26th May 2006
Gay businesses call for Brighton councillor’s resignation 14
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay and lesbian business community has called for the resignation of a Conservative local councillor after he was reported to have labelled gay people as paedophiles at a city council party last week.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party pending a police investigation and Standards Board for England inquiry.
Thailand recognises transsexual beauty
12:00 AM — Thailand's annual Miss Tiffany's Universe pageant took place this week allowing 30 transsexuals to compete for the crown.The contestants were chosen from 60 candidates smiling, pouting and dressing up for a $2,6000 prize as well as a new car.The winner, Ratrawee Chirapraphakun, told the Dallas Voice, that she entered the competition "to tell society to give transsexuals career opportunities and to be fair to us in all career fields. We don't have to be just beauticians or beauty contestants. We are just as capable as the real men and women out there."
Church backs anti-gay apology 1
12:00 AM — Clergy members of the Episcopal Church have signed a petition urging bishop's to repent appointing openly gay bishops and approving same sex marriage.The petition has been signed by 900 names in anticipation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion next month.It calls for the Episcopal Church to "fully endorse" regret over the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and to reject gay marriage and clergymen.
Charity offers gay pride Jerusalem tour 1
12:00 AM — A human rights group is offering a gay tour of Israel to coincide with this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem.The expedition, organised by the New Israel Fund (NIF), will explore the "complexities, beauty and challenges of ancient and modern Israel."
Plymouth prepares for Gay Pride
12:00 AM — The Plymouth Pride Event community team has announced the final details of events taking place as part of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Week 2006 across the city of Plymouth from Saturday 27th May through to Sunday 4th June.There will be an array of events taking place across the city from a Pink Picnic up on the Hoe, LGBT Film Festival at the Arts Centre to parties galore at some of Plymouth's gay venues.
Gay former mayors wed
12:00 AM — Two former Derby mayors have had a civil ceremony together.Jeff Tillett and Robin Wood, who had a civil partnership this week after being together for 35 years, were both Conservative councillors and mayors of the city.Mr Wood, 54, told the Sun: We lived together for so long it was not a spur-of-the moment thing to marry.
Anti gay protesters heckle Irish minister
12:00 AM — Anti gay protesters gatecrashed a talk by Irish Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell today, accusing him of perverting Irish children.The minister was speaking in Dublin on the subject of civil partnerships for same sex couples in Ireland.But his speech was cut short when six audience members began to throw water, cups and copies of the constitution at him.
Russia divided over gay pride 4
12:00 AM — While international gay rights activists travel to Moscow to for Gay Pride, the local Russian community appears more divided over whether to defy the ban imposed by the city's mayor and local court.Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov insists the ban is vital to prevent violent protests, and religious groups and politicians have also spoken out against it, but now even the gay community in Russia is beginning to have its doubts.
HIV origin found in chimps
12:00 AM — The HIV virus may have originated from wild chimpanzees living in South Cameroon, researchers claim.An international team, including scientists from the Universities of Nottingham, Montpellier and Alabama, has discovered a crucial missing link in the search for the origin of HIV, the virus responsible for human AIDs.
Court upholds Moscow Gay Pride ban 4
12:00 AM — A Russian court has upheld the Moscow mayor's gay pride ban.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, scheduled for this weekend, was officially opposed by the Tverskoy Court today.The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival.
George Michael turns drug scandal to new single 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael is looking to turn his recent drugs shame into song after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs last February when a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, in February.The singer was given a police caution and released a statement stating it was "my own stupid fault as usual," and promising he would not make a song out of it, referring to his single Outside, which was made after he propositioned a police officer in a Los Angeles public toilet.
Selfridges goes pink with Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Birmingham Gay Pride takes place this weekend and the local Selfridges department store is looking to show real pink power.The outside of the chain has been illuminated with pink lighting to celebrate one of the largest gay festivals in the UK, making it only the second time that the original colour of blue has been changed, the last time being green for St Patrick's Day in March 2006.
Inquiry launched into gay carers 3
12:00 AM — An inquiry is to be launched into how a gay couple managed to sexually abuse four children without being checkedThe review was called by Wakefield Council after Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care.