10th July 2009
Preview: Newsnight Review to examine gay stereotyping in television 33
4:17 PM — A special edition of Newsnight Review tonight will focus on how gays and lesbians are portrayed in culture and whether 'camp' stereotypes are derogatory.
Christian arts festival is ‘too gay’ 34
2:43 PM — A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.
Coronation Street to get first gay club 7
10:54 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street will begin showing scenes in a gay club later this summer, according to reports. The Daily Star reports that filming has begun at the newly-built set at the soap's Manchester studios.
8th July 2009
Gay actor John Barrowman says bishop who said gays must change should “stop talking rubbish” 28
5:03 PM — Dr Who actor John Barrowman has responded to comments made by Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, who called on gay people to "repent and be changed".
Peter Tatchell: ‘Bruno will make both bigots and gays squirm’ 18
2:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that Sacha Baron-Cohen's latest film Bruno is likely to cause discomfort to both straight homophobes and gay men.
6th July 2009
Mainstream comic world gets first gay kiss 18
4:48 PM — An X-Men-related comic book is the first mainstream title to feature a gay kiss. X-Factor's 45th issue shows characters Rictor and the previously-possessed Shatterstar sharing a kiss after years of sexual tension and ambiguity.
Stonewall: Ross’s ‘light-hearted’ comment still encourages bullying 10
3:35 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has criticised the Ofcom judgement on Jonathan Ross, saying "light-hearted" comments still lead to homophobic bullying in schools.
Cambridge’s Pink Festival cancelled 3
12:17 PM — Cambridge's Pink Festival has been cancelled due to funding difficulties. In a statement released today, organisers said the free event had not secured enough funding and sponsorship, citing the current recession.
Gay presenter Graham Norton’s BBC1 show ‘axed’ 3
11:35 AM — Graham Norton's BBC1 show Totally Saturday has been cancelled due to poor viewing figures, according to reports. According to the Sun, the show was watched by only 2.5 million viewers on Saturday, down from 4.3 million when it began last month.
Jonathan Ross ‘not in breach’ of broadcasting code over gay adoption joke 27
11:21 AM — Jonathan Ross did not breach the broadcasting code for comments he made about gay children being adopted, Ofcom has ruled.
1st July 2009
Film Review: Bruno 4
7:05 PM — Camp fashion reporter, Brüno, Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego, is much like his previous role as Borat, dealing with similar topics and in analogous style to his Kazakhstani counterpart. If anything, Brüno is even more outrageous and controversial than Baron Cohen's previous effort.
Film Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 7
6:58 PM — It's been almost eight years since the first of the Harry Potter tales was consigned to celluloid. Over those eight years, the quality of the films has remained pretty much steady. This is the sixth and penultimate iteration in the series, and as such serves as a prelude to what is sure to be a climactic final instalment.
Film Review: The Proposal
6:52 PM — Sandra Bullock almost seems too sweet to play the hard-nosed Editor-in-chief, Margaret Tate, but The Proposal is clearly a movie made for the meaner side of her personality. Playing a character akin to The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestley, Bullock's Tate is one of the most detestable bosses you'll ever see.
Film Review: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
6:33 PM — Coming from something of a smothered childhood, the fifty-year-old Pippa Lee finds herself in an idyllic position in life, albeit on a merely superfluous level. Her husband, one of the last great publishers, and thirty years her senior, has cast a long shadow in the twilight of her life, but Pippa is happy to live her life in the shade, holding dinner parties, aiding her powerful husband and playing the part someone else has carved for her in her life.
Chris Moyles and Jonathan Ross attack Graham Norton’s new show 15
1:36 PM — Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles has attacked Graham Norton's latest show, calling it "appalling". Norton's BBC 1 show, Totally Saturday, lost more than a million viewers at the weekend.
30th June 2009
Lady Gaga: ‘Many of my gay and lesbian friends fear HIV’ 3
2:15 PM — Pop star Lady Gaga has shown her support for an HIV charity in Manchester. The singer visited an Orange RockCorps volunteer project in Manchester to help Body Positive North West, a support centre for people affected by HIV.
Michael Jackson biographer claims the star was gay 7
1:31 PM — The unofficial biographer of Michael Jackson has claimed he was gay and that he had spoken to two of the star's previous lovers.
Bollywood star Celina Jaitley calls on India to repeal gay sex ban 10
11:08 AM — Bollywood star and gay rights activist Celina Jaitley has said that laws banning gay sex in India are out of touch with public opinion.
EXCLUSIVE: Boris “delighted” that Sarah Brown will be attending Pride London 20
12:42 AM — The Mayor of London has expressed his support for Sarah Brown's decision to attend Pride London on Saturday.
29th June 2009
Lord Mandelson tops Pink List 2009 15
4:57 PM — The Independent on Sunday published its list of the most influential gay people in Britain yesterday, with First Secretary of State Lord Mandelson leading the pack.