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  • 28th December 2009

    Comment: Quentin Crisp was no gay rights hero 77

    John Hurt plays Quentin Crisp in 'An Englishman in New York'

    1:16 PM — Ahead of ITV's broadcast of 'An Englishman in New York', a drama based on the life of gay writer Quentin Crisp, Peter Tatchell argues that he was a homophobe and reactionary

  • 17th December 2009

    Comment: BBC’s Gay execution debate was murderous breach of impartiality 27

    The BBC 'broke its own standards', argues Adrian Tippetts

    1:16 PM — By inviting a discussion on whether gays should be executed, the BBC surrenders to mob rule and fans the flames of homophobic hatred at a time when the safety of lesbians and gays is under threat as never before, argues Adrian Tippetts.

  • 10th December 2009

    Comment : Peter Tatchell calls for a global human rights index 22

    Peter Tatchell suggested there should be a global human rights index

    7:49 PM — On Human Rights Day 2009 we see a world where LGBT rights and freedoms are violated everywhere. Only a tiny minority of countries have anything close to legal equality and protection against homophobic and transphobic harassment, discrimination and hate crimes.

  • 6th December 2009

    Comment: Why Uganda’s homophobic legislation must be stopped 10

    Uganda's proposed law could execute gays

    11:18 PM — Blogger Daniel Edward Pitt's personal take on the horrors that could be unleashed by Uganda's proposed anti-gay legislation. "This piece of despicable homophobic propaganda has caused much shock and anger in the Western world, except of course by Christian right-wing fundamentalist rednecks who support the bill unequivocally."

  • Feature: Bromance of “new” straight men like Scrub’s JD and Turk 20

    JD and Turk in 'Scrubs'

    5:07 PM — The term 'Bromance' refers to a close, but non-sexual, friendship between two heterosexual men, often labeled as a 'man-crush'. Bromances are often the central, but more subtle embodiment of television and film. The television programme Scrubs came to my mind when reading about self-disclosure in the relationships lecture.

  • 5th December 2009

    Guardian: Uganda is unjust and infamous 36

    The Guardian says Uganda's propsoed law is unjust

    2:05 PM — In a strongly worded leader column, The Guardian condemns Uganda's proposed law that could sentence gay people to death or leave them facing lengthy prison sentences. The newspaper says that Sweden is right to suggest that aid to the country should be cut if the law is passed.

  • 3rd December 2009

    Peter Tatchell: The Equality Bill is less than equal 16

    Peter Tatchell has criticised the Equality Bill

    2:27 PM — Way back in 1983, when I stood as the Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election, I proposed the idea of a single, comprehensive anti-discrimination law, to guarantee equal treatment and protection for everyone. At the time, this proposal was dismissed as "ultra left," as too radical and daring. Three decades later, however, it is close to reality.

  • 25th November 2009

    Comment: Trans deaths must not be forgotten 23

    Candles at Saturday's vigil (Photo: AbsolutQueer Photography)

    7:51 PM — London's Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil was attended by the friends and family of two trans women murdered in the UK in the last month. Sarah Brown argues that more attention should be given to transphobia and its victims.

  • 2nd November 2009

    Comment: The way forward for HIV prevention 57

    Gary Leigh argues that a new way forward is needed

    6:45 PM — Earlier this year, Gary Leigh wrote an article for PinkNews.co.uk attacking the HIV prevention centre for not doing enough to tackle the threat of HIV. His article provoked anger from some HIV charities, while dividing opinion among our readers.

  • 26th October 2009

    Comment: In defence of Jan Moir 113

    Jan Moir's article prompted 22,000 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission

    12:32 PM — Homophobia breeds when we silence opinions we don’t like. For democracy’s sake, Jan Moir owes no apologies for her opinions, just coherent reasons, says Adrian Tippetts.

  • 23rd October 2009

    Comment: Why I heckled Nick Griffin on Question Time 98

    Beth Mellington-Pritchard was an audience member on Question Time

    6:25 PM — Last night, one of the most effective voices to come out of the audience on Question Time was that of Beth Mellington-Pritchard. A lesbian in a civil partnership, she told BNP leader Nick Griffin that his feeling of revulsion was "mutual".

  • Comment: Guilty bystanders and alpha male eunuchs 3

    Homophobia still blights the beautiful game

    3:16 PM — Efforts to kick homophobia out of football will go nowhere if players and fans don’t have the balls to stand up to the bigots, Adrian Tippetts argues.

  • 29th September 2009

    Comment: Reflections on Yom Kippur and homosexuality within Judaism 55

    Different strands of Judaism have different views on homosexuality

    4:40 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects back on yesterday's Jewish festival of Yom Kippur and what it means for an openly gay Jew.

  • 22nd September 2009

    Comment: Voters shouldn’t take their new-found equality for granted 28

    Alex Bryce is a former Labour parliamentary candidate

    1:58 PM — Former Labour parliamentary candidate Alex Bryce argues that although a Tory government will not roll back recent reforms for gay people, it will not focus on the subtle changes needed for an equal society.

  • 21st September 2009

    Comment: Pots, kettles and the rise of the homo-hypocrites 22

    Derren Brown: Said the bonus ball was "for women and gays".

    11:29 AM — Last week, Derren Brown said the bonus ball was "for women and gays". While Jonathan Ross jokes that gay children should be adopted and Chris Moyles uses 'gay' as an insult, is it OK for gay people to make 'gay' jokes?

  • 17th September 2009

    Comment: We should be exposing and ridiculing the BNP, not banning it 25

    BNP leader Nick Griffin

    4:41 PM — Much fuss has been made about whether we should ban the British National Party from appearing on Question Time and the Trades Union Congress now wants to bar anyone who is a member of the party from working in the public sector.

  • 15th September 2009

    Comment: Consul’s death thrusts Jamaican homophobia into the spotlight 13

    Jamaica as the postcard-friendly holiday resort (Photo: 04deveni)

    7:28 PM — Last week John Terry, a British honorary consul, was murdered at his Jamaica home in what was suspected to be a homophobic attack. Although Jamaican police have since claimed it is unlikely that this was a factor in the killing, the act has brought the issue of Jamaica’s culture of homophobic violence to the fore in the world’s media.

  • 11th September 2009

    Comment: Brown’s apology to Alan Turing is not good enough 65

    Alan Turing received a posthumous apology from the British government

    1:49 PM — Nicolas Chinardet did not sign the petition for a government apology to gay mathematician Alan Turing. Here, he explains why.

  • 9th September 2009

    Comment: We need to speak up against homophobia in music 4

    Buju Banton, whose US gigs were recently cancelled

    5:54 PM — Several concerts by reggae artist Buju Banton were recently cancelled in America, amid controversy over notoriously homophobic lyrics which incite the murder of gay people. The campaign which led to the cancellations shows gay people need to confront musicians like him.

  • 2nd September 2009

    Comment: Is it time for a more realistic L Word? 11

    Glossy and glamorous - The L Word

    4:18 PM — The L Word is no more, but following news that BBC3 has commissioned a new lesbian drama, V King Macdona hopes for a more realistic portrayal of lesbian life.

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