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05 May 2006

  • 5th May 2006

    Government gay rights department to headed by Opus Dei member 21

    Ruth Kelly is both the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women and Equality

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveContrary to earlier reports, the Womens and Equality unit will no longer be run under the auspices of the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), it will now be headed by a member of the controversial Opus Dei religious sect.The unit is responsible for the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill.

  • Greens in the pink in Lewisham

    Darren Johnson was elected in the same ward as his partner Dean Walton

    12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. The victors include a gay couple who were jointly elected to the Brockley ward.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix, Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.

  • A pink day for the Greens in Lewisham

    Darren Johnson is a Green member of the London Assembly

    12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. Half of the new Green councillors are openly gay.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix and Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.

  • Gay HSBC banker was not sacked due to sexuality 4

    HSBC were cleared on 12 out of 16 complaints

    12:00 AM — A former senior banker at HSBC was not sacked because he was gay an employment tribunal ruled today.However, the tribunal found that Peter Lewis received "less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation"during the bank's internal investigation. But the report issued today concluded that the "the decision to dismiss was not in fact influenced by sexual orientation."

  • Gay councillor loses Hackney seat 1

    Andrew Boff lost in the  Queensbridge Ward in Hackney, where Labour held on to remain the ruling party

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay Conservative councillor hotly tipped for the Hackney mayoral post has lost his council seat and looks likely to be runner up for mayor, in a disappointing defeat for the Tories in the area.Andrew Boff lost in the Queensbridge Ward in Hackney, where Labour held on to remain the ruling party.

  • Local elections good for gay Labour

    The Labour Party lost over 250 councillors from the polls, but several gay councillors managed to hold onto their seats

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite heavy national losses in yesterday's local elections, the Labour Campaign for Gay and Lesbian Rights (LCGLR) has hailed the results a good night for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) presence.The Labour Party lost over 250 councillors from the polls, but several gay councillors managed to hold onto their seats.

  • Anti-gay candidate pushes Lib Dems into last place in Newham

    Alan Craig came fourth in the poll

    12:00 AM — The anti-gay Christian Peoples' Alliance (CPA) candidate for the mayor of the London Borough of Newham, Alan Craig has pushed the Liberal Democrat candidate into last place in the elections held yesterday.Mr Craig came a surprise fourth in the poll with 6,559 votes against Anwar Hussain's 2,886 votes.The election was won by the incumbent Labour mayor, Sir Robin Wales.

  • Jerusalem mayor reluctantly accepts gay pride 23

    Previous gay pride events in the city have been met with petitions and small protests, and last year an orthodox Jew stabbed two participants

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Jerusalem has been told he cannot stop this year's WorldPride event in the capital of Israel.Uri Lupoliansky, an orthodox Jew, opposes the parade, but has been told by a Jerusalem municipality spokesman that he cannot stop it taking place.

  • New cabinet ministers Reid and Beckett under immediate pressure from gay community 21

    Pretty in pink? Margaret Beckett urged to exert diplomatic pressure on anti-gay nations

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretaries of State for the Home Office and for the Foreign Office have immediately been put under pressure to improve the lives of gay people both within Britain and abroad.Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk following the appointment of John Reid and Margaret Beckett to the roles of Home secretary and Foreign secretary respectively, veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on them to put the rights of gay people at the forefront the of their agenda.

  • Gay councillor gets most Labour votes in Lambeth

    Mark Bennett, a representative for the Streatham South Ward, got 1,725 votes

    12:00 AM — A gay councillor has received the highest amount of votes for Labour in the Lambeth local elections yesterday.Mark Bennett, a representative for the Streatham South Ward, got 1,725 votes to gain one of Labour's 37 seats on the council, therefore removing the ruling Liberal Democrats from office.

  • Pride to combat homophobia in Eastern Europe 6

    100 gay couples are being sought by the producers of the EuroPride show on 2 July 2006 at the Royal Albert Hall

    12:00 AM — As part of EuroPride06 in London this June, a major conference which aims to combat homophobia in Eastern Europe has been set up.Stephen Coote, chairperson of Pride London, said: "The current extreme reaction to plans for a Pride march in Moscow in May is just the latest in a series of sometimes violent prejudice.

  • Massachusetts debates gay marriage ban

    Thomas Reilly's office said the ballot would not overturn previous marriages, it would adjust the constitution so no more gay marriages would take place

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts began to hear views yesterday over calls from some groups to debate banning gay marriage in a 2008 ballot.Lawyers from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) against the proposal from Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said: "Our state constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.'"

  • Congress member signs bill against Pentagon’s gay policy 5

    Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation

    12:00 AM — California Democratic Representative, Susan Davis has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation.

  • Reshuffle: Alistair Darling in charge of gay policies 21

    Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry secretary

    12:00 AM — The current Transport secretary, Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary. He now has overall responsibility for the Women and Equality unit together with the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill later this year.The new of the Trade and Industry secretary will therefore wield a huge impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.

  • Legal group fights for gay benefits in New York

    Lambda Legal argued in court today that state and local government agencies, municipalities, and private businesses across the state are respecting out-of-state marriages

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of New York in Nassau County in a lawsuit today on behalf of a retired Nassau County teacher who was denied spousal benefits for his same-sex spouse."Duke Funderburke helped to educate a generation of New Yorkers over the course of his 25 years as a teacher," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney and lead attorney on the case.

  • Gay couple come last in council election

    James and Brynn Tudor, who had the first civil partnership in Birmingham, also wanted to become the first Lib Dem councillors in their areas

    12:00 AM — A gay couple standing to be elected to Solihull council in Birmingham have come joint last.James and Brynn Tudor, who had the first civil partnership in Birmingham, also wanted to become the first Lib Dem councillors in the separate wards of Chelmsley Wood and Kingshurst and Fordbridge.

  • Lib Dem gay scandal blamed for Winchester loss 5

    Mark Oaten, MP for Winchester, resigned from his Lib Dem Home Affairs post and the leadership race in January after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's gay sex scandal has been blamed for the party's loss of Winchester council to the Conservatives.The Tories won control of the area in the local elections yesterday, winning seven seats, including Lib Dem council leader, Sheila Campbell.

  • Gay councillor loses seat in “bizarre” campaign 3

    Charles Anglin received just 676 votes in yesterday's local elections, losing to Loma Campbell, the Labour candidate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFormer Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, has blamed Labour lies about "policy, themselves" and his Party, for the loss of his seat, and control in the London Borough of Lambeth.Mr Anglin received just 676 votes in yesterday's local elections, losing to Loma Campbell, the Labour candidate receiving 1586 votes from electors in the Princes Ward.

  • Gay councillor loses seat after alleged homophobic campaign by Labour 3

    Charles Anglin received just 676 votes

    12:00 AM — The gay Liberal Democrat councillor who was the victim of an alleged homophobic campaign by the Labour party has lost his seat in Lambeth, south London.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Liberal Democrat councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.

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