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  • 12th March 2007

    Comment: Notes on Notes on a Scandal 6

    It is more likely that Barbara's repressed nature is being represented as the product, albeit in an extreme form, of a homophobic society.

    11:29 AM — The Oscar-nominated film Notes on a Scandal is the latest bone of contention to set lesbians screaming blue murder about media representation.Rachel Charman takes a long, dispassionate look at the movie, and the reaction of her co-lesbians to the "mad dyke" role taken by a Dame better known as M. 

  • 8th March 2007

    Analysis: Nigeria attacks the heart of human rights

    Simply taking part in a gay or lesbian club or support group would be illegal.

    5:37 PM — Legislation proposed by the Nigerian government last year designed to ban and criminalise same sex marriages and those who assist with it, is expected to be enacted by the National Assembly before the April 2007 elections.The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2007 in its current form provides that persons of the same sex and those who marry them or is a witness thereto will be committing a crime with a mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment.

  • Comment: Racism still an issue in the gay community 20

    I've encountered more cold shoulders and “thanks, no thanks“ on Old Compton Street than Dating Direct or Gaydar.

    1:37 PM — Since coming to London last year, student Balaji Ravichandran has been impressed with the freedom that gay men enjoy here. As an Indian, though, Balaji has noticed that white gay men's attitudes to a guy like him can at times leave something to be desired. "Sorry, not my type." This is probably the most frequented reply I've received on Gaydar - or "DismayDar," as I choose to call it.

  • 7th March 2007

    Comment: girlie porn fails to impress lesbians 2

    The book, although centring on sex between women, somehow tries to skip nimbly around the idea of homosexuality, as if it is a topic to be avoided.

    11:37 AM — Quiver Books' latest offering by Jamye Waxman, Women Loving Women: Appreciating and Exploring the Beauty of Erotic Female Encounters, promises to capture for the reader "the warm and enlightening approach of exploring erotic possibilities with other women."Promises, however, get broken, particularly concerning soft pornography masquerading as art, explains Rachel Charman. 

  • 6th March 2007

    Feature: The kids are alright

    The project is creating a much-needed openness and understanding among the next generation.

    12:04 PM — Colette Bernhardt meets the youth group with a hands-on approach to homophobia in schools."There's no way I would have come out at school - I would have been beaten up." Twenty-three-year-old Stuart's words ring true for many of us, particularly if you were at school before the repeal of Section 28 in 2003.

  • 1st March 2007

    Interview: Lesbian voices amid the clamour of war 1

    Waters explained that writing The Night Watch was more difficult than her previous novels.

    3:33 PM — One of the most acclaimed novelists in Britain, Sarah Waters is the woman behind seminal lesbian fiction like Tipping The Velvet and Fingersmith.Tony Grew met her to chat about sex scenes, The L Word and her latest work, The Night Watch. When I mentioned to my lesbian friend Rachel that I was going to interview Sarah Waters, her big blue eyes lit up.

  • Comment: The politics of religion and gay adoption

    The main Jewish adoption agency, Norwood, on the other hand, said that it was happy to consider gay couples as parents.

    3:00 PM — By Ben Cohen The debate over exemption for religious groups from the Equality Act exposed a division within the government and the country.While we don't know exactly what happened behind closed doors, it appears that Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, was persuaded by her friends within the Catholic Church to exempt their adoption agencies from being forced to treat gay and lesbian couples in the same way that they would a straight couple.

  • 19th February 2007

    Comment: The everlasting appeal of Kylie’s pants

    But I never quite worked out why some people go absolutely berserk for her, or how she attained the gay iconic status.

    12:45 PM — Put your hand on your heart and tell me - is the Kylie exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum worth going to see?The most opinionated man in the PinkNews universe, Ben Leung, casts his critical eye over an exhibition that has got the Radio 4 crowd in a tizz over whether or not la Minogue is worthy of a retrospective at the age of 38. There's an old saying in Hollywood that if there's a nuclear holocaust, only two things would survive - cockroaches and Cher.

  • 12th February 2007

    COMMENT: End of the road for united Anglican communion 3

    Archbishop Williams needs to stop trying to hold this fractured communion together.

    5:41 PM — This week the senior primates of the Anglican church will meet in Africa. Many predict the outcome of this meeting will be an outright schism in the church over the issue of gay priests.Tony Grew examines the nature of the Church of England and questions whether it can ever be a home for radical evangelicals. My dad used to tell me that the Anglican church is not really a religious denomination as such. It is more of a social club.

  • 6th February 2007

    COMMENT: The Kylie roadshow

    Kylie is as much about art, fashion and design as being Kylie pop singer.

    5:36 PM — Depending on you point of view, it is another example of national arts institutions dumbing down to get punters, or a well-deserved celebration of the iconic yet tiny figure of a true legend.PinkNews.co.uk's very own Torsten Højer took a trip down to South Ken this morning to take a look at what all the fuss is about. 

  • 30th January 2007

    COMMENT: LGBT History Month full of surprises 3

    What about Sir Ian McKellen, who helped found Stonewall and went to 10 Downing St to talk to Prime Minister John Major about gay rights?

    9:45 AM — Now in its third year, the LGBT History Month starts this week. The calendar of events across the country is filling up as never before.Tony Grew explains why gay history is so important and takes us through some of the diverse range of things to do, see and enjoy in this month-long celebration of our gay past. LGBT History Month is an excellent opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

  • 25th January 2007

    COMMENT: Archbishops suffer from flawed reasoning 6

    Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and John Sentamu, Archbishop of York,  wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister in support of Murphy-O'Connor's threat.

    3:54 PM — The Prime Minister announced today that, despite press reports to the contrary, he is still thinking about whether or not to grant Roman Catholic adoption agencies an exemption from legislation to protect gay people from discrimination.Perhaps he, like commentator Nicolas Chinardet, is trying to unravel the flawed logic of the senior churchmen who have been writing to him this week. 

  • 15th January 2007

    Comment: Romney must win Michigan to stay in race 1

    Romney is behind 'comeback-senior' John McCain, the 72-year-old Senator from Arizona, in national polls among the crowded GOP pack.

    12:35 PM — Money, the pundits have long said, is the 'mother's milk' of politics. On the other hand, the Beatles might counter, "money can't buy you love."Multi-millionaire and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is about to find out if all the money he's spent on consultants, ads, and organisational infrastructure trying to win the Republican presidential nomination will buy him the love of voters in today's Michigan Primary.Michigan is a must-win for Romney after coming in second in Iowa and New Hampshire.

  • 12th January 2007

    COMMENT:Tatchell on the rise of US-style Christian activists 2

    Much of the success of the religious right in the US has been based on scaremongering tactics,

    10:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell argues that Tuesday's victory for gay rights was also a setback for the zealous, authoritarian tactics of US-style Christian fundamentalism. The religious right was trounced this week. An attempt to neuter new laws protecting gay people against discrimination was defeated, 199 votes to 68.This stunning three to one victory happened in the House of Lords - the traditional stomping ground of religious, conservative and homophobic parliamentarians.

  • 10th January 2007

    COMMENT: A gay old time in their Lordships’ House

    Lord Tebbit rejected the comparison between discrimination against an ethnic minority and discrimination on the grounds of sexuality

    5:52 PM — Call him a freak if you want, but PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew actually enjoys Parliamentary debates. He sits at home and watches BBC Parliament as if it were Celebrity Big Brother.Last night's House of Lords debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations was like a double eviction for Tony, and for the elucidation of PinkNews.co.uk's busy readers, he gives us the best, and worst, bits. 

  • COMMENT: Eye-witness report from last night’s protest 15

    Outside the House of Lords, where I found myself tonight, there were “hundreds of people“ (I would say about 2000) demonstrating in support of the motion.

    2:23 PM — It was not just protesters out in Parliament Square last night. Blogger Nicolas Chinardet went along to meet the enemy, and was surprised to find some of them confused about the actual nature of the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Here is his account of events outside the House of Lords. I am still a little cold almost an hour after I got home. But looking back it was all worth it.

  • 5th January 2007

    COMMENT: Peter Tatchell – A quote for every occasion? 5

    I'm never sure what Peter Tatchell is going to discuss when I see him appear on television - Westminster politics, Iraq, Zimbabwe or gay rights?

    5:00 PM — The execution of Saddam Hussein led commentator Ben Leung to confront his mixed feelings towards gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. Despite staying up the night before for news of his demise, it wasn't until I saw the front-page of The Times newspaper at a windswept Ascot racecourse that I truly accepted that Saddam was dead.The headline of the 4am edition was brief and succinct: 'SADDAM HANGED', two words which not many people could ever have imagined seeing had suddenly become a reality.

  • 4th January 2007

    COMMENT: Congress should scrap “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” 5

    A poll published last month showed that 73% of people currently serving in the US Armed Forces are comfortable with lesbians and gays.

    4:10 PM — A new United States Congress will be sworn in later today. In the November election, the Democratic party seized control of both the House and Senate. PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew considers whether the 110th Congress will be the one to finally allow gays and lesbians to serve in the US military. It seems America is finally coming to terms with the fact that there are gay people in their Armed Forces, whether they ask or not.

  • 29th December 2006

    A year for gay legislation

    If 2006 was the year of legislation then 2007 should be the year of implementation

    12:00 AM — Departing PinkNews.co.uk online editor Marc Shoffman sifts through the stories that made 2006.It's been a great year for gay rights. Legislation wise the gay community can take advantage of civil partnerships and soon the Sexual Orientation Regulations, LGBT people have had the last 52 weeks to thank for that, but it hasn't all been a smooth ride.

  • A fond farewell 2

    Benjamin Cohen and Marc Shoffman launching The Pink News last Summer

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman bids farewell to the siteI am not afraid to admit that I came to PinkNews.co.uk as a novice. To me Section 28 sounded more like a military base than an example of discrimination and intolerance, however, it did not take long for me to realise that the gay community's plight is not just about getting society to realise that it is ok to sleep with a person of the same sex, but rather just because a person falls in love with a person of the same sex, that does not give others the right to discriminate against them.

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