors involved.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks why none of these stars are actually gay.
Simon Hughes- Media can’t get its head around bisexuality 2
12:00 AM — The coverage of Simon Hughes's outing as bisexual demonstrates the media's confusion of bisexuality according to research by gay news provider, PinkNews.co.ukPinkNews.co.uk, the largest news service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (lgbt) outside of North America has found that out of 116 reports of Simon Hughes's sexuality, only ten articles correctly defined his sexuality as bisexual. 87% of PinkNews.co.uk readers believe that the British media as a whole does not understand what bisexuality is.
THT launch gay drug alcohol support
12:00 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new drug and alcohol support service for young lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGB) people in Lambeth. The scheme, called High NRG, is being run in Waterloo and will support under 25's who need advice and information on drugs and alcohol.The service offers one to one counselling and group work and is funded by Lambeth Council's Young People's Substance Misuse Grant.
Bond director arrested over transexual prostitution 3
12:00 AM — The director of James Bond film, Die Another Day, was arrested for allegedly offering oral sex whilst dressing as a woman, according to officials in America.Lee Tamahori was arrested in January when he approached an undercover Los Angeles police officer and offered to "orally copulate him for money."