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May 2006

  • 8th May 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • Hitler was gay, book claims

    Itzik Cohen, best known for his roles as drag queens plays a gay Adolf Hitler in the Israeli production of The Producers

    12:00 AM — Adolf Hitler may have been gay, according to a new book.The publication, Adolf Hitler: The Final Analysis, by physician, Andrew Norman, studies how the leader of Nazi Germany's mental and physical state affected his judgement and conduct as he led the country into Word War Two.

  • Doctor Who star claims gay kiss was dropped 7

    Gay star Andrew Hayden-Smith will appear appear as a preacher in Doctor Who

    12:00 AM — A star of a future episode of the hit drama Doctor Who claims that a gay kiss was dropped because it was a step too far.Openly gay Andrew Hayden-Smith, the Children's BBC (CBBC) presenter who formerly stared in teenage soap opera, Byker Grove is to appear as a preacher fighting against an evil industry in the current series of the sci-fi revival.

  • Gay hate crimes bill fails

    The bill was abandoned in the Senate so that a sex offenders register could pass

    12:00 AM — A change in the law that would have added homosexuality to federal laws regarding hate crime has been abandoned.The bill, being pushed by Senator Ted Kennedy, had to be dropped after Republicans threatened to block a more high profile sex offender bill and blame it on him and gay activists.

  • HIV group updates information after prosecutions

    The updated booklet gives people with HIV clear information on where they stand legally around disclosure to sexual partners

    12:00 AM — Recent prosecutions for transmitting HIV have prompted Terrence Higgins Trust to update their 'Should I tell' leaflet on disclosure of HIV status.The updated booklet gives people with HIV clear information on where they stand legally around disclosure to sexual partners, as well as practical advice on telling friends or employers that they have the condition.

  • Gay clubbing drug recipes found online 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community

    12:00 AM — Police fear crystal meth is set to replace heroin as the public's most used drug, after recipes for the substance were found on several websites.The internet sites included ingredients such as painkillers and iodine that can be purchased in any supermarket.

  • California church avoids gay row

    There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist

    12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church in California has avoided a row over homosexuality after choosing a heterosexual bishop to become its next minister.There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist for a new bishop.

  • Gay rent boy MP blames affair on baldness 5

    Mark Oaten announced last month that he is back with his wife who “understands” what led to his betrayal

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has revealed that middle age and his political workload contributed to him having a gay affair with a rent boy.Mr Oaten, MP for Winchester, resigned from his Lib Dem Home Affairs post and the leadership race in January 2006 after allegations in the News of the World of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.

  • 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

    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.

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