10th May 2006
Adoption group supports gay couples rights 10
12:00 AM — A Scottish adoption and fostering group has called on MSPs to approve new laws allowing gay couples to adopt.Barbara Hudson, director of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering Scotland told politicians they would be doing a "disservice" to children if they abandoned the legislation.
9th May 2006
MPs and gay groups question wisdom of Kelly appointment 21
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has come under immediate pressure from the gay community and fellow MPs over her dual appointment as Minister for Women and Equality.Ms Kelly, who is believed to be a member of Opus Dei, the controversial devout Catholic sect will be the voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community within the cabinet.
UK’s first gay surrogate dads face cancer fight 1
12:00 AM — Tony and Barrie Brewitt Barlow fought prejudice in 2000 to become the UK's first gay surrogate parents, but now they have a new battle, throat cancer.Tony, 41, was diagnosed with the disease in February and has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy after doctors warned he would have just four months to live.
Equality minister dodges gay issue 21
12:00 AM — Ruth Kelly refused to give a clear answer on her views of homosexuality today when confronted in reaction to an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk which found she had never voted for gay rights and is a member of an anti gay Christian group.The Minister for Equality and Women appeared on BBC Radio5 Live and was immediately drawn into a defence of her poor voting record in regards to gay rights.
Gay muscleman tipped for UK Big Brother 14
12:00 AM — The makers of Channel 4's Big Brother held emergency meetings last night after the names of this summer's contestants were leaked.The reality show producers were reported to be angry after the names, including a gay body builder, were made public.A source told the Daily Star, "All hell has broken loose.
Man charged in Big Brother attack 1
12:00 AM — A man accused of assaulting last year's Big Brother winner has been given a police caution.Gay icon, Anthony Hutton, 24, winner of Big Brother 2005, received minor facial injuries after being attacked in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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8th May 2006
Pro gay MP moved to education post
12:00 AM — In a further reshuffle of the Labour Party, Tony Blair has appointed Dorset South MP, Jim Knight as schools minister, replacing Jacqui Smith who was promoted to chief whip.The former minister for rural affairs has an important role for the gay community as he will be in charge of the remit for tackling homophobic bullying in schools as well as sex education.
Lesbian couple barred after kissing in pub 1
12:00 AM — A Lesbian couple have been banned from their local pub for life after patrons complained about them kissing.Kelly Murray and Laura McGuire were told to leave the Grapes Tavern pub in Hereford after kissing and being told bar staff would have "none of that in here."
Gay rent boy MP blames affair on baldness 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has revealed that middle age and his political workload contributed to him having a gay affair with a rent boy.Mr Oaten, MP for Winchester, resigned from his Lib Dem Home Affairs post and the leadership race in January 2006 after allegations in the News of the World of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.
Gay clubbing drug recipes found online 5
12:00 AM — Police fear crystal meth is set to replace heroin as the public's most used drug, after recipes for the substance were found on several websites.The internet sites included ingredients such as painkillers and iodine that can be purchased in any supermarket.
HIV group updates information after prosecutions
12:00 AM — Recent prosecutions for transmitting HIV have prompted Terrence Higgins Trust to update their 'Should I tell' leaflet on disclosure of HIV status.The updated booklet gives people with HIV clear information on where they stand legally around disclosure to sexual partners, as well as practical advice on telling friends or employers that they have the condition.
Doctor Who star claims gay kiss was dropped 7
12:00 AM — A star of a future episode of the hit drama Doctor Who claims that a gay kiss was dropped because it was a step too far.Openly gay Andrew Hayden-Smith, the Children's BBC (CBBC) presenter who formerly stared in teenage soap opera, Byker Grove is to appear as a preacher fighting against an evil industry in the current series of the sci-fi revival.
Lancashire politician becomes first MP to have gay marriage
12:00 AM — A gay Lancashire politician has become the first MP to have a civil partnership.David Borrow had a civil union at Preston Register Officer to John Garland, a children's entertainer, in front of family and friends.The ceremony had initially been cancelled due to fear of press intrusion, but went ahead last weekend, Mr Borrow, MP for South Ribble, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "We had a lovely ceremony at Preston Register Office.
AIDs charity calls for improvement in sex education
12:00 AM — To mark National Condom Week, the National AIDS Trust is calling for urgent improvements in the education of young people about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and about the use of condoms.An Ipsos MORI survey, commissioned by the National AIDS Trust, found that a quarter of young people aged 15-24 years stop using condoms when they or their partner is on the pill.
Gay group prepares for anti-homophobia day 2
12:00 AM — Following protests over the Moscow Pride ban and the successful launch of IDAHO-UK (IDAHO), campaigners across the country are busy arranging the events which are seen as an integral part of the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May 2006.IDAHO will be in the heart of London this year, as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) police liaison officers operate from a mobile police station in Leicester Square throughout the day.
6th May 2006
Reshuffle error? Can Ruth Kelly really represent the gay community? 22
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen examines the problems that Ruth Kelly may face as Minister for Women and Equality.Placing the Women and Equality unit within the new Department for Communities and Local Government does make a great deal of sense.However, the Mr Blair does not seem to have thought through the consequences of moving the unit to a department headed by Ms Kelly who is well known member of Opus Dei.
5th May 2006
New cabinet ministers Reid and Beckett under immediate pressure from gay community 21
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretaries of State for the Home Office and for the Foreign Office have immediately been put under pressure to improve the lives of gay people both within Britain and abroad.Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk following the appointment of John Reid and Margaret Beckett to the roles of Home secretary and Foreign secretary respectively, veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on them to put the rights of gay people at the forefront the of their agenda.
Anti-gay candidate pushes Lib Dems into last place in Newham
12:00 AM — The anti-gay Christian Peoples' Alliance (CPA) candidate for the mayor of the London Borough of Newham, Alan Craig has pushed the Liberal Democrat candidate into last place in the elections held yesterday.Mr Craig came a surprise fourth in the poll with 6,559 votes against Anwar Hussain's 2,886 votes.The election was won by the incumbent Labour mayor, Sir Robin Wales.
Local elections good for gay Labour
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite heavy national losses in yesterday's local elections, the Labour Campaign for Gay and Lesbian Rights (LCGLR) has hailed the results a good night for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) presence.The Labour Party lost over 250 councillors from the polls, but several gay councillors managed to hold onto their seats.