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11 May 2006

  • 11th May 2006

    American author wins Big Gay Read

    Armistead Maupin, the world's best selling gay writer, was chosen for his novel, Tales of the City

    12:00 AM — American author, Armistead Maupin has been announced as the winner of the Big Gay Read, making him the gay community's favourite novelist.Mr Maupin, the world's best selling gay writer, was chosen for his novel, Tales of the City, as part of the Queer Up North festival in Manchester.

  • BNP: Homosexuality could become compulsory 27

    British Nudist Party? PinkNews.co.uk has placed a BNP logo to protect the gentleman's modesty

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British National Party fears that homosexuality will soon be compulsory if activists get their way.A spokesman for Nick Griffin's right wing party told PinkNews.co.uk today that homosexuality should not be promoted as equal to a straight lifestyle.

  • BNP: Gays good, homosexuals bad 24

    PinkNews.co.uk has placed a BNP logo to protect the gentleman's modesty in a clip from Mr Barnbrook's film

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British National Party fears that homosexuality will soon be compulsory if activists get their way.A spokesman for Nick Griffin's right wing party told PinkNews.co.uk today that homosexuality should not be promoted as equal to a straight lifestyle.

  • BNP councillor dismisses gay porn rumour 24

    Richard Barnbrook, London co-ordinator for the right wing party, has strongly denied media rumours that the film is gay porn

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has obtained pictures of the alleged gay porn film produced and directed by a British National Party councillor.Richard Barnbrook, London co-ordinator for the right wing party, has strongly denied media rumours that the film is pornographic after the Evening Standard claimed to have a copy of the production, HMS Discovery: A Love Story, described as "Marxist gay cinema from conceptual artist Barnbrook."

  • Archbishop backs Kelly in gay row 21

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, asked for respect for Ms Kelly's beliefs

    12:00 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has expressed "astonishment" at claims that new minister for Women and Equality will struggle to fulfil her role because of her faith.In a letter to The Times, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, asked for respect for Ms Kelly's beliefs.

  • Gay homeless charity leaves Brighton

    The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which works in Brighton, London and Manchester, providing foster care and lodgings to LGBT people in homeless and hostile environments, announced today that it could not carry on working in Brighton and Hove

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveEngland's only charity supporting housing for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has "regretfully" withdrawn from providing services in Brighton after feeling left out in the cold over funding.The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which works in Brighton, London and Manchester, providing foster care and lodgings to LGBT people in homeless and hostile environments, announced today that it could not carry on working in Brighton and Hove without ongoing support from the council.

  • Anti-gay Pope ‘interfering with political agenda’ 4

    The Pope has been accused of trying to rule Italy's political agenda

    12:00 AM — The Pope has been accused of trying to rule Italy's political agenda after yet again criticising gay marriage.Addressing a meeting on family and marriage, Pope Benedict XVI repeated the Catholic Church's view on marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Ohio limits homophobic funeral protests 12

    It will mainly affect 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

    12:00 AM — The Ohio House has unanimously approved a bill which will ensure groups who protest at funerals blaming America's gay laws will have to be at least 300 feet away from mourners.It will mainly affect 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.

  • Lesbian FCUK ad fails to boost sales 3

    In the fashion label's latest television and cinema ad campaign, two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches

    12:00 AM — Despite controversy and much publicity over an advert featuring a lesbian kiss, fashion company French Connection has announced a drop in retail sales.Chairman and chief executive, Stephen Marks, said at the company's Annual General Meeting statement: "In line with other fashion retailers we found that trading over the Easter period was difficult and did not meet our expectations.

  • THT youth counsellor to help gay teens 1

    The post, which is based in various venues across London three days a week, will offer counselling around sexual health, sex and relationships and sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, has received a BBC Children in Need grant of over £38,000 to fund a specialist young people's counsellor over the next three years.The post, which is based in various venues across London three days a week, will offer counselling around sexual health, sex and relationships and sexual orientation to young people aged 13 to 18.

  • Baby One More Time: Gay icon Britney Spears is pregnant 4

    Britney Spears will now have to delay her comeback tour

    12:00 AM — Gay icon, Britney Spears is pregnant.The singer is expecting her second child with husband Kevin Federline.Spears, who gave birth to a son, Sean Preston, last year, revealed the news on The Tonight Show, she told host David Letterman, "Don't worry, Dave, it's not yours."

  • BNP councillor denies making porn film 24

    Richard Barnbrook won one of the 11 BNP seats in Barking and Dagenham local elections last week

    12:00 AM — A British National Party councillor has strongly denied media rumours that he has made a gay porn film.The Evening Standard claims to have a copy of a film produced and directed by Richard Barnbrook described as "Marxist gay cinema from conceptual artist Barnbrook."

  • Mayor slams gay London Assembly chair 2

    Brian Coleman, an openly gay Conservative, was elected as the chairman of the GLA yesterday

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has called the Greater London Assembly (GLA) Liberal Democrats a "disgrace to their party" after voting for a Tory member to become chairman of the city wide governmentBrian Coleman, an openly gay Conservative, was elected as the chairman of the GLA yesterday, prompting Ken Livingstone to criticise the Lib Dems for not taking the chance to vote for a Green Party candidate.

  • NAT slams St Ives HIV reaction 1

    Around 10 cases have been confirmed in the seaside town, and one man was rumoured to have been responsible, a claim quashed by the NAT

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has moved to calm reports of an outbreak of HIV in St Ives, Cornwall.Around 10 cases have been confirmed in the seaside town, and one man was rumoured to have been responsible, a claim quashed by the NAT.The West of Cornwall Primary Care Trust issued a statement last week calling for people to be tested and set up a help line after a number of cases emerged in the area.

  • Employee discrimination case sets precedent for gay partner benefits

    The decision can be seen as a mandate for the state to provide benefits to the partners of all state employees

    12:00 AM — Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD) applauded a decision this week by the New Hampshire Merrimack Superior Court that the New Hampshire Community Technical College System is committing sexual orientation discrimination when it denies benefits to the partners of gay or lesbian employees.The decision can be seen as a mandate for the state to provide benefits to the partners of all state employees.

  • Gay rights group questions new CIA head

    Mr Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency when the spying programme was launched in 2001

    12:00 AM — Following the announcement that President Bush will nominate General Michael Hayden to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Senate to vigorously question the nominee on his involvement with the warrantless programme to spy on Americans, including gay groups.Mr Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency when the programme was launched in 2001 and has been one the chief defenders of these actions in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the ACLU claim.

  • Public oppose constitutional gay marriage ban

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a Senate vote the week of June 5, ranks dead last for voters on a list of priorities

    12:00 AM — Polling recently conducted by Peter Hart Research Associations shows the Federal Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a Senate vote the week of June 5, ranks dead last for voters on a list of priorities on which they want Congress focusing and that voters have strong concerns about changing the Constitution.Commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, the polling of 802 nationwide voters also shows strong opposition to changing the Constitution among independent, senior and Catholic voters.

  • Canadian Parliament gets gay award

    The 158 members of the House of Commons and the 47 senators who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act, which was assented last July, will be honoured for their clear contribution to the official approval of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — For the fourth edition of the National Day Against Homophobia, scheduled for May 17 2006, Fondation Emergence, the spearhead behind this event, is honouring those members of Canadian Parliament who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act as defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The 158 members of the House of Commons and the 47 senators who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act, which was assented last July, will be honoured for their clear contribution to the official approval of gays and lesbians' legal equality and to the fight against homophobia.

  • BNP councillor denies making porn film 24

    Mr Barnbrook, who won one of the 11 BNP seats in Barking and Dagenham local elections last week insists it is not a gay porn film

    12:00 AM — A British National Party councillor has strongly denied making a gay porn film.The Evening Standard claims to have a copy of a film produced and directed by Richard Barnbrook described as "'Marxist gay cinema from conceptual artist Barnbrook."

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