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May 2006

  • 9th May 2006

    Gay cannibal handed murder conviction

    The defendant's lawyer admitted to the Berlin court that his client had a fetish for human flesh but insisted he posed no threat to society

    12:00 AM — A German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been sentenced to life in prison for murder today after a judge ordered a retrial deeming his earlier sentence too lenient.Armin Meiwes, 44, was initially only found guilty of manslaughter after killing Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, in 2004, on the basis that his victim was a willing partner.

  • Canadian band release gay marriage song

    The Habit has summed up their challenge to Mr Harper in the song Fighter

    12:00 AM — Canadian indie-pop band The Habit has a message for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, don't make Canadians fight for their right to marry, again.The Habit has summed up their challenge to Mr Harper in the song Fighter, which they are releasing today in an internet-exclusive launch.

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  • Caribbean homophobic attack victims speak out 5

    A male and female St Maarten resident were arrested last weekend over the homophobic attacks

    12:00 AM — The family of one of the producers attacked in the Caribbean last month have spoken of their shock at how the homophobic assault has affected him.Ryan Smith, 25, a top producer with the David Letterman show and CBS news, has been left with speech and writing problems as well as surgical scars.

  • Gay fear mother found guilty of custody interference 1

    The boy, now 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said his mother told him to lie at the custody hearing about being molested

    12:00 AM — A mother who kidnapped her son in fear that her ex husband would turn him gay, has been found guilty of interfering with custody of the child and breaking a restraining order.The jury of four women and two men took just an hour to find 50-year-old Caren Macdonald guilty.

  • Human rights group move against gay marriage law change 1

    With a Senate vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign

    12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign's fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment has hit full swing as the date for the Senate vote approaches.With a vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign in the press targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, urged more than 250,000 fair-minded Americans to act against the amendment.

  • Man charged in Big Brother attack 1

    The reality TV star, had hospital treatment for facial injuries after the incident

    12:00 AM — A man accused of assaulting last year's Big Brother winner has been given a police caution.Gay icon, Anthony Hutton, 24, winner of Big Brother 2005, received minor facial injuries after being attacked in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.

  • Gay muscleman tipped for UK Big Brother 14

    Big Brother 7 starts on May 18 2006.

    12:00 AM — The makers of Channel 4's Big Brother held emergency meetings last night after the names of this summer's contestants were leaked.The reality show producers were reported to be angry after the names, including a gay body builder, were made public.A source told the Daily Star, "All hell has broken loose.

  • Church allows gay membership ban

    Leaders in Virginia argued that Mr Johnson's actions violated the denomination's pledge of openness to anyone seeking Christ

    12:00 AM — The United Methodist Church's high-court is refusing to reconsider an earlier ruling that allowed a Virginia minister to deny a man church membership because he is gay.According to the Associated Press, the 5 to 4 ruling was handed down yesterday by the Judicial Council, saying there was no basis to revisit the case.

  • Equality minister dodges gay issue 21

    The Minister for Equality and Women appeared on BBC Radio5 Live and was immediately drawn into a defence of her poor voting record in regards to gay rights

    12:00 AM — Ruth Kelly refused to give a clear answer on her views of homosexuality today when confronted in reaction to an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk which found she had never voted for gay rights and is a member of an anti gay Christian group.The Minister for Equality and Women appeared on BBC Radio5 Live and was immediately drawn into a defence of her poor voting record in regards to gay rights.

  • Homosexuality linked to biology 1

    Volunteers were tested to see how they reacted to hormones such as female pheromones

    12:00 AM — Scientists have found more evidence suggesting sexuality is biologically determined, adding weight to arguments that homosexuality is natural.Researchers from the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden, discovered that the brains of lesbians responded to known as sexual hormones differently to heterosexual women.

  • UK’s first gay surrogate dads face cancer fight 1

    The couple wished to both be named as parents on their children's birth certificates and their wish was granted after they took their case to the Supreme Court

    12:00 AM — Tony and Barrie Brewitt Barlow fought prejudice in 2000 to become the UK's first gay surrogate parents, but now they have a new battle, throat cancer.Tony, 41, was diagnosed with the disease in February and has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy after doctors warned he would have just four months to live.

  • MPs and gay groups question wisdom of Kelly appointment 21

    Ruth Kelly says she will fight discrimination

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has come under immediate pressure from the gay community and fellow MPs over her dual appointment as Minister for Women and Equality.Ms Kelly, who is believed to be a member of Opus Dei, the controversial devout Catholic sect will be the voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community within the cabinet.

  • 8th May 2006

    Human rights group call for action against homophobia

    The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in Moscow, Russia

    12:00 AM — Moscow authorities must investigate two incidents where protestors threatened and attacked people entering and leaving gay-friendly bars, according to Human Rights Watch.The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in a letter to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, which also calls for an end to the threatened ban on Russia's first planned gay pride parade, scheduled for May 27.

  • Lesbian couple barred after kissing in pub 1

    The landlord, Mick Price, insisted he is not homophobic

    12:00 AM — A Lesbian couple have been banned from their local pub for life after patrons complained about them kissing.Kelly Murray and Laura McGuire were told to leave the Grapes Tavern pub in Hereford after kissing and being told bar staff would have "none of that in here."

  • Pro gay MP moved to education post

    Pay attention: Jim Knight will have to do his homework as the new schools minister

    12:00 AM — In a further reshuffle of the Labour Party, Tony Blair has appointed Dorset South MP, Jim Knight as schools minister, replacing Jacqui Smith who was promoted to chief whip.The former minister for rural affairs has an important role for the gay community as he will be in charge of the remit for tackling homophobic bullying in schools as well as sex education.

  • Gay group prepares for anti-homophobia day 2

    IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, it takes place on May 17th 2006

    12:00 AM — Following protests over the Moscow Pride ban and the successful launch of IDAHO-UK (IDAHO), campaigners across the country are busy arranging the events which are seen as an integral part of the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May 2006.IDAHO will be in the heart of London this year, as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) police liaison officers operate from a mobile police station in Leicester Square throughout the day.

  • Paris Hilton: ‘I want a gay boyfriend’ 7

    Paris Hilton who split up with her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos says she'd rather have a gay boyfriend

    12:00 AM — Simple Life star Paris Hilton who split up with her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos says she'd rather have a gay boyfriend as they take more care in their appearance.The star told Out magazine in America: "Gay guys are more fun andthey dress better and they're usually hotter.

  • AIDs charity calls for improvement in sex education

    the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections during National Condom Week from the 8-13 May

    12:00 AM — To mark National Condom Week, the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and about the use of condoms.An Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by the National AIDS Trust, found that a quarter of young people aged 15-24 years stop using condoms when they or their partner is on the pill.

  • Friends star avoids trans sex change programme 1

    Courtney Cox has avoided having her family's private matters exposed in public

    12:00 AM — Actress Courtney Cox has avoided having her family's private matters exposed in public, quite literally.Her brother in law, transsexual Alexis Arquette, sibling of Cox' husband, David Arquette, was set to have a sex change operation live on television.

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