23rd February 2006
Brokeback stars chased for Will Grace roles
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are being chased by the producers of Will Grace to re enact their on screen kiss for the hit gay comedy.Sources say the actors are being asked to play gay cowboys on the show. They have yet to say yes.American magazine In Touch reported that the pair are interested, but are currently concentrating on next week's Oscar ceremony.
6 men arrested over lesbian murder
12:00 AM — South African police have arrested 6 men in connection with the murder of a lesbian teenager.Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was reportedly stabbed and stoned to death by a mob of young people in the township of Khayelitsha.The local lesbian soccer team member was taunted and threatened by a woman who later came back with a group of young men who began beating her. Police said the victim was stabbed repeatedly and stoned with bricks until she died.
Research supports gay genetics debate
12:00 AM — New research reported in Forbes magazine has added a twist to the debate on the origins of sexual orientation, suggesting that the genetics of mothers with multiple gay sons act differently than those of other women.Scientists have reported that in nearly one-fourth of mothers with more than one gay son, X chromosomes were processed in their bodies in the same way. Normally, women randomly process the chromosomes in one of two ways -- half go one way, half go the other.
Brokeback Mountain causes stir in Jamaica
12:00 AM — Jamaica's religious leaders have voiced disapproval at the government's decision not to ban gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The romance has sparked controversy in the country since the Jamaican Cinematograph Authority released the film yesterday. Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica.
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.
Washington campaign against gay discrimination 5
12:00 AM — Washington campaigners seeking to overturn a new gay civil rights law have met a strong group of opponents fighting to keep the recently approved ban on discrimination in housing, employment and insurance.According to the Associated Press, the Washington Won't Discriminate campaign began in response to two ballot measures seeking to challenge the new law, signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire last month.
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.
21st February 2006
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.
Irish support gay marriages- poll claims
12:00 AM — A poll commissioned by a national newspaper has found that over half of Irish adults support the introduction of gay marriages in the predominantly Catholic country.The Irish Examiner/Red C survey claims that 51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples and allowing gay couples the same rights of adoption as straight couples.
Russian politicians back gay pride ban 4
12:00 AM — Russian politicians have spoken out in favour of the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride parade in the capital amid protest plans in the UK by gay groups.Ekaterina Lahova, who chairs the Duma's committee on women, family and youth issues, entered the debate by saying it was not "safe for the state to propagate homosexuality" and the action by the Moscow authorities in banning a gay parade was a "perfectly correct decision".
Blood service to study gay population
12:00 AM — The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is standing by its policy of not allowing gay people to donate blood, despite agreeing to a study of the South African gay population this week."Until such data is available which can enable SANBS to review its policy, the status quo will remain," an SANBS statement said today.
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.
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.
20th February 2006
Gay icon Laurel Hester dies
12:00 AM — A gay rights icon who spent her last years campaigning to have her pension benefits extended to her partner has died of cancer.Laurel Hester was a member of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. She died at the Point Pleasant home she shared with her partner, Stacie Andree. The couple had been together for six years and were registered as domestic partners in 2004.
Kate Moss in lesbian role
12:00 AM — Controversial model Kate Moss is being lined up for a lesbian role in Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee's latest film.The film is based on the life of singer Dusty Springfield, and Ms Moss is expected to play a socialite who became one of her early lovers.Charlize Theron, 30, is rumoured to be playing Dusty Springfield.
South Korean soldiers discharged for being gay 1
12:00 AM — Eight soldiers were thrown out of South Korea's military in 2005 for homosexuality, according to army statistics revealed for the first time.South Korean military regulations bar gay men from serving in the force. The figure of those who were discharged was reported by local media, and the army confirmed it when asked.