7th April 2006
Brokeback star reveals child plans
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain's leading gay cowboy, Heath Ledger, has openly expressed his heterosexuality through a desire to father around half a dozen children.The Oscar nominated, Australian actor, who currently has one daughter called Matilda, revealed that six children would be an ideal "magic number."
Rabbi to tackle gay parenting on reality TV show
12:00 AM — A rabbi best known in Britain for his book "Kosher Sex" and his friendship (now lapsed) with the bizarre pop star Michael Jackson is to present a new reality television show about troubled families called "Shalom in the Home." Among the first issues to be discussed will be gay parenting.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach became a prominent figure in the British media circuit in the late 1990s whilst chaplain for the Oxford University L'Chaim ("to life") Society.
Gay birds duck female advances
12:00 AM — Two male ducks are driving park keepers and their female counterparts quackers by refusing the advances of the opposite sex for each other.The Swedish shelducks have ignored calls from lady ducks over the last three years and appear to deliberately stick together.
Rhode Island considers gay marriage law
12:00 AM — Rhode Island officials are considering a new marriage equality bill.Sponsors of the legislation have high hopes the bill will go to a vote and eventually be passed, despite failing to push it through both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the last ten years.
6th April 2006
Gay “proposition” sparks Jamaican riot 1
12:00 AM — Jamaican students rioted against a gay pupil who had been accused of propositioning a classmate, according to reports.Police attempted to protect and escort the gay man off the University of West Indies campus after he was chased by an angry mob.
Chrysler ad drives gay activists crazy
12:00 AM — Gay rights activists are looking to put the brakes on a car advert which they claim portrays gay people in a derogatory manner.The advertising campaign for the new Chrysler Dodge Caliber features a tough looking man being turned into a pastel clad "fairy" walking dogs on pink leashes with the slogan, Anything but Cute.
Gay friendly policies vital in work choices
12:00 AM — A US lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organisation has announced the results of the largest nationwide survey of the gay community.Lambda Legal conducted a workplace fairness survey of the LGBT community in the first ever attempt to ask how important gay-friendly policies are to where gay people decide to work.
Naomi Campbell offered a “200 pound lesbian to kick her ass”
12:00 AM — Naomi Campbell needs a kick up the backside, according to lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell.O'Donnell challenged the supermodel to a duel after discovering she allegedly assaulted her assistant with a mobile phone in New York last month.She said: "To make matters worse she had that jewel-encrusted cell phone, that's got to score with the diamonds."
New law states textbooks must recognise homosexuality
12:00 AM — Schools in California may be legally obliged to teach about the contributions of gay and transgender people, after a bill was passed by the state Senate this week.It would include sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools cannot ignore or discriminate against and must recognise positively in textbooks.
Anti-gay group fails in attempt to ban Brokeback DVD 3
12:00 AM — Worldwide retailer Walmart, has decided to sell the DVD of gay cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain, despite protests from a Christian Group.Anti gay group, The American Family Association, wanted to see the award winning film banned from outlets of the world's largest store claiming it would harm their family friendly image.
5th April 2006
Equality for gay school group
12:00 AM — A school has been ordered to give a gay student group the same rights as other extra curricular clubs.Federal District Judge Joan Ericksen issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Osseo School District to afford a student group supporting gay rights the same footing as other extra-curricular student groups at Maple Grove High School.
MTV launches gay mobile channel
12:00 AM — An MTV channel has launched a phone service aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Logo has formed a partnership with Amp'd mobile to provide access to gay shows and advice on gay friendly places to visit.
Catholic university allows gay film festival
12:00 AM — A gay film festival has been allowed to go ahead at a Roman Catholic university.University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom, after spending two months considering allowing the event along with a screening of the Vagina Monologues.
Potential president backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A potential candidate for the 2008 US presidency has stated his support for gay marriage.Senator Russ Feingold, who is seen as a left wing choice if he stands for the 2008 elections, gave his backing to gay and lesbian marriage rights in reaction to amendments in several states looking to overturn such laws.
International gay pride rescheduled for Jerusalem
12:00 AM — Last year's postponed WorldPride has been rearranged for this summer in Jerusalem.The international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event will be held for a week in August after it was cancelled last year due to Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
Brokeback Mountain pushed in anti gay areas 4
12:00 AM — An online guerrilla marketing group has started a campaign to place Brokeback Mountain DVDs in anti gay areas.The Ultimate Brokeback Forum is aiming to get the gay cowboy movie into 2000 libraries in rural America and into anti gay countries such as the Bahamas.
New York gays must file separate tax returns
12:00 AM — Gay couples who marry outside the state of New York cannot file joint tax returns, according to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.In response to petitions filed by Lambda Legal, officials cited state tax law and said that New York same-sex married couples cannot file their taxes jointly as married couples.
Procreation comes before gay rights, judge says
12:00 AM — The US government's policy of promoting procreation should overrule gay rights, according to a panel of federal judges.Judge Jerome Farris told a gay couple suing Orange County, for the right to get married, that "everything that is wrong is not discrimination."
4th April 2006
Immigration laws unfair for gays and lesbians 1
12:00 AM — The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a guest worker programme granting an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship, while binational same-sex couples will continue to face discrimination under the plan, according to equality groups."The Judiciary Committee's bill is good news for America," said Immigration Equality executive director Rachel B. Tiven, "but lesbian and gay families are still cruelly discriminated against under immigration law, despite Congress' promise to value families."
Activist criticises judge’s anti-gay comments
12:00 AM — Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese has released a statement condemning comments Justice Antonin Scalia made recently at a Swiss law school claiming there is no constitutional right to "homosexual conduct."According to a clip aired on CNN, on March 8, 2006, member of the US Supreme Court, Justice Scalia told students at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland, "Question comes up: is there a constitutional right to homosexual conduct? Not a hard question for me.