5th May 2006
Gay HSBC banker was not sacked due to sexuality 4
12:00 AM — A former senior banker at HSBC was not sacked because he was gay an employment tribunal ruled today.However, the tribunal found that Peter Lewis received "less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation"during the bank's internal investigation. But the report issued today concluded that the "the decision to dismiss was not in fact influenced by sexual orientation."
Gay councillor loses seat in “bizarre” campaign 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFormer Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, has blamed Labour lies about "policy, themselves" and his Party, for the loss of his seat, and control in the London Borough of Lambeth.Mr Anglin received just 676 votes in yesterday's local elections, losing to Loma Campbell, the Labour candidate receiving 1586 votes from electors in the Princes Ward.
A pink day for the Greens in Lewisham
12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. Half of the new Green councillors are openly gay.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix and Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.
Lib Dem gay scandal blamed for Winchester loss 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's gay sex scandal has been blamed for the party's loss of Winchester council to the Conservatives.The Tories won control of the area in the local elections yesterday, winning seven seats, including Lib Dem council leader, Sheila Campbell.
Greens in the pink in Lewisham
12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. The victors include a gay couple who were jointly elected to the Brockley ward.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix, Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.
Gay couple come last in council election
12:00 AM — A gay couple standing to be elected to Solihull council in Birmingham have come joint last.James and Brynn Tudor, who had the first civil partnership in Birmingham, also wanted to become the first Lib Dem councillors in the separate wards of Chelmsley Wood and Kingshurst and Fordbridge.
Government gay rights department to headed by Opus Dei member 21
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveContrary to earlier reports, the Womens and Equality unit will no longer be run under the auspices of the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), it will now be headed by a member of the controversial Opus Dei religious sect.The unit is responsible for the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill.
Reshuffle: Alistair Darling in charge of gay policies 21
12:00 AM — The current Transport secretary, Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary. He now has overall responsibility for the Women and Equality unit together with the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill later this year.The new of the Trade and Industry secretary will therefore wield a huge impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.
Pride to combat homophobia in Eastern Europe 6
12:00 AM — As part of EuroPride06 in London this June, a major conference which aims to combat homophobia in Eastern Europe has been set up.Stephen Coote, chairperson of Pride London, said: "The current extreme reaction to plans for a Pride march in Moscow in May is just the latest in a series of sometimes violent prejudice.
4th May 2006
George Michael cleared on crash claims 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has been cleared following allegations that he caused a three car smash.The star was questioned by police after witnesses claimed they saw the artist hit a grey Ford Fiesta on Easter Sunday and then drive off, hitting a white Peugeot and green Rover on the way.
No action taken over gay officer’s tube shooting claims 7
12:00 AM — Brian Paddick will not face disciplinary action over an alleged unauthorised disclosure of confidential police information to a journalist.The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) had been considering a probe into the Deputy Assistant Commissioner's actions after he was reported to have told a BBC journalist that the Metropolitan Police knew Jean Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after he was shot at Stockwell tube station in 2005.
Brian Paddick to be first gay London Mayor? 2
12:00 AM — Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Mayor elections in 2008, according to reports.Mr Paddick, 47, the Met's most senior gay police officer, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.
Win a good hair day
12:00 AM — There is not much worse than a bad hair day, it's always either too straight, too curly, greasy or frizzy, well now PinkNews.co.uk has a competition to brush away those tears.Sponsored by LookFantastic.com, PinkNews.co.uk is giving away a pair of GHD straighteners along with a collection of beauty and grooming products.
Gay candidates await local council results 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay councillors from across the political spectrum are feeling confident as the local elections reach the halfway stage this afternoon.Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs.
3rd May 2006
Gay doctor paid patient £12,000 after masturbating him 1
12:00 AM — A gay doctor has been cleared of sexually assaulting and putting a patient into a trance in his surgery. He paid the man "damages" over a two year period.51-year-old Dr Lewis Dickinson who is a GP in Camberwell, south London was accused of sexual assault by a 61-year-old Ghanaian man who can not be named for legal reasons.
Gay star attacks civil partnerships 1
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has called Britain's civil partnership laws absurd, claiming it discriminates against all sexualities.The legendary thespian said equality could only exist if every couple was subject to the same laws and called the legislation nonsensical.
T4 presenter denies gay rumours 1
12:00 AM — T4 presenter Steve Jones has quashed claims that he is gay.The Channel 4 personality, who presents the weekend entertainment show, is reported to have been furious over rumours.Ladies man Jones, 29, is currently dating Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, and is rumoured to have bedded Pamela Anderson, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.
Jersey group calls for gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — A Jersey lobby group has launched a campaign for civil partnerships on the Island.Progress Jersey is pushing for legal recognition of gays and lesbians in long term partnerships.A spokesman for the group told the Jersey Evening Post, "I think it's a civil rights issue and we are trying to get a level playing field.
Gay couple hope to be elected as councillors together
12:00 AM — The first gay couple to marry in a civil partnership in Birmingham, England are hoping to be the first gay couple to be jointly elected as local councillors.James and Brynn Tudor became the first gay couple in Birmingham to marry last year and they are now both standing as Liberal Democrat candidates in the elections that take place tomorrow. The former is standing for the Chelmsley Wood and later for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward.
2nd May 2006
Local Labour group accused of “using homophobia to win votes” 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTension is mounting in the upcoming local elections, particularly in Lambeth where a conflict has arisen between the local Labour group and the ruling Liberal Democrats.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Lib Dem councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.