5 May 2006Gay councillor loses Hackney seat 1 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.
5 May 2006Gay HSBC banker was not sacked due to sexuality 4 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.
5 May 2006A pink day for the Greens in Lewisham + The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London.
5 May 2006Greens in the pink in Lewisham + The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London.
5 May 2006Government gay rights department to headed by Opus Dei member 21 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.
6 May 2006Reshuffle error? Can Ruth Kelly really represent the gay community? 22 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.
8 May 2006Gay rent boy MP blames affair on baldness 5 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.
8 May 2006California church avoids gay row + 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.
8 May 2006Gay clubbing drug recipes found online 5 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.
8 May 2006HIV group updates information after prosecutions + 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.
8 May 2006Gay hate crimes bill fails + 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.
8 May 2006Doctor Who star claims gay kiss was dropped 7 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.
8 May 2006Hitler was gay, book claims + 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.
8 May 2006Tennis ace slams Czech president’s gay veto 1 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.
8 May 2006Lancashire politician becomes first MP to have gay marriage + 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.
8 May 2006Friends star avoids trans sex change programme 1 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.
8 May 2006AIDs charity calls for improvement in sex education + 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.
8 May 2006Paris Hilton: ‘I want a gay boyfriend’ 7 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.
8 May 2006Gay group prepares for anti-homophobia day 2 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.
8 May 2006Pro gay MP moved to education post + 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.
Articles from May 2006
- Eurovision: Same-sex kisses feature in songs for Finland and host Sweden+
- US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state18
- Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur1
- France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law7
- Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill8
- Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’22
- Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally5
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’28
- Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights6
- Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality18
- Daniel Radcliffe: When filming Kill Your Darlings, I was given 'step-by-step' gay sex scene instructions16
- Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss14
- Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies' toilets29
- Video: Equal marriage parody of Finland's 2013 Eurovision entry goes viral3
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Birmingham: LGBT sports centre to be opened by naked charity calendar stars Warwick Rowers11
- France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill36
- Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters20
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the 'justification and display of homosexuality'28
- Study: Audiences don't mind gay actors playing straight roles 11
- Tory MP Nadine Dorries: 'The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage'89
- US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over 'heartbreaking' same-sex marriage bill73
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Bret Easton Ellis slams GLAAD and says gay basketball player Jason Collins treated like a 'baby panda'65
- US Radio host: Gay news websites are covered with porn that is turning teens gay62
- Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper 'I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage'59
- Tory MP David Burrowes: 'I'm not anti-gay; I'm just pro-marriage'57
- Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill56
- New Zealand: B&B owner says 'not in my home' to lesbian couple56
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