2nd February 2006
Lesbians aim to beat Portugeuse law
12:00 AM — Two Portuguese women are trying to take advantage of a legal discrepancy in Portugal in an attempt to get married and highlight homosexual rights in the country.The couple became the first homosexuals to try to register their marriage yesterday, and are expecting to be turned down, but said they had already presented an appeal in the courts.
Christians protest at gay casting
12:00 AM — A Christian made movie about the real-life story of a son who makes peace with an Amazon tribe that killed his missionary father, has sparked controversy in the evangelical world after the casting of a gay actor for the lead role.The film, End of the Spear, stars Chad Allen as slain missionary Nate Saint. Mr Allen is openly gay and is a proud advocate of gay rights.Newsweek revealed criticisms made by Chrisitian ministers aimed at Every Tribe Entertainement, an evangelical film company.
1st February 2006
Czech President rejects gay marriage
12:00 AM — Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.The bill now returns to the lower house of parliament, where the veto can be overturned if 101 of the 200 deputies vote for the measure.
Gay Pride knifeman jailed
12:00 AM — An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who stabbed people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last year, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.Judges ruled that the accused displayed extreme fanatical behaviour in his actions that injured three people.The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel, a resident of the ultra-Orthodox community of Kiryat Sefer, of attempted murder and severe injury for stabbing and injuring three people at the gay parade.
Outgames finds new partners 1
12:00 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 have announced a formal partnership.The 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 has been a member of the IGLTA for the past two years, during which they have developed a strong partnership and cooperated on projects allowing both organisations to promote their services and events, as well as promote gay travel as a whole.
Civil Rights activist dies
12:00 AM — The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, died on Monday night in Mexico, where she was receiving treatment at a holistic health centre after a heart attack last year.Coretta Scott King, 78, suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack last August. Her sister Edythe Scott Bagley told CNN she was receiving further medical treatment as part of her rehabilitation at Hospital Santa Monica when she died.
Anti gay judge appointed to Supreme Court
12:00 AM — A judge who opposed legalised abortion and gay rights has been appointed to the Supreme Court in the USA.Samuel Alito, President George Bush's second Supreme Court pick, narrowly won confirmation in the tightest race victory since Clarence Thomas was appointed to the court in 1991.Mr Alito opposed legalised abortion and gay rights as a young lawyer but now says he will approach the issues with an "open mind," won his seat with a 58-42 Senate vote.
Brad Pitt wants to play gay
12:00 AM — Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt has expressed his desire to star in the ultimate gay love story after the success of films such as Brokeback Mountain.An insider told the Sun, "Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man. He wants it to be a story that appeals to both men and women and he wants it to be the edgiest work he's done."He is reportedly expecting a baby boy with lover Angelina Jolie.
Catherine Zeta Jones in transgender role 5
12:00 AM — Catherine Zeta Jones is rumoured to be the next high profile star to become trans gendered following the critically acclaimed film, Transamerica.Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who won a Golden Globe for Transamerica, has shown that being a woman playing a man who self defines as a woman can get you noticed.According to the New York Post, Catherine Zeta Jones is being lined up to play a 1960s sex-change cabaret artist in an upcoming movie.
31st January 2006
Signatures on anti-gay marriage petition were fakes- gay rights group claims
12:00 AM — More than 2000 voter signatures appeared illegitimately on the initiative petition to ban gay marriage, the gay rights organization MassEquality claimed today. It is to call on the Massachusetts Attorney General and Secretary of State to fully investigate the signature collection activities of VoteonMarriage, an offshoot of the Massachusetts Family Institute.MassEquality says that its own investigations have uncovered more than 2000 voters whose signatures were collected through fraud, deception, forgery and trickery during the signature drive which ended Dec. 7, 2005.
Brokeback mountain leads the Oscars pack 5
12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has led the pack with eight Oscar nominations, which were announced earlier today.The film which has wowed audiences across Britain has scored some high profile fans including the Conservative leader, David Cameron.It scored nominations for Jake Gyllenhaal, best supporting actor, Heath Ledger, best actor and Ang Lee as best director.
30th January 2006
China bans Brokeback Mountain 5
12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has been banned by Chinese censors because they object to its homosexual content.The film is directed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who was the director of Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.The national Xinhua News Agency claims that the "sensitive topic" of homosexuality has meant that the film is unsuitable for release within the communist country.
Washington state passes gay rights bill 1
12:00 AM — The Washington state Senate passed a bill today protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, making Washington the 17th state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and the 7th state based on gender identity. It now goes before Governor Christine Gregoire, who pledged to sign it."States like Washington are picking up the slack as fairness remains stalled in Congress," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
27th January 2006
Californian teachers boycott gay and lesbian rights poster
12:00 AM — Teachers at San Leandro High School, California, have refused to participate in a school district order to display a rainbow-flag poster in their classrooms that reads, "This is a safe place to be who you are."The teachers say homosexuality violates their religious beliefs, the school's principal Amy Furtado said.
Jamie Babbit chosen to direct lesbian feature film
12:00 AM — The openly gay film director Jamie Babbit has been selected to helm the first feature film for Los Angeles based gay group Power Up, the feminist comedy The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.Ms Babbit, whose projects include But I'm a Cheerleader and the TV series Popular, has rounded up a veritable who's who of stars for the film, which centres on a woman (Melonie Diaz) who finds her purpose in life after she hooks up with a radical underground feminist group.
26th January 2006
Student expelled for being gay 2
12:00 AM — A student at an American university claims he was expelled from his course after the institution found out that he was gay.Michael Guinn was a student at the private Christian, John Brown University in Arkansas.He claims that he was thrown of his course after the university found his internet blog that listed details of his sexuality.
25th January 2006
USA votes with Iran to deny gay rights representation at the UN 1
12:00 AM — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has denounced the United States' vote against two gay rights organizations' applications to join the United Nations Economic and Social Council.The United States joined the repressive, anti-gay regimes of Iran, Zimbabwe, China, Cameroon and others in voting against even granting a hearing to the application of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and the Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians (Landsforeningen for Bosser og Lesbiske — LBL).
24th January 2006
Will Grace to end with a wedding 3
12:00 AM — The makers of the hit Channel 4 sitcom Will Grace, NBC, has announced that the series will end after eight years."It is a bittersweet moment for all of us at NBC to confirm that this will be the final season of the comedy Will Grace," said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly yesterday.The show's producers say that the series will end with a two-hour finale which will include a baby and a wedding.
20th January 2006
World Aids Day hits record numbers 2
12:00 AM — Nearly 5 million people pledged their support to the2005 World AIDS Day, the National Aids Trust revealed today.Record numbers of advocates logged onto wordaidsday.orgin the five weeks since the event, double the 2004 figures.For the first time in recent years, Red Ribbons were also widely available across the country, via collection boxes in Carphone Warehouse outlets and selected Fire Brigades, including all 111 fire stations in London.
18th January 2006
First International Gay Film Festival 57
12:00 AM — The first International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival began this week, at the Festival Del Sol in Gran Canaria.Twenty-five films will showcase the diverse realities of gay and lesbian life around the world. The 5 day event willfeature movies from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama and thrillers.