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  • 21st November 2006

    Sopranos kills off gay mobster 2

    Since hitting our screens back in 1999, the multi-award winning series has been well-received from audience and critics alike

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung analyses homophobia in the mob, well the fictional one at least.Last week on British television, the unlikeliest mobster to emerge out of HBO's acclaimed series 'The Sopranos' met with a grisly end at the hands of his bitter cousin-in-law, who was not only bashed him to death, but died with a snooker cue rammed into his backside.

  • 17th November 2006

    Gay designer goes ape in the jungle 1

    Scott Henshall has been enjoying bitching sessions in the camp

    12:00 AM — It's been a tough first week in the jungle for gay fashion designer Scott Henshall, first he struggled to find any playmates, then he went embarrassingly ape over a bush tucker trail, but worst of all, he had to pluck David Gest's ear and nose hairs.Anyone would have thought the option of a bed with a roof over your head on ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here would be an enticing one for any of the celebrity campers, but when Scott found a tree house containing two of the camp's beds - no one wanted to bunk down with him.

  • 16th November 2006

    A lesbian with good tennis balls 2

    2006 has been dubbed 'the Mauresmo year' (Photo: Jimmyharris)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung hails a great season for a rising lesbian tennis starAt the start of the year, if you went into the bookies and asked for odds on Amelie Mauresmo winning a tennis Grand Slam, they could well have offered you anything between 50-1 to 1000-1.

  • 15th November 2006

    Security dominates Queen’s speech 1

    The Queen, sitting on the throne in the House of Lords, told peers and MPs summoned from the House of Commons that the government intended to take “further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities and address the threat of terrorism”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew analyses the final Queen's speech under Tony Blair's ruleThe last Queen's Speech of Tony Blair's premiership has been dominated by security measures aimed at cutting crime, curbing anti-social behaviour and combating terrorism.

  • 10th November 2006

    Comment: Death won’t bring repentance 2

    Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right?

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that hanging former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would not bring repentance.Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right? Will it best serve the cause of justice? How will it help his victims and their loved ones? Is the Butcher of Baghdad beyond redemption?

  • 9th November 2006

    Comment: Is a gay pride rally as good as a march? 23

    Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter

    12:00 AM — Israeli gay campaigner, Yoav Sivan, reflects on yet another cancelled gay pride march.Once again external political circumstances shape the agenda of the LGBT community in Israel, or any internal Israeli agenda for that matter.

  • 6th November 2006

    Which issue will swing the US mid-terms? 3

    George Bush, War in Iraq, the Foley scandal: Which issues will tip voters?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung analyses the key issues affecting tomorrow's mid term elections in America.Compare and contrast the mid-term elections with the 2004 Presidential campaign. Back then, issues such as gay-marriage and stem-cell research were all-the-rage as the Republican Party sought to give the President a second term in office.

  • Clare Balding to present Melbourne Cup 1

    Clare Balding has been the face of racing on the BBC since 1997

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung looks back on a great year for BBC sports presenter Clare Balding including a civil partnership and now expert punditry status.As the American public get ready for a biennial event that is an election, on the same day - though 24 hours earlier - and on the other side of the world, another nation is gearing up for something which is equally unavoidable - the annual betting bonanza that is the Melbourne Cup.

  • 3rd November 2006

    Countdown to US mid-terms 3

    Tony Grew looks back at months of nasty campaigning, advises which seats will change hands, and considers what a Democratic capture of the House and Senate could mean for the President's last two years

    12:00 AM — Next week's Congressional elections in America could prove to be a turning point in the presidency of George W Bush.Tony Grew looks back at months of nasty campaigning, advises which seats will change hands, and considers what a Democratic capture of the House and Senate could mean for the President's last two years.

  • Borat – Parody or Prejudice? 3

    The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if controversial film Borat Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is parodying prejudice or pandering to it?The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist.

  • 2nd November 2006

    Stonewall celebrates gay friendly Britain 2

    The awards are held tonight at the Royal Academy of Arts, hosted by Sir Ian McKellen

    12:00 AM — Writers, broadcasters, politicians, campaigners, actors and actresses will gather at the Royal Academy of Arts tonight to celebrate the contribution of gay and lesbian personalities as well as gay friendly public figures.The event marks gay charity Stonewall's first award's ceremony, PinkNews.co.uk assesses this year's nominees.

  • 31st October 2006

    Dr Starkey’s last word on Popes, Queens and Tony Blair 2

    Despite his reputation as the rudest man in Britain, Dr David Starkey is on good form when I speak to him. I approach the interview cautiously, aware that a badly phrased question might bring a volley of his trade- mark abuse down upon me

    12:00 AM — Dr David Starkey, Britain's best-known TV historian, has led a rich academic life and is a prominent gay intellectual. Here he tells Tony Grew about why Tony Blair is like Henry VIII, why the Pope is right about Islam and what chance the monarchy has of surviving into the next centuryDespite his reputation as the rudest man in Britain, Dr David Starkey is on good form when I speak to him. I approach the interview cautiously, aware that a badly phrased question might bring a volley of his trade- mark abuse down upon me.

  • Civil partnerships aren’t the end of gay struggle

    Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights

    12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith argues that there is still a continuing struggle for gay rights.My partner Dorian and I registered our civil partnership in July, in a very quiet ceremony at Islington Town Hall.There were just the two of us, and our two friends who were witnesses; we'd deliberately decided that we wanted the ceremony itself to be private.

  • No child should fear homophobic bullying 3

    Ken Livingstone is the Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone spells out his opposition to homophobic bullying.There is evidence that despite significant progress for lesbian and gay people in recent years, homophobic bullying in schools is on the increase.Many of our schools, supported by hardworking teachers and governors, offer hundreds of thousands of London children the opportunity to maximise their life chances.

  • Green with envy? 1

    Stephen Green has been to more gay pride events than many gay people

    12:00 AM — Kids get them for throwing bricks through windows and the elderly have been known to receive them for attacking the 'misguided' youth.A person can be given an ASBO if they are repeatedly perceived to be causing harassment in a public space. Stephen Green, director of the Christian Voice, proudly expresses his opposition to gay police officers and gay people.

  • A hell of a gay Halloween

    No clowning around: Hell Houses have been set up to scare “sinners“ into being good

    12:00 AM — Here at PinkNews.co.uk we are constantly trying to put a gay spin on the national agenda. Aside from dressing up as a camp witch or wizard (not that we need an excuse for this,) it looked near impossible to find a gay angle on Halloween, until this gem crept up on us.The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has scarily unveiled an anti-gay programme which includes "Hell Houses," a religious alternatives to traditional haunted houses that are designed to scare people into a "sin-free life."

  • 27th October 2006

    The politics of a personal life 11

    Greg Barker with Tory leader David Cameron

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks if Tory spokesman Gregory Barker's privacy pleas amid reports of a gay affair are warranted..The free paper LondonLite made much of yesterday's revelation that a leading Tory MP has left his wife and three children and embarked on an affair.Given that the paper often talks about sexual liaisons in a knockabout fashion, runs speed dating competitions and sex tips, it seems strange that it took such a straight-laced tone when reporting what would appear to be a marriage breakdown. After all, the majority of marriages end in divorce.

  • 25th October 2006

    Gay community invited to north of Cyprus 4

    Hillcrest agents highlight the restaurants, attractive beaches and modest prices plus an 18-hole golf course as ideal factors making it a top destination

    12:00 AM — Amid reports that the Turkish owned region of Cyprus will legalise homosexuality, property experts are predicting there has never been a better time to visit for homebuyers and holidaymakers.The region, only recognised as a state by Turkey, is known for its hot balmy summers, mild winters and natural unspoiled landscapes, leading Hillcrest Estates, the only agent in the area to belong to the UK trade body, the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, to recommend it as a top destination.

  • Gay campaigner criticises Muslim ‘double standards’ 2

    Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions.Monday night's Channel Four studio debate, Muslims and Free Speech, exemplified the double-standards of some Muslim leaders. They object to people offending their religious sensibilities, but happily cause offence to others whenever it suits them.

  • 23rd October 2006

    An electrifying evening of cabaret

    The room united in awe as Bruce Airhead attempted to climb inside a six foot balloon

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman plugs himself in for some apple flavoured electric cabaret courtesy of Smirnoff.Camden Town is known for its wackiness, nowhere else can vagrants, drug dealers, market traders and trendy bars and clubs exist in such harmony, so how could the people at Smirnoff fulfil their promise to create an "exclusive live event" in a place already known for its flamboyance?

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