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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.

  • 27th May 2006

    Fundamentalists attack German MP on Moscow gay rights march 4

    Volker Beck was punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

    12:00 AM — Over 120 people including a German MP have been arrested in Moscow after campaigners attempted to hold the capital's first gay rights rally.Volker Beck, a Green member of the German parliament was attacked by 20 religious protesters and punched in the face whilst he was giving a television interview.

  • 22nd May 2006

    Catholic Church say gay sex lessons are “outrageous”

    Teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex

    12:00 AM — The Catholic Church in Scotland have condemned the inclusion of gay sex within the syllabus of sex education lessons in Scotland.Following the abolition of section 28 in Scotland six years ago, teachers can now talk freely about gay sex, sexually transmitted diseases and condoms for safe gay sex."Teachers felt they didn't know what to say to pupils about same-sex relationships."

  • 15th May 2006

    Newcastle gay club evacuated after arson attack 1

    Tyne and Wear fireservice attended the incident

    12:00 AM — Over a thousand clubbers at a gay venue had to be evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning following an arson attack at a club in Newcastle.The entrance to the The Loft Luxe club in Newcastle, northern England was doused in petrol and set alight at approximately 3.50 am on Saturday morning.

  • Transgendered man deceived wife for 17 years with home made penis

    The Court of Appeal ruled against the transgendered man

    12:00 AM — A female-to-male transgendered person who made his own penis did not tell his wife of 17 years that he was born a woman lost his parental rights to his wife's daughter at the Court of Appeal earlier today.The man referred to as Mr J, is legally considered to be a male following the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that allows a transgendered people to legally take on a different sexual identity to their birth and can therefore marry someone of the same birth sex.

  • Mrs Thatcher to dance with cocaine fuelled gay man in drama 1

    Dan Stevens plays Nick Guest

    12:00 AM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be shown dancing with a gay Oxford graduate who is high on cocaine in a new drama beginning this week on BBC Two.The Line Of Beauty is adapted by award-winning writer Andrew Davies from Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Man Booker Prize-winning novel. A story about love, class, sex and money that gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite Eighties.

  • 13th May 2006

    Celibacy as the cure for homosexuality? Meet the real Opus Dei 21

    Jack Valero, Opus Dei's British numerary

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite a negative portrayal in The Da Vinci Code and media furore over Ruth Kelly's involvement, Opus Dei member and senior representative Jack Valero, in the organisation's first interview with the gay press, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how much happier and closer the group makes him feel with God."I've been celibate since I joined Opus Dei when I was 16. It's tough of course."

  • 10th May 2006

    Gay Conservative becomes chairman of the London Assembly 2

    Brian Coleman: “I'm looking forward to wearing the beautiful badge of office!“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn openly gay Conservative has been elected as the chairman of the Greater London Assembly (GLA), the city wide governmet.Brian Coleman, GLA member for Barnet and Camden who is openly gay told PinkNews.co.uk "I'm looking forward to wearing the beautiful badge of office, complete with diamonds and drop pearl!" Adding with a chuckle: "I shall wear with it with my customary dignity- I'm not the sort of man who could get away with dressing up in drag."

  • 9th May 2006

    MPs and gay groups question wisdom of Kelly appointment 21

    Ruth Kelly says she will fight discrimination

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has come under immediate pressure from the gay community and fellow MPs over her dual appointment as Minister for Women and Equality.Ms Kelly, who is believed to be a member of Opus Dei, the controversial devout Catholic sect will be the voice of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community within the cabinet.

  • 8th May 2006

    Doctor Who star claims gay kiss was dropped 7

    Gay star Andrew Hayden-Smith will appear appear as a preacher in Doctor Who

    12:00 AM — A star of a future episode of the hit drama Doctor Who claims that a gay kiss was dropped because it was a step too far.Openly gay Andrew Hayden-Smith, the Children's BBC (CBBC) presenter who formerly stared in teenage soap opera, Byker Grove is to appear as a preacher fighting against an evil industry in the current series of the sci-fi revival.

  • 6th May 2006

    Reshuffle error? Can Ruth Kelly really represent the gay community? 22

    Ruth Kelly in pink in Parliament, but she's not there when it matters to gay people

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen examines the problems that Ruth Kelly may face as Minister for Women and Equality.Placing the Women and Equality unit within the new Department for Communities and Local Government does make a great deal of sense.However, the Mr Blair does not seem to have thought through the consequences of moving the unit to a department headed by Ms Kelly who is well known member of Opus Dei.

  • 5th May 2006

    Gay councillor loses seat after alleged homophobic campaign by Labour 3

    Charles Anglin received just 676 votes

    12:00 AM — The gay Liberal Democrat councillor who was the victim of an alleged homophobic campaign by the Labour party has lost his seat in Lambeth, south London.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Liberal Democrat councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.

  • Reshuffle: Alistair Darling in charge of gay policies 21

    Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry secretary

    12:00 AM — The current Transport secretary, Alistair Darling has been moved to become Trade and Industry (DTI) secretary. He now has overall responsibility for the Women and Equality unit together with the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill later this year.The new of the Trade and Industry secretary will therefore wield a huge impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.

  • New cabinet ministers Reid and Beckett under immediate pressure from gay community 21

    Pretty in pink? Margaret Beckett urged to exert diplomatic pressure on anti-gay nations

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe newly appointed Secretaries of State for the Home Office and for the Foreign Office have immediately been put under pressure to improve the lives of gay people both within Britain and abroad.Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk following the appointment of John Reid and Margaret Beckett to the roles of Home secretary and Foreign secretary respectively, veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on them to put the rights of gay people at the forefront the of their agenda.

  • Greens in the pink in Lewisham

    Darren Johnson was elected in the same ward as his partner Dean Walton

    12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. The victors include a gay couple who were jointly elected to the Brockley ward.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix, Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.

  • Anti-gay candidate pushes Lib Dems into last place in Newham

    Alan Craig came fourth in the poll

    12:00 AM — The anti-gay Christian Peoples' Alliance (CPA) candidate for the mayor of the London Borough of Newham, Alan Craig has pushed the Liberal Democrat candidate into last place in the elections held yesterday.Mr Craig came a surprise fourth in the poll with 6,559 votes against Anwar Hussain's 2,886 votes.The election was won by the incumbent Labour mayor, Sir Robin Wales.

  • A pink day for the Greens in Lewisham

    Darren Johnson is a Green member of the London Assembly

    12:00 AM — The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. Half of the new Green councillors are openly gay.The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix and Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.

  • Government gay rights department to headed by Opus Dei member 21

    Ruth Kelly is both the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women and Equality

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveContrary to earlier reports, the Womens and Equality unit will no longer be run under the auspices of the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), it will now be headed by a member of the controversial Opus Dei religious sect.The unit is responsible for the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Act as well as the introduction of the Equality Bill.

  • 3rd May 2006

    Gay couple hope to be elected as councillors together

    James and Brynn Tudor married with a Tudor style wedding

    12:00 AM — The first gay couple to marry in a civil partnership in Birmingham, England are hoping to be the first gay couple to be jointly elected as local councillors.James and Brynn Tudor became the first gay couple in Birmingham to marry last year and they are now both standing as Liberal Democrat candidates in the elections that take place tomorrow. The former is standing for the Chelmsley Wood and later for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward.

  • Gay doctor paid patient £12,000 after masturbating him 3

    The man claimed that he was put into a trance by the doctor who then masturbated him

    12:00 AM — A gay doctor has been cleared of sexually assaulting and putting a patient into a trance in his surgery. He paid the man "damages" over a two year period.51-year-old Dr Lewis Dickinson who is a GP in Camberwell, south London was accused of sexual assault by a 61-year-old Ghanaian man who can not be named for legal reasons.

  • Almost half of gay Dubliners are victims of homophobic crime

    41 per cent of gay people said that they had been the victims of a homophobic hate crim

    12:00 AM — Almost half of gay Dubliners claim to have experienced either verbal or physical abuse due to the sexuality according to a report published by the government's Equality Authority.41 per cent of the thousand people questioned in the capital, Dublin said that they had been the victims of a homophobic hate crime, defined as "s "any physical or verbal attack where the victim is primarily targeted because of their perceived sexual orientation."

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