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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.

  • 5th July 2006

    Prescott under fire for his anti-gay links 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • Madonna’s gay brother fed up of sibling questions

    Madonna's gay brother said he's sick of men only speaking to him because of his famous sister

    12:00 AM — Madonna's gay brother has told a gay magazine that he's sick of men only speaking to him because of his famous sister.Christopher Ciccone, the brother of the gay icon, Madonna told Attitude: "A fan doesn't put me off; it just annoys me when the questioning continues."He went on to say: "Sometimes I'll meet a guy at a bar and they won't stop talking about her."

  • 4th July 2006

    Anti-gay feelings unite Israel’s orthodox Jews and Muslims 23

    Representatives from the organisers of Jerusalem World Pride,  marched at last weekend's EuroPride event in London

    12:00 AM — Ultra-orthodox Jews and Muslims in Israel have at last found one thing that they agree on, their condemnation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community."If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies," Arab Member of Knesset Ibrahim Sarsur said in a statement.

  • Rise in sexual health diagnosis in UK

    2005 saw an increase of nine per cent in visits to sexual health clinics

    12:00 AM — Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnosed in the UK increased by three per cent between 2004 and 2005. However, in relation to gonorrhoea, new diagnoses fell by 13 per cent, a decrease for the second successive year.The figures for the country as a whole (straight and LGBT) last year show that there were 790,387 diagnoses of STI and an overall increase of nine per cent to 1,839,241 visits to sexual health clinics.

  • Mayor looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign

    Mayor of London, Ken Livinstone and Stonewall's Ben Summerskill at the launch of 'Spell it Out'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.

  • Venue cancels Buju Banton gig after protests 7

    Buju Banton's hit 'Boom Bye Bye'  incites the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces

    12:00 AM — A Brighton music venue has caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance tomorrow by singer Buju Banton, who is known for his homophobic lyrics.In a statement, Concorde 2 said: "We sincerely apologise to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are concerned that we will have our licence revoked and that our premises could be closed down."

  • Risky sex must be disclosed to partners, court rules

    Justice Marvin Baxter said:“ Society has an overriding policy of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.“

    12:00 AM — The Californian Supreme Court has found that people who engage in high-risk sex should inform their partners that they may carry HIV, even if they have not been tested as HIV positive.Yesterday, in a majority ruling, the court found that a man who was accused of passing on HIV to his ex-wife on their honeymoon had "constructive knowledge" of his past gay sexual behaviour that should have led him to warn her of the dangers of having sexual intercourse with him.

  • South Korean film banned from China for gay theme

    The surprise hit is about a troupe of entertainers condemned to die for an act mocking 16th-century King Yonsan

    12:00 AM — The most popular South Korean film ever has been banned from Chinese cinemas due to subtle gay themes according to the film's distributors."The film 'King and the Clown' could not pass the deliberation process in China because of the homosexual code and sexually explicit language in the film," a spokesman from South Korean distributor CJ told Reuters.

  • 30th June 2006

    An alternative night out after EuroPride

    Celebrate the diversity of Europe at EuroShame

    12:00 AM — Bar and club owners have been criticised in the past for hiking up prices for Pride weekend and this weekend's Europride will be no exception. However, one promoter is offering an alternative to the hiked up prices if you journey South of the River Thames.Running for the eleventh year in a row, South London performance and club night Duckie is running their Gay Shame special. This year, the event will have a European theme and has been renamed EuroShame.

  • 29th June 2006

    HIV research on brain dead is immoral

    Peter Singer claimed that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans

    12:00 AM — A British academic has criticised the Australian ethicist Peter Singer for claiming that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans.Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the USA is best known for his controversial views on bestiality, euthanasia and disability. In June he suggested that HIV research should be conducted on people in a persistent vegetative state as they are will not suffer because they are "beyond consciousness."

  • Simon Hughes: Coming out is a burden lifted 2

    Simon Hughes: happy to be out

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Hughes found himself at the centre of a media storm earlier this year when he unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following revelations that he was bisexual.In his first interview on his private life since the leadership election, he tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how he came to the decision to come out, his role in the Bermonsey by-election and why he's proud of his records on gay rights.

  • 23rd June 2006

    ‘Police can’t stop cruising’ residents told

    Residents want the area to be reclaimed by families

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police claim to be powerless in their battle to halt the growing popularity of gay cruising and straight dogging in a spot noted for its natural beauty.Scratchwood Open Space is near Borehamwood in Hertfordshire but is owned by Barnet Council. In the past three years, the site has seen its popularity grow for both straights and gays to meet for anonymous sex.

  • Paris Hilton descends on German toilet from 7000 feet 7

    Paris Hilton ordered her helicopter pilot to descend on an unwitting German family

    12:00 AM — When a girls got to go, a girls got to go, it doesn't matter if you're in a helicopter 7,000 feet above the ground.Paris Hilton, the celebrity heiress ordered her helicopter pilot to descend on an unwitting German farming family so that she could excuse herself.Ms Hilton gained cult status within the gay community following her television series 'The Simple Life'.

  • Will Young to come out as a thesbian

    Will Young came out as gay when he won Pop Idol

    12:00 AM — The gay Pop Idol winner, Will Young is to make his professional stage début as an effeminate 1920s drug addict in the Noel Coward play, the Vortex.Young, who came out as gay shortly after winning the first series of Pop Idol was enroled on a musical theatre course when he won the television talent contest.

  • 21st June 2006

    Paddick snubbed for honour- newspaper claims

    Brian Paddick first attracted public notoriety when as commander of Brixton Police, he pioneered a liberal attitude to cannabis

    12:00 AM — A newspaper is claiming that Britain's most senior gay police officer has been snubbed for a top honour.The right of centre Daily Mail claims that Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is furious that he has not been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in last week's Birthday Honours list.Friends of Mr Paddick have claimed that he was promised an award.

  • 17th June 2006

    G-A-Y under threat following sale of Astoria

    Although G-A-Y the club is under threat, the G-A-Y bar (pictured above) is not affected

    12:00 AM — The Astoria theatre, home to the G-A-Y night club has been sold for almost £24 million to a developer who intends to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.G-A-Y is owned by the Mean Fiddler Group a subsidiary of the American advertising and media giant Clear Channel. Managed by Jeremy Joseph the gay night has played host to Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Sugar Babes together with X-factor winner Shane Ward.

  • 13th June 2006

    Lesbian Tory rules herself out of mayor race 2

    Margot James has now ruled herself out of the contest

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe openly lesbian vice-chairman of the Conservative party has officially ruled herself out of standing to become Mayor of London.Margot James, who is the vice-chairman of the Conservative party with responsibility for women says that she is concentrating on her campaign to become elected to the House of Commons."It's a hard decision but parliament is my goal."

  • 5th June 2006

    Western Isles to lift ban on gay marriage

    The Western Isles will now be host to gay weddings

    12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are preparing to reverse their ban on civil partnerships or gay weddings taking place on the islands.The Western Isles became the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds.

  • Naked butlers moon their way to the states

    In the buff, the waiters are often to be found serving at gay weddings

    12:00 AM — A company offering hen parties and gay weddings almost naked waiters has proved so successful in Britain that it is opening up offices around the world."Butlers in the Buff" provides waiters wearing only a bow tie, collar, cuffs and a bottom-revealing apron. The company was founded by a former Royal Marine, Jason Didcott who served in the Gulf War and in Bosnia.

  • HIV positive rapist is “lowest of the low” says gay rights campaigner

    Gabriel Vengesai was branded “the lowest of the low“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has branded an HIV positive Zimbabwean who pretended to be gay as "the lowest of the low" after he raped two teenage girls.Gabriel Vengesai, 45, had already been found guilty of statutory rape after he had consensual, unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl who bore him a child.

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