23rd May 2006
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.
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.
20th May 2006
Councillor makes ‘humiliating’ apology after gay outburst 14
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
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
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.
18th May 2006
Sacked soldier to research lesbian army role
12:00 AM — A lesbian soldier who was dismissed from the army for being gay more than 20 years ago, is to research the role of lesbian recruits.Dr Joan Heggiue, 46, was thrown out of the armed forces in 1984, after serving for eight years, when gay recruits were not allowed to serve.
Moscow Mayor enters homophobic ‘hall of shame’
12:00 AM — Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has been named in a homophobia hall of shame, as he stands firmly behind a gay pride ban, a week before the event is due to take place.Human Rights Watch compiled a list of public officials who the groups claims is actively promoting prejudice, for the International Day Against Homophobia yesterday.
Gay Asylum – a pressing issue 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOutrage's Brett Lock tells PinkNews.co.uk the issues facing gay asylum seekersYesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Today, six countries still impose the death penalty for homosexuality, and more than ten times that many criminalise us and persecute us. In many more countries, homophobia is so institutionalised that the police and authorities do very little - if anything at all - to defend gay people from abuse and discrimination.
Family values MP dies 1
12:00 AM — Right wing Conservative MP, Eric Forth, died at the age of 61 last night after battling with cancer.The MP for Bromley Chislehurst was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights and keep fox hunting.Mr Forth, born in Glasgow in 1944, was first elected as an MP in Mid Worcestershire in 1983, and switched to Bromley and Chislehurst, which he held until 1997.
Call for end to AIDs vaccine ‘delay’
12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust is using World AIDS Vaccine Day, which takes place today, to call for a global AIDS vaccine spending to be doubled.The organisation claims more money is needed to provide a chance of halting the HIV pandemic in the future.
17th May 2006
Homophobic stigma – A community cause 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIn accordance with international demonstrations marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman examines how much stigma and prejudice has been eliminated.Today marks 16 years since the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a mental disorder, on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation endorsed an intention to remove homosexuality from a list of mental disorders.
Gay groups aim to silence homophobia 2
12:00 AM — Supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) are asking LGBT groups and their supporters to observe a minute's silence to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia today.Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil.
Fraternity allows transgender members 2
12:00 AM — Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity's national board of directors enacted a policy at a meeting this week to allow transgender students to join.The policy goes above and beyond any other known policy of a national social college fraternity by allowing individuals who self-identify as male to seek membership, regardless of their sex at birth and whether or not they have obtained legal recognition of their gender identity.
Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV
12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.
Education group reveals gay teacher plight
12:00 AM — Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to a report by the Teacher Support Network.The study comes in response to the International Day Against Homophobia, which takes place today, recognising the homophobia that remains in society.