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  • 5th November 2010

    Comment: When did gay men stop fighting HIV? 48

    Scott Roberts says the bigger picture on HIV is being missed

    4:34 PM — Scott Roberts argues that campaigners angry about the gay blood ban are missing the bigger picture and that the gay community should be enraged at the continuing gulf of health inequality around HIV and AIDS.

  • 13th October 2010

    Comment: The Gay Liberation Front’s social revolution 13

    The GLF celebrates its 40th anniversary

    6:58 PM — On October 13th 1970, the Gay Liberation Front was founded in Britain. It was a modest beginning, with 19 people meeting in a basement in the London School of Economics. But it grew rapidly and proved to be a defining, watershed moment in British queer history.

  • 3rd October 2010

    Peter Tatchell: David Cameron’s position on gay marriage looks increasingly isolated 60

    David Cameron had said he is open to making changes to advance equality

    4:06 PM — On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, David Cameron’s refusal to support same-sex civil marriage looks increasingly isolated and out of step, argues human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

  • 27th September 2010

    Stonewall co-founder Michael Cashman: What part of ‘equality’ can’t Stonewall understand? 32

    Michael Cashman was a founder of Stonewall

    2:30 PM — Labour MEP and co-founder of Stonewall, Michael Cashman argues that the charity he helped launch 21 years ago must come out in favour of full gay marriage equality now. I'm disappointed to see Stonewall, the organisation I co-founded 21 years ago, fail to support genuine equality for same-sex couples. We must open up marriage to everyone, and we must do it now...

  • 23rd September 2010

    Peter Tatchell: Tide is turning on gay marriage 29

    Civil partnerships were legalised in the UK in 2005

    5:22 PM — Same-sex marriage is an idea whose time has come. It is the growing trend all over the world, from Canada to South Africa and Argentina. Why can't we have marriage equality in Britain too?

  • 17th September 2010

    Comment: Our leaders must question the Pope’s teachings in person 73

    The Pope meets David Cameron tomorrow (Photo: Sergey Kozhukhov)

    3:17 PM — While many in the UK are angry at the Pope's poor record on gay rights and outrageous statements on HIV prevention, our political leaders appear to be showing him undue reverence. This publication believes that they have a golden opportunity to argue that the Vatican must adapt and respond to the changing beliefs and social identities of its 1.1 billion believers.

  • 10th September 2010

    Comment: The effect of censorware on gay websites 7

    Censorware is used to screen out 'innapropriate' content

    2:07 PM — Reports of mobile phone providers blocking access to gay website are no surprise to those who've been following the use of the software which blocks these sites - known as 'censorware' - for more than a decade.

  • 8th September 2010

    Comment: Why we must be fighting for full same sex marriage equality now 27

    Stephen Gilbert is MP for St Austell and Newquay

    11:55 AM — Newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert speaks out in support of LGBT marriage equality and explains why LGBT rights organisations should be fighting for marriage equality now

  • 25th August 2010

    Comment: Labour must listen and lead in the fight for LGBT equality by Ed Miliband 51

    Ed Miliband has pledged that his party will fight for full LGBT equality

    12:41 PM — Ed Miliband, one of the five Labour leadership candidates, writes for PinkNews.co.uk on what he promises to do for LGBT people.

  • 20th August 2010

    Comment: Black Pride and prejudice 114

    Kevin Maxwell says no minority ethnic person is immune from racism

    3:34 PM — Last weekend, London saw the fifth annual Black Pride festival. Kevin Maxwell, who is mixed-race, argues that racism in the gay community means gay ethnic minorities feel the need to hold their own pride events.

  • 12th August 2010

    Comment: Marriage is the gold standard for gay couples 44

    98 per cent of our readers said they wanted equal marriage rights

    10:26 AM — It's a common refrain of politicians (and some lobby groups) to say that while they are not against equal civil marriage, it is not clear how many gay people actually want it. Our poll - conducted over two days with almost 800 responses - shows otherwise. LGBT people demand marriage equality.

  • 26th July 2010

    ‘Be sceptical and daring': Peter Tatchell’s honorary doctorate acceptance speech 22

    Peter Tatchell was awarded an honorary doctorate

    2:53 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was awarded an honorary doctorate for his human rights work by Sussex University last week. This is his acceptance speech.

  • 8th July 2010

    Comment: Time for Jewish leaders to show some pride 46

    Benjamin Cohen marched with a London gay Jewish group at Tel Aviv Pride

    2:59 PM — I've been to many LGBT Pride events before; last year I accompanied the-then prime minister's wife Sarah Brown at London's Pride march. This year, both in Tel Aviv and in London, the experience was different, I wasn't just 'coming out' as LGBT, I was coming out as an LGBT Jew.

  • 7th July 2010

    Comment: What exactly is the coalition government’s stance on gay marriage? 42

    The UK allows civil partnership but not full marriage equality

    4:53 PM — To some, the difference is negligible. To others, the word 'marriage' is the only way they want to see their relationships recognised in law. Civil partnerships were a fantastic milestone for gays and lesbians but it is clear now they are not good enough.

  • 6th July 2010

    Comment: Beyond gay and straight 10

    London Pride was held on Saturday (Photo: Pride London)

    1:13 PM — Saturday's gay pride parade in London celebrated 40 years since the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in Britain. This was a watershed moment in British queer history. For the first time, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people stopped hiding in the closet and suffering in silence.

  • 5th July 2010

    Feature: Football’s last taboo 7

    Justin Fashanu committed suicide in 1998

    6:00 PM — Why has so little advancement been made around homophobia in football in the last 30 years? Ben Riley-Smith meets gay grassroots players to find out more about the sport's last taboo.

  • 13th May 2010

    Comment: David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s shotgun civil partnership is best option for the gay community 82

    Nick Clegg and David Cameron (photo: Downing Street)

    12:12 AM — In many ways, you should be ecstatic, by no small measure the majority of the LGBT community according to PinkNews.co.uk polls voted for the Liberal Democrats, very few voted Conservative. The electoral system, with its inherent unfairness for a party with widespread but not concentrated support like the Lib Dems was always going to end up with the Liberal Democrats in bed with either Labour or the Conservatives in a hung parliament.

  • 6th May 2010

    Comment: Why has Philippa Stroud not denied she believes homosexuality is caused by demonic possession? 48

    Senior Gay Conservative Nick Herbet on the campaign trail with Philippa Stroud

    12:46 PM — Four days have gone by since The Observer published allegations that Philippa Stroud, Conservative candidate for Sutton and Cheam, founded two churches that helped people who believed their homosexuality was caused by demonic possession and that it could be overcome through prayer. Four days in which PinkNews.co.uk has repeatedly asked Mrs Stroud to deny the allegations, four days in which she has failed to do so.

  • 5th May 2010

    Comment: Peter Tatchell pays tribute to Antony Grey a giant of the gay movement 5

    Antony Grey died last week

    3:03 PM — As secretary of the Homosexual Law Reform Society in the 1960s, Antony Grey was one of the founding fathers of the gay law reform struggle in Britain. Although a true pioneer, he sadly remains a largely unsung hero of the movement for LGBT equality.

  • 27th April 2010

    Comment: Labour is shunning gay Iraqis, asylum seekers 13

    David Miliband launched Labour's international gay manifesto last week

    4:20 PM — As he launched Labour's international LGBT manifesto last Wednesday, foreign secretary David Miliband made one howler, echoed by another in the manifesto's text. He said: "Under Labour the UK will continue to be a beacon of hope for LGBT people."

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