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  • 25th April 2006

    The trouble with a documentary on gay men 3

    The Trouble With.... Gay Men was broadcast last night on BBC3

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Adam Smith expresses relief that he didn't tell his mum to watch last night's BBC3 Trouble With... Gay Men documentary.PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Fanshawe's documentary looking at the problems with gay men promised a look at the upsides and drawbacks to being a gay man in the UK in 2006. I was looking forward to seeing a balanced view of gay life in contemporary Britain. Maybe the title should have warned me, but what I saw was a hand-wringing despair of gay life in London, focusing on the actions of a minority of gay men, albeit a large minority.

  • 23rd March 2006

    Comment: Why I support free speech even if it mocks me 1

    Peter Tatchell: Why I support free speech even if it mocks me

    12:00 AM — In the run up to a Freedom of Expression Rally to be held at 2pm in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 25th March 2006, Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell explains to PinkNews.co.uk readers why he feels free speech is under attack and needs defending.The rally is backed mostly by secular, humanist and libertarian groups, but with support from some left-wingers and liberal Muslims but some of my friends on the left are refusing to take part...

  • 23rd February 2006

    DrudgeReport brings PinkNews.co.uk to its knees 2

    Whilst the explosion wasn't this big, the damage to PinkNews.co.uk's servers was just as devastating

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk editor, Benjamin Cohen, on the price of fame and why the website went down yesterday.PinkNews.co.uk has grown a lot since I launched the website as Britain's first online gay news service back in July 2005. The level of our readers tends to double every month or so and I'm constantly surprised at which articles prove to be popular, and those that are not.

  • DrudgeReport brings PinkNews.co.uk to its knees 2

    Whilst the explosion wasn't this big, the damage to PinkNews.co.uk's servers was just as devastating

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk editor, Benjamin Cohen, on the price of fame and why the website went down yesterday.PinkNews.co.uk has grown a lot since I launched the website as Britain's first online gay news service back in July 2005. The level of our readers tends to double every month or so and I'm constantly surprised at which articles prove to be popular, and those that are not.

  • 21st February 2006

    “What was the right answer for the question?” George Galloway and gay rights 2

    George Galloway “manages a slight, knowing, smirk as he posed for a photograph“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGeorge Galloway is a giant figure in British politics yet at just five foot and six inches he has difficulties towering over even me, someone famed for their short stature.The first thing that I notice apart from his height is that Galloway is nothing like his television persona. I've always thought of him as a thoroughly unlikeable man, someone I couldn't imagine having a pleasant conversation with. But his warmth won me over, he seemed genuinely pleased to communicate with the gay community.

  • 15th February 2006

    Banning smoking is the best thing Labour have done for the gay community 11

    Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Editor, Benjamin Cohen takes a look at the impact of the smoking ban on the gay community and argues that it may be Labour's finest hour."It's strange that after nine years of governing Britain, with all the changes to the way that the gay community is treated, Labour's most lasting change will be a ban on smoking in public places."

  • 26th January 2006

    Comment: So what if Hughes and Oaten are gay or bisexual? 19

    At least Mr Hughes voted for gay rights

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen considers the sexual controversies that have engulfed the Liberal Democrats.You'd have had to be on another planet to have missed the news that two of the candidates for leader of the Liberal Democrats have been "outed" by the tabloid press. But does this really matter in modern Britain, and what does it say about our society that they couldn't out themselves?

  • 18th January 2006

    Comment: Letter of the week 5

    This letter is a stark reminder of some of society's homophobic attitudes

    12:00 AM — We regularly receive encouraging and inspiring letters and comments at the offices of PinkNews.co.uk, this week has been no different.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman received one gem from a nice lady called Barbara, who has helped remind us why the struggle for sexual equality continues.

  • 15th January 2006

    Comment: Would the Pope face arrest for homophobia? 13

    Does the Pope face a tough reception from the UK gay community?

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if the Pope would be welcome in Britain after his comments on gay marriage.It's been a busy month for gay rights activists. After a brief respite from the Muslim Council of Britain's, Sir Iqbal Sacranie's homophobic comments, now the Pope Benedict XVI has used a public platform to denounce homosexuality.

  • 9th January 2006

    COMMENT: Who is Lord Morrow? 15

    DUP peer Lord Morrow secured today's debate in the House of Lords, calling on the Queen to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    2:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides some background on today's debate in the House of Lords on the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Northern Ireland is a religious place, probably the most devout part of the UK. Church attendance is high, for both Protestants and Catholics. It is also a place used to bigotry.Those two aspects of Northern Irish society have come together over the new regulations that outlaw discrimination against LGBT people when trying to access services.

  • 4th January 2006

    Comment: Can we tolerate homophobia for much longer? 12

    Perhaps Sir Iqbal should consider what the inclusion of “Britain” in the name of his organisation means

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen takes a personal look at the controversy concerning the comments made by Sir Iqbal Sacranie on the radio.It used to be the case that libertarians and liberals could argue with some justification that tolerance is a necessary part of a liberal society. As a liberal, I could say to Sir Iqbal: "I disagree with you but I tolerate the right for you to be intolerant." But can we still continue be tolerant of those who show so little respect for our liberal way of life.

  • 9th December 2005

    Comment: If Robbie Williams thinks it’s ok to be gay, why sue for libel? 8

    Peter Tatchell writes: “Robbie comes across as two-faced“

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage!considers why Robbie Williams took the decision to sue over allegations relating to his sexuality.Whatever Robbie Williams' intention, his legal action has created the impression he thinks it is shameful to be gay. If he sees nothing wrong with being gay, why did he sue for libel?

  • 6th December 2005

    New Tory leader, David Cameron must keep to his promises on gay issues 27

    PinkNews.co.uk hopes that David Cameron lives up to his promises

    12:00 AM — David Cameron, the first party leader to be born since the decriminalisation of homosexuality has been elected. He must now prove that he can change the way that the Conservative Party relates to the gay community.Earlier this year, this website endorsed David Cameron as the candidate most likely to change the Conservative Party treats gay issues and move the party away from its homophobic past.

  • 24th November 2005

    Conservative Equality Spokeswoman explains her party’s gay rights policies 1

    Ms Laing says, “every person in Britain today should be allowed to live their own lives as they wish”

    12:00 AM — Earlier this week, we reported that a Labour MP (Angela Eagle) described the Eleanor Laing, Conservative spokeswoman on Equality's attitude to the Equality Bill as 'sad'.Today, Ms Laing took advantage of our policy of allowing a right of reply to all articles by asking us to reprint this letter which she hopes will make her own views on the matter clear.

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