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  • 7th January 2009

    Ian Paisley to meet with standards agency about homophobic advert 8

    Ian Paisley is to meet with the ASA

    12:30 PM — The former first Minister of Northern Ireland is to meet with the Advertising Standards Authority to discuss their ruling against an advert placed in a local paper by a Belfast church.

  • 6th January 2009

    Comment: We deserve more than an apology from the BBC for their homophobia 13

    The BBC receives billions of pounds from license fee payers

    10:41 PM — After the the expose by PinkNews.co.uk that the BBC had broadcast a series of anti-lesbian slurs against Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan, My.PinkNews.co.uk reader Nick Henderson believes the BBC must start respecting LGBT rights and stop broadcasting homophobic content.

  • BBC under renewed pressure following homophobic slurs against Lindsay Lohan 15

    DJ Spoony works for BBC Radio 5 Live

    4:44 PM — A BBC TV programme that contained slurs against lesbians has received just 13 complaints, the corporation said today. Gay rights group Stonewall and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have both criticised the BBC for not taking complaints about homophobia seriously.

  • Stonewall calls on BBC Trust to take homophobia seriously after lesbian slurs 10

    Stonewall want the BBC Trust to take action

    2:27 PM — A leading gay rights group has called on the BBC to pay attention to the millions of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who pay for the corporation through the licence fee.

  • Interview: Waiting for Godot with Captain Picard 4

    Sir Ian McKellen is best-known for his work on Lord of the Rings

    12:55 PM — Last month gay star and acting legend Sir Ian McKellen spent an evening raising funds for vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans teenagers.

  • 5th January 2009

    FA committed to anti-homophobia DVD but no word on Beckham 2

    David Beckham may take part in a new FA campaign

    2:36 PM — The Football Association has confirmed it is collaborating on a new DVD aimed at tackling homophobia in the game.

  • Hopes of first gay Doctor Who dashed as Matt Smith lands prime role 12

    Matt Smith is the new Doctor Who

    1:03 PM — A 26-year-old relative unknown has been chosen as the next Doctor Who, smashing the hopes of some fans that the 11th incarnation of the TV Time Lord would be an out gay man.

  • Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3

    The Home Secretary has launched a consultation

    12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.

  • 2nd January 2009

    EXCLUSIVE: BBC accused of homophobia over Lindsay Lohan slurs 30

    The broadcaster said that the complaint would be circulated to BBC executives

    4:01 PM — BBC3 programme The Most Annoying People of 2008, which listed bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan has been branded as homophobic by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell following complaints to the broadcaster by a PinkNews.co.uk reader.

  • Graham Norton plans ‘risqué’ jokes for Eurovision 3

    Norton took on the £6 million contract to present Eurovison on UK screens in December 2008

    11:13 AM — Ultra-camp TV presenter Graham Norton is planning to give a much more adult feel to the Eurovision Song Contest than his predecessor Sir Terry Wogan.

  • 31st December 2008

    Top gay venue Astoria to hold ‘last ever party’

    The night will mark the beginning of Manumission's world tour of clubs

    4:02 PM — The London Astoria is one of the capitals most iconic venues and following the decision earlier this year to close demolish the Astoria to make way for the new Crossrail project, the venue's staff have announced its closing night event.

  • Competition: Win an Amy Winehouse Bad Taste Bear 7

    You could own an Amy Bear!

    1:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with The BT Bears Company, producer of the cheeky, risqué and suggestively saucy Bad Taste Bears range, to offer five lucky readers the chance to go back to black and win their very own Amy bear.

  • Bookies predict George Michael, Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty will be first arrested celeb of 2009 3

    Throughout 2006 and 2007, Mr Michael was regularly in the headlines over various drug related incidents

    12:40 PM — Bookies William Hill have named George Michael as third in the running for first celebrity arrest of the new year.

  • 30th December 2008

    Playstation game restricts gay words

    The text filter does not allow users to type the words "gay", "lesbian" or "bisexual" when communicating with other players

    11:31 AM — Playstation's latest venture, PS Home, is described by Home Service Manager Daniel Hill as "unique compared to anything else in the gaming world."

  • Sean Penn to win award for gay politician role

    Milk is a biopic about the life of gay American politician Harvey Milk

    10:22 AM — Holllywood actor Sean Penn will be honoured at January's Palm Springs International Film Festival for his role in new film Milk.

  • 29th December 2008

    Film Review: Frost Nixon

    Frost Nixon

    10:41 AM — Back in 1977, British satirist turned talk show host David Frost managed to secure unprecedented access to former American president Richard Nixon, still a global pariah and national disgrace following his 1974 fall from office after the notorious Watergate scandal. Little-known in the US, despite having managed to get Nixon's agreement to an almost insane 28-hour interview, stretched over 12 days, Frost had failed to sell the interviews to any television networks, funding the project out of his own money.

  • Film Review: The Spirit 1

    The Spirit

    10:35 AM — Liked the over-the-top, heavily stylised Sin City, with its quirkily graphical black-and-white, comic-book feel? Can't wait until 2010 for the sequel? Well, this might just keep you going until then.

  • Film Review: Defiance

    Daniel Craig in Defiance

    10:31 AM — Actors who get cast as James Bond all too often find it hard to shake off that iconic character. Our last 007, Pierce Brosnan, has been finding it particularly tricky, picking up roles as sleazy losers in the likes of The Matador and cheesy all-singing, all-dancing clichés in Mamma Mia in a desperate attempt to show that he can do things other than look good in a tuxedo while fighting baddies and performing spectacular stunts. Bond before him Timothy Dalton spent a good decade carefully picking parts that would shake off the threat of typecasting, from villains to more nuanced and subtle characters on stage and small screen.

  • Film Review: Slumdog Millionaire 1

    Slumdog Millionaire

    10:23 AM — As unlikely award contenders go, a film about the Indian version of popular TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? made by the guy who brought us that classic piece of mid-90s drug-addled madness Trainspotting has to be up there with the weirdest of them.

  • Film Review: Bedtime Stories 3

    Adam Sandler stars in Bedtime Stories

    10:16 AM — After the release of the fun family adventure Inkheart two weeks ago, you may think that there's not much call for another movie about children's stories coming to life. But this is a very different take on a similar basic idea, and certainly shouldn't be written off right away. Where Inkheart opted for thrills and spectacle in a relatively straight, classic fantasy quest, this offering has instead gone for the comedy route – as the presence of Adam Sandler in the lead should attest.

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