7th March 2006
Brokeback Mountain director had Oscar speech cut
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee had his Oscar acceptance speech censored by the Chinese media on Sunday, it has been revealed.Chinese media editors cut certain parts from his speech during the broadcast of the Academy Awards, including references to his native Taiwan and gay issues, as homosexuality is still frowned upon in the country. It was seen as a mental disorder until 2001.
New Zealand reports increase in gay unprotected sex
12:00 AM — The New Zealand Aids Foundation has revealed that more gay men are having unprotected sex than ever before in the country.Last year there were 89 new HIV diagnoses among gay men, the highest number since the epidemic began and a 19% increase on the previous highest figure in 2004. It means that in 2005 there was one new infection every four days.
Kate Moss in lesbian tryst, agent claims
12:00 AM — A modelling agent has claimed in The Sun that supermodel Kate Moss and a top American model spent a cocaine fuelled lesbian night of passion together whilst on a charity trip to South Africa honouring Nelson Mandela.Gavin Maselle told the Sun newspaper that the catwalk princesses snorted cocaine before getting under the sheets with a female counterpart in their king size hotel suite. He told the tabloid that Ms Moss phoned him the morning after to tell him about the evening.
Unprotected gay sex contributing to PNG AIDs epidemic 1
12:00 AM — An AIDs summit has warned that Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces an HIV epidemic in the next 20 years unless action is taken to fight the disease.Speaking at PNG's first national summit on HIV prevention, Australia's representative for HIV/AIDS Annmaree O'Keeffe predicted that half a million people could be infected over the next two decades.
Australia to give gay partners immigration rights
12:00 AM — Gay partners will be given immigration rights in a bid to recruit more doctors in regional areas of Australia.The Australian Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone announced that the country is expecting more gay and lesbian doctors to work in regional areas after changes to immigration laws.
ABBA reunite for gay rights 1
12:00 AM — Legendary Swedish pop group, Abba, have come together for the first time in ten years to sign souvenirs in support of gay rights in Poland.Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are offering signed posters, photos and music on auction site eBay to raise money for Warsaw Pride in Poland, which has come under attack by president Lech Kaczynski.
6th March 2006
Prevalence of gay teens using clubbing drugs, says study
12:00 AM — Gay or bisexual school children as young as fourteen are 17 times more likely than straight students to use crystal methamphetamine and other "club drugs," according to research in Canada.The study surveyed over 600 students aged 13 to 19 at Vancouver and Victoria high schools. It found 14% have used crystal meth and other "club drugs"
Gay army recruit refuses discharge
12:00 AM — A gay Korean conscript is looking to highlight gay rights issues by refusing a discharge from the Korean army .Yoo Jung Min-Seok announced to the press, "My identity, the duty my country demands and my rights as a citizen are in conflict in a world where it is regarded as compulsory for men to be masculine.""I reject the harm done by the macho barracks culture and an army that produces aggressive, belligerent men."
Madonna tries to explain away gay kiss to daughter 2
12:00 AM — The "Queen" of pop, Madonna has revealed that her girl on girl kiss with the teen pop sensation, Britney Spears left her with some tough questions from her daughter Lourdes.Madonna told an American gay magazine how her nine-year old daughter became "obsessed" with gay questions after her stunt at the MTV awards.
Fans complain after tabloids say singer is gay 2
12:00 AM — American Idol fans are suing a music company after complaining that they were duped into buying the music of a former contestant after claims that he is gay.The contestant, Clay Aiken, appeared in the 2003 series of American Idol, he was marketed through his boyish looks and Christian beliefs which have helped him sell millions of records. However, his followers have reacted angrily to tabloid allegations that he met men in gay sex chat rooms.
Teenager sues school for not preventing homophobia
12:00 AM — A gay teenager is seeking compensation from his school in Oklahoma after claiming he was assaulted by another student because he was not given enough protection.Michale Bullis, 18, says he was injured last November in the Grove High School cafeteria after being attacked because he was gay.
Lesbian crowned Homecoming King 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian has sparked controversy amongst students after winning a Homecoming King contest at her contest.Jen Jones, a senior at the school, beat three men to the crown at Hood College in Maryland, USA.Some students are hailing the result as a positive symbol while others are seeing it as offensive to the men who took part and that it makes the election look like a joke.
Women’s group calling for end to lesbian persecution
12:00 AM — The Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran is calling for an end to sexual apartheid in the country.They have announced that Wednesday 8 March will be International Women's Day in solidarity with Iranian women. The group will hold a protest in Parliament Square from 12 noon.
Brokeback Mountain scores best director award at Oscars
12:00 AM — Despite being nominated for eight Oscars including best actor for Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain scored only three awards at the Oscars ceremony held in Hollywood yesterday.The film which has wowed audiences across Britain has scored some high profile fans including the Conservative leader, David Cameron.
Publisher jailed after printing gay list
12:00 AM — The newspaper publisher who outed prominent public figures he thought were gay in Cameroon has been jailed for defamation.Jean Pierre Amougo Belinga, publisher of L'Anecdote, was jailed for four months for defaming a government minister who was named in a list of 50 presumed homosexuals in the African country where homosexuality is illegal.
Spanish gays marrying in their thousands
12:00 AM — Over a thousand same sex couples have been married in Spain since the country's marriage equality law came into force last summer.International newspaper reports claim that 800 same sex ceremonies have been recorded on computers and that only accounts for half of the marriages performed.
5th March 2006
Gay penguins book banned from children’s library
12:00 AM — A children's book about a pair of gay penguins who raise a baby has been banned from the children's section of two libraries in America after parents complained that it promoted homosexuality."And Tango Makes Three," is based on the true story of two gay penguins, Roy and Silo who hatched an abandoned egg in New York's Central Park Zoo in the late 1990s.
4th March 2006
Sydney Gay Pride celebrates Brokeback Mountain and Dick Cheney
12:00 AM — Gay cowboys aping the stars of Brokeback Mountain together with Kate Moss lookalikes snorting fake cocaine and a float celebrating Dick Cheney have taken to the streets of Sydney to celebrate the city's gay pride festival.The celebrations of gay rights begun as a civil rights march in 1978 and in the 1980s attracted crowds of over half a million. This year's celebrations drew in an estimated quarter of a million revellers from across the world.
3rd March 2006
Catholic charity members resign over anti gay adoption
12:00 AM — Several members of the Catholic Charities Board resigned this week in protest against Massachusetts bishop's anti gay adoption stance.Roman Catholic bishops in Massachusetts have requested that Christian social service agencies are exempt from gay adoption laws. The bishops said state law compromised their religious freedom by ordering them to consider gay people as adoptive parents.
Parents offered anti gay therapy for teens 4
12:00 AM — Religious organisations are harming homosexual teenagers by offering bogus "cure" therapies, according to research from a US gay group.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute claims that Christian groups in Florida are offering parents therapy to stop their child becoming gay.