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.
War game makes peace over gay protests
12:00 AM — Online computer game, World of Warcraft has changed its policy on gay teams following player's protests.Game makers, Blizzard Entertainment, was accused of being heavy-handed by threatening to expel a player for trying to set up a gay-friendly team or guild. The company officially apologised to the guild recruiter, saying the warning should never have been issued.
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."
2nd February 2006
Couple plan gay rights protest
12:00 AM — A gay couple in North Carolina are refusing to pay their taxes in protest at not being allowed to get married.Charles Merrill and his partner Kevin Boyle, have announced they will not pay Federal or North Carolina Income Tax on over two million dollars worth of stock sales and income for 2004, because of unfair discrimination in the Federal and State Tax Income Codes.
Canada may backtrack on gay marriages
12:00 AM — Gay people in Canada may have the right to marry taken away just a year after the nation granted it.A new Conservative government, that campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, takes power next week .If Parliament approves the motion, the government, led by Stephen Harper, would then change the definition of marriage back to that of a union between a man and a woman. The gay marriage law was brought in by the outgoing Liberals.
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.
Bishop: Church must overcome homophobia 3
12:00 AM — The Worldwide Anglican Church is hoping to shift public attention away from internal rifts over gay priests and onto pressing global issues of poverty and disease, bishops revealed today.South Africa's Archbishop, Njongonkulu Ndungane, told Reuters: "The Anglican church has always been at the heart of social justice issues ... but like any family sometimes there is a row, and a row tends to make loud noises."
1st February 2006
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.
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.
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.