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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.

  • 21st November 2006

    Gay talent shines at Emmy Awards

    Sugar Rush star's Olivia Hallinan and Lenora Crichlow at the Stonewall Awards

    12:00 AM — Last night's International Emmy Awards were dominated by British and gay orientated talent.Gay comedian Matt Lucas picked up an award along with co-star David Walliams for Little Britain, and lesbian drama Sugar Rush picked up an accolade.Little Britain won the Best Comedy Award while Sugar Rush, which won Broadcast of the Year at the UK Stonewall Awards earlier this month, won Best Children and Young People's Programme.

  • 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.

  • 20th November 2006

    Gay singer gets frog in his throat

    Mr Frog's recording career has since notched up 28 number 1's throughout the world(Photo: Liftarn)

    12:00 AM — An unlikely alliance of George Michael and the Crazy Frog is set to give X Factor a battle in the race for the Christmas Number 1 this year.To celebrate George Michael's 25th anniversary gig, the Crazy Frog has recorded his rendition of the Wham's 1984 hit single 'Last Christmas' as a tribute to the 1980s icon.

  • Christian Union’s ‘ex-gay’ course banned 4

    Laura Stirrat, vice-president of Edinburgh University's Christian Union, accused the university of censoring free speech

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh University's Christian Union is considering legal action against the academic institution after being banned from teaching a course which included literature on "curing" homosexuality.The Union's PURE course on abstinence was heavily criticised after recommending books on "ex-gay" groups, leading Edinburgh University to ban its teaching, describing it as inappropriate.

  • Police making gaydar a reliable force for community 2

    Seven police forces across the UK are now signing up with social networking site gaydar.co.uk

    12:00 AM — Seven police forces across the UK are now signing up with social networking site gaydar.co.uk in the ongoing fight against homophobic crime.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community liaison police officers from the West Midlands, Staffordshire and South Wales forces are now considering profiles on gaydar.co.uk following successful trial partnerships with the Metropolitan Police in London and the Sussex police force.

  • Barker faces party snub over alleged gay affair 10

    Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved

    12:00 AM — A Conservative spokesman who's marriage ended allegedly because of a gay affair may be deselected, according to reports.Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved, but reports recently claimed that he had been having an affair with an interior designer.

  • Victorian gays welcome local union registry

    Steve Bracks has reportedly sent officials to meet with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLR) group to agree on a Tasmanian style gay union scheme

    12:00 AM — Victorian human rights group, Civil Union Action! (CUA), has welcomed Melbourne City Council's pledge to set up a relationship registry for same-sex couples, noting that the council acted because the State Government had failed to do so.CUA spokesman John Kloprogge said the council's scheme would provide evidence of a relationship, but could not fix discrimination at the state level.

  • Romney demands gay marriage vote 2

    Governor Mitt Romney is known for his opposition to gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is getting desperate in his attempt to leave an anti-gay legacy in the state.The Governor has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in Massachusetts in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the only state to allow same sex couples to marry.

  • Gay councillor questions Brighton’s HIV/AIDS cuts

    Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts

    12:00 AM — Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and AIDS in the city.NHS HIV/AIDS budgets in the city have been cut by a third in three years if inflation is included, the party claims.

  • Manchester educates against homophobia

    The three year initiative to support schools will reach more than 12,000 education professionals with appropriate interventions, resources, training and advice on homophobia and sexuality

    12:00 AM — A new Manchester initiative aimed at ending homophobia through education has been launched today.The scheme, called 'Exceeding Expectations,' has launched a newsletter to be distributed to all adults working at secondary schools across the city.

  • 17th November 2006

    Campaigners petition UN over homophobic countries

    The signatories include several Nobel Prize winners such as Desmond Tutu

    12:00 AM — obel prize winners, politicians and writers have joined calls for the United Nations to approve a resolution decriminalising homosexuality in anti-gay countries.The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is leading a major campaign for a UN Resolution which will decriminalise homosexuality.There are 77 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal and where punishments include imprisonment and the death penalty.

  • MEP pushes for anti-gay discrimination laws

    The proposal is aimed to act as a blueprint for legislation to address unresolved issues concerning the unequal treatment of European citizens

    12:00 AM — Dutch Green MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg has presented a proposal this week for a directive on anti-discrimination including sexual orientation and disability to the European Commission.The proposal is aimed to act as a blueprint for legislation to address unresolved issues concerning the unequal treatment of European citizens.

  • Gay people wet the bed, the Pentagon says

    12:00 AM — Congressman Marty Meehan and the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association sent letters to the US Defence Department this week protesting a recently-revised military instruction which now suggests that homosexuality is a defect.Mr Meehan is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the APA's are professional associations whose members, combined, include more than 185,000 mental health professionals.

  • Outrage expressed over Iran

    It comes after reports that a man was executed in Iran for being gay

    12:00 AM — Gay activists will hold a protest against recent executions in Iran this weekend.The demonstration, outside the Iranian Embassy in London, will highlight human rights abuses inside the dictatorship.It comes after reports that a man was executed in Iran for being gay.

  • Campaigners to celebrate LGBT history

    LGBT History Month is held in February in the UK

    12:00 AM — With the third Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month three months away, the Trades Union Congress is hosting a pre-launch event next week to encourage schools, unions and individuals to organise their own events to mark the event next February.Speakers at the launch of LGBT History Month - which takes place at Congress House on Monday include TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber, novelist Stella Duffy, American stand-up comedian and jazz singer Lea Delaria, veteran gay campaigner, Allan Horsfall, and trans campaigner Professor Stephen Whittle.

  • Barrymore looking to Strike it Lucky

    Strike it Lucky was one of the biggest shows of the 1980s and 1990s, regularly pulling in audiences of more than 14.5 million viewers

    12:00 AM — Gay TV personality Michael Barrymore is back, in digital form at least.Following the trend of Bulleseye and Family Fortunes, cult TV quiz Strike Lucky has been released this week on DVD.Strike it Lucky was one of the biggest shows of the 1980s and 1990s, regularly pulling in audiences of more than 14.5 million viewers.

  • NUS condemns mental health gay changes 4

    Other elements of concern include the removal of legislation which protects lesbian, gay and bisexual people from being detained solely on the grounds of their sexuality

    12:00 AM — The National Union of Students has expressed concerns over proposals for amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, describing them as "draconian", and "out of touch with the needs of mental health service users today."NUS views the mental health system as in desperate need of reform, and feels the focus should be on service user involvement, funding and the social model of mental illness.

  • 16th November 2006

    Man bailed after gay murder 1

    67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth

    12:00 AM — A 50-year-old man arrested following a death at a block of flats in Portsmouth has been bailed.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth after midnight on September 21.His death is the third gay murder in less than a year. In July Michael Fardon, 45, from Northampton was murdered after a night out at his local the Boston Clipper.

  • No straight answers for LGBT homeless

    The brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust

    12:00 AM — A national agency representing charities campaigning against homelessness has released a new guide on the unique issues of LGBT homelessness.Released today, the brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.

  • Gay campaigners launch California marriage appeal

    It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month

    12:00 AM — Lawyers in San Francisco along with Californian gay groups have this week asked the state Supreme Court to decide whether barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.It comes after Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, Tennessee, South Dakota and Virginia all passed gay marriage bans in a ballot earlier this month.

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