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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.

  • 29th March 2006

    High suicide risk amongst gay men

    According to the research, homophobic attitudes and a lack of resources on mental and emotional conditions, play a big part in  difficulties

    12:00 AM — A mental health report will highlight a prevalence of self harm, suicide contemplation and poor mental health amongst gay and bisexual men in Northern Ireland, at a Belfast conference today.The three year study, Out on Your Own, conducted by the Rainbow Project, reveals a quarter of gay men have attempted suicide, two thirds have considered it and 30 per cent have self harmed.

  • Moscow mayor asked to “review” gay pride ban

    Russia takes presidency of the Council 10 days before the parade is due

    12:00 AM — The Council of Europe has called on the mayor of Moscow to reinstate the city's gay pride parade.President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council, Giovanni di Stasi asked Yuri Luzhkov to "review," his policy and allow the gay community to march in Russia in May as it is an entitlement according to human rights conventions of free expression and protection from discrimination.

  • Gay blood welcomed in Portugal

    Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors  irrelevant

    12:00 AM — The Portuguese gay community are now free to donate blood, after officials announced new blood screening tests last weekend.Officials have deemed a ban on gay blood donors as irrelevant after the introduction of new technology which will help detect HIV infected blood.

  • Handbook to promote gay health issues

    The book aims to end stereotypes of looking at diseases based on sexual orientation and encourages looking at patients individually

    12:00 AM — A research specialist is hoping to improve knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues amongst health providers in a recently published handbook.Michael Shankle a sexual orientation and health expert at the Pennsylvania Prevention Project edited The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service to prepare medical professionals for when they deal with the gay community.

  • Undeveloped HIV drug appears in gay community

    The drug successfully kept the virus from reproducing in trials

    12:00 AM — Scientists are pushing through a new AIDs treatment in reaction to fears that an immunity may be built up after reports of gay men already getting hold of the anti viral drug.Medical experts at the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention believe they have developed a drug which could prevent the spread of HIV, since recently successful tests onmonkeys.

  • Scotland considers adoption for gay couples

    Present laws only allow one partner in an unmarried couple to adopt

    12:00 AM — Gay couples in Scotland will be given adoption and fostering rights if upcoming legislation is passed by parliament.The Adoption Bill, which was produced yesterday, aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Polish protests at gay bar closure

    Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building

    12:00 AM — A former gay club in Warsaw which was due to be closed last weekend has been hijacked by 200 peaceful protestors aiming to preserve the "haven of left wing thought."Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building and has no plans to continue using it as a premises for popular gay club and bar, Le Madame.

  • 27th March 2006

    Homophobic lecturer suspended

    12:00 AM — The university lecturer at the centre of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, has been suspended pending disciplinary action.Dr Frank Ellis, an academic at the University of Leeds, was blasted by students and minority groups last week after telling the student magazine that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries and that "there is a persistent gap in average black and white average IQ."

  • ACLU defends blogger’s right to parody “ex-gay” group

    He reacted to a billboard, sponsored by “ex-gay“ ministry Exodus International

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union has come to the defence of a Californian man who received a cease-and-desist letter after posting a parody of a billboard advertisement for so-called "reparative therapy" on his website."The moment I saw the billboards last September, I was deeply offended. The inspiration for the parody I created came to me instantly. How would straight people feel if their very being, their sense of self was being so overtly disparaged?" said Justin Watt, a blogger from Santa Rosa, California.

  • Scottish gay bars ready as smoking ban ignites 5

    From now on it will be invisible cigarettes only as a smoking ban comes into force across Scotland, smokers will have to go outside if they wish to light up

    12:00 AM — Smoking has now been stubbed out across bars and pubs in Scotland.The ban, which came into force yesterday to a mixed reception, applies to public places including restaurants, bars and clubs.A spokesman from gay establishment, the Claremont Bar in Edinburgh told PinkNews.co.uk, "We have been ready since the end of January, it is no big shock to us."

  • Brokeback toy boys 6

    The figures are designed looking down, as they do for most of the film

    12:00 AM — An internet blogger has caused online tears, and praise after designing action figures dedicated to the gay cowboy movie, Brokeback Mountain.Jedi Doug, an action figure enthusiast from Canada, constructed the models by hand from other toys, and has featured them on his website along with models from other programmes such as Angel and Napoleon Dynamite.

  • 17th March 2006

    Gay affair break up captures the nation

    Over 40 people have responded to her article

    12:00 AM — A woman whose engagement fell apart after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has generated a hugely emotive and informative debate in a UK broadsheet.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, has caught the heart and minds of readers of The Times.

  • Iraqi Ayatollah sparks outrage after decreeing death to gays 2

    Haydar Faiek, aged 40, a transsexual Iraqi, was allegedly beaten and burned to death

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group will hold an anti war protest in London this weekend after a senior Iraqi Shia leader called for homosexuals to be killed in the ""worst, most severe way," according to gay rights activists.Outrage claim that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq is encouraging the murder of gays and lesbians through his website where he replied to a question on sodomy and lesbianism saying it is punishable by death.

  • Gay officer heats up tube shooting debate 8

    Brian Paddick may face a probe from The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) for leaking the information

    12:00 AM — A senior gay police officer has revealed he may pursue legal action against the Metropolitan police to defend claims that a member of Met chief Sir Ian Blair's private team knew the Stockwell Tube shooting victim Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after his death.Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick believes he is being accused of lying after the Met said that rumours of a senior officer knowing Mr Menezes was wrongfully shot just six hours after his death were untrue.

  • St Patrick’s organiser compares gays to Nazis 2

    Ms Quinn, New York's first openly gay council leader, stayed away from the celebrations after Mr Dunleavey said Irish gay groups could not be involved as he wanted to keep politics out of the day

    12:00 AM — The organiser of today's St Patrick's Day parade in New York has created further controversy over banning gay groups from the march after comparing Irish gays to Neo-Nazis.In an interview with the Irish Times, John Dunleavy, said: "If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?"

  • 16th March 2006

    Gay man challenges inheritance laws

    His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir

    12:00 AM — A gay man in South Africa is to contest a law which stops him inheriting his dead partner's estate.Mark Gory had a gay marriage ceremony with his partner who later died without leaving a will. His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir.

  • Support increases for gay pride ban

    Meanwhile Russia's patriarch has written an open letter praising the mayor's “decision to prevent public propaganda for immorality“

    12:00 AM — Two senior political figures have joined supporters of the Moscow Gay Pride ban.Jerusalem's acting mayor, Yigal Amedi and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, have backed Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov's decision to ban the event.

  • Gay Navy officers to march with pride 2

    The Royal Navy was the first of the UK armed forces to sign up to a Stonewall scheme to promote fair treatment of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the workplace

    12:00 AM — Navy officers may be allowed to wear their uniforms at this year's EuroPride event in London, according to newspaper reports.The Royal Navy is expected to push the proposal at a conference on gay rights later today in an address by second sea lord, Vice Admiral Adrian Johns.He will refer to the navy's work with gay group Stonewall and the possibility of an "overt service presence" at the parade on July 1.

  • Homophobia being kicked out of sport

    The MPs welcomed Stonewall FC's efforts in challenging homophobia within sport

    12:00 AM — Gay footballers are looking to give homophobia a thrashing after highlighting the issue in a 7-0 friendly victory against the UK Parliamentary Football Club.The match, between gay football team Stonewall FC and the all party parliamentary side, was arranged to raise awareness of homophobia.

  • Report slams gay housing provisions 2

    spokeswoman from the Mid Wales Housing Association told PinkNews.co.uk: “We don't make any distinctions between who the partnership is between, there is total equality“

    12:00 AM — Housing providers have a severe lack of knowledge of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) housing requirements, according to a study.A report by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales revealed gaps in housing provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, which they blame on homophobia and low awareness of the needs of the gay community.

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