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  • 24th May 2007

    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.

  • Stars turn out for New York AIDS walk

    AIDS Walk New York benefits GMHC and more than 50 other local AIDS organisations.

    1:15 PM — The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk in New York City last weekend was the largest and most successful ever held, setting records for both participation and fundraising.Organisers have announced that 45,000 walkers helped to raise a grand total of $6,857,527 (£3.45m)."New York showed its strong support for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)," said AIDS Walk Founder and producer Craig R. Miller.

  • 23rd May 2007

    Kevin Spacey may be about to come out 3

    Mr Spacey is currently the artistic director in residence at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

    10:48 AM — Since his Oscar winning turn in The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey's sexual orientation has been fodder for mass media speculation.Esquire Magazine all but outed the actor.Spacey countered with his now infamous sit down with Playboy, in which he called the story a lie.

  • 22nd May 2007

    Angels will raise funds for AIDS charity

    The play follows the lives of individuals affected by HIV and AIDS in 1980s New York.

    3:41 PM — A star-studded charity gala performance of Angels in America will take place at the Lyric Hammersmith on Wednesday 4th July to raise vital funds to help people living with HIV.Headlong Theatre's production of Angels in America by Pulitzer-winning author Tony Kushner is the first major UK revival in fifteen years and is currently on a nationwide tour, where it has received outstanding reviews.It is the first national revival of Kushner's two-part masterpiece since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1992.

  • BBC gay presenter makes Radio 4 debut with preacher man

    One of those who was touched by Graham's preaching was Sir David Frost, who presents the Radio 4 documentary.

    2:00 PM — Ashley Byrne, presenter of the BBC's only gay radio programme, will make his BBC Radio 4 debut this week.He has executive produced I Got Up Out Of My Seat, a documentary about the legendary American evangelist Billy Graham, presented by Sir David Frost.Ashley is creative director of Made In Manchester Productions, an independent television and radio production company.

  • 21st May 2007

    Ofcom slams Clarkson’s gay car comment 27

    In July the corporation defended Clarkson's comments.

    2:22 PM — Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for using homophobic cockney-rhyming slang to describe a car.The BBC's head of editorial complaints conceded that his comments about the Daihatsu Copen in a programme broadcast last year were capable of causing offence.Clarkson asked a member of the audience if he would buy the car, to which he replied "no, its a bit gay."

  • 20th May 2007

    Graham Norton’s gay dig at David Gest

    Graham Norton hosted the awards

    9:34 PM — Lesbian drama Sugar Rush lost out to BBC series The Street for the Best Drama award at this evening's BAFTA ceremony. But like PinkNews.co.uk the drama holds a Stonewall award in part for changing the straight world's attitude to homosexuality.The ceremony held at the London Palladium was hosted by gay comedian Graham Norton. He made a dig at rival talent show host David Gest saying: "How gay am I? And I never married Liza Minelli."

  • 18th May 2007

    Kylie Minogue launchpad Neighbours dropped by BBC 3

    Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan while in Neighbours (credit: Grundy promotional photograph)

    8:30 PM — The show that launched the undoubted gay icon, Kylie Minogue, Neighbours has been dropped by the BBC for being too expensive.Despite the show's appeal to gay viewers, it has avoided gay or indeed ethnic minority characters over the past 22 years.It was first broadcast in Australia in March 1985, and made its UK debut in October 1986.

  • Get a FREE 02 or T-Mobile SIM card

    Get a free SIM card

    6:01 PM — Earlier this month, we offered readers a free O2 SIM card. Now we can also offer you a FREE T-Mobile SIM card too.Here's the deal, for a FREE T-Mobile SIM card click here. With T-Mobile there are no contracts and no tie-ins.Everyone - get 12p / min flat rate calls; Mates Rates

  • 17th May 2007

    Russian pop duo tATu support Moscow Pride 1

    t.A.T.u. became international stars in 2003 and are Russia's most successful international act.

    2:13 PM — Pop band t.A.T.u. have released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.This year's event on 27th May is widely expected to be banned by the city authorities, though no official decision has been relayed to the organisers.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has vowed never to allow a gay march in the city, and dubbed gay activists "Satanic."

  • 16th May 2007

    Take a break to Barcelona and fight gay hate

    The funds raised from the 2007 Barcelona Equality Walk will go towards Stonewall's Education for All campaign. photo: vonlomann@flickr.com

    4:31 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from July 13th to 15th, is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's vital work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised over £20,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.

  • VIP bus at Oxford Pride

    The Pride festival will feature a VIP area in an open top bus with views of the main stage.

    12:00 PM — With less than nine weeks to go until Oxford Pride on July 14th, the finishing touches are being put in place.Oxford Pride 2007 coincides with the Oxfordshire Milliennium, so Pride will be a key feature in a summer of spectacular celebrations.Lord Waheed Ali and Peter Tatchell are the patrons of the regional party.

  • 14th May 2007

    Theatre director says critics are hostile to gay women

    Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT. photo: polly cracker@flickr.com

    4:42 PM — A senior figure in the UK arts scene has accused theatre critics of sexism and homophobia.Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said that established critics "snigger" at lesbian directors and dubbed them "dead white men."Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT, with many seats on offer for £10 and high-profile plays such as The History Boys and Jerry Springer: The Opera generating positive news coverage and big box office.

  • School sued over Brokeback Mountain screening 2

    Turner's class at Ashburn Community Elementary School are alleged to have been shown the film by substitute teacher.

    2:08 PM — The grandfather of a 12-year-old girl has filed a half-million dollar lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education.He claims his granddaughter was traumatised by a school showing of Brokeback Mountain. The lawsuit filed on Friday claims that Jessica Turner suffered psychological distress after being shown the film, that involves the gay relationship between two cowboys in an 8th grade class last year.

  • Riga Pride gets more international support 2

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

    2:04 PM — Human rights campaigners from across Europe are to attend next month's Riga Pride.Last year the march was attacked and missiles and human excrement were thrown at participants.Gay and lesbian protesters were refused permission to march in Riga on the 22nd July 2006 by city officials, who cited security advice from the interior ministry.

  • Ellen can’t talk about being lesbian, claims star

    Spokespeople for The Ellen DeGeneres Show have yet to comment on Rosie's blog.  photo: AMPAS

    10:37 AM — When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self-titled sitcom, she made history.She scored a ratings landslide and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.Ellen's back on top of the rating's heap thanks to her Emmy-winning daytime talk show.

  • 12th May 2007

    Serbia win, Scooch manage not to come bottom 3

    Scooch didn't come bottom

    11:06 PM — Marija Šerifović of Serbia has won the Eurovision Song Contest with 288 votes.She is the daughter of Serbian singer Verica Šerifović and a Bosniak immigrant father from Turkey.Camp stars Scooch managed to score second from bottom with 19 points for the United Kingdom.As has become the norm of late, the Eastern European, Scandinavian and Balkan states voted for each other.

  • 11th May 2007

    Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue

    When the show first began in 1960 it would have been unthinkable to have a gay character. photo: stormydog@flickr.com

    5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.

  • London Pride podcasts seek young contributors

    The Pride festival will climax with a parade through central London on 30th June 2007, expected to attract over 500,000 visitors.

    4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.

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