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May 2007

  • 26th May 2007

    Black Snake Moan

    9:34 AM — It's a well known rule of the movies that it's damned tough being a former child star. Hollywood is littered with tales of one-time cute kiddie actors and actresses who have ended up fading into obscurity, going off the rails or both.There's the famous likes of Drew Barrymore, who somehow managed to resuscitate her career after a heavy drugs problem, having shot to fame aged three in ET.

  • The Tiger’s Tail

    9:34 AM — Just a week before Buena Vista does its big budget blockbuster thing again with the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, the studio better known as Disney's distribution wing is out to show that the Mouse can do serious, indie-flavoured movies as well. Of course, no film put out by a company as vast as Disney can ever truly be considered indie, but with near-legendary director John Boorman at the helm, and with the actual production handled by two tiny British and Irish companies, it's fair to give The Tiger's Tale the benefit of the doubt.

  • Zodiac

    9:34 AM — When former music video director David Fincher made the shift from making promos for the likes of Madonna, Sting and George Michael - most famously Vogue and Englishman in New York - he seemed determined to get away from the kind of 80s pop music camp with which he'd previously been associated.His first big Hollywood flick was the decidedly unpleasant Alien 3 - the one where Sigourney Weaver finds that humans can be just as bad as the Aliens she'd been battling in the previous two films, if not worse.

  • Gay groups condemn blood donation ban 6

    The blood ban is claimed to be unwarranted

    9:34 AM — This week the Food and Drug Administration announced on their website that the current lifetime ban on donating blood will remain in effect for gay and bisexual men.In March of 2006, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America's Blood Centers (ABC) and the American Red Cross (ARC) testified before the FDA that the lifetime ban for men who have sex with men "is medically and scientifically unwarranted."

  • 25th May 2007

    Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57

    Reid can now only continue to practice under strict supervision in NHS hospitals or GMC-approved clinics.

    3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.

  • Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban

    Earlier this week members of the European Parliament wrote to Mayor Luzhkov urging him to respect human rights

    3:13 PM — Gay MPs from the three main political parties have written to the Mayor of Moscow to protest at the banning of this year's Pride march.Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, has sent a joint letter with Conservative Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams calling on the mayor to repeal the ban on the Pride event, which is due to take place this weekend.

  • Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57

    “These protections will make a practical difference to the lives of millions of gay people.“

    2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."

  • Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57

    A call for more clarity on the exact attitude of the Church to gay couples came from Rev Louis Kinsey.

    2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.

  • New Brighton gay newspaper unveiled

    The gay community, local celebrities and MPs will celebrate the launch of On80news at a glittering party tonight at R Bar in Brighton.

    2:29 PM — A new gay newspaper for Brighton and Hove is launching today.The twice-monthly title one80news will offer news and information about events in the city as well as reviews and entertainment.It is from the same team that produces the monthly 3SIXTY magazine"We want to bolster our ability to report on Brighton and Hove stories in a much more localised way," says managing editor David Harvey.

  • Channel 4 drama celebrates gay rights turning point 57

    The programme will air in July as part of Channel 4's season marking the 1967 Act.

    11:27 AM — A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood on Channel 4 will mark the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.The 90-minute drama entitled The Last Gay Trial is being made by Blast Films and features Orlando Wells, last seen in the West End's The History Boys , as Montagu, and Martin Hutson as Wildeblood. The programme also stars former Emmerdale actor Karl Davies.

  • History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57

    The HoHoC describes the event as 'an afternoon of personal testimony, musical memories, film clips, fashion and performance.'

    11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.

  • Birmingham ready for Pride 2007 57

    Headlining the Gaydar/Nightingale stage are ABBA tribute favourites Bjorn Again

    11:27 AM — Birmingham organisers are preparing for Pride celebrations this weekend.Kicking off the weekend is XXL Bear Pride Birmingham, the only Bear Pride event in the Midlands. The night at Club DV8 features a set from XXL resident DJ Christian M, as well as free CD giveaways and other surprises on the night.On Saturday, the Pride warm-up will begin. The Pride Community Village will boast outside bars and catering.

  • Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3

    Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

    11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.

  • Presidential hopeful rejects anti-gay image 2

    A poll in February found that only 72% of Americans would vote for a Mormon.

    11:05 AM — Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has denied he is homophobic, but failed to clarify his own views on whether homosexuality is immoral.Mr Romney is hoping to capture the nomination of the Republican party for President.In a short interview yesterday, he pointed out that he had appointed gay people to serve in his administration in Massachusetts.

  • Grey’s Anatomy star’s penance continues

    He referred to co-star TR Knight as a faggot during an on-set confrontation last October.

    10:40 AM — An actor who caused a storm by using the word 'faggot' during an on-set argument has made a public service announcement on behalf of two gay rights organisations.Isaiah Washington, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, recorded the message for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.It was broadcast during a commercial break in the show on US television last night.

  • Isolation tactic towards gay bishop attacked

    While acknowledging that Bishop Robinson is a duly-elected and consecrated bishop in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Williams decided not to invite him.

    10:10 AM — The Episcopal bishop of California, Marc Andrus, has declared his support for Bishop Gene Robinson.It was announced earlier this week that openly gay bishop Robinson would not be invited to attend an important conference of Anglican bishops next year."I will be seeking to learn how I can best be in solidarity with Bishop Robinson, through prayerful action," says the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Episcopal bishop of California.

  • 24th May 2007

    “European Commission now knows what it’s like to be gay” 1

    Mr Cashman is president of the European parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

    6:23 PM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has said that the decision of the mayor of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to ban the visit of a bus promoting the EU's "For Diversity; against discrimination" campaign should give Brussels bureaucrats some insight into LGBT experiences.The 30-tonne vehicle is designed to inform citizens of their rights under EU and national anti-discrimination legislation as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.

  • Riga Pride organisers feeling confident

    The new Mayor of the Latvian capital has publicly backed the 2007 gay rights march in the city.

    4:47 PM — The organiser's of this year's Riga Pride are preparing to welcome hundreds of supporters from all over Europe next weekend.Four days of events, beginning on May 31st, will culminate in the Pride march. There will also be concerts, film screenings and exhibitions.Representatives of London Pride, who signed a solidarity agreement with Riga Pride, will attend.

  • Dawn Airey to join ITV

    She rejoins ITV at a critical time for the company.

    4:30 PM — One of the most prominent gay executives in British television is to take up a new role at troubled terrestrial broadcaster ITV.From October Dawn Airey will take charge of in-house production.Ms Airey, 46, is best known for her tenure as chief executive of Five, where she successfully helped shed the channel's "football, films and fucking" image, as she called it.

  • US retains ban on gay blood

    The ban on gay and bisexual men has been removed in many countries, among them Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Portugal and Spain.

    2:35 PM — The American government has said there will be no change to the policy that bans any man who has ever had sex with another man from giving blood for life.Last year the Red Cross and US blood donation centres protested that the lifetime ban for any male who had same-sex contact before 1977 was outdated.Yesterday the federal Food and Drug Administration said on a statement on its website that the policy, dating from 1983, remains in force.

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