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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.

  • 23rd June 2012

    Google celebrates 100th anniversary of gay war hero’s Alan Turing’s birth with Doodle 27

    Alan Turing would have been 100 today

    11:15 AM — Google has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the gay mathematical genius and codebreaker who not only was the effective inventor of the computer but also a key driver behind the victory over the Nazis.

  • 8th February 2012

    Comment: Why I made an It Gets Better video on being gay and Jewish 53

    Benjamin Cohen is the Channel 4 News technology correspondent and founder of PinkNews.co.uk

    5:20 PM — On Friday afternoon, I posted a video to YouTube. It was a historic moment for me because I haven’t actually posted very much on there before but also it was because for the first time officially, I shared my coming out story with the Channel 4 News audience and the wider world. The video I posted was to form part of the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign.

  • 8th January 2012

    Comment: How and why PinkNews will be celebrating Peter Tatchell Day 15

    Peter Tatchell after being beaten by neo-Nazis as he tried to support the LGBT community of Russia

    11:33 AM — Peter Tatchell has changed Britain and the world for the better in his decades of campaigning. PinkNews.co.uk is delighted to be working with his foundation to raise awareness and fundraise during his 60th birthday year.

  • 14th March 2011

    Gay dating app Grindr to launch straight counterpart 3

    Joel Simkhai founded Grindr

    3:21 PM — Grindr, the revolutionary iPhone, BlackBerry and Android application for the gay community is to launch a mainstream version of their social networking concept. Grindr has more than 1.65 million regular users in 180 countries worldwide, with London being the app’s most popular city.

  • 20th October 2010

    Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8

    Nitzan Horowitz address a neeting in London last week

    4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.

  • 24th July 2010

    Best of PinkNews: Tory chairman declares his old anti-gay policies “immoral” 17

    Francis Maude is now the Cabinet Office Minister

    11:07 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. In this interview first published in 2006, then Conservative Party chairman Francis Maude declared the anti-gay policies he'd voted for in the Thatcher Government were "immoral" and said that they contributed to the death of gay men including his brother from HIV/ AIDs.

  • 8th July 2010

    Comment: Time for Jewish leaders to show some pride 46

    Benjamin Cohen marched with a London gay Jewish group at Tel Aviv Pride

    2:59 PM — I've been to many LGBT Pride events before; last year I accompanied the-then prime minister's wife Sarah Brown at London's Pride march. This year, both in Tel Aviv and in London, the experience was different, I wasn't just 'coming out' as LGBT, I was coming out as an LGBT Jew.

  • 5th July 2010

    Theatre: Love the Sinner

    Fiston Barek (left) and Ian Redford in Love the Sinner

    12:05 AM — This new play by Drew Pautz begins with a contemporary argument and one familiar to the readers of this publication; how to reconcile the evangelical beliefs of African Anglicans and the more tolerant approach made by the Church of England to the subject of homosexuality. Set at a hotel in Africa (the country is not specified), bishops from across the globe are meeting to determine the approach of the Anglican Communion to this live issue.

  • 22nd June 2010

    Travel: Tel Aviv- bursting with pride 15

    A father stands up for his gay son

    12:20 PM — Benjamin Cohen finds that four nights in Tel Aviv for LGBT pride dramatically changed his perception of Israel. Four nights in Tel Aviv, for the city’s LGBT pride celebrations has changed me in a way no holiday ever has before. My attitudes and perceptions of Israel have changed dramatically and it’s also changed the way that I reconcile my sexuality with my religion.

  • 11th June 2010

    Tel Aviv Pride kicks off 20

    Tel Aviv Pride shortly before the parade kicked off

    11:09 AM — Tens of thousands of people are expected to join Tel Aviv Pride today, the Middle East's only significant gay celebration. PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reports from Israel.

  • 30th May 2010

    Comment: David Laws’s gay secrecy is understandable, so many closeted Lib Dem MPs is not 62

    David Laws resigned yesterday

    12:08 PM — David Laws, undoubtedly the brightest star of the Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition fell victim to something so evident in the lives of any gay or lesbian, utter fear. His downfall after what must have been one of the shortest ever spells in the cabinet is a personal tragedy that was ultimately inevitable as soon as the Daily Telegraph obtained the expenses claims of every MP in the last Parliament. But why is he the third prominent Liberal Democrat MP to be forced to come out as either gay or bisexual in the past few years given their party's whole hearted support of gay rights?

  • 2nd April 2010

    Human Rights Watch urge Malawian President to intervene in gay marriage case 6

    The case has sparked global media attention

    12:52 PM — Human Rights Watch has written to the President of Malawi urging him to intervene in the sentencing tomorrow of two gay men convicted for taking part in a marriage ceremony.

  • 21st December 2009

    Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33

    Ben Bradshaw is the Culture Secretary

    12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.

  • 29th September 2009

    Comment: Reflections on Yom Kippur and homosexuality within Judaism 55

    Different strands of Judaism have different views on homosexuality

    4:40 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects back on yesterday's Jewish festival of Yom Kippur and what it means for an openly gay Jew.

  • 11th September 2009

    Gordon Brown apologises for treatment of gay war hero Alan Turing 73

    Government sorry at last for treatment of World War Two hero Alan Turing

    12:23 AM — Following a petition signed by 30,805 people, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised on behalf of the British Government for the treatment of gay World War Two hero Alan Turing. A man forced by the courts to undergo castration to rid him of his homosexuality.

  • 2nd August 2009

    Video: Soho joins world in vigils for victims of the Tel Aviv anti-gay massacre 26

    A young gay Jewish man lights candles in the shape of the Star of David, Israel's national symbol

    11:40 PM — Organised by Twitter, Facebook and text message, all across the world vigils have been held for the victims of the massacre at an LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual) centre in Tel Aviv last night. Benjamin Cohen went to Soho to meet gay Israelis, Jews and those of no faith at all to share in their act of remembrance

  • 22nd April 2009

    Gay Nepalese MP looks towards greater acceptance of gays and lesbians

    Sunil Pant is an MP in Nepal

    1:35 PM — Nepal's first openly gay MP, Sunil Pant has single handedly put gay rights on the political map in Nepal since founding the Blue Diamond Society (BDS). This is Nepal's first and only sexual minorities rights organisation and is working hard with other human rights groups.. Lesbian rights however are lagging far behind those of men and even the men's are still dire. This is mainly due to cultural factors and the fact that women's rights in general are already very slim.

  • 24th January 2009

    Coronation Street Spoilers: Tony confesses to murder

    Carla quizzes Jimmy about Tony's actions

    1:31 PM — Carla is suspicious of what Tony has been up to and goes on a campaign trail to find out if he was responsible for Jed Stone's injuries, and Liam's death. She visits Maria who re-iterates her claim that Tony paid a heavy to kill Liam – and it seems that at last Maria's claims are being heard, particularly when Carla finds out that Jed has been rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, and she believes it could be something to do with Tony.

  • Coronation Street Spoilers: Tony confesses to murder

    Carla quizzes Jimmy about Tony's actions

    1:31 PM — Carla is suspicious of what Tony has been up to and goes on a campaign trail to find out if he was responsible for Jed Stone's injuries, and Liam's death. She visits Maria who re-iterates her claim that Tony paid a heavy to kill Liam – and it seems that at last Maria's claims are being heard, particularly when Carla finds out that Jed has been rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, and she believes it could be something to do with Tony.

  • Emmerdale Spoilers: Jack dies in Spain

    What will Andy do with the farm now?

    1:26 PM — Chas keeps the pressure off by telling Carl he will have to wait for his money until Debbie is released, or she will tell Lexi about their kiss. But Lexi is already suspicious and keen to prove that she can keep her man – particularly after Lisa tells her she will always be a second rate Chas in Carl’s eyes. She prepares a romantic dinner and proposes – an offer Carl can’t refuse bearing in mind what she reminds him she knows about his past.

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