3rd April 2007
Lord of the Rings star rails against Hollywood closet
3:33 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has slammed Hollywood producers for encouraging gay actors and actresses to hide their sexuality.The famous actor and gay rights campaigner has in the past criticised actors for not coming out.Now, it seems he blames the producers.
Pop idol praised for coming out 1
12:11 PM — One of Australia's most senior judges has voiced his approval of a former Australian Idol contestant's decision to come out of the closet.During a speech at the Southern Cross University in Lismore this week, High Court Justice Michael Kirby paid tribute to Idol finalist Anthony Callea.The judge, who is openly gay, told the audience that the time for hiding the truth about one's sexuality is over.
China’s first gay TV show 1
10:35 AM — An hour-long internet television programme to be broadcast this week will be the first in China aimed at gay men. Connecting Homosexuals will be presented by out gay man and AIDS activist Didier Zheng and will be shown on www.phoenixtv.com on Thursday.Mr Zheng, who was educated in Paris, explained that he hopes gay people will gain more visibility and recognition in Chinese society.
2nd April 2007
Ukranians protest against drag Eurovision act
1:38 PM — The choice of a drag act to represent the Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest has sparked protests.Nationalists took to the streets yesterday to demand that the country withdraw from the competition. They claim that the female impersonator will damage the Ukraine's reputation.Verka Serdyuchka is a hugely popular entertainer in the country and in Russia.
30th March 2007
Radio host’s trans hate provokes fury 1
12:25 PM — Less than a week after her murder, Ruby Ordenana, a Latina transgender woman, was called a "psychopath" and a "freak" by a nationally syndicated radio host in the United States.Michael Savage. went on to link the victim and transgender people generally with the Columbine massacre, saying "kids shoot each other there with black raincoats."Columbine in Colorado was the scene of a 1999 school shooting in which 13 people were killed.
Oxford to hold 5th Pride event in July
11:57 AM — Following last year's successful day, Saturday 14th July 2007 will see Oxford's LGBT community celebrate Pride.This years event also coincides with the Oxfordshire Milliennium, so Pride will be fitted neatly into a summer of spectacular celebrations.Lord Waheed Alli and Peter Tatchell remain patrons of Oxford Pride.
29th March 2007
18-year-old revealed trans experience in TV documentary 9
11:01 AM — One of the UK's youngest transsexuals has appeared in a documentary to explain to a wider audience the reality of her experiences.Lucy Parker featured in the BBC3 programme Lucy: Britain's Youngest Teen Transsexual last Sunday. The documentary was part of the channel's Body Image series.Lucy spoke frankly about her unhappiness and depression as Richard Parker, her birth identity.
28th March 2007
Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1
4:30 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off this Friday by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square
Stephen Fry opens up about school sexual assault 1
11:25 AM — TV personality Stephen Fry has revealed that he was sexually assaulted by another pupil while at school.Appearing on the new More 4 programme Shrink Rap, Fry said that an encounter with a sixth former during his first year of boarding school led to the assault.The programme, broadcast next week, is presented by psychotherapist Pamela Stephenson, wife of comedian Billy Connolly.
Pansies project memorial to gay murder 1
10:59 AM — On London's South Bank under the shadow of Waterloo Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall, a determined man repeatedly plants beds of pansies.A thoughtful touch, you might think. It is one made even more poignant by the fact that the man is artist Paul Harfleet, and the pansies he plants commemorate the murder of David Morley.The Pansy Project is an installation of 3,000 flowers.
27th March 2007
Media awards honour gay role models
11:51 AM — Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson and singer Patti LaBelle were the undisputed stars of the GLAAD awards on Monday.Hudson presented the RB diva LaBelle with a special achievement award for championing gay and lesbian rights, and participating in the fight against AIDS.This was the 18th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards ceremony.
George Michael plays benefit gig for death sentence nurses
10:20 AM — George Michael, the former Wham singer turned solo artist, will play a gig in Sofia in May to help raise awareness of the five Bulgarian nurses jailed in Libya.The event, which forms part of the singer's summer tour, will campaign under the motto "You are not alone", a reference to the five nurses who were sentenced to death in Libya on changes of deliberately infecting 426 children with AIDS.
26th March 2007
Rosie’s gay family cruise faces Christian protest 6
5:25 PM — Christian activists in Bermuda have protested against a gay family cruise that is scheduled to stop at the island in early July.American talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, who is openly gay, will host the cruise which departs from New York on July 7.The island's African Methodist denomination attacked the gay visitors during its annual conference earlier this month.
Kids charity finds out Graham’s childhood dream
12:52 PM — It seems he didn't always want to be a TV star.This picture from The Children's Society reveals that the young Graham Norton wanted to be a zoo keeper.Graham gets up and personal with a giraffe at London Zoo as part of a unique photographic exhibition that sneaks a peek for the first time ever into the childhood dreams 20 famous celebrities.
Gala dinner and awards for LGBT black community
11:59 AM — A ceremony will be held next month to honour those that have made a difference in the lives of black LGBT people in the UK.The event, organised by the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, will take place on 7th April. It will be hosted by Cyril Nri from This Life and The Bill. Awards will be given for advocacy, health promotion, communications, community development, arts and club of the year.
23rd March 2007
Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women 2
5:57 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading. She was not happy.There is a paradox between the title of this book and the text; namely, that Singleton's presentation of straight women shows them to be weak, needy, irrational and pathetic.
Smoking in bars: the last 100 days 4
5:57 PM — As the National Smoking Ban (in England) on July 1st looms, London's gay venues are preparing for the change.Some businesses across the country are predicting job losses and drops in revenue, claiming that the Scottish ban had this effect.Brewer Scottish Newcastle currently envisages a £10 million drop in profits as they fear smokers will abandon non-smoking venues.
Pop star Mika gets gay death threat 2
5:49 PM — Singer Mika has revealed that one fan has reacted particularly badly to his refusal to comment on his sexuality.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released last month.The Beirut-born pop singer has revealed that he gets hate messages and even a death threat.
22nd March 2007
Welsh celebs host night to celebrate free LGBT counselling
4:27 PM — A host of celebrities to attend an event next week to celebrate a new service for the gay community in Wales.Free counselling will be available in Swansea for the first time thanks to an arrangement between the LGBT Cymru Helpline and Lynne Wager's Counselling Practice.Stonewall Cymru called the free counselling "fantastic news" for the lesbian and gay community.
Gay’s The Word facing closure 1
3:36 PM — The most famous gay bookshop in Britain will have to close unless it can raise £20,000 to pay the rent.Gay's The Word, in London's Bloomsbury district, first opened its doors in 1979. A host of gay and lesbian authors have spoken about the unique place the bookseller has in the capital's gay fabric.The shop is renowned for its back catalogue of titles, some of which are very difficult to obtain.