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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.

  • 22nd January 2006

    Lib Dem MP resigns over “gay” relationship 5

    Mark Oaten has stepped down from his post amid newspaper reports

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten has resigned after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.Mr Oaten, 41, reacted to claims in the News of the World, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy," in 2004. The paper revealed that he was in a "lengthy" relationship with the man, 23, which included "three-in-a-bed sex."

  • 21st January 2006

    Rural gay support group opens 1

    Gay-Glos will support people from rural areas

    12:00 AM — A gay group is expanding in Gloucestershire to provide further support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.Gay-Glos, funded by the Big Lottery, will launch Friendship Support Groups in February for LGBT people, their families and friends.

  • 20th January 2006

    World Aids Day hits record numbers 2

    The NAT received record support this year

    12:00 AM — Nearly 5 million people pledged their support to the2005 World AIDS Day, the National Aids Trust revealed today.Record numbers of advocates logged onto wordaidsday.orgin the five weeks since the event, double the 2004 figures.For the first time in recent years, Red Ribbons were also widely available across the country, via collection boxes in Carphone Warehouse outlets and selected Fire Brigades, including all 111 fire stations in London.

  • 19th January 2006

    Brokeback Mountain gets BAFTA nominations 5

    The gay cowboy recieved 9 BAFTA nominations

    12:00 AM — Having just saddled up from a successful evening at the Golden Globes, gay love story, Brokeback Mountain has now been nominated for 9 British Academy Film Awards.The cowboy movie will battle with race relations thriller Crash, and Capote, a biopic on author Truman Capote, for best film at the awards which are announced on February 19.

  • 18th January 2006

    Columnist issues apology to gay campaigner 3

    Adam Yosef claims he did not mean to stir up homophobia with his comments

    12:00 AM — A high profile Respect Party member has apologised for causing any distress towards gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, for comments made in a newspaper column last week.However, he stood by his comments labelling Mr Tatchell as one of Britain's "most hate filled bigots" insisting it was a personal comment and by no means aimed at the gay community.

  • First International Gay Film Festival 57

    Festival Del Sol organisers want to bring gay people together through film

    12:00 AM — The first International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival began this week, at the Festival Del Sol in Gran Canaria.Twenty-five films will showcase the diverse realities of gay and lesbian life around the world. The 5 day event willfeature movies from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama and thrillers.

  • 17th January 2006

    Brokeback Mountain rides home victorious

    The critically championed Brokeback Mountain won 4 Golden Globes last night

    12:00 AM — It was a good evening to be gay in Hollywood as cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain scooped top honours at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, last night.The highly tipped movie won best film, best screenplay, best original song and best director for Ang Lee. However, lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the best dramatic actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote.

  • Lib Dem candidate gets gay backing 57

    Lib Dem leadership candidate Simon Hughes insists he's not gay

    12:00 AM — Gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell put previous political battles aside this week to express his support for Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Simon Hughes.Mr Tatchell a former Labour candidate, was defeated by Mr Hughes in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which was marred by homophobic taunts and violence towards Peter Tatchell's campaign.

  • 16th January 2006

    Police force is top gay employer 57

    The police force appear to have overcome allegations of institutional homophobia

    12:00 AM — Staffordshire Police has helped the British law enforcement sector overcome previous allegations of institutional homophobia by becoming the nation's top gay-friendly employer.The force that encourages gay officers to go on marches, take parenting leave and organise parties with local homosexual groups was ranked first in the Workplace Equality Index, compiled by gay activist charity, Stonewall.

  • Gay groups angered by Scottish Catholics 1

    The Catholic church in Scotland is seeking an exemption from adoption laws for gays (photo credit: Ian Britton/ freefoto.com)

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners and adoption groups have been angered by the Catholic church in Scotland's plans to seek an exemption from allowing gay couples to adopt.Senior Bishops are seeking a "conscience clause" giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender.

  • 15th January 2006

    Comment: Would the Pope face arrest for homophobia? 13

    Does the Pope face a tough reception from the UK gay community?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if the Pope would be welcome in Britain after his comments on gay marriage.It's been a busy month for gay rights activists. After a brief respite from the Muslim Council of Britain's, Sir Iqbal Sacranie's homophobic comments, now the Pope Benedict XVI has used a public platform to denounce homosexuality.

  • 24th December 2005

    Christians accused of homophobia

    Mr Roberts said in a letter: ““If gay people made the decision not to think gay, they would not act gay“

    12:00 AM — A retired couple faced a police investigation this week after objecting to their council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.The pair had questioned the council's bid to improve equality, part of which would see gay lifestyle magazines distributed around staffareas.

  • 23rd December 2005

    LAPD to sponsor Gay Games 3

    At least 12 officers have signed up to compete in the 2006 Gay Games

    12:00 AM — The Los Angeles Police Department has become the first law enforcement group to sponsor the Gay Games after announcing its support for next summer's competition in Chicago.At least 12 officers have signed up to compete in the 2006 Gay Games VII and plan on wearing their police uniforms during the opening ceremony, scheduled for July 15.

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