16th November 2009
‘Homophobic’ Beenie Man concerts axed in Australia and New Zealand 13
11:41 AM — A string of concerts by Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man have been cancelled after organisers faced a wave of protest from gay rights groups. Big Day Out said his appearance would "mar" the festival for many people.
13th November 2009
New Zealand festival under pressure over homophobic reggae star Beenie Man 10
4:08 PM — Big Day Out, the New Zealand music festival, is under pressure to ban a Jamaican reggae artist from performing at the event. Beenie Man has a number of songs which mention killing gays and lesbians.
12th November 2009
Video: Anti-gay Miss California threatens to storm off chat show over sex tape 20
12:05 PM — Carrie Prejean, the anti-gay Miss California, tore off her microphone and refused to speak to a gay caller on Larry King's show last night. King had questioned her about her sex tape.
11th November 2009
Worcester to celebrate first gay Pride festival 6
7:01 PM — The city of Worcester is to hold its first Pride festival in 2010. Organisers say the free event is scheduled for June 26th at Pitchcroft Racecourse.
Welsh DJ claims he has had death threats for being gay 8
6:13 PM — Welsh radio star Chris Needs has revealed that he has been the target of death threats after revealing his sexual orientation.
Oprah not a lesbian, best friend says 11
1:35 PM — Gayle King, the best friend of American TV superstar Oprah Winfrey, has brushed off rumours that the two are in a gay relationship.
10th November 2009
Portia de Rossi: ‘I thought my career would be over if I came out’ 4
4:12 PM — Actress Portia de Rossi has said she was too frightened for years to admit she was a lesbian. De Rossi is now married to television presenter Ellen DeGeneres but has revealed that she thought coming out would mean the end of her acting career.
Ian McKellen helps raise £15,000 for homeless young gays and lesbians 4
3:56 PM — Celebrities such as Ian McKellen, Boy George and Kristian Digby helped raise more than £15,000 for the Albert Kennedy Trust on Sunday evening.
Liverpool hosts first gay Pride festival in over a decade 8
1:34 PM — The city of Liverpool will host its first Pride festival in more than ten years, it has been announced. The date for Liverpool Pride 2010 will be August 7th, a date organisers say will not clash with any other gay festivals.
Gwyneth Paltrow to appear in film about trans painter 18
12:21 PM — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been lined up to play opposite Nicole Kidman in a film about the Dutch painter Einar Wegener, who in 1930 was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment.
9th November 2009
Support for traffic-free gay village in Manchester
5:07 PM — A preliminary survey of people using Manchester's gay village has found overwhelming support for plans to pedestrianise the area on Friday and Saturday nights.
Alan Carr says gay men make the best chatshow hosts 18
4:50 PM — Gay comedian Alan Carr has said that gay men make the best chatshow hosts because they are "gossipy". The second series of the star's Channel 4 show Alan Carr: Chatty Man begins later this month.
Sex tape causes more embarrassment for anti-gay Miss California 25
11:45 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who told the world she did not believe in gay marriage, has been rocked by a sex tape scandal. The beauty queen and her mother were apparently shown the tape by pageant organisers.
6th November 2009
Calling PinkNews readers to compete on the BBC’s ‘A Question of Genius’ 5
6:42 PM — The BBC is keen to recruit LGBT contestants to take part in the second series of 'A Question of Genius' presented by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark.
Elton John leaves hospital
3:53 PM — Elton John has been released from hospital after being treated for flu and E.coli. The 62-year-old star was taken ill two weeks ago and was forced to postpone five UK and three US gigs.
Gay group attacks South Park for ‘gay slur’ 25
12:51 PM — A recent episode of South Park has angered a gay rights group for using the word 'fag'. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said that the ironic use of the word might not be understood by all readers.
Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wins Stonewall Bigot of the Year award 21
11:29 AM — Jan Moir, the Daily Mail columnist whose column on the death of gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately provoked widespread anger, won the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Awards last night jointly with Father John Owen, the priest who said most paedophiles were gay.
Stephen Gately’s partner Andrew Cowles appears at Stonewall awards 24
10:53 AM — Andrew Cowles, the civil partner of the late Boyzone star Stephen Gately, made his first public appearance last night at the Stonewall awards since the singer died four weeks ago.
5th November 2009
Stars raise £90,000 for Terrence Higgins Trust 2
2:23 PM — The annual supper club event for HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust raised £90,000 on Tuesday evening. The yearly event saw 50 dinner parties taking place simultaneously in the capital's best restaurants and private homes.
Trans writer defends ‘offensive’ Jesus, Queen of Heaven play 34
2:02 PM — A trans woman who wrote a play portraying Jesus as undergoing transition to become a woman has defended her work, saying that protests by angry Christians have no foundation in the Bible.