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  • 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."

  • 11th April 2010

    Peter Tatchell: What George Osborne promised me on gay rights and what he left out 79

    Peter Tatchell protesting outside the Conservative's London head quaters

    7:41 PM — Peter Tatchell reports for PinkNews.co.uk on his meeting with George Osborne today and explains why he thinks the Conservatives need more commitments and policies to further gay equality.

  • 10th April 2010

    Comment- Peter Tatchell: Cameron has gay policies at last, but not enough 7

    Peter Tatchell is a member of the Green party

    7:55 PM — Gay rights campaigner and Green Party activist Peter Tatchell welcomes David Cameron's new gay rights policies but argues that he needs more to convince the LGBT community to vote for him

  • Comment: Is it time to give David Cameron a second chance? 63

    David Cameron has tried to reach out to the gay community before

    3:44 PM — David Cameron writing for PinkNews.co.uk today has gone some way to restore the damage done to his party's perception among the gay community within recent months.

  • 24th March 2010

    Comment: Iraq is the most dangerous place on earth for gays 37

    Paul Canning argues that Iraq is more dangerous than Uganda for gays

    5:43 PM — It often shocks people to hear this but talk to Iraqi gays who've made it out and they'll tell you - life was better under Saddam.

  • 16th February 2010

    Comment: So much military trash 16

    Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged

    1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.

  • 12th February 2010

    Comment: Homophobia hurts young straight men too 20

    John Amaechi argues that homophobia's damage reaches beyond the LGBT community

    3:43 PM — Following the postponement of the FA's efforts to tackle anti-gay abuse, former NBA player John Amaechi argues that homophobia on and off the pitch damages straight men as well as gays.

  • 19th January 2010

    Honour and secrecy for families of gay Muslims 26

    EastEnders' Syed (left) and Christian

    5:25 PM — Last week, a charity warned it was seeing an increase in the numbers of young gay Muslims fleeing violent homes. But one gay Muslim writer warns that emotional manipulation from families and the pressures of social standing can also be devastating.

  • 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.

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