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  • 23rd April 2008

    Comment: Mayoral candidates push for pink vote 1

    The free event was fully booked and described by Boris Johnson as, "the best attended so far"

    3:09 PM — Following Saturdays Stonewall hustings event, PinkNews.co.uk readers have one more chance to vote in our Mayor of London poll. Five mayoral candidates faced their toughest grilling yet at the Stonewall hustings on Saturday.

  • Peers vote for freedom to criticise the LGBT community 27

    Religious groups will also welcome the amendment

    10:19 AM — Peers have made an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will protect the freedom of speech of comics, rap artists and those who criticise other people’s sexuality.

  • 19th April 2008

    Video: PinkNews editor takes Boris Johnson to task 8

    Boris Johnson is the Conservative Party Candidate (Photo: Elliott Franks)

    11:24 PM — At the Stonewall hustings for the Mayor of London, chair of the hustings, PinkNews.co.uk editor, Tony Grew, took Conservative Party Candidate Boris Johnson to task.

  • 18th April 2008

    INTERVIEW: Ken answers his gay critics 22

    Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho to meet-and-greet gay voters

    4:19 PM — There has been much discussion in the dead tree press about the importance of the "pink" vote in the election for Mayor of London. Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho and PinkNews.co.uk managed to catch up with him.

  • COMMENT: I have some questions for Ken

    On four issues Ken needs to explain why he has let down the LGBT community

    4:08 PM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone can justifiably boast that he has done much over the last 30 years to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Londoners. But in his second term as Mayor, he caused widespread dismay in the LGBT community.

  • 17th April 2008

    Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22

    Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics

    3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.

  • 15th April 2008

    INTERVIEW: The Socialist alternative for London 26

    In the 2004 Mayoral election Lindsey German won 61,000 first preference votes, or 3.2%.

    1:50 PM — Lindsey German may be known to some Londoners for her work with the Stop The War Coalition, but the party she represents is entirely new.The Left List is part of what used to be the Respect party.

  • 11th April 2008

    INTERVIEW: The hottest lesbian comedy on the net

    3Way is about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home.

    1:10 PM — From soap star to veritable lesbian icon, Executive Producer and actress Maeve Quinlan's on the cutting edge of scripted comedy with the hilarious and irreverent lesbian-themed Internet romp, 3Way.Along with her former co-workers and best pals, Nancylee Myatt and Paige Bernhardt, Quinlan conceived of and created the sensation that has become 3Way, about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home only to be followed by an array of whacky lesbian characters.

  • 7th April 2008

    Interview: The vibrant support network for LGB soldiers

    In the UK the Armed Forces are proud of their LGB colleagues.

    3:30 PM — The issue of gay people serving in the Armed Forces still divides politicians in the US.For the rest of the countries in the NATO alliance, the claims and counter-claims about unit cohesion and the "influence" of gays on fighting men seem like echoes from another time.The Dutch lifted their ban on gays in 1974, Australia followed in 1992 and Canada soon after. In 2008, most of the member nations of NATO have removed their bans.

  • 4th April 2008

    Sir Ian McKellen: coming out politicised me 5

    The highlight of the evening was the speech by Sir Ian McKellen.

    4:10 PM — Last night veteran gay rights campaigner and co-founder of Stonewall Sir Ian McKellen gave the keynote speech at the gay equality organisation's annual Equality Dinner.540 guests attended and more than £320,000 was raised.For many people, the highlight of the evening was the following speech by Sir Ian, exploring the history of Stonewall and what its priorities are for the future. "It was 20 years ago. The biggest story regarding gay people in this country was about AIDS."

  • 3rd April 2008

    COMMENT: Straight male machismo underpins all tyranny 3

    Peter Tatchell is the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East.

    1:30 PM — In a speech to the European Feminist Summit in London last month, activist and human rights advocate Peter Tatchell argued that by challenging traditional heterosexual masculinity, the queer emancipation movement can contribute to the liberation of all of humanity.Queer liberation is not a mere minority issue, nor purely a questionof personal lifestyle, civil rights or sexual freedom. It is, or canbe, socially transformative, with the potential to aid allemancipation struggles everywhere.Queers deviate from traditional masculinity. We reject the orthodoxmodel of what it is to be a man.

  • 28th March 2008

    INTERVIEW: Pi, mythology and the black male form

    A qualified psychoanalytic therapist, Charlie believes his training has enabled him to be more artistically intuitive.

    12:05 PM — A church is not the sort of place one would expect to find a celebration of male sexuality.But next month, St Pancras Church Crypt will play host to the 'Reverie' exhibition by London artist Charlie Pi, showcasing his interpretation of masculinity and sex.Known for his paintings of the black male form, the Deptford-based artist will premiere a selection of 50 new oil paintings of black male iconography displayed on unconventional canvases, such as old table tops and bread boards.

  • 25th March 2008

    INTERVIEW: From soaps to Soviet murder mystery

    With Hollywood beckoning, it's doubtful Tom Rob Smith will be returning to write in soapland any time soon.

    9:00 PM — Tom Rob Smith doesn't believe in stereotypes, particularly the one that says a gay, former TV soap writer can't pen an intense, hard-hitting Cold War thriller.Child 44 counfounds assumptions about gay writers.His first novel, it caused a fierce bidding war at the London Book Fair and was eventually sold to 22 countries. It is no surprise that film rights to this powerful piece of fiction have just been snapped up by Ridley Scott.

  • COMMENT: Can celebs swing the Democratic nomination?

    Just because Oprah can turn books into best-sellers or put companies out of business if she doesn't like their products doesn't mean she or any other celebrity can decide what is best for the country.

    2:50 PM — Obama or Clinton? It seems to be a question at the forefront of every American Democrat's mind going into to this year's important Presidential election.While the Republican Party has elected their representative as John McCain, the other side seems to be a struggle less about the ideals of the candidates, which are very similar, and more about a popularity contest.Questions have been raised about who is more electable, who has more experience, and who has a better message.

  • INTERVIEW: Basketball’s stereotype-busting gay icon 3

    Amaechi is finally comfortable in his sexuality after many years of struggle.

    11:50 AM — There can be no better introduction to the conversation of John Amaechi than to relay his thoughts on the American press and basketball-loving public's reaction to the revelation that this giant of the game is gay."I knew it would be fuss-worthy, especially in America. But it's very weird really because over here if you didn't know you just weren't paying attention."Amaechi is one of a handful of British players to have reached the heights of the US National Basketball Association.

  • 21st March 2008

    Comment: Is Clinton really any different to Obama? 14

    Which one is the right choice?

    4:50 PM — Ann Turner tosses up whether either one of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton is worthy of her vote in the Democratic primary. Or, if it really matters which one she picks as they both seem so similar.As I stood in line to cast my ballot in the Washington state Democratic caucuses last month, the choice of who to support for the presidential nominee still loomed large in my mind...

  • 19th March 2008

    Comment: Obama’s hit and miss speech on race 6

    In terms of telling his personal story and giving voters a view of the complexities of the richly diverse experience from which he has come, Barack Obama succeeded spectacularly.

    12:10 PM — In a speech prompted by extensive media coverage of the divisive, racially-tinged sermons of his pastor and 'spiritual mentor' of the last twenty years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama today attempted to address concerns over his stance on issues, including race and patriotism, that have dogged his campaign for the last week.Speaking from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Senator Obama's words yesterday broadened the context of the debate beyond the firestorm surrounding Reverend Wright's comments alone and instead focused on the subject of race in America.

  • Barack Obama on race in America 6

    Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.

    1:10 AM — "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

  • 13th March 2008

    Comment: Hillary and the Eliot Spitzer effect

    If Silda Spitzer want to banish Eliot to the guest bedroom for the foreseeable future, that's her call to make.

    4:30 PM — On the heels of Samantha Power "resigning" from Barack Obama's campaign for calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" comes news that LGBT Council member Maxim Thorne has been bumped from his post for a similarly tactless use of words.In an email blasting Clinton's "who do you want answering the phone at 3am" rhetoric, Thorne wrote:"At 3am, Hillary said she and Bill were in bed and she knows of all the calls a President gets at different times of the day and night.Really?"

  • 7th March 2008

    Comment: Florida’s governor is a hypocrite 4

    Sometimes good people do bad things.  photo: State of Florida,

    10:30 AM — As far as Republican governors go, Charlie Crist appears to be a pretty good guy.He comes across as fair, smart, even-handed and independent in his thinking, and he has even broken ranks with conservatives from time to time to do what he perceives to be the right thing.And while he doesn't support gay marriage or gay adoption, he has publicly supported gay civil unions, which, socially, pretty much puts him miles ahead of the majority of his Republican colleagues.

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