15th August 2007
Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52
3:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.They will be presented by Doctor Who and Any Dream Will Do star John Barrowman, who won Entertainer of the Year at last year's ceremony.The Stonewall Awards are sponsored by Barclays.
Gay.com founder launches gay advertising network
1:25 PM — A leading gay entreprenuer has joined forces with many of America's leading internet and regional LGBT titles to create a new online ad network.Gay Ad Network was founded by Mark Elderkin, a 13-year industry veteran and pioneer in developing gay online advertising and subscription-based businesses.As president of PlanetOut, Inc. he was responsible for global advertising sales, online editorial and business partnerships.
Gay Soprano’s new ad upsets gay activists
11:30 AM — The character of Vito Spatafore was groundbreaking - a gay gangster in the world of the ultra-violent Sopranos television drama.Of course, his was not a Queer as Folk story arc of self-discovery and slow acceptance.After successfully hiding his sexuality for over 40 episodes, the mob finally clicked that Vito was gay.
Swedish Christians attack gay Jesus exhibition 19
11:03 AM — A fight involving as many as 30 people broke out at a photographic exhibition in the Swedish city of Jonkoping.The controversy surrounds the Ecco Homo exhibit, which portrays Jesus Christ as a gay man.Ecco Homo has long been a source of disagreement among Swedish Christians - the series of 12 images was exhibited at the nation's leading cathedral in Uppsala with the permission of the archbishop and toured the country.
14th August 2007
GLAAD awards to include gay media
12:01 PM — Next year, for the first time, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards will include LGBT media.At its annual Los Angeles summer cocktail fundraiser yesterday, GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano announced the change in policy and unveiled the four dates and venues for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards taking place in 2008."With the expansion of cable channels and niche programming, LGBT created and consumed media is more readily available than ever before," Mr Giuliano said.
13th August 2007
Vauxhall attempts to deal with drugs ignorance 1
5:40 PM — Drug Idle, an evening dedicated to tackling the concerns of drug use within elements of London's gay community, is to be held later this month.It will specifically discuss the use of dangerous "party" drugs such as GHB.Area nightclub, on Albert Embankment in Vauxhall's gay village, will host the event, billed as, "a free evening of fun and frolics but with a serious side to inform and educate."
Music group buys into G-A-Y bars 1
2:15 PM — The MAMA group, owners of the Barfly music venue chain and the management company of top British bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, has purchased a major stake in the G-A-Y bars.Reuters reports that MAMA now own 75% of the shares in Manto Soho Limited (MSL), a company which operates the G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late club in London.Jeremy Joseph retains ownership of the G-A-Y brand and will continue to host live acts and other nights at London's Astoria.
Tallinn Pride attracts tourists not violence
11:35 AM — MEPs and gay rights activists from across Europe joined in this weekend's Pride celebrations in the Estonian capital Tallinn.300 people took part in the parade, which snaked through the historic Old Town, among them members of human rights groups such as Amnesty International.Last year's parade was marred by violence. 15 people were injured after being attacked by groups of skinheads with sticks and stones.
Rise in HIV infections leads Japanese government to support Pride
11:02 AM — A small but happy crowd of 3,000 people marched through the streets of Tokyo at the weekend as the city celebrated its sixth Pride event.For the first time, a Japanese government department took part alongside city officials and many colourful floats.The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry took part to highlight the dangers of AIDS. The number of infections in Japan continues to rise, partly because being gay is still a taboo within society.
10th August 2007
PlanetOut moves to integrate online and print businesses
4:45 PM — Restructuring continues at one of America's most prominent gay media companies, with the departure of Bob Allen, chief of magazine titles Out and The Advocate. PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced his exit from the company as part of a plan to return the company to financial stability and profitability.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
The night Peter Tatchell partied with the Cheeky Girls 1
11:24 AM — Last month's launch party for Bouga Cocktail Lounge in London's Crouch End was a glittering celebrity charity bash for a rather surprising cause - grass-roots activist Peter Tatchell's Human Rights Fund (PTHRF).Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls, Big Brother loudmouth Shabnam, glamour model Cassie Sumner and Keith Levene, a founding member of legendary punk rock band The Clash, were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.
Homophobia in football gets a red card 1
10:35 AM — Tomorrow sees the start of a new football season and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.As part of The Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game, the decision to amend the ground regulations was approved after consultation with the Premier League and Football League in the early part of last season.
9th August 2007
Bears meet gorillas at London Zoo’s gay day
5:54 PM — London Zoo will host its third annual Gay Sunday on September 16th.The event, now in its third year, is an opportunity for LGBT people to spend a leisurely day exploring the unique environment at the Zoo in Regent's Park.Gay Sunday is the brainchild of the Head of Communications at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Simon Rayner."It is a great day out and a chance for us to broaden our reach and make people aware of the work we do here," he told PinkNews.co.uk
London’s festival of Black Pride announced
3:25 PM — Outburst UK has revealed details of a Black Pride Festival to take place in London later this month.The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.There will be 16 performers at the event, including X Factor finalist Rowetta Satchell. Other highlights include a fashion show, DJs and the chance to win a trip to Jamaica.
Outed popstar says life in the closet was scary 1
1:22 PM — An Australian popstar who was accidentally outed by a radio host has spoken of the stress of life in the closet.Antony Callea was runner-up in Australian Idol and has subsequently had the highest-selling single in Australian chart history with The Prayer.The singer's sexuality was blurted out by traffic reporter Vic Lorusso. In March he accidentally revealed on air that his male friend's partner was in fact the Aussie heartthrob.
Organisers hope for a trouble-free Tallinn Pride
11:45 AM — The co-ordinator of Tallinn Pride has shared her hopes that this Saturday's parade will be a peaceful event.The parade will be the finale of a week of events celebrating the LGBT community in the Estonian capital and there are expectations that around 500 people will march.Last year's parade was marred by violence. 15 people were injured after being attacked by groups of skinheads with sticks and stones.
8th August 2007
Floods force Gloucester Pride to cancel march
5:18 PM — Major changes have been made to Gloucester Pride due to the devastation caused by the recent floods.The event, due to take place on Saturday, will still go ahead but will be significantly scaled down.The floods have been the worst experienced in Britain for over 50 years and are estimated to have caused more than £2 billion worth of damage.
Police report C4 over Muslim homophobia documentary 2
4:35 PM — Broadcaster Channel 4 has hit back at allegations from West Midlands police that they distorted the truth in documentary that showed Muslim preachers calling for homosexuals to be killed.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on January, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed."If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.
Play your part in London’s gay arts festival
12:28 PM — Organisers of Pride London have already started preparing for next year's Arts Festival, following the overwhelming success of the events this year.The Arts Festival has become a key part of Pride London, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and understanding.Pride London is now looking for people to help shape the 2008 festival, including programmers, fundraisers, publicity experts and steering committee members.
Brighton’s businesses benefit from Pride visitors 4
11:54 AM — Figures from Brighton Pride's organising committee confirm the success of this year's event.It is estimated that the festival generated £7.5 million for the local economy and businesses, with a record-breaking 150,000 revellers in attendance.After a massive operation, tons of litter was removed from Preston Park, which is back to "pristine condition."