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.
Church of Scotland considers gay marriage
12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland may become the first major denomination in Britain to bless gay "marriages" after agreeing that individual ministers should be free to decide on the issue.Scotland's national church considered the issue of civil partnerships in a legal questions session at a meeting of its General Assembly, which is taking place all this week.
Elton John wins damages over ‘tinpot dictator’ slur
12:00 AM — Gay star Sir Elton John has accepted £100,000 libel damages from the Daily Mail over claims he issued a "bizarre and absurd edict" telling guests at a charity fundraiser not to approach him.The singer disputed reports in the paper that he had told attendees of his annual White Tie and Tiara charity summer ball to only speak to "speak only when you're spoken to."
Scottish church backs gay adoption
12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland has given its backing to allow gay couples to adopt.In a meeting of the church and society council at the national church's general assembly yesterday, committee members agreed that legal recognition for gay adoption would create more solutions for looking after children safely and securely.
HIV charities criticise MP’s ‘alien disease’ question
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Conservative MP has caused alarm amongst HIV and AIDs charities after raising concerns from the Ascension island of St Helena regarding workers bringing "alien diseases such as HIV and AIDs."Anthony Steen, MP for Totnes, addressed the Foreign and Commonwealth questions session in Parliament yesterday and claimed residents of St Helena were worried that the planned building of an airport on the land by the UK would bring "health implications" and "diseases that are alien to the island like HIV and AIDs."
23rd May 2006
Gay activist voted top hero 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been named in the top ten of a list of greatest living heroes this week.The activist, who leads gay rights group, Outrage, and once attempted a citizen's arrest on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, was voted by readers of the New Statesman as the sixth greatest living hero, beating writer Noam Chomsky, Microsoft chief Bill Gates, Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and documentary maker David Attenborough.
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.
Elderly gay community gains support
12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.The pack clearly sets out the type of support that these groups might need and encourages managers and staff to think about their own attitudes and approaches.
Shabhaz walks out of Big Brother 14
12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate, Shabhaz has shocked fellow contestants on the reality television series by walking out of the Big Brother House in Elstree, Hertfordshire.A spokesperson for the Channel 4 show said: " Shahbaz was unhappy and finding it increasingly difficult to integrate within the group dynamic of this year's housemates. Of course, all housemates are free to leave at any time, as they have in past years."
UK falling behind in gay market
12:00 AM — New UK laws will require companies to understand and meet the needs of Britain's 3 million gay and lesbian customers who now account for more than £70 billion pounds in earnings each year, according to research.A study between Australia and the US revealed today that UK companies risk falling behind overseas counterparts in marketing to lesbian and gay consumers.
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.
British Airways to sponsor EuroPride gay festival 6
12:00 AM — EuroPride London 06 today unveiled British Airways as the official airline of Europe's largest gay and lesbian cultural celebration, which will be hosted in London this year.EuroPride London 06 Chief Executive Jason Pollock said: "We are thrilled to welcome British Airways on board as the latest major brand to support EuroPride London 06. As the official airline of the international festival, British Airways will be flying travellers from around the world to join Londoners for this unique celebration of diversity.
22nd May 2006
Lesbian wins estate agent discrimination case
12:00 AM — Britain's first lesbian and gay estate agency has been found guilty of sexual discrimination after a former employee proved she was sacked because she was pregnant.Corrina Slow will be paid £13,000 compensation from the gay friendly 2Let estate agency in Brighton after being dismissed when her boss discovered she was 16 weeks pregnant.
Gay carers found guilty of abuse 3
12:00 AM — A gay couple have been found guilty of abusing four boys between the ages of eight and 14 in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were convicted of taking advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molesting children.
Gay venues added to bar safety awards
12:00 AM — A new category has been added to the Best Bar None scheme in Brighton, the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) venue.Brighton Hove will become the first city in the country to have such an award for a licensed premises.The scheme is sponsored by gay magazine, 3SIXTY, joint venture partners with PinkNews.co.uk for the upcoming publication of The PinkNews.
Gay church prays for gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — A gay affirming Edinburgh church is calling for a day of prayer in support of civil partnerships as the Church of Scotland General Assembly debates the issue this week.Civil Partnerships were introduced into law in December 2005 and allow for the relationships of same-sex couples to be recognised in law, conferring many of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage.