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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.

  • 8th November 2005

    Gays gain anti-discrimination rights but loose the right to run gay only bars clubs 5

    Gay clubs will loose the right to turn away straight customers

    12:00 AM — The government will today accept an amendment that will outlaw discrimination of gay people in the service industry. Controversially it will also end the end the banning of straight people from gay venues.Until now, legislation has only banned discrimination of gay and lesbians in terms of employment law but the government has announced that the Equality Bill currently progressing through parliament will tackle discrimination by hotels, pubs, doctors and councils.

  • 6th November 2005

    Gay Bishop says God called him 29

    “I felt God was calling me out“ says Gene Robinson, the first gay Bishop

    12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion, claimed yesterday that he was called by God to become a Bishop.The comments were made in a speech during the Bishop's visit to Britain to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Changing Attitudes group of pro-Gay Christians."I've got to be honest I felt God was calling me out ... God is always calling us to a place of integrity." Bishop Robinson's claim flies in the face of evangelical doctrine that does not allow the ordination or consecration of practising homosexuals.

  • 4th November 2005

    Gay Bishop in talks with the Archbishop of Canterbury 29

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, met the American gay Bishop, Gene Robinson, in London yesterday.The Archbishop's spokesman described the meeting as "friendly but candid".The spokesman added, "The encounter came as part of the Archbishop's commitment to listening to the voices of all concerned in the current challenges facing the Anglican Communion."

  • Little Britian star David Walliams wishes he was gay 6

    David Walliams says, “life would be a lot simpler if I was just gay“

    12:00 AM — David Walliams the star of hit comedy sketch show, Little Britain has revealed that he wishes he was gay.In an interview with lads magazine, Loaded, he claims that his lifewould be so much easier if he fancied men."I must admit my life would be a lot simpler if I was just gay, but we can't choose these things. I'm going to have a sex change when I'm 70 for the last ten years of my life."

  • Racist and anti-gay magazine publishers given jail sentences 1

    The magazine paid tribute to Soho nail bomber, David Copeland

    12:00 AM — Five white supremacist homophobes were jailed today for their producing and distributing 'Stormer', a magazine that published instructions on making bombs and aimed to initiate a "racial holy war.Articles included a tribute to David Copeland, who murdered three people in a series of nail bombs targeting members of ethnic minorities and the gay community in London. The bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street, Soho, in 1999 killed three people including a pregnant woman, her husband's best man and a her close friend.

  • Gay Bishop says Church will eventually accept gays and lesbians 29

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion

    12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said today that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.He told the BBC, "I believe that the acceptance of gay and lesbian people into the life of the Church is something that is going to happen. It may not happen in my lifetime, but that is all right. It will happen in God's own time."

  • About Us

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk is a new online news service for the gay community.For editorial enquiries and to suggest a news story email editor@pinknews.co.ukFor commercial and advertising enquiries please call 0870 906 4555 to speak to CyberBritain who manage the commercial aspects of PinkNews.co.ukFor press enquiries please call 07740345771

  • 3rd November 2005

    Gay football stars are too scared to come out 4

    Stonewall FC say there at least two Premiership stars too scared to come out

    12:00 AM — There are at least two gay Premiership football stars that are gay, but are too afraid to come out. At least that's what Stonewall FC, the leading gay football team claim.Andrew Walmsley, the chairman of Stonewall FC, said the gay stars were staying quiet about their sexuality due to a deal of abuse from fans and fellow players.

  • 2nd November 2005

    Gay shop worker claims he was treated as an infected animal after revealing he was HIV positive 1

    Clinton Cards deny the claims

    12:00 AM — A gay employee of Clinton Cards claims he was suspended the day after he told his boss that he had been diagnosed with HIV.Karl Nugent, 23 from Northallerton in north Yorkshire told an employment tribunal investigating his suspension that he was told to stay away from the other staff's mugs and cutlery in the staff kitchen. He also claims that he was given £20 to purchase his own towels and not to use the staff toilet in order "to avoid other staff catching HIV".

  • 1st November 2005

    Police search Liverpool gay bar after drug illnesses 1

    The police say a rogue batch of drugs may be in circulation

    12:00 AM — Police searched a gay bar in Liverpool on Monday after three people fell ill after allegedly taking drugs inside the popular, GBar.Two women, aged 23 and 25 were taken to hospital at 1.30 am on Monday morning after collapsing inside the door. The younger woman was initially classed as being 'critically ill' but her health has improved to treatment.

  • Liverpool’s gay pride event kicks off 1

    Homotopia is aiming for thousands of extra visitors to Liverpool

    12:00 AM — Homotopia, Liverpool's annual gay pride event kicked off on Monday and will last for the next two weeks.The event, which is in its second year, will feature gay films, exhibitions, artwork and stage shows.Homotopia will also feature a host of guest speakers including OutRage! founder Peter Tatchell.

  • 31st October 2005

    Church of Scotland backs gay adoption 4

    The church say they welcome and support the emphasis on the best interests of the child

    12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland (the Kirk) has cautiously welcomed proposals for unmarried and gay couples to adopt.The Kirk was responding to the policies of the Scottish Executive that will overhaul the adoptions law in the country. Under the current legal system in Scotland, only one member of an unmarried gay or straight couple can legally be considered the adoptive parent of a child, with the other partner being granted only the right for the child to reside with them.

  • 29th October 2005

    Sonia’s EastEnders Lesbian Kiss 4

    EastEnders' Sonia thinks her marriage to Martin is dead

    12:00 AM — EastEnders' Sonia Fowler played by Natalie Cassidy will be caught up in a lesbian embrace with her best friend Naomi (Petra Letang).The pair indulge in a lesbian kiss after Sonia admits to her friend that her marriage to Martin (James Alexandrou) is dying. Her friend tells Sonia that she has had held feelings for Sonia since they first met.

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  • 28th October 2005

    Gay marriage ceremony will tell partners not to fear their love 5

    Partners will pledge to share their lives openly and respect each other as individuals through good times and bad.

    12:00 AM — The Association of Registration and Celebratory Services have released the wording for civil partnership ceremonies.The ceremonies that will take place in England and Wales after the 5th December describes the ceremony as one that will "enable the love and respect that they [partners] have for each other to develop into a deep and lasting relationship."

  • 27th October 2005

    Lisburn ban on gay marriage ceremonies sparks protest 4

    The council is accused of failing to promote equality of opportunity

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners descended on Lisburn City Council offices on Wednesday to protest on their ban on civil partnership ceremonies.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.

  • Bishop of London refuses to ban gay Bishop from church service 29

    The Bishop of London says he's not in the business of curtailing free speech

    12:00 AM — The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has refused to ban the American gay Bishop Gene Robinson from attending a Church of England service.The Bishop of London's refusal comes after a letter was sent to him by the London Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, urging the Bishop to try an ban the gay cleric from visiting London or attending any church services in England.

  • Government hits back at claims that gay couples will receive benefit pensions cuts 4

    David Blunkett's spokeswoman said that the change is about equality not cuts

    12:00 AM — OutRage! the gay rights group led by human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell claims that gay couples may see a reduction in state benefits as a result of the Civil Partnership Act. However, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) say this is equality in action.Tatchell says that all cohabiting same-sex couples will experience a reduction in state benefits, as a side effect the new Civil Partnership Act.

  • 25th October 2005

    Popstarz to reopen soon 37

    Simon Hobart's family descibed him as “a  wonderful, unique person who will be sadly missed“

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