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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.

  • 25th October 2005

    Family pay tribute to London gay legend, Simon Hobart 37

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

    12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Much of London's gay community was in shock as the news spread over the course of the week.Simon who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. Police have confirmed that the body of a man matching Mr Hobart's description was found on Sunday morning outside his home. They are not treating the death as suspicious.

  • 24th October 2005

    Men appear in court over Clapham gay murder

    Jody Dobrowski was murded in the early hours of Saturday 15th October 2005

    12:00 AM — Two men appeared at a magistrates court earlier today in connection with the death of the gay bar man, Jody Dobrowski.Thomas Pickford (25) who is homeless and Scott Walker (33) a homeless decorator appeared at South Western Magistrates' Court.They spoke only to confirm their names and date of birth. Their solicitors made no application for bail and the pair have been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 31st January 2006.

  • 23rd October 2005

    London gay legend, Simon Hobart has died 37

    Trash Palace was Simon Hobart's most recent venture

    12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning.Mr Hobart who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond.

  • Family pay tribute to London gay legend, Simon Hobart 37

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

    12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Much of London's gay community was in shock as the news spread over the course of the week.Simon who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. Police have confirmed that the body of a man matching Mr Hobart's description was found on Sunday morning outside his home. They are not treating the death as suspicious.

  • 22nd October 2005

    Two arrested in Clapham gay murder case

    Mr Jody Dobrowski was murded in the early hours of Saturday 15th October 2005

    12:00 AM — Two men, aged 33 and 25, were arrested in connection with the suspected anti-gay murder of Jody Dobrowski (pictured) and police have announced that they are contiuing to hold the pair for further questioning.Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.

  • 20th October 2005

    New leads on the Clapham gay murder case

    Jody Dobrowski was murded in the early hours of Saturday 15th October 2005

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan police have announced that they believe that the men who murdered gay bar manager, Jody Dobrowski (pictured), 24, on Clapham Common verbally abused a woman fifteen minutes earlier in a nearby street.Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.

  • Liam Fox says his impending marriage should prove he isn’t gay 56

    Dr Fox says his marriage should prove that he's not gay

    12:00 AM — Liam Fox (pictured) the rightwing contender for the Conservative Party leadership has spoken for the first time about rumours of his gay past.In an interview for the London Evening Standard he claimed that his impending marriage to Jesme Baird should mean an end to any gossip about his private life. However, he refused to deny that he might have had a gay relationship in the past.

  • 18th October 2005

    Two men wanted for anti-gay London murder

    Jody Dobrowski, was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police are hunting to men who beat a man to death in a homophobically influenced attack on Clapham Common in south London.

  • Doctor Who spin off for Bisexual/ Gay Character

    12:00 AM — An adult version of the popular Doctor Who series has been commissioned by the BBC to explore Doctor Who's bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman (pictured).

  • 10th October 2005

    Uganda Under Fire For Gay Stance 1

    12:00 AM — The human rights group. Amnesty International has voiced concern over the continuing intimidation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists in Uganda.

  • Poll Shows Americans Support Gays in the Army

    12:00 AM — A poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 58% of Americans support allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military, up from 52% in 1994.The percentage of those who strongly opposed allowing open service fell from 26% in 1994 to 15% in 2005.

  • Isle of Man Plans to Reduce the Gay Age of Consent

    12:00 AM — The Isle of Man's Council of Ministers has announced that the state will be looking to equalise the age of consent for gay and straight sex.The Isle, which has its own legal system, but is a British Crown dependency, is currently the only place in the British Isles where the age of consent is unequal

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  • GAY Bar Controversy: The Editor Responds

    12:00 AM — The editor responds to the complaint of Jeremy Joseph, the promoter of G-A-Y in regards to the report of two women being turned away from his bar.

  • Tory Leadership Contender Promises Gay Agenda

    12:00 AM — In launching his bid yesterday to become leader of the Conservative Party, and leader of the Opposition, David Davis explicitly mentioned uniting the various communities in Britain to form one nation.Mr Davis famously stood up for gay rights when he intervened in the torturing of a gay pupil by a gang of bullies at his tough inner London school.

  • Pakistan’s Alleged Gay Marriage

    12:00 AM — Two men have supposedly got married in the socially conservative Muslim country of Pakistan.

  • Hamas say gays are perverts will be punished if they win elections 17

    12:00 AM — Hamas, the militant and political group in the Palestinian Territories have said that they win the Palestinian Authority Parliamentary election, they would ban men and women dancing together and will strip gay men and women of the few rights they have in the territory that they have at present.Dr Mahmoud Zahar (pictured), the groups leader in Gaza, in an article on an Arabic website condemned the rights that gays have in Israel and made it clear that he thinks that gays are perverts.

  • Gay Catholic Priests to be allowed if they’re celibate 4

    12:00 AM — Gay men will 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 report which was revealed in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera was commissioned by the Pope, Benedict XIV (pictured), 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".

  • 11 year olds selling gay sex as rent boys 5

    12:00 AM — A Leicester politician has revealed that there are male prostitutes or rent boys as young as 11 selling sex to men in the city's parks.Councillor Mark Farmer, spokesman on crime and disorder issues told his local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury that he has received reports of up to six children, aged between 11 and 13, working in the trade.

  • Boy George back in UK but faces prison in the USA over cocaine charge 4

    12:00 AM — Boy George (pictured), the 44-year-old former Culture Club front man returned to Britain today after appearing in court in New York where he was charged with possessing cocaine.The star is accused of possessing 5g of cocaine that police say were found in 134 small packets in his flat in the Little Italy district of the city.

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