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  • 26th March 2008

    Gay star announces seven week US tour

    Michael has spent the past 12 months touring 12 countries in Europe, playing to in excess of 1.3 million fans.

    1:20 PM — George Michael is returning to the land of Stars and Stripes for a seven-week jaunt, his first American tour since 1991.He will perform 22 shows on the North American leg of his world tour.Commencing in June, he will perform in cities such as San Jose, LasVegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York. Michael, the former Wham! frontman, is also planning a new album which will feature a duet with Sir Paul McCartney.

  • 25th March 2008

    INTERVIEW: From soaps to Soviet murder mystery

    With Hollywood beckoning, it's doubtful Tom Rob Smith will be returning to write in soapland any time soon.

    9:00 PM — Tom Rob Smith doesn't believe in stereotypes, particularly the one that says a gay, former TV soap writer can't pen an intense, hard-hitting Cold War thriller.Child 44 counfounds assumptions about gay writers.His first novel, it caused a fierce bidding war at the London Book Fair and was eventually sold to 22 countries. It is no surprise that film rights to this powerful piece of fiction have just been snapped up by Ridley Scott.

  • Cult animation about gay couples comes to UK

    The odd Lego-like characters tackle what one commentator called “horribly inappropriate homo gags.“

    6:30 PM — An American TV show described as making "South Park look like The Flumps" is to be screen on E4 later this year.Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World features a range of gay and lesbian stereotypes, from the twink with the sugar daddy to the "perfect" gay couple of the title, to baby-obsessed lesbians.The odd Lego-like characters tackle what one commentator called "horribly inappropriate homo gags."

  • More4 News reports on the Gaydar revolution 2

    Former Gaydar user and Labour MP Chris Bryant, Gaydar director David Muniz and the playwright Matthew Todd feature in the report.

    5:20 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant is among the contributors to a report to be broadcast tomorrow examining how the internet has fundamentally changed gay society.Benjamin Cohen, Channel 4 News technology correspondent and founding editor of PinkNews.co.uk, explores how Gaydar and similar websites have revolutionised what it means to be gay in Britain.The report is part of a series to be screened on More4 News this week, celebrating 10 years since the dot.com boom.

  • 19th March 2008

    Amstell’s talent recognised by British Academy

    It is the first time Amstell (c) has been nominated for a BAFTA.

    1:15 PM — The Best Entertainment Performer category at this year's television BAFTAs is dominated by gay men, it has emerged.Nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV awards were announced yesterday.Simon Amstell, host of the rock comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, was named as a best entertainer nominee, alongside Alan Carr, who co-hosts The Friday Night Project, and Stephen Fry for his intellectually-arousing game show QI.

  • Tributes paid to private man and sci fi genius

    Clarke was long believed to be gay and was asked numerous times about his sexuality by the press.

    10:59 AM — Legendary science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90 at his home in Sri Lanka.Clarke, who wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, died early yesterday morning from respiratory failure.Although Clarke was never open about his sexuality, he has long been believed to be one of the most prominent gay writers of the last century.

  • 18th March 2008

    GLAAD honours Matthew Shepard’s mother

    Judy Shepard was honoured for her tireless work for LGBT Americans.

    5:00 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Excellence in Media Award has been presented to the mother of a murdered gay teenager.At the GLAAD Media Awards in New York yesterday Judy Shepard was honoured for her tireless work for LGBT Americans.As executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, she has become one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

  • Another outing for R.E.M. singer 1

    The 48 year old R.E.M. star, who is known for deflecting questions about his sexuality.

    3:10 PM — Michael Stipe has announced that he is gay. The 48 year old R.E.M. star, who is known for deflecting questions about his sexuality, told US music magazine Spin "I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious."I'd just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, 'Yeah, he's my boyfriend, that is what it is.'"

  • 17th March 2008

    Feeling singer says pop stars should follow him out of the closet

    The Feeling were the most played band on UK radio in 2006 and Dan won the Stonewall Entertainer of the Year Award in 2007.

    4:45 PM — The Feeling's frontman Dan Gillespie Sells has urged more pop stars to come out.In an interview to publicise the Feeling's upcoming album, Join With Us, he told the Daily Record:"The world would be a healthier place if people were more honest about their sexuality and the entertainment industry would be healthier if people were more honest full stop.

  • London’s festival of lesbian and gay cinema

    This annual event showcases a wide selection of LGBT-themed films and has grown in popularity in recent years.

    1:35 PM — The 22nd BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival starts on March 22nd 2008.The annual event showcases a wide selection of LGBT-themed films and has grown in popularity in recent years. This year the opening Night Gala Screening film is Love and Other Disasters and will be shown at the Odeon West End.Described as a sharper, gayer version of Love Actually, the romantic comedy features performances from Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys and Catherine Tate.

  • Copenhagen Pride funding restored after media campaign 2

    Copenhagen Pride is a week-long festival attended by tens of thousands of people.

    11:30 AM — Officials in the Danish capital Copenhagen have reversed a decision to withhold funding from the city's gay Pride event.Leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk has described the reaction to the decision, which cited new procedures, as a "media craze that attacked the city's right-wing 'mayor of culture' Mrs Allerslev."She has now said that "a mistake had been made in rejecting funds for Copenhagen Pride."

  • Hollywood star pays tribute to murdered teen 1

    Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.

    10:20 AM — Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.Lawrence King, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, was shot twice in the head while in class at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California last month.The 60 second commercial, also featuring Grey's Anatomy star TR Knight, Janet Jackson, Andre 3000 and Ashanti, debuted on America's gay TV network Logo last week.

  • 14th March 2008

    Religious Russians target cartoon channel

    Channel 2x2, which broadcasts Western cartoons such as South Park, has been accused of promoting “homosexual propaganda“.

    12:00 PM — Protestant groups in Moscow are urging for the closure of a cartoon channel they claim promotes homosexuality and religious intolerance.Channel 2x2, which broadcasts Western cartoons such as South Park, has been accused of promoting "homosexual propaganda".It is the second time in a week that the network, owned by Vladimir Potanin's Prof-Media Group, has come under fire for its contents.

  • 13th March 2008

    Homophobic politician gets a call from lesbian icon 18

    Ellen DeGeneres decided to have some fun with Ms Kern on her nationally syndicated TV show yesterday.

    2:40 PM — "Hi! It's Ellen DeGeneres. The gay one."The sitcom star turned chat show host turned her satirical sights on Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern earlier this week, in response to comments that gay people are "infiltrating" the US government.Ms Kern was exposed as a homophobe last weekend, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund put a tape recording of her speech to party activists on YouTube.

  • Brighton and Manchester Pride want you

    Original and effective entries do not necessarily require big budgets and large vehicles.

    11:50 AM — Two major gay celebrations in England are inviting people to get involved.Pride in Brighton and Hove is holding an open meeting for anyone who is interested in joining the parade, applying for a grant or having a stall at this summer's event.Manchester Pride, celebrating its 18th year, is urging people who wish to take part in 2008 to submit applications as soon as possible.

  • 12th March 2008

    G-A-Y venue cannot be saved says Ken

    The Astoria was opened in 1927 as a cinema and was converted into a theatre in 1976.  photo: antmoose

    4:30 PM — A report from the Mayor of London released today has confirmed that London venue The Astoria will close as part of a redevelopment of the Tottenham Court Road area.The Astoria is best known as a live music venue and the home of popular club night G-A-Y.Despite protests from famous musicians and petitions signed by tens of thousands of people, the building will be pulled down as part of the construction of the new Crossrail project.

  • Gay bishop rejects restricted invite to Lambeth 1

    Some bishops have reportedly threatened to boycott the conference due to the way Robinson has been treated.

    11:20 AM — Bishop V. Gene Robinson has announced he will not officially participate in a planned summer conference of world Anglican leaders.He declined an invitation to events at the once-a-decade Lambeth conference this summer because of restrictions organisers placed on him if he were to appear.Robinson said the limited offer caused him "considerable pain" and he would reject the "non-offer" to be part of the conference.

  • 11th March 2008

    JK Rowling: Homophobia is a fear of people loving 7

    The 42-year-old seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m.

    3:15 PM — The author of the best-selling Harry Potter novels has given a wide-ranging interview to a student newspaper in which she defends her gay character Albus Dumbledore.JK Rowling also spoke out against fundamentalist Christians in the United States who are trying to ban her work.Speaking to Edinburgh University's Student newspaper Rowling, whose successful series of novels have made her the richest women in Britain, defended her decision to out Dumbledore last year.

  • Baywatch star praised for coming out 2

    It is estimated that one billion people in 142 countries tuned in to watch Simmons play Australian lifeguard Logan Fowler in Baywatch.

    12:50 PM — Jaason Simmons, known to millions across the world as hunky lifeguard Logan Fowler in beach soap opera Baywatch, has come out to an Australian magazine.The 37-year-old actor plans to marry his partner, Irish actor John O'Callaghan.The couple, who have been together for eight months, have also adopted a six-year-old Ugandan boy. The decision to go public about their relationship has been praised by gay rights advocates.

  • 10th March 2008

    “Ex-gay” adverts forced off the air in Canada 3

    The ad, aired on the Canadian TV channel CTV, featured a man talking about how a lot of gay people actually don't want to be gay.

    12:20 PM — Activists in Canada have won a major victory against an ex-gay movement with the removal of an advert from a major television channel that promoted the course aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay people.The ad, aired on the Canadian TV channel CTV, featured a man talking about how a lot of gay people actually don't want to be gay and that it's possible to change.LGBT activists in Canada launched an online campaign for the removal of the advert, utilising social networking sites.

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