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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.

  • 30th November 2005

    ASBO teen jailed for homophobic attack

    The attack took place in a venue known by the police to be linked to gay cruising

    12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for six years after being found guilty for his part in a homophobic attack on a man in Cheltenham.Steven Aubrey, 18, of Crabtree Place, Cheltenham, was 17 when he dragged Ian Mason, 33, out of his car and subjected him to a series of punches and kicks.The attack took place in a venue known by the police to be linked to gay cruising.

  • 25th November 2005

    Social worker suspended over gay porn accusations

    The council has previously sacked nine staff for similar offences

    12:00 AM — The head of a Scottish council's social work team faces the sack after gay porn was allegedly found on his work laptop computer.Jim Hadderty was immediately suspended after technicians said that they found pornographic material on his machine whilst carrying out repairs.Mr Hadderty was relieved of his duties as manager of a divisional social work department at Renfrewshire Council.

  • Liberal Judaism launches gay marriage ceremonies in Britain

    Rabbi Tikvah Sarah said: “the Civil Partnership Act is a historic milestone“

    12:00 AM — Liberal Judaism is to be come the first mainstream religious group to perform gay marriage services.The movement, which includes four lesbian Rabbis, and two gay Rabbis will introduce its 'Covenant of Love' to coincide with the Civil Partnership Act which comes into force on December 5th.However, the ceremony does not replace the need for a couple to perform a civil partnership, as there are no legal entitlements flowing from the blessing.

  • “Happy Slapping” girl asked gay murder victim to “pose for the camera”, court told 2

    The court heard that the girl asked Mr Morley to  “pose for the camera”

    12:00 AM — A teenage girl asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, a court heart.The trial relates to the murder of David Morley, 37, a survivor of the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack, who was chatting with a friend, Alistair Whiteside, on the South Bank, when a gang pounced.

  • 24th November 2005

    20,000 British people may have HIV without knowing it

    A third of people who have HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed

    12:00 AM — A third of people who have HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed, a report by the Health Protection Agency has found.Despite over seven thousand new cases being diagnosed in the UK over 2005, almost twenty thousand people with the disease do not know that they are infected.Deborah Jack, the Chief Executive of the National AIDS trust says the results should be a wake up call to gay men to get tested.

  • Gays can become Catholic priests if they can prove they’re celibate 12

    Gay priests must not “publicly manifest their homosexuality or show an overwhelming attraction“, according to the report

    12:00 AM — Gay men will be allowed to be Roman Catholic priests as long as they can prove that they have been celibate for a minimum of three years.The Vatican which was commissioned by the Pope, Benedict XIV, says that the church will ban gays who "publicly manifest their homosexuality or show an overwhelming attraction" to homosexual culture even if it is only intellectually".

  • 23rd November 2005

    Conservative Equality Spokeswoman slammed over gay rights 1

    Ms Laing's comments were labelled as “sad”

    12:00 AM — Britain's only openly lesbian MP has condemned the Conservative Party for trying to allow small hotels and bbs (bed and breakfasts) to ban gay couples.The Equality Bill, which is currently having its second reading in the House of Commons, will ban the discrimination of people in the provision of goods and services due to their religion or their sexuality.

  • 22nd November 2005

    Lisburn set for u-turn over gay weddings ban

    The council is expected to overturn the ban in a meeting tonight

    12:00 AM — Lisburn City Council is due to make a u-turn over the banning of gay wedding ceremonies on council properties.The council, in Northern Ireland has previously announced that it would not allow civil partnership ceremonies to take place in their wedding suite.Local authorities are forced to offer civil partnership registrations under the Civil Partnership Act that comes into effect in December of this year. However, they are free to decide whether to offer facilities for ceremonies on their properties.

  • 21st November 2005

    Serial killer Rose West in lesbian relationship

    West was sentenced to life in 1995

    12:00 AM — The Sunday Mirror claims that serial killer Rose West has embarked on a lesbian affair with a fellow prisoner.West, 51 met Chantelle Easton, 39, who is serving a sentence for robbery at Bronzefield prison in Ashford.They are both being held in the prison's segregation unit. West is kept there for her own safety, whilst Easton was transferred there after being abusive to an officer.

  • 19th November 2005

    Northern Ireland politician claims gays are “abominable and filthy” 6

    Mr Mills said homosexuality is a “abominable and filthy practice “

    12:00 AM — A councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by Dr Ian Paisley ha branded gays as "abominable and filthy" and to blame for Hurricane Katrina and the spread of AIDs in Africa.Maurice Mills councillor in Ballymena, Northern Ireland claimed that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement from God: "the media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence Festival, which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people.

  • 17th November 2005

    Church of England’s position on gay rights is evil, says right wing Bishops 2

    Dr Williams has in the past been tolerant of gay clergy

    12:00 AM — The split in the Anglican Church over the issue of homosexuality has continued today, with ultra-conservative church leaders condemning the policies of the Church of England as evil.The "Global South", a group of ultra-right wing, anti-gay bishops led by the Nigerian archbishop, Dr Peter Akinola in letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, urge him to reconsider his personal views on homosexuality: "we urge you to rethink your personal view and embrace the Church's consensus and to act on it, based as it is on the clear witness of Scripture."

  • Charles Clarke hints at Crystal Meth re-classification

    The Home Secretary warned that Crystal Meth is a highly dangerous drug

    12:00 AM — The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke has made the strongest hints yet that Crystal Meth (methylamphetamine) could be reclassified as a class-A drug.His comments follow a report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which examined toxicity, risk, manufacture and prevalence of the drug and considered whether the current classification is appropriate.The ACMD did not recommend the immediate re-classification of the drug but voiced concern over the growing use of the drug.

  • 16th November 2005

    Gay Wedding expo hits London 1

    The event will be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington

    12:00 AM — Britain's first gay wedding exhibition is to take place in North London this weekend.The Modern Life show is billed as a one-stop shop to assist couples embarking on a civil partnership. Taking place at the Islington Design Centre it will feature exhibitors including Moss Bros, Debenhams, wedding venues, financial advisors, photographers and cake makers.The exhibition has been publicised across the gay media and through more traditional outlets including posters at tube stations. Tickets cost £10 (including a £1 donation to the Elton John Foundation).

  • 14th November 2005

    Northern Ireland murder may have been homophobic 57

    Police say there may be a homophobic motive

    12:00 AM — Police say that the motive for the murder of a man in Armagh last week may be his sexuality.Martin Conlon, 35, has returned to Northern Ireland from a prison in Ireland where he had served four years for being a member of the Real IRA.Detective Superintendent Derek Williamson said he is "following a number of key lines of enquiry in this murder which will incorporate Mr Conlon's possible connections with paramilitary organisations and also allegations of involvement in criminal activity."

  • 10th November 2005

    Paintings of straight couples removed from Registry Office in preparation for gay weddings 5

    Civil Partnership ceremonies will take place in England and Wales from December 21st.

    12:00 AM — Liverpool is replacing the pictures that hang on the walls of its Registry Office in order to avoid offending gay couples.The city, which has over recent years become one of the most gay friendly in Britain, is removing two paintings because they are too associated with straight marriage. One is of a young bride signing the register and the other is of Romeo and Juliet on a swing.Janet Taubman, a Registrar at the office said they were "they were innocent pictures but the new paintings are less likely to offend."

  • 9th November 2005

    Give gays full marriage rights says top woman judge 5

    Lady Hale says that civil partnerships are “marriages in almost all but name“

    12:00 AM — In a speech yesterday, Britain's most senior female judge, called for the gay couples to be allowed to marry.Lady Hale, the country's first female law lord said that the Civil Partnership Act allows gay couples "a status which is marriage in almost all but name"."If people want both the privileges and the responsibilities of marriage, I do not see why we should deny it to them."

  • Girl filmed gay barman being kicked to death on her mobile phone 3

    The gang deny murder in the case that continues

    12:00 AM — A teenage schoolgirl filmed a gay barman being kicked to death by her friends using her mobile phone, a court was told.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have told David Morley that she was making a documentary about happy slapping before her gang of friends kicked him to death.Mr Morley, 37, who survived the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack, was chatting with a friend, Alistair Whiteside, on the South Bank, when the gang pounced.

  • 8th November 2005

    Straight man in coma after gang thought he was gay 2

    Asa Freeman suffered serious brain damage after four men saw that he had a limp wrist

    12:00 AM — A straight man was beaten-up by a gang because they thought he was gay, a court was told yesterday.Asa Freeman, 33, suffered serious brain damage after four men saw that he had a limp wrist caused by a stroke and thus assumed his sexuality, Swindon Crown Court was told.Mr Freeman and his friend, who is also straight were on a night out in Townbridge when they were set upon by the gang who poured out abuse, shouting, "faggot" and "queer" at the men.

  • Westminster u-turn on gay rainbow flags ban 1

    Ken Livingstone had previously branded Westminster Council as “out of touch”

    12:00 AM — Westminster Council has performed a u-turn over its ban on the display of gay rainbow flags in Soho.Earlier this year, the council announced a policy that forced retailers to remove all rainbow flags from hanging above premises unless they had been granted planning permission.Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London had strongly criticised the Conservative run council and branded them "out of touch".

  • Gay couples in online registration trials 5

    Civil partnerships become legal in England and Wales on the 5th December of this year.

    12:00 AM — Civil partnerships are to be registered online in a pilot scheme in Brighton and three other areas.Couples registering a civil partnership (or gay marriage as it has popularly become known) will be piloting an online registration procedure in the seaside resort together with Bath, Liverpool and Swansea over the next few weeks.Civil partnerships become legal in England and Wales on the 5th December of this year.

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