16th August 2006
Busy week for Bristol gays
12:00 AM — Bristol is preparing to hold its annual Mardi Gras Festival, with the organisers hoping to bring 10,000 people to the city during the week long event.The Bristol FRINGE event has been running all week, beginning last Sunday, with its closing party planned for the same day as the Mardi Gras on Saturday 19 August.
‘Date rape’ drug victims get Revenge at gay bar
12:00 AM — Brighton nightclub Revenge has become the first gay venue in the city to offer protection against drink spiking.The club, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, is now giving customers the choice of numerous anti-spiking devices when they order a drink.
15th August 2006
Gay singer gets sweeping 8
12:00 AM — Boy George has begun his five days of community service in New York saying "I just want to do my job."The former Culture Club frontman appeared decked out in street sweepers orange vest to report for the first of five days work with the city's Department of Sanitation to undergo an "exercise in humiliation or in humility."
Gay radio station hits airwaves with pride
12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) radio station has hit the airwaves in Manchester, coinciding with the city's pride festival this weekend.The organisers of "Gaydio" intend for the station to have its first broadcast this week and to go on for a fortnight.
14th August 2006
Paparazzi Whore leave Marrakech Express over homophobia 57
12:00 AM — New band Paparazzi Whore have cancelled their headline gig at Pacha Marrakech this September due to concerns by the band over the treatment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals in Morocco.Paparazzi Whore were originally due to play at the 'A Small World' party on 2 September, but cancelled due to what Micci, the bands lead singer, has identified as 'suppression' of individual choice by state law.
11th August 2006
UK Black Pride Festival set for Southend next weekend 1
12:00 AM — The first UK Black Pride (UKBP) festival will be held on Saturday 19th August at the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea.Organisers hope the festival will become an annual summer event. It aims to foster pride, empowerment and a positive presence for black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.
9th August 2006
Belfast Pride attracts thousands despite protests
12:00 AM — An estimated 6,500 people came out to celebrate 'Belfast Pride' on Saturday, despite some classic Irish weather and traditional Christian demonstrations.The parade, held every year since 1991, has received public funding to create a spectacle for the city.
Brighton Gay Pride pictures out now 4
12:00 AM — If like the staff at Pink News HQ your recollection of last weekend's Brighton Pride is a bit hazy, you can now take a look at 3Sixty magazine's website, where our publishing partner has uploaded photos of the event which should help you piece the missing parts together.Brighton Pride brought a significant cash boost for the region's clubs, bars and restaurants as 120,000 people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community attended the parade and other events.
Synchronised swimming not for gays
12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.
8th August 2006
Record cash boost for Brighton during Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — Brighton's club and bar owners are celebrating today after a hugely successful Pride weekend that has brought an estimated £5.5 million into the city.As revellers from all over the country descended on Brighton to enjoy the annual Pride weekend, restaurants and shops reported a huge boost in revenue.
Outgames hailed a success for gay community 1
12:00 AM — The organisers of the Outgames in Montreal have hailed the event a success after it closed last weekend.Mark Tewksbury, the co president of the 1st World Outgames announced that participation and attendance targets were reached despite reports of a lack of interest in the event.
Gay ITV chief resigns
12:00 AM — Under pressure gay TV executive Charles Allen has resigned as head of ITV after criticism regarding poor ratings and advertising revenues.Speculation has been rife over the director's future but ITV plc announced this morning that Mr Allen will leave once a replacement is found.
7th August 2006
Gay Swimmer breaks world record at Outgames 1
12:00 AM — A world record in swimming was broken last week at the 1st World Outgames in Montréal's Olympic Pool, when openly gay American swimmer Daniel Veatch set a new record time in the 200 m backstroke in the 40-44 age category.Veatch, who lives in San Francisco, logged in a time of 2:14.83, edging out the previous record of 2:15.49 set in 1999 by another American swimmer, William Speicht.
Cardiff to host gay motor show
12:00 AM — Cardiff's lesbian and gay Mardi Gras will have an extra element of va va voom next month with the launch of the TopGayer Motor show.It will be hosting the world's first gay car show on Saturday 2 September in Sophia Gardens, Wales.The event is organised by TS Media and TopGayer.com, Rich Tuckwell, co founder of the organisations, said: "We've been talking about the idea of holding a gay motor show since we launched TopGayer at last years Cardiff Mardi Gras. We sponsored last years Mardi Gras and had the Welsh launch of TopGayer at the event.
5th August 2006
EastEnder’s Barbara Windsor joins Brighton Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) was delighted to welcome Carry-On star and EastEnder Barbara Windsor MBE to the launch of their float in Brighton's Carry-On themed Lesbian and Gay Pride event today.The THT float this year, themed as a saucy campsite shower block, was sponsored by Tourism East Sussex (TES.)
4th August 2006
Glasgow gay festival gets cash boost
12:00 AM — Glasgow's gay pride festival has been given an increase in funding allowing it to continue celebrating the community's culture for the next three years.The money, which is expected to double the event's turnover to just under 200k will allow the celebration to move onto a more arts production type theme rather than just a presentation festival.
Straight constable proudly leading gay police in Brighton 4
12:00 AM — A new milestone will be reached in Brighton when a Chief Constable will lead his officers in a Pride parade for the first time.Heterosexual Chief Constable Joe Edwards will head the front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sussex Police officers at Brighton Pride tomorrow.
Gays and straights masturbate for charity 7
12:00 AM — Police will be holding their truncheons tightly this weekend on standby to protect the controversial screening of Europe's fist ever sponsored Masturbate-A-Thon.Protests are rumoured to be arranged from groups opposed to pornography or sex on television this weekend outside Drop Studios in Clerkenwell Road, where Channel 4 is filming a programme seeking to raise awareness of, and dispel the taboos that persist around the sexual activity.
Gay games exceeds expectations 3
12:00 AM — Over 140,000 people attended the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago and tickets exceeded projections, according to preliminary figures from the organisers."Attendance at Gay Games Chicago events exceeded 140,000 - 40,000 more than we had projected," said Kevin Boyer, Gay Games Chicago co-vice chair.
Brighton Pride heats up 4
12:00 AM — Brighton is preparing for a right old Carry On this weekend as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community head south for Gay Pride.The parade leaves Madeira Drive at 11am on Saturday and twists through the streets of Brighton, making its way to Preston Park.Expect camp emulations of the Carry On stars including a few Kenneth Williams look-a-likes.