5th June 2006
Naked butlers moon their way to the states
12:00 AM — A company offering hen parties and gay weddings almost naked waiters has proved so successful in Britain that it is opening up offices around the world."Butlers in the Buff" provides waiters wearing only a bow tie, collar, cuffs and a bottom-revealing apron. The company was founded by a former Royal Marine, Jason Didcott who served in the Gulf War and in Bosnia.
MTV awards Brokeback kiss
12:00 AM — The Brokeback Mountain clinch between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger has been voted the Best Kiss, ahead of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, at the MTV Movie Awards in California.The stars of the gay cowboy movie won the accolade, voted by MTV viewers, last night along with a Best Performance award for Gyllenhaal.
2nd June 2006
HIV charity head is a ‘picture of health’ 1
12:00 AM — The chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Nick Partridge, is appearing in 'A Picture of Health', a photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from next week.The exhibition which runs from June 6 to September 10 2006 aims to profile some of the outstanding men and women who have shaped healthcare at the beginning of the 21st century and features NHS leaders, clinicians and Government policy advisors as well as campaigners from the voluntary sector.
31st May 2006
Edinburgh hosts gay showcase
12:00 AM — A social history exhibition that celebrates Edinburgh's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities has been launched at the City Art Centre.Rainbow City is a joint project between the Living Memory Association and The City of Edinburgh Council, bringing together over two years of work within the LGBT communities by the Remember When project to document the history of these communities in the Scottish capital.
Big Brother accused of exploiting trans housemate 14
12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been criticised by mental health organisations for exploiting vulnerable people for entertainment.Health groups are concerned that contestants such as Shahbaz, and George, who left the house citing emotional issues, and Tourette's sufferer Pete along with pre op transsexual Sam, are being put under unfair stress by being in the house.
30th May 2006
Transvestite joins Big Brother 15
12:00 AM — A transvestite has joined the Big Brother house long with a model, to replace gay Muslim Shahbaz, and Dawn who was told to leave after breaking the rules of the reality show last week.The two new housemates were won last night in a Meal or No Meal task, when Aisleyne, a 27 year old promotions girl, and Sam, an 18 year old Indonesian transvestite, were revealed as the prizes.
Lesbian artist headlines Outgames 1
12:00 AM — Lesbian singer K D Lang and the theatre production of Cirque du Soleil have been signed up to perform at this year's Outgames.The Outgames will be held from 26 July to 5 August 2006 with more than 16,000 participants in the sport, cultural and International Conference programmes.
Batwoman returns as a lesbian 3
12:00 AM — Batwoman is to make a comeback as a "lipstick lesbian," according to reports.The heroine, real name Kathy Kane, will appear in 52, a cartoon series published by DC ComicsA spokesman for DC Comics confirmed to the BBC that the character will be a rich socialite who has a romantic history with ex police detective Renee Montoya, in a Superman, and Batman free world.
26th May 2006
Selfridges goes pink with Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Birmingham Gay Pride takes place this weekend and the local Selfridges department store is looking to show real pink power.The outside of the chain has been illuminated with pink lighting to celebrate one of the largest gay festivals in the UK, making it only the second time that the original colour of blue has been changed, the last time being green for St Patrick's Day in March 2006.
George Michael turns drug scandal to new single 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael is looking to turn his recent drugs shame into song after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs last February when a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, in February.The singer was given a police caution and released a statement stating it was "my own stupid fault as usual," and promising he would not make a song out of it, referring to his single Outside, which was made after he propositioned a police officer in a Los Angeles public toilet.
Plymouth prepares for Gay Pride
12:00 AM — The Plymouth Pride Event community team has announced the final details of events taking place as part of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Week 2006 across the city of Plymouth from Saturday 27th May through to Sunday 4th June.There will be an array of events taking place across the city from a Pink Picnic up on the Hoe, LGBT Film Festival at the Arts Centre to parties galore at some of Plymouth's gay venues.
Charity offers gay pride Jerusalem tour 1
12:00 AM — A human rights group is offering a gay tour of Israel to coincide with this year's WorldPride in Jerusalem.The expedition, organised by the New Israel Fund (NIF), will explore the "complexities, beauty and challenges of ancient and modern Israel."
Thailand recognises transsexual beauty
12:00 AM — Thailand's annual Miss Tiffany's Universe pageant took place this week allowing 30 transsexuals to compete for the crown.The contestants were chosen from 60 candidates smiling, pouting and dressing up for a $2,6000 prize as well as a new car.The winner, Ratrawee Chirapraphakun, told the Dallas Voice, that she entered the competition "to tell society to give transsexuals career opportunities and to be fair to us in all career fields. We don't have to be just beauticians or beauty contestants. We are just as capable as the real men and women out there."
25th May 2006
Elton John’s musical faces early end
12:00 AM — Just days after Elton John's gay sitcom was dropped, his Broadway musical is now set to close.Lestat, a musical, based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire books, will end this weekend after just 39 performances and 33 previews.
24th May 2006
Gay and lesbian storks become parents
12:00 AM — Two gay families of storks in the Netherlands have successfully raised families, in what is expected to set the debate over gay parenting flapping.A gay and a lesbian stork couple were given an egg each at the Dutch zoo in Overloon, and despite fears that they may not pay them any attention, both hatched successfully.
23rd May 2006
British Airways to sponsor EuroPride gay festival 6
12:00 AM — EuroPride London 06 today unveiled British Airways as the official airline of Europe's largest gay and lesbian cultural celebration, which will be hosted in London this year.EuroPride London 06 Chief Executive Jason Pollock said: "We are thrilled to welcome British Airways on board as the latest major brand to support EuroPride London 06. As the official airline of the international festival, British Airways will be flying travellers from around the world to join Londoners for this unique celebration of diversity.
Gay activist voted top hero 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been named in the top ten of a list of greatest living heroes this week.The activist, who leads gay rights group, Outrage, and once attempted a citizen's arrest on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, was voted by readers of the New Statesman as the sixth greatest living hero, beating writer Noam Chomsky, Microsoft chief Bill Gates, Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and documentary maker David Attenborough.
TV networks reject Sir Elton’s gay sitcom
12:00 AM — US TV executives have rejected a gay TV show from Sir Elton John.The gay star was due to produce Him and Us, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor, Anthony Head as an ageing gay rock star and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall as his manager.He had already written a theme tune for it, but the show was snubbed after a pilot episode.
Shabhaz walks out of Big Brother 14
12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate, Shabhaz has shocked fellow contestants on the reality television series by walking out of the Big Brother House in Elstree, Hertfordshire.A spokesperson for the Channel 4 show said: " Shahbaz was unhappy and finding it increasingly difficult to integrate within the group dynamic of this year's housemates. Of course, all housemates are free to leave at any time, as they have in past years."
22nd May 2006
Gay venues added to bar safety awards
12:00 AM — A new category has been added to the Best Bar None scheme in Brighton, the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) venue.Brighton Hove will become the first city in the country to have such an award for a licensed premises.The scheme is sponsored by gay magazine, 3SIXTY, joint venture partners with PinkNews.co.uk for the upcoming publication of The PinkNews.