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  • 5th December 2006

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 8

    After years of hard campaigning the Civil Partnership Act 2004 took effect and at 11am on 5th December 2005

    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

    The AIDS ribbon is not a poppy, and could - or should, if one feels necessary - be worn all year round

    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’

    Peter Tatchell and Nikolai at EuroPride this year

    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.

  • ‘I hope I come back as gay’ 42

    Robert Brown has been  a member of Soka Gakkai International, which follows Nichiren Buddhism traditions, for 16 years

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIs being gay good karma? PinkNews.co.uk meets a group of gay Buddhists who are proud to follow a religion that welcomes them.Barely a week goes by without a religious leader talking about the evils of homosexuality and the damage that gay rights are doing to society.But deep in South London, men and women gather each week, proud of their religion, unafraid of discrimination, they are gay and lesbian Buddhists.

  • 29th November 2006

    Positively promoting the L-Word

    The October sun trickled gently off the River Thames with a wave of expectation as 36 men and women from the business world gathered at the internationally renowned  Henley Management College

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall is attempting to foster a new generation of confident and open business leaders in the workplace. The Pink News went along to the organisation's latest programme to discover what leadership is.In 2003 the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations were introduced, banning discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the workplace.

  • Comment: Gay and lesbian identity is doomed 3

    Gay activist Peter Tatchell calls for an end to the gay-straight divide

    12:00 AM — Gay activist Peter Tatchell calls for an end to the gay-straight divideThis month has been Queer Awareness Month at many universities across Britain, with four weeks of stalls, debates and films to promote queer human rights.

  • 22nd November 2006

    How gay is James Bond? 3

    Chris Cornell's modern day effort for 'Casino Royale' is a world away from the trademark John Barry brass, or the Bassey-esque oomph, and is much fresher, more masculine sound

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung takes a shot at the campest James Bond theme tunesWhen listening to the new James Bond song, 'You Know My Name', you can't help but feel the beginning of a new era in the long and illustrious history of songs which has accompanied the iconic franchise.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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