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May 2006

  • 26th May 2006

    Court upholds Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival

    12:00 AM — A Russian court has upheld the Moscow mayor's gay pride ban.Despite appeals from the organisers, The Moscow Gay Pride, scheduled for this weekend, was officially opposed by the Tverskoy Court today.The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, has banned the gay parade and is threatening to also outlaw the parallel gay rights conference and festival.

  • George Michael turns drug scandal to new single 4

    George Michael's single, An Easier Affair, is released on June 26 2006

    12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael is looking to turn his recent drugs shame into song after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs last February when a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, in February.The singer was given a police caution and released a statement stating it was "my own stupid fault as usual," and promising he would not make a song out of it, referring to his single Outside, which was made after he propositioned a police officer in a Los Angeles public toilet.

  • Selfridges goes pink with Gay Pride

    The outside of the store has been illuminated with pink lighting to celebrate one of the largest gay festivals in the UK

    12:00 AM — Birmingham Gay Pride takes place this weekend and the local Selfridges department store is looking to show real pink power.The outside of the chain has been illuminated with pink lighting to celebrate one of the largest gay festivals in the UK, making it only the second time that the original colour of blue has been changed, the last time being green for St Patrick's Day in March 2006.

  • Gay businesses call for Brighton councillor’s resignation 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay and lesbian business community has called for the resignation of a Conservative local councillor after he was reported to have labelled gay people as paedophiles at a city council party last week.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party pending a police investigation and Standards Board for England inquiry.

  • 25th May 2006

    Gay teacher sacked for revealing sexuality

    Employees at the school are contracted not to violate church doctrines

    12:00 AM — A Catholic high school teacher has been sacked after revealing that he is gay on a website.Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas school claimed Jeff Crouse had violated teachings of the Catholic Church when he declared his sexuality on blogging website myspace.com and said he was looking for "straight-acting single men."

  • Two gay and lesbian soldiers discharged a day

    The US army operates a “Don't Ask Don't Tell“ policy when it comes to gay recruits

    12:00 AM — The American military discharges two lesbian, gay and bisexual recruit's a day, according to a report.New data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) indicates the armed forces continued to discharge two lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel per day in 2005.

  • Pensioners make date to exercise ‘homophobic’ right 1

    Pensioner Joe Roberts, 73 and his wife Helen, 68, are demanding £10,000 compensation for being denied the rights to freedom of expression and to hold religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — A Christian couple who planned to sue their local police and council for the right to be anti-gay, have been granted a court date for next month.The retired couple, devout Christians Joe and Helen Roberts faced a police investigation for "potentially homophobic" comments last December after objecting to Wyre Borough Council's stance on gay issues.

  • Schwarzenegger may veto gay history

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may block a “gay history” bill

    12:00 AM — California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to block a "gay history" bill, according to reports.The law would have included sexual orientation on a list of requirements, including gender and race, which schools in California cannot ignore or discriminate against and must recognise positively in textbooks.

  • Gay groups plan to confront Pope

    Pope Benedict XVI is expected to urge people to stay true to the Catholic faith

    12:00 AM — Minority groups in Poland are to tell the Pope to stop Catholicism being forced onto people, as he makes his first official visit to the country today.Activists from backgrounds such as the gay and Jewish community believe Poland is becoming the less tolerant member of the European union amid gay bar closures, bans of organisations and increasing anti-Semitism.

  • UN rejects gay representation

    ILGA is also asking LGBT groups which are not member of its federation of 500 LGBT groups to apply for observer status at the UN

    12:00 AM — Two gay groups were denied observer status to act as a non governmental organisation (NGO) by the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECPSOC) this week.Despite support from the US, LSVD, the German lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) federation and the International Lesbian and Gay Association's (ILGA) applications to obtain observer status at the United Nations were rejected.

  • Elton John’s musical faces early end

    Elton John's show was labelled “laughable” and “deadly dull” by the Hollywood Reporter

    12:00 AM — Just days after Elton John's gay sitcom was dropped, his Broadway musical is now set to close.Lestat, a musical, based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire books, will end this weekend after just 39 performances and 33 previews.

  • Gay activists to defy Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    Moscow Pride will take place this weekend

    12:00 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will join Russian gay activists and defy a ban on this weekend's Gay Pride march in Moscow.Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Mr Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history. It will take place this Saturday, 27 May, which is the thirteenth anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet-era laws against male homosexuality.

  • Gay MP apologises over ‘insensitive’ Hutton auction 1

    Chris Bryant, MP for Rhonnda,  released a statement last night expressing regret for any distress caused

    12:00 AM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant and James Purnell have apologised after auctioning a copy of the Hutton report, following condemnation from the House of Commons.Mr Bryant, MP for Rhonnda and Mr Purnell, MP for Stalybridge Hyde, released a statement last night expressing regret for any distress caused after the document which investigated the death of scientist David Kelly, fetched £400 at a Labour Party auction last week.

  • ‘Best and brightest’ gay students awarded scholarships

    The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 to individuals

    12:00 AM — Gay support group The Point Foundation has today granted 30 scholarships to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 of funding, mentoring and leadership training to each individual recipient.

  • Senate proposes new Massachusetts gay commission

    The Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth was first created by former Governor William Weld through an executive order, which makes it impossible to dismantle without a new order issued by Mitt Romney

    12:00 AM — More than a dozen Senate lawmakers are calling Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's bluff by proposing a new state commission on gay and lesbian youth that would operate out of his reach, just weeks after the governor threatened to abolish the current 14-year-old commission.The Senators, including three Republicans, are backing the proposed budget amendment, angered by Mr Romney's threat to do away with the first of its kind coalition as a means of making budget cuts.

  • 24th May 2006

    Gay and lesbian storks become parents

    A gay and a lesbian stork couple were given an egg each at the Dutch zoo

    12:00 AM — Two gay families of storks in the Netherlands have successfully raised families, in what is expected to set the debate over gay parenting flapping.A gay and a lesbian stork couple were given an egg each at the Dutch zoo in Overloon, and despite fears that they may not pay them any attention, both hatched successfully.

  • Liberty group pushes for gay equality

    The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) entitled “Equality for All Families,”  the group outlines the need for Constitutional and legislative changes in order to bring the protection of family life in Ireland into line with international best practice

    12:00 AM — The gay community in the Republic of Ireland has been given a boost regarding gay marriage after a human rights group called for recognition of partnership rights for everyone this week.In a report published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) entitled "Equality for All Families," the group outlines the need for Constitutional and legislative changes in order to bring the protection of family life in Ireland into line with international best practice.

  • HIV charities criticise MP’s ‘alien disease’ question

    A spokesman for Anthony Steen said the question was supposed to raise issues of sexual health education

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Conservative MP has caused alarm amongst HIV and AIDs charities after raising concerns from the Ascension island of St Helena regarding workers bringing "alien diseases such as HIV and AIDs."Anthony Steen, MP for Totnes, addressed the Foreign and Commonwealth questions session in Parliament yesterday and claimed residents of St Helena were worried that the planned building of an airport on the land by the UK would bring "health implications" and "diseases that are alien to the island like HIV and AIDs."

  • Scottish church backs gay adoption

    Currently individual homosexuals can adopt, but their partners have no legal rights

    12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland has given its backing to allow gay couples to adopt.In a meeting of the church and society council at the national church's general assembly yesterday, committee members agreed that legal recognition for gay adoption would create more solutions for looking after children safely and securely.

  • Communications group face homophobic lawsuit

    Qwest spokesman Bob Toevs said an agreement had been reached between Mr Moreau and the company

    12:00 AM — A gay man is suing communications company Qwest claiming he was forced out of his job because of homophobic harassment.Donald Moreau, 46, is being represented by gay law group, Lambda Legal against his former employers who despite having anti discrimination polices, is allegedly not following them appropriately.

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