31st May 2006
Transsexual considers legal action over sex change wait 1
12:00 AM — A transsexual is considering legal action against her Primary Care Trust after being told she must wait up to six years to have a sex change.Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait for an appointment, as well as a repeat assessment of around four years, which could mean she has to wait another six years in total.
Edinburgh hosts gay showcase
12:00 AM — A social history exhibition that celebrates Edinburgh's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities has been launched at the City Art Centre.Rainbow City is a joint project between the Living Memory Association and The City of Edinburgh Council, bringing together over two years of work within the LGBT communities by the Remember When project to document the history of these communities in the Scottish capital.
Big Brother accused of exploiting trans housemate 14
12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been criticised by mental health organisations for exploiting vulnerable people for entertainment.Health groups are concerned that contestants such as Shahbaz, and George, who left the house citing emotional issues, and Tourette's sufferer Pete along with pre op transsexual Sam, are being put under unfair stress by being in the house.
30th May 2006
Transsexual files £500,000 discrimination claim 1
12:00 AM — A transsexual who moved to the UK fearing persecution in the US state of Indiana, is suing her former British employers for sex discrimination.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts.
Transvestite joins Big Brother 15
12:00 AM — A transvestite has joined the Big Brother house long with a model, to replace gay Muslim Shahbaz, and Dawn who was told to leave after breaking the rules of the reality show last week.The two new housemates were won last night in a Meal or No Meal task, when Aisleyne, a 27 year old promotions girl, and Sam, an 18 year old Indonesian transvestite, were revealed as the prizes.
London Mayor criticises Moscow Gay Pride violence 4
12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has condemned the violence and religious and nationalist protests that marred gay pride celebrations in Moscow last weekend.Gay activists who chose to defy a gay pride ban in the Russian capital were met with violence from religious and nationalist protesters chanting anti gay slogans and 1000 riot police aiming to stop demonstrations in the Red Square.
Bible allows gay marriage, bishop claims 2
12:00 AM — The Bible supports same sex partnerships, a senior Church of England bishop has claimed.Reverend Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, has fuelled the Church's row over gay marriage and gay clergyman by stating that traditionalists should be "converted" to see gay unions are allowed according to scriptures.
HIV charity calls for international action on AIDs
12:00 AM — On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the first medical report of AIDS, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for renewed international action to tackle the World-wide epidemic.From 31st of May to the 2nd of June Nick Partridge, chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be at the United Nations' comprehensive review and high level meeting on HIV and AIDS in New York, where the 'Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS' will be reviewed.
Conservative group question gay inclusive list
12:00 AM — Right wing Conservatives are warning Tory leader David Cameron to resist political correctness when selecting representatives and choose local candidates who know about their area.The Cornerstone Group called the party's "A list" of parliamentary candidates "pseuds and posers of London's chichi set and not enough time in normal Britain."
Only 9% of gay men protected from HIV 3
12:00 AM — Improved planning, funding and leadership is needed to combat the worldwide AIDs epidemic, according to the United Nations.UNAIDS, which aims to create programmes to combat HIV/AIDs, produced a report today claiming that HIV is still an "exceptional threat" although it is slowing down in some places.
Batwoman returns as a lesbian 3
12:00 AM — Batwoman is to make a comeback as a "lipstick lesbian," according to reports.The heroine, real name Kathy Kane, will appear in 52, a cartoon series published by DC ComicsA spokesman for DC Comics confirmed to the BBC that the character will be a rich socialite who has a romantic history with ex police detective Renee Montoya, in a Superman, and Batman free world.
26th May 2006
Plymouth prepares for Gay Pride
12:00 AM — The Plymouth Pride Event community team has announced the final details of events taking place as part of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Week 2006 across the city of Plymouth from Saturday 27th May through to Sunday 4th June.There will be an array of events taking place across the city from a Pink Picnic up on the Hoe, LGBT Film Festival at the Arts Centre to parties galore at some of Plymouth's gay venues.
Gay businesses call for Brighton councillor’s resignation 14
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay and lesbian business community has called for the resignation of a Conservative local councillor after he was reported to have labelled gay people as paedophiles at a city council party last week.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party pending a police investigation and Standards Board for England inquiry.
Selfridges goes pink with Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Birmingham Gay Pride takes place this weekend and the local Selfridges department store is looking to show real pink power.The outside of the chain has been illuminated with pink lighting to celebrate one of the largest gay festivals in the UK, making it only the second time that the original colour of blue has been changed, the last time being green for St Patrick's Day in March 2006.
George Michael turns drug scandal to new single 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael is looking to turn his recent drugs shame into song after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs last February when a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, in February.The singer was given a police caution and released a statement stating it was "my own stupid fault as usual," and promising he would not make a song out of it, referring to his single Outside, which was made after he propositioned a police officer in a Los Angeles public toilet.
HIV origin found in chimps
12:00 AM — The HIV virus may have originated from wild chimpanzees living in South Cameroon, researchers claim.An international team, including scientists from the Universities of Nottingham, Montpellier and Alabama, has discovered a crucial missing link in the search for the origin of HIV, the virus responsible for human AIDs.
Gay former mayors wed
12:00 AM — Two former Derby mayors have had a civil ceremony together.Jeff Tillett and Robin Wood, who had a civil partnership this week after being together for 35 years, were both Conservative councillors and mayors of the city.Mr Wood, 54, told the Sun: We lived together for so long it was not a spur-of-the moment thing to marry.
25th May 2006
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.
Pensioners make date to exercise ‘homophobic’ right 1
12:00 AM — A Christian couple who planned to sue their local police and council for the right to be anti-gay, have been granted a court date for next month.The retired couple, devout Christians Joe and Helen Roberts faced a police investigation for "potentially homophobic" comments last December after objecting to Wyre Borough Council's stance on gay issues.
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.