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  • 14th July 2006

    Brighton venue issues apology over homophobic performer 7

    Buju Banton's hit 'Boom Bye Bye'  incites the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces

    12:00 AM — A music venue in Brighton has apologised to the LGBT community for booking a notoriously homophobic Jamaican rap artist.The Concorde 2 live music venue, which is situated near the 'gay village' in Brighton's Kemp Town area, cancelled the gig by Buju Banton on 5th July. Initially, the club was unrepentant and admitted only cancelling the concert after pressure from Brighton and Hove Council and the LGBT community.

  • 13th July 2006

    HIV awareness concert cancelled following protests 3

    Beenie Man, once appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops

    12:00 AM — A concert to raise awayness of HIV and AIDs due to take place next week has been cancelled after protests relating to the homophobic lyrics of two of the performers.The gig, due to have been held in New York was to feature Jamaican reggae acts Beenie Man and TOK sparked protests from black LGBT campaigners outraged at the inclusion of the two acts.

  • 12th July 2006

    Banton Danish gig met with gay protests 7

    Buju Banton has been criticised for homophobic lyrics in his songs

    12:00 AM — Just a week after reggae artist Buju Banton was banned from performing in Brighton, gay activists in Denmark have protested against the singer's scheduled gig in the country.Over 250 Danish gay campaigners demonstrated outside The Rock concert venue, calling for "zero tolerance for homophobia" and the elimination of "murder music."

  • Bloggers protest at homophobic line-up

    A Brighton music venue last week caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance by singer Buju Banton, who has refused to apologise personally for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.

    12:00 AM — A group of black gay and lesbian campaigners have launched a campaign against a concert organiser's decision to allow reggae artists whose songs include homophobic lyrics to perform at an upcoming HIV/AIDs awareness concert.Bloggers from the US black gay community are protesting against scheduled performances by Beenie Man and TOK, calling on the HIV awareness group, LIFEbeat, organisers of the event on July 18 2006 in New York, to change the line-up.

  • 11th July 2006

    “Gay people like men;” Big Brother contestant wisdom 14

    nikki wonders: is Michael really gay?

    12:00 AM — Despite being self professedly gay, Big Brother housemate Michael is finding himself an unlikely ladies man.Housemate Jayne suggested that maybe Michael might not be gay after all, because she was convinced he fancied her. The two shared a bubble bath, though, no doubt to the chagrin of the producers, nothing remotely exciting happened.

  • 10th July 2006

    Martina Navratilova, lesbian icon, quits professional tennis 2

    tennis star takes her 20 winning trophies and walks off court at Wimbledon for the last time

    12:00 AM — The powerful left-handed tennis star, Martina Navratilova has retired from the professional circuit at the age of 49.The Czechoslovakian player, who was born in 1956, had never been on a grass court before arriving at the pre-Wimbledon tournament at queens. She spoke at the time of her amazement that the grass was so short - she had expected it to be long like a football pitch! Despite this, she soon discovered that this was a surface ideally suited to her aggressive style and incredible level of fitness.

  • Should I sell photos of my boyfriend to a gay sex mag?

    hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ...

    12:00 AM — A Sunday Mirror reader gets into a bit of an intellectual quandary, as she splits up from her boyfriend and seeks an appropriate method of revenge to take her mind off her heart ache.Writing to the paper's agony aunt, Dr Catherine Hood, the reader reveals, "he's been having an affair. I'm a keen photographer and have several photos of him wearing my underwear. I'm thinking of sending them to a gay sex magazine. Do you think I'd be justified in doing this?"

  • 8th July 2006

    Gay Pride dog show announced

    Could your dog have the waggliest tail?

    12:00 AM — Pampered puppies and polished pooches get preened to perfection in preparation for Pride dog show.The annual Brighton and Hove Pride Dog show is scheduled for Sunday 9th of July, and is giving competitive canines a lot of bark about.The competition runs the whole gamut of events, from the highly competitive and hotly contested, to the happened to be passing with my dog and just wondered ...

  • UK’s first gay prom to be held in London

    The Astor bar in London will host the prom

    12:00 AM — Gay Prom UK will hit London next weekend for an evening of dressing up and getting down on the dance floor for gay 16 - 19 year olds.Based on successful events run in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the organisers hope to send a positive message to gay teens struggling to come to terms with their sexuality that it's perfectly normal to be gay.

  • Gay animal celebration at London Zoo 2

    From South Park gag to serious scientific debate - are there gay animals?

    12:00 AM — London Zoo in Regents Park is throwing a party to encourage debate on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. The event, Gay Sunday, is expected to attract hundreds of gay visitors, who will be entertained by drag queens and fire eaters, as they explore the zoo and meet some of the most endangered animals on the planet.Cocktails will be served in a specially built VIP terrace bar, to the accompaniment of jazz classics and the growls, squeaks, hisses and chirrups of the six hundred and fifty animal, reptile and bird species who make the zoo their home.

  • Lesbian tennis star lifts Wimbledon trophy 2

    Amilie Mauresmo triumphed over Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Wimbledon final

    12:00 AM — Following a semi-final against Maria Sharapova, where it looked as though Amilie Mauresmo's semi-final jinx might return to haunt her once more, she beat Justine Henin-Hardenne in the tense final of Wimbledon.This is not the first time Ms Mauresmo has beaten Ms Henin-Hardenne in the finals of a major grand slam; She won the Australian Open when her opponent retired with the score at 6-1 2-0 to Mauresmo.

  • 7th July 2006

    Robbie Williams accused of hypocrisy over gay jibe 8

    Stonewall: Robbie Williams “risks appearing hypocritical”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRobbie Williams, the former Take That star who successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over claims that he was secretly gay, has been accused of hypocrisy after he joked that his footballer friend Robbie Savage, is gay.Williams told a packed Amsterdam Arena that he had news about the Blackburn Rovers star Savage. Williams said: "he's coming out."

  • Sado-masochism art at National Gallery to include warnings to parents 2

    Detail from Self Portrait, 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

    12:00 AM — An exhibition of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe at the National Gallery of Scotland will contain a warning to parents that images are of an "explicit nature."The gay photographer died of AIDS in 1989 and since his death the value of his work has rocketed.Mapplethorpes photographs range from relatively tame images of nude men and women to extremely explicit examples of sado-masochism.

  • Michael Jackson “shocked” by gay porn 2

    Jackson was arrested and cleared on child molestation charges

    12:00 AM — Testifying in a $1.5 million breach of contract suit filed by his former video producer, Marc Schaffel, Jackson said that discovering that Schaffel had directed a gay porn film had caused him to break their professional relationship.In a pre-recorded sworn testimony, the Santa Monica Superior court heard the singer's reaction to this discovery."I was shocked by what I saw", he said.

  • Roll over Colleen and Victoria, the real Footballer’s wives are back!

    She's back!

    12:00 AM — Sharpen your perfectly manicured nails and pour yourself a glass of Moet. The real Footballer's wives are back!For one episode only, Tanya Turner recovers from poisoning, and Amber Gates escapes the mental hospital, to have one last fling with television star Graham Norton.He'll be playing a mysterious hunk, the fabulously named Nigel Spunk, who may or may not be the new signing to Earl's Park.

  • Chinese dogs have a gay old time

    South Park's gay dog Sparky may not be welcome at the event

    12:00 AM — Lonely Chinese dogs looking for love will need look no further if a new dating event runs to plan.The company Gougou520 has been match making the pouches based on a personality test and a compatibility rating, the Shanghai Daily reported. On the website dog owners are asked to give details of their dog's descent and breeding, and submit pictures to asses their dog's attractiveness.

  • “Mattress munching”, is Superman gay?

    Joe Hildebrand seems a little obsessed with Superman's sexuality

    12:00 AM — For columnist, Joe Hildebrand of the Daily Telegraph in Australia, the old "Superman is gay" chestnut has been an inspiration for journalistic hilarity.Could it possibly be the case that the "Man of Steel was perhaps more the Man of Teal"? Mr Hildebrand wonders, with a nice ear for the rhyme there.

  • 6th July 2006

    Celebrity Big Brother star Pete Burns appears in court 1

    The Celebrity Big Brother contestant was accused of waging a month-long harassment campaign

    12:00 AM — The cross dressing former front man of 1980s band Dead or Alive appeared in court yesterday accused of threatening to kill his ex-gay lover.The Celebrity Big Brother contestant was accused of waging a month-long harassment campaign against his former boyfriend Jason Peters. The 46-year-old appeared late in the court dressed in a kimono and platform shoes.

  • Lesbian star Mauresmo to play in Wimbledon final 2

    Finally into a Wimbledon final!

    12:00 AM — Amelie Mauresmo has made it to her first Wimbledon final, breaking her two year jinx of being knocked out in the semis.The French tennis star said that she was "very happy" to be through to Saturday's match against Justine Henin - Hardenne, after a hard fought contest against the Russian number 4, Maria Sharapova.Mauresmo won the match 6-3 3-6 6-2.

  • 5th July 2006

    Brighton gay group welcomes Banton gig cancellation 7

    Buju Banton has been criticised for homophobic lyrics in his songs

    12:00 AM — A Brighton based gay group has applauded the local authority and police after a performance by reggae artist Buju Banton, scheduled for tonight, was cancelled because of outrage over the singer's homophobic lyrics.The Spectrum lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group thanked Brighton and Hove Council and police for stopping Banton's Concorde 2 gig after he has categorically refused to apologise for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.

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