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May 2006

  • 8th May 2006

    Tennis ace slams Czech president’s gay veto 1

    Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 40 Grand Slam doubles titles and the women's singles title at Wimbledon a record 9 times

    12:00 AM — Czech Tennis star, Martina Navratilova has criticised her home country's president, Vaclav Klaus for being anti-gay.In February Mr Klaus vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.

  • Lancashire politician becomes first MP to have gay marriage

    David Borrow had a civil union at Preston Register Officer to John Garland, a children's entertainer, in front of family and friends

    12:00 AM — A gay Lancashire politician has become the first MP to have a civil partnership.David Borrow had a civil union at Preston Register Officer to John Garland, a children's entertainer, in front of family and friends.The ceremony had initially been cancelled due to fear of press intrusion, but went ahead last weekend, Mr Borrow, MP for South Ribble, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "We had a lovely ceremony at Preston Register Office.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 6th May 2006

    Reshuffle error? Can Ruth Kelly really represent the gay community? 22

    Ruth Kelly in pink in Parliament, but she's not there when it matters to gay people

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen examines the problems that Ruth Kelly may face as Minister for Women and Equality.Placing the Women and Equality unit within the new Department for Communities and Local Government does make a great deal of sense.However, the Mr Blair does not seem to have thought through the consequences of moving the unit to a department headed by Ms Kelly who is well known member of Opus Dei.

  • 5th May 2006

    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.

  • 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.'"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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