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  • 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.

  • 29th July 2007

    Interview: The Tory who wants to boff Boris

    Boff assures me that he can beat Henley MP and TV regular Boris Johnson, stressing that London needs a competent mayor and not a media darling.

    2:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive"It's obvious I'm gay. The blind know I am gay," Andrew Boff exclaims towards the end of our meeting.And he may be right. Practically every news report about the Tory party's selection of a candidate to take on Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London uses the 'gay' tag to describe him.In the flesh he is far from the media stereotype of a gay man.

  • 26th July 2007

    Comment: Diana, AIDS and the fight for Africa 1

    With an extraordinary ability to connect with people, and an equally impressive record in supporting the disadvantaged, she would easily have lived up to the title, 'People's Princess.'

    5:00 PM — I have been away from the UK these past few months, and I feel a sense of relief that I have been well away from all the action.As I dispatch this piece on board a hydrofoil somewhere near Turkey, all I can see online is severe flooding in England.Politicians who might otherwise have more important things ensuring our safety and wellbeing are dragged out of bed at dawn to go on breakfast television to explain their cannabis misdemeanours from over two decades ago.

  • 24th July 2007

    Interview: In the garage with the master mechanic of dance

    Away from the chattering London dance elite, Matthew Bourne is feted as one of the most talented choreographers alive today.

    11:50 PM — Choreographer Matthew Bourne's The Car Man is currently setting pulses racing at London's Sadler's Wells theatre.The revival of his sultry, sexy reworking of Bizet's Carmen is a tangled web of sex, desire and murder, and will be touring the UK throughout the autumn.PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew caught up with him to discuss his use of gay characters, the suggestive power of dance and what's next for the man who brought us an all-male Swan Lake.

  • 20th July 2007

    Analysis: The bishop, the youth worker and the tribunal 8

    Mr Reaney brought his claim under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, which make it unlawful to discriminate against employees or prospective employees (such as Mr Reaney) because they are gay.

    12:30 PM — This week saw a landmark victory for a gay youth worker against the might of the Anglican Church.An employment tribunal decided that Kevin Reaney, a gay man, had been discriminated against by the church on grounds of his sexual orientation.Mr Reaney brought his claim under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, which make it unlawful to discriminate against employees or prospective employees (such as Mr Reaney) because they are gay.

  • TURING: Of homosexuality and the church 2

    It is not acceptable for us to discriminate against our brothers and sisters on the basis of sexual orientation.

    11:06 AM — Love or hate it, it's hard to ignore organised religion.While your columnist is of the opinion that religion should strictly (and I do mean strictly) restricted to consenting adults in private, and while some leading intellectuals want religion completely wiped off the map of the earth, it is hard to reconcile these opinions with the fact that more than 90% of the world's population subscribe to some form of organised religion.

  • 18th July 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: The man who took a bishop to a tribunal and won 8

    Mr Reaney spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about the tribunal and the emotional journey he has been on in the past year.

    4:51 PM — Landmark is one of those words that inevitably loses its value due to over-use, but there is no other way to describe today's ruling by an employment tribunal against the Bishop of Hereford.The tribunal agreed with youth worker John Reaney that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of his sexual orientation.The 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment contains an exemption for religious organisations.

  • 17th July 2007

    Exclusive: Prime Minister Gordon Brown answers your questions 19

    “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to put on record my support for civil partnerships.“

    12:15 PM — Last month we asked readers to submit questions to the Prime Minister.Well, let it not be said that Gordon Brown has had a quiet introduction to life in Downing St.Among the CORBA meetings, inspecting flood damage, trips to meet our European partners and setting out Britain's future direction, Mr Brown found time this week to address some of the questions PinkNews.co.uk readers sent in.

  • 16th July 2007

    Interview: Nemesis talk God, Clinton and Michael Jackson 1

    Joshua (dark) and Jacob (blond) took an emotional trip home to Montana to come out to their Jehovah's Witness family.

    1:01 PM — Pop duo Nemesis Rising normally get noticed because of the way they look - and hey, even I had my head turned by these identical twins.They certainly got a lot of attention when cameras from Logo TV followed them around for a reality series called Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising.Jacob (blond) and Joshua (dark) showed off their gay life in LA, but also took an emotional trip home to Montana to come out to their Jehovah's Witness family.

  • 13th July 2007

    TURING: Of pink pride and prejudice 6

    Your columnist grew up listening to the BBC World Service throughout his childhood, and yet failed to realise he was gay, and that it was normal.

    12:57 PM — Late January, 2002. A middle-aged American family man relaxes in his garden, reading his favourite magazine.Loud, if cheesy, pop music on the street begins to distract him.He joins the rest of his family staring at the rainbow flags, the colourful flotillas and gorgeous hunks with six-packs parading in front of them."Rainbows? Tank Tops? Empowerment? This is the gay pride parade!" the family man cried.

  • Interview: Sex, surveillance and gay royals

    Surveillance stars Tom Harper as Adam.

    12:41 PM — Surveillance is a fast paced sexual and political thriller set in London.It stars Tom Harper as Adam, a gay teacher who lives in Surrey and comes to London on the weekends to go clubbing and pick up men.A casual encounter with a handsome stranger, Jake (Sean Brenden Brosnan) brings Adam to the attention of powerful, unseen forces.

  • 9th July 2007

    TURING: An ungainly obsession 3

    Hypocrites, by definition, deserve to be labelled, not as 'gay' or 'straight,' but as 'hypocrites.'

    2:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's new pseudonymous contributor reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the life and death of the genius who is the inspiration for his new weekly column.Alan Turing is no gay icon - and fortunately so.Today, that epithet is more representative of superficial (so-called) celebrities and their obsession with sex, drugs, fashion and every thing else that have come to epitomise popular culture.

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