5th May 2006
Gay councillor loses Hackney seat 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay Conservative councillor hotly tipped for the Hackney mayoral post has lost his council seat and looks likely to be runner up for mayor, in a disappointing defeat for the Tories in the area.Andrew Boff lost in the Queensbridge Ward in Hackney, where Labour held on to remain the ruling party.
Gay HSBC banker was not sacked due to sexuality 4
12:00 AM — A former senior banker at HSBC was not sacked because he was gay an employment tribunal ruled today.However, the tribunal found that Peter Lewis received "less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation"during the bank's internal investigation. But the report issued today concluded that the "the decision to dismiss was not in fact influenced by sexual orientation."
4th May 2006
No action taken over gay officer’s tube shooting claims 7
12:00 AM — Brian Paddick will not face disciplinary action over an alleged unauthorised disclosure of confidential police information to a journalist.The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) had been considering a probe into the Deputy Assistant Commissioner's actions after he was reported to have told a BBC journalist that the Metropolitan Police knew Jean Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after he was shot at Stockwell tube station in 2005.
Brian Paddick to be first gay London Mayor? 2
12:00 AM — Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Mayor elections in 2008, according to reports.Mr Paddick, 47, the Met's most senior gay police officer, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.
Win a good hair day
12:00 AM — There is not much worse than a bad hair day, it's always either too straight, too curly, greasy or frizzy, well now PinkNews.co.uk has a competition to brush away those tears.Sponsored by LookFantastic.com, PinkNews.co.uk is giving away a pair of GHD straighteners along with a collection of beauty and grooming products.
Gay candidates await local council results 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay councillors from across the political spectrum are feeling confident as the local elections reach the halfway stage this afternoon.Local elections are taking place today in 144 English authorities and all 32 of London's boroughs.
George Michael cleared on crash claims 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has been cleared following allegations that he caused a three car smash.The star was questioned by police after witnesses claimed they saw the artist hit a grey Ford Fiesta on Easter Sunday and then drive off, hitting a white Peugeot and green Rover on the way.
3rd May 2006
Gay doctor paid patient £12,000 after masturbating him 3
12:00 AM — A gay doctor has been cleared of sexually assaulting and putting a patient into a trance in his surgery. He paid the man "damages" over a two year period.51-year-old Dr Lewis Dickinson who is a GP in Camberwell, south London was accused of sexual assault by a 61-year-old Ghanaian man who can not be named for legal reasons.
Gay star attacks civil partnerships 1
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has called Britain's civil partnership laws absurd, claiming it discriminates against all sexualities.The legendary thespian said equality could only exist if every couple was subject to the same laws and called the legislation nonsensical.
T4 presenter denies gay rumours 1
12:00 AM — T4 presenter Steve Jones has quashed claims that he is gay.The Channel 4 personality, who presents the weekend entertainment show, is reported to have been furious over rumours.Ladies man Jones, 29, is currently dating Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, and is rumoured to have bedded Pamela Anderson, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie.
Jersey group calls for gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — A Jersey lobby group has launched a campaign for civil partnerships on the Island.Progress Jersey is pushing for legal recognition of gays and lesbians in long term partnerships.A spokesman for the group told the Jersey Evening Post, "I think it's a civil rights issue and we are trying to get a level playing field.
Gay couple hope to be elected as councillors together
12:00 AM — The first gay couple to marry in a civil partnership in Birmingham, England are hoping to be the first gay couple to be jointly elected as local councillors.James and Brynn Tudor became the first gay couple in Birmingham to marry last year and they are now both standing as Liberal Democrat candidates in the elections that take place tomorrow. The former is standing for the Chelmsley Wood and later for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward.
2nd May 2006
Gay ministers become Britain’s first married clergy 2
12:00 AM — A gay couple have become the first clergymen to have a civil partnership in Britain.Paul and Brizz Miles-Knight, a layman and a priest, had a ceremony on the bank holiday weekend, with the backing of the United Episcopal Church, set up for those who have lost faith with Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism.
Local Labour group accused of “using homophobia to win votes” 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTension is mounting in the upcoming local elections, particularly in Lambeth where a conflict has arisen between the local Labour group and the ruling Liberal Democrats.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Lib Dem councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.
Comment: What ever you do, vote for gay rights on Thursday 3
12:00 AM — There will be local elections in many parts of England this Thursday and our advice to our readers is that who ever you support, make sure that you vote!In 2006, we the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community are able to support candidates of any of the three major political parties (and the Greens) in 90 per cent of cases.
Gay friendly London Mayor launches EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — The London Mayor has called on the gay community to think about how it can help LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people in countries where homosexuality is illegal.Ken Livingstone, speaking at the launch of EuroPride06 today, said other cities have a long way to go compared to London's position on gay rights.
Students join global fight for gay equality
12:00 AM — Students will hear about the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Europe at a special event tomorrow organised by the National Union of Students UK (NUS UK).The One World event, supported by Amnesty International, will take place at the University of Manchester Students' Union. Speakers from various European countries will discuss their own personal experiences of prejudice and discrimination and the steps they are taking to combat this. Students will also view footage of Pride events that have taken place in Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
Gay equality walk raises record amount
12:00 AM — Stonewall's third Equality Walk in Brighton last Sunday raised over £30,000 to help tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.A record turn out of over 200 stalwart supporters assembled at the Brighton seafront to raise money for the gay charity's continuing work, including its 'Education for All' programme.
Beauty group gives gay community grooming tips 1
12:00 AM — Luxury hair and beauty portal Lookfantastic.com, the sponsors of PinkNews.co.uk's grooming month, has some quirky grooming tips to help you get glowing skin and healthy hair through the summer season.Preparation is vital to get the closest shave. Shave after a warm shower, otherwise wet your beard with warm water and wait two minutes for bristles to soften. Follow with Lookfantastic's American Crew Herbal Shave Cream or Aveda Shave Cream.
1st May 2006
Boyzone star suffers homophobic abuse 2
12:00 AM — Former Boyzone star Stephen Gately says that he has suffered homophobic attacks in Canterbury, Kent.The 30-year-old gay star who married his partner Andy Cowles in a civil partnership ceremony is currently staring in a stage version of the Wizard Of Oz at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre.Gately said: "Canterbury is beautiful and I loved it."