18th April 2007
Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.