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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.

  • 10th October 2005

    California Votes to Legalise Gay Marriages

    12:00 AM — California's Senate has defied the US President George Bush by voting to legislate for gay marriages.Although many areas in the USA do offer some form of Gay marriage, this is the first time that a State Senate has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriages. The bill passed with 21 votes compared to 15 votes from those opposing moves.

  • 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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  • 22 Year Old Gay Iranian Escapes Death After State Flogging

    12:00 AM — A 22 year old Iranian, known only as Amir has escaped his home country after being subjected to 100 lashes which left his back covered in huge bloody welts.The state's religious police identified him as being gay following an undercover investigation.

  • Birmingham Gay Killer Gets Life

    12:00 AM — A man from Birmingham was given a life sentence for killing a family friend after the friend sexually molested him.

  • Mayor of London Threatens Legal Action Against Bromley on Gay Marriages 1

    12:00 AM — Bromley Council has been once again threatened with legal action by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone (pictured), over its approach to the issues of the civil partnerships; commonly known as 'gay marriages'.At free vote at the outer London council on Monday night, councillors reached a stalemate over whether the local authority should offer ceremonies for gay couples.

  • ‘Gay’ Pet Shop Celebrates 40th Birthday

    12:00 AM — When 'Gay Lyfe', a pet shop in Levenshulme was opened in 1965, the word gay had a different meaning for its founder and owner, George Ormond.

  • Former Cabinet Minister May Have Gay Marriage

    12:00 AM — Chris Smith (pictured), the former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has revealed that he and his partner Dorian Jabri are seriously thinking of taking part in a civil partnership ceremony."I'm very pleased to see the civil partnership legislation on the statute book. Whether Dorian and I will decide to do so is something we talk about but about which we have not yet made any decisions. At the moment I couldn't predict. We might." Lord Smith told the London Evening Standard.

  • Transexual Sentenced After Slashing Her Boyfriend’s Ex Lover’s Throat

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been sentenced to four and half years in prison after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex lover.

  • Gay Bishop Says Church May Split

    12:00 AM — Gene Robinson (pictured), the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church has predicted that the communion may be split by the issue of homosexuality."This is at least as much about power and control as it is about theology and Scripture," New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson said. "It's about who's going to be calling the shots, and who's going to be in and who's going to be out."

  • Man Accused of Cutting the Brakes of Wife’s Gay Lover’s Car

    12:00 AM — A man was accused of cutting the brake pipe of the car that was driven by his wife's lesbian lover, Swansea Crown Court was told yesterday.

  • Reggae Star Gay Attack Trial Will Test Jamaica’s Gay Rights Stance

    12:00 AM — Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will stand trial for assault on a group of gay men. The arrest follows long standing criticism of his attitudes to gay men in his songs.Jamaican police claim that Banton was one of a group of men who forced their way into a house in Kingston in June last year and beat six men who they accused of being gay.

  • 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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