27th February 2006
South Korea makes gay film a hit
12:00 AM — As Brokeback Mountain sails past $75 million at the box office in the United States, a gay-themed movie in South Korea has become the country's third most popular film of all time.King and the Clown, which tells the story of an effeminate male clown caught between the affections of a despotic king and a fellow performer, has sold more than 11 million tickets since its Dec. 29 premiere, a feat considering the country's conservative climate.
26th February 2006
Mugabe attacks gays and threatens pro-gay clergy with prison 5
12:00 AM — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has launched a blistering attackon homosexuality in a speech to mark his birthday.Mr Mugabe, who has previously described gay people as worse than"dogs and pigs" used an hour long speech to warn Zimbabweans of thedangers of homosexuality and threatened pro-gay clergy with prisonsentences.
25th February 2006
France grants gay couples new parental rights
12:00 AM — The highest court in France yesterday ruled that both members of a gay couple are entitled to exercise parental authority over a child, rather than just the biological parent.The Cour de Cassation, decides how French law should be interpreted but does not hear actual trials. The decision is likely to open the way for further debate in France over the rights of gay couples in terms of marriage and adoption, which remains illegal.
Paratroopers face court-martial over gay porn allegations
12:00 AM — The American army has said that three paratroopers could be discharged from the service after they allegedly took part in sex acts published on a gay pornographic website.Three of the soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division face court-martial proceedings on charges of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment. The four other soldiers face non-judicial punishments.
24th February 2006
Gay Hitler takes Israel by storm
12:00 AM — In a surprising move, the Hebrew version of the stage musical, The Producers has taken Israel by storm with a gay Hitler.The Mel Brooks musical centres on the efforts of a theatrical producer's attempts to stage a sure-fire flop, Springtime for Hitler.The Israeli version of the show has be translated into Hebrew complete with Nazi salutes. However, swastikas are in less abundance than the Broadway and London versions of the musical.
Bond director charged in gay prostitution crackdown
12:00 AM — The James Bond director accused of offering sex to an undercover policeman has been sentenced to 15 days community service.Lee Tamahori, 55, who directed Die Another Day, was arrested for allegedly offering oral sex whilst dressing as a woman, according to officials in America. An LA police officer said he was approached by Mr Tamahori who offered to "orally copulate him for money."
Anti-gay minister appointed to AIDs panel
12:00 AM — American President George W Bush has appointed a Baptist minister who opposes gay marriage to a council on HIV and AIDs.The President named Rev. Herbert Lusk, a former American football star, as one of five new members of the presidential AIDS advisory panel, according to a current panel member.
Dolly Parton receives gay hate mail 4
12:00 AM — Country singer Dolly Parton has been receiving hate mail in reaction to her increasing gay following, according to reports.Entertainment website contactmusic.com, claim Ms Parton has been targeted because of her largely gay male fan base. She said: "Having a big gay following, I get hate mail and threats."The star has received an Oscar nomination for the song Travelin Thru for the movie Transamerica, which she will sing at the ceremony next week.
Gay campaigner unhappy with “sexually discriminatory” census
12:00 AM — A gay rights campaigner is accusing New Zealand's national statistical office of breaking the law by excluding a question on sexual orientation from the censusVictor van Wetering, former editor of gay newspaper Express, is calling the omission by Statistics New Zealand "actively discriminatory."" He first complained to the Human Rights Commission in 2001.
23rd February 2006
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.
Drag queen stands for parliament 1
12:00 AM — A renowned Italian gay pride figure is ditching the sequins and feather boas in a bid to become the country's first trans MP.Vladimir Luxuria, a former organiser of Italy's gay pride parades, has joined the Communist Refoundation and wants to be seen as a serious politician.Born Wladimiro Guadagno, she considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she.'
Australian Treasurer offends gay couple
12:00 AM — Australian Treasurer Peter Costello has caused outrage amongst gay campaigners after labelling same sex marriage as appalling and offensive.The comments came after gay couple Professor Kerryn Phelps and her partner Jackie Stricker asked Mr Costello about the government's failure to legally recognise same sex partnerships in the same way as heterosexual marriages.
US considers banning anti gay military funeral protests 2
12:00 AM — A growing number of US states are considering limiting protests at military funerals amid fears of anti gay picketing from conservative church groups.The bills would ensure that states regulate funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., after they said American military deaths are God's retribution for tolerance of gay people. Church members have publicly given thanks for soldiers' deaths at military funerals, raising calls to regulate the protests.
Morrissey angry over government investigation 2
12:00 AM — British pop singer Morrissey is fuming after being quizzed by FBI and British intelligence for speaking out against the American and British governments.The former front man of influential pop group The Smiths, who is now a solo artist, is a well known critic of the war in Iraq and has previously dubbed President George W Bush a "terrorist." He was baffled when he was taken in by authorities.
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.
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.