15th January 2007
Queer as Folk actor wins Soapstar Superstar 57
10:02 AM — Antony Cotton has won the singing competition Soapstar Superstar. The 31-year-old, who currently stars in Coronation Street, beat Emmerdale star Hayley Tamaddon in a live final over the weekend.His prize was a £200,000 donation to the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Brokeback star does drag
9:32 AM — Jake Gyllenhall has showcased his versatility as a performer by donning a floor-length gown and singing a camp classic on American TV.The 26-year-old, who impressed gay movie fans with his sensitive portrayal of gay love in 1960s cowboy country in Brokeback Mountain, was a guest host on Saturday Night Live at the weekend.
14th January 2007
Spanish voters will go to the polls in March 5
3:10 PM — Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.King Juan Carlos has given his approval. While the campaign proper runs for the two weeks leading up to the poll, in effect political parties have been electioneering for months.While some polls show the incumbent Socialists a few points ahead of their main conservative rivals Paritdo Popular, most have them tied.
12th January 2007
Original Stonewall Inn saved by gay developers 1
11:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A community effort spearheaded by three gay businessmen in Manhattan's West Village has saved the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.In June 1969, the denizens of Manhattan's run-down Stonewall Inn finally stood up for their rights and rioted, tired of years of police harassment.The events of those sultry summer nights ignited a power-keg, and the explosion was heard around the world.
Gay sex scandal minister’s political comeback
11:48 AM — The politician who provided the first sex scandal of Tony Blair's government has told ITV that he intends to stand for the Welsh Assembly.Ron Davies was Secretary of State for Wales in 1998, when an incident on Clapham Common forced him to resign from the government.
Attitude’s January edition missing 11
11:48 AM — Readers of gay magazine Attitude have expressed concern that the January edition is yet to appear.The gay glossy should have hit the streets before the New Year and is now two weeks overdue.Mr Bob Flood, from Exeter, contacted PinkNews.co.uk wanting to know if we had any news.
Pressure on Ruth Kelly over gay rights law 4
11:48 AM — The defeat of a motion in the House of Lords to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by gay activists.The debate has also added to the pressure on Ruth Kelly to ensure that the same regulations are introduced to England and Wales.The SOR were meant to come into force in England and Wales on January 1st, but Communities Secretary Kelly delayed them.
Mexicans OK gay weddings 3
10:23 AM — The northern Mexican state of Coahuila became the first in the country to approve gay unions yesterday. Mexico City passed similar legislation in November.The Insititutional Revolutionary Party were responsible for bringing the bill before the legislature, where it passed by 20 votes to 13.The state's governor, also a member of the PRI, is expected to sign the bill into law.
Survey finds 5% of gay men face discrimination
10:03 AM — In the last year 5% of gay men and 4% of lesbians have been refused goods or services because of their sexuality.The findings come in the week the House of Lords rejected an attempt by Christian activists to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations that came into force in Northern Ireland on January 1st.
11th January 2007
Lesbian Avengers studio could close 6
4:23 PM — BBC Television Centre, the iconic West London building that for 50 years has been the embodiment of the Corporation in the eyes of viewers, may close as part of a cost-cutting exercise.The BBC's desire to move production of children's programming, sport and other departments to Manchester could sound the death knell for the Wood Green studios.Corporation bosses are considering closing Television Centre and selling the 13-acre site.
Gay penguins to stay on library shelves 3
3:02 PM — A children's book featuring a young penguin and his two male parents has been returned to school libraries in North Carolina.The saga of And Tango Makes Three made headlines across the world.After queries from a handful of parents, fearful that the book was promoting homosexuality, staff members took copies off the shelves.
“Gay JFK” to be honoured with bust 3
12:14 PM — Harvey Milk, the first out gay male politician in American history, is to be honoured with a bust in San Francisco City Hall.Milk, known during his lifetime as "The Mayor of Castro Street," is regarded as a political icon amongst gay activists for his ability to build the LGBT community into a grassroots political force.
Suspect arrested in trans murder case 1
10:48 AM — A 43-year-old man has been charged with murder after police in Washington DC found the body of a transsexual woman in an apartment in the city.The victim has been identified as Grafton Lee Person, 42.Police arrested the suspect, Preston Logan, after he was caught shoplifting at a 7-Eleven at 8:30am last Saturday.
Orkney composer cancels ceremony plans 5
10:05 AM — Composer Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies has decided to shelve plans to marry his partner on the Orkney Islands.Sir Peter, the Master of the Queen's Music, was at the centre of a media storm earlier in the week when he accused council officials on the islands of homophobia.Orkney Island Council had told Sir Peter, 72, that the registrar on the island of Sanday, where the composer lives, is not legally able to carry out civil partnerships ceremonies.
10th January 2007
George Michael pleads not guilty
3:41 PM — Pop icon George Michael's lawyer has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive at Brent Magistrates Court in north west London.The singer, who recently completed a sell-out European tour, was not in court. A further hearing has been set for 7th March.The charge arises from an incident last October.
Gay groups welcome Lords decision 15
3:04 PM — Gay and lesbian groups have welcomed the vote in the House of Lords last night which confirmed the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association expressed their pleasure that a campaign of campaign of "distortion and exaggeration" had been defeated.
Rebel Labour MPs attempt to weaken gay hate law 100
1:58 PM — Twelve Labour MPs defied the government last night to vote in favour of an amendment to the proposed offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.The amendment sought to allow "discussion of, criticism of, or expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct according to that orientation."It was defeated by 338 to 169. Five Tory MPs voted against the amendment.
Stonewall reveals top employers for gay people
1:49 PM — The third annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, which lists the top employers for gay people, has revealed that companies and organisations across the country are making progress in encouraging and supporting their gay staff.To qualify as one of the 100 best UK employers in 2007, bosses had to demonstrate significantly higher standards of good practice in a wide range of areas.
Malaysian politician sues over gay smears
11:40 AM — Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, has hit back at charges that he is gay.Anwar was imprisoned on charges of sodomy and corruption in 1998, but after six years behind bars the sodomy charge was overturned.He claims that his former boss Mathahir Mohammad, prime minister from 1981 to 2003, is trying to wreck his reputation and that the allegation of homosexuality is false.
Mrs Ashley Cole attacks “ridiculous” rumours 1
10:30 AM — Pop star Cheryl Cole has hit out at football supporters and others who have questioned the sexuality of her husband Ashley.The Girls Aloud singer also revealed that Cole is accosted by strangers in the street asking him if he is gay, and that the speculation about her partner upsets her.The 23-year-old was known as Cheryl Tweedy until her marriage to the Chelsea player last year.