28th March 2006
No Queen and Queen at prom
12:00 AM — Laura Murphy, a church attending Catholic school girl has been forbidden by school authorities from bringing her partner to her high school prom.Though Ms Murphy had attended a school dance with Lindsey Shelton, a freshman at a local college, the school put its foot down over the all important prom in Cheektowaga, New York. A friend of Ms Murphy said: "We had a date dance at the beginning of the year, and they let her bring her girlfriend to that, so what's the difference between a date dance and the prom?"
27th March 2006
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.
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.
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. "
USA becoming more tolerant towards the gay community 1
12:00 AM — The USA is changing for the better by becoming more tolerant towards the gay community.In 1996, 65 per cent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage and 27 per cent supported it according to The Pew Research Centre's poll. The independent research organisation latest poll released yesterday conducted on 1,405 adults between 8th and 12th March found that 51 per cent opposed same-sex marriage and 39 per cent supported it.
Lesbian Tennis star is World number 1 1
12:00 AM — French tennis star Amile Mauresmo was returned to the top of the world Tennis Association Rankings this week. She has been fighting to get back into the top spot since 2004. Now, replacing Belgian play Kim Clijsters as number 1, Ms Mauresmo has high hopes for a Summer of tennis success.In spite of being knocked out of the Dubai Open by unseeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ms Mauresmo clawed her way to the top with a 300 point lead over her nearest rival.
Red Cross re-thinks gay blood donation policy 5
12:00 AM — The American red cross are considering repealing a 16 year old ban, preventing gay people from giving blood. It announced that providing the person has not had sex for a year, gay blood donations should be accepted.The American Food and Drug Administration must now undertake a risk assessment process that could see the ban lifted within the next 6 months.