10th January 2007
COMMENT: Eye-witness report from last night’s protest 15
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
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
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
COMMENT: An annus horribilis for all faiths 1
12:00 AM — It has been a grim year for all the major religions. PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung calls for a change in attitude from the leaders of all faiths. For as long as I can remember, New Year's Day feels like Groundhog Day: exhausted and hung over, the first thing I hear on the radio is always what the Pope has been saying, and the first thing I see on the television is the New Year's Day concert from Vienna on BBC2.
A year for gay legislation
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
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.
28th December 2006
Honey, are we there yet? 1
12:00 AM — So, gay people can legally have sex at the same age as their straight counterparts and can register their partnerships. Section 28 is a thing of the past and making it illegal to refuse services on the grounds of sexual orientation is on the agenda. Some might think that equality has finally arrived. But has it?PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer asks key gay groups what 2007 holds for them.
27th December 2006
USA mourns Gerald Ford 1
12:00 AM — America is mourning the loss of Former US President Gerald Ford after the ex-leader died last night aged 93.He was the only un-elected US President after taking over from Richard Nixon in 1974 following the Watergate scandal, but it could have all been so different had Ford's life not been saved by a gay man.
Comment: Labour must not ruin record in new equality law
12:00 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman calls on the party to uphold its record on gay rights with the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.I am celebrating an anniversary, and not my own.I am in fact referring to the Civil Partnerships Act which came into force just over a year ago, permitting same-sex unions and providing entitlements equal to those of heterosexual couples.
All countries should decriminalise homosexuality 1
12:00 AM — Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexualityOn January 1st 2003, to start the new year in a gentle way, 3 young men were beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Why?They were presumed to be gay.
24th December 2006
Victory for gay row Christians is not a victory for common sense 12
12:00 AM — "Hallelujah!" squeals the Daily Mail on the news that Joe and Helen Roberts are to receive £10,000 compensation and costs after an 80 minute interview by police resulting from comments they made about gay rights and civil partnerships.The couple who claim to be Christian told a council worker that they found the civil partnership literature displayed in public libraries in Lancashire "discriminativly offensive [sic]."
22nd December 2006
Lesbian comic key to ratings 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung assesses the presenting future for lesbian comic Rosie O'DonnellAll good things must come to an end, and it seems like my love affair with file-sharing sites could be ending sooner than I'd anticipated - if those media bigwigs get their way.
15th December 2006
Comment: Gay parenting is fine 2
12:00 AM — Following criticism of Time magazine's approval of an article by right-wing Christian James Dobson against gay parenting, same-sex family group, Family Pride has had a rebuttal printed by the publication.Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting.
Comment: Gay icons behaving badly
12:00 AM — It's 4am on a Monday morning in Los Angeles—the majority of the city has long been asleep... a restless few are already turning over in bed to the sound of alarms, harkening the beginning of a new week. And in Burbank, Nicole Richie is heading West on the eastbound side of the 134 freeway, chatting away with one of her socialite friends on her cellphone, traces of pot and Vicodin working their way through her bloodstream.Granted, I'm sure all of us know a gay or two who partied a few too many hours past closing and wound up in the slammer for a DUI, but when even Nicole Richie can't seem to find someone to guide her home in the wee hours of the morning, Hollywood, I fear, is in crisis.
8th December 2006
Celebs split while gay marriage thrives
12:00 AM — "Everybody sins. No sin is greater or different than the other. To each his own. If it don't bother Jennifer, then Jennifer don't mind. I don't really even think about it because I don't believe in judging people for what they do."Yes folks, you read it. Unfortunately, a reporter from the Dallas Voice quoted everybody's favourite Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson (yeah, you heard that Beyonce) saying homosexuality is a sin when he asked the budding starlet where she stood on gay marriage.
“I will never abandon Total Eclipse of the Heart”
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWelsh singing legend Bonnie Tyler is planning a return to the UK charts next month with a new version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, but as she explains to PinkNews.co.uk, she has never been away from the music scene.Love is love, Bonnie Tyler declares when asked on her view on gay equality. Tyler's discography reads like a biopic of the last 30 years of gay life; heartbreak, tension, and striving against all odds.
6th December 2006
Comment: Gay partners in poverty 8
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell calls on the Chancellor to provide "transitional relief" in today's Pre-Budget Report to gay couples who are not in a civil partnership.Thousands of low income same-sex couples have been plunged into poverty as a result of benefit rule changes introduced when the Civil Partnership Act became law on 5 December last year.On the first anniversary of civil partnerships, the gay human rights group OutRage! is urging Chancellor Gordon Brown to provide "transitional relief" for the many gay partners who have suffered severe financial hardship as a result of the sudden, overnight changes in social security regulations.
5th December 2006
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 8
12:00 AM — Civil Partnerships are one year old today!Who would have thought, ten or even five years ago, that gay couples in their thousands would be legally tying the knot across this dear nation of ours?Today marks the one-year anniversary of civil partnership legislation that has finally made honest men and women of an incredible amount of us gays.
Comment: Wear AIDS bands all year 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung asks if the X-Factor stars will be sporting AIDS ribbons next weekFirst of all, let me get this out of the way - I don't like The X Factor, and I never will.It's not that I don't like its format - quite the contrary, in fact, as I happen to think the ITV talent contest, like its predecessors, Pop Idol and Popstars, works superbly well. And obviously, attracting nine million viewers every week can't be wrong.
1st December 2006
‘My Grandpa fought fascism, now the gay community must’
12:00 AM — The death of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko has raised questions about the state of Russian society, but gay rights campaigner, Nikolai Alekseev, has also uncovered hostile elements of homophobia simmering under the facade of democracy. Cliff James reports.Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights activist who organised Moscow Pride 2006, was presented with an award "for his courage in challenging homophobia in Russia and beyond" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) in London last month.