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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.

  • 18th October 2006

    Academics criticise Kelly over gay equality delay 18

    Ruth Kelly has been criticised over a delay to the Sexual Orientation Regulations

    12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly must resign if she continues to obstruct equal rights for gays and lesbians, says the University and College Union (UCU).The union, which represents 110,000 lecturers and academic related staff, today added its voice to others criticising the delay of legislation which would make it illegal for organisations and businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.

  • 17th October 2006

    Gay football fans tackle homophobia

    In Germany gay fans of Hertha Berlin will be wearing anti homophobia scarves and holding a poster at their side's game against Borussia Mönchengladbach

    12:00 AM — Gay fans in Europe are joining an international campaign to kick discrimination out of football starting today.LGBT supporters in Germany and Poland are participating in the Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week, which will see a series of events throughout the continent dedicated to promoting equality including anti-homophobia schemes.

  • Gay rights concern for Nepal talks

    Nepal is still in deadlock talks over a new constitution

    12:00 AM — Gay rights in Nepal may become isolated as talks between the Seven Party Alliance (SPA - government) and the Maoists in Nepal continue, a local LGBT group has warned.The Blue Diamond Society has expressed concern that gay rights will be forgotten while the country discusses more controversial issues of the future of the monarchy and arms management.

  • Geeling murder shows ‘school homophobia’ 7

    Ms Sanders said the way the media reports on cases which have elements of homosexuality panders to homophobia, she highlights an example that many reports omit the fact that the boys were at a Roman Catholic school where they were likely to have learned that homosexuality is a sin

    12:00 AM — PinkNews ExclusiveA gay school equality group has accused the media of pandering to homophobia over the reporting of the murder of 11-year-old Joe Geeling.Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools Out, who campaign for LGBT equality in education, said this case shows the problems of homophobia between schoolchildren.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.

  • 16th October 2006

    Gay campaigners attack Ruth Kelly over equality delay 19

    Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has once again come under criticism regarding her view on gay rights after it has emerged that exemptions may be allowed for Catholic groups in the upcoming Equality Act

    12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has once again come under criticism regarding her view on gay rights after it has emerged that exemptions may be allowed for Catholic groups in the upcoming Equality Act.The new law, which has now been delayed until April, aims to outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services for the LGBT community, but protests from Christian groups appear to have led to a delay.

  • Conservatives join gay diversity scheme

    The Conservative Party has over the last year aimed to change its image amongst the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Party has over the last year aimed to change its image amongst the gay community, this has included inviting more gay and lesbian politicians to join the party and backing laws such as civil partnerships and the new Equality Act, now the party has become the latest major British employer to join Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme.The programme promotes good practice around sexual orientation issues and assists employers in recruiting and retaining lesbian and gay staff.

  • Gay bashing victim dies

    The suspects allegedly met Sandy in an Internet chat room for gay men and lured him to the cruise spot Plumb Beach on the pretence of having sex

    12:00 AM — The gay man who was brutally beaten and then hit by a car near a popular New York gay cruise spot has died.Michael Sandy died on Friday after his family removed him from life support, after being attacked in Brooklyn last week,According to Newsday, the 29-year-old's family decided to remove him from the respirator after observing his birthday last Thursday at the hospital.

  • Government defends gay equality delay 18

    Demands for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to quit because of a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations have been dismissed

    12:00 AM — Demands for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to quit because of a delay in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations have been dismissed.The Liberal Democrat's Women and Equality spokesperson Lorely Burt has been leading calls for the minister to step down after reports that the new Equality Act may be amended to allay fears of Christian groups, her demands were echoed by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

  • 13th October 2006

    Gay clubbing drug reclassified 5

    Crystal meth is a popular clubbing drug with the gay community, also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — The Government has moved to reclassify the highly-addictive popular gay clubbing drug crystal meth.An order was tabled in both Houses of Parliament yesterday to reclassify crystal methylamphetamine from Class B to Class A, following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) earlier this year.

  • Scotland supports gay campaigns against bullying

    The Scottish Executive is backing the scheme and has provided funding worth £350,000 for three years to help develop effective anti-bullying policies

    12:00 AM — A gay youth group is helping lead a new anti bullying service in Scotland.LGBT Youth Scotland along with the Scottish Association for Mental Health have today launched a new awareness programme called Better Futures, aimed at tackling bullying wherever it occurs.

  • Activists push for conscience clause in gay equality law 12

    The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Religious leaders, academics and legal advisors have joined together to urge the government to protect freedom of conscience in the upcoming Sexual Orientation Regulations in the new Equality Act.The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs.

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing 2

    Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive

    12:00 AM — The last five years have seen a 2.5 fold increase in numbers of single women having IVF and a 4 fold increase in lesbian couples having IVF, the UK's fertility regulator has revealed.Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - the UK's Fertility regulator - as new figures showing that a growing number of these women are coming forward for fertility treatment.

  • Judge considering lesbian marriage rights

    Over the last  fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has reserved judgement today on a decision regarding whether a lesbian couple who married in Canada should have their rights recognised in Ireland.Over the last fortnight the court has heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • Northern Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality 1

    Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as “a crime against nature”

    12:00 AM — Northern Cyprus is set to decriminalise homosexuality, bringing it in line with European Union (EU) laws and human rights in the rest of the country.Current laws in the Turkish Cypriot controlled part of the country regard homosexuality as "a crime against nature," but all is about to change after analysts said it is vital to make the change to bring the country into modern society.

  • 12th October 2006

    UN criticises Cameroon’s anti-gay policies

    The men were arrested at a bar frequented by gays and lesbians in Yaoundé, Cameroon last June and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being found guilty “sodomy“

    12:00 AM — The United Nations has criticised Cameroonian authorities for detaining 11 men on their basis of their presumed sexuality.The men were arrested at a bar frequented by gays and lesbians in Yaoundé, Cameroon last June and sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being found guilty "sodomy."

  • Gay vote vital for Congress 3

    Gay voters will have a huge impact on the outcome of next month's Congressional elections after research has revealed that the lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate is above the national average

    12:00 AM — Gay voters will have a huge impact on the outcome of next month's Congressional elections after research has revealed that the lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate is above the national average in closely fought states.The Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy released a report on gay demographics today discovering a 30 percent increase in the number of same sex couples in the US over the last five years.

  • Disney characters taking the Mickey 3

    The footage featuring Goofy simulating intimate clinches with the Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse getting intimate with the Snowman, was taken at Disneyland Paris and would definitely not be suitable for kids

    12:00 AM — Disney bosses are reported to be outraged after a video showing characters pretending to be having an orgy was circulated on the internet.The footage featuring Goofy simulating intimate clinches with the Chipmunks and Mickey Mouse getting intimate with the Snowman, was taken at Disneyland Paris and would definitely not be suitable for kids.

  • Gay rights politician in drug swab prank

    Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine

    12:00 AM — A gay rights spokesman thought he was giving an impromptu political interview to eager reporters but ended up becoming one of the victims of a drug test prank for prime-time television this week, which has caused outcry in the Italian Parliament.Franco Grillini was one of 50 Italian politicians fooled by the prank which the programme Le Iene claims found 12 positive tests for cannabis and four for cocaine after secretly tested them for drugs when being asked to give an interview on the 2007 budget.

  • Gay banker appeals HSBC judgement 4

    Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK

    12:00 AM — A gay former senior banker has won the right to appeal an employment tribunal judgement that he was not sacked by HSBC because of his sexuality.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.

  • Norway host gay animals 2

    The display, entitled Against Nature, at the Oslo Natural History Museum, documents homosexual behaviour amongst over a thousand members of the animal kingdom from beetles to whales

    12:00 AM — There is a big gay buzz around Norway at the moment after the country's capital opened the world's first museum exhibition on gay animals today.The display, entitled Against Nature, at the Oslo Natural History Museum, documents homosexual behaviour amongst over a thousand members of the animal kingdom from beetles to whales.

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