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July 2006

  • 26th July 2006

    Gay scandal MP to quit 5

    Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and  dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat MP accused of having an affair with a rent boy earlier this year is to quit Parliament.Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.

  • Reformed gangster urged to condemn homophobic crime

    Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MP Meg Hillier has called on a controversial reformed gangster to use his visit to her constituency as a platform for stopping homophobic crime.Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners highlighting previous anti-gay comments.

  • N Sync singer reveals he is gay

    Lance Bass opened up about his sexual orientation in an interview with People magazine

    12:00 AM — N Sync star Lance Bass has dashed the dreams of many a teenage girl after revealing that he is gay.The boy band singer opened up about his sexual orientation in an interview with People magazine, claiming he felt under pressure to keep it a secret to so not to "overpower everything."

  • Washington rejects gay marriage

    Massachusetts remains the only US state to allow same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Washington has rejected arguments for same sex marriage.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote today, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."

  • Tribunal finds gay carer was sacked because of sexuality

    Sean Williams was awarded £3,725 in total

    12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a former care assistant who claims he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams sought damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

  • The Break Up

    12:00 AM — Considering the title and the stars, this could hardly be more perfect gossip magazine material. Following her very public divorce from Brad Pitt, this is one of ex-Friends star Jennifer Aniston's first big screen outings - her break up followed by The Break Up.To add to the delight of those who thrive on celebrity tittle-tattle and rumour, it was while making this movie that Aniston started dating her co-star, Vince Vaughn - who just happens to be one of her ex-husband's friends.

  • Fire boss criticises “bigots” who shafted gay pride 5

    Gay fire-fighters took part in this month's EuroPride parade in London

    12:00 AM — Brian Coleman, openly gay Deputy Chairman of the London Fire Authority, has branded the 10 Scottish fire-fighters who refused to distribute leaflets at gay pride "bigots".The officers face disciplinary action after they refused to hand out standard fire safety leaflets at the Pride Scotia march in Glasgow last month.

  • Gay Christians oppose homophobic church funding 3

    The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity

    12:00 AM — A gay Christian group is calling for the government to stop funding homophobic churches through public funds.The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity in the provision of goods and services.

  • Lawyer reprimanded for rejecting gay client

    Lawyers can refuse cases if they are threatened with violence or if their client admits guilt privately but pleads not guilty

    12:00 AM — A Christian barrister behaved unprofessionally after refusing to represent a gay client, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.Mark Mullins was brought before the Bar Council after turning down a case of a refugee trying to use a homosexual relationship as grounds for remaining in the UK, because of his beliefs.

  • 25th July 2006

    Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership

    Lord Smith has been with his partner Dorian for the past 18 years, he was awarded a life Peerage in May 2005

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.

  • Cyndi Lauper closes Gay Games 3

    The 7th Gay Games were originally planned for Montreal, Canada, but after a disagreement between local organisers and the Federation of Gay Games, the event was handed to Chicago

    12:00 AM — An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 participants and spectators boogied down last weekend to the songs of pop icon Cyndi Lauper at the closing ceremonies of Gay Games VII at Chicago's Wrigley Field.Lauper, dressed as a rainbow version of the Statue of Liberty, headlined the colourful celebration, marking the end of a weeklong Olympics-style sporting event.

  • Pre-school gay education receives mixed reaction 1

    The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA proposal by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to make pre-school children more aware of gay relationships has received a mixed reaction in the gay community.The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • Gay families express pride

    One of the families taking part in the events (Photo: FamilyPride)

    12:00 AM — Hundreds of families from all over the world will gather in Provincetown for Family Pride's annual Family Week, a week-long conference and family adventure from July 29-August 5 2006.For the 11th consecutive year, Family Pride's Family Week will provide a safe, vibrant and engaging space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children to gather.

  • Researchers launch tenth Gay Men’s Sex Survey 1

    Will Nutland, head of gay men's health promotion at THT said: “The survey is vital as it helps us develop and target our HIV prevention and sexual health promotion work“

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma Research launched the tenth annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey yesterday.Last year 16,000 men in the UK took part and this year they hope to get an even better response.The Survey is carried out by Sigma Research (University of Portsmouth) in collaboration with over 150 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.

  • Goss calls off civil partnership with George Michael 4

    George Michael has announced his first international tour for 15 years from this September

    12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has called off their civil partnership amid tabloid claims last weekend that the star was cruising on Hampstead Heath.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.

  • Anti gay group accused of “hypocrisy” 9

    Christian Voice protested at the EuroPride parade earlier this month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay Christian group has been accused of the "ultimate hypocrisy" after celebrating recent reports that the Gay Police Association (GPA) may face investigation over an advert which attributed homophobic attacks to religious statements.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • McKellen breaks Pentagon gay policy

    Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has managed to overrule the Pentagon's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy after being made am honorary lieutenant colonel of the national guard.US military policy dictates that lesbian and gay recruits must keep their sexuality hidden, but the openly gay star was recently given the honour on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 24th July 2006

    Latvia “fails” democracy test after gay pride violence 1

    Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage attended and spoke at Riga Pride, he witnessed

    12:00 AM — Neo-Nazi, Christian fundamentalist and extreme nationalist protesters terrorised participants at the Gay Pride rally in the Latvian capital of Riga last Saturday . Peter Tatchell of gay rights group Outrage attended and spoke at Riga Pride, he witnessedfirst-hand what happened there."Private armed guards were drafted in to provide security, after the Latvian police repeatedly failed to halt the aggression of the homophobic mob.

  • Marriage quiz show urged to include gay partners

    Derek Batey, former presenter of the show, who now owns the rights to it, says it should be kept to its original format

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigners have called on the makers of a new version of classic game show Mr and Mrs, to bring it into the 21st Century by allowing civil partners to compete as well.Production company Celador has announced that it will be revamping the 1970s quiz show where married couples would be tested on their knowledge of each other, but gay campaigners say it should now reflect the modern world.

  • Tory councillor charged for alleged anti-gay remarks 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been summonsed to appear before magistrates for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove.

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