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  • 21st May 2006

    Finnish band rock Eurovision 2

    Next year's Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Finland

    12:00 AM — The Eurovision Song Contest was rocked by political voting and a shock win by Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, last night.The group, donned in monster masks and chains, won the fifty-first Eurovision Song Contest in Athens beating 24 other countries with 292 points after their controversial entry, Hard Rock Hallelujah.

  • 20th May 2006

    Councillor makes ‘humiliating’ apology after gay outburst 14

    Political analysts told PinkNews.co.uk: that his apology must have been a “humiliating climb down” for Peter Willows

    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.

  • Gay Big Brother housemate was disowned by Muslim family 15

    Friends revealed that Shahbaz was attacked with a hammer in an “honour beating” by his father

    12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate Shahbaz Chaudhdry was beaten up by his father and disowned by his family because of his sexuality, sources have revealed.Friends revealed that the Muslim reality show contestant was attacked with a hammer in an "honour beating" by his father, Muzammil, after wearing high heels to school.

  • 19th May 2006

    Black gay icon wins mental health award

    Valerie Mason-John, or Queenie as she is sometimes known, was born in Cambridge in 1962

    12:00 AM — Black gay icon, Valerie Mason-John has won the Mind Book of the Year award for her first novel, Borrowed Body.The award from mental health charity, Mind, celebrates writing that furthers public understanding of mental or emotional distress in all its forms.

  • McKellen: Da Vinci Code proves Jesus was not gay 2

    Sir Ian McKellen told the festival that the Church should welcome the film as it offered evidence of the sexuality of Jesus

    12:00 AM — Gay star of the Da Vinci Code Sir Ian Mckellen, has called on the church to welcome the controversial film, released worldwide today, as it confirms that Jesus was not gay.The movie, based on the Dan Brown best seller, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week, it has been slammed by the Catholic Church and labelled as blasphemous.

  • Gay Muslim and “sexual terrorist” enter Big Brother 19

    The tenth was “sexual terrorist” Richard, 33, a gay waiter

    12:00 AM — A summer of television viewing, kiss and tell stories and state of television debates kicked into gear last night with the start of reality show Big Brother 7.The series, first touted as a social experiment, certainly has some interesting guinea pigs this year, with a gay Muslim, a Tourette's sufferer, and a girl who cannot seem to pronounce her own name.

  • Eurovision fans await “gayest night” of the year 2

    The UK's entrant for Eurovision 2006, Daz Sampson with Eurovision host Terry Wogan.

    12:00 AM — The gay community is queering up for a camp packed Saturday night this weekend for Eurovision 2006.Across the country Eurovision parties will be taking place with viewers cringing, laughing, and crying at the outfits, the dancing, and the attempts at singing.

  • Lesbian sacked for ‘poor performance’

    Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant

    12:00 AM — A lesbian estate agent was sacked because she was not making her company any money and not because she was pregnant, a tribunal heard yesterday.Corrina Slow claims she was dismissed from her managerial role at the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.

  • Church adding to school homophobia, report claims 4

    The authors of the study, funded by the Department for Education, attributed anti gay attitudes to the church owning most schools in Ireland

    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.

  • Lesbian’s family murdered after rejecting ‘sexual advances’

    Morris's of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A lesbian's family was murdered after she spurned a "violent thug's" sexual advances, a court was told yesterday.David Morris, 44, is being retried for the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.He smashed the faces of Mandy Power, 34, her mother, Doris Dawson, 80 and her children, Katie, 10 and Emily, 18, Swansea Crown Court was told.

  • Conservative councillor investigated over gay paedophile slur 14

    Conservative councillor Andrew Willows has been known for speaking out against the gay community

    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

    Gay media companies join forces to revolutionise the gay market 1

    The cover of a dummy version of The PinkNews

    12:00 AM — Two gay media companies are combining forces to produce a strong traditional news content publication currently lacking in the gay market place.The PinkNews will be produced byPinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY. Both companies are relatively new in the market place but both have already made their mark.

  • Call for end to AIDs vaccine ‘delay’

    The organisation claims more money is needed to provide a chance of halting the HIV pandemic

    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.

  • Lesbian couple plan first civil partnership divorce

    The break up came after Ms King told her partner she no longer loved her

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who are planning a divorce just two months after having a civil partnership face tough times ahead, a legal expert has warned.Liz King, 40, and Daphne Ligthart, 36, registered their partnership in Kent last February, they then shared a romantic honeymoon in Amsterdam, but will now become the first female same sex couple to have a divorce since the legislation began in December 2005.

  • Sacked soldier to research lesbian army role

    The law was changed in 2000, and Ms Heggiue, a research fellow at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, now wants to talk to lesbians who served before and after the ban

    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.

  • Gay Asylum – a pressing issue 2

    Outrage's Iraqi LGBT officer Ali Hili does alot of work for gay asylum seekers

    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

    Eric Forth, MP for Bromley  Chislehurst, was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights

    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.

  • Gay rumours rife as Big Brother begins 14

    Big Brother 7 starts on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm

    12:00 AM — British tabloids are rife with rumours of what this year's 14 Big Brother housemates will have awaiting them as the reality show starts this evening.Put away your Desperate Housewives DVDs, forget the OC, and tape Lost, as the next three months of Channel 4 coverage will be Big Brother dominated.

  • Gay couple victims of “bizarre” abuse claims 3

    Mr Wathey and Mr Faunch were approved by social services in 2003, but used their position within months to video and perform sex acts on troubled boys, the jury heard

    12:00 AM — A gay couple accused of abusing young children in their care are victims of "bizarre" and "incredible" allegations, Leeds Crown Court heard today.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, allegedly took advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molested several children.

  • 17th May 2006

    Homophobic stigma – A community cause 2

    Today's worldwide IDAHO demonstrations will show the homophobia that remains and will push for progress

    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.

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