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  • 19th April 2006

    Gay representatives to join sexual health lobby

    Students will also draw attention to recent cuts in funding for local sexual health provision

    12:00 AM — Sexual health provision needs to be drastically improved in order to cut the rates of sexually transmitted infections amongst the student population, MPs will hear today.At a lobbying event organised by National Union of Students (NUS UK) and the Terrence Higgins Trust, students from across the UK, including LGBT officers (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) will describe the difficulties they face in accessing sexual healthcare, from long waiting times at GUM clinics to a lack of free condoms.

  • Transgendered chicken baffles animal experts 4

    Animal experts say a chicken sex change is a one in 10,000 rarity

    12:00 AM — A chicken has caused immense clucking amongst animal experts, and this time there isn't even a little squawk of bird flu.Freaky the hen has undergone a natural sex change, after growing red flaps and a thick tail of feathers, to become a cockerel.She had been laying eggs for her owner for eight months until waking up one day with a totally different personality.

  • Senior gay police officer may be forced to quit 7

    Sources told the Daily Mail, that Brian Paddick could leave or be moved into a “less visible” role at the Metropolitan Police

    12:00 AM — Britain's most senior gay police officer may be forced out of Scotland Yard, according to reports.Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, could leave the force after conflicts between his account of the tube shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes last year, and the official police statement.

  • Gay star is a “stoned waster” 4

    George Michael has been questioned “under caution” by police over allegations he hit three parked cars last weekend

    12:00 AM — George Michael's music career and his health is under threat because of a cannabis addiction, a colleague claims.Toby Bourke, who sang with Michael on the song, Waltz Away Dreaming, says the singer has become a "stoned waster" and smokes 20 joints a day.

  • New calls for HIV blunder inquiry

    Over 4000 people with haemophilia were exposed to HIV during the 1970s and 1980s through the use of contaminated blood products

    12:00 AM — The Haemophilia Society has renewed calls for a public inquiry into how what has been described as the greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS took place.Over 4000 people with haemophilia were exposed to HIV during the 1970s and 1980s through the use of contaminated blood products by the NHS. It is believed that up to 1,000 of these have since died as a result.

  • Dave the Chameleon? 2

    The Labour Party has named the Tory leader “Dave the Chameleon“

    12:00 AM — The Labour party have warned the gay community that Conservative leader David Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power.Katie Hanson, co-chair of the Labour committee for Lesbian and Gay Rights told PinkNews.co.uk, "David Cameron might appear to be fresher in his thinking but we believe he is out of kilter with the bulk of his Party. As we know, one day David the Chameleon is blue, the next pink, the next green."

  • Transsexual tattoo removal causes dispute 5

    Laser tattoo removal is an expensive procedure

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been criticised for wasting taxpayer's money after being approved NHS treatment for the removal of her tattoos.Cancer sufferer, Claire McDonnel, 33, slammed Tanya Bainbridge, who will receive the £2,500 procedure, while she has been refused the "wonder drug" Herceptin by her Primary Care Trust (PCT.)

  • Brokeback makes best book-to-film shortlist

    Brokeback Mountain was based on a work by Annie Proulx

    12:00 AM — Gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has been included in a shortlist of the top 50 books adapted into a film.The list, which is being organised by the Guardian and the British Book Marketing Society, recognises literature which has been turned into successful movies.

  • Barrymore pool death case re-opened 1

    Michael Barrymore welcome the inquiry (Photo: Joy Padmore)

    12:00 AM — Essex police have announced that they are reviewing the death of a man who was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality Michael Barrymore.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001. During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.

  • 18th April 2006

    How to be an “A” list gay- according to the Sunday Times 1

    Ivan Massow: if you've slept with him you're in the “A list“

    12:00 AM — The Sunday Times, the long-time bastion for middle class home counties readers, has produced its own guide to being a gay celebrity in 2006.It claims that the gay glitterati can be split into three camps, the "Business A lists", the "Party A lists" and the "Hip A lists".Surprisingly, they didn't include reading PinkNews.co.uk as being a characteristic of the "Business A lists." Over 30% of readers access us from their work computers at blue chip companies

  • Conservative chairman welcomes gay poll 4

    Francis Maude welcomed the poll

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveConservative Party chairman Francis Maude has welcomed a poll by PinkNews.co.uk which reveals a growth in support for theConservatives amongst the gay community.A poll of 600 readers, selected to be demographically representative of LGBT people in England, showed a 10.2% increase in support for the Conservatives since 2005.

  • Brighton Gay councillor to step down

    Councillor Williams has been a strong campaigner for gay issues in Brighton and Hove

    12:00 AM — One of Brighton's few openly gay councillors has announced he will stand down at the next elections in 2007.Simon Williams, a Green Party member, represented Brighton's central St Peters and North Laine area since 2003, but has become fed up with "so many meetings."

  • Gay clique runs Southwark- Muslim councillor claims

    Southwark will see a new executive after the elections next month

    12:00 AM — A councillor who was deselected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Southwark, south London has claimed that a gay clique is running the borough. The vice chairman of the local party claims that he was deselected due to poor attendance at meetings.Dr Abdur-Rahman Olayiwola, councillor for the Chaucer ward in the borough resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats after he was not chosen to be a candidate at the local election to be held on the 4th of May.

  • Labour warns against supporting “pink chameleon” 4

    The Labour Party has named the Tory leader “Dave the Chameleon“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDavid Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power, according to the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR).Speaking in reaction to a PinkNews.co.uk poll which revealed an increase in gay support for the Conservative Party, the LCLGR cast doubts on leader Mr Cameron's credentials.

  • “Gay clique” councillor deselected for poor attendance local party says

    Southwark will see a new executive after the elections next month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA councillor who claimed that Southwark, south London was controlled by a gay clique was deselected as a Liberal Democrat councillor due to poor attendance, the local party's vice chairman claims.Dr Abdur-Rahman Olayiwola, councillor for the Chaucer ward in the borough resigned his membership of the Liberal Democrats after he was not chosen to be a candidate at the local election to be held on the 4th of May.

  • Gay club night proceeds as three face trial after police drugs bust 1

    Over 200 officers raided the popular club

    12:00 AM — Three men are due to appear at a Tower Bridge court after a police drugs raid on a nightclub last weekend.Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London on Saturday.

  • Elton John finds home for Shakespeare inspired film

    Elton John has managed to get actress Kate Winslet to appear as Juliet in the Cg-animated feature

    12:00 AM — Elton John's movie pitch for Gnomeo and Juliet has been given the go ahead by Miramax Films, despite being rejected by parent company, Walt Disney, last month.The play on the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet, tells the classic love story in the setting of a gnome garden.

  • Pete Burns arrested after gay bar fight 1

    The former Dead or Alive front man was held in custody after a fight with his ex partner

    12:00 AM — Eighties singer Pete Burns was arrested over the weekend after a fight with his ex fiancé outside a gay nightclub.Burns was accused of attacking Michael Simpson and clawing his face at the Ghetto bar when he turned up with a new lover.Witnesses told the Sun, "There was fur flying everywhere. It was a really ferocious little fight.

  • EastEnders’ Martin to kill lesbian wife

    A newspaper claims that Martin will kill his lesbian wife Sonia

    12:00 AM — Sonia Fowler, lesbian nurse and estranged wife of Martin may be killed off in the hit soap EastEnders.The rumours of the dramatic storyline comes after Natalie Cassidy who plays Sonia and James Alexandrou who plays Martin both announced their decision to leave the long running drama.The Daily Star claims that Martin will either face life in jail or commit suicide after he kills his estranged wife.

  • 17th April 2006

    Cameron in the pink: Tory leader sees increased support in the gay community 4

    A poll by the gay news website, PinkNews.co.uk has found a growth in support of the Conservative party amongst the LGBT community

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA poll by PinkNews.co.uk has found a growth in support of the Conservative party amongst the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community since the election of David Cameron as leader.In a poll of 600 readers, selected to be demographically representative of LGBT people in England, a 10.2% increase in support for the Conservatives since 2005 was found, although Labour remains the party of choice for the pink vote.

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