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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.

  • 14th December 2008

    Film Review: Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa

    The cast of Madagascar Escape 2 Africa

    3:16 PM — In 2005, Madagascar ambled into our cinemas as just one of countless computer-animated kids' films featuring talking animals getting into scrapes. It's tale of a bunch of New York zoo animals who end up having to fend for themselves in the jungles of Africa, following the Shrek mould of chucking in movie references in an attempt to appeal to adult audiences, and on the surface had little to make it stand out amidst the seemingly never-ending line of similar talking animal animations that the last decade has brought us. Yet somehow, something clicked. It wasn't a classic, certainly, but something about the ninja-style penguins, or perhaps the talented voice cast – principally Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen – helped it to rise above the herd.

  • 8th November 2008

    15,000 protesters in San Francisco over passing of Proposition 8 13

    Posters advertising the rally have appeared all over the city

    2:32 AM — Live from San Francisco, California In excess of 15,000 people are marching through San Francisco to protest at the passing of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.

  • 7th November 2008

    Proposition 8 opponents concede defeat – gay marriage banned in California 14

    Gay rights supporters outside California's Capitol building

    8:24 AM — The opponents of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.

  • 6th November 2008

    Audio:Protests at California Capitol over gay marriage ban victory 6

    Gay rights supporters outside California's Capitol building

    8:18 AM — Protests over the apparent victory of Proposition 8, the voter inactive in California that effectively bans gay marriage have been held outside the state Capitol in Sacramento.

  • 5th November 2008

    Update 3: Victory for Proposition 8 as gay marriage banned in California 4

    Proposition 8 looks certain to pass

    7:00 PM — While the celebrations for the election of a new, pro-gay President, Barack Obama were starting the fizzle out. Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that calls for a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California was approved by voters.

  • Update 2: gay marriage ban supported by 51.7% of Californians 40

    Proposition 8 looks certain to pass

    10:58 AM — After the "Say No to Prop 8" rally in San Francisco was disbanded due to the delays in results and with eighty five percent of ballots counted , 4,727,246 people (51.7%) have voted for the ban on gay marriage. 4,4165,742 (48.3% have voted against.

  • Update: With eighty percent of votes counted, 51.8% of Californians support Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage

    Gays have been getting married since June

    10:27 AM — Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that seeks to make a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California, defining marriage as an act of union between a man and woman is currently looks likely to pass.

  • Live Blog: Vote No on Prop 8 event curtailed – gay marriage ban may pass

    Proposition 8 may pass

    8:18 AM — Gay marriage could end in California. Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that seeks to make a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California, looks more likely to pass.

  • 4th November 2008

    Comment: Forget Obama, in California it’s all about Proposition 8 11

    Turn any corner and you'll find someone waving a "Vote No" poster (Flickr:tomsaint11)

    12:42 AM — Benjamin Cohen reports from San Francisco, where almost no one is talking about the Presidential election. The focus is Proposition 8.

  • 4th October 2008

    EastEnders: Ian discovers Jane’s dark secret

    Ian discovers the secret Jane has been keeping from him

    3:46 PM — After months of watching Jane sneaking off to supposed gym sessions we finally discover Jane's deep dark secret this week. Has she been sneaking off to meet a tall dark stranger? Is she working for the secret service as an undercover spy?

  • 26th August 2008

    Emmerdale: Val finds herself with an unwelcome new best friend

    Is Bonnie obsessed with being Val’s new best friend?

    10:50 PM — Val's doing her best to get Pollard to forgive her. But she has to deal with a setback when her holiday chum, Bonnie, turns up.

  • 15th August 2008

    Coronation Street: Mercenary Tony threatens Jed

    Will unscrupulous Tony leave Jed for dead?

    9:16 PM — The only thing missing in Coronation Street this week is a mad cackle of laughter and a thunder clap to accompany mercenary Tony. He's forcing pensioners from their homes while rubbing his hands with glee. We've all heard of cold-hearted business people, but he really takes that concept to a whole new level.

  • 30th July 2007

    Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2

    Former Editor Marc Shoffman, “Politican of the Year“, Baroness Ashton with PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen at the Stonewall awards

    6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.

  • 5th June 2007

    Ocean’s Thirteen

    5:32 PM — After the dire second outing in the Steven Soderbergh/George Clooney caper series, it looked rather as if the magic had gone. Not only that, but some began to question the very concept of movies with massive ensemble casts, made up largely of A-list actors. After all, how many massive egos can any screenwriter realistically accommodate while maintaining a coherent and entertaining script?Of course, the first Ocean's Eleven film - at least, the first in the Soderbergh series, as it was a remake of a 1960s classic - was a real treat.

  • Vacancy

    5:32 PM — If you're a fan of psycho killer thrillers, this should be right up your street. It's classic, almost clichéd slasher movie material.Young couple getting lost in a remote part of the countryside? Check. Car breaks down? Check.They find a remote motel in which to spend the night? Check. It all turns out to be a bit creepy and they end up having to run for their lives? Check.

  • 27th May 2007

    Peter Tatchell speaks out after his violent Moscow assault 62

    Peter Tatchell shortly after the attack

    9:31 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive"I'm not deterred one iota from coming back to protest in Moscow," Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk from Moscow, just hours after he was attacked by suspected neo-Nazis and then arrested by the Russian riot police the OMON. "Gay Russians need overseas support to protect them against state and neo-Nazi violence."Mr Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk: "I urge people to protest to the Russian Ambassador and to ask their local MP to send a letter of protest to the Russian embassy."

  • 2nd May 2007

    Comment: Browne shouldn’t have been outed 15

    Peter Tatchell is a Green Parliamentary candidate

    7:03 PM — Peter Tatchell writesIt was ethically wrong for the Mail on Sunday to seek to expose Lord Browne's homosexuality, and especially wrong for the newspaper to plan the publication of uncorroborated 'kiss and tell' revelations from his ex-partner, Jeff Chevalier.The newspaper colluded with a bitter, greedy former boyfriend who demanded money from Lord Browne, and who implicitly threatened him if he did not pay up.

  • 1st March 2007

    Comment: The politics of religion and gay adoption

    The main Jewish adoption agency, Norwood, on the other hand, said that it was happy to consider gay couples as parents.

    3:00 PM — By Ben Cohen The debate over exemption for religious groups from the Equality Act exposed a division within the government and the country.While we don't know exactly what happened behind closed doors, it appears that Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, was persuaded by her friends within the Catholic Church to exempt their adoption agencies from being forced to treat gay and lesbian couples in the same way that they would a straight couple.

  • 7th November 2006

    PinkNews.co.uk Archive

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  • 28th September 2006

    October’s The Pink News is out now!

    You can download The Pink News online

    12:00 AM — October's The Pink News is dominated by religion and politics. From Christain's attacking the NSPCC for supporting gay children to the rising gay stars at the heart of British politics."A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and its Childline service...." You can download the latest edition of The Pink News online.

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