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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 2006

    Christians and Muslims unite against Scottish gays 4

    The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling “secular values” and pro-gay laws

    12:00 AM — The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling "secular values" and pro-gay laws.The party has garnered over 1,000 signatures from Muslims who are against incoming laws which would allow gay couples to adopt.

  • 3rd November 2006

    Tennis ace joins “gay sheep” protests 1

    The tennis star has been backed by the PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) after she wrote to the presidents of both universities demanding they stop the experiments and spend the money on a worthy cause

    12:00 AM — Animal rights campaigners have praised lesbian tennis icon Martina Navratilova after she criticised experiments taking place on sheep perceived to be gay.Navratilova spoke out against Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) this week after it emerged that the institutions are conducting hormone-altering experiments on "gay sheep" to manipulate their "sexual preferences."

  • Clergyman quits amid gay sex claims

    It comes as the Christian Right attempts to persuade US citizens to vote for “family values” at next weeks mid-term elections

    12:00 AM — The head of America's National Association of Evangelicals and prominent same sex marriage opponent has resigned after allegedly paying for sex with a man.Reverend Ted Haggard, Senior Pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, who is married with five children denies the allegations but has stepped down while an investigation is conducted.

  • BBC backs gay Bully of the Year 3

    Chris Moyles with Sir Elton John

    12:00 AM — Friends of Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles have leapt to the presenter's defence after he was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.Stonewall supporters chose Moyles out of a list of public figures including former Muslim Council of Britain head Sir Iqbal Sacranie and the Archbishop of Westminster, who are seen to have caused distress in the gay community recently.

  • 2nd November 2006

    Rugby can help tackle homophobia

    RFU chief Bob Rogers admires the new poster campaign

    12:00 AM — Rugby can lead the fight against homophobia, the sport's chief said last night.Unveiling a new poster campaign against homophobia, Bob Rogers, the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said the pastime's values of respect can help create an impact on wider society.

  • Students call for end to “archaic” gay blood ban 5

    Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic

    12:00 AM — Students from all over the UK will converge on blood donation centres in their town today campaigning for the National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (NUS LGBT) day of action.Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic and they are calling for a review of the policy.

  • November’s The Pink News out now! 6

    The latest edition of The Pink News is out now!

    12:00 AM — November's The Pink News is dominated by questions over anti-gay preacher Stephen Green's contribution to the Christian faith.There is also an exclusive interview with historian David Starkey.Download a pdf version of the magazine by clicking here.

  • WorldPride tension spreads across Israel 23

    WorldPride organisers are still determined that the event will go ahead after having to cancel it this summer because of the Lebanon conflict and the year before due to the Gaza disengagement

    12:00 AM — Tension is mounting between ultra-orthodox Jews and Israel's gay community over next week's WorldPride march as conflict spread into Tel Aviv with a synagogue being smashed in protest against opposition to the event.The synagogue was sprayed with the words, "If we can't march in Jerusalem, you won't walk in Tel Aviv," , police told the Jerusalem Post, in an attack thought to be against the religious outbursts towards gays and lesbians planning to march next Friday.

  • Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3

    Dr Williams has angered conservative leaders by not formally condemning homosexuality but instead encouraging dialogue

    12:00 AM — Conservative Anglican leaders will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss a split from the communion amid disagreement over the ordination of gay clergy in the denomination.The Daily Telegraph reports that a secret meeting has been planned between Dr Rowan Williams and disheartened bishops from Africa.

  • Stonewall prepares for first gay awards 2

    The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain

    12:00 AM — Stonewall will tonight host its first annual awards ceremony at London's Royal Academy of Arts.The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.

  • 1st November 2006

    Gay and lesbian jobseekers welcome Stonewall guide

    Stephen Frost, director of Stonewall's workplace programmes, hailed the event a success

    12:00 AM — Students and employers welcomed Stonewall's lesbian and gay recruitment guide last night.Representatives from large organisations such as Goldman Sachs, the Metropolitan Police and the Royal Navy helped make up a 135 strong crowd of employers who eagerly took questions from around 50 lesbian and gay students keen to know about gay friendly workplaces.

  • MoD defends gay attitudes report

    Navy recruits march in uniform at this year's EuroPride

    12:00 AM — The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been quick to defend a survey which reveals discomfort is still felt towards gay and lesbian recruits served in the Royal Navy, particularly the Marines.A survey from the MoD on attitudes in the forces found that almost half of sergeants, corporals and lower ranked personnel in the Royal Navy and the Marines feel uncomfortable serving alongside gays and lesbians.

  • Gay pride row fireman reinstated 5

    Fire-fighters at Euro Pride in London this year

    12:00 AM — A fire-fighter who was demoted for refusing to distribute leaflets at a gay pride event has been reinstated after an appeal.Brian Herbert was reprimanded along with eight colleagues who abstained from Pride Scotia in June where they were supposed to be distributing fire safety leaflets.All the officers were ordered to undergo diversity training and Mr Herbert initially had his salary cut.

  • Sexual health fears after fake condom discovery

    Will Nutland, from HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, told the South London Press that the fakes are dangerous

    12:00 AM — Medical watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized 17 packets of counterfeit condoms in Hounslow, prompting a warning about fake condom use in London.SSL International plc, the legitimate manufacturer of the Durex Extra Safe condoms is now cooperating with the MHRA to remove the counterfeit products from the market.

  • 31st October 2006

    Police react to “malicious” campaign 1

    In the last six months almost all of the 43 forces in the country have been targeted by Mr Green

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAnti-gay preacher and religious sect leader Stephen Green has been blacklisted by police forces across the country.The move comes after a sustained campaign by the Christian Voice National Director against gay people in the police, which officers say is escalating to unacceptable levels.The Freedom of Information Act Unit, which monitors all police requests, has ordered all chief constables to avoid replying to the "malicious" and "discriminatory" requests from Mr Green.

  • Stonewall launches job guide for gay and lesbian students

    This edition of Starting Out and the launch event have both been sponsored by Credit Suisse

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today launched the second edition of Starting Out, Britain's only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide, designed for graduates and job-seekers.The guide, sponsored by investment bank Credit Suisse and being launched at the University of London Union (ULU), is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay students in Britain and includes 174 major employers.

  • Spanish students to learn gay respect

    Primary and secondary school student in Spain are to be given lessons on homophobic behaviour and gay families

    12:00 AM — Primary and secondary school student in Spain are to be given lessons on homophobic behaviour and gay families amid increased attacks and discrimination against the LGBT community.It comes a year after Spain implemented gay marriage laws, and now the Education Ministry wants to teach pupils that discrimination based on sexual orientation is wrong.

  • Elton John funds gay marriage campaign 1

    Sir Elton was one of the first British couples to take advantage of civil partnership laws when they were implemented in the UK last year

    12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John has donated $20,000 to defeat a gay marriage ban due to be voted on in Wisconsin.The gay artist has pledged his support as debate surrounding the issue mounts amid Congress elections and a vote on gay marriage next week.His money will help gay campaign group Fair Wisconsin counter an anti-gay advertising campaign from the family Research Institute of Wisconsin.

  • Gay campaigners outraged after Khatami avoids arrest 2

    Gay campaigners are outraged after the Metropolitan Police decided not to question former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on human rights abuses

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are outraged after the Metropolitan Police decided not to question former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on human rights abuses as he arrives in the UK to collect an honorary doctorate from St Andrews University tonight.Gay rights group Outrage joined calls from politicians and former Iran residents to have Mr Khatami arrested on charges of torture and unjust imprisonment, but the police last night decided there was "insufficient evidence" to arrest the former leader.

  • A hell of a gay Halloween

    No clowning around: Hell Houses have been set up to scare “sinners“ into being good

    12:00 AM — Here at PinkNews.co.uk we are constantly trying to put a gay spin on the national agenda. Aside from dressing up as a camp witch or wizard (not that we need an excuse for this,) it looked near impossible to find a gay angle on Halloween, until this gem crept up on us.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has scarily unveiled an anti-gay programme which includes "Hell Houses," a religious alternatives to traditional haunted houses that are designed to scare people into a "sin-free life."

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