17th May 2006
Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV
12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.
Ex officer accused of ‘underage gay relationships’
12:00 AM — A police officers' flat was searched after he was suspected of having underage gay relationships, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.
16th May 2006
Lesbian couple seek UK marriage recognition 10
12:00 AM — The Green Party has been invited to submit evidence to the High Court in support of a lesbian couple's bid to get their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson were married in Canada in 2003 and for the first two years, their marriage had no legal standing in the UK, instead being converted into a Civil Partnership, but the couple are now fighting for the status of marriage.
Reverend backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A Scottish minister has given his backing to civil partnerships after calling on the General Assembly of Scotland to reject an evangelical group's protest against priests conducting the gay service.The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting the ceremonies because they believe it is against the Bible.
Channel 4 rapped over lesbian sex ad
12:00 AM — Channel 4 has been criticised after broadcasting an advert showing lesbian sex and nudity.The E4 trailer for sister channel More4, featured topless women in thongs kissing and touching each other.Although it was shown after midnight, the Ofcom media watchdog said it should have carried a warning.
CCTV captures homophobic attackers, police claim
12:00 AM — Detectives believe they have uncovered new evidence relating to a homophobic attack which left a man with serious head injuries this year.Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in identifying four men from CCTV pictures believed to be responsible for a hate crime in which two men were seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of March 18 2006.
Simon Hughes supports gay refugee plight
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes will address a rally raising awareness of gay asylum seekers tomorrow to mark the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).Mr Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey will make an appearance at the event which aims to highlight the plight of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) refugees.
‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation
12:00 AM — An asylum seeker who pretended to be a lesbian to ensure she could remain in the UK, has won the right to stay because the Home Office delayed over her appeal, a judge ruled today.Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000, claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality if she returned to her home country.
15th May 2006
‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2
12:00 AM — A gay Muslim prisoner has launched an appeal against a conviction for grievous bodily harm, claiming he was framed by the men who had been targeting him in a homophobic hate campaign.The 28 year old, Mohamed S, whose full identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was jailed for eight years in 2002, but has had his case accepted for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC,) who decide if a conviction should be sent to appeal.
Iraqi Ayatollah removes gay fatwa 1
12:00 AM — Iraqi gays are claiming success following the decision of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to remove from his website a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in the "worst, most severe way possible".The removal on 10 May 2006 follows protests to Mr Sistani by the London office of the Iraqi gay rights organisation, Iraqi LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), which represents a clandestine network of lesbian and gay activists inside Iraq's major cities, including Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Hilla, Duhok and Basra.
Transgendered man deceived wife for 17 years with home made penis
12:00 AM — A female-to-male transgendered person who made his own penis did not tell his wife of 17 years that he was born a woman lost his parental rights to his wife's daughter at the Court of Appeal earlier today.The man referred to as Mr J, is legally considered to be a male following the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that allows a transgendered people to legally take on a different sexual identity to their birth and can therefore marry someone of the same birth sex.
Mrs Thatcher to dance with cocaine fuelled gay man in drama 1
12:00 AM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be shown dancing with a gay Oxford graduate who is high on cocaine in a new drama beginning this week on BBC Two.The Line Of Beauty is adapted by award-winning writer Andrew Davies from Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Man Booker Prize-winning novel. A story about love, class, sex and money that gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite Eighties.
Sir Elton dons celebratory tutu for Billy Elliot
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has been known for his strange fashion sense, but no one could have predicted his latest outfit as he took to the stage of the Billy Elliot musical dressed in a tutu.The gay star created the music for the award winning production and joined the cast on stage to celebrate the first year of the show.
Gay group slams “sickening hypocrisy” of Cardinal 2
12:00 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has been accused of "sickening hypocrisy" after recent reports that he sacked one of his staff because he is gay.The action taken by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor was condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) yesterday.
Pair admit murdering gay barman 2
12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.
George Michael caught napping again 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael has been caught sleeping at the wheel of his car again, according to reports.A witness claims the singer slept through four traffic light changes in Highgate, London, and was awoken when the driver tapped on his window.
Newcastle gay club evacuated after arson attack 1
12:00 AM — Over a thousand clubbers at a gay venue had to be evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning following an arson attack at a club in Newcastle.The entrance to the The Loft Luxe club in Newcastle, northern England was doused in petrol and set alight at approximately 3.50 am on Saturday morning.
14th May 2006
Archbishop sacks advisor because he is gay 2
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Westminster has dismissed his gay press secretary after telling him his sexuality was "incompatible" with his position in the Church, prompting further rows over Christianity and homosexuality.Stephen Noon, in charge of promoting the public image and ethics of the Church, was sacked by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in 2004 after just a year in the post.
13th May 2006
Celibacy as the cure for homosexuality? Meet the real Opus Dei 21
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite a negative portrayal in The Da Vinci Code and media furore over Ruth Kelly's involvement, Opus Dei member and senior representative Jack Valero, in the organisation's first interview with the gay press, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how much happier and closer the group makes him feel with God."I've been celibate since I joined Opus Dei when I was 16. It's tough of course."
12th May 2006
Residents despair after discovering gay paedophile neighbour 3
12:00 AM — Enfield residents are demanding to know why they were not informed about a convicted paedophile and his gay lover living in their area for 20 years unchecked, as vandals begin to target the couple's flat.William McIntyre, 63, and his boyfriend, Geoffrey Taylor, 50, were jailed by Wood Green Crown Court for six years after sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, who came forward seven years later.