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Tony Grew edited PinkNews.co.uk between 2007 and 2009. He now edits ePolitix.com

  • 10th August 2006

    Transsexual lottery winner regrets paying for gender reassignment 4

    Melaine regrets paying £21,000 for gender reassignment

    12:00 AM — A transsexual who came to prominence in 2003 for funding her sex-change operation from a national lottery win has revealed to her local newspaper that she now regrets paying £21,000 for the procedure.Mick Parltrow, then a 52-year-old lorry driver, won £250,000 and travelled to Thailand for the operation Over the next two years Mick transformed into Melanie.

  • 9th August 2006

    Synchronised swimming not for gays

    The governing body for aquatic sports and their World Masters Championships insist that synchronised swimming is for females

    12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.

  • Belfast Pride attracts thousands despite protests

    Over 6,000 people lined the streets of central Belfast for the annual pride event

    12:00 AM — An estimated 6,500 people came out to celebrate 'Belfast Pride' on Saturday, despite some classic Irish weather and traditional Christian demonstrations.The parade, held every year since 1991, has received public funding to create a spectacle for the city.

  • Latvia faces EU censure over attacks on gay activists 57

    Gay people in Latvia are looking to the EU to protect their rights

    12:00 AM — Latvian Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars has been accused of violating European Union principles by a leading member of the European Green Party.Speaking after a visit to the Latvian capital Riga at the weekend, Green spokeswoman Ulrike Lunacek has called on the EU to consider suspending Latvian voting rights on the European Council in response to attacks on gay activists last month.

  • Gay sauna encounter delayed Damilola trial 57

    12:00 AM — An encounter at a Chariots gay sauna between a juror and a witness caused the first Damilola murder trial to be delayed.The second trial ended today as brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor in November 2000. They had been acquitted of murder at the previous trial in April.

  • Tasmanian transsexual cleared to play in women’s league 59

    12:00 AM — A 47-year-old post-operative transsexual will be able to continue her life-long love of playing soccer with the announcement by Soccer Tasmania that she will be able to compete in the women's league.As Martin Delaney, she loved the beautiful game and competed in the male league for over 25 years. After the operation, Martine was shy about getting back on the pitch, but with the encouragement of some female friends she found the courage to play again.

  • 9th January 2006

    Lords uphold anti-discrimination laws 1

    Stonewall's Ben Summerskill was pleased that the Lords had not accepted the misinterpretation of the regulations being propagated by some Christian and Muslim groups.

    4:57 PM — An attempt by an Irish peer to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations has failed.The House of Lords voted 199 to 68 to retain the regulations, which protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.The Lords vote was a defeat for Christian and Muslim protesters.

  • Stonewall lobbies peers over discrimination regulations 15

    The Sexual Orientation Regulations took effect in Northern Ireland on January 1st.

    12:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Staff at the gay rights organisation Stonewall have been lobbying members of the House of Lords ahead of today's debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Chief Executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk that the organisation had been working for weeks to persuade peers to vote down Lord Morrow's proposal.

  • Gay Christians speak out against fundamentalists 15

    Rev Kirker expressed his disgust at the hostility Christian fundamentalists are showing towards gay and lesbian people.

    12:00 PM — The head of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has spoken out against religious fundamentalists ahead of today's House of Lords debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Rev Richard Kirker, in a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, expressed his shame at some Christian groups who have taken the position that they should be exempted from the regulations, which outlaw discrimination against LGBT people when accessing services.

  • Christians and Muslims gear up for Westminster protest 15

    The purpose of tonight's House of Lords debate is to call on the government to withdraw the regulations from Northern Ireland.

    10:17 AM — Fundamentalist Christians are preparing for a torchlight protest outside the Houses of Parliament this evening, designed to show their disapproval of new regulations to protect gay people from discrimination.Christian Concern for Our Nation are organising the outdoor event, which will coincide with a debate in the House of Lords about the Sexual Orientation Regulations' introduction in Northern Ireland at the start of this month.

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