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  • 17th August 2007

    Soho Pride will be celebrated this weekend 4

    Soho Pride has become a popular day out for London' gay clubbing community.

    11:02 AM — The streets that constitute London's gay village will get their own party this Sunday as Soho's Pride event takes place.Instead of a parade, various stages will be playing music from midday. Soho Square, Carlisle St and Rupert Street will be closed to traffic.QX magazine will be hosting a stage featuring performances from drag queen Jodie Harsh and the Powder Puff Girls.

  • 16th August 2007

    Banged up Bad Girls to hold gay fundraiser

    Tickets for the Stonewall benefit night cost £50 and include a top-price theatre seat, post-show drinks and the chance to meet the show's cast.

    6:38 PM — It's been a while since the heavy metal doors slammed on the inmates of HMP Larkhall for the last time, but now those bad girls are back and, boy, are they making a song and dance about it.Bad Girls The Musical, currently previewing at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End, is teaming up with Stonewall for a special fundraising benefit night on 6th September.The event will raise money for the gay equality charity's campaigning work around homophobic bullying and lesbian health.

  • Bigot of the Year nominee wants to come to Stonewall Awards 52

    Yesterday Stonewall announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria  Albert Museum in London.

    5:40 PM — One of the nominees for this year's Stonewall 'Bigot of the Year' award has said she is honoured to be nominated.The award is given to an individual who has gone out of their way to harm, hurt or snub lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the last 12 months. Last year's winner was Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever responded to a posting about the second annual Stonewall Awards on a blog.

  • Crime authors clash over lesbian thrillers 1

    Ms McDermid, 52, a former journalist, also attacked the general sexist attitude towards female writers and violent content in the press.

    4:05 PM — One of the UK's leading crime novelists has been denounced by a lesbian writer amid claims of prejudice.Ian Rankin, best known for the Inspector Rebus series of novels, said last year that women writers are now writing the most explicitly violent books, and that most of those authors are lesbians.Rival novelist Val McDermid used an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to lambast Mr Rankin, calling his comments "arrant rubbish."

  • Jodie Foster’s rare interview dodges sexuality questions 7

    The 44-year-old actress is making the rounds to promote her latest strong-willed woman role in the film, The Brave One. photo: alan light@flickr.com

    10:46 AM — Ever the elusive two-time Oscar winner, Jodie Foster granted a rare one on one interview to More Magazine, the publication for "mature women," and opened up about aging in Hollywood, plastic surgery and privacy.And on the latter topic, Jodie Foster kept mum about her sexuality, never once discussing her long rumoured partner Cydney Bernard and, true to form, keeping it vague when it comes to her kids.The 44-year-old actress is making the rounds to promote her latest strong-willed woman role in the film, The Brave One.

  • 15th August 2007

    PinkNews.co.uk re-launches daily newsletter

    In September PinkNews.co.uk will be launching a new dedicated jobs website.

    4:41 PM — Readers of PinkNews.co.uk can now sign up for a new, improved newsletter service.Due to the large number of subscribers, the old system had become erratic and at times failed to deliver our lunchtime round-up of popular stories to everyone who wanted one.Now, thanks to investment in a new system, all readers who sign up to the newsletter should receive an email update every weekday lunchtime.

  • Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52

    The chosen Community Group of the Year will receive a cheque for five thousand pounds to support its work.

    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

    68% of gay web users are between the ages of 18 and 34 and are generally better educated, highly paid and have more discretionary income than average Americans.

    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

    The Sopranos has authorised his name to be used on a pool stick branded with the phrase “A Cue to Die For.

    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

    The 12 photographs show Jesus among trans people, people with AIDS and men in leather.  photo: copyright Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.

    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

    Events will be held in March, April and May in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and South Florida.

    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

    Drug Idle will be held Thursday 23rd August and will start at 6.30pm. Entry is free and light refreshments will be provided.

    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

    It it is thought that today's deal will see expansion of the G-A-Y bars outside London.

    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

    This year's Tallinn Pride coincides with the European Year of Equal Opportunity for All.

    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

    For the first time, a Japanese government department took part alongside city officials and many colourful floats.

    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

    In an internal memo published on gossip website jossip.com, Ms Magee lays out her strategy for the company.

    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

    Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.

    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

    GFSN won the right to host the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian World Championship in London with the support of the FA.

    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

    London Zoo also offers visitors a face-to-face meeting with a gorilla as they explore the awesome new Gorilla Kingdom. photo © ZSL - Daniel Sprawson

    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

    The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.

    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.

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