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May 2006

  • 19th May 2006

    Gay couples given parental leave

    The Irish law previously allowed time off for workers to tend to close blood relatives in times of an accident or an illness, it now includes “persons in a close relationship of domestic dependency, including same-sex couples“ (photo: spcoon)

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Ireland are to be given an entitlement to emergency leave for a family crises.The amendment to the Parental Leave Act, means gay employees can take three days paid leave in an emergency regarding their partner.The law previously allowed time off for workers to tend to close blood relatives in times of an accident or an illness, it now includes "persons in a close relationship of domestic dependency, including same-sex couples."

  • Lesbian’s family murdered after rejecting ‘sexual advances’

    Morris's of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A lesbian's family was murdered after she spurned a "violent thug's" sexual advances, a court was told yesterday.David Morris, 44, is being retried for the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.He smashed the faces of Mandy Power, 34, her mother, Doris Dawson, 80 and her children, Katie, 10 and Emily, 18, Swansea Crown Court was told.

  • Gay orgy planner jailed

    The unidentified 33-year-old, known only as Zou, started the website in 2005, promoting sex parties in Beijing, China, at between £2 or £3 per person

    12:00 AM — A Chinese salesman has been jailed for a year after organising gay orgies over the internet.The unidentified 33-year-old, known only as Zou, started the website in 2005, promoting sex parties in Beijing, China, at between £2 or £3 per person, he was charged for promoting promiscuity.

  • Conservative councillor investigated over gay paedophile slur 14

    Conservative councillor Andrew Willows has been known for speaking out against the gay community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Brighton and Hove Conservative Party has started disciplinary proceedings against a Conservative councillor who allegedly called gay people paedophiles.Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faces expulsion from the Tory Party over remarks labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he is reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last night.

  • 18th May 2006

    Gay media companies join forces to revolutionise the gay market 1

    The cover of a dummy version of The PinkNews

    12:00 AM — Two gay media companies are combining forces to produce a strong traditional news content publication currently lacking in the gay market place.The PinkNews will be produced byPinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY. Both companies are relatively new in the market place but both have already made their mark.

  • Call for end to AIDs vaccine ‘delay’

    The organisation claims more money is needed to provide a chance of halting the HIV pandemic

    12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust is using World AIDS Vaccine Day, which takes place today, to call for a global AIDS vaccine spending to be doubled.The organisation claims more money is needed to provide a chance of halting the HIV pandemic in the future.

  • Lesbian couple plan first civil partnership divorce

    The break up came after Ms King told her partner she no longer loved her

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who are planning a divorce just two months after having a civil partnership face tough times ahead, a legal expert has warned.Liz King, 40, and Daphne Ligthart, 36, registered their partnership in Kent last February, they then shared a romantic honeymoon in Amsterdam, but will now become the first female same sex couple to have a divorce since the legislation began in December 2005.

  • Will & Grace – The end of a gay era 1

    The show that once attracted a slew of gay and lesbian fans to bars across the United States for drink specials and Will  Grace every Thursday night has been dismissed in recent years for failing to allow Will and Jack to evolve into anything more than a gay stereotype

    12:00 AM — Gay America will be filled with mixed emotions tonight as the groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will Grace ends its eight-year run with a two-hour series finale.The show, which has tumbled in the ratings over the past two seasons from its one time top-ten status, has admittedly alienated a number of its gay fans in the past few years, relying on a bevy of A-list guest stars and stunt casting to mask sagging scripts.

  • Sacked soldier to research lesbian army role

    The law was changed in 2000, and Ms Heggiue, a research fellow at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, now wants to talk to lesbians who served before and after the ban

    12:00 AM — A lesbian soldier who was dismissed from the army for being gay more than 20 years ago, is to research the role of lesbian recruits.Dr Joan Heggiue, 46, was thrown out of the armed forces in 1984, after serving for eight years, when gay recruits were not allowed to serve.

  • Moscow Mayor enters homophobic ‘hall of shame’

    Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame

    12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame, as he stands firmly behind a gay pride ban, a week before the event is due to take place.Human Rights Watch compiled a list of public officials who the groups claims is actively promoting prejudice, for the International Day Against Homophobia yesterday.

  • Gay Asylum – a pressing issue 2

    Outrage's Iraqi LGBT officer Ali Hili does alot of work for gay asylum seekers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOutrage's Brett Lock tells PinkNews.co.uk the issues facing gay asylum seekersYesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Today, six countries still impose the death penalty for homosexuality, and more than ten times that many criminalise us and persecute us. In many more countries, homophobia is so institutionalised that the police and authorities do very little - if anything at all - to defend gay people from abuse and discrimination.

  • Family values MP dies 1

    Eric Forth, MP for Bromley  Chislehurst, was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights

    12:00 AM — Right wing Conservative MP, Eric Forth, died at the age of 61 last night after battling with cancer.The MP for Bromley Chislehurst was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights and keep fox hunting.Mr Forth, born in Glasgow in 1944, was first elected as an MP in Mid Worcestershire in 1983, and switched to Bromley and Chislehurst, which he held until 1997.

  • Gay rumours rife as Big Brother begins 14

    Big Brother 7 starts on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm

    12:00 AM — British tabloids are rife with rumours of what this year's 14 Big Brother housemates will have awaiting them as the reality show starts this evening.Put away your Desperate Housewives DVDs, forget the OC, and tape Lost, as the next three months of Channel 4 coverage will be Big Brother dominated.

  • Third gay porn soldier charged

    The charges indicate the soldiers' behaviour is ``a much more serious matter than just their sexual orientation''

    12:00 AM — A third paratrooper has been charged with engaging in sex acts on a gay porn website.Wesley Mitten, 21, one of seven accused soldiers, pleaded guilty to appearing on the site and to sodomy, cocaine use and detrimental conduct.He joins private Kagen Mullen and Richard Ashley, who pleaded guilty last month.

  • Gay couple victims of “bizarre” abuse claims 3

    Mr Wathey and Mr Faunch were approved by social services in 2003, but used their position within months to video and perform sex acts on troubled boys, the jury heard

    12:00 AM — A gay couple accused of abusing young children in their care are victims of "bizarre" and "incredible" allegations, Leeds Crown Court heard today.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, allegedly took advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molested several children.

  • 17th May 2006

    Georgia Judge rejects gay marriage ban

    A Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban

    12:00 AM — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban this week.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell handed down the ruling that gay rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.

  • Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV

    The group claims many schools fail to address sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.

  • Ford upholds gay employee rights 2

    Ford constantly faces boycotts and condemnation from the American Family Association, an anti gay group, for its support of gay issues

    12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company has fought back pressure form Christian groups and shareholders pushing for the car maker to abandon its sexual orientation anti discrimination policies.A vote at the manufacturer's annual meeting decided that sexuality should remain on its equal employment policies.

  • Bisexual MP supports gay asylum seekers 2

    L-R: Outrage's Peter Tatchell, IDAHO UK co-ordinator Derek Lennard, and Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes at the International Day Against Homophobia, 17 May 2006, Home Office, London, UK. “Stop Deporting Gay Refugees - Gay asylum seekers are victims, not criminals“ - Protest against Home Office refusal to grant asylum to people fleeing homophobic persecution (Photo: outragelondon)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President, Simon Hughes, attended a demonstration outside the Home Office today to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), and raise awareness of the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers.The bisexual politician briefly addressed the crowd of gay activists, looking to highlight the problems facing asylum seekers who have fled homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Jamaica, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.

  • Anti gay Polish minister blames “homos” for protests 2

    Wojciech Wierzejski is a member of the Polish ruling coalition partner, Giertych's League of Polish Families, he blames gay groups for protests against him

    12:00 AM — While gay activists in Poland commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), the country's minister of education, is seeking a police investigation against gay groups.Wojciech Wierzejski, a member of the Polish ruling coalition partner, Giertych's League of Polish Families, who govern along with the anti gay Law and Justice Party, has been the subject of student demonstrations and petitions against him.

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