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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.

  • 26th April 2006

    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.

  • Crystal meth use still low amongst UK gay men 5

    The initial findings from the survey show that fewer than 3% of gay men had used crystal met

    12:00 AM — New data from the annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey 2005 shows that only a small minority of gay men in the UK had used the drug crystal meth in the last year.The annual survey, undertaken by Sigma Research and funded by Terrence Higgins Trust, asked over 16,000 gay and bisexual men questions about their recreational drug use, during the summer of 2005.

  • 25th April 2006

    Activist fights for Nigeria’s gay community

    US President at a recent meeting with Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who recently declared homosexual practice is “unBiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican“

    12:00 AM — A Nigerian human rights activist is standing up for the country's gay community in the face of his government's negative laws on gay rights.With the blessing of the Nigerian Anglican Church and its leader, Archbishop Peter Akinola, the government of Nigeria has tabled in parliament one of the world's most comprehensive and "oppressive piece of anti-gay legislation."

  • Police investigate homophobic crime reporting fears

    Police are launching an investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents

    12:00 AM — Surrey Police has commissioned the support and training charity EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents to them.EACH will seek the views of Surrey residents and service users, leading to a report that will highlight the relevant issues, make recommendations to assist Surrey Police's understanding of homophobia and contribute to subsequent police practice.

  • 24th April 2006

    Gay icons Take That return

    Tickets for Take That sold out in a record 30 minutes

    12:00 AM — Take That officially came Back For Good last weekend, including an appearance from Robbie Williams, as a hologram.They appeared before 9,000 fans at the Newcastle Arena to kick off a tour of 11 destinations over the next two months.Tickets for the group whose hits included, A Million Love Songs and Could It Be Magic, sold out in a record 30 minutes last December after the band announced they would regroup for a tour.

  • Students sue for religious right to condemn homosexuality 2

    Their main aim is to make university  give more recognition to religious viewpoints

    12:00 AM — Two religious students are taking their college to court over the right to speak out against homosexuality.Orit Sklar and Ruth Malhorta, a Jew and a Christian, are suing the Georgia Institute of Technology, claiming their religious freedom is limited by a ban on criticising gay issues.

  • Gay groups welcome Irish PM’s gay marriage promise

    PinkNews.co.uk reported at the beginning of the month that Bertie Ahern had announced plans to introduced gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — The Irish Prime Minister has reiterated his promise to introduce laws recognising gay partnerships.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election, echoing a previous statement made to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), earlier this month.

  • Graham Norton fed up with being made to play gay 1

    Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality

    12:00 AM — Gay TV presenter Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality, he tells a BBC documentary.He complains on the BBC3 programme, The Trouble With . . .Gay Men, that he is forced to make gay jokes and innuendos by straight producers.

  • Gay night is only popular “bankrupt” Stringfellows evening, says dancer 2

    The owner, Peter Stringfellow denied the claims  and said he was “delighted” with the Dublin  club

    12:00 AM — The legendary Stringfellows club will go bankrupt in the next month, a lap dance trainer has claimed.Dancer BillieGean Finn said the Irish branch of the chain is empty most of the week, and the only busy time is the gay night.She told the Sunday Mirror, "The girls are not happy because they were told they would earn EUR3,500 a night when they joined the club.

  • Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”

    Dr Williams refused to comment on Reverend Peter Akinola's support for the anti-gay law

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is "appeasing homophobia," according to a gay rights group.Outrage condemned Dr Rowan William's silence over a ministers support of anti gay laws in Nigeria which make gay unions illegal and ban gay organisations.

  • Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”

    Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it “may be considered offensive”

    12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."

  • Scottish first minister rejects gay adoption debate invite 1

    Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the gay adoption issue

    12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has been criticised by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop for refusing to attend a gay adoption radio debate.Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the issue on London based Christian station, Premier Radio, prompting Bishop Joseph Devine to reopen their conflict over controversial legislation regarding adoption rights for gays and lesbians in Scotland.

  • News Group offer compensation in “gay orgy” case

    News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to DJ Masterstepz

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe publishers of the News of the World and The Sun, have made DJ Masterstepz an "offer of amends" in relation to his defamation claim against both newspapers, after they published "gay orgy" allegations in February.This means that News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to Masterstepz, real name, Ian Thompson, over the allegations and pay him damages.

  • 23rd April 2006

    Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute 14

    PinkNews.co.uk last week revealed informal MCB talks regarding gay rights in reaction to Sir Iqbal Sacranie's Radio 4 comments

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive InvestigationA dispute appears to be emerging within the board of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its advisors in regards to their policy on gay issues.Last week PinkNews.co.uk revealed an informal 5 year MCB plan to combat homophobia amongst Muslims and Islamophobia in the gay community, after talking to the group's policy consultant, Muhammed Aziz.

  • 22nd April 2006

    George Michael talks cars, drugs and gay marriage 4

    George Michael has announced his first international tour for 15 years from this September

    12:00 AM — George Michael has revealed plans to have a civil partnership and jokingly blamed his recent troubles on Sir Elton John, in an interview with Michael Parkinson to be broadcast this weekend.The gay star, who has been branded a "stoned waster" by friends after a drugs caution, and was questioned by police this week over crashing into three cars, described himself as a "terrible driver" and "vulnerable to the press."

  • 21st April 2006

    Homophobic crimes down in London

    The reports suggests overall crime is down three percent, bringing the number of crimes committed down to under a million

    12:00 AM — Homophobic crimes in London have dropped over the last five years, according to the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) annual figuresThis year's crime figures revealed by the force show a drop in offences and more cases being solved, including racist, homophobic and domestic incidents.

  • Church leader warns diocese against gay bishop

    Two gay candidates are on a shortlist to become  the next bishop in the diocese of California in the next two weeks

    12:00 AM — The diocese of California has been warned not to elect a gay bishop.Frank Giswold, the leader of the US Episcopal church, which is facing expulsion and shafting from the worldwide Anglican communion after the appointment of openly gay minister, Gene Robinson in 2003, has told the diocese of California they would widen the dispute if they did the same.

  • Man found dead in gay sauna

    Police were called to the sauna after a man's body was discovered

    12:00 AM — Police have ended internet speculation over the closure of a gay sauna last week after revealing that a 25- year-old man was found dead in the establishment.The Shoreditch branch of gay sauna chain, Chariots, was closed over the whole Easter bank holiday weekend after a man was found dead in one of the sauna cabins by staff.

  • Gay lynching continuing in Iran, report claims 1

    These documents claim to expose the state-sanctioned torture and murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the Iranian clerical regime

    12:00 AM — The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!Mr Forbes's nine-month investigation, published this week by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran.

  • Rights group calls on US to protect gay Iraqis

    The  International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians

    12:00 AM — A gay human rights group has reacted to a United Nations report that gay Iraqis are increasingly targeted for violent threats, kidnappings, attacks, and murder, by calling on the government to take action.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has written to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and called on the Bush Administration to take all appropriate measures to publicly condemn the escalation of violence against gay men and lesbians in Iraq and take all possible measures to ensure their protection.

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