28th March 2006
Verdict in gay hate crime case – guilty
12:00 AM — A member of the Crips street gang has been convicted for a frenzied attack on a gay manA Brooklyn Supreme Court jury found Steven Pomie, 25, guilty of assault and assault as a hate crime for the brutal June 2005 attack that left Dwan Prince, 28, paralysed.
Portia di Rossi tells grandma “I’m Gay” 1
12:00 AM — Portia de Rossi spoke about some of the difficulties of coming out to her family.The former Ally McBeal star's sexuality was thrust into the public eye when her realtionship with Ellen de Generes became public. The star, who's birth name is Amanda Lee Rogers, had previously dated Francesca Gregorini, but broke up in order to date America's most famous lesbian.
Gay sex education in China discussed
12:00 AM — Liu Shujie, a member of the family planning association of Wuchang district of Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, encouraged family planning delegates to offer advice to gay people.She told delegates at the Shenzhen conference that she had decided to provide gay-friendly sex education in 2003, due to overwhelming demand. She described a boy who "broke into tears, saying the man he loved walked away from him after finding out he was gay. I was really puzzled and did not know what to do," she said.
Gay Church Advert is only like Will and Grace, says Church leader
12:00 AM — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox have all decided not to show an advertisement that portrays a gay couple being banished from a church.The commercial shows a gay couple, a single mother, a disabled man, and others being ejected from their pews by a giant supernatural hand pressing a big red button. Text on the screen reads, "God doesn't reject people. Neither do we."
27th March 2006
Brokeback toy boys 6
12:00 AM — An internet blogger has caused online tears, and praise after designing action figures dedicated to the gay cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain.Jedi Doug, an action figure enthusiast from Canada, constructed the models by hand from other toys, and has featured them on his website along with models from other programmes such as Angel and Napoleon Dynamite.
Norwegian bishop suggests gays seek therapy
12:00 AM — A Norwegian bishop has been condemned by public figures after suggesting gay people change their sexual orientation by visiting a psychiatrist.Norway's top actress slammed Oslo Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme, and was joined in opposition to his remarks by senior politicians and government officials.
Homophobia hits Hungarian elections 2
12:00 AM — Members of Hungary's ruling coalition party have been accused of destroying traditional values in an anti gay tirade from opposition group, the Christian Democrat People's Party (KDNP.)The KNDP, which is allied to the main conservative opposition, Fidesz, increased its anti gay standing in the run up to elections, when it accused the liberal party of corroding the country's values by supporting schemes such as gay pride.
Coach dismissed after gay porn revelations 3
12:00 AM — A gym coach has been banned from working with children at a Catholic school after it was discovered that he was a former porn star.School principal, Dennis Litteken, dismissed the athlete after he found out that the 22 year old gymnast, Josh Weast, had once starred in gay porn videos.He had been using the school gym to train 40 boys and girls in tumbling at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Illinois for three years.
R Kelly disowns brother over bisexual claims 3
12:00 AM — R B star R Kelly is bisexual, according to a DVD being promoted by younger brother, Carey Kelly.Mr Kelly, told New York Radio station Hot 97 that his low budget release reveals the artist, real name Robert Kelly, has asked him to cover for him in his upcoming trial for child pornography, beats his wife and is bisexual.
ACLU defends blogger’s right to parody “ex-gay” group
12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defence of a Californian man who received a cease-and-desist letter after posting a parody of a billboard advertisement for so-called "reparative therapy" on his website."The moment I saw the billboards last September, I was deeply offended. The inspiration for the parody I created came to me instantly. How would straight people feel if their very being, their sense of self was being so overtly disparaged?" said Justin Watt, a blogger from Santa Rosa, California.
Gay groups slam Hillary Clinton’s “ambiguous” gay policy 1
12:00 AM — US Democrats have blocked progress on gay rights, according to activists.Eight Democratic senators, including Senator Hillary Clinton, former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, listened to complaints last week from gay groups that they and their party colleagues have hindered progress on gay rights.
Diverse US support for openly gay army members
12:00 AM — Americans of all ages and numerous religions support the idea of openly gay army recruits, according to a poll.The survey, released by the Pew Research Centre, shows that a majority of Americans in every age group, geographic region of the country and throughout numerous religious denominations support allowing lesbian and gay Americans to serve openly in the armed forces.
24th March 2006
White House policy reform called “covert war” on gay people 3
12:00 AM — Changes to government employment policy were and attack on gay people, Henry Waxman, the representative for California, and member of The Government Reform Committee, asserted. "The Bush administration is waging a covert war on loyal federal employees who happen to be gay," he said.The changes in wording are part of the revised policy which grants or denies security clearance for government employees. Though officials maintain that the change is to the wording alone, not to the policy, the matter is causing a stir in Washington.
Banned on TV, gay kiss shown on internet
12:00 AM — A controversial gay kiss scene in new American series "Bedford Diaries" is causing more than its fair share of drama.The kiss, which takes place in a crowded bar, will not be screened on the WB channel, in response to vocal outraged protests. Many of these came from agitated parents, anxious that their children should not be able to see the kiss, which was scheduled to be braodcast in an evening time slot.
Nigerian President heads to America amid homophobic law debate
12:00 AM — As more than 20 human rights groups voice concerns about the new homophobic laws in Nigeria, it's President prepares to take a holiday.Olusegun Obasanjo, the now president, ex dictator of Nigeria will be visiting America, where he hopes to hob nob with George Bush.
Man throws his own penis at police 2
12:00 AM — What's worse than having your penis cut off?Having your penis cut off then being stunned by a police Tasar, perhaps?Jakub Fik knows all about that particular brand of misery. Distraught over an argument with his girlfriend, Mr Fik went on a rampage through the streets of Chicago, smashing car windows and breaking into houses. When police caught up with him he cut off his penis, threw it at an officer, and, for good measure, threw the knife at him as well.
23rd March 2006
Gay hate crime trial starts in New York
12:00 AM — In a Brooklyn court room, Dwan Prince looked straight at his alleged attacker as he spoke of his terrifying ordeal on June 8th 2005 when a homophobic attack left him fighting for his life in hospital.The defendant, Steven Pomie, is accused of beating, and stamping on 28 year old Prince. He then left his victim bleeding and unconscious in the street to die, in a hate-fuled crime that has shocked the city.Mr Prince, a former demolition worker and porter now needs to use a wheelchair and has had to give up hope of returning to his former career.
Bishops still undecided on gay priest issue after retreat
12:00 AM — As Episcopal bishops end their annual retreat ahead of the 2006 Episcopal Council, the issue of ordaining openly gay bishops is top of the agenda.3 out of 7 candidates put forward in the Diocese of California are living with same sex partners, and arguments about their possible ordination could create an unreachable schism in the Church.
Homophobia rife in US police force Amnesty Report claims
12:00 AM — Thousands of gay bisexual and lesbian people are victims of abuse, discrimination and even torture, claims a new Amnesty International report published today.The report, "Stonewalled - Still demanding respect", is based on extensive interviews that the human rights organisation conducted with gay people, law enforcers activists and lawyers."The interviews reveal a very clear and worrying pattern. Cases of beatings, sexual violence, verbal abuse, harassment and humiliation by law enforcement officials against LGBT people take place," said Amnesty International.
Gays not welcome at Rhode Island Cemetery
12:00 AM — Rick Paolino's gay civil partner Justin died suddenly at home last month and was buried at St Ann's Cemetery. When he went back a month later to order the inscription on the gravestone, he was shocked when cemetery officials turned down his requests for the words "late husband", "spouse" and even "beloved".Bereaved Mr Paolino feels that he would like their relationship to be acknowledged. "