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May 2006

  • 5th May 2006

    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.

  • 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.'"

  • 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.

  • Reshuffle: Alistair Darling in charge of gay policies 21

    Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry secretary

    12:00 AM — The current Transport secretary, Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary. He now has overall responsibility for the Women and Equality unit together with the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill later this year.The new of the Trade and Industry secretary will therefore wield a huge impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.

  • Legal group fights for gay benefits in New York

    Lambda Legal argued in court today that state and local government agencies, municipalities, and private businesses across the state are respecting out-of-state marriages

    12:00 AM — Lambda Legal and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of New York in Nassau County in a lawsuit today on behalf of a retired Nassau County teacher who was denied spousal benefits for his same-sex spouse."Duke Funderburke helped to educate a generation of New Yorkers over the course of his 25 years as a teacher," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney and lead attorney on the case.

  • Gay couple come last in council election

    James and Brynn Tudor, who had the first civil partnership in Birmingham, also wanted to become the first Lib Dem councillors in their areas

    12:00 AM — A gay couple standing to be elected to Solihull council in Birmingham have come joint last.James and Brynn Tudor, who had the first civil partnership in Birmingham, also wanted to become the first Lib Dem councillors in the separate wards of Chelmsley Wood and Kingshurst and Fordbridge.

  • Lib Dem gay scandal blamed for Winchester loss 5

    Mark Oaten, MP for Winchester, resigned from his Lib Dem Home Affairs post and the leadership race in January after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's gay sex scandal has been blamed for the party's loss of Winchester council to the Conservatives.The Tories won control of the area in the local elections yesterday, winning seven seats, including Lib Dem council leader, Sheila Campbell.

  • Gay councillor loses seat in “bizarre” campaign 3

    Charles Anglin received just 676 votes in yesterday's local elections, losing to Loma Campbell, the Labour candidate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFormer Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, has blamed Labour lies about "policy, themselves" and his Party, for the loss of his seat, and control in the London Borough of Lambeth.Mr Anglin received just 676 votes in yesterday's local elections, losing to Loma Campbell, the Labour candidate receiving 1586 votes from electors in the Princes Ward.

  • Gay councillor loses seat after alleged homophobic campaign by Labour 3

    Charles Anglin received just 676 votes

    12:00 AM — The gay Liberal Democrat councillor who was the victim of an alleged homophobic campaign by the Labour party has lost his seat in Lambeth, south London.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Liberal Democrat councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.

  • 4th May 2006

    California anti-gay bullying bill passes committee stage

    The bill would prohibit biased curriculum and require that the contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community

    12:00 AM — A gay group has applauded the Californian Senate's Education Committee for advancing a bill to add lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals' history to school textbooksEquality California (EQCA) executive director, Geoffrey Kors. said: "Today, the Senate Education Committee demonstrated its commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all Californian students."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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