27th October 2006
Bush attacks gay unions
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage.It comes after the New jersey Supreme Court called for the state to give fairer rights to gays and lesbians.Justice Barry Albin, who authored the 66 page majority ruling said unequal rights can no longer be tolerated, "[The] unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our State Constitution.
Canadian postmen stand up to gay-hate mail 1
12:00 AM — Postmen in Vancouver, Canada have been threatened with disciplinary actions after refusing to deliver a pamphlet that stated "The Plague of this 21st Century: The Consequences of the sin of Homosexuality (AIDS)" writes the Toronto Star.The homophobic propaganda was produced by the Fundamentalist Baptist Mission in Waterford, Ontario and was called the "Prophetic Word".
Get ready for gay Bruno
12:00 AM — Following the release of Sacha Baron Coghen's Borat film, many in the gay community will be interested to know that north London's latest comedic prodigy is planning his next blockbuster based around his gay Austrian 'fashionista' character Buno.The new project however is said to be the subject of a bidding war amongst some of Hollywood's top film studios. The Hollywood Reporter claims.
26th October 2006
Gay campaigner attacks South African apathy towards Zimbabwe
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell, gay rights activist joined campaigners from the Free Zim Youth (FZY) movement in protesting at a speech by South African foreign minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on international relations at the London School of Economics last night.The protesters highlight the nature of the dictatorial Mugabe regime that has been omnipresent in Zimbabwe politics since independence and has also spiralled the previously buoyant country into economic catastrophe and human rights graveyard.
Ireland schools fight homophobic bullying 4
12:00 AM — A major nationwide campaign against homophobic bullying was launched this week by Ireland's Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science.Síle de Valera opened the initiative which was conceived of by the Equality Authority and a youth group for the LGBT community called BeLonG To.The campaign aims to distribute posters to every post primary school in the Republic and attempts to reiterate a commitment by schools to stamp out homophobic bullying.
Foley offered ‘sexual reorientation’ 3
12:00 AM — Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans.To add to the mystery of the saga, a group calling themselves Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays Gays (PFOX) has offered to effectively change his sexuality.
Trans group pick up award
12:00 AM — The support network for transgender people in the civil service has picked up a diversity award.It is the second award ceremony for diversity, which the cabinet office champion as a demonstration of "successes in policy, employment and service delivery across Government".The a;gender network is a group which aims to "provide confidential and mutual support" whilst offering advice and work towards eradicating Transphobia in the government and civil service.
25th October 2006
Action urged on behalf of LGBT rights in India 1
12:00 AM — Activists have launched an urgent plea for action for human rights in India.The women's organisation Sangini has presented a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) about the plight of gay people in the country.Homosexuality is illegal in India and has been since colonial days.
Gay community should B Aware of Hepatitis B 1
12:00 AM — "If one was to announce that an HIV preventative immunisation was available there would undoubtedly be pandemonium, unprecedented demand," a Hepatitis B sufferer announced on the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the virus.It is therefore of particular consternation, according to the Hepatitis B Foundation, then that people are reluctant to or don't even know that there is a vaccination for a far more infectious and widespread disease: Hepatitis B.
24th October 2006
Sacramento Slavic hate churches 1
12:00 AM — Hostile demonstrations and actions have recently been initiated by Slavic churches at gay pride events.Sacramento is said to have one of the largest former Soviet Union communities and these ultra religious groups are being blamed for a growth in anti homosexual actions.The Russian speaking demonstrators are said to "far outnumber representatives from all other anti-gay groups combined" according to the Seattle Times .
Callous hoax targets help line
12:00 AM — A hoaxer has sent mass texts to thousands of people requesting they ring the number for the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery.Many of the 150 plus volunteers were subjected to abuse by their co victims who mistakenly believed that the help-line was responsible for the rogue texts.
Bavarian conservatives move away from homophobia
12:00 AM — The conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the dominant party in Bavarian politics for years has for the first time acknowledged the validity of same sex relationships.The position is not whole hearted however with the party still not supporting same sex marriages or adoption.
TV authorities fine channel over lesbian sex scene
12:00 AM — Singapore's main cable operator Star Hub Cable Vision was fined 10,000 Singapore dollars (£3,390) for showing a scene involving lesbian sex and bondage.The Singapore Development Authority deemed the television "sexually suggestive and offensive to good taste and decency".
23rd October 2006
Gay actor to perform in Doctor Who
12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer, Stephen Gately, is set to appear in a BBC 7 dramatisation of cult classic series Doctor Who for radio.Alongside more established actors such as Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith, Gately will play the Glam rock hopeful Tommy Tomorrow in the story called Doctor Who: Horror of Glam Rock.The role will involve the pop star turned actor performing his first solo work since 2001, doing a "T-Rex style" number.
Activists protest Menzies Campbell Iran support 2
12:00 AM — Gay activists are criticising Menzies Campbell, leader of the Liberal Democrats, who is set to award an St Andrews University honorary doctorate to the former Iranian president Mohamed Khatami at the end of October.Campaigners are out raged at the move by the Lib Dem leader. Khatami is known to be a supporter of Sharia law, which is by nature homophobic and has been known to have condemned thousands to persecution and many to death in Iran during his regime.
Borat invited to “Homophobic” homeland 3
12:00 AM — The comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has been invited to the home country of his fictional character, Borat by the country's deputy foreign minister Rakhat Aliyev.The comedian has been accused of unfairly branding the central Asian nation as a nation of misogynistic, homophobic and generally backward individuals
Elton John joins John Peel Tribute 7
12:00 AM — Elton John has become the latest and perhaps best known star to join the tribute to the late but great radio dj.Sir Elton will play piano and sing on a single, a cover of the Buzzcocks song 'ever fallen in love' to be released on November 21 the proceeds of which will go to human rights charity Amnesty International.
Build up to US mid-term elections 3
12:00 AM — Along with the ever inflammatory issue of the US occupation of Iraq this years election will also be campaigned around the Foley scandal that has rocked Capitol Hill in recent weeks."Foley's departure in disgrace has added a sexual dimension to an ethics cloud hovering over the Republican majority less than five weeks before Election Day" the Associated Press reports.
New drama stars gay performer 2
12:00 AM — The new sci-fi thriller Torchwood, starring gay actor John Barrowman as lead Captain Jack, attracted BBC Three's largest audience when it began last night.The Doctor Who spin off is set and produced in Wales and despite being based on a character from the series, no stories will inter link.Both episodes drew over four million viewers to the digital channel last night.
British Embassy hosting gay unions 1
12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.