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  • 21st September 2007

    COMMENT: Schools must clamp down on homophobic bullying 8

    “Schools have a clear, legal duty to establish measures to prevent all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. “

    10:44 AM — Today is a watershed moment for education, as we unveil new guidance that will give schools detailed practical advice on how to deal with homophobic bullying for the first time.This is something teachers have frequently called for and will help schools get to grips with an issue that has blighted too many young people's lives.Every pupil in our schools has the right to be protected from bullying.

  • 19th September 2007

    Interview: Pricking the bubble of Hollywood celebrity

    Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist and author, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture for over 14 years.

    11:54 AM — "What child would want to be Graham Norton when they are older?" asks Paul Burston."No offence to Graham, what he does is great, but he is not the image you aspire to. When you are a young gay kid, you want to be gay but normal."And he ought to know. Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist andauthor, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture formore than 14 years.

  • 14th September 2007

    TURING: Ads beware 1

    Would it be appropriate for this website to carry an advertisement that claims to 'cure' homosexuality?

    10:40 AM — More often than not, the fuss is unnecessary. But, that does not relieve the media companies from their responsibilityMarshall McLuhan, the communications theorist, believed that advertising was the greatest art form of the twentieth century.The description could perhaps be made more accurate if one replaces his superlative adjective with a more plausible alternative —'greatest' with 'most controversial.'

  • 12th September 2007

    Comment: Peter Tatchell on 9/11

    The 9/11 Commission was hamstrung by official obstruction. It never managed to ascertain the whole truth of what happened on 11 September 2001.

    4:21 PM — Six years after 9/11, the American public have still not been provided with a full and truthful account of the single greatest terror attack in US history.What they got was a turkey. The 9/11 Commission was hamstrung by official obstruction. It never managed to ascertain the whole truth of what happened on 11 September 2001.The Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission, respectively ThomasKean and Lee Hamilton, assert in their book, Without Precedent, that they were "set up to fail."

  • 7th September 2007

    TURING: Yours shamefully 4

    It is the moral responsibility of every tolerant developed nation to grant asylum seekers the right to residence.

    2:45 PM — It is high time that the Home Office defined its policies for dealing with LGBT asylum seekers. Shame that it still refuses to do so.Iran is no place to be gay. Nor is it the best place for Westerners to campaign for the rights of sexual minorities.Even according to the most conservative of estimates, no fewer than 4000 people may have been executed in Iran for the 'crime of homosexuality' since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

  • Feature: Grim realities of life for gays in Iran

    Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic.

    12:48 PM — Gay Iranian organisation IRQO has published an in-depth interview with a gay male couple about the challenges of living in the Islamic Republic, both from the religious authorities, their families and other Iranians. Kamran, 24 and Kaveh, 25, have been together about 3 years."The way we are looked at is a source of torment for us. Even though physically we are not any different from them they discriminate against us. This makes our lives extremely difficult. I don't think there is any problem greater than being labeled abnormal in society when you are certain nothing is wrong with you."

  • Editorial: The Tories and PinkNews.co.uk 72

    We would never run an advert from anyone that seeks to harm the gay community. There will be no adverts for ex-gay movements on PinkNews.co.uk.

    10:04 AM — The Conservative party is well-known for its ad campaigns.From the iconic 1979 "Labour isn't working" posters, to the "Demon Eyes" of Tony Blair in the 1997 election campaign, through to the "Five Pledges" of Michael "are you thinking what I am thinking" Howard in 2005, never let it be said that the Tory party were short of a strategy. Some, of course, more successful than others.Today marks a new stage in the party's attempts to disseminate its message to the voters.

  • 29th August 2007

    Comment: Nigeria’s anti-gay witch-hunt 1

    Peter Tatchell is a human rights campaigner

    11:27 AM — Peter Tatchell comments on Nigeria's treatment of gay peopleThe arrest on 5 August of 18 men at a private party in the northernstate of Bauchi is the latest incident in a wave of on-goinghomophobic persecution in Nigeria - much of which is incited byChristian bishops and Muslim imams.Bauchi is a predominantly Muslim region which has adopted Sharia(Islamic) law. Police officers acted on a tip-off from the HisbahIslamic anti-vice squad of the Bauchi Sharia Commission. They seizedthe men, aged 18 to 22, in rooms at the Benko Hotel in Bauchi.

  • 24th August 2007

    TURING: The business of outing 2

    There is something extraordinarily vulgar about being a homosexual yourself in private, and conducting blatant homophobic campaigns in public.

    10:16 AM — By all means, out someone if he or she is a hypocrite; just don't call them gay. It is nothing short of a comical irony. Ted Haggard, the ex-televangelist, and once the self-appointed spokesperson for Jesus Christ, has all but disappeared from public attention.Only a few months ago, he was reviled not just by the gay community for his blatant homophobic preaching, but also by intelligent people at large for his inability to handle rational criticisms and arguments.

  • 21st August 2007

    Interview: Julian Clary’s Murder Most Fab

    Julian Clary spoke to PinkNews.co.uk about the novel, his time as a stand-up comic, and why he is glad that Peter Tatchell exists.

    4:35 PM — Comedian Julian Clary's debut as a novelist is a funny, farcical tale of a gay boy who falls in love, suffers a broken heart, moves to London, works as an escort and eventually ends up as TV star with a guilty secret.Murder Most Fab could only have been written by Julian, and his unique sense of humour and absurd but amusing plot make it one of the lightest and most pleasurable reads of the year.Julian, who looks about a decade younger than his 48 years, first shot to fame in the early 1980s as an outrageous stand-up comedian.

  • 17th August 2007

    TURING: The case for a boycott 4

    Beheadings and fatal lashings are still common in Saudi Arabia.

    10:40 AM — Despite reasonable arguments to the contrary, it is better stay away from homophobic countries.The United States, not particularly known for its gay rights record, surprised a good many people in 2005 when its State Department, in its annual report on human rights, included for the first time a list of countries guilty of LGBT abuses.A painful evidence of the Bush administration's hypocrisy, it may well have been.

  • 16th August 2007

    Comment: My journey from scared teen to gay activist

    It was my goal to make sure that no one went through the isolation and harassment that I experienced.

    1:35 PM — The first time I came to the UK, I was amazed by its history, architecture and bustling cities.Now, over ten years later, I have come back to experience this amazing place once again.As a third year student from the University of California Santa Cruz, I am currently doing a full time internship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and Schools OUT.

  • 15th August 2007

    Comment: Despite the fanfare, freedom still eludes gay Indians 57

    Technically, it is still not illegal if someone were to arrest me just for being gay.

    12:55 PM — As India celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence from Britain, Balaji Ravichandran explains why he feels neither free nor independent. The celebrations started well before I arrived in India six weeks ago.From the moment I switched on the television at home the advertisements, programmes and notices, often painfully jingoistic in their self-congratulation, have constantly greeted me with their patriotic screams.

  • 10th August 2007

    Analysis: 2008 candidates jockey for vital gay votes 3

    The two largest national gay political groups issued statements following the forum, suggesting they were disappointed with their responses.

    2:43 PM — There was one jaw-dropping moment in last night's presidential forum on gay issues, and several lean-in-close moments too.While there were no major shifts in previously stated positions, the forum served at least two useful purposes for LGBT voters.It pressed six of the eight Democratic candidates in an unprecedented way on gay-related issues, and gave those candidates an opportunity to make their case for why gay voters should prefer them over the others.

  • TURING: An awkward trip to the seaside part 2

    After the tsunami, things had changed dramatically.

    1:08 PM — The beach, like its counterparts around the planet, had a not-so-remote area infamously devoted to nightly cruising.No, it wasn't exactly gay cruising, should the readers misconstrue.It was a place where the society's rejected had an unenviable existence. They earned money by prostituting their minds and bodies for the amusement of patriarchal men — gay and straight.

  • 7th August 2007

    Interview: Gay gamer defiant in face of attacks

    “Homophobia doesn't come from within the industry itself or from the people who write about it, but rather from the game players themselves.“

    4:49 PM — Last week GayGamer.net, a news-gathering site and meeting place for the gay gaming community, was attacked by homophobic hackers.39-year-old Flynn DeMarco, GayGamer.net's founder and editor-in-chief, started the site just over a year ago. It already records an average of 15,000 to17,000 unique users a day and is a major source of gaming news and information.Flynn spoke to PinkNews.co.uk from their Atlanta offices about their techno hate crime ordeal.

  • 3rd August 2007

    TURING: An awkward trip to the seaside

    In a country where non-heterosexuality is punishable with life imprisonment, this was the closest to an official ceremony they were going to get in their lifetime.

    12:40 PM — The young couple still looked devastated.Their faces somehow managed to capture the ephemeral nature of human facial expression, and transform it into a permanent imprint, a record, if you will, of human emotions.They existed outside the law then; they exist outside the law now. In a strange land where the national passport allows for their existence, the law doesn't.

  • 31st July 2007

    Interview: From gay rights warrior to establishment figure

    Angela Mason was awarded an OBE in 1999 for her work and earlier this month received an honorary degree from the University of London.

    3:47 PM — Angela Mason leaves her job as head of the government's Women Equality Unit today after four years in the role.The unit has been instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation such as civil partnerships and protection from discrimination for gay, bisexual and lesbian people when accessing goods and services.A government job was not what Angela had envisaged when she became a founder member of gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989.

  • 30th July 2007

    Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2

    Former Editor Marc Shoffman, “Politican of the Year“, Baroness Ashton with PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen at the Stonewall awards

    6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.

  • Comment: Crystal meth, barebacking, apathy and ignorance 1

    Campaigns in the US have portrayed HIV+ gay men as healthy by showing pictures of muscular models revealing their rippling torsos.

    3:57 PM — Recently much attention has been focused on the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, and rightly so.However, this July marks another anniversary of huge significance, which has hardly been mentioned in the media.That is the twenty-five year anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins, the first person in Britain known to have died from AIDS.

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