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May 2006

  • 5th May 2006

    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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 4th May 2006

    Bishops attack homophobic Polish station

    Radio Maryja has created controversy for mixing religious broadcasting with anti Jewish and anti gay commentary

    12:00 AM — A group of Polish bishops have set up a council to check on homophobic and anti- Semitic broadcasts from a religious radio station in the country.Radio Maryja has created controversy for mixing religious broadcasting with anti Jewish and anti gay commentary as well as its open support for the ruling Law and Justice Party.

  • Few gay men regret disclosing HIV status 3

    Nearly 16,000 Americans died of AIDS in 2004, with 529,000 AIDS-related deaths since 1981

    12:00 AM — Gay men who are HIV-positive rarely regret revealing their health status to others, according to research.A Ohio State University study, the first of its kind, is being seen as important for clinicians who work with HIV-positive men who are often uncertain whether to tell friends, family, co-workers or others about being diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS.

  • No action taken over gay officer’s tube shooting claims 7

    Brian Paddick will not face disciplinary action over an alleged unauthorised disclosure of confidential police information

    12:00 AM — Brian Paddick will not face disciplinary action over an alleged unauthorised disclosure of confidential police information to a journalist.The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) had been considering a probe into the Deputy Assistant Commissioner's actions after he was reported to have told a BBC journalist that the Metropolitan Police knew Jean Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after he was shot at Stockwell tube station in 2005.

  • Brian Paddick to be first gay London Mayor? 2

    Any tips? Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick have a quiet word at the launch of EuroPride 2006

    12:00 AM — Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Mayor elections in 2008, according to reports.Mr Paddick, 47, the Met's most senior gay police officer, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.

  • Gay Games director fired 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — The executive director of the Chicago Gay Games has been fired, just 10 weeks before the start of the event.Kevin Boyer, co vice chairman of the event, confirmed that Brian McGuiness has been replaced as the event organiser after he had worked on the scheme for a year.

  • Gay group welcomes Wendy’s anti-discrimination policy

    Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees

    12:00 AM — Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.The move came after the restaurant chain was put under pressure from gay civil rights group, the Equality Project, and the companies biggest shareholder, the New York City Employees (NCYERS) Retirement Fund.

  • Win a good hair day

    The man or woman who is ranked as having the worst looking hairstyle will win the goody bag

    12:00 AM — There is not much worse than a bad hair day, it's always either too straight, too curly, greasy or frizzy, well now PinkNews.co.uk has a competition to brush away those tears.Sponsored by LookFantastic.com, PinkNews.co.uk is giving away a pair of GHD straighteners along with a collection of beauty and grooming products.

  • Cameroon holding freed “gay sex” prisoners

    At their initial trial, no witnesses were called and no proof offered by the prosecution,

    12:00 AM — The Cameroonian government has refused to release nine men jailed on charges of homosexuality despite their acquittal, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).The men have been detained in Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for nearly a year after being accused of gay acts.

  • Gay candidates await local council results 4

    Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay councillors from across the political spectrum are feeling confident as the local elections reach the halfway stage this afternoon.Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs.

  • Christian lawyers defend Day of Silence protesters

    Half a million students in the US went silent last week to protest the bullying and harassment felt by LGBT students

    12:00 AM — A Christian law practice has filed a lawsuit against Oakmont High School after last week's national Day of Silence when several students were expelled for wearing anti gay t-shirts.Thirteen students came to the school in Sacramento wearing t-shirts saying "Homosexuality is sin. Jesus can set you free," they were given told to remove their shirts or face disciplinary action, and were suspended after refusing to take them off.

  • Cheney’s daughter: Bush must catch up on gay rights

    US Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter has spoken out against President George W Bush

    12:00 AM — US Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter has spoken out against President George W Bush for the first time over his opposition to gay marriage.Mary Cheney, who has often been criticised for remaining silent on Mr Bush's gay policy, has revealed that she considered quitting the 2004 campaign because of the GOP's gay stand.

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