8th August 2008
Mayor Boris Johnson diverts Soho Pride funds to fight homophobic bullying 9
6:50 PM — A £10,000 grant from City Hall to a central London Pride event has been withdrawn. Soho Pride has been held in August for the last five years.
Gay youth radio station will use £4,000 grant to overhaul website 1
4:52 PM — FYI Radio, a LGBT youth user-generated radio station, has been awarded £4,000 from the European Youth in Action programme.
Anti-gay Christian “family” group folds in wake of founder’s affair 8
4:05 PM — A fundamentalist organisation run by a former police officer turned preacher has reportedly been disbanded. The Christian Congress for Traditional Values was instrumental in organising anti-gay demonstrations.
Gay favourite Bette Midler takes a swipe at MTV generation of pop stars
2:53 PM — The Divine Miss M. Bette Midler has lashed out at MTV for ruining young pop stars who are now incapable of connecting with audiences.
Hollyoaks actor calls on Iris to resign over gay comments 3
1:07 PM — An actor who plays a bisexual character in a TV soap for teenagers has spoken out against an MP at the centre of a homophobia row.
Video: Kanye West asks his fans to turn their back on gay hate 5
10:29 AM — Rapper and record producer Kanye West took a moment during a concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to denounce homophobia and anti-gay hate language.
7th August 2008
DEA orders actress to answer questions about Heath Ledger’s drugs
2:09 PM — America's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a subpoena to require actress Mary-Kate Olsen to testify in front of a grand jury.
Video: Paris Hilton responds to McCain ad with “bid” for White House
11:31 AM — Last week, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain used the images of poptart celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in a new campaign ad video.
6th August 2008
‘God Hates Fags’ sect to picket show about their founder 9
5:39 PM — Alistair Newton, playwright and director of The Pastor Phelps Project: A Fundamentalist Cabaret, has invited the show's inspiration, homophobic pastor Fred Phelps, to the opening night.
Ad standards authority investigating homophobic advert 15
11:35 AM — A newspaper ad placed in the Belfast News Letter ahead of the city's Pride event is being investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority.
MTV and MySpace join forces to promote HIV awareness
11:10 AM — MTV Networks International (MTVNI) and MySpace have announced the launch of Untold Stories, an interactive story-writing competition.
President Bush’s homophobia makes my blood boil says Lauper 4
12:42 AM — During a stop on her True Colours tour recently, gay rights advocate Cyndi Lauper blasted President George W Bush, calling him homophobic and anti-American.
5th August 2008
Review: k.d. lang dances for the crowd at Cambridge Folk Festival 1
6:07 PM — This year’s Cambridge Folk Festival had perhaps the ultimate line-up. Young guns such as Quebec’s traditional French folk outfit Mauvais Sort rocked the crowds.
Drag relay and 50m mince highlights of gay sports day
4:02 PM — The gay men’s health charity GMFA and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern will once again host gay sports day on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August.
India’s gay prince charms EuroPride 1
1:49 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people braved pouring rain in Stockholm on Saturday at this year's colourful EuroPride parade.
South Carolina tourism director speaks up for gay tube adverts 1
12:59 PM — Amid the row about adverts in London promoting South Carolina as a gay destination, the head of the state's tourism agency said yesterday he wanted the campaign to continue.
4th August 2008
Brighton’s Pride shines through British summer weather
4:13 PM — It may have rained on the parade, but for the tens of thousands of people in Brighton for the city's Pride events it was, as ever, a great day out.
Dutch ministers join 500,000 revellers at Amsterdam Pride
2:29 PM — Senior members of the government of the Netherlands have taken part in the annual Amsterdam Pride celebrations for the first time.
National Radio Hall of Fame honour for homophobe angers gay activists 1
2:03 PM — James Dobson’s Focus on the Family Daily radio show will become the first religious radio programme inducted into America's National Radio Hall of Fame this November.
Ludacris ode to Obama not welcomed by candidate 1
12:49 PM — Grammy Award-winning rapper and rabid Barack Obama backer Ludacris recently decided to express his support for the Democratic Presidential hopeful in song.