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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.

  • 20th April 2006

    Sydney to hear gay adoption views

    The Sydney state government in Australia currently blocks gay couples from adopting but allows it for  single gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — Sydney based gay and lesbian couples may be given the right to adopt children, activists say.The New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby is looking to take advantage of public submissions to a review of the Department of Community Services Adoption Act.

  • Libraries remain open to gay publications

    There have been over 400 complaints about gay material in libraries this year

    12:00 AM — Attempts by conservative groups to remove gay publications from a public library have failed.Trustee Bryce Kurfees from the Upper Arlington Public Library Board attempted to stop the "garbage" of Outlook Weekly and Gay People's Chronicle from being provided in public libraries.

  • Man detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island

    12:00 AM — A suspect has been detained over the homophobic attack on two news producers in the Caribbean.The Chief Prosecutor for the island of St Maarten, Taco Stein, has confirmed that two men were questioned by police, one has been released and one is in custody.

  • Parent claims gay school book is ‘indoctrinating’ son 1

    The Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash said the school has no legal obligation to tell parents about the book

    12:00 AM — A 7-year-old's parents are complaining after his school provided a storybook about gay marriage without warning them.The book, "King King," where a prince marries a fellow prince instead of a princess, was used in a lesson teaching different types of weddings.

  • Anti-homophobia lessons for schools

    Lifelong learning select committee chairman Councillor Susan Ridney welcomed the idea and admitted there have been reports of homophobic name calling in local schools

    12:00 AM — Dudley primary school children will be given anti-homophobia lessons, according to local authority plans.Education officers at Dudley Council are reported to be worried about the effects of bullying on young children and look set to push through anti bullying legislation this week.

  • Analysts predict former New York mayor “gay rights” backtrack 1

    Rudolph Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is “pro gay rights”

    12:00 AM — Former New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani may renege on his support for gay rights, according to political analysts.Mr Giuliani has previously told interviewers that he is "pro gay rights," but now as he attempts to stand as the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he appears to be backtracking on that promise.

  • 19th April 2006

    Gay representatives to join sexual health lobby

    Students will also draw attention to recent cuts in funding for local sexual health provision

    12:00 AM — Sexual health provision needs to be drastically improved in order to cut the rates of sexually transmitted infections amongst the student population, MPs will hear today.At a lobbying event organised by National Union of Students (NUS UK) and the Terrence Higgins Trust, students from across the UK, including LGBT officers (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) will describe the difficulties they face in accessing sexual healthcare, from long waiting times at GUM clinics to a lack of free condoms.

  • Senior gay police officer may be forced to quit 7

    Sources told the Daily Mail, that Brian Paddick could leave or be moved into a “less visible” role at the Metropolitan Police

    12:00 AM — Britain's most senior gay police officer may be forced out of Scotland Yard, according to reports.Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, could leave the force after conflicts between his account of the tube shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes last year, and the official police statement.

  • Fellowship calls for Christian trial of gay bishop 5

    Gene Robinson was the first openly gay Anglican Bishop

    12:00 AM — An Anglican fellowship has launched a national petition to bring charges against gay bishop Gene Robinson and those involved in installing him.The Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC), want to determine, in formal trials, the standing of church law, doctrine and practice.

  • Gay community joins Nepal protests

    King Gyanendra dismissed the Nepalese government in February 2005

    12:00 AM — Nepalese gay groups have joined protests against the country's King Gyanendra.Blue Diamond Society, the only gay rights organisation in Nepal, has joined the opposition to the king, after he sacked the government last year, thus plunging the South Asian country into turmoil.

  • New calls for HIV blunder inquiry

    Over 4000 people with haemophilia were exposed to HIV during the 1970s and 1980s through the use of contaminated blood products

    12:00 AM — The Haemophilia Society has renewed calls for a public inquiry into how what has been described as the greatest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS took place.Over 4000 people with haemophilia were exposed to HIV during the 1970s and 1980s through the use of contaminated blood products by the NHS. It is believed that up to 1,000 of these have since died as a result.

  • Pro gay Prodi officially announced as Italian PM 2

    Romano Prodi's appointment was confirmed by the SkyTG24 news channel

    12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, has been officially declared the winner in the Italian elections by the Supreme Court, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

  • Italy elects Europe’s first transgender MP 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno,  Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she.'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe official announcement of Romano Prodi's election success in Italy today now means that the gay community can look forward to a possible increase in rights and representation.Signor Prodi has previously promised a civil partnership law and five LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community members have also been elected to Parliament.

  • 18th April 2006

    Elton John finds home for Shakespeare inspired film

    Elton John has managed to get actress Kate Winslet to appear as Juliet in the Cg-animated feature

    12:00 AM — Elton John's movie pitch for Gnomeo and Juliet has been given the go ahead by Miramax Films, despite being rejected by parent company, Walt Disney, last month.The play on the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet, tells the classic love story in the setting of a gnome garden.

  • Anti gay funeral protests limited 2

    The new law states that demonstrators must remain a certain distance from the funeral

    12:00 AM — Nine US states have introduced laws to impose restrictions on protests at funerals of gay soldiers.Over the last year, church groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church, in Kansas, have picketed funerals of gay soldiers waving signs with slogans such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

  • Elton John’s thousand dollar clothes sale

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised over $90 million dollars since 1992

    12:00 AM — An auction of Elton John's unwanted garments raised over $700,000 (£397, 073) for his AIDs charity last week.The spring clearout, which included items worn by the singer and his partner David Furnish, included designs from Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada as well as Sir Elton's polka-dot suit worn during his controversial performance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammys.

  • Conservative chairman welcomes gay poll 4

    Francis Maude welcomed the poll

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveConservative Party chairman Francis Maude has welcomed a poll by PinkNews.co.uk which reveals a growth in support for theConservatives amongst the gay community.A poll of 600 readers, selected to be demographically representative of LGBT people in England, showed a 10.2% increase in support for the Conservatives since 2005.

  • Brighton Gay councillor to step down

    Councillor Williams has been a strong campaigner for gay issues in Brighton and Hove

    12:00 AM — One of Brighton's few openly gay councillors has announced he will stand down at the next elections in 2007.Simon Williams, a Green Party member, represented Brighton's central St Peters and North Laine area since 2003, but has become fed up with "so many meetings."

  • Labour warns against supporting “pink chameleon” 4

    The Labour Party has named the Tory leader “Dave the Chameleon“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDavid Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power, according to the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR).Speaking in reaction to a PinkNews.co.uk poll which revealed an increase in gay support for the Conservative Party, the LCLGR cast doubts on leader Mr Cameron's credentials.

  • 17th April 2006

    Gay scandal MP to explain actions 5

    It is hoped the articles will reignite Mark Oaten's parliamentary career

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten's marriage has been resurrected this Easter.The former Home Affairs spokesman, who resigned amid allegations of a gay affair with a "rent boy," announced this weekend that he is back with his wife Belinda, who 'understands' what led to his betrayal.

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