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Author photoBenjamin Cohen

Benjamin Cohen founded PinkNews.co.uk in 2005 and was editor until 2006. He was technology correspondent at Channel 4 News between 2006 and 2012.

  • 27th February 2006

    London Mayor appeals against suspension in court 3

    The remaks were said outside a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chris Smith coming out as gay

    12:00 AM — London Mayor, Ken Livingstone who was suspended from office for a month after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard has launched a High Court appeal to his suspension.The adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor of London brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay.

  • George Michael: “arrest my own stupid fault” 1

    The one time teenage heartthrob was arrested on a street near Hyde Park Corner, London.

    12:00 AM — Gay pop star, George Michael had admitted his arrest yesterday for suspicion of possessing a Class C drugs was his "own stupid fault, as usual".A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were called by a member of the public to a man seen slumped over the steering wheel of a car on the street close to Hyde Park Corner. A search of the man revealedwhat was believed to be controlled substances."

  • 26th February 2006

    Mugabe attacks gays and threatens pro-gay clergy with prison 5

    Mr Mugabe, previously described gay people as worse than “dogs and pigs“

    12:00 AM — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has launched a blistering attackon homosexuality in a speech to mark his birthday.Mr Mugabe, who has previously described gay people as worse than"dogs and pigs" used an hour long speech to warn Zimbabweans of thedangers of homosexuality and threatened pro-gay clergy with prisonsentences.

  • 25th February 2006

    France grants gay couples new parental rights

    The Cour de Cassation, decides how French law should be interpreted but does not hear actual trials

    12:00 AM — The highest court in France yesterday ruled that both members of a gay couple are entitled to exercise parental authority over a child, rather than just the biological parent.The Cour de Cassation, decides how French law should be interpreted but does not hear actual trials. The decision is likely to open the way for further debate in France over the rights of gay couples in terms of marriage and adoption, which remains illegal.

  • Paratroopers face court-martial over gay porn allegations

    The three soldiers who face courts-martial are: Richard T. Ashley, Wesley K. Mitten and Kagen B. Mullen

    12:00 AM — The American army has said that three paratroopers could be discharged from the service after they allegedly took part in sex acts published on a gay pornographic website.Three of the soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division face court-martial proceedings on charges of sodomy (which is still illegal in the American army), pandering and engaging in sexual acts for payment. The four other soldiers face non-judicial punishments.

  • 24th February 2006

    Gay Hitler takes Israel by storm

    Itzik Cohen, best known for his roles as drag queens plays Hitler

    12:00 AM — In a surprising move, the Hebrew version of the stage musical, The Producers has taken Israel by storm with a gay Hitler.The Mel Brooks musical centres on the efforts of a theatrical producer's attempts to stage a sure-fire flop, Springtime for Hitler.The Israeli version of the show has be translated into Hebrew complete with Nazi salutes. However, swastikas are in less abundance than the Broadway and London versions of the musical.

  • 22nd February 2006

    Three and a half thousand English gay couples tie the knot

    Men are twice as likely to form civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — Figures released by the General Register Office show that over three and half thousand couples formed civil partnerships in England and Wales in the first five weeks since the change in the law.3,648 couples formed civil partnerships in England and Wales between 21st December 2005 and 31st January 2006.

  • 21st February 2006

    “What was the right answer for the question?” George Galloway and gay rights 2

    George Galloway “manages a slight, knowing, smirk as he posed for a photograph“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGeorge Galloway is a giant figure in British politics yet at just five foot and six inches he has difficulties towering over even me, someone famed for their short stature.The first thing that I notice apart from his height is that Galloway is nothing like his television persona. I've always thought of him as a thoroughly unlikeable man, someone I couldn't imagine having a pleasant conversation with. But his warmth won me over, he seemed genuinely pleased to communicate with the gay community.

  • Irish support gay marriages- poll claims

    51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples

    12:00 AM — A poll commissioned by a national newspaper has found that over half of Irish adults support the introduction of gay marriages in the predominantly Catholic country.The Irish Examiner/Red C survey claims that 51% of the public would welcome the introduction of civil marriages for gay couples and allowing gay couples the same rights of adoption as straight couples.

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  • London mayor backs Russian gay pride

    Ken Livingstone called upon his Russian counterpart to allow Moscow's gay pride event to go ahead

    12:00 AM — Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London has called upon his Russian counterpart to allow Moscow's gay pride event to go ahead.Mr Livingstone was responding to a statement made by the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov who said: "all attempts to organise a gay parade, in any form, open or disguised, will be resolutely quashed"."I believe that equality for lesbians and gay men is a fundamental human right." Mr Livingstone told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • 20th February 2006

    Internet rumours “name” gay football star 23

    The News of the World's photograph of the “gay“ or “bisexual“ stars

    12:00 AM — The internet has today been rife with rumours surrounding the identity of two leading Premiership footballers, filmed in a gay orgy and viewed by a reporter at the News of the World.The tabloid newspaper said that the footballers, who can not be named for legal reasons, were caught on camera in an orgy with well a known music industry figure. The newspaper claimed that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy.

  • 19th February 2006

    Tottenham Hotspur to ban homophobic fans

    Offenders may be ejected from stadiums

    12:00 AM — Tottenham Hotspur are to become the first Premiership football club to ban homophobic chanting on the terrace. The club have warned fans that offenders may be ejected from premisses and risk having their season tickets voided.The club have instituted the rules following a series of homophobic chants directed at Tottenham's former captain, Sol Campbell during their recent home win over Charlton.

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  • Brokeback Mountain rides away with four BAFTAs

    Jake Gyllenhaal, won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Jack Twist

    12:00 AM — The gay cowboy romance, Brokeback Mountain emerged as the victor at the BAFTAs, held in London this evening. The film scored best film whilst Ang Lee, received the best director award.Jake Gyllenhaal, won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Jack Twist. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: "It's just a pleasure to be a part of this movie and I can't even believe I've got this for it."

  • 18th February 2006

    Gay rights group claim victory against Muslim leader

    Sir Iqbal was accused of homophobia by Peter Tatchell

    12:00 AM — The gay rights group, Outrage!, claim that Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain was forced to withdraw from making a key note address at the trade union-sponsored "Unite Against Fascism" conference held in London today, following protests against his alleged homophobic views.However, Sir Iqbal was likely to have been absent due to the event clashing with a London rally against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in the European press.

  • 16th February 2006

    Cambridge dean to defy Bishop on gay marriage 1

    The Rev Jeremy Caddick says that he will defy the Church policy

    12:00 AM — The dean of a leading college at Cambridge University has written to the Bishop of Ely informing him that he will break the Church of England's ban on clergy offering services for civil partnerships or gay marriages.The dean of Emmanuel College, the Rev Jeremy Caddick has written to the Bishop of Ely arguing that he believes that the college does not fall within the Church's jurisdiction.

  • Elton John wins damages for “rude” slur

    Sir Elton famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as “ “rude, vile pigs”

    12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John has accepted an undisclosed sum and an apology from the Sunday Times over an article which described him as "rude".Sir Elton, who famously described a group of Tawianesse journalists and photographers as " "rude, vile pigs" took offence at an article titled "Rock royals get too grand" which described his AIDS Foundation Summer Ball.

  • 13th February 2006

    Princess Diana’s home opened for gay weddings

    Gay couples will be able to consummate their marriage in the bedroom once shared by the Princess and her former husband, Prince Charles.

    12:00 AM — Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales has been accused of cashing in on his late sister's memory by opening up her ancestral home for gay weddings.Althrop House, where the late wife of Prince Charles was brought up, can be rented out for £50,000 as a luxury wedding venue for gay and straight couples.

  • “Neighbours from hell” evicted after homophobic and anti-disabled abuse 2

    The officer described the family who cannot be named for legal reasons as: “neighbours from hell“

    12:00 AM — A family described by the police as as a "neighbours from hell" have been evicted from their Cheltenham home after they taunted abuse at gay people and attacked a disabled man.The single mother and her three daughters shouted abuse at visitors to the gay EXS nightclub on Cheltenham High Street from their home nearby.

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