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  • 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.

  • 21st August 2009

    Comment: Speculation over athlete’s sex has brought trans issues into the open 3

    Caster Semenya is awaiting the results of her gender test (Photo: ASA)

    1:40 PM — Gender and trans issues are often treated with shock and faint disgust by the media but the case of Caster Semenya has led to a number of sensitive and well-informed articles.

  • 14th August 2009

    Comment: Killing us softly 185

    Gary Leigh says more debate is needed on HIV prevention (Photo: bhernandez)

    10:35 AM — Last week, Ramsey Dehani wrote about HIV campaigns from the perspective of a young gay man. Today, Gary Leigh, who remembers the "no nonsense" strategies of the 1980s, says the gay health charities have some tough questions to answer.

  • 10th August 2009

    Comment: UNISON on the merits of the new Equality Bill 3

    UNISON supports the Equality Bill

    4:49 PM — The government’s Equality Bill has received a fair bit of criticism in the pink press recently. UNISON supports the bill – while looking for improvements – and calls on members to let their MP know we want to see its successful passage into law.

  • Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18

    David Cameron has said his party has changed on gay rights

    3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.

  • 30th July 2009

    Comment: A Gay Council of Britain? 42

    The Gay Council of Britain

    5:16 PM — We've got Peter Tatchell at one side and Stonewall at the other - but is it time for a more democratically-elected representation?

  • 24th July 2009

    Comment: They’re at it again 20

    The article cites three "troubling positions" on homosexuality

    11:04 AM — Around this time last year, the Presbyterian Church of Wales made national news after paying out a record sum to a gay employee who had endured ‘grotesquely’ discriminatory conduct and sexual harassment. You might reasonably assume, then, that they’d watch their step when it comes to the ever-so-touchy subject of homosexuality. You would, of course, be wrong to make such an assumption.

  • 17th July 2009

    Comment: If pagans can get time off for Halloween, can we set up a gay religion? 36

    Should there be a gay religion? (Photo: Flickr user Steve Punter)

    5:27 PM — Pagan members of the police force are to get holidays on their religious festivals, bringing them in line with more established faiths. While some religious groups have protested, it proves that no one religion is really any more entitled to respect than others. Are Druid spells any more irrational than prayers to an unseen and unresponsive God? We asked Stephen Price to consider whether gays should set up their own religion in order get Pride days off.

  • 15th July 2009

    Analysis: A lawyer’s take on the Equality Bill 4

    The Equality Bill has been criticised by some (Photo: Flickr user umjanedoan)

    2:34 PM — The Equality Bill is now in the report stage before undergoing a third reading. It has been designed to consolidate and simplify existing laws and the government has hailed it as a gateway to "a fairer future".

  • Comment: Catholic inconsistency over epidemics 12

    Nicolas Chinardet suggests the Catholic church needs a new approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic

    2:21 PM — Last month, the Diocese of Plymouth sent letters to its priests advising them to stop offering wine at communion in a bid to help fight the swine flu epidemic. But what of its treatment of the rather more serious epidemic of HIV/AIDS?

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