9th May 2006
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.
8th May 2006
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.
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."
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
Greens in the pink in Lewisham
12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. The victors include a gay couple who were jointly elected to the Brockley ward.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix, Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.
Government gay rights department to headed by Opus Dei member 21
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveContrary to earlier reports, the Womens and Equality unit will no longer be run under the auspices of the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), it will now be headed by a member of the controversial Opus Dei religious sect.The unit is responsible for the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill.
Gay councillor loses seat after alleged homophobic campaign by Labour 3
12:00 AM — The gay Liberal Democrat councillor who was the victim of an alleged homophobic campaign by the Labour party has lost his seat in Lambeth, south London.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Liberal Democrat councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.
Gay councillor loses seat in “bizarre” campaign 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFormer Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, has blamed Labour lies about "policy, themselves" and his Party, for the loss of his seat, and control in the London Borough of Lambeth.Mr Anglin received just 676 votes in yesterday's local elections, losing to Loma Campbell, the Labour candidate receiving 1586 votes from electors in the Princes Ward.
Lib Dem gay scandal blamed for Winchester loss 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's gay sex scandal has been blamed for the party's loss of Winchester council to the Conservatives.The Tories won control of the area in the local elections yesterday, winning seven seats, including Lib Dem council leader, Sheila Campbell.
Gay couple come last in council election
12:00 AM — A gay couple standing to be elected to Solihull council in Birmingham have come joint last.James and Brynn Tudor, who had the first civil partnership in Birmingham, also wanted to become the first Lib Dem councillors in the separate wards of Chelmsley Wood and Kingshurst and Fordbridge.
Reshuffle: Alistair Darling in charge of gay policies 21
12:00 AM — The current Transport secretary, Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary. He now has overall responsibility for the Women and Equality unit together with the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill later this year.The new of the Trade and Industry secretary will therefore wield a huge impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.