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  • 12th September 2007

    Lesbian rocker to raise cancer awareness

    Rocktober will feature live music events, kicked off with Melissa Etheridge's album release concert, at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide.

    3:35 PM — Lesbian rock icon, 2007 Oscar winner, two-time Grammy winner and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge, is partnering with Hard Rock International for the launch of Rocktober.The month-long commitment aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research through sales of a collectable Rocktober pin, a series of worldwide live music events and special Pink Cocktails at Hard Rock establishments around the world.

  • 11th September 2007

    Actor admits gay Hollyoaks role was uncomfortable 4

    The Craig Dean character is leaving the show later this month. photo: Channel 4

    3:23 PM — Teen soap Hollyoaks' gay storyline has been a hit with viewers, but one of the actors involved has spoken about his concerns at the plotline.Craig Dean, played by Guy Burnet, has been coming to terms with his homosexuality after falling for friend John Paul McQueen, played by James Hutton. The Craig Dean character is leaving the show later this month.In an interview with Digital Spy, Burnet said that he argued against his seemingly-heterosexual character coming out.

  • Calls for greater tolerance of gender diversity in Singapore 4

    Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public. Photo: jo.in.pink@flickr.com

    3:23 PM — A transsexual woman from Singapore has embarked on a mission to help turn around the "culture of shame" surrounding transsexuals in Singapore.Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public.Leona is a 32-year-old communications specialist who heads her own public relations company.

  • London host to celebration of open relationships

    Last year the event attracted more than 250 participants. It aims to demonstrate that “relationships don't have to be monogamous.“

    3:17 PM — A celebration of open and polyamorous relationships will be held later this month.Polyday will combine a day of discussions and an evening of music and dancing, giving attendees an opportunity to "meet others, to build a community, and to celebrate their varied lives."Last year the event attracted more than 250 participants. It aims to demonstrate that "relationships don't have to be monogamous."

  • Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21

    The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.

    11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.

  • Jim Davidson quits Hells Kitchen after gay row 11

    Jim Davidson has quit Hells Kitchen

    9:20 AM — Controversial Comedian Jim Davidson has walked out of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen after a row with fellow contestant, the gay television presenter Brian Dowling."Why do shirt-lifters pull that same face?" Davidson asked Dowling and another contestant about some customers in the restaurant."Please don't say shirt-lifters," Brian replied. "It's really rude."

  • 10th September 2007

    Hep C sufferer Anita Roddick dies of brain haemorrhage

    Anita Roddick died today

    7:30 PM — The founder of Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died as a result of "a major brain haemorrhage" at the age of 64.She died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex where here husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her. Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and suffered from liver damage in February 2007.

  • Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god

    Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.  photo: Richard Campbell.

    3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.

  • Sean Penn to play murdered gay politician

    Harvey Milk (R) with friend Jerry Pritikin in 1978.

    2:01 PM — A much-anticipated biopic of Harvey Milk, the first prominent American political figure to be out of the closet, will star Sean Penn.Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of Milk and Penn is to star in the Gus Van Sant version. They will start shooting in San Francisco in December.X-Men director Bryan Singer is to make his own Milk movie in collaboration with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. 

  • Gay judge gets daytime show

    Judge Young came to national attention in 2005 during the high-profile trial of two America West airline pilots.

    10:35 AM — Syndicated courtroom TV programmes become a little more diverse starting this week's premiere of Judge David Young, the first courtroom show with an openly gay sitting judge.The half-hour show is produced by Sony Pictures Television and has been picked up by stations in most major markets.While Sony has made no secret of Young's sexual orientation, they are distinguishing the quick-witted judge as "confrontational, caring and always entertaining" and as a man "known for his fierce intelligence and occasional bursts into show tunes."

  • 7th September 2007

    Matrix director sex-change story is untrue 5

    Larry (left) with his brother Andy wrote, directed and produced the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its sequels. photo: Charlie Meadows

    5:35 PM — The man who executive produces the films of the Wachowski brothers has told FoxNews.com that rumours Larry Wachowski has undergone gender reassignment are untrue.PinkNews.co.uk reported yesterday that Larry is rumoured to have transitioned and taken on a new name, Lana.Producer Joel Silver is the most high-profile of string of people who works with the Wachowski brothers who said the gender reassignment story was without substance.

  • 6th September 2007

    PinkNews.co.uk editor nominated for Stonewall award

    Editor Tony Grew has been nominated in the Journalist of the Year category.

    11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been recognised for its journalism for the second year running at the Stonewall Awards.Editor Tony Grew has been nominated in the Journalist of the Year category. Last year PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year.Stonewall's second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.

  • Matrix creator’s gender reassignment surgery 2

    Wachowski worked with brother Andy to write, direct and produce the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix.

    10:54 AM — Larry Wachowski, one half of the writing-directing duo known as 'The Wachowski Brothers', is rumoured to have taken on a new name: Lana.According to Rated-M.com, Wachowski, who wrote and produced 2005's V for Vendetta and worked with brother Andy to write, direct and produce the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its sequels, began hormone treatment more than three years ago and "the major aspects of the surgery have been complete for some time."The duo will now be known as 'The Wachowskis', the site reports.

  • 5th September 2007

    Comedian Jerry Lewis apologises for anti-gay joke 4

    Jerry Lewis on an earlier tv appearance

    12:02 AM — Comedian Jerry Lewis has apologised for his use of an anti-gay joke during a fund-raising television broadcast for the Muscular Dystrophy Association."Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate fag.." Lewis said before stopping mid sentence, presumably realising that the joke may not be appropriate in a politically correct society.

  • Straight people encouraged to come out for gay rights

    GLAAD want straight people to help their gay friends and family

    12:02 AM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in the US has announced a series of 25 new 'Be an Ally a Friend' adverts featuring 22 top entertainers from the world of television, film and sports."The 'Be an Ally a Friend' campaign empowers each and every one of us to make a difference in the lives of loved ones by listening to and supporting those who come out," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said."The straight allies and community members who gave their time and energy to this campaign deserve our deepest thanks for participating in this effort to reach a critical audience."

  • Get tickled pink …with Pink! 2

    Fun, fresh, bubbly and... Pink

    12:02 AM — What is fun, fresh and bubbly? You, of course! Which means you are going to love Pink by Yellowglen, the new sparkling rosé wine from Australia.Pinknews.co.uk has grabbed a couple of crates of the stuff and we're going to give them away to two of our newsletter readers.The competition closes in two weeks, so the sooner you sign up to the newsletter the better.

  • Lesbian bar joins Stonewall project 1

    Stonewall's Bar and Club partnership aims to raise money to combat homophobic bullying

    12:02 AM — The first lesbian bar to join Stonewall's Bar and Club partnership has said it wants to improve lesbian health.The Oak Bar, in Haringey, is holding a lesbian beach party on Saturday 22 September with limbo dancers and DJs. Guests in swimwear can get in for only £3.Jaki Dinse, manager of the Oak Bar, said: "We're thrilled to be involved with this Stonewall initiative and we're particularly pleased to support the campaigning work around lesbian health.

  • 4th September 2007

    Buenos Aires offers gay discount card

    Argentina has a famously tolerant attitude to homosexuality

    4:44 PM — Authorities in the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires have introduced a discount card for gay tourists.Card-holders can use the card at participating restaurants, hotels, medical emergency centres and even lawyers' offices.The cards are released as Buenos Aires enjoys an unparalleled influx of gay tourists, now constituting 10 to 15 percent of visitors to the city.

  • Homophobic bullying website wins celebrity support 3

    Josh Rafter is supporting the new website

    12:23 PM — Big name stars have come out in support of a new website aimed at tackling homophobic bullying in rural parts of the UK.Among those contributing to the site, which aims to bring gay teenagers together to make short films about their lives, are Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies and Big Brother star Josh Rafter.Russell T Davies said: "The most extraordinary thing to happen over the past 10 years is the existence of the gay teenager.

  • 3rd September 2007

    Gay sports event comes to England

    The evnt will help people prepare for tthe 2009 Outgames

    4:27 PM — The gay sports movement is sweeping the world, and in the tradition of the Pride Games, which have taken place in Manchester and Calgary, North East England is welcoming an event of their own: The 2007 Gaymes.The event promises to be the one of the biggest sports day events to hit the small seaport town.Nikki Ward, who is a volunteer at Hart Gables, which is a support group for the LGBT community in the area, initially thought up the event.

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