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  • 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.

  • 23rd May 2007

    Analysis: British attitudes to gays are changing 28

    12:06 AM — The Stonewall survey published today is one of the most wide-ranging examinations of attitudes in the Britain towards the gay community.The results are heartening - even 49% of Daily Telegraph readers think that prejudice against gay and lesbian people should be tackled.Here, PinkNews.co.uk gives you some in-depth analysis of this landmark piece of research.

  • 21st May 2007

    Interview: Peter Hain sets out his stall

    Mr Hain himself greets me in a suitably grand office, as befits his status of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales.

    3:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveWith the "battle" for the leadership of the Labour party over before it even started, all eyes are now on the deputy role. A lack of choice is hardly an issue in this race, with six MPs jockeying to fill John Prescott's shoes.Tony Grew met with contender Peter Hain to discuss gay rights in the UK and in Europe and to find out why the former anti-apartheid campaigner believes he is the best person to become deputy leader of a party desperate for a fourth term of office.

  • 18th May 2007

    Comment: Farewell to Falwell, saying goodbye to hate 7

    I am happy he is gone, but am weary and scared because I know that there are others just like him out there

    12:18 PM — It was June 2004 and I was covering Tulsa, Oklahoma's Pride Festival.I stood watching the parade of proud members of our GLBTI community march through the streets.As the parade came to an end the parade watchers were invited to follow the parade down the route and into the park that was holding the festival, our festival, a safe haven for our community to be free.

  • 14th May 2007

    Comment: Gay rights – the next ten years 9

    The beauty of the gay community's success at securing equal rights in Britain is that we now have the choice - we can either get married or be promiscuous, adopt children or stay childless.

    7:05 PM — How will Tony Blair be remembered? That is the question on the lips of almost everyone in politics since he announced that he is to leave office on June 27th.Will he be remembered for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, introducing the minimum wage or getting record numbers of people in work?Or will he be remembered as George Bush's poodle, with the bloody conflict in Iraq his only lasting legacy?

  • Comment: The race divide splits the gay community 5

    A mobilised force can move mountains and change policy and effect global history unchallenged.

    10:05 AM — There are places in America where segregation still exists.Blacks only associate with blacks, whites only associate with whites and neither the two shall meet.Racism still permeates the fabric of our very society. As the recent attacks on Barack Obama illustrate, no one is safe from scrutiny.

  • 11th May 2007

    Comment: Pink List was badly chosen

    Take Matt Lucas, who is - rather conveniently - Jewish and gay.

    12:15 PM — Despite his gay tendencies, Ben Leung is the Jewish Chronicle's most ardent British-born Chinese reader.Here he compares list of influential community figures as chosen by the Jews and the gays. Why is ours full of entertainers? What is it with spring that newspapers feel the urge to publish all sorts of power-lists or Top-100 most influential lists?

  • 10th May 2007

    Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7

    Gordon Brown is likely to be elected outright with more than 50% of the vote in the first ballot.

    6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.

  • 8th May 2007

    Analysis: Miliband’s appeal shows he should have run 3

    27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister - only 13% wanted Gordon Brown.

    7:40 PM — It could go down in history as one of the worst political decisions ever made - if gay votes are anything to go by.A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers shows that if David Miliband had got up the courage to tackle Gordon Brown for the leadership, Labour might have had a stronger chance of winning an historic fourth term in office.27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister.

  • Analysis: A government of enemies finally takes control

    Equality is not really a concept Unionist politics ascribed to.

    5:15 PM — The two parties sitting down to face each other as partners in government in Belfast today disagree about many things.Gay rights proves no exception. Sinn Fein were the only party to mention LGB or T people at all until a few years ago.While middle-class Catholic opinion in the form of the SDLP was cleaved tight to the pedestrian morality of the Roman Church, the doctrinaire Republicans were all for equality in its many forms.

  • 4th May 2007

    Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer

    The opening night for FAME is Monday 8th May - which will be Ian's 31st birthday.

    4:33 PM — After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME. He told Amy Bourke all about it.

  • 2nd May 2007

    Comment: Browne shouldn’t have been outed 15

    Peter Tatchell is a Green Parliamentary candidate

    7:03 PM — Peter Tatchell writesIt was ethically wrong for the Mail on Sunday to seek to expose Lord Browne's homosexuality, and especially wrong for the newspaper to plan the publication of uncorroborated 'kiss and tell' revelations from his ex-partner, Jeff Chevalier.The newspaper colluded with a bitter, greedy former boyfriend who demanded money from Lord Browne, and who implicitly threatened him if he did not pay up.

  • Comment: Is it right to call Lord Browne gay? 15

    I don't think I was gay until I came out, to myself, my friends and family. And I guess to the wider world.

    6:10 PM — Most of the time, I feel perfectly comfortable with my sexuality at Channel 4 News. The Channel has a remit to promote diversity and it's hardly a macho environment.But I did feel a little unsure about our coverage of Lord Browne last night.To me the most interesting thing to emerge from the whole sorry saga is why the Mail on Sunday were that interested in Lord Browne's sexuality.

  • 27th April 2007

    Analysis: Gays – football’s last taboo 3

    Well-known footballers should be encouraged to front media campaigns calling on homophobia to be kicked out of football.

    5:15 PM — An article by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, published in The Observer earlier this month, has re-ignited one of the crucial but rarely asked questions in football: why are there no openly gay players?There were times when reading the article that I laughed out loud at some of his comments.My favourite section reads: "Down the years I could easily have been accused of being gay."

  • 26th April 2007

    Comment: Was Ted Heath gay? 4

    It is well known that many people deny their sexuality when it is inconvenient or illegal; such I believe was the case with Ted Heath.

    2:34 PM — Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality. 

  • 18th April 2007

    Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1

    Venturing into politics, the Pontiff has given a stark warning to Catholic politicians that the faith's values are “not negotiable.“

    5:51 PM — As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.

  • Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5

    The socialist Madame Royal has by far been the most vocal supporter for gay rights.

    11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.

  • 4th April 2007

    Analysis: So-called research that disgusts real scientists 10

    Paul Cameron is not a scientist, and is his so-called research is not valid.

    2:21 PM — Anyone who logged on to PinkNews.co.uk this morning would have been shocked to read the headline that suggested homosexuals have a shorter life-span than smokers.What's worse, the headline suggested that this was a scientific study.Being a scientist myself, and having worked for one of the most reputed peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, I can now set the record straight.

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