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  • 11th May 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • BNP councillor denies making porn film 24

    Mr Barnbrook, who won one of the 11 BNP seats in Barking and Dagenham local elections last week insists it is not a gay porn film

    12:00 AM — A British National Party councillor has strongly denied making 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."

  • Canadian Parliament gets gay award

    The 158 members of the House of Commons and the 47 senators who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act, which was assented last July, will be honoured for their clear contribution to the official approval of gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — For the fourth edition of the National Day Against Homophobia, scheduled for May 17 2006, Fondation Emergence, the spearhead behind this event, is honouring those members of Canadian Parliament who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act as defenders of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The 158 members of the House of Commons and the 47 senators who voted in favour of the Civil Marriage Act, which was assented last July, will be honoured for their clear contribution to the official approval of gays and lesbians' legal equality and to the fight against homophobia.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10th May 2006

    Gay MEP backs Ruth Kelly 21

    Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands, defended the government's achievements for gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay Labour politician has pledged his support for Ruth Kelly amid criticism of her appointment as Minister for Women and Equality due to her poor voting record on gay rights and affiliation with Opus Dei, a strict Catholic group.Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands, defended the government's achievements for Gays and Lesbians following press attacks today on the appointment of Ruth Kelly as Secretary of State.

  • Adoption group supports gay couples rights 10

    Present laws only allow one partner in an unmarried couple to adopt

    12:00 AM — A Scottish adoption and fostering group has called on MSPs to approve new laws allowing gay couples to adopt.Barbara Hudson, director of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering Scotland told politicians they would be doing a "disservice" to children if they abandoned the legislation.

  • Ruth Kelly’s birthday marred by gay rights row 24

    Ruth Kelly is the new Minister for Women and Equality

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTony Blair thought his cabinet reshuffle would end the media's obsession with his minister's private lives and would mean he could get back to politics, but thanks to research by PinkNews.co.uk, the Prime Minister's judgement has yet again been called into question.Gay groups, MPs and the media have this week questioned the wisdom of appointing Ruth Kelly as Minister for Women and Equality.

  • Gay students watching Kelly’s equality performance 21

    Ruth Kelly at the Labour Party Conference

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS) has joined the escalating row over Ruth Kelly's appointment as Women and Equality Minister.The NUS released a statement today urging Ms Kelly to back up her claim that she believes in equality with action, as the media scrutinise her refusal to be drawn on whether she thought homosexuality was a sin.

  • Gay Conservative becomes chairman of the London Assembly 2

    Brian Coleman: “I'm looking forward to wearing the beautiful badge of office!“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn openly gay Conservative has been elected as the chairman of the Greater London Assembly (GLA), the city wide governmet.Brian Coleman, GLA member for Barnet and Camden who is openly gay told PinkNews.co.uk "I'm looking forward to wearing the beautiful badge of office, complete with diamonds and drop pearl!" Adding with a chuckle: "I shall wear with it with my customary dignity- I'm not the sort of man who could get away with dressing up in drag."

  • Gay groups get cash boost

    The Kensington  Chelsea based Terrence Higgins Trust which supports people and raises awareness of HIV, Aids and other STIs has been awarded £29,489

    12:00 AM — Groups supporting gay issues are to be given a cash boost to help combat sexual violence, the Home Office announced today.Home Office Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, revealed that £1.25 million would be made available for voluntary and community organisations throughout England and Wales.

  • Gay couple accused of child abuse 1

    The couple were approved by social services in 2003, but used their position within months to video and perform sex acts on troubled boys, the jury heard

    12:00 AM — A gay foster couple are being accused of abusing their children and making them watch gay porn.Leeds Crown Court was told today that Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, allegedly took advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molested several children.

  • Syphilis Rates Soar in Gay and Bisexual Men

    Nearly two-thirds of all the new syphilis cases in 2004 were in men who had engaged in homosexual activity, according to the CDC

    12:00 AM — The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report that despite steady declines in syphilis rates among African Americans, women and babies between 1999 and 2004, overall numbers continued to rise driven by a dramatic jump in infections among gay and bisexual men.Nearly two-thirds of all the new syphilis cases in 2004 were in men who had engaged in homosexual activity, according to the CDC. That same group made up just 5% of new infections in 1999, the report said.

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