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  • 16th May 2006

    ‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation

    Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000,  claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality

    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

    Gay group slams “sickening hypocrisy” of Cardinal 2

    Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor reportedly sacked his press aide, Stephen Noon, an openly gay man, because he felt his sexuality was “incompatible” with his position in the Church

    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

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    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

    George Michael was cleared following allegations that he caused a three car smash last month

    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

    Tyne and Wear fireservice attended the incident

    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.

  • ‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2

    The group claims to have new evidence of bias, intimidation and perjury which shows Mohamed was the victim, not the perpetrator

    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

    Following two weeks of negotiations with Iraqi LGBT - UK, Mr Sistani's office agreed to remove the fatwa calling for the murder of gay men

    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

    The Court of Appeal ruled against the transgendered man

    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

    Dan Stevens plays Nick Guest

    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

    Sir Elton John with radio presenter Chris Moyles

    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.

  • 14th May 2006

    Archbishop sacks advisor because he is gay 2

    The Cardinal was accused of being “unchristian”

    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

    Jack Valero, Opus Dei's British numerary

    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

    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

    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.

  • Newsagent cheesed off by lesbian sandwich questions 1

    Aruna Majevadia, had been providing sandwiches in her Brighton shop for two years(Credit: sunrise1002)

    12:00 AM — A newsagent was shocked this week after being asked to disclose her sexuality when completing a form related to selling sandwiches.Aruna Majevadia, had been providing sandwiches in her Brighton shop for two years, but was amazed when the council sent her a form to complete regarding hygiene standards, which asked for her nationality, religion and sexuality.

  • Report seeks Irish gay unions

    The report concerns couples cohabiting outside of marriage, including both opposite-sex and same-sex partners

    12:00 AM — Civil partnerships should be implemented in Ireland according to human rights laws, a report recommends today.The Irish Human Rights Commission produced their findings, which assessed the adequacy of current Irish law with international human rights standards, to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell.

  • Pair admit murdering gay barman 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Unemployed Thomas Pickford, 25, and decorator Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

  • Inspector denies homophobia

    Mr Stokes said his partner was warned against seeing him and was arrested after 12 police officers raided his flat

    12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied being homophobic towards a gay officer.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.He told an employment tribunal this week of a visit from professional standards unit inspector Steve Payne to his flat, "Shortly after arriving at my apartment, Inspector Payne said 'so this is the gay village of Nottingham, is it?'

  • 11th May 2006

    BNP councillor denies making porn film 24

    Mr Barnbrook, who won one of the 11 BNP seats in Barking and Dagenham local elections last week insists it is not a gay porn film

    12:00 AM — A British National Party councillor has strongly denied making a gay porn film.The Evening Standard claims to have a copy of a film produced and directed by Richard Barnbrook described as "'Marxist gay cinema from conceptual artist Barnbrook."

  • NAT slams St Ives HIV reaction 1

    Around 10 cases have been confirmed in the seaside town, and one man was rumoured to have been responsible, a claim quashed by the NAT

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has moved to calm reports of an outbreak of HIV in St Ives, Cornwall.Around 10 cases have been confirmed in the seaside town, and one man was rumoured to have been responsible, a claim quashed by the NAT.The West of Cornwall Primary Care Trust issued a statement last week calling for people to be tested and set up a help line after a number of cases emerged in the area.

  • Mayor slams gay London Assembly chair 2

    Brian Coleman, an openly gay Conservative, was elected as the chairman of the GLA yesterday

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has called the Greater London Assembly (GLA) Liberal Democrats a "disgrace to their party" after voting for a Tory member to become chairman of the city wide governmentBrian Coleman, an openly gay Conservative, was elected as the chairman of the GLA yesterday, prompting Ken Livingstone to criticise the Lib Dems for not taking the chance to vote for a Green Party candidate.

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