2nd May 2006
Second gay porn soldier jailed
12:00 AM — A second paratrooper has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual acts on a gay porn websitePrivate Kagen Mullen will be sentenced to three months in jail and an army discharge, after admitting having sex for $7,500.The married father of one had charges of pandering, sodomy and adultery dropped as part of a plea deal.
Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2
12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.
Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse
12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.
Legal rights group sides with homophobes
12:00 AM — A legal group, usually on the side of gay rights, is defending a church group which protests at military funerals claiming the deaths are punishment for US gay policy.The American Civil Liberties Union, which often supports gay marriage and adoption cases, argues that the law in Kentucky which limits funeral protests inhibits the Westboro Baptist Church's freedom of speech.
Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7
12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.
1st May 2006
Australian Big Brother star was victim of homophobic attack
12:00 AM — It has emerged that a star in the Australian Big Brother who outed himself last week live on the reality television series was beaten unconscious in an alleged homophobic attack earlier this year.The 26-year-old model, David Graham, who came out as gay last week is the early favourite two win the sixth series of the Australian version of the hit tv show.He was brutally beaten by a gang of five men and left for dead in a pool of his own during the early hours of 22nd January.
Moscow gay club night cancelled following attack
12:00 AM — Homophobic protesters hurling eggs and bottles have forced a gay club in Moscow to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party.Police were forced to intervene when at least 100 skinheads, fascists nationalists and elderly Christian fundamentalists clutching Orthodox icons descended on the club at 10pm (6pm GMT) last night.
28th April 2006
ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1
12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.
Gay porn case soldier sentenced 1
12:00 AM — An Army paratrooper has pleaded guilty to partaking in sexual activities featured on a gay porn site.Richard T. Ashley, one of seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division accused of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment, was sentenced to 90 days in prison and was demoted to a private.
“God Hates Fags” church continues to make homophobic protests at military funerals 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureA church in Kansas has continued its protests of funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming that their deaths are punishments from God for homosexuality.The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Their campaign is called "Thank God for Improvised Explosive Devices."
First gay hotel goes international
12:00 AM — Axel Hotel Barcelona, the first urban designer hotel aimed at the gay community, is about to go from being a one of a kind hotel to become part of a chain.Following the huge success of Axel Hotel Barcelona, which opened in July of 2003, the Axel Hotels team is now embarking on an ambitious expansion throughout Europe and America, beginning with the construction of the chain's second hotel, Axel Hotel Buenos Aires, which will make it the first chain of gay hotels in the world.
Comedian slammed for gay jokes 1
12:00 AM — A playwright has written to a US talk show host condemning his jokes about gay people.Jeff Whitty, who wrote Broadway musical, Avenue Q, particularly had a problem with the Tonight Show presenter's gay cowboy sketch.Mr Whitty's letter, which was picked up by the CNN news station, criticises Jay Leno for dedicating so much comedy material to gay jokes.
Parliament opens gay adoption inquiry
12:00 AM — Gay and Lesbian couples in New South Wales (NSW) may be given adoption rights after an inquiry was launched into the legislation this week.Under the current law, individuals can adopt, but not same sex partners, similar to bans in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, which have all been lifted in the last five years.
Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor close to death
12:00 AM — Dame Elizabeth Taylor, once named the most beautiful woman in the world, is close to death, reports claim.The legendary Hollywood actress has been suffering from heart failure since being diagnosed with a congestive heart condition in 2004.Friends close to the 74-year-old two time Oscar winner claim she is bedridden in her Bel Air California home.
Landmark gay guide hits Asia
12:00 AM — Gay rights in Asia have taken a positive turn with the publication of a guidebook for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.The Utopia Guide to Singapore, Malaysia Indonesia reveals for the first time in print the fascinating and varied gay lifestyle of these countries in one hefty volume filled with a wealth of information.
27th April 2006
Lesbian wins top book award
12:00 AM — A gay author has won one of the world's top literary prizes for the second year running.Lesbian Camilla Gibb, won the Trillium Book Award in the English-language category, for her book, Sweetness in The Belly, described as a compelling description of life as a white Muslim woman.
EU rules for British transsexual pension rights 1
12:00 AM — Britain is illegally refusing pension rights to transsexuals by only considering their original sex, according to the European Union's Court of Justice.Sarah Richards, a British national who had a sex change in 2001, took her case to the EU's highest court after she was denied a pension at 60 years old because the law still identified her as a man.
Dairylea owner will sponsor Gay Games
12:00 AM — Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer's Gay Games.The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events.
Rabbi calls for Christian gay respect
12:00 AM — A rabbi has called on anti anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell to be more tolerant towards homosexuality, stating they pose no threat to him.He delivered the message yesterday at the minister's Christian based Liberty University.
Students demand dismissal of “homophobic” basketball coach
12:00 AM — Students from Pennsylvania State University held a protest yesterday demanding the dismissal of a basketball coach who they allege is homophobic.The group of students representing gay and black students together with an HIV education group and delegates from the students' union protested outside the office of university president Graham Spainer.The students demanded a change in the way that the institution deals with issues relating to gay people and other minority groups.