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May 2006

  • 12th May 2006

    Newsagent cheesed off by lesbian sandwich questions 1

    Aruna Majevadia, had been providing sandwiches in her Brighton shop for two years(Credit: sunrise1002)

    12:00 AM — A newsagent was shocked this week after being asked to disclose her sexuality when completing a form related to selling sandwiches.Aruna Majevadia, had been providing sandwiches in her Brighton shop for two years, but was amazed when the council sent her a form to complete regarding hygiene standards, which asked for her nationality, religion and sexuality.

  • Report seeks Irish gay unions

    The report concerns couples cohabiting outside of marriage, including both opposite-sex and same-sex partners

    12:00 AM — Civil partnerships should be implemented in Ireland according to human rights laws, a report recommends today.The Irish Human Rights Commission produced their findings, which assessed the adequacy of current Irish law with international human rights standards, to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell.

  • Dead teen had “evil streak”

    He was due to testify against Frederick George Rix, 78, who was eventually found not guilt of sexually assaulting Mr Light in 1996, after the jury could offer no evidence

    12:00 AM — A gay teenager who was killed days before giving evidence against a man accused of sexually assaulting him had an "evil streak," his alleged attacker claims.The skeletal remains of Arron James Light, 17, were found in a shallow grave in Sydney in March 2002 after being reported missing since December 1997, an inquest into his death has brought forward allegations that he was a prostitute.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?'

  • 11th May 2006

    Public oppose constitutional gay marriage ban

    The Federal Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a Senate vote the week of June 5, ranks dead last for voters on a list of priorities

    12:00 AM — Polling recently conducted by Peter Hart Research Associations shows the Federal Marriage Amendment, scheduled for a Senate vote the week of June 5, ranks dead last for voters on a list of priorities on which they want Congress focusing and that voters have strong concerns about changing the Constitution.Commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, the polling of 802 nationwide voters also shows strong opposition to changing the Constitution among independent, senior and Catholic voters.

  • Gay rights group questions new CIA head

    Mr Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency when the spying programme was launched in 2001

    12:00 AM — Following the announcement that President Bush will nominate General Michael Hayden to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Civil Liberties Union is urging the Senate to vigorously question the nominee on his involvement with the warrantless programme to spy on Americans, including gay groups.Mr Hayden was the director of the National Security Agency when the programme was launched in 2001 and has been one the chief defenders of these actions in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the ACLU claim.

  • Employee discrimination case sets precedent for gay partner benefits

    The decision can be seen as a mandate for the state to provide benefits to the partners of all state employees

    12:00 AM — Gay Lesbian Advocates Defenders (GLAD) applauded a decision this week by the New Hampshire Merrimack Superior Court that the New Hampshire Community Technical College System is committing sexual orientation discrimination when it denies benefits to the partners of gay or lesbian employees.The decision can be seen as a mandate for the state to provide benefits to the partners of all state employees.

  • NAT slams St Ives HIV reaction 1

    Around 10 cases have been confirmed in the seaside town, and one man was rumoured to have been responsible, a claim quashed by the NAT

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has moved to calm reports of an outbreak of HIV in St Ives, Cornwall.Around 10 cases have been confirmed in the seaside town, and one man was rumoured to have been responsible, a claim quashed by the NAT.The West of Cornwall Primary Care Trust issued a statement last week calling for people to be tested and set up a help line after a number of cases emerged in the area.

  • Mayor slams gay London Assembly chair 2

    Brian Coleman, an openly gay Conservative, was elected as the chairman of the GLA yesterday

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has called the Greater London Assembly (GLA) Liberal Democrats a "disgrace to their party" after voting for a Tory member to become chairman of the city wide governmentBrian Coleman, an openly gay Conservative, was elected as the chairman of the GLA yesterday, prompting Ken Livingstone to criticise the Lib Dems for not taking the chance to vote for a Green Party candidate.

  • BNP councillor denies making porn film 24

    Richard Barnbrook won one of the 11 BNP seats in Barking and Dagenham local elections last week

    12:00 AM — A British National Party councillor has strongly denied media rumours that he has made a gay porn film.The Evening Standard claims to have a copy of a film produced and directed by Richard Barnbrook described as "Marxist gay cinema from conceptual artist Barnbrook."

  • Baby One More Time: Gay icon Britney Spears is pregnant 4

    Britney Spears will now have to delay her comeback tour

    12:00 AM — Gay icon, Britney Spears is pregnant.The singer is expecting her second child with husband Kevin Federline.Spears, who gave birth to a son, Sean Preston, last year, revealed the news on The Tonight Show, she told host David Letterman, "Don't worry, Dave, it's not yours."

  • THT youth counsellor to help gay teens 1

    The post, which is based in various venues across London three days a week, will offer counselling around sexual health, sex and relationships and sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, has received a BBC Children in Need grant of over £38,000 to fund a specialist young people's counsellor over the next three years.The post, which is based in various venues across London three days a week, will offer counselling around sexual health, sex and relationships and sexual orientation to young people aged 13 to 18.

  • Lesbian FCUK ad fails to boost sales 3

    In the fashion label's latest television and cinema ad campaign, two women are shown kissing and tearing each other's clothes off in between exchanging kicks and punches

    12:00 AM — Despite controversy and much publicity over an advert featuring a lesbian kiss, fashion company French Connection has announced a drop in retail sales.Chairman and chief executive, Stephen Marks, said at the company's Annual General Meeting statement: "In line with other fashion retailers we found that trading over the Easter period was difficult and did not meet our expectations.

  • Ohio limits homophobic funeral protests 12

    It will mainly affect the Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq

    12:00 AM — The Ohio House has unanimously approved a bill which will ensure groups who protest at funerals blaming America's gay laws will have to be at least 300 feet away from mourners.It will mainly affect the Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

  • Anti-gay Pope ‘interfering with political agenda’ 4

    The Pope has been accused of trying to rule Italy's political agenda

    12:00 AM — The Pope has been accused of trying to rule Italy's political agenda after yet again criticising gay marriage.Addressing a meeting on family and marriage, Pope Benedict XVI repeated the Catholic Church's view on marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Gay homeless charity leaves Brighton

    The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which works in Brighton, London and Manchester, providing foster care and lodgings to LGBT people in homeless and hostile environments, announced today that it could not carry on working in Brighton and Hove

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveEngland's only charity supporting housing for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has "regretfully" withdrawn from providing services in Brighton after feeling left out in the cold over funding.The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which works in Brighton, London and Manchester, providing foster care and lodgings to LGBT people in homeless and hostile environments, announced today that it could not carry on working in Brighton and Hove without ongoing support from the council.

  • Archbishop backs Kelly in gay row 21

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, asked for respect for Ms Kelly's beliefs

    12:00 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has expressed "astonishment" at claims that new minister for Women and Equality will struggle to fulfil her role because of her faith.In a letter to The Times, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, asked for respect for Ms Kelly's beliefs.

  • BNP councillor dismisses gay porn rumour 24

    Richard Barnbrook, London co-ordinator for the right wing party, has strongly denied media rumours that the film is gay porn

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has obtained pictures of the alleged gay porn film produced and directed by a British National Party councillor.Richard Barnbrook, London co-ordinator for the right wing party, has strongly denied media rumours that the film is pornographic after the Evening Standard claimed to have a copy of the production, HMS Discovery: A Love Story, described as "Marxist gay cinema from conceptual artist Barnbrook."

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