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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.

  • 16th March 2006

    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.

  • Gay singer auctioned for HIV charity

    The auction, now in its tenth year, was held at Christie's and saw a fantastic array of luxury items, bespoke packages and 'money can't buy' experiences (courtesy of: Salamander Photo)

    12:00 AM — An erotic Tracey Emin print and a night out with gay star George Michael were two of the auction lots which helped to raise over £230,000 at the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night.The auction, sponsored by Barclays, was attended by Tracey, Kenny and other celebrity supportersincluding Penny Smith, Richard Arnold, Lee Otway and Lord Brockett.

  • 15th March 2006

    Leeds students protest against homophobic lecturer

    Student groups have started a petition for his dismissal and there are calls to boycott his lectures since the article was published

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStudents at the University of Leeds are raising concerns over a lecturer they claim made openly homophobic, racist and misogynistic remarks in a interview with the student union paper.Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies said that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries."

  • Poor healthcare for gays and lesbians 3

    The work revealed that many elderly citizens feared telling their doctors that they were gay and some said they were mistreated after their sexual orientation was discovered

    12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian seniors are being given unequal access to health services, according to researchers.A study by The McGill School of Social Work in Canada claims that elderly people in the gay and lesbian community are discriminated against by the very health care organisations and social services committed to supporting them.

  • Gay men express Brokeback shock

    Newsweek revealed that most of the donors are gay men

    12:00 AM — Disgruntled fans of gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain are trying to overcome the loss of the best picture award at the Oscars by running an advertising campaign to highlight their shock.Internet blogger Dave Cullen collected $26,000 from over 600 people last week for an advertisement in Daily Variety which suggests that Brokeback Mountain, which was named best picture through "unprecedented consensus" in other ceremonies, should have also won the Oscar.

  • Prisoner kept calm by gay porn 1

    The pornographic calendar caused jealousy amongst inmates at Broadmoor prison where pornography is banned

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile has been issued with gay porn by a psychologist at the top security Broadmoor prison hospital, a tabloid has claimed.John Leather, 47, was reported to have been given pictures of naked and aroused men in an attempt by medical experts to keep him calm in his room.

  • Hearing didn’t listen to gay banker’s view, tribunal told 4

    Mr Lewis is seeking £5 million compensation

    12:00 AM — An HSBC manager didn't adequately probe claims of gross misconduct, a tribunal was told today.Lawyers for Peter Lewis, who claims he was sacked from the bank because he was gay, accused Mark Bucknall, HSBC's co-head of global investment banking, of being biased after not considering Mr Lewis's side of the story before dismissing him.

  • 14th March 2006

    Gay pride and football prejudice

    The FA 's Simon Johnson spells out a crackdown on homophobia in football

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs Ashley Cole files his lawsuit over "gay orgy" allegations, the Football Association's director of Corporate Affairs, Simon Johnson tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman, how English football is leading the fight against homophobia and discrimination.When you walk into the FA head office in trendy Soho Square, you are greeted with the three lions roaring with pride as plasma screens blast out the latest sports news alongside pictures of top English stars. A cabinet shows off sparkling trophies that professional football players sweat and strive for each week.

  • Gay campaigner denies Zimbabwe coup

    The government claims that the ZFM is affiliated to opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change

    12:00 AM — The Zimbabwe government has accused British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell of an alleged coup in the country.Weapons were shown on Zimbabwean television claiming to have been seized at the home of one of the plotters from the Zimbabwean Freedom Movement, which Mr Tatchell has previously been linked with.

  • 13th March 2006

    Prison service looking for gay recruits

    The SPS will be the first uniformed service to commit to a campaign to create workplace equality for gay people

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is looking to shed its "straight man" image by appealing to more gays and lesbians.The service wants to increase its share of homosexual staff to at least six out of every 100 prison officers.They have launched an advertising blitz in gay publications to recruit the gay community in Glasgow, Barlinnie and Edinburgh jails.

  • Immigrants tested with gay kiss 1

    The test marks a crackdown on immigration for the country usually known for its liberal views

    12:00 AM — Muslim groups are criticising the Netherlands over the use of films featuring two men kissing to test asylum seeker's liberal attitudes as a basis for entry into the country.Applicants' reactions will be tested to see if they can accept the language and culture of Holland.Leaders from the Muslim community in Holland say the film is offensive, "It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals."

  • Government ensures equal access for gay community 1

    Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson announced the consultation on reforms this afternoon

    12:00 AM — Pubs, hotels and restaurants will face prosecution for turning away gay customers, according to government plans announced today.The scheme fulfils a promise made last year that the 2006 Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexuality in the supply of goods, facilities and services.Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson announced the consultation on reforms this afternoon, he said: "It's easy to forget how far we have come in the past eight years. We have repealed clause 28, equalised the age of consent for gay men and introduced civil partnerships."

  • News of the World could sue PinkNews.co.uk over Ashley Cole stories 25

    The proceedings refer to an article titled, “Internet rumours “name“ bisexual football star“ in which the website discussed the News of the World story, “Gay as you go“ and rumours circulating across the internet

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk, the gay news website that published an unedited version of a photograph of the footballer Ashley Cole and the radio DJ, Masterstepz may face legal action from the News of the World.Notification was received from solicitors acting for the News of the World this morning stating that they reserve the right to commence third party proceedings against the site in relation to the libel claims of Mr Cole.

  • 10th March 2006

    EastEnders star turned MEP to hold gay marriage 1

    Mr Cashman was the first major gay actor in a British soap when he played Colin Russell in the Albert Square based drama

    12:00 AM — Former EastEnders actor Michael Cashman will become Britain's first MEP to have a civil partnership this weekend.The Labour MEP for the West Midlands will wed his long term partner, Paul Cottingham tomorrow at a star studded ceremony in South London attended by names such as Barbara Windsor, Patrick Stewart and Tony Blair.

  • Pension rights for partners of gay police officers 1

    12:00 AM — The partners of gay police officers will be given pension benefits for the first time, according to a new scheme announced yesterday.In a landmark move by the police force, officers in same sex or unmarried relationships will be allowed to nominate a partner to receive half their pension after they die, even if they are no longer together at the time of death.

  • Gay banker not sacked over sexuality, tribunal told 4

    HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed “entirely correct procedures”

    12:00 AM — HSBC's human resources manager has insisted that a gay banker was not sacked because of his sexuality.HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed "entirely correct procedures" when it dismissed Peter Lewis, who claims he was fired because he was gay.

  • 9th March 2006

    Rabbis delay over Jewish gay marriage rights

    The UK Masorti movement told PinkNews.co.uk  it would never consider Jewish same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Judaism movement in America has delayed its decision on lifting a ban on homosexual rabbis and gay marriage.The organisation was expected to debate a removal of the prohibition this week but the Rabbinical Assembly has instead decided to wait until December to vote on the controversial issue.

  • Archbishop dismisses gay debate

    Dr Williams told the BBC last week that he fears a spilt in the Anglican Church over gay issues

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Anglican leaders that he does not want to use the Church's upcoming conference as a debating ground for homosexuality.In a letter to communion leaders, Dr Rowan Williams said he felt there was not "much enthusiasm" for reopening the issue which was discussed at the 1998 conference, where it was affirmed that homosexual behaviour is incompatible with the Bible.

  • UK Census ignores the number of gays in the village 5

    The gay community, including comedian Matt Lucas, is currently estimated at 6% of all adults. More accurate statistics will make it easier for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights to guarantee protection and support for people's sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — The 2011 Census will contain a civil partnerships section but questions on sexual orientation have been omitted, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.However, a nationwide government survey which includes questions on sexuality will be sent to UK households as part of a bid to calculate the amount lesbian, gay, and bisexual people living in Britain.

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