25th May 2006
‘Best and brightest’ gay students awarded scholarships
12:00 AM — Gay support group The Point Foundation has today granted 30 scholarships to outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalised because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, awards around $30,000 of funding, mentoring and leadership training to each individual recipient.
Gay MP apologises over ‘insensitive’ Hutton auction 1
12:00 AM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant and James Purnell have apologised after auctioning a copy of the Hutton report, following condemnation from the House of Commons.Mr Bryant, MP for Rhonnda and Mr Purnell, MP for Stalybridge Hyde, released a statement last night expressing regret for any distress caused after the document which investigated the death of scientist David Kelly, fetched £400 at a Labour Party auction last week.
Gay activists to defy Moscow Gay Pride ban 4
12:00 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will join Russian gay activists and defy a ban on this weekend's Gay Pride march in Moscow.Despite the Moscow mayor's threat of mass arrests, and the threat of violence from nationalist and religious leaders, Mr Tatchell and other international human rights activists will join the historic first Gay Pride march in Russian history. It will take place this Saturday, 27 May, which is the thirteenth anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet-era laws against male homosexuality.
UN rejects gay representation
12:00 AM — Two gay groups were denied observer status to act as a non governmental organisation (NGO) by the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECPSOC) this week.Despite support from the US, LSVD, the German lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) federation and the International Lesbian and Gay Association's (ILGA) applications to obtain observer status at the United Nations were rejected.
Gay groups plan to confront Pope
12:00 AM — Minority groups in Poland are to tell the Pope to stop Catholicism being forced onto people, as he makes his first official visit to the country today.Activists from backgrounds such as the gay and Jewish community believe Poland is becoming the less tolerant member of the European union amid gay bar closures, bans of organisations and increasing anti-Semitism.
Two gay and lesbian soldiers discharged a day
12:00 AM — The American military discharges two lesbian, gay and bisexual recruit's a day, according to a report.New data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) indicates the armed forces continued to discharge two lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel per day in 2005.
Gay teacher sacked for revealing sexuality
12:00 AM — A Catholic high school teacher has been sacked after revealing that he is gay on a website.Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas school claimed Jeff Crouse had violated teachings of the Catholic Church when he declared his sexuality on blogging website myspace.com and said he was looking for "straight-acting single men."
24th May 2006
First gay marriage army recruits split
12:00 AM — The first lesbian army soldiers to have a civil partnership are to split.Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 19, privates in the Royal Logistics Corps, were the first gay army recruits to have a civil ceremony last February.
HIV charities criticise MP’s ‘alien disease’ question
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Conservative MP has caused alarm amongst HIV and AIDs charities after raising concerns from the Ascension island of St Helena regarding workers bringing "alien diseases such as HIV and AIDs."Anthony Steen, MP for Totnes, addressed the Foreign and Commonwealth questions session in Parliament yesterday and claimed residents of St Helena were worried that the planned building of an airport on the land by the UK would bring "health implications" and "diseases that are alien to the island like HIV and AIDs."
23rd May 2006
Prodi cautious on gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Italy's new Prime Minister Romano Prodi has publicly slammed three women ministers for speaking about issues of abortion and gay marriage before policy has been decided.He reprimanded the politicians for expressing their positions on Vatican sensitive issues.
UK falling behind in gay market
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Elderly gay community gains support
12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.The pack clearly sets out the type of support that these groups might need and encourages managers and staff to think about their own attitudes and approaches.
22nd May 2006
Moscow Mayor stands by gay pride ban
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
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.