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Author photoMarc Shoffman

Marc Shoffman was chief correspondent of PinkNews.co.uk between 2005 and 2006. He was online editor between 2006 and 2007.

  • 6th November 2007

    Interview: New equality commissioner on gays as sinners 39

    “Homoerotic practices are inconsistent with the Bible, sex belongs in marriage.“

    4:41 PM — This interview was first published in June 2006"Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.My view of evangelicalism has often been megaphone-wielding preachers in Oxford Street telling shoppers to accept Jesus, or having leaflets shoved into your hand telling you homosexuality is a one way route to hell.

  • 29th December 2006

    Home Office targets homophobic crime 3

    The guidance features previously effective examples of tackling hate crime through raising awareness, encouraging victims to report crimes and tools

    12:00 AM — New ways to tackle homophobic hate crime and help make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people (LGBT) feel safer has been published by the Home Office today."Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime" highlights good practice from around England and Wales, and stresses the best way for crime reduction agencies, including the police, to do more to crackdown on crime motivated by prejudice or hate.

  • Elton John’s birthday venue closing

    It was the scene of one of the campest and most extravagant moments of the 1990s when Sir Elton turned up to his party dressed in the style of an 18th Century Versailles character

    12:00 AM — A venue which has played host to gay stars such as Elton John is facing closure, according to reports.The Hammersmith Palais is to be demolished after 90 years and turned into offices and a restaurant, a far cry from the days where it would hold wartime tea parties or Sir Elton's 50th birthday bash.

  • Home Office defends anti-homophobia campaign 3

    Minister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has hit out at critics of new guidance on tackling homophobic hate crime.The Home Office today launched a campaign promoting effective ways of reporting and stopping homophobic crime which includes using schools to teach against homophobia.

  • 28th December 2006

    Gay community mourns Ford death 1

    In 2001, President Ford joined the advisory board of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have joined tributes to the late Gerald Ford who died aged 93 this week,Lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, praised Ford's recognition of gay rights while the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force described the former President as an 'advocate for individual rights.'

  • Spanish gays may receive damages from Franco regime

    The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned  under the regime of General Francisco Franco

    12:00 AM — Spanish gays who were discriminated against under the Franco dictatorship may receive compensation, according to reports.The Spanish government is considering offering damages to members of the gay community who were sent to mental hospitals, tortured or imprisoned under the regime of General Francisco Franco between the 1930s and 1970s.

  • 27th December 2006

    Clarkson denies gay car comment was homophobic 28

    Jeremy Clarkson has hit out at the BBC after he was reprimanded for describing a car as gay

    12:00 AM — Jeremy Clarkson has hit out at the BBC after he was reprimanded for describing a car as gay.The Top Gear presenter picked up a remark from an audience that a certain car was "gay", the presenter then backed it up by saying, "a bit gay, yes very ginger beer" which is cockney rhyming slang for queer.

  • Lib Dems back gay teaching

    LGBT History Month is an annual event in February in the UK which celebrates achievements within the community

    12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat spokesperson on equality has backed gay activist's criticism of the government for cutting funds for teaching about LGBT history.Lorely Burt accused the Department for Education and Skills of promoting LGBT rights as "secondary" after it was revealed that the government department had cut tens of thousands of pounds of funding for LGBT History Month.

  • Lib Dem site offers gay dating

    Assembly Member Peter May explained that it was all because the site had not yet been paid for

    12:00 AM — Welsh Liberal Democrats have narrowly avoided yet another political sex scandal after the Swansea party's website began linking to gay dating sites and porn.Visitors to the website were expecting information about councillors and events but immediately complained to the Ombudsman after instead being offered "casual dating and sex."

  • Bush opponents call for impeachment over Iraq

    The American Green Party has expressed support for a motion to impeach US President George W Bush

    12:00 AM — The American Green Party has expressed support for a motion to impeach US President George W Bush, citing illegal spying on groups and lies over the Iraq war.Democratic Representative put forward the proposal Cynthia McKinney's, echoing calls from the Green Party in 2003.

  • Gay community faces ‘police liaison lottery’ 2

    Bernard McEldowney, a GPA spokesman told The Pink News the main reason for the difficulties is due to each force employing a different system

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLocating an LGBT Liaison Officer if you're a victim of a gay hate crime can be a "lottery," the Gay Police Association (GPA) has warned.The statement comes as police take further steps to encourage the community to report homophobic crimes.The current situation has prompted calls for major improvements to facilities.

  • 23rd December 2006

    Couple awarded for homophobia 5

    The devout Christians won an out of court settlement

    12:00 AM — A retired couple have won out of court damages after being questioned by police regarding their views on homosexuality.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups by distributing leaflets about homosexuality in their buildings.

  • 22nd December 2006

    Pope attacks “dismal” gay recognition

    The pontiff, speaking to delegates in Rome, described legal recognition for unmarried couples and gay partners as “dismal”

    12:00 AM — The Pope used his Christmas address today to launch yet another attack on gay marriage.The pontiff, speaking to delegates in Rome, described legal recognition for unmarried couples and gay partners as "dismal."Referring to gay marriage, Pope Benedict said: "This tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue."

  • BBC to show Diana tribute concert 1

    Princes William and Harry recently unveiled plans for a Concert for Diana, to celebrate their mother's life

    12:00 AM — The BBC has been chosen to be the UK broadcast partner for next summer's Concert For Diana which Princes William and Harry are organising for 1 July 2007.Princes William and Harry recently unveiled plans for a Concert for Diana, to celebrate their mother's life, as well as a memorial service on August 31 2007.

  • Trevor Phillips ‘failing’ gays and other minorities

    He described Mr Phillips as a failure in his current role as chief of the Commission for Racial Equality

    12:00 AM — London mayor Ken Livingstone has renewed his feud with the incoming head of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) Trevor Phillips, accusing him of failing minorities.Mr Livingstone said plans to put minority groups such as black, people, the gay community and women under one organisation are "rubbish."

  • Gay ‘page dog’ hails Brighton’s 680th civil partnership

    Jamie's boxer dog, Humphrey, performed the role of page boy

    12:00 AM — A gay dog, a gay choir and a drag queen bridesmaid helped bring in Brighton's 680th civil partnership yesterday.Jamie Hakim, co owner of PinkNews.co.uk's media partner 3SIXTY magazine took the plunge with Graeme Youngs at Brighton Town Hall.

  • Christmas comes early for gay equality 3

    The law, which protects LGBT people from discrimination in goods and services, will now be introduced in Northern Ireland in January

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have received an "early Christmas present" after a High Court judge in Belfast rejected pleas from Christian groups to postpone the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations next month.The law, which protects LGBT people from discrimination in goods and services, will now be introduced in Northern Ireland in January 2007, followed by the rest of the UK in April.

  • 21st December 2006

    Gay couple postpone ‘divorce’ 2

    The couple had been together for three years prior to their partnership

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was due to become the first to have a civil partnership dissolved has postponed the "divorce" to avoid being a "poster boy" for same sex couple's ending their partnerships.The civil partnership laws were implemented in the UK exactly a year ago today, meaning anyone wanting a 'divorce' can apply from now, however Darryl Bullock has deliberately avoided using today's date to avoid unwanted publicity.

  • Researchers slam anti-gay use of work

    The academic explains that there is nothing in her research that would lead anyone to agree with claims that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy

    12:00 AM — Researchers have criticised 'family values' chief James Dobson for using their work to prove his theories that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy for children.Mr Dobson, head of anti-gay group Focus on the Family, wrote an article in Time magazine criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans, he backed up his theories by using research from New York University psychologist Carol Gilligan and Yale professor Kyle Pruet.

  • Irish lesbian couple appeal marriage ruling 2

    Lawyers for the State have insisted the pair have no right to marry under the Constitution

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple are to appeal a High Court decision which said their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in Ireland.Last week, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex, but the couple will now take their case to Ireland's Supreme Court.

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