16th January 2008
George Michael to write “authentic” autobiography 4
6:30 PM — Publisher HarperCollins today confirmed that they have secured the rights to an autobiography by pop star George Michael.The 44-year-old, who has sold in excess of 80 million records in a career spanning three decades, said through his publicist that the book would be "no holds barred."Although neither publisher nor publicist would reveal how much Michael is being paid for the book, industry watchers said it was certain to be millions of pounds.
Plymouth plans a bigger and better Pride in 2008 6
2:45 PM — The nation's most popular lower-case gay day out, plymouth pridevent, has been granted charity status.Supported by, among others, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, the charity's committee has adopted a new constitution and appointed a new chairman, Mark Ayres.The committee can now make donations to other organisations which also work with Plymouth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) community.
International match to honour lesbian football hero 2
2:25 PM — She was a footballing genius who lit up the game in the 1920s and 1930s with her antics on and off the field.Lily Parr, who lived openly with her partner Mary and insisted on being paid in Woodbine cigarettes, was the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.30 years on from her death, lesbians from around the globe will come together on the pitch to celebrate her brilliant life of this star of the game.
Photos of gay icons bought by National Portrait Gallery
11:55 AM — Four portraits by acclaimed gay photographer David Gwinnutt have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.Mr Gwinnutt, who has photographed many well-known gay celebrities, said he was honoured that his work will become part of the national collection of portraiture.The portraits of film director John Schlesinger, playwright Neil Bartlett, performance artist and club legend Leigh Bowery and photographer Corinne Day are candid and intimate.
15th January 2008
Ofcom clears ITV over poof comment 6
11:20 AM — A homophobic outburst by comedian Jim Davidson on a reality TV show did not break broadcasting rules, the industry's watchdog has ruled.197 people complained to Ofcom in September after the comedian, appearing on ITV's Hell's Kitchen, mocked fellow contestant Brian Dowling about his sexuality and used the words 'poof' and 'shirt lifter.'Dowling, who came to public attention through appearing in reality shows, was reduced to tears.
14th January 2008
Gay gamers experience Second Life
3:40 PM — Video games may come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing tends to stay the same from game to game: They all give the people playing them the opportunity to step into someone else's shoes.As thrilling as that sounds in theory, in practice it usually forces gamers to take control of characters that look little like them and move them through storylines over which they have little control.A few fairly recent releases have added some breathing room to that often claustrophobic aspect of video gaming.
11th January 2008
Website records life and times of Orton 1
2:55 PM — A website dedicated to the life and times of gay playwright Joe Orton has been launched.Leicester City Council joined forces with the University of Leicester and Islington Council to create the site, which has the endorsement of the Orton Estate.Despite his professional career lasting a mere three years, Joe Orton is still remembered as one of the most talented and outrageous playwrights of the 20th century.
Comment: L Word highlights US military’s gay ban 2
2:39 PM — Actress Rose Rollins is speaking out about her The L Word character Tasha and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" storyline garnering national attention for her role.Playing a captain in the Army National Guard, Rollins' character is navigating the difficult choice many real LGB soldiers are facing in the US military — whether to stay in the closet or face being discharged and losing their careers.Although Tasha has developed a reputation as being the 'tough' girl on the show, her character is about far more than her exterior 'attitude'.
Seaside Pride will chase away the winter blues
1:30 PM — For those of you finding January a struggle, help is at hand from the seaside city of Brighton.Pride may seem like a distant memory, but fear not - Winter Pride kicks off on February 2nd, a festival of more than 70 events designed to cheer up even the most grumpy gay.The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.
Extra performance for London’s sold out gay panto
12:40 PM — A charity panto in aid of gay equality organisation Stonewall has proved so popular that an extra date has been added to cope with demand.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street, with an extra evening performance at 7.15pm.The second performance will be in aid of the venue itself, the UK's premier gay arts venue which has recently been threatened with complete withdrawal of its Arts Council funding.
British Museum examines Rome’s premier gay couple 2
12:10 PM — He is best-known in the UK for building a defensive wall as protection against the fierce Scots.However, back in Rome the Emperor Hadrian was noteworthy for taking his gay lover as a consort, a new exhibition about his life reveals. Hadrian: Empire and Conflict opens at the British Museum later this year. Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus, to give him his full name, was made emperor in AD117, when the Roman Empire was at its prime.
QBoy meets hip hop heroes
11:50 AM — Gay rap sensation QBoy fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams recently - meeting his musical idols Salt-N-Pepa.His interview with the queens of hip hop is part of a documentary for BBC digital network 1Xtra.The documentary about the return of Salt-N-Pepa by Made In Manchester productions has been co-produced by QBoy. This is the rapper's first radio production credit.
Pink Singers bring Continental show to London
2:15 AM — After two concerts in Paris, the Pink Singers are bringing Amour and more to London.Equivox, the vibrant Parisian lesbian and gay choir, will be the special guests of the performance which includes various love songs inspired in the city of Paris.The lesbian and gay community choir will be putting on the show on January 19th at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music at Marylebone Road.
10th January 2008
Documentary uncovers the double lives of China’s gay men
4:50 PM — Oscar-winning documentary maker Ruby Yang is to direct a film about homosexuality and the pressures created by China's one-child policy.China is known for its strong censorship, especially on sensitive issues. "There's a lot of pressure to produce an heir," Ms Yang told Reuters ."Many gay men are married and live a double life. They lie to their parents, lie to their wives."
Pride London parade to take place in July 4
12:55 PM — This year's Pride London parade and rally are set to be the biggest ever say organisers.The parade will take place in central London on Saturday July 5th."Following the enormous success of the Pride events in June 2007, and all the feedback we received from people who took part, our aim is to create an even bigger and better event for 2008," said Paul Birrell, Chair of Pride London.
World’s first trans MP to be subject of biopic
12:40 PM — Two Australian-based film-makers have won the right to make a film about the life of Georgina Beyer, the world's first transsexual MP.Ms Beyer, who retired from politics last year, is co-operating with the producers of the film, which is said to have a sizeable budget."I'm not going to be one of those people that wants to be there every inch of the way and having some control over casting of course," Ms Beyer told 3 News.
8th January 2008
Documentary explores lesbian beauty 2
4:40 PM — A TV programme in which a bisexual woman goes on a mission to see if lesbians view the female body the same way as heterosexual men has been showing this week.Current TV is showing Lesbian Beauty as part of a week-long season it is currently hosting named Skin Deep, which is airing until January 12th.In a bid to go beyond the usual lesbian beauty stereotypes of 'butch' or 'lipstick lesbians,' Tat Grey visited the Miss Gay UK pageant, met the editor of Diva magazine and hit the lesbian clubs and bars on the street of Soho.
Playing gay characters is not ‘brave’, says Fry 2
11:40 AM — Gay actor Stephen Fry has said he is not impressed with straight actors who play gay characters.In a Radio Times interview, the QI host expressed frustration at how straight actors was seen as 'brave' for taking on a gay role.He said a gay man would never be considered 'brave' if he played an intimate scene with a woman.Fry's latest role on the small screen is that of solicitor PeterKingdom, in the ITV series Kingdom who is single and straight.
7th January 2008
Onscreen lesbian kiss upsets Egyptian academics 1
4:10 PM — A lesbian sex scene in an Egyptian film has outraged religious scholars, who are telling people not to watch the 'sinful' movie.An Islamic Studies professor at Cairo University wants the Egyptian authorities to prosecute the director and both actresses involved in the scene, Ghada Abdel-Razeq and Sumaya Al-Khashab.Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin believes the film, Hina Maysara (Until Further Notice), promotes homosexuality and debauchery and destroys the morality in society.
Barrowman: closeted actors are “just sad” 6
12:37 PM — Torchwood leading man John Barrowman has criticised gay stars who refuse to come out of the closet.The openly gay actor said his sexuality did not influence the kind of roles you got offered as an actor and believes it is "just sad" that someone would deny their sexuality to the world."If it (being gay) has been a problem, no-one ever told me so. I know people who lie about being gay because they think it will affect their work chances."