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  • 10th May 2007

    John Prescott to step down

    There was mild amusement in January when Mr Prescott revealed his exposure to gay men while working on a cruise ship in the 1950s.

    11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.

  • 9th May 2007

    Get a free O2 mobile sim card 5

    7:29 PM — READER OFFER Here is a great special offer we've managed to get our hands on.Simply click this link and you'll get a free SIM card for O2 within a couple of days.You'll get 500 FREE texts every month. Or, if you're more of a talker than a texter, you may prefer to select one of the other free allowances available with your O2 Online Pay Go SIM.

  • Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3

    Mr Paddick, pictured with current Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has previously addressed the Lib Dem Party conference.

    5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.

  • Bournemouth triumph in gay football cup

    The Gay Football Supporters Network are better known for their list of footballers - and the tabloid response.

    2:14 PM — England's first gay football championship saw a Vicky Pollard impersonator being penalised by a referee and GFC Bournemouth go on to lift the cup.The beat the Yorkshire Terriers 2 - 0 in the final played at Sutton Coldfield.The Gay Footballers Supporters Network National League was formed in 2002.

  • Brighton beach walk raises 40K for Stonewall

    The highest fundraising team was the British Transport Police who raised over £1,200 and won two crates of Cobra beer.

    1:47 PM — Stonewall's fourth Equality Walk in Brighton on Sunday raised over £40,000 towards its work for gay equality.300 supporters assembled at the Brighton Pavilion to raise money for Stonewall's continuing work.The 10km sponsored walk was officially started by Councillor David Smith, Mayor of the City of Brighton Hove.

  • Gays go back in the closet

    Europe is the only continent when no country has laws against homosexuality.

    1:00 PM — A group of gay men and women in Gloucestershire will be going back into "the closet" in May to draw attention to the fact that there are still many countries in the world where gays are persecuted, and even executed.Organised by Gloucestershire Rainbow Day, the event will be staged at Stroud's gay and lesbian bar, the Lockkeepers in Wallbridge for 24 hours, from 6pm on Friday May 18th.It is to be Gloucestershire's contribution to International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

  • Scots urged to write for gay rights 1

    Amnesty International works to expose human rights abuses and to protect human rights defenders who put themselves at risk.

    11:46 AM — In a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are being criminalised, tortured or ill-treated on the basis of their real or perceived sexuality, people in Scotland are being asked to take action.To mark the third International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17th May, individuals are encouraged to demand greater respect for the human rights by writing to one of the countries failing to protect LGBT people from abuse.

  • 8th May 2007

    Analysis: Miliband’s appeal shows he should have run 3

    27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister - only 13% wanted Gordon Brown.

    7:40 PM — It could go down in history as one of the worst political decisions ever made - if gay votes are anything to go by.A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers shows that if David Miliband had got up the courage to tackle Gordon Brown for the leadership, Labour might have had a stronger chance of winning an historic fourth term in office.27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister.

  • Analysis: A government of enemies finally takes control

    Equality is not really a concept Unionist politics ascribed to.

    5:15 PM — The two parties sitting down to face each other as partners in government in Belfast today disagree about many things.Gay rights proves no exception. Sinn Fein were the only party to mention LGB or T people at all until a few years ago.While middle-class Catholic opinion in the form of the SDLP was cleaved tight to the pedestrian morality of the Roman Church, the doctrinaire Republicans were all for equality in its many forms.

  • Scotland may get first LGB minister 6

    Three out politicians were re-elected to the Scottish Parliament last week.

    4:45 PM — Coalition negotiations between the Scottish National Party and the Green Party may result in a bisexual MSP becoming a member of the Scottish Executive.Patrick Harvie was re-elected to represent Glasgow as a Green in last week's elections for the Scottish Parliament.The SNP beat Labour to first place in the elections, but with 47 seats do not have an outright majority in the parliament.

  • Learn your rights at free gay law event

    Members of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.

    4:11 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.

  • George Michael guilty of drug offence

    In February 2006 Michael was arrested for possession of cannabis.

    3:22 PM — Pop icon George Michael pleaded guilty at Brent Magistrates Court this morning to a charge of being unfit to drive due to drugs.An additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs has been dropped. He will be sentenced later this month"I am perfectly aware that I did something very wrong and got into my car when I was unfit to drive," George Michael said in court.

  • Entertainers dominate the Pink List 1

    Doctor Who  producer and writer Russell T Davies is the most powerful gay man in Britain, according to the newspaper. photo: bbc publicity

    1:22 PM — A compilation of the most prominent gay people in the UK has been published. The Independent on Sunday newspaper brought forward publication in the light of Lord Browne's resignation as chief executive of BP last week over a gay scandal.The upper part of the list is dominated by entertainers. Doctor Who producer and writer Russell T Davies is the most powerful gay man in Britain.

  • 7th May 2007

    Milliband and Cameron beat Brown in race for gay support 4

    Tony Blair is expected to resign on Thursday.

    11:15 AM — In a nationwide poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers, Tony Blair's legacy has been praised but Gordon Brown substantially lacks support.The appointment of Ruth Kelly is considered the biggest stain on Blair's gay rights legacy.David Milliband was the most popular choice as the next leader of the Labour Party, with 27 per cent support, 14 per cent ahead of Gordon Brown (13%).

  • 5th May 2007

    Survey: Blair’s gay rights legacy 1

    What's Blair's legacy

    8:15 PM — Tony Blair is expected to resign as leader of the Labour Party on Thursday, triggering a contest where the eventual winner will become the UK's new Prime Minister.Therefore, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting a reader survey to assess Blair and the Labour Party's LGBT rights record.Simply click here to take part.

  • 4th May 2007

    Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer

    The opening night for FAME is Monday 8th May - which will be Ian's 31st birthday.

    4:33 PM — After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME. He told Amy Bourke all about it.

  • LGB politicians re-elected to Scottish Parliament 6

    With 97 of the 129 seats declared, Mr Harvie is the only MSP not from the SNP, Labour, Tory or Lib Dem parties.

    3:55 PM — Out gay politicians were re-elected to the Scottish Parliament in yesterday's election.Patrick Harvie, who is bisexual, faced a challenge from the Scottish Christian Party.He was re-elected on the Glasgow regional list for the Green party. He told PinkNews.co.uk about some of the slurs and abuse levelled at him during the election.

  • Tories claim victory in elections

    In Clwyd West Culture Minister Alun Pugh lost his seat to Tory Darren Millar.

    12:40 PM — The Conservative Party say they are on course to win the next general election as the results from last night's council elections in England and Scotland and elections for the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament continue to come in.Eric Pickles, the party's vice-chairman, said: "We've got 41% of the vote. We are now back in business."A new dawn is breaking."

  • BNP vote in Wales nears 10% 10

    In Barking and Dagenham, east London, the party is the official opposition with 12 councillors.

    12:10 PM — The British National Party has polled nearly 10% in parts of Wales.The latest results show the party on 9.4% in Wrexham and 7.1% in both Alyn and Deeside and in Clwyd South. It is not thought they will win a seat in the Welsh Assembly.It was a mixed night for the openly homophobic party.In Maidenhead and Windsor they beat Labour candidates to third place.

  • Paisley gives £180,000 to “sodomite lobby” 3

    The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.

    11:12 AM — The Northern Ireland government has allocated hundreds of thousands of pounds to help promote gay equality, and from next week the funds will be overseen by a department headed by Ian Paisley.The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.Sinn Fein, the DUP, the SDLP and the UUP will all have ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.

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