31st October 2006
A hell of a gay Halloween
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."
Dr Starkey’s last word on Popes, Queens and Tony Blair 2
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
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
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
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.
27th October 2006
The politics of a personal life 11
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
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
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
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?
19th October 2006
Comment: Israeli ‘gay bashing’ bad for the country 23
12:00 AM — When Israel argues its case as the "only democracy in the Middle East" its attitude to gay rights in often quoted in contrast to the plight of gays and lesbians in Arabic cultures such as in nearby Iran, but Israeli gay campaigner Yoav Sivan says growing political opposition to the upcoming WorldPride march suggests the country still has a way to go.Writing for Ynet News the LGBT Coordinator of the International Union of Socialist Youth and Young Meretz calls for gay rights to be embraced in all parts of Israel.
16th October 2006
Comment: Public or Papal duty? 18
12:00 AM — While gay campaigners question the reasons behind a delay in introducing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks who Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly is really representing.When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
12th October 2006
Foster’s con is bad news for Fijian gays and lesbians 1
12:00 AM — Andrew M. Potts reports on a scam which has resulted in an increase in hostility towards the gay community in Fiji.Peter Foster, the disgraced Australian businessman who nearly brought down the Blairs in the so-called Cheriegate property scandal, has been accused of launching a homophobic smear campaign against a tourist development in Fiji which has lead to calls by Fijian Christian fundamentalists to remove clauses in the nation's constitution which give limited protection to gays and lesbians.
10th October 2006
Mental health day important for gay community 4
12:00 AM — Mental health charities are joining together today to stop the increasing rates of suicide caused by severe depression, an issue of great importance to the gay community.World Mental Health Day, an international awareness campaign, aims to highlight the plight of those people suffering from severe mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, which can lead to suicide.
9th October 2006
Comment: Gay dogs have rights too 6
12:00 AM — While the Americans shake their heads about sexually explicit emails between a Congressman and an intern, the UK has developed its own British style internet saga with a Conservative councillor resigning after jokingly suggesting that gay animals would have to be included on a modern day's Noah's Ark.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a gay dog who has been driven barking mad by the issue.
6th October 2006
BNP join gay animal debate 6
12:00 AM — The British National Party (BNP) know a bandwagon when they see one, and they have been quick to jump onto the political correctness debate regarding Conservative councillor David Clutterbuck's comments about gay animals on Noah's Ark.Their valuable input can be found on their website, but not wanting to miss the internet traffic bandwagon, PinkNews.co.ukhas featured it here...
5th October 2006
Bournemouth, Boris and Tory bumbling 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has spent the last three weeks eagerly following political party conferences. The season finished off this week with the Conservatives swarming on Bournemouth beach and even attempting to talk about policy. Tony Grew reports on the Tory gathering.Too busy to spend hours watching the Tory party conference? Don't worry, you didn't miss much. The conference was quite boring compared to the LibDem and Labour conference fights about leadership.
4th October 2006
A gay old time 1
12:00 AM — Last September Gaydar and the Tussauds Group teamed up to launch gay days at Thorpe Park and Alton Towers, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovered why events like this are vital."F**king freaks" was the endorsement one visitor to Alton Towers gave last weekend as we sat in the monorail carriage with a family who wouldn't look out of place on Neighbours from Hell, returning to our hotel after a day of roller coasters, chocolate factories, ghost trains and farm yard animals.
3rd October 2006
Reflections on Yom Kippur 8
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 news correspondent Benjamin Cohen considers the Jewish calendar's holiest day from a gay perspective.As I sat in Synagogue yesterday during Yom Kippur for a moment I regretted that I'm still a member of the United Synagogue.
Should a gay person support ‘traditional faith?’ 8
12:00 AM — Following Channel 4 correspondent Benjamin Cohen's analysis of being a gay Jew in the United Synagogue earlier today, PinkNews.co.uk reader Markus-Hayden Sutherland suggests boycotting anti-gay aspects of faithIt is sad to me that a person of faith supports, even indirectly, a movement that vilifies him.
29th September 2006
Gordon, gays and goodbyes- A Labour conference summary 1
12:00 AM — Oh dear. Didn't have time to watch the Labour party conference? PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides a short blagger's guide to the week in Manchester.The whole conference was dominated by the leadership issue. Tony was forced into admitting that this will be his last conference as party leader earlier this month. Gay MP Chris Bryant was a leading conspirator, which is odd as he is top mates with Cherie.