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  • 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.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Comment: Why I am keeping faith with Labour 1

    I was seduced by New Labour's idealism, its optimism and its apparent desire to make Britain a better and fairer place.

    10:37 AM — I joined the Labour party in 1999 at the age of 16 with the desire to make my own small contribution to building a better Britain.I've always felt that having strong beliefs and values and being courageous in expressing them is a crucial part of playing a role in society.Some people choose religion and God, but for me, an atheist, the choice was politics and the Labour party.

  • Comment: Why I left the Lib Dems for the Tories 16

    I am reassured that David Cameron will ensure we don't go back to the dark days of Section 28 and inequality.

    10:20 AM — They say a leopard never changes it's spots, but it's clear over the last twelve months that David Cameron and the Conservative party have set about changing the way they think, act and formulate policy to respond to the needs of a modern Britain.For years, I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and represented them both locally as a councillor, and nationally when I stood as a candidate in the general election.

  • 23rd March 2007

    Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women 2

    Behind Every Great Woman  is incredibly sexist. Singleton rants against men who “call you baby on the first date“, i.e. disrespect and patronise women.

    5:57 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading. She was not happy.There is a paradox between the title of this book and the text; namely, that Singleton's presentation of straight women shows them to be weak, needy, irrational and pathetic.

  • 21st March 2007

    Comment: Eurovision: no place for serious artists 1

    Having a good song or a famous name doesn't necessarily mean anything in Eurovision.

    12:33 PM — So it is to be Scooch. The UK picked its latest Eurovision entry last weekend, a camp airline-themed pop anthem. Will it win?Ben Leung forces himself to relive some of the music that the Eurovision has been responsible for and asks if any credible musician should enter. Twenty-two years ago this May, the terribly-named female duo of Bobbysocks won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway with the annoyingly catchy La Det Swinge.

  • 20th March 2007

    Exclusive: Ming Campbell speaks to PinkNews.co.uk

    Campbell himself says he has always been supportive of the rights of gay and lesbian people to live their lives in freedom. photos: Mark Vessey

    12:39 PM — When PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Menzies Campbell at his office in the Palace of Westminster earlier this month, the Liberal Democrat leader discussed his values and attitudes towards gay rights, and how British society has changed since the days of Ted Heath and Jeremy Thorpe. It is just over a year since Sir Menzies Campbell won the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

  • 15th March 2007

    Comment: Does religion breed homophobia? 3

    1:53 PM — There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain. It is useless to try and create a religious one, argues Balaji Ravichandran. So, the Sexual Orientations Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, will finally come to effect this April.It seems like only yesterday that anti-gay lobbies took to the streets to hold a torch-lit demonstration protesting these same regulations.

  • 13th March 2007

    Comment: Are we too quick to scream homophobia? 2

    For Coulter, the reaction to her 'homophobic' remark was particularly shocking.

    12:48 PM — Ben Leung, himself a member of an ethnic minority, considers the seriousness of last week's racist and homophobic outbursts from prominent right-wingers in Britain and the US. I've been contributing to this website for a few months now, and have always tried to remain as politically neutral as possible.However, events in the last week on both sides of the Atlantic have made me wonder.

  • Interview: A boy and his Diva

    The story is centres on two protagonists. Tony, who is gay man hooked on the 1980s pop sensation The New Romantics, and Katy, Tony's friend.

    12:17 PM — Paul Burston's latest book, Lovers and Losers follows his recent successes with Star People (2006) and Shameless (2001) and is just as compelling a read.Paul, who has written for a range of publications from, City Limits, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out to The Independent, believes his third book is more biographical than the rest.

  • 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.

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