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May 2006

  • 15th May 2006

    First Lady opposes gay marriage campaign tool

    Laura Bush pushed for sensitivity over the upcoming Senate debate about entrenching marriage as a male and female union

    12:00 AM — The first lady has warned against using the controversial Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as a campaign tool.Laura Bush pushed for sensitivity over the upcoming Senate debate about entrenching marriage as a male and female union in the Constitution.

  • Dutch troops change ‘gay’ name

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence feared the gay connotations of a Unicorn label

    12:00 AM — The Dutch Ministry of Defence has changed the name of its peacekeeping force in Afghanistan after fears of the original name's connotations.Dutch troops in the war zone operated under the name, Unicorn, but had their title changed to the Uruzgan Taskforce, to avoid ridicule, the defence ministry claims.

  • Sir Elton dons celebratory tutu for Billy Elliot

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has been known for his strange fashion sense, but no one could have predicted his latest outfit as he took to the stage of the Billy Elliot musical dressed in a tutu.The gay star created the music for the award winning production and joined the cast on stage to celebrate the first year of the show.

  • Mrs Thatcher to dance with cocaine fuelled gay man in drama 1

    Dan Stevens plays Nick Guest

    12:00 AM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be shown dancing with a gay Oxford graduate who is high on cocaine in a new drama beginning this week on BBC Two.The Line Of Beauty is adapted by award-winning writer Andrew Davies from Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Man Booker Prize-winning novel. A story about love, class, sex and money that gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite Eighties.

  • Europe leader condemns Moscow homophobia

    The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, condemned recent violence against gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Secretary General of the Council of Europe condemned recent violence against gays and lesbians in Moscow today.Gay people are being increasingly persecuted in Russia with the recent gay pride ban and attacks on Moscow gay clubs.Last week police were forced to intervene when 100 skinheads, nationalists and Christian fundamentalists hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow.

  • Gay group return Democrat donation after marriage remarks

    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is returning a $5,000 donation from the Democratic National Party after party chairman Howard Dean mischaracterized the DNP platform on gay rights

    12:00 AM — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is returning a $5,000 donation from the Democratic National Party after party chairman Howard Dean mischaracterized the DNP platform on gay rights in an interview intended to court the evangelical vote.Though the New York Times reports that Mr Dean corrected himself amid pressure from advocacy groups to set the record straight, he went on record with the Christian Broadcasting Network, saying the 2004 Democratic platform declares "marriage is between a man and a woman."

  • Transgendered man deceived wife for 17 years with home made penis

    The Court of Appeal ruled against the transgendered man

    12:00 AM — A female-to-male transgendered person who made his own penis did not tell his wife of 17 years that he was born a woman lost his parental rights to his wife's daughter at the Court of Appeal earlier today.The man referred to as Mr J, is legally considered to be a male following the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that allows a transgendered people to legally take on a different sexual identity to their birth and can therefore marry someone of the same birth sex.

  • Iraqi Ayatollah removes gay fatwa 1

    Following two weeks of negotiations with Iraqi LGBT - UK, Mr Sistani's office agreed to remove the fatwa calling for the murder of gay men

    12:00 AM — Iraqi gays are claiming success following the decision of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to remove from his website a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in the "worst, most severe way possible".The removal on 10 May 2006 follows protests to Mr Sistani by the London office of the Iraqi gay rights organisation, Iraqi LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), which represents a clandestine network of lesbian and gay activists inside Iraq's major cities, including Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Hilla, Duhok and Basra.

  • ‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2

    The group claims to have new evidence of bias, intimidation and perjury which shows Mohamed was the victim, not the perpetrator

    12:00 AM — A gay Muslim prisoner has launched an appeal against a conviction for grievous bodily harm, claiming he was framed by the men who had been targeting him in a homophobic hate campaign.The 28 year old, Mohamed S, whose full identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was jailed for eight years in 2002, but has had his case accepted for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC,) who decide if a conviction should be sent to appeal.

  • Newcastle gay club evacuated after arson attack 1

    Tyne and Wear fireservice attended the incident

    12:00 AM — Over a thousand clubbers at a gay venue had to be evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning following an arson attack at a club in Newcastle.The entrance to the The Loft Luxe club in Newcastle, northern England was doused in petrol and set alight at approximately 3.50 am on Saturday morning.

  • George Michael caught napping again 4

    George Michael was cleared following allegations that he caused a three car smash last month

    12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael has been caught sleeping at the wheel of his car again, according to reports.A witness claims the singer slept through four traffic light changes in Highgate, London, and was awoken when the driver tapped on his window.

  • Pair admit murdering gay barman 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

  • Two men detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island  last month

    12:00 AM — Saint Maarten's Commissioners of Tourism, Theo Heyliger and Romeo Fleming, have confirmed the apprehension of two additional suspects in the attack against two gay American TV producers last month, bringing the total of those detained for their alleged participation in the incident to three.In a joint statement Mr Heyliger and Mr Fleming said, "The entire community of St Maarten expresses its gratitude for the cooperative efforts of the Chief Prosecutor's office with French officials in apprehending these individuals.

  • Gay group slams “sickening hypocrisy” of Cardinal 2

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor reportedly sacked his press aide, Stephen Noon, an openly gay man, because he felt his sexuality was “incompatible” with his position in the Church

    12:00 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has been accused of "sickening hypocrisy" after recent reports that he sacked one of his staff because he is gay.The action taken by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor was condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) yesterday.

  • Ice rink enforces diversity after evicting gay skaters

    The pair claimed they were harassed and ejected from the rink for skating together (Photo: dantaylor)

    12:00 AM — Award-winning amateur figure skaters John Manzon-Santos and Alan Lessik have reached a settlement with ice skating rink company East Bay Iceland which will require its employees to undergo diversity training and promote anti harassment policies.It comes after the pair claimed they were harassed and ejected from the rink for skating together.

  • 14th May 2006

    Archbishop sacks advisor because he is gay 2

    The Cardinal was accused of being “unchristian”

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Westminster has dismissed his gay press secretary after telling him his sexuality was "incompatible" with his position in the Church, prompting further rows over Christianity and homosexuality.Stephen Noon, in charge of promoting the public image and ethics of the Church, was sacked by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in 2004 after just a year in the post.

  • 13th May 2006

    Celibacy as the cure for homosexuality? Meet the real Opus Dei 21

    Jack Valero, Opus Dei's British numerary

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite a negative portrayal in The Da Vinci Code and media furore over Ruth Kelly's involvement, Opus Dei member and senior representative Jack Valero, in the organisation's first interview with the gay press, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how much happier and closer the group makes him feel with God."I've been celibate since I joined Opus Dei when I was 16. It's tough of course."

  • 12th May 2006

    Inspector denies homophobia

    Mr Stokes said his partner was warned against seeing him and was arrested after 12 police officers raided his flat

    12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied being homophobic towards a gay officer.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.He told an employment tribunal this week of a visit from professional standards unit inspector Steve Payne to his flat, "Shortly after arriving at my apartment, Inspector Payne said 'so this is the gay village of Nottingham, is it?'

  • Spain grants transsexuals new identities 2

    The move by  Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government, is being welcomed by transsexuals

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain will be allowed to change identity documents without undergoing sex change operations, according to reports.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow a man to undertake a woman's identity and vice versa if they can live as the opposite sex for 18 months and be approved be a psychiatrist.

  • Pair admit murdering gay barman 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Unemployed Thomas Pickford, 25, and decorator Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

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