2 August 2006
Castro illness may raise Cuba’s gay hopes
Speculation is mounting over the future of Cuba after its leader Fidel Castro recently handed power to his brother Raul.The president is currently recovering from treatment for internal bleeding, and the temporary appointment of his sibling may bring good news for the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the future.
27 July 2006
Homophobia can only be ended through school
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall outlines the importance of schools in the fight against homophobiaAt Stonewall we've just launched a major national survey to find out exactly what's happening to young gay people in our schools.Hundreds of pupils have already visited www.speakoutonline.org.uk to reveal their experiences of anti-gay bullying.
24 July 2006
Latvia “fails” democracy test after gay pride violence
Neo-Nazi, Christian fundamentalist and extreme nationalist protesters terrorised participants at the Gay Pride rally in the Latvian capital of Riga last Saturday .
21 July 2006
God save the queers
PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets the man behind those pink flags which have dominated gay pride marches across the country and the world.First there was the flag.
20 July 2006
“I’m a lesbian and our guitarist has one hand”
PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets a band proudly challenging physical, emotional and musical barriers."We're all equal here, man" says Jackie Romeu, the lead singer of new band Nelson Romeu.
17 July 2006
Living outside of society: Palestinian refugee rentboys in the Lebanon
PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs the conflict between Israel and terrorists and others within the Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories worsens, PinkNews.co.uk's Matthew Streib examines what the plight of Palestinian refugee rentboys living within the Lebanon.
3 July 2006
Gay carers in the community
PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThis week the Alzheimer's Society is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dementia, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovers the effect of the disease on the gay community.The phrase "gay community" is often thrown into the ring when talking about same-sex issues such as HIV, discrimination, marriage, and homophobia, but under the rainbow flags and civil partnership certificates, an increasing section of the group appear to be overlooked, despite having unique needs.
30 June 2006
Gay community awaiting EuroPride
PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman looks ahead to this weekend's EuroPride rally.It's been a revolutionary year for the UK gay community, unlike the last gay pride in London, same sex couples will be attending this weekend's EuroPride rally as civil partners, confident that they are protected by law in the workplace and eventually in the supply of goods and services.
29 June 2006
Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’
PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue.
29 June 2006
Activist criticises gay gene obsession
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hits out at the obsession with finding a gay gene and suggests sexual orientation is deemed by a variety of factorsWhy are scientists so preoccupied with what causes homosexuality, to the near-total exclusion of the factors that lead to heterosexuality? I don't object to research into sexual orientation.
26 June 2006
Where does the gay community fit into a Bill of Rights?
Conservative leader David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman warns that the gay community must not be left out.David Cameron's latest policy would mean introducing a codified document setting out principles of law which must be abided by, similar to the US Constitution, which as regular PinkNews.co.uk readers will know, can often dangerously be used against the gay community.
23 June 2006
Gay activist opposes British Megan’s Law
Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims giving children more sexual rights and education will help protect against abuse better than a British Megan's Law.Why is the whole debate around child sex abuse framed almost entirely in terms of repressing the abusers, to near the total neglect of any attempt to empower young people to resist and report abuse?
9 June 2006
Gay guide to the World Cup
The recent increase of England flags stuck to cars and draping from pub windows and houses across the country can mean one of two things, either British National Party support has increased or a certain football related tournament is beginning.Today sees the start of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but before you attach that St George flag to the car door, or get out the red and white face paints, check the PinkNews.co.uk World Cup Guide to find out who the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community should be supporting.
8 June 2006
“Gay eye for the straight guy” World Cup style
"The worst thing about the world cup is all the tat" said the woman next to me in the supermarket check-out queue, as we watched the man in front of us pile a motley assortment of plastic hats, throw away St George's flag table clothes, England blowers, logo-ed beer, logo-ed beer mugs, world cup crisps and a blow up hammer onto the conveyor belt.Of course, if your aesthetic taste runs to polyester shirts and nylon afro wigs, than you should wholeheartedly embrace your world cup fashion and lifestyle moment.
7 June 2006
Canadian wives – British civil partners
PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a lesbian couple determined to be recognised as wives in the UK.Marriage is currently a big issue in Parliament's across the globe.
28 May 2006
Moscow pride- an eye witness account
The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage! offers his own personal account of the Moscow gay pride march.The Mayor of Moscow said gay pride would never happen while he was alive.
13 May 2006
Celibacy as the cure for homosexuality? Meet the real Opus Dei
PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite a negative portrayal in The Da Vinci Code and media furore over Ruth Kelly's involvement, Opus Dei member and senior representative Jack Valero, in the organisation's first interview with the gay press, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how much happier and closer the group makes him feel with God."I've been celibate since I joined Opus Dei when I was 16.
10 May 2006
Comment: Ruth Kelly – Minister for Sin?
PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMarc Shoffman explores Opus Dei, the Catholic society at the centre of the row over Ruth Kelly's appointment as minister for Women and Equality.For a group often accused of secrecy, Opus Dei must be quite shocked at being thrust into the limelight over the past few weeks.
6 May 2006
Reshuffle error? Can Ruth Kelly really represent the gay community?
PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen examines the problems that Ruth Kelly may face as Minister for Women and Equality.Placing the Women and Equality unit within the new Department for Communities and Local Government does make a great deal of sense.However, the Mr Blair does not seem to have thought through the consequences of moving the unit to a department headed by Ms Kelly who is well known member of Opus Dei.
2 May 2006
Comment: What ever you do, vote for gay rights on Thursday
There will be local elections in many parts of England this Thursday and our advice to our readers is that who ever you support, make sure that you vote!In 2006, we the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community are able to support candidates of any of the three major political parties (and the Greens) in 90 per cent of cases.