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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.

  • 27th November 2006

    Gay stars join Diana memorial concert 1

    The date is rumoured to be July 1 2007, her 46th birthday  and ten year's since her death in a car crash in Paris

    12:00 AM — A memorial concert including performances from gay stars George Michael and Sir Elton John will be held next year for the late Princess Diana, according to reports.Her son's Prince William and Prince Harry are reported to be arranging a concert at Wembley Arena to raise money for her favourite charities.

  • LGBT activist launches blood service protest 2

    The petition calls on the government to carry out a review of the NBS policies

    12:00 AM — A former National Union of Students LGBT Officer is continuing his activism by launching an online petition against the UK's ban on gay blood donors.The petition, which runs until April, has so far received around 800 signatures.It was started by James-J Walsh, former LGBT Officer of the National Union of Students. The petition echoes a campaign earlier this year against National Blood Service's (NBS) ban on gay and bisexual donors.

  • 24th November 2006

    Sexual health activists fight gay HIV increase 3

    According to the report, three in every hundred gay men who attended an STI clinic in the last year had acquired HIV

    12:00 AM — Sexual health campaigners are calling for better HIV awareness programmes after a Health Protection Agency report revealed that an estimated 63,500 adults are now living with HIV in the UK , with an increase in cases for gay men.This latest figure includes both those who have been diagnosed and also around a third (20,100) who remain unaware of their infection.

  • Northern Ireland to launch gay equality law 12

    Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early

    12:00 AM — Gay activists are recommending Ulster as an ideal holiday destination for the LGBT community as Northern Ireland looks set to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early in the New Year.The law, which guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services, is rumoured to be introduced in January 2007, while the legislation will be enforced in the rest of the UK in April.

  • Scottish Tory leader backs gay adoption

    Ms Goldie said she would be voting for the legislation which would give gay couples in Scotland adoption rights

    12:00 AM — Scotland's Conservative Party leader has echoed the gay friendly attitude of Tory head David Cameron by backing gay adoption.Annabel Goldie looks set to anger some of her own party members as well as religious groups ahead of a vote on the Scottish Executive's Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by saying allowing gay couples to adopt will make Scottish law a fairer reflection of society.

  • Gay Londoners asked about HIV

    Gay men's health charity, GMFA, has been asked to host a consultation with gay men in London

    12:00 AM — For the first time, gay men in London are being asked to give their views on the commissioning of HIV services in the capital city.A proposal for radical changes in the provision of HIV prevention work for gay men has been put forward and you can have your say.If the proposed HIV prevention work does not meet the needs of gay men, the community suffers and increasingly scarce resources are wasted.

  • Gay icons come to DVD

    Starring the inimitable pairing of Jane Turner and Gina Riley as the mother and daughter hornbags, Kath  Kim documents the pair's trials and tribulations

    12:00 AM — You have laughed at the outdated outfits, adopted their mispronunciations of words, and now the super camp comedy pairing of Australian mother and daughter Kath and Kim has come to DVD.The Neighbours meets Royle Family type show features the suburban Sheila's attempt to cope with all that life throws at them from sex, men, food and, well mainly sex, men and food.

  • 23rd November 2006

    Gay clergy ‘divisive’ for Church relations

    It comes after the ordination of gay bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson in 2003

    12:00 AM — Gay bishops and female clergy are driving a wedge through the prospect of good relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope concluded today.In his first official visit to the pontiff, Dr Rowan Williams spoke of the importance of unity in the church, the pair presented a declaration which highlighted certain issues straining Christian relations.

  • Christian students ‘under considerable opposition’

    Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club

    12:00 AM — Senior Bishops of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, have spoken out against "intolerant and unlawful" actions by several universities after a number of Christian Unions have been banned from campuses.Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.

  • South Africa backs gay inheritance rights 10

    The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage

    12:00 AM — South Africa's gay community has been given more cause for celebration after the country's constitutional court today ruled that same sex partners should have equal inheritance rights to heterosexual couples.The case comes just weeks after South African politicians voted for gay marriage.This latest development orders that the law regarding inheritance rights should also include the term, "same-sex life partnership."

  • Civil partners urged to write wills 1

    In one case handled by the IPW, two civil partners were aghast to discover that their wills had been revoked as a result of their Civil Partnership

    12:00 AM — December 5 marks the first anniversary of the Civil Partnership Bill but despite a year having passed since the introduction of this legislation, the Institute of Professional Willwriters is warning that many same sex couples have no idea of the impact their union has on their inheritance arrangements.The Institute of Professional Willwriters is so concerned about this situation that it has written to the National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales to highlight the lack of knowledge existing in relation to the impact of marriage, re-marriage and Civil Partnership on an existing will.

  • 22nd November 2006

    Lesbian rocker tops Cool List 1

    ( Photo: the real janelle flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — A lesbian punk rocker has topped a 'Cool List' of music icons.Beth Ditto, the larger than life lead singer of US band Gossip, beat big names such as Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker and Liam Gallagher to become the first woman to top music magazine NME's Cool List.Ditto is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and has used her songs to back gay marriage legislation in the US.

  • Homophobes cancel Wal-Mart boycott 3

    Wal-Mart insists their statement is in reaction to staff and customer requests

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay group has called off a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after the store vowed to remain neutral on "highly controversial issues."Homophobes inside the American Family Association are hailing a victory against the store claiming it reacted to their protest against it joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and stocking products appearing to promote same-sex marriage.

  • European Parliament avoids gay friendly workplace

    Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Campaigners have criticised the European Parliament after it adopted a declaration on diversity in its own workplace which knowingly excluded sexual orientation.The International Lesbian and Gay Association expressed surprise at the omission.A draft resolution of the European Parliament's Secretariat, the administrative arm of the political body, had included sexual orientation, but this was defeated by four votes to two, with two abstentions.

  • Phillips vows to uphold gay equality

    Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month

    12:00 AM — LGBT issues should always be on the equality agenda, the incoming chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) said this week.Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month.

  • 21st November 2006

    Gay activists encourage shopping for solidarity

    Companies and their products are compared using the criteria of the HRC Foundation's nationally respected Corporate Equality Index

    12:00 AM — As the official beginning of the holiday shopping season is set to start, US gay group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has released a new guide listing hundreds of popular American brands ranked by their company's gay friendliness.The publication, Buying for Equality, breaks products into easily distinguishable purchasing categories.

  • UK ‘out of step’ over gay marriage 1

    Earlier this year, the High Court in London, rejected calls for Ms Wilkinson and her partner Celia Kitzinger to have their gay marriage recognised in the UK.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBritain risk becoming out of step with the rest of the world after yet another country gave its backing to couples in same sex marriages, a campaigner warned today.Israel's High Court of Justice this morning ruled that gay couples legally wedded abroad can be registered as married in the population registry, echoing support for gay marriage in Sweden. South Africa and the US state of New Jersey, in what Sue Wilkinson says will make Britain look "discriminatory."

  • Lib Dems go online to fight homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Gay Bristol Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, has produced a YouTube video about homophobic bullying as the party highlights its campaign during anti-bullying week.Mr Williams uses the video to discuss the unique aspects of homophobic bullying and calls on people to support the Liberal Democrat campaign against it.

  • Israel “bursts open” for gay marriage 1

    Six judges against one ruled that the marriages, which were obtained in Canada, should be recognised in Israel, prompting anger from ministers and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Israel's orthodox community has only just recovered from a gay pride rally being held in Jerusalem, but now they must prepare themselves for gay marriage, after the High Court of Justice backed the unions this morning.The Association of Civil Rights (ACRI) in Israel submitted a petition on behalf of five gay couples in March against the Ministry of the Interior's Population Registrar, demanding the registration of same-sex couples who marry outside of Israel.

  • Campaigners call for better HIV prevention

    AIDS awareness groups have called for better prevention programmes after a report revealed that many schemes are not reaching the people most at risk from infection

    12:00 AM — AIDS awareness groups have called for better prevention programmes after a report revealed that many schemes are not reaching the people most at risk from infection in some countries such as gay men.The global AIDS epidemic continues to grow and there is concerning evidence that some countries are seeing a resurgence in new HIV infection rates which were previously stable or declining, the UNAIDS/WHO 2006 AIDS Epidemic Update states.

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