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  • 30th June 2007

    Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2

    “I grew up in a world where we were innocent, I didn't know sex existed until we were 11. “

    12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.

  • 29th June 2007

    Comment: Time to be a green gay

    photo: nick russill@flickr.com

    6:06 PM — A couple of months ago, Roseanne - of former 'Barr' and 'Show' fame - upset some of the gays across the pond with something she said on her radio show.During a cosy chat with a lesbian activist one afternoon, Rosie suggested that considering the magnitude of the issues the planet now faces, maybe it was time for us all to put our individual causes temporarily to one side, and stand together against the unprecedented crises' that threaten to overwhelm us all.

  • 28th June 2007

    Analysis: Brown’s new Cabinet ministers 4

    Only one Cabinet minister, Defence Secretary Des Browne, stays in the same job.

    3:44 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed several new faces to the Cabinet today as he forms his first administration.Only one Cabinet minister, Defence Secretary Des Browne, stays in the same job.While there may be some gay men and lesbians appointed in the more junior posts, there are no openly gay people at the top of government.

  • Review: Angels in America

    The play revolves around two couples. Louis is a narcissistic and neurotic Jew, who lives with Prior, a WASP from a historic family that came off the Mayflower.

    11:20 AM — The Pulitzer-winning Angels in America is divided into two parts, set in the mid-nineteen eighties and following the terrible dawning of the AIDS crisis in America. The first part is entitled Millennium Approaches, and the second, Perestroika.The play revolves around two couples. Louis is a narcissistic and neurotic Jew, who lives with Prior, a WASP from a historic family that came off the Mayflower.In the first act, Prior reveals that he has AIDS and has discovered a lesion.

  • Comment: Changing attitudes to gays

    For the first time, a majority of respondents believe that homosexuals cannot change their sexual orientation even if they wanted to.

    10:45 AM — CNN has issued a number of opinion polls in the past. Their questionnaires touch on topics like the presidential candidates, terrorism and climate change. Homosexuality is another topic they have issued surveys on in the past years.The results of this year's CNN opinion polls on Homosexuality and Gay Rights were published today. And what seems to promise a 'rosy future' for US-American attitude towards gays and lesbians, has to be considered with caution.

  • 27th June 2007

    TURING: Forty years on 1

    It is tomfoolery to think that the rest of the world will pay attention to the societal dynamics of Britain in a way that international media does to those of the United States.

    10:40 AM — Sexual minorities in the UK have every right to exercise and celebrate their hard-won rights. But the time has not yet come to take things for granted.Insofar as one considers the historical period dominated by the three major monotheistic religions, homosexuals have always been the subjects of pillory, hate, persecution, and unusually severe punishments

  • 26th June 2007

    Comment: Another year, another Pride, another hangover

    Is Pride a political rally, is it a party, does it mean anything at all?

    11:30 AM — For many of us waking up the next morning, any sense of pride has disappeared long ago in a heady mix of sunshine, cheap cocktails, and naked flesh.This is something to celebrate. A hangover fades much quicker than the scars of those brave enough to march the streets of Moscow, Riga or Warsaw.At the same time I cannot help thinking that Pride has the potential to mean something more to more people than just a nice day out once a year.

  • 23rd June 2007

    Interview: The dark horse who became front runner

    Benn, 53, was raised in a household where the NHS was just one symbol of the collective power of the Labour movement.

    4:07 PM — "This is going to be a really, really closely fought contest and I genuinely have no idea what the outcome is going to be," Hilary Benn tells me when we meet.The terrace of the House of Commons is the location for this typically relaxed Benn comment.He is unique among the candidates for Deputy Leader I have spoken to, in that he arrived with no entourage.

  • 19th June 2007

    Exclusive: Gordon Brown will answer gay questions 1

    If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to news@pinknews.co.uk and mark your email “Gordon.”

    4:30 PM — Do you have a question for the next Prime Minister? Gordon Brown will take office on 27th June, and he has agreed to answer questions submitted by our readers.If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to news@pinknews.co.uk and mark your email 'Gordon.'Many thanks to readers who sent in questions. Look out for Mr Brown's answers here on PinkNews.co.uk

  • Feature: The dark heart of the deep South

    In his memoirs Williams wrote that 'There are passages in Suddenly, Last Summer which are perhaps as well written as anything I've done.'

    1:05 PM — After three years away from the West End, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is back in London, performed by the capital's oldest amateur theatre group.The Tower Theatre group, who also recently revived Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, will be putting on the play which was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn in the 1959 film.The story of Suddenly Last Summer would be familiar to any fans of A Streetcar Named Desire, debatably Williams' most famous play.

  • 14th June 2007

    Comment: Look how far we have come 3

    Under Margaret Thatcher gay people were actively scapegoated, ghettoised and discriminated against by the state.

    6:15 PM — As Tony Blair prepares to leave office, Labour party activist Gavin Hayes argues that gay people should not forget the triumphs of the past ten years, but there is still much to be achieved under Gordon Brown. The Labour government has made huge progress on gay equality in the last 10 years.There is much to be proud of with respect to the government's record on delivering equal rights and social justice to gay people across the country.

  • Comment: Lindsay Lohan makes lesbians look bad 4

    Lohan is not just a star in the media, she is a character, and her character is The Bad Girl.

    11:52 AM — In case you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you've undoubtedly heard that young movie star Lindsay Lohan is in a bit of trouble.Okay, that's probably the understatement of the year: she is currently in a drug rehabilitation centre, trying to get her life back on track after crashing her car into a tree.This is the second time she's been in rehab in half a year's time. To put it into further perspective, she's not even 21 yet.

  • 12th June 2007

    Review: Two Men Talking

    Two Men Talking is about the power of storytelling.

    11:50 AM — In a tiny, intimate venue in the heart of Whitehall, two men perform a play that records their lives as gay, Jewish South Africans.Two Men Talking starts in sweltering South Africa where Paul Browde and Murray Nossel are schoolchildren during Apartheid.Their tale takes us takes us to New York and London, through their experiences of career struggles, coming out as gay and dealing with HIV and AIDS, and finally recalling their reunion in America.

  • 11th June 2007

    Analysis: Football is coming homo

    Representatives from all of London's gay football teams were present.

    4:55 PM — The news that the Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London next year will be music to the ears of the ever-growing gay football community in the UK.Last week's launch event at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square was attended by the great and the good from the gay community and the football world.Several Members of Parliament were there to lend their support along with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.

  • 7th June 2007

    Interview: Apprentice Lohit Kalburgi 3

    Lohit Kalburgi thinks his global experience and positive attitude are his most employable traits.

    10:48 AM — The first openly gay candidate for Sir Alan Sugar's The Apprentice has been expelled, one week from the final, with the damning words "You're fired."Lohit Kalburgi spoke to PinkNews about Sir Alan, his Steady Eddie reputation and being gay in business.Speaking the morning after his dramatic exit from the competition, Lohit wasn't fazed or disappointed.

  • 5th June 2007

    Interview: Mr Johnson goes to Dorneywood 57

    Alan Johnson has a reputation for supporting gay rights

    10:31 AM — It's the kind of thing journalists have nightmares about. There you are, in the 7th floor office of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Education and Skills.Stunning views of Westminster Abbey. Classy cream leather sofas. A senior minister ready to give you his undivided attention.You turn on your Dictaphone. It doesn't work. The batteries are dead.

  • 3rd June 2007

    Interview: Harriet Harman warns gay youth off dangerous Dave 3

    Harriet Harman warns against jumping ship to Cameron's Conservatives

    11:30 AM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.

  • 1st June 2007

    Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3

    If they ever make a movie about Hazel Blears, Jane Horrocks would be perfect casting.

    4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.

  • Interview: The Queen of the D List talks politics 3

    Bitchy? She makes Joan Rivers look like Esther Rantzen.

    1:15 PM — Kathy Griffin is mad. In that good way that makes for great comedy, but still, manic.Her new series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which is premiering this Sunday night at 10.30pm on E! Entertainment Television, will be a chance for UK viewers to get a peek at the inside of life on Hollywood's lower slopes.Kathy has always been popular with gay audiences, and this fly-on-the-wall documentary series demonstrates why.

  • Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5

    Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.

    10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.

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