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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.

  • 12th February 2006

    “Bisexual football stars in gay orgy”- tabloid claims 23

    The newspaper claims that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy

    12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has today claimed that two leading Premiership footballers are bisexual and have engaged in a gay orgy.The News of the World, said that the footballers who can not be named for legal reasons were caught on camera in an orgy with well known music industry figure.The newspaper claims that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy.

  • 10th February 2006

    Casanova

    12:00 AM — Fresh from a much-lauded and award-nominated turn as a rugged and secretly gay cowboy coming to terms with his love for another man in Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger here returns to more familiar territory, proving both his rampant heterosexuality and his great comic timing. After all, how better to demonstrate that just because you've played a gay cowboy doesn't mean you're gay than by taking on the role of the most infamous seducer of women in history?

  • 9th February 2006

    Moving on out or a storm in a coffee cup? 8

    Francis Maude- can he really change the way the Conservatives treat homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Can the Conservatives really woo the pink vote?The Conservative party are changing; at least that's what leader David Cameron would like you to believe. One of the key architects of the change is Francis Maude, former Foreign Office minister and now chairman of the Conservative Party.In his first major interview on gay rights, he explains toPinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen that his party's approach to gayrights in the 1980s and 1990s were wrong, that Section 28 was amistake and expresses his love for his openly gay brother who died of AIDs 12 years ago.

  • 8th February 2006

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  • 4th February 2006

    Gay flamingos celebrate fifth anniversary with their children 24

    Pretty in pink- Carlos and Fernando, are celebrating their fifth anniversary together

    12:00 AM — Britain's only gay flamingos Carlos and Fernando, are celebrating their fifth anniversary together with their adopted children at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire.The pair surprised staff at the wildlife park after they came out five years ago and began to engage in a series of complex mating rituals. The pink birds have been inseparable ever since and have even raised chicks together after they stole eggs from neighbouring straight couples.

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  • Who do the LGBT community think should lead the Lib Dems? 19

    Should it be Simon Hughes?

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats have hardly been out of the news of late as they build up to the election of a new leader. Sexuality has never been a more important issue in politics since Simon Hughes, the former front-runner for the leadership came out as bisexual.Today, we are asking for your choice as leader of the Liberal Democrats.The Liberal Democrats do not stand in Northern Ireland so for this reason we are only inviting votes from readers residing either in England, Wales or Scotland.

  • 1st February 2006

    Gay kiss advert cleared for broadcast

    DG regularly advertise to the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that an advert for Dolce Gabbana that features two men kissing is suitable for broadcast at any time.The television advertisement for DG watches showed various brief shots of people in cafes, restaurants and on a dance floor. In each shot, they were wearing two DG watches. In the final scene, a man loading groceries into his car gave one of his watches to a second man, after which they kissed briefly on the lips.

  • 31st January 2006

    Man may loose his sight after homophobic attack 1

    The unnamed 20-year-old, was attacked by two men in as he walked along a quiet street on Sunday

    12:00 AM — A gay man from County Donegal, Northern Ireland has been told that he may loose the sight in one eye after being beaten in a suspected homophobic attack.The unnamed 20-year-old, was attacked by two men in as he walked along a quiet street on Sunday.The attackers punched the man on the face and knocked him to the ground. He is now recuperating in hospital.

  • Brokeback mountain leads the Oscars pack 5

    Brokeback Mountain scored eight nominations

    12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has led the pack with eight Oscar nominations, which were announced earlier today.The film which has wowed audiences across Britain has scored some high profile fans including the Conservative leader, David Cameron.It scored nominations for Jake Gyllenhaal, best supporting actor, Heath Ledger, best actor and Ang Lee as best director.

  • 30th January 2006

    China bans Brokeback Mountain 5

    Chinese officials claimed that the film's content was too sensitive to be screened

    12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has been banned by Chinese censors because they object to its homosexual content.The film is directed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who was the director of Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.The national Xinhua News Agency claims that the "sensitive topic" of homosexuality has meant that the film is unsuitable for release within the communist country.

  • Dead man’s father doesn’t blame gay TV star Barrymore 2

    Mr Barrymore was never charged over the death of Mr Lubbock  (Photo: Joy Padmore)

    12:00 AM — The father of the man found dead in the swimming pool of TV star Michael Barrymore five years ago, said today that he didn't blame the star for the death of his son.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001.His 61 year-old-father, Terry, met with Mr Barrymore for the first time this weekend and then told the Sun that he would work with Mr Barrymore.

  • 29th January 2006

    Barrymore set to marry gay lover and return to UK 2

    Mr Barrymore was mired in controversy in 2001 following the death of Stuart Lubbock (Photo: Joy Padmore)

    12:00 AM — Having been placed as the runner up in the hit Channel 4 series, Celebrity Big Brother, former TV star Michael Barrymore says that he's going to marry his gay lover.Mr Barrymore was mired in controversy in 2001 following the death of Stuart Lubbock, who was found with sexual injuries after drowning in Mr Barrymore's swimming pool. Following newspaper revelations, Mr Barrymore fled to New Zealand where he attempted to re-launch his career as a stage actor.

  • Gay man’s body found in country lane 1

    Alexandre Marques, 61, emigrated to London from Portugal in 1972

    12:00 AM — The remains of a gay man from Notting Hill have been found next to a country lane in Luton, Bedfordshire.Alexandre Marques, 61, emigrated to London from Portugal in 1972 and disappeared from his bedsit in Notting Hill on Sunday 16th October 2005.Colleagues at the exclusive ARTS club in Mayfair reported him missing on October 21, after he failed to appear at work for five days.

  • 28th January 2006

    Synagogue appoints gay rabbi five years after rejecting lesbian

    Finchley Reform Synagogue in north London has appointed an openly gay rabbi

    12:00 AM — Finchley Reform Synagogue in north London has appointed an openly gay rabbi just five years after it rejected a lesbian Rabbi to be the community's spiritual head.The synagogue was embroiled in controversy following the proposal to appoint an openly lesbian Rabbi, Melina Carr in 2000. Her appointment was recommended by the synagogue's rabbinical committee but was vetoed by the community. The synagogue later apologised to Rabbi Carr for "unwarranted intrusion into aspects of her private life."

  • 26th January 2006

    Simon Hughes admits to gay relationships and apologises for lying 19

    Simon Hughes admitted that he has had, “both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past“

    12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender has finally revealed that he has had gay relationships in the past. In the past weeks, he publicly stated that he was not gay.In an interview published this morning in the Sun, Mr Hughes admitted that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." In the interview he admitted using a gay telephone chat service.

  • Simon Hughes: “I’m bisexual” 21

    Simon Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is bisexual

    12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender has finally revealed that he is bisexual and that he has had gay relationships in the past. In the past weeks, he publicly stated that he was not gay.In an interview published this morning in the Sun, Mr Hughes admitted that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." In the interview he admitted using a gay telephone chat service. This morning, Mr Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is "bisexual."

  • Student expelled for being gay 2

    Charles Pollard, president of the university defended their actions

    12:00 AM — A student at an American university claims he was expelled from his course after the institution found out that he was gay.Michael Guinn was a student at the private Christian, John Brown University in Arkansas.He claims that he was thrown of his course after the university found his internet blog that listed details of his sexuality.

  • 24th January 2006

    Simon Cowell slammed by gay rights groups

    Mr Cowell told a male contestant to “shave off your beard wear a dress“

    12:00 AM — Pop Idol and X Factor judge, Simon Cowell, has been condemned by a leading gay rights group over a comment he made to a contestant on American Idol.Mr Cowell told a male contestant to "shave off your beard wear a dress" in the first episode of the fifth series, while fellow judge Randy Jackson asked one: "Are you a girl?"

  • Will Grace to end with a wedding 3

    Will and Grace was America's first successful sitcom based around gay characters

    12:00 AM — The makers of the hit Channel 4 sitcom Will Grace, NBC, has announced that the series will end after eight years."It is a bittersweet moment for all of us at NBC to confirm that this will be the final season of the comedy Will Grace," said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly yesterday.The show's producers say that the series will end with a two-hour finale which will include a baby and a wedding.

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