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  • 14th March 2006

    Kidney transplant shows positives of gay relationships

    Bill Mokeler donated his kidney to Paul Sagon on Valentines Day to help him come off a dialysis machine

    12:00 AM — The US has reportedly completed its first successful husband to husband organ transplant in Massachusetts, in what is seen as a blow to anti gay marriage views.Bill Mokeler donated his kidney to Paul Sagon on Valentines Day to help him come off a dialysis machine, it has now been revealed that he is recovering nicely.

  • Gay issues have not harmed Australian church

    Debate on the ordination of homosexual ministers to the church reached a peak in Australia between 1996 and 2001

    12:00 AM — Arguments over gay ministers have not damaged the Uniting church in Australia, according to new figures on church membership.The National Church Life Survey, which conducts research on connecting the church and the wider community, revealed that church congregations reduced more from the death of elderly members than any other factor.

  • Gay Austrian faces deportation over African porn films 1

    It is believed that there are several people conducting similar activities in Ghana, where homosexual sex is illegal

    12:00 AM — A gay Austrian is facing deportation from Ghana after immigration officials arrested him for homosexual acts.Officials say he was apprehended with a Nigerian partner in the capital city of Accra and accused of using young unemployed men for pornographic films and falsely promising them European visas.

  • 13th March 2006

    Hillary Clinton still banking on gay support despite gay marriage row 5

    Mrs Clinton opposes moves to create a constitutional amendment that permanently rules out gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Ticket sales for a gay and lesbian fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton have remained high despite a high profile row concerning the New York senator's views on gay marriage.Mrs Clinton, the former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton is widely believed to be considering standing to become the Democrat's nominee for the next Presidential election.Mrs Clinton supports civil unions, a similar system to the British civil partnership scheme, gay marriage in all but name. However, she continues to support the Defence of Marriage Act, enacted by her husband that maintains that marriages must be between partners of the opposite sex.

  • Israeli politician promises gay marriage rights

    Yossi Beilin, a member of left wing party, Meretz, announced the group's policy along with other politicians, at a bar popular with the gay community in Tel Aviv

    12:00 AM — In the run up to this month's elections in Israel, one politician has promised to push for the inclusion of gay people in a new law on civil marriage.Yossi Beilin, a member of left wing party, Meretz, announced the group's policy along with other politicians, at a bar popular with the gay community in Tel Aviv.

  • Professor angers gay groups over sperm warning

    Genetics experts have in the past examined the existence of a gay gene

    12:00 AM — A New Zealand university professor has angered gay groups by suggesting that recipients of sperm from gay donors should be warned that the "gay gene" may be inherited.His comments come after medics lifted the ban on gay sperm donors in reaction to protests from human rights groups.

  • Bulgaria choose gay transvestite for Eurovision 2006 2

    The infamous artist, Azis, 28, will accompany Mariana Popova on stage to perform the Eastern European country's 2006 entry, Let Me Cry

    12:00 AM — A gay transvestite is being tipped to represent Bulgaria at this years Eurovision song contest in Athens.The infamous artist, Azis, 28, will accompany Mariana Popova on stage to perform the Eastern European country's 2006 entry, Let Me Cry.

  • Acting agencies accused of ignoring gay roles

    New Zealand agencies seem to be ignoring the success of gay films such as Brokeback Mountain

    12:00 AM — New Zealand acting agencies are refusing to put forward their clients for gay roles, according to a Kiwi film maker.Director Andy Boreham, who is making a gay safe sex film for the New Zealand AIDs Foundation, told a gay publication that he has been stifled by agents who don't want to offer same sex "affectionate" parts to their actors.

  • New Zealand clinics legalise gay sperm donation

    PinkNews.co.uk revealed last week that the ban may be lifted

    12:00 AM — A fertility clinic's U-Turn on a ban against gay men from donating sperm means it will start accepting donations by the end of the month, according to Reuters.The decision comes after a Wellington man was denied from making a donation after hearing about a national donor shortage and offering to help. Both he and his partner were told they could not donate sperm because they were gay.

  • Pro gay rights judge threatened with impeachment

    Mr Dwyer is the same delegate who made a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the November ballot

    12:00 AM — After years of promising to impeach any judge who attempted to overturn a Maryland state law banning same-sex marriage, Ann Arundel County delegate Don Dwyer attempted to do just that this week when Baltimore circuit court judge M. Brooke Murdock ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.But his fellow lawmakers didn't agree, voting 20-3 late Thursday to reject a proposal to impeach Ms Murdock.

  • Gay group slams Catholic charities decision to end adoption scheme

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) has promised to seek an exemption from state law for religious organisations

    12:00 AM — Catholic Charities in Boston have announced that they will end their adoption programme in reaction to laws forcing them to allow gay people to adopt.The statement comes after months of infighting and was met with disapproval from gay-rights groups.

  • Immigrants tested with gay kiss 1

    The test marks a crackdown on immigration for the country usually known for its liberal views

    12:00 AM — Muslim groups are criticising the Netherlands over the use of films featuring two men kissing to test asylum seeker's liberal attitudes as a basis for entry into the country.Applicants' reactions will be tested to see if they can accept the language and culture of Holland.Leaders from the Muslim community in Holland say the film is offensive, "It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals."

  • Libraries refused funding over gay books

    Bill sponsor Rep. Sally Kern told the Daily Oklahoman, “If we expose children to sexual material without parental knowledge and guidance, we're programming them for destruction“

    12:00 AM — The Oklahoma House of Representatives, which last year legislated that gay themed books should be moved to adult sections of libraries, is threatening to deny funding to libraries thatdon't enforce the rule.Politicians in the House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed HB 2158 by a vote of 13-3, and it is headed to the full House.

  • Gay group banned from university

    The group will also visit Regent University, who says its policies don't bar  gay students.

    12:00 AM — The Rev. Jerry Falwell has once again become a thorn in the gay community's side by banning an activist group of gay rights advocates from appearing at his Conservative Christian Liberty University.According to Southern Voice, the Soulforce Equality Ride, a group of 35 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members, has launched a nationwide tour of Christian campuses to promote an end to the discrimination of our community.

  • 11th March 2006

    Keanu Reeves brushes off gay rumours 7

    Keanu Reeves said: “I try not to live my life by what other people say”

    12:00 AM — The Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves, prefers to laugh off rumours questioning his sexuality rather than consult his expensive lawyer.He told the New York Post: "I try not to live my life by what other people say. People were gossiping about what the king and queen were doing way back when."It's just human nature. We like talking about other people."

  • 10th March 2006

    Gay film festival tours Africa

    Gay groups and individuals can already watch free DVDs of films featured in the event in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

    12:00 AM — The organisers of South Africa's gay film festival are planning to take the cultural event to gay people and groups across the region.For 12 years, the South African "Out in Africa" film festival has been one of the biggest cultural events on the gay calendar, now the films will be taken to neighbouring African countries where homosexuality is not seen as positively.

  • Brad Pitt may have found gay role 1

    Last month the star revealed that he would love to appear in the ultimate gay love story

    12:00 AM — Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is rumoured to have landed his dream gay love story.The actor is said to have been lined up for a part in The Front Runner, a film about a gay love affair between a male track coach and a team member, based on a novel by Patricia Nell Warren.

  • Gay groups say Easter discrimination is no yolk

    The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a family occasion in Washington since 1878.

    12:00 AM — Gay groups are reacting to the increasing anti gay legislation in America by organising a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family event outside the White House in Washington.While several US states are currently debating issues such as gay marriage and adoption, the Family Pride Coalition, which campaigns for gay family equality, encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the government building last weekend.

  • Man charged for endangering gay sex partners 1

    The arrest came as part of a crackdown on obscene websites

    12:00 AM — An HIV-positive man has been arrested for potentially spreading the virus by having sex with other men without warning them of his condition.Incheon Metropolitan Police in South Korea arrested and charged the 24-year old, who caught the virus in 2002, is charged with having high-risk sex with seven men he met on the internet.

  • Mussolini’s grand daughter: “Fascists better than faggots” 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno, Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she'

    12:00 AM — The granddaughter of the late Fascist leader Benito Mussolini has defended her relative's political beliefs and wartime actions by saying it was better than being a "faggot."Alessandra Mussolini, a member of a right wing party just welcomed into Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition, made the derogatory comments on a TV chat show in Italy.

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