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  • 18th April 2007

    Rural gay project gets Lottery funding 1

    Research undertaken at Liverpool University reported this week that homophobia is common in small villages and hamlets.

    4:49 PM — An educational media charity has received a £76,000 Lottery grant to help sexual minorities in rural areas fight homophobia.The Herefordshire's Rural Media Company won the cash for its "Sticks and Stones" project, a series of short films on how to fight homophobia in rural communities.Around 50 young gay people from rural communities are expected to feature in the films.

  • New London dates for Rufus Wainwright

    Rufus, who is openly gay, is a big hit with London audiences.

    3:46 PM — Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced a new date in London - the third to be added in a week.He will now play five nights, 27th May to 1st June, at the Old Vic in London.The gigs will follow the release of Rufus' LP Release The Stars, on May 14th. Rufus, who is openly gay, is a big hit with London audiences.

  • 17th April 2007

    Rainbow Awards to honour Welsh heroes

    The awards will include dinner and drinks, a free glass of champagne and dancing to a live big band.

    5:21 PM — Cardiff-Wales Mardi Gras is to hold its first award ceremony, celebrating people who have made the event a success or have fought homophobia.The city's Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is the second largest free lesbian and gay event in the UK.There will be six awards for the great and good of Wales, one for every colour of the Rainbow flag.

  • Rosie’s gay family cruise will avoid homophobic island 6

    Rosie O'Donnell has been arranging cruises for gay and lesbian families since 2004.

    3:22 PM — A spokesman for the Bermudan Prime Minister has confirmed that a cruise for gay families will not be visiting the island later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.

  • Miss World force change to trans documentary name

    “Channel 4 can confirm we have complied with the terms of the court and the title has now changed to Mr Miss Pageant.“

    2:56 PM — A programme to be broadcast tonight about a transsexual beauty pageant has been re-named after broadcaster Channel 4 were taken to court.The Miss World organisation successfully sought an injunction to prevent Channel 4 using their trade mark. Mr Miss World will now be broadcast as Mr Miss Pageant. 

  • Gay church service to be broadcast on BBC

    The service will be broadcast at 8:10am on Sunday 29 April on BBC Radio 4.

    12:38 PM — The BBC is to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.A service will be broadcast from the Catholic Parish of Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.

  • 16th April 2007

    F-word show wins gay award

    T.R. Knight opened last night's GLAAD awards show.

    2:40 PM — A hit US TV drama which was at the centre of media attention earlier this year over a homophobic on-set argument has won an award at a gay ceremony.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards were held in Los Angeles yesterday.ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy won the category of Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a gay character).

  • 13th April 2007

    Gay political icon to get big screen treatment – twice

    “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.“ Harvey Milk (R) with friend Jerry Pritikin in 1978.

    3:05 PM — Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of one of America's first out gay politicians.Harvey Milk's story of gay liberation and electoral success, followed by a tragic death at the hands of a jealous gunman, is likely to make a compelling movie, but Gus Van Sant and Bryan Singer are set to make very different versions of his life.

  • 12th April 2007

    Walk with the stars in May and combat gay hate

    Ben Summerskill, (pictured right) Stonewall chief executive, said the event is always fun, but there is a serious side to it.

    1:41 PM — Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton at the start of May.Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in the popular seaside resort.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.

  • Pink’s attack on Bush banned from radio stations

    Pink, 27, thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform  Dear Mr President.

    12:00 PM — Singer Pink has spoken on American TV about her new song Dear Mr President, which has been unofficially banned from radio stations across the US.Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, Pink said that the song, which attacks President Bush for his stance on gay rights and other policies, cannot even be discussed on air in many radio stations.She thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform Dear Mr President. 

  • TV show encourages gay bullying, say teachers

    The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.  photo: BBC

    11:35 AM — A leading teaching union has issued a warning about the influence of prime-time TV drama Life On Mars on young people.The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.It finished its second series on Tuesday night with nearly 8m people tuning in to watch the final episode.

  • 11th April 2007

    Faded sitcom star apologises for gay rant 3

    In a statement on her blog, Ms Barr apologised to the gay community.

    11:36 AM — Gay campaigners today condemned anti-gay remarks made this week by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr on a California radio station.In a discussion about families accepting their gay relatives, Barr said, "Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who's politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them."They don't care about minimum wage, they don't care about any other group other than their own self."

  • US activists celebrate Ellen’s ten lesbian years

    Ultimately, 42 million people tuned in to “The Puppy Episode,“ making it the most-watched programme of the week and ABC's most-watched programme of the season.

    11:17 AM — In the United States, the 10-year anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres' coming out is being celebrated by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).DeGeneres appeared on the April 14, 1997, cover of Time magazine with the headline, "Yep, I'm Gay."Her onscreen character, Ellen Morgan came out as well during the April 30th 1997, episode of the ABC sitcom Ellen. 

  • Manchester Pride prepares for August

    Within the Lifestyle Expo, LGBT or HIV organisations pay £50 for a stand, while prices start at £350 +VAT for commercial organisations.

    11:00 AM — Preparations are now well under way for the ten-day Manchester Pride celebrations in August.The festival, which will span from August 17 - 27, will involve a parade with over 80 floats.The 2007 Manchester Pride Parade will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 25 August in Manchester city centre.

  • 6th April 2007

    Disney to offer “Fairy Tale” weddings to gay couples 3

    Couples can now have a “Fairy Tale Wedding“

    12:00 AM — Disney has changed the policies of its Fairy Tale Wedding package to allow gay couples to hold their dream weddings at their two United States resorts and cruise line.The company did previously allow gay couples to organise their own ceremonies but barred them from their Fairy Tale package.Donn Walker from Disney Parks said: "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies."

  • 4th April 2007

    Hollywood icon ‘outed’ by US magazine

    Out  magazine also lists the 50 most powerful out gay and lesbian people in Hollywood.

    12:53 PM — An American gay publication has taken the controversial step of naming a series of Hollywood stars it claims are gay, and urging them to come out of the closet. Out magazine's May edition features two models holding masks of actress Jodie Foster and American TV news anchor Anderson Cooper in front of their faces, with the headline "The Glass Closet: Why Stars Won't Come Out And Play."The feature article names David Hyde Pearce, of Frasier fame and Will and Grace star Sean Hayes.

  • 3rd April 2007

    Rosie’s gay cruise is backed by Bermuda’s leader 6

    Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda. photo: government of Bermuda

    5:57 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has dismissed requests for Rose O'Donnell's gay and lesbian family cruise to be cancelled.Speaking during a dinner with Bermudian students in Canada, Premier Ewart Brown defended his position on allowing the cruise to come to Bermuda.He said: "If we discriminate against a cruise ship, then we would have to send a homosexual detection unit to the airport."

  • Lord of the Rings star rails against Hollywood closet

    The star of  The Lord of the Rings  and  The Da Vinci Code  has been openly gay since 1988.

    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

    “Frankly I'd trade 10 judges for one pop star.  I think it's a wonderful thing that he's expressed the truth and he's getting on with his life.“

    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

    A more relaxed attitude to homosexuality in China has come alongside the liberalisation of the country's economy.

    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.

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