10th March 2006
Mussolini’s grand daughter: “Fascists better than faggots” 1
12:00 AM — The granddaughter of the late Fascist leader Benito Mussolini has defended her relative's political beliefs and wartime actions by saying it was better than being a "faggot."Alessandra Mussolini, a member of a right wing party just welcomed into Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition, made the derogatory comments on a TV chat show in Italy.
9th March 2006
First civil ceremony for gay MP 1
12:00 AM — A Labour environment minister will become the first MP to have a civil partnership.Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June.
Politician loses election race after gay prostitute revelations
12:00 AM — A Democratic candidate for the Texas House has lost his bid for nomination after his support and endorsement faded in reaction to revelations that he once worked as a gay prostitute.The Dallas Morning News reported last month that Tom Malin had advertised his sexual services under the alias of Todd Sharpe as recently as 2001 via an online escort service.
Government minister to become first MP to have gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June. His spokesman said: "To celebrate the occasion they're giving a party for family and close friends at Ben's sister's home in Herefordshire."
Euro Commissioner promises action on homophobia
12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights has praised the vice president of the European Commission after a meeting to discuss strategies to fight homophobia and discrimination of the gay community.The meeting followed the European Parliament's debate on homophobia in Europe in January in which they were criticised for not agreeing a plan of action.
Gay protesters blast Polish leader 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates gatecrashed a speech by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski in Berlin today, accusing him of using gay people as scapegoats.Protesters held placards and entered the auditorium at the city's Humboldt University while preliminary speakers were addressing the audience.
8th March 2006
Netherlands may deport gay Iranians 1
12:00 AM — The Dutch Immigration minister is facing criticism over plans to deport lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers back to Iran.A ban on deportations was imposed last September after reports of gay executions in Iran, but now the minister, Rita Verdonk, wishes to end the moratorium as she believes there is no clear evidence of execution for being a homosexual in the country.
MP defends meeting with anti gay Muslim group 2
12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister, Clare Short, has defended a meeting she held with a radical Muslim group last week, amid anger from fellow Labour MPs and gay rights activists.The former international development secretary invited Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.
7th March 2006
Scientologist John Travolta to play woman in camp film 7
12:00 AM — The Scientologist, John Travolta is to play a the role of a woman in the a film version of the hit camp Broadway musical Hairspray.The Hollywood star has been cast to play the role of Edna Turnblad, the mother of a teenage aspiring dancer, in the silver screen adaptation of the hit musical, itself adapted from the 1988 cult movie of the same name, then staring Ricki Lake.
New Zealand reports increase in gay unprotected sex
12:00 AM — The New Zealand Aids Foundation has revealed that more gay men are having unprotected sex than ever before in the country.Last year there were 89 new HIV diagnoses among gay men, the highest number since the epidemic began and a 19% increase on the previous highest figure in 2004. It means that in 2005 there was one new infection every four days.
Gay men more aware of HIV drug
12:00 AM — Gay men's awareness of a drug which could prevent HIV infection when someone has been exposed to the virus has doubled in the UK following a targeted national education campaign. The drug, called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), has an 80% chance of preventing HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure, for 28 days.According to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey undertaken by Sigma Research, gay men in the UK in 2005 were twice as likely to be aware of PEP than they were in 2003, an increase from 22% to 39% following an awareness campaign coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust.
Further student protests at gay blood discrimination 6
12:00 AM — Inequality in the Scottish blood transfusion service is being highlighted this week with a series of events being held by students across Scotland.Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock will all see events held outside blood transfusion venues on 9 March, where students will urge members of the public to give blood because gay and bisexual men are banned from doing so. Scotland needs 1,000 blood donations per day to keep up with demand.
Unprotected gay sex contributing to PNG AIDs epidemic 1
12:00 AM — An AIDs summit has warned that Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces an HIV epidemic in the next 20 years unless action is taken to fight the disease.Speaking at PNG's first national summit on HIV prevention, Australia's representative for HIV/AIDS Annmaree O'Keeffe predicted that half a million people could be infected over the next two decades.
ABBA reunite for gay rights 1
12:00 AM — Legendary Swedish pop group, Abba, have come together for the first time in ten years to sign souvenirs in support of gay rights in Poland.Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are offering signed posters, photos and music on auction site eBay to raise money for Warsaw Pride in Poland, which has come under attack by president Lech Kaczynski.
6th March 2006
Gay army recruit refuses discharge
12:00 AM — A gay Korean conscript is looking to highlight gay rights issues by refusing a discharge from the Korean army .Yoo Jung Min-Seok announced to the press, "My identity, the duty my country demands and my rights as a citizen are in conflict in a world where it is regarded as compulsory for men to be masculine.""I reject the harm done by the macho barracks culture and an army that produces aggressive, belligerent men."
Women’s group calling for end to lesbian persecution
12:00 AM — The Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran is calling for an end to sexual apartheid in the country.They have announced that Wednesday 8 March will be International Women's Day in solidarity with Iranian women. The group will hold a protest in Parliament Square from 12 noon.
5th March 2006
Lowri Turner criticised by Welsh Assembly over gay comments 5
12:00 AM — The television presenter Lowri Turner has been publicly criticised by member's of the Welsh Assembly's equality committee in relation to a "homophobic" column she wrote for a Welsh newspaper.During the height of the controversy surrounding the revelations that Liberal Democrat leadership contender Mark Oaten had engaged in a lengthy relationship with a rent-boy and that Simon Hughes, fellow candidate was bisexual, Ms Turner claimed that gay men would not make good political leaders.
3rd March 2006
Gay health removed from government website
12:00 AM — A US gay rights group is accusing the government of bias towards christian groups after it removed gay health information from its website following anti gay groups complaints.The Family Research Council (FRC), a Judeo-Christian group which promotes marriage and family as the centre of society, encouraged its members to complain to the Department of Health and Human Services over a web page they believe contains destructive behaviour and biased views. Within two weeks the material was removed.
Spectator readers show support for gay rights and pornography
12:00 AM — It might be the bastion of Tory middle England, but the Spectator has proven that its nickname the "Sextator" might be quite apt. A surprising survey of readers found that most had rather liberal attitudes to homosexuality and pornography.The Spectator, the right leaning, Conservative supporting news magazine found in a survey of readers that women were more liberal than their husbands when it came to homosexuality. Only 14 per cent of female readers considered homosexuality to be "morally wrong in all circumstances" compared to 27 per cent of men.
New York’s gays can’t decide whether to back Hillary Clinton
12:00 AM — A week after PinkNews.co.uk reported that gay groups in New York were not backing Hillary Clinton's re-election campaign, it has emerged that the groups are split over whether to sever donations to the former first lady.Last week, a confidential memo written by Alan Van Capelle, theexecutive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, was leaked to the gay media. It recommended that gay groups should not contribute funds to Mrs Clinton's re-election campaign for her seat in the Senate.