24th May 2006
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.
23rd May 2006
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.
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."
22nd May 2006
Big Brother housemate reveals gay rent boy past 14
12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate, Shabhaz has shocked housemates after revealing that he was once a rent boy and spent time in jail.The Glaswegian Muslim told fellow contestants that he had been jailed on suspicion of being a prostitute and fined £450 when found in a gay cruising area, and was once paid ten pounds for sex.
Blackpool goes pink with Pride
12:00 AM — Always famed for its campness, Blackpool wore its Pride on its sleeve, shorts or Rainbow Boa this weekend as the town held its very first pride event, writes Paul Hunt.Despite some rather mixed weather the Gay Pride Parade wound its way along the seafront, displaying a colourful mix of characters. Most of the local Gay venues were represented, including Basil Newby and his team from ITP Leisure, owner of Funny Girls and the Flamingo.
Tory chairman defends gay inclusive list
12:00 AM — Conservative chairman Francis Maude has defended the party's "A list" of parliamentary candidates which includes particular figures such as gay people who receive priority treatment in the selection process to represent winnable seats to guarantee General Election success.Mr Maude insisted the list of parliamentary candidates was not aimed at imposing "mincing metrosexuals" on local constituencies.
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.
Catholic Church say gay sex lessons are “outrageous”
12:00 AM — The Catholic Church in Scotland have condemned the inclusion of gay sex within the syllabus of sex education lessons in Scotland.Following the abolition of section 28 in Scotland six years ago, teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex."Teachers felt they didn't know what to say to pupils about same-sex relationships."
21st May 2006
Finnish band rock Eurovision 2
12:00 AM — The Eurovision Song Contest was rocked by political voting and a shock win by Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, last night.The group, donned in monster masks and chains, won the fifty-first Eurovision Song Contest in Athens beating 24 other countries with 292 points after their controversial entry, Hard Rock Hallelujah.
20th May 2006
Councillor makes ‘humiliating’ apology after gay outburst 14
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Brighton and Hove Conservative councillor has apologised today for making allegedly homophobic and offensive comments towards the lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced expulsion from the Tory Party over remarks labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last week.