10 May 2007
Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next?
The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.
8 May 2007
Analysis: Miliband’s appeal shows he should have run
It could go down in history as one of the worst political decisions ever made - if gay votes are anything to go by.A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers shows that if David Miliband had got up the courage to tackle Gordon Brown for the leadership, Labour might have had a stronger chance of winning an historic fourth term in office.27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister.
8 May 2007
Analysis: A government of enemies finally takes control
The two parties sitting down to face each other as partners in government in Belfast today disagree about many things.Gay rights proves no exception.
4 May 2007
Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer
After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME.
2 May 2007
Comment: Browne shouldn’t have been outed
Peter Tatchell writesIt was ethically wrong for the Mail on Sunday to seek to expose Lord Browne's homosexuality, and especially wrong for the newspaper to plan the publication of uncorroborated 'kiss and tell' revelations from his ex-partner, Jeff Chevalier.The newspaper colluded with a bitter, greedy former boyfriend who demanded money from Lord Browne, and who implicitly threatened him if he did not pay up.
2 May 2007
Comment: Is it right to call Lord Browne gay?
Most of the time, I feel perfectly comfortable with my sexuality at Channel 4 News.
27 April 2007
Analysis: Gays – football’s last taboo
An article by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, published in The Observer earlier this month, has re-ignited one of the crucial but rarely asked questions in football: why are there no openly gay players?There were times when reading the article that I laughed out loud at some of his comments.My favourite section reads: "Down the years I could easily have been accused of being gay."
26 April 2007
Comment: Was Ted Heath gay?
Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality.
18 April 2007
Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection
As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.
18 April 2007
Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain
Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge.
4 April 2007
Analysis: So-called research that disgusts real scientists
Anyone who logged on to PinkNews.co.uk this morning would have been shocked to read the headline that suggested homosexuals have a shorter life-span than smokers.What's worse, the headline suggested that this was a scientific study.Being a scientist myself, and having worked for one of the most reputed peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, I can now set the record straight.
2 April 2007
Comment: Why I am keeping faith with Labour
I joined the Labour party in 1999 at the age of 16 with the desire to make my own small contribution to building a better Britain.I've always felt that having strong beliefs and values and being courageous in expressing them is a crucial part of playing a role in society.Some people choose religion and God, but for me, an atheist, the choice was politics and the Labour party.
2 April 2007
Comment: Why I left the Lib Dems for the Tories
They say a leopard never changes it's spots, but it's clear over the last twelve months that David Cameron and the Conservative party have set about changing the way they think, act and formulate policy to respond to the needs of a modern Britain.For years, I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and represented them both locally as a councillor, and nationally when I stood as a candidate in the general election.
23 March 2007
Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women
Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading.
21 March 2007
Comment: Eurovision: no place for serious artists
So it is to be Scooch.
20 March 2007
Exclusive: Ming Campbell speaks to PinkNews.co.uk
When PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Menzies Campbell at his office in the Palace of Westminster earlier this month, the Liberal Democrat leader discussed his values and attitudes towards gay rights, and how British society has changed since the days of Ted Heath and Jeremy Thorpe.
15 March 2007
Comment: Does religion breed homophobia?
There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain.
13 March 2007
Comment: Are we too quick to scream homophobia?
Ben Leung, himself a member of an ethnic minority, considers the seriousness of last week's racist and homophobic outbursts from prominent right-wingers in Britain and the US.
13 March 2007
Interview: A boy and his Diva
Paul Burston's latest book, Lovers and Losers follows his recent successes with Star People (2006) and Shameless (2001) and is just as compelling a read.Paul, who has written for a range of publications from, City Limits, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out to The Independent, believes his third book is more biographical than the rest.
12 March 2007
Comment: Notes on Notes on a Scandal
The Oscar-nominated film Notes on a Scandal is the latest bone of contention to set lesbians screaming blue murder about media representation.Rachel Charman takes a long, dispassionate look at the movie, and the reaction of her co-lesbians to the "mad dyke" role taken by a Dame better known as M.