22nd May 2006
Gay venues added to bar safety awards
12:00 AM — A new category has been added to the Best Bar None scheme in Brighton, the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) venue.Brighton Hove will become the first city in the country to have such an award for a licensed premises.The scheme is sponsored by gay magazine, 3SIXTY, joint venture partners with PinkNews.co.uk for the upcoming publication of The PinkNews.
Big Brother housemate reveals gay rent boy past 14
12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate, Shabhaz has shocked housemates after revealing that he was once a rent boy and spent time in jail.The Glaswegian Muslim told fellow contestants that he had been jailed on suspicion of being a prostitute and fined £450 when found in a gay cruising area, and was once paid ten pounds for sex.
Blackpool goes pink with Pride
12:00 AM — Always famed for its campness, Blackpool wore its Pride on its sleeve, shorts or Rainbow Boa this weekend as the town held its very first pride event, writes Paul Hunt.Despite some rather mixed weather the Gay Pride Parade wound its way along the seafront, displaying a colourful mix of characters. Most of the local Gay venues were represented, including Basil Newby and his team from ITP Leisure, owner of Funny Girls and the Flamingo.
21st May 2006
Finnish band rock Eurovision 2
12:00 AM — The Eurovision Song Contest was rocked by political voting and a shock win by Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, last night.The group, donned in monster masks and chains, won the fifty-first Eurovision Song Contest in Athens beating 24 other countries with 292 points after their controversial entry, Hard Rock Hallelujah.
20th May 2006
Gay Big Brother housemate was disowned by Muslim family 15
12:00 AM — Gay Big Brother 7 housemate Shahbaz Chaudhdry was beaten up by his father and disowned by his family because of his sexuality, sources have revealed.Friends revealed that the Muslim reality show contestant was attacked with a hammer in an "honour beating" by his father, Muzammil, after wearing high heels to school.
19th May 2006
Black gay icon wins mental health award
12:00 AM — Black gay icon, Valerie Mason-John has won the Mind Book of the Year award for her first novel, Borrowed Body.The award from mental health charity, Mind, celebrates writing that furthers public understanding of mental or emotional distress in all its forms.
McKellen: Da Vinci Code proves Jesus was not gay 2
12:00 AM — Gay star of the Da Vinci Code Sir Ian Mckellen, has called on the church to welcome the controversial film, released worldwide today, as it confirms that Jesus was not gay.The movie, based on the Dan Brown best seller, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week, it has been slammed by the Catholic Church and labelled as blasphemous.
Gay Muslim and “sexual terrorist” enter Big Brother 19
12:00 AM — A summer of television viewing, kiss and tell stories and state of television debates kicked into gear last night with the start of reality show Big Brother 7.The series, first touted as a social experiment, certainly has some interesting guinea pigs this year, with a gay Muslim, a Tourette's sufferer, and a girl who cannot seem to pronounce her own name.
Eurovision fans await “gayest night” of the year 2
12:00 AM — The gay community is queering up for a camp packed Saturday night this weekend for Eurovision 2006.Across the country Eurovision parties will be taking place with viewers cringing, laughing, and crying at the outfits, the dancing, and the attempts at singing.
18th May 2006
Gay media companies join forces to revolutionise the gay market 1
12:00 AM — Two gay media companies are combining forces to produce a strong traditional news content publication currently lacking in the gay market place.The PinkNews will be produced byPinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY. Both companies are relatively new in the market place but both have already made their mark.
Will & Grace – The end of a gay era 1
12:00 AM — Gay America will be filled with mixed emotions tonight as the groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will Grace ends its eight-year run with a two-hour series finale.The show, which has tumbled in the ratings over the past two seasons from its one time top-ten status, has admittedly alienated a number of its gay fans in the past few years, relying on a bevy of A-list guest stars and stunt casting to mask sagging scripts.
Gay rumours rife as Big Brother begins 14
12:00 AM — British tabloids are rife with rumours of what this year's 14 Big Brother housemates will have awaiting them as the reality show starts this evening.Put away your Desperate Housewives DVDs, forget the OC, and tape Lost, as the next three months of Channel 4 coverage will be Big Brother dominated.
17th May 2006
Gay MTV channel joins Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — Gay Games Chicago has announced that Logo, MTV Network's one-year-old cable television channel for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) audience, has become a Premium Global Sponsor of the 2006 Chicago Gay Games.Logo's sponsorship will include advertising, production, special event and online promotions, and support of the Gay Games by Logo talent.
Star Trek actor backs gay rights battle
12:00 AM — Sci-fi legend, George Takei, also known as Star Trek's Mr Sulu, has revealed the importance of fighting for gay rights.The actor, who steered the USS enterprise for 40 years, came out last year after becoming despondent with slow gay legislation in his home State of California.
16th May 2006
Channel 4 rapped over lesbian sex ad
12:00 AM — Channel 4 has been criticised after broadcasting an advert showing lesbian sex and nudity.The E4 trailer for sister channel More4, featured topless women in thongs kissing and touching each other.Although it was shown after midnight, the Ofcom media watchdog said it should have carried a warning.
15th May 2006
Ice rink enforces diversity after evicting gay skaters
12:00 AM — Award-winning amateur figure skaters John Manzon-Santos and Alan Lessik have reached a settlement with ice skating rink company East Bay Iceland which will require its employees to undergo diversity training and promote anti harassment policies.It comes after the pair claimed they were harassed and ejected from the rink for skating together.
George Michael caught napping again 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael has been caught sleeping at the wheel of his car again, according to reports.A witness claims the singer slept through four traffic light changes in Highgate, London, and was awoken when the driver tapped on his window.
Mrs Thatcher to dance with cocaine fuelled gay man in drama 1
12:00 AM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be shown dancing with a gay Oxford graduate who is high on cocaine in a new drama beginning this week on BBC Two.The Line Of Beauty is adapted by award-winning writer Andrew Davies from Alan Hollinghurst's 2004 Man Booker Prize-winning novel. A story about love, class, sex and money that gets deep under the skin of the Thatcherite Eighties.
Sir Elton dons celebratory tutu for Billy Elliot
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has been known for his strange fashion sense, but no one could have predicted his latest outfit as he took to the stage of the Billy Elliot musical dressed in a tutu.The gay star created the music for the award winning production and joined the cast on stage to celebrate the first year of the show.
13th May 2006
Celibacy as the cure for homosexuality? Meet the real Opus Dei 21
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDespite a negative portrayal in The Da Vinci Code and media furore over Ruth Kelly's involvement, Opus Dei member and senior representative Jack Valero, in the organisation's first interview with the gay press, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how much happier and closer the group makes him feel with God."I've been celibate since I joined Opus Dei when I was 16. It's tough of course."