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  • 23rd May 2006

    UK falling behind in gay market

    The PinkNews is an example of the latest delve into the gay market, it will be produced by PinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY

    12:00 AM — New UK laws will require companies to understand and meet the needs of Britain's 3 million gay and lesbian customers who now account for more than £70 billion pounds in earnings each year, according to research.A study between Australia and the US revealed today that UK companies risk falling behind overseas counterparts in marketing to lesbian and gay consumers.

  • Former governor describes gay affairs

    James McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay

    12:00 AM — Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey reveals that he once resorted to anonymous gay hook-ups and highway rest-stops, according to the Associated Press, which reviewed excerpts from his memoir, due in bookstores later this year.Mr McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay in his book The Confession.

  • Conservative councillor suspended after ‘gay paedophile’ slur 15

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Brighton and Hove Conservative Councillor has been suspended from the local Party and is now facing a police investigation and a possible reference to the Standards Board for England regarding homophobic remarks.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last week.

  • Howard: Gay campaigners are fundamentalists

    Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists

    12:00 AM — Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists, prompting activists to brand him as out of touch and ignorant to the public.On a visit to a university in Dublin, Ireland this week, Mr Howard insisted it is not discriminatory to deny marriage for same sex couples.

  • AIDs charity back drug consumption rooms

    The number of injecting drug users with HIV is the highest since 1992 according to the NAT

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has backed calls for drug consumption rooms amid rising numbers of drug related HIV infections, despite opposition from the government.The number of injecting drug users with HIV is the highest since 1992, with one in 62 injecting drug users now infected with HIV, according to the NAT.

  • Gay asylum group push for Iraqi protection

    Liam Byrne was appointed immigration minister at the Home Office today

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) has reacted immediately to the replacement of immigration minister, Tony McNulty with Liam Byrne, by requesting an urgent review of the plight of lesbian and gay asylum seekers from Iraq.The UKLGIG wrote to Mr Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill in Birmingham, asking him ensure that no Iraqi lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst the current situation persists and that the guidance it gives to its decision makers (known as Operational Guidance Notes) is updated to include details of the risks faced in Iraq by lesbians and gay men.

  • National Lottery supports deaf gay men

    The Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men

    12:00 AM — The Gay Men's Health Charity (GMFA) has been awarded funding to provide signers for deaf gay men, from the National Lottery.The money has come from Awards for All, and will mean that for the first time deaf gay men will be able to access any of GMFA's range of courses.

  • 22nd May 2006

    Lesbian wins estate agent discrimination case

    Corrina Slow said after the hearing, “This is an important case that will extend the rights of gays and lesbians in the workplace“

    12:00 AM — Britain's first lesbian and gay estate agency has been found guilty of sexual discrimination after a former employee proved she was sacked because she was pregnant.Corrina Slow will be paid £13,000 compensation from the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after being dismissed when her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.

  • Gay carers found guilty of abuse 3

    Both men denied the accusations throughout the trial

    12:00 AM — A gay couple have been found guilty of abusing four boys between the ages of eight and 14 in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molesting children.

  • Gay church prays for gay marriage 4

    The General Assembly will be asked to decide whether Church of Scotland Ministers will be permitted to offer blessings to couples on the occasion of their Civil Partnership and whether ministers themselves will be able to enter into a Civil Partnership

    12:00 AM — A gay affirming Edinburgh church is calling for a day of prayer in support of civil partnerships as the Church of Scotland General Assembly debates the issue this week.Civil Partnerships were introduced into law in December 2005 and allow for the relationships of same-sex couples to be recognised in law, conferring many of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage.

  • Catholic Church say gay sex lessons are “outrageous”

    Teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex

    12:00 AM — The Catholic Church in Scotland have condemned the inclusion of gay sex within the syllabus of sex education lessons in Scotland.Following the abolition of section 28 in Scotland six years ago, teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex."Teachers felt they didn't know what to say to pupils about same-sex relationships."

  • Moscow Mayor stands by gay pride ban

    Yuri Luzhkov said months ago he would be banning the parade to protect gays and lesbians from potential violent protests

    12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov kept the promise he's been making for months last week when he made an official announcement that the city's first pride parade, scheduled for Saturday May 27 2006 would be cancelled.Mr Luzhkov said months ago he would be banning the parade to protect gays and lesbians from potential violent protests, but the gay community responded that the notoriously conservative government simply wasn't ready to embrace such an event.

  • Tory chairman defends gay inclusive list

    Francis Maude condemned people who were spreading “ridiculous caricatures” of the new list

    12:00 AM — Conservative chairman Francis Maude has defended the party's "A list" of parliamentary candidates which includes particular figures such as gay people who receive priority treatment in the selection process to represent winnable seats to guarantee General Election success.Mr Maude insisted the list of parliamentary candidates was not aimed at imposing "mincing metrosexuals" on local constituencies.

  • 20th May 2006

    Councillor makes ‘humiliating’ apology after gay outburst 14

    Political analysts told PinkNews.co.uk: that his apology must have been a “humiliating climb down” for Peter Willows

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Brighton and Hove Conservative councillor has apologised today for making allegedly homophobic and offensive comments towards the lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced expulsion from the Tory Party over remarks labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last week.

  • 19th May 2006

    Church adding to school homophobia, report claims 4

    The authors of the study, funded by the Department for Education, attributed anti gay attitudes to the church owning most schools in Ireland

    12:00 AM — The church makes a significant contribution to homophobia and bullying in Irish schools, according to a study.A report from Dublin City University's Centre for Education Evaluation concluded that Catholic Church theology is "very influential" on teaching about sexuality in schools.

  • 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.

  • South Korea considers transsexual identity laws

    Lawyers for the man trying to bring a change in the law claim his social and work life were affected by still being recorded as a female

    12:00 AM — South Korea's Supreme Court is to consider whether a 50 year old transsexual will be allowed to official change his gender.The Supreme Court met today to consider changing the law regarding the Family Register.Lawyers for the man trying to bring a change in the law claim his social and work life were affected by still being recorded as a female.

  • Lesbian sacked for ‘poor performance’

    Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant

    12:00 AM — A lesbian estate agent was sacked because she was not making her company any money and not because she was pregnant, a tribunal heard yesterday.Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.

  • 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.

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