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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.

  • 3rd May 2006

    10,000 Irish gays missing out on marriage 1

    Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts

    12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has welcomed the publication of a new study revealing the number of gays and lesbians who have chosen to marry in countries that uphold marriage equality.Marriage equality is enshrined in the laws of the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and the US state of Massachusetts, where the constitution forbids the creation of second-class citizens.

  • 2nd May 2006

    Gay ministers become Britain’s first married clergy 2

    The Portsmouth based ministers  met on the internet

    12:00 AM — A gay couple have become the first clergymen to have a civil partnership in Britain.Paul and Brizz Miles-Knight, a layman and a priest, had a ceremony on the bank holiday weekend, with the backing of the United Episcopal Church, set up for those who have lost faith with Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism.

  • Anti-gay boycott hurts Ford sales 2

    The manufacturer, along with other car companies, is sponsoring a children's section of gay group, The Triangle Foundation's Motor City Pride

    12:00 AM — Sales of Ford cars have been hurt by on off protests by a Christian group, according to dealers.In its latest campaign, the American Family Association (AFA) is calling for a boycott of the carmaker because of its support of a gay pride event in Detroit.

  • Local Labour group accused of “using homophobia to win votes” 3

    Extracts from the South London Press article were then used on the Labour Group's website

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTension is mounting in the upcoming local elections, particularly in Lambeth where a conflict has arisen between the local Labour group and the ruling Liberal Democrats.Lambeth Labour posted an article written by the South London Press on their website last month which claimed gay Lib Dem councillor Charles Anglin was posting naked pictures of himself on the internet.

  • Gay friendly London Mayor launches EuroPride 6

    Ken Livingstone, speaking at the launch of EuroPride06 today, said other cities have a long way to go compared to London's position on gay rights

    12:00 AM — The London Mayor has called on the gay community to think about how it can help LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people in countries where homosexuality is illegal.Ken Livingstone, speaking at the launch of EuroPride06 today, said other cities have a long way to go compared to London's position on gay rights.

  • Human rights group protest Russian gay abuse

    Homophobic protesters hurled eggs and bottles at a gay club in Moscow forcing it to cancel what was billed as the city's largest gay and lesbian party yesterday

    12:00 AM — The attack by neo-fascists and religionists on a gay gathering at a Moscow nightclub has been condemned by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).GALHA has written to the Russian Ambassador in London, Yury Fedotov, to complain about this incident and the increasing persecution of gay people in Russia.

  • Jamaica hits back at critics of homophobia 7

    Buju Banton has been criticised for homophobic lyrics in his songs

    12:00 AM — Jamaican academics have hit back at claims that rap and reggae music have incited violence and homophobia towards gay people in the Caribbean.International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, blamed the music genre for sparking homophobic abuse, on a visit to the country last week, but some Jamaicans are suggesting the cause is from Britain.

  • 28th April 2006

    Half a century of gay progress 1

    The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up “to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveToday marks 52 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began. PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at over half a century of struggle, despair and adversity.The Times newspaper reported on April 28 1954 a committee would be set up "to examine the subject of homosexual offences and the parallel problem of the law relying to prostitution and solicitation."

  • Gay couples may owe thousands in tax

    The body claims warnings from HM Revenue and Customs were overlooked in the excitement of the new Civil Partnership rules

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveUnmarried same sex couples may owe the taxman £1,600, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).When gay and lesbian couples were granted civil partnership rights in 2005, the law also stated that even those couples who do not have a ceremony would be treated as a unit for tax credits.

  • HIV diagnoses on the rise

    The new figures also indicated that HIV diagnoses reported for the first quarter of 2006 are a fifth higher than those received during the same period in 2005

    12:00 AM — New quarterly figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have confirmed that the number of reported HIV diagnoses in 2005 currently stands at 6727, and the final figure is expected to rise and exceed that of 2004.Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said "From this data it seems the number of people newly diagnosed in 2005 is likely to be higher than the previous year, yet again.

  • Anti-gay Scolari rejects England job

    The FA is rumoured to have offered current Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari the England manager's job

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn the same day that journalists, sportsmen, gay groups and MPs questioned the suitability of Luiz Felipe Scolari for the England managerial job, he has pulled out of the running.The manager, nicknamed "Big Phil," was rumoured to have been offered the role by the Football Association, but said at a news conference today, "In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.

  • Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor close to death

    Elizabeth Taylor in 1948

    12:00 AM — Dame Elizabeth Taylor, once named the most beautiful woman in the world, is close to death, reports claim.The legendary Hollywood actress has been suffering from heart failure since being diagnosed with a congestive heart condition in 2004.Friends close to the 74-year-old two time Oscar winner claim she is bedridden in her Bel Air California home.

  • ACT reduce gay marriage plans 1

    The ACT government which includes areas such as the Australian capital, Canberra, expect the new bill to pass and possibly take effect in June

    12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory has given in to federal government pressure by removing any reference to marriage in its Civil Unions Bill.ACT leader Jon Stanhope is expected to announce a series of changes to the planned legislation, including a separate civil celebrant register instead of using commonwealth law, and a paragraph stating that it's not a marriage.

  • Anti-gay Scolari rejects England job 1

    The FA is rumoured to have offered current Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari the England manager's job

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn the same day that journalists, sportsmen, gay groups and MPs questioned the suitability of Luiz Felipe Scolari for the England managerial job, he has pulled out of the running.The manager, nicknamed "Big Phil," was rumoured to have been offered the role by the Football Association, but said at a news conference today, "In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.

  • 27th April 2006

    Lesbian wins top book award

    Camilla Gibb is a bestseller in most major US markets and has also been published in eight other countries including the UK

    12:00 AM — A gay author has won one of the world's top literary prizes for the second year running.Lesbian Camilla Gibb, won the Trillium Book Award in the English-language category, for her book, Sweetness in The Belly, described as a compelling description of life as a white Muslim woman.

  • Gay MP lines up for Parliamentary swim

    Labour MP Chris Bryant and Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn will be swimming for the Commons

    12:00 AM — Westminster politicians including gay MP Chris Bryant and Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, are set to get a bit more slippery when they meet for a Commons vs Lords swimming race this summer.MPs and peers met for a photo shoot this week to publicise the race which aims to raise money for the Women Caring Trust and the Million Dollar Swim, which support children and families in Northern Ireland.

  • Drug offences on the rise

    Home secretary Charles Clarke expressed a commitment to driving down violent crime

    12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.

  • BBC interview with homophobic reggae star sparks protests 7

    BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with a homophobic song

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA BBC radio interview with a reggae singer known for anti gay lyrics sparked complaints from gay activists this week.BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with his homophobic hit single, Boom Bye Bye, which incited his audience to shoot gay people in the head in the head, pour acid over them and set them on fire.

  • 26th April 2006

    Mark Oaten’s wife reveals gay affair reaction 5

    Mark Oaten had stepped down from the Liberal Democrat leadership contest prior to the revelations, and resigned from his home affairs post after

    12:00 AM — The wife of former Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Mark Oaten, attacked and threw her wedding ring at him after finding out about his six month gay affair.Belinda Oaten revealed her feelings in a five page magazine interview with Hello magazine, detailing her reaction to a News of the World story in January, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy."

  • Irish PM welcomes gay candidates

    Bertie Ahern said he would welcome gay candidates in his Party

    12:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, has opened the way for more gay ministers in his Fianna Fail Party, according to gay campaignersThe Taoiseach said he would be "very happy" to see openly gay candidates at the next election in an interview with an Irish gay magazine.

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