21st March 2011
Comment: Tower Hamlets council can lead the way on tackling homophobia 108
5:04 PM — Fiyaz Mughal, the director of non-profit group Faith Matters, argues that a combined 'hard and soft' approach should be used to tackle homophobia in Tower Hamlets and that bodies which continue to invite anti-gay speakers should have their funds cut.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
14th March 2011
Comment: Why are gay people trying to ban East End Pride? 132
11:53 AM — Pride London chair Paul Birrell argues that the organisers of East End Pride should be congratulated for showing that East London is out and proud.
9th March 2011
Comment: Cautious welcome for transgender prison guidelines 5
3:18 PM — News that guidelines are finally available for the treatment of trans prisoners is good. Not perfect. But definitely good.
4th March 2011
Video: Is the new Foster’s ad homophobic? 104
2:22 PM — Complaints of homophobia are brewing over the latest TV ad for Foster's lager. "Remember Deano, the following things are not permitted: eye contact, scented candles, power ballads, and do not apply if he's wearing budgie smugglers."
25th February 2011
Gay journalist Johann Hari calls for open debate on ‘Muslim homophobia’ 199
5:33 PM — There should be an open discussion on homophobia amongst Muslims, gay journalist Johann Hari says. The Independent columnist lives in east London, close to where anti-gay stickers were plastered around streets earlier this month.
23rd February 2011
Comment: Stephen Twigg on the parallels of homophobia and antisemitism 25
4:40 PM — Similarities between homophobia and antisemitism mean LGBT and Jewish campaigns should work together to learn and share successes, Labour MP Stephen Twigg says.
17th February 2011
Comment: Religious civil partnerships are the first step towards religious same sex marriages 59
12:07 AM — For Rabbi David Mitchell, his true 'partnership' ceremony wasn't in the registry office, it was in his synagogue. He explains why the government's announcement of civil partnerships in religious buildings could be the first steps towards same-sex marriages in religious institutions, something welcomed by Quakers, Unitarians, Liberal Jews and from today the larger Reform Judaism movement.
14th February 2011
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day, Melanie Phillips! 146
3:41 PM — Happy Valentine's Day to Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, who used the romance of February 14th to urge against giving gay couples the right to marry. Obviously struck by one of Cupid's sharper arrows, she took the occasion to suggest that gay marriage could soon lead to people marrying their hamsters.
21st January 2011
Comment: Daily Mail ‘neo-Nazi’ gay cartoon incites hatred based on sexuality 81
1:27 AM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Nick Lowe argues that the publication by the Daily Mail of a cartoon which depicts a gay couple checking in to a Christian run hotel as 'neo-Nazis' incites hatred of homosexuals.
14th January 2011
Comment: Prison Service must jail transgender criminals safely 40
11:12 AM — A story published in the Bristol Evening Post yesterday, of how a trans woman who had been dealing drugs avoided jail because this would interfere with her transition, is bad news for the rule of law, and bad news for the trans community everywhere.
12th January 2011
Peter Tatchell: Don’t criminalise homophobic Christians 181
1:21 PM — Where do we draw the line between religious freedom and free speech on the one hand, and public order and the protection of minorities on the other hand? Should people of faith have the right to express views that others find offensive and bigoted?
30th December 2010
Gay and adopted Daily Mail columnist slams Sir Elton’s decision to have a baby 84
2:10 PM — Andrew Pierce, the consultant editor of the Daily Mail had penned a column criticising the decision of Sir Elton John and David Furnish to have a surrogate baby, despite being both gay and adopted himself.
30th November 2010
Comment: We’ve got to change gay men’s attitudes to cut HIV 48
6:27 PM — It’s almost 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed and the HIV epidemic among UK gay men shows no real signs of abating. The only way to cut HIV rates is to tackle stigma around the infection, Michael Carter argues.
10th November 2010
Comment: Political parties should do more to attract LGBT people 10
6:00 PM — Local Tory councillor James Cottis feared coming out until this year but discovered that his constituents had already spotted him dancing in G-A-Y. He argues that all parties must do more to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
5th November 2010
Comment: When did gay men stop fighting HIV? 48
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
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
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
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
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?