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May 2006

  • 24th May 2006

    Elton John wins damages over ‘tinpot dictator’ slur

    The damages will be donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation

    12:00 AM — Gay star Sir Elton John has accepted £100,000 libel damages from the Daily Mail over claims he issued a "bizarre and absurd edict" telling guests at a charity fundraiser not to approach him.The singer disputed reports in the paper that he had told attendees of his annual White Tie and Tiara charity summer ball to only speak to "speak only when you're spoken to."

  • Kenya snubs gay lobby bishop 2

    Bishop Gladwin was reported to have been named as a patron for Changing Attitude, an Anglican group campaigning for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality

    12:00 AM — An Anglican bishop has been shafted while on a visit to Kenya over his views on homosexuality.Reverend John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford, had been visiting churches in the country with 20 clergymen, but was yesterday told that hospitality towards him had been "withdrawn" after a local paper claimed he was a member of a gay rights lobby.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 23rd May 2006

    TV networks reject Sir Elton’s gay sitcom

    Sir Elton had already written a theme tune for it, but the show was snubbed after a pilot episode

    12:00 AM — US TV executives have rejected a gay TV show from Sir Elton John.The gay star was due to produce Him and Us, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor, Anthony Head as an ageing gay rock star and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall as his manager.He had already written a theme tune for it, but the show was snubbed after a pilot episode.

  • Religious leaders oppose gay marriage ban 2

    The amendment law will be decided in a Senate vote on June 6 2006

    12:00 AM — Religious groups have joined together to oppose a constitutional gay marriage ban in the US, in anticipation of the Senate debate next week.Christian and Jewish leaders gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby senators to reject the legislation which would entrench a gay marriage ban in the US constitution and therefore nullify the law allowing same sex couples to marry in Massachusetts.

  • British Airways to sponsor EuroPride gay festival 6

    EuroPride London 06 is a two-week festival featuring a schedule of over 400 exhibitions, film screenings, sporting events, comedy shows, theatre performances and music concerts to showcase London's vibrant gay and lesbian culture

    12:00 AM — EuroPride London 06 today unveiled British Airways as the official airline of Europe's largest gay and lesbian cultural celebration, which will be hosted in London this year.EuroPride London 06 Chief Executive Jason Pollock said: "We are thrilled to welcome British Airways on board as the latest major brand to support EuroPride London 06. As the official airline of the international festival, British Airways will be flying travellers from around the world to join Londoners for this unique celebration of diversity.

  • Former governor describes gay affairs

    James McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay

    12:00 AM — Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey reveals that he once resorted to anonymous gay hook-ups and highway rest-stops, according to the Associated Press, which reviewed excerpts from his memoir, due in bookstores later this year.Mr McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay in his book The Confession.

  • Conservative councillor suspended after ‘gay paedophile’ slur 15

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Brighton and Hove Conservative Councillor has been suspended from the local Party and is now facing a police investigation and a possible reference to the Standards Board for England regarding homophobic remarks.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last week.

  • Gay asylum group push for Iraqi protection

    Liam Byrne was appointed immigration minister at the Home Office today

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) has reacted immediately to the replacement of immigration minister, Tony McNulty with Liam Byrne, by requesting an urgent review of the plight of lesbian and gay asylum seekers from Iraq.The UKLGIG wrote to Mr Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill in Birmingham, asking him ensure that no Iraqi lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst the current situation persists and that the guidance it gives to its decision makers (known as Operational Guidance Notes) is updated to include details of the risks faced in Iraq by lesbians and gay men.

  • Howard: Gay campaigners are fundamentalists

    Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists

    12:00 AM — Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists, prompting activists to brand him as out of touch and ignorant to the public.On a visit to a university in Dublin, Ireland this week, Mr Howard insisted it is not discriminatory to deny marriage for same sex couples.

  • Gay activist voted top hero 2

    Peter Tatchell who leads gay rights group, Outrage, and once attempted a citizen's arrest on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, was voted by readers of the New Statesman as the sixth greatest living hero

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been named in the top ten of a list of greatest living heroes this week.The activist, who leads gay rights group, Outrage, and once attempted a citizen's arrest on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, was voted by readers of the New Statesman as the sixth greatest living hero, beating writer Noam Chomsky, Microsoft chief Bill Gates, Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and documentary maker David Attenborough.

  • Shabhaz walks out of Big Brother 14

    Shabhaz walked out of the house earlier this evening

    12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate, Shabhaz has shocked fellow contestants on the reality television series by walking out of the Big Brother House in Elstree, Hertfordshire.A spokesperson for the Channel 4 show said: " Shahbaz was unhappy and finding it increasingly difficult to integrate within the group dynamic of this year's housemates. Of course, all housemates are free to leave at any time, as they have in past years."

  • Prodi cautious on gay marriage 1

    Romano Prodi's election success in Italy last month was viewed positively as he has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law

    12:00 AM — Italy's new Prime Minister Romano Prodi has publicly slammed three women ministers for speaking about issues of abortion and gay marriage before policy has been decided.He reprimanded the politicians for expressing their positions on Vatican sensitive issues.

  • Bishop denies gay lobby links 2

    Reverend John Gladwin denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A British Anglican bishop faced a hostile reception on a visit to a Kenyan diocese in East Africa yesterday after being accused of representing a gay rights lobby in the country.Reverend John Gladwin, visiting St Thomas Cathedral in Kerugoya, denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality.

  • European court backs transsexual pension rights 1

    The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Linda Grant's “right to respect for private and family life“ was being breached by the British government

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been granted female pension rights by the European Court of Human Rights.The court ruled that Linda Grant's "right to respect for private and family life" was being breached by the British government by being told she would have to wait until she was 65 for a male pension instead of the female age of 60.

  • National Lottery supports deaf gay men

    The Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men

    12:00 AM — The Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men, from the National Lottery.The money has come from Awards for All, and will mean that for the first time deaf gay men will be able to access any of GMFA's range of courses.

  • UK falling behind in gay market

    The PinkNews is an example of the latest delve into the gay market, it will be produced by PinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY

    12:00 AM — New UK laws will require companies to understand and meet the needs of Britain's 3 million gay and lesbian customers who now account for more than £70 billion pounds in earnings each year, according to research.A study between Australia and the US revealed today that UK companies risk falling behind overseas counterparts in marketing to lesbian and gay consumers.

  • AIDs charity back drug consumption rooms

    The number of injecting drug users with HIV is the highest since 1992 according to the NAT

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has backed calls for drug consumption rooms amid rising numbers of drug related HIV infections, despite opposition from the government.The number of injecting drug users with HIV is the highest since 1992, with one in 62 injecting drug users now infected with HIV, according to the NAT.

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