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April 2006

  • 18th April 2006

    “Gay clique” councillor deselected for poor attendance local party says

    Southwark will see a new executive after the elections next month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA councillor who claimed that Southwark, south London was controlled by a gay clique was deselected as a Liberal Democrat councillor due to poor attendance, the local party's vice chairman claims.Dr Abdur-Rahman Olayiwola, councillor for the Chaucer ward in the borough resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats after he was not chosen to be a candidate at the local election to be held on the 4th of May.

  • Labour warns against supporting “pink chameleon” 4

    The Labour Party has named the Tory leader “Dave the Chameleon“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDavid Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power, according to the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR).Speaking in reaction to a PinkNews.co.uk poll which revealed an increase in gay support for the Conservative Party, the LCLGR cast doubts on leader Mr Cameron's credentials.

  • Gay clique runs Southwark- Muslim councillor claims

    Southwark will see a new executive after the elections next month

    12:00 AM — A councillor who was deselected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Southwark, south London has claimed that a gay clique is running the borough. The vice chairman of the local party claims that he was deselected due to poor attendance at meetings.Dr Abdur-Rahman Olayiwola, councillor for the Chaucer ward in the borough resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats after he was not chosen to be a candidate at the local election to be held on the 4th of May.

  • Protests against “gay friendly” textbook

    The bill would also add lesbian and gay people to California history lessons

    12:00 AM — Students and teachers in Apple Valley, California launched a protest yesterday against a law to put a "gay friendly" spin in school books.The picketers are calling the legislation, currently awaiting Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval, an assault on their ethics and morality.

  • Brighton Gay councillor to step down

    Councillor Williams has been a strong campaigner for gay issues in Brighton and Hove

    12:00 AM — One of Brighton's few openly gay councillors has announced he will stand down at the next elections in 2007.Simon Williams, a Green Party member, represented Brighton's central St Peters and North Laine area since 2003, but has become fed up with "so many meetings."

  • Conservative chairman welcomes gay poll 4

    Francis Maude welcomed the poll

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveConservative Party chairman Francis Maude has welcomed a poll by PinkNews.co.uk which reveals a growth in support for theConservatives amongst the gay community.A poll of 600 readers, selected to be demographically representative of LGBT people in England, showed a 10.2% increase in support for the Conservatives since 2005.

  • Judge rules against anti gay Christian group

    The Christian Legal Society claims that the refusal violates freedom of speech and religion

    12:00 AM — A US judge has backed a college's policy blocking funding and recognition to a Christian student group which bans gays, lesbians and non Christians.District Judge Jeffrey White ruled in favour of UC Hastings College of Law yesterday in a dispute with the Christian Legal Society at the school.

  • How to be an “A” list gay- according to the Sunday Times 1

    Ivan Massow: if you've slept with him you're in the “A list“

    12:00 AM — The Sunday Times, the long-time bastion for middle class home counties readers, has produced its own guide to being a gay celebrity in 2006.It claims that the gay glitterati can be split into three camps, the "Business A lists", the "Party A lists" and the "Hip A lists".Surprisingly, they didn't include reading PinkNews.co.uk as being a characteristic of the "Business A lists." Over 30% of readers access us from their work computers at blue chip companies

  • Elton John’s thousand dollar clothes sale

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised over $90 million dollars since 1992

    12:00 AM — An auction of Elton John's unwanted garments raised over $700,000 (£397, 073) for his AIDs charity last week.The spring clearout, which included items worn by the singer and his partner David Furnish, included designs from Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada as well as Sir Elton's polka-dot suit worn during his controversial performance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammys.

  • Island apologises for homophobic attack 5

    Mr Jefferson, 51, initially criticised the police's lazy attitude after Mr Smith was left with brain damage in the attack

    12:00 AM — Tourism officials from St Maarten have promised to find and punish the perpetrators of a homophobic attack on two American journalists last month.Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang outside a bar on the Caribbean Island.

  • EastEnders’ Martin to kill lesbian wife

    A newspaper claims that Martin will kill his lesbian wife Sonia

    12:00 AM — Sonia Fowler, lesbian nurse and estranged wife of Martin may be killed off in the hit soap EastEnders.The rumours of the dramatic storyline comes after Natalie Cassidy who plays Sonia and James Alexandrou who plays Martin both announced their decision to leave the long running drama.The Daily Star claims that Martin will either face life in jail or commit suicide after he kills his estranged wife.

  • Anti gay funeral protests limited 2

    The new law states that demonstrators must remain a certain distance from the funeral

    12:00 AM — Nine US states have introduced laws to impose restrictions on protests at funerals of gay soldiers.Over the last year, church groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church, in Kansas, have picketed funerals of gay soldiers waving signs with slogans such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

  • Pete Burns arrested after gay bar fight 1

    The former Dead or Alive front man was held in custody after a fight with his ex partner

    12:00 AM — Eighties singer Pete Burns was arrested over the weekend after a fight with his ex fiancĂ© outside a gay nightclub.Burns was accused of attacking Michael Simpson and clawing his face at the Ghetto bar when he turned up with a new lover.Witnesses told the Sun, "There was fur flying everywhere. It was a really ferocious little fight.

  • Elton John finds home for Shakespeare inspired film

    Elton John has managed to get actress Kate Winslet to appear as Juliet in the Cg-animated feature

    12:00 AM — Elton John's movie pitch for Gnomeo and Juliet has been given the go ahead by Miramax Films, despite being rejected by parent company, Walt Disney, last month.The play on the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet, tells the classic love story in the setting of a gnome garden.

  • Gay activists oppose “vague” anti bullying bill

    Gay groups claim it fails to specifically highlight the most vulnerable students such as gays and minorities

    12:00 AM — Gay groups are protesting a "vague" anti bullying bill which they believe could leave homosexuals open to abuse in Florida schools.Equality Florida were joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Organisation of Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, yesterday in opposition to Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff's new legislation.

  • Mother and trans child in court battle

    Diane Wells' attorney, Mel Sachs, claims the charges were made up by her siblings

    12:00 AM — A transsexual will face assault charges in court today after allegations she broke her 85-year-old mother's arm.Diane Wells, 52, is accused of misdemeanour assault on her mother last May and is also subject to a civil lawsuit from her siblings who claim she bullied her parent.

  • Anti-gay minister loses web appeal 5

    Mr Falwell claimed a gay man from New York City improperly draws attention to his site by using a common misspelling of his name

    12:00 AM — Notoriously anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell lost a Supreme Court appeal yesterday of a case that sought to shut down a web site with a similar name but opposing views on gay rights.In the appeal, Mr Falwell claimed a gay man from New York City improperly draws attention to his site by using a common misspelling of his name as the site's domain name.

  • Gay club night proceeds as three face trial after police drugs bust 1

    Over 200 officers raided the popular club

    12:00 AM — Three men are due to appear at a Tower Bridge court after a police drugs raid on a nightclub last weekend.Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London on Saturday.

  • 17th April 2006

    Careless Parker: George Michael admits three car smash 4

    Michael was given a police caution for drugs possession last month

    12:00 AM — George Michael has admitted crashing into three parked cars last weekend in North London, and will now be quizzed by police.The gay star's representative phoned police to report the incident after the crash was revealed by witnesses yesterday.Michael has already made contact with the car owners to arrange financial compensation, according to the Daily Mirror.

  • Gay scandal MP to explain actions 5

    It is hoped the articles will reignite Mark Oaten's parliamentary career

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's marriage has been resurrected this Easter.The former Home Affairs spokesman, who resigned amid allegations of a gay affair with a "rent boy," announced this weekend that he is back with his wife Belinda, who 'understands' what led to his betrayal.

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