5th February 2008
Play to explore Gielgud’s gay sex conviction
5:00 PM — A new play opening in London later this month will examine one of the most scandalous incidents in 20th century British theatre.In 1953 acclaimed classical actor John Gielgud, who had recently been knighted by the Queen, was prosecuted for persistently importuning for immoral purposes, more commonly known as cottaging.He was devastated by the attendant publicity and feared his career was over, but he was greeted with a standing ovation the next time he appeared on stage.
1st February 2008
Memorial to gay Beatles manager gains support
3:35 PM — LGBT activists in Liverpool have begun a campaign to honour one of the city's most prominent gay residents.Brian Epstein was one of the most influential figures in the 'Mersey Beat' movement in the early 1960s.As well as managing The Beatles until his death in 1967, he launched the careers of Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Liverpool is European Capital of Culture 2008.
Uncertain future for gay arts venue 6
11:45 AM — One of the UK's leading producers of lesbian and gay performance has launched a fundraising campaign after Arts Council England confirmed it is to stop all of its £250,000 funding from April.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.
31st January 2008
British editor appointed to new PlanetOut role 1
2:00 PM — The editor in chief of American gay magazine Out has been promoted to editorial director for the parent company PlanetOut.In an email to company employees yesterday, PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the changes.Aaron Hicklin, who was born in Wiltshire, began his career on the Edinburgh-based Scotland on Sunday and also contributed to The List and The Independent.
Heath Ledger rehab stories denied by publicist
9:05 AM — Rumours of a Heath Ledger drug video surfaced on Hollywood gossip blogs across the Net on Wednesday.The video, reportedly to be aired on Entertainment Tonight, shows Ledger at a 'drug-fuelled' party in 2006.The video rumour comes on the heels of revelations Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams tried and failed to get him into rehab.
30th January 2008
Farrell to be best man on gay brother’s big day 6
1:10 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is to be best man at his brother's civil partnership ceremony.Eamon Farrell, 35, is planning to marry his 23-year-old boyfriend Steven Mannion after a proposing to him in New York last year.According to the Mirror: "Eamon proposed before Christmas. The pair share a love of art and this is what brought them together."Eamon is a respected dance teacher who set up the National Performing Arts School in Dublin more than 10 years ago."
29th January 2008
Gay hate church picket Hollywood awards ceremony 16
9:20 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have picketed an awards ceremony where fellow actors paid tribute to Heath Ledger.Church members displayed signs reading "Heath's in Hell" at film stars attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards.Heath Ledger died in New York last week. The cause of death has not yet been determined. His family held a private memorial service in Los Angeles yesterday.
GLAAD’s call to action over tabloid’s “evil lesbian” headline
2:30 PM — An American gay rights group has urged people to complain to the tabloid newspaper New York Post after staff refused to alter a offensive headline.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which monitors US media, contacted the paper to complain about its treatment of a child abuse story."Evil Lesbian Mom Left Toddler to Die Slow Death: DA," was the Post headline, which can still be viewed on their website.
28th January 2008
Review: A misanthropic take on gay relationships 2
5:45 PM — Jason Charles' new play Counterfeit Skin certainly pulls no punches.This unsparingly dark presentation of modern gay relationships is filled with shallow, self-serving characters paralysed by their own unhappy existences, and it provides no message of hope at the end of its two and a half hours.It is tough going at times, and while all the performances are well-executed, one cannot help but feel depressed at the play's message.
Seminal artist upsets Anglican priest 4
1:10 PM — A gay performance artist has sparked controversy with a new exhibition of drawings which he created by ejaculating onto paper.The 54 drawings which make up Jordan McKenzie's exhibition, aptly entitled 'Spent,' consist of the artist's seminal fluids covered in a layer of carbon dust.Commenting on the reaction his work has received, Mr McKenzie said: "It's been a very mixed bag. There have been discussions centred on the definitional aspect of the work. Is this drawing people have asked?
Russian artists defend gay film festival
10:59 AM — The Russia's first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival, Side by Side ("Bok o Bok"), has been causing controversy.Conservatives within the country's artistic community have called for the event to be banned.The State Artist of Russia Nikolai Burlyaev has publicly called gay people "perverts" and homosexuality a "sin" and an "illness" and demanded St Petersburg authorities stop the event.
Fox host apologises for mocking Ledger death 2
10:25 AM — Fox news radio host John Gibson has issued an apology for mocking comments made about the death of young actor Heath Ledger during his show.Initially Gibson had refused to apologise, but relented after continued calls for him to be fired.Shortly after Ledger's death, Gibson played an audio clip from Brokeback Mountain of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack.
25th January 2008
Sydney looks forward to 30th Mardi Gras 2
12:12 PM — Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 30 this year. The first event in 1978 was banned, and many of the participants were arrested.Their names were published in the local paper, and many lost their jobs. Homosexuality was not decriminalised in New South Wales until 1982.Today it is the largest cultural event in Australia, known throughout the world as the gayest street party of them all.
24th January 2008
Ledger’s death delays Presidential drug abuse statement
2:30 PM — US President George Bush has postponed a scheduled statement promoting a federal advertising campaign on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.White House press secretary Dana Perino confirmed that the decision was taken in light of the death of actor Heath Ledger.It is still unclear what caused the death of the 28-year-old Brokeback Mountain star, but prescription drugs are suspected to have played a role.
Gay Radio 1 DJ defends Chris Moyles 1
10:10 AM — Scott Mills has denied that his fellow Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is homophobic and said he was not offended by his inappropriate use of the word 'gay.'In an interview with The Guardian Mills, who came out in 2001, said he was not offended by the incident.In June 2006, Moyles came under fire for describing a mobile phone ringtone as 'gay.'
23rd January 2008
Heath Ledger autopsy inconclusive
8:30 PM — The New York City Medical Examiner's office is reporting that preliminary autopsy results have been inconclusive on actor Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday surrounded by sleeping pills.According to FOX News, a spokeswoman for the office, Ellen Borakove, said yesterday that it will take about ten days to complete the investigation.The 28-year-old Australia-born actor's ex-fiancée, Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams, has travelled to New York.
God Hates Fags fanatics may picket Ledger funeral 59
3:50 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has declared its intention to protest at the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, who died yesterday.The 28-year-old was best-known for his Oscar-nominated performance in gay-themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain. Although the cause of death is unknown, a drugs overdose is suspected. The Westboro Baptist Church, led by Fred Phelps, has generated publicity by protesting at the funerals of US service personnel.
Oscar nomination for documentary about lesbian cop
11:30 AM — A short documentary feature that chronicles a landmark legal battle over same-sex partner entitlement to pension benefits has been nominated for an Academy Award.Cynthia Wade's moving 38-minute documentary film Freeheld focuses on New Jersey Police Lieutenant Laurel Hester's battle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree.The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and picked up eleven additional awards at film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and Denver.
22nd January 2008
Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger found dead
9:55 PM — The Oscar nominated star of Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment just hours ago, New York City police said."He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokesperson said.Paul Browne, added that police "are investigating the possibility of an overdose."
“Gay” firemen movie nominated for worst film of 2007
11:50 AM — The nominations for the worst films of 2007 have been announced, and an attempt to make a comedy film about gay marriage has made it to the 28th annual Golden Raspberry awards shortlist.I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has been nominated in eight categories including Worst Film, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actor (Kevin James), Worst Supporting Actress (Jessica Biel) and Worst Screen Couple (Sandler and either James OR Biel), Worst Screenplay and Worst Director.