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  • 26th June 2006

    The Sun apologises for Ashley Cole “gay orgy” stories

    After publication of the photographs on PinkNews.co.uk, Ashley Cole began legal action against the News of the World and the Sun

    12:00 AM — A second newspaper has apologised regarding reports wrongly claiming England and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole and Choice FM's DJ Mastertepz were involved in a gay orgy.The Sun echoed its sister paper, The News of the World, with a retraction today after publishing a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party was named.

  • Gay community sceptical about Cameron’s Bill of Rights 1

    David Cameron told the Centre for Policy Studies in London that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has reacted with scepticism towards David Cameron's idea of a British Bill of Rights.The leader of the Conservative Party said in a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime.He claimed a British Bill of Rights would better reflect rights and responsibilities of UK citizens.

  • Gay MP becomes first minister to have a civil partnership 1

    Ben Bradshaw, 45, is a former BBC correspondent and has worked in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs since 2004, firstly as Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries

    12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw became the first government minister to have a civil partnership last weekend.The Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare had a ceremony with Newsnight journalist Neal Dalgleish on Saturday in Herefordshire.

  • WorldPride criticises anti gay Jerusalem conference 23

    Jerusalem WorldPride runs from August 6-12 2006

    12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem have criticised a conference set up in the Holy City which promised violence to stop the parade from going ahead.Israelis, Arabs, and Palestinians came together in Jerusalem to voice disapproval of the march.

  • Cameron proposes British Bill of Rights 4

    David Cameron set out plans today to introduce a British Bill of Rights

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron set out plans today to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime.The full text of his speech, which was quashed by the Attorney General last night, can be read here.

  • Gay health group concerned about crystal meth threat 5

    GLMA is currently conducting a study examining crystal meth use among gay and bisexual men and best options for treating meth addiction

    12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has released a statement expressing concern over recent media coverage of a study which downplays the extent of methamphetamine use in the US.A widely published June 14 Associated Press article reported on a recent study which found that 0.2% of Americans are regular users of crystal meth.

  • Homosexuality deemed at birth, study shows 6

    The findings came after the author, Professor Anthony Bogaert explored previous research which found being gay was linked to the number of older brothers in the family

    12:00 AM — A man's sexual orientation is determined before birth, according to research in a study which adds fuel to the gay genetics debate.Researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada discovered that conditions inside the womb have an impact on the baby's orientation rather than the way they are raised.

  • Spain holds first gay divorce

    The split echoes an increase of divorce rates in Spain

    12:00 AM — Spain has had its first gay divorce just a year after marriage was opened up to same sex couples in the country.The unnamed men are currently arguing over custody of the marital home and their dogs.According to Spanish paper El Mundo, the complainant who has filed for divorce is complaining that he had to give up a modelling career and dog grooming business to follow his partner to France.

  • Where does the gay community fit into a Bill of Rights? 2

    David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman warns that the gay community must not be left out.David Cameron's latest policy would mean introducing a codified document setting out principles of law which must be abided by, similar to the US Constitution, which as regular PinkNews.co.uk readers will know, can often dangerously be used against the gay community.

  • 25th June 2006

    Ashley Cole receives damages for gay orgy slur 3

    The original version of the photograph that appeared in the News of the World

    12:00 AM — England and Arsenal player Ashley Cole has received an apology and damages following a series of newspaper articles that wrongly claimed him to have been involved in a gay orgy.The News of the World and the Sun published a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party were named.

  • 23rd June 2006

    John Howard “pigheaded” over gay rights

    John Howard's government recently overturned an Australian Capital Territory law allowing civil unions for same sex couples, but has previously promised to address financial discrimination against gay couples

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has been labelled "pigheaded" and "unreasonable" after reportedly forbidding the Federal Government's departments from cooperating with the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's (HREOC) inquiry on discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.The Australian Financial Review reported that the Government has issued a directive to all departments forbidding them from co-operating with the investigation, instead opting for looking at cases on an individual basis.

  • Gay activist opposes British Megan’s Law 1

    Peter Tatchell claims giving children more sexual rights and education will help protect against abuse

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims giving children more sexual rights and education will help protect against abuse better than a British Megan's Law.Why is the whole debate around child sex abuse framed almost entirely in terms of repressing the abusers, to near the total neglect of any attempt to empower young people to resist and report abuse?

  • No health reasons against lowering Jersey gay age of consent

    The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation

    12:00 AM — Jersey's health minister has backed lowering the age of consent for gay men.The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation, which would lower the age from 18 to 16, the same as heterosexuals and UK same sex couples.

  • Portland calls for repeal of anti gay Pentagon policy

    Resolutions supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act have been approved by city councils in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, West Hollywood, San Francisco and Cathedral City, California

    12:00 AM — Calling it "a civil rights issue," Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the Portland City Council have approved a resolution urging Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) personnel.The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Sam Adams, says in part that the Council "respectfully urges the Congress to pass and the President to sign the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, thereby ending the discriminatory federal policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'"

  • Anglican gay row reignited 7

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.

  • Over six thousand gay couples in partnerships

    The figures released by the General Register Office today show that out of 6,516 same sex unions, 4311 gay couples and 2,205 lesbian couples registered their partnerships

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in England and Wales has formed over six thousand civil partnerships since legislation came into place last December.The figures released by the General Register Office today show that out of 6,516 same sex unions, 4311 gay couples and 2,205 lesbian couples registered their partnerships between December 21 2005 and March 31 2006.

  • Gay child abuse couple jailed 3

    A gay foster couple have been sentenced to a combined 11 years in jail for sexually abusing young boys

    12:00 AM — A gay foster couple have been sentenced to a combined 11 years in jail for sexually abusing young boys in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of taking advantage of children as young as eight, put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, at Leeds Crown Court last month.

  • ‘Police can’t stop cruising’ residents told

    Residents want the area to be reclaimed by families

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police claim to be powerless in their battle to halt the growing popularity of gay cruising and straight dogging in a spot noted for its natural beauty.Scratchwood Open Space is near Borehamwood in Hertfordshire but is owned by Barnet Council. In the past three years, the site has seen its popularity grow for both straights and gays to meet for anonymous sex.

  • 22nd June 2006

    Tory MEPs accused of failing to stop homophobia 1

    Former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP, Mr Cashman, told PinkNews.co.uk, “This vote was a real opportunity for the Tories to prove that they have  changed, and they failed. Abstaining on vital issues like these is inexcusable“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe.Mr Cashman,president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights' remarks come after Tory MEPs abstained in an EU vote last week that condemned racist and homophobic violence.

  • Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8

    Bishop Gene Robinson's approval for consecration by the denomination's 2003 general convention led to disarray among American Episcopalians

    12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.

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