26th June 2007
Smoking a real drag, say queens 1
11:00 AM — Drag queens' services have been employed by the NHS in Yorkshire to strut on to the scene and smoke out the last ill-fated pro-smoking campaigners as England goes smoke-free in less than a week.Drag queens Precious, Miss Blanche, Portia and Danny Cher from the Birdcage nightclub in Leeds will encourage people to kick the habit and take their 'last drag' as this butt of contention is finally doused in the favour of healthier lungs for both active and passive smokers.
25th June 2007
God’s people smile on New York City’s gay Pride
5:30 PM — Religious groups, so often the most vociferous critics of gays and lesbians, were at the heart of a different controversy this weekend when they headed up a procession of tens of thousands at New York's Pride.Commemorating the anniversary of 1969's Stonewall Riots, when angry patrons of a Greenwich Village gay bar fought back against police harassment, the celebrations have become a global assertion of gay rights.
Paris Hilton gets out of jail
5:25 PM — Millionaire heiress to the Hilton Hotel chain and convicted traffic felon Paris Hilton will be released from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in tomorrow.The socialite had served roughly half her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving case.She is due to give her first official account of life behind bars on Wednesday to Larry King in a one-hour special on US network, CNN.
Soho hosts day out for gay youth
4:01 PM — Life was a picnic for London's LGBT youth communities when their annual gathering in Soho Square attrated more than one hundred people, several as young as 15.When the rain got bad everyone sheltered under the trees taking the picnic with them, luckily the downpour didn't last long.George Allawi, 18, a youth worker said: "I don't think rain will stop us now and I don't think it will stop us next week at Pride."
Manchester triumphs at gay football tournament
2:00 PM — Village Manchester FC were crowned winners of the inaugural Ford Pride Football Tournament after beating Stonewall FC in the final on Satuday.24 male and female teams from across the country took part in the six-a-side tournament, which was held at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley, just a few miles from the recently completed England stadium.The Ford Pride Football Tournament is the UK's first high profile gay football competition.
Edinburgh hosts Pride of Scotland
1:10 PM — The Scottish capital was transformed into a gay village this weekend as Pride Scotia took to the streets of Edinburgh.Around 5,000 revellers gathered at midday outside the offices of Edinburgh council before setting off for an afternoon of organised festivities in Pilrig Park.The parade was originally planned to go along the Mound, before heading down Princes Street but the route was shortened due to poor weather conditions.
22nd June 2007
Gay contestant evicted from Big Brother 3
11:15 PM — Since Tuesday, the public have been voting to decide whether bisexual Carole, Jonathan or the gay contestant Seány should be the second housemate to be publicly evicted from the Big Brother house.During tonight's programme, Davina McCall announced live to the house that the next person to be evicted would be Seány. He received 44.5% of the total votes cast.On hearing the news, Seány and the other housemates looked stunned.
Gays pitch their tent at Glastonbury 1
4:50 PM — NYC Downlow makes its debut at the one of the UK's largest music festival today, bringing some gay sensibility to the muddy fields of Somerset.The gay-subculture tent will be a haven in a sea of heteros over the weekend, and organisers say they want to recreate the look and feel of a 1970s Manhattan gay bar.No-one will be admitted without a moustache, though fake ones can be purchased at the door.
21st June 2007
Calls to re-examine murder of gay director
5:15 PM — Political leaders in Rome have called for a new investigation in the death of acclaimed film director Pier Paulo Pasolini in 1975.A 17-year-old rent boy, Giuseppe Pelosi, was convicted of his murder.Two years ago, on his release from prison, Pelosi claimed that three other men had attacked Pasolini and repeatedly ran him over with his own car.
Pride celebration a first for Doncaster
4:20 PM — The Yorkshire town of Doncaster is preparing to host its first Gay/Trans Pride event with a spectacular and colourful festival to be held in the Market Place on Sunday 19th August from 12noon."Pride events are non-political, non-campaigning events designed to be a festival of fun and celebration for the LGBT community and supporters."The events provide the community with an opportunity to be highly visible and this is a first for South Yorkshire," said organisers.
Sugar Rush author retires from journalism
4:00 PM — Julie Burchill, one of the UK's best known newspaper columnist, has announced she is to retire from journalism.She revealed that the success the TV adaptation of her novel, Sugar Rush, has led to increased offers of TV work and that she feels thirty years is, "way enough, for me and for my public."Burchill started her career at NME aged 17, and went on to write for The Guardian and The Times.
Police will outnumber gays at Jerusalem Pride
1:10 PM — The Israeli capital Jerusalem is preparing for a gay Pride march this afternoon. Despite violent protest from Orthodox Jewish groups the event will go ahead.Around 5,000 people are expected to take part, protected by 7,000 police officers.Earlier in the week 10,000 religious Jews protested and rioted, burning tyres and attacking police cars.
20th June 2007
Firefighters are the Pride of Scotland
5:59 PM — Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service, are going all out at the Pride Scotia event in Edinburgh, this Saturday, 23 June.The service are a key Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, promoting fair treatment in the workplace for LGB staff.As well setting up a recruitment stand at the festival, which takes place in Pilrig Park, firefighters from local Macdonald Road Fire Station will be carrying out dramatic car accident rescue demonstrations.
Rosie O’Donnell may host classic game show
12:50 PM — When Bob Barker turned in his skinny mike after more than 50 years on television last week, the search for his The Price is Right replacement began.If Barker's vote holds any weight, we'll be seeing Rosie O'Donnell running Plinko in the not-too-distant future.On her blog, O'Donnell told fans she's good to go should execs at CBS come calling.
19th June 2007
Australian politicians unite to vote against gay rights
1:34 PM — A motion in the Australian Senate to grant single people and same-sex couples access to fertility treatment has been defeated by a coalition of left and right.The opposition Labour party voted with John Howard's government to defeat the measure proposed by Green Senator Kerry Nettle by 51 votes to eight.She wanted the federal government to work with the states and territories to give IVF and adoption rights to all people.
Feature: The dark heart of the deep South
1:05 PM — After three years away from the West End, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is back in London, performed by the capital's oldest amateur theatre group.The Tower Theatre group, who also recently revived Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, will be putting on the play which was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn in the 1959 film.The story of Suddenly Last Summer would be familiar to any fans of A Streetcar Named Desire, debatably Williams' most famous play.
18th June 2007
Comedian who ‘took the piss out of poofs’ dead 1
11:51 PM — Bernard Manning famous for his racist and homophobic jokes has died at the age of 76.Manning was rushed to hospital with a kidney problem two weeks ago. A spokesman for North Manchester General Hospital said: "He died here at 3.10pm today."He once joked on gays: "I'm no racist. I take the piss out of poofs, too."
TV reality show homophobia claims rejected 1
2:30 PM — Channel 4 have escaped censure over homophobic comments made on a reality show.The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that the use of the word "fairy" to describe a gay man did not break the code of conduct.1,453 people complained about the homophobic treatment of student Joe Stone on the show, in which groups of young people are formed into tribes on two neighbouring tropical islands.
Organisers hail Plymouth Pride a huge success
1:07 AM — Devon and Cornwall's first major Pride event was attended by thousands of people and now organisers want to make it an annual event, with even bigger and better plans for 2008.plymouth prideevent 2007 featured a long weekend of fun activities, ranging from sumo wrestling and line dancing to a bouncy castle and a picnic on Dartmoor alongside LGBT information, advice, and support services.
X-Men actor to host gala AIDS benefit
1:07 AM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance ofAngels in America at the Lyric Hammersmith in aid of the National AIDS Trust.The performance, which is to be held on 4th July, will raise money and awareness for the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention.Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming said: "Unfortunately HIV-related stigma and discrimination is still with us today."