19th June 2007
Australian politicians unite to vote against gay rights
1:34 PM — A motion in the Australian Senate to grant single people and same-sex couples access to fertility treatment has been defeated by a coalition of left and right.The opposition Labour party voted with John Howard's government to defeat the measure proposed by Green Senator Kerry Nettle by 51 votes to eight.She wanted the federal government to work with the states and territories to give IVF and adoption rights to all people.
Feature: The dark heart of the deep South
1:05 PM — After three years away from the West End, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is back in London, performed by the capital's oldest amateur theatre group.The Tower Theatre group, who also recently revived Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, will be putting on the play which was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn in the 1959 film.The story of Suddenly Last Summer would be familiar to any fans of A Streetcar Named Desire, debatably Williams' most famous play.
18th June 2007
Comedian who ‘took the piss out of poofs’ dead 1
11:51 PM — Bernard Manning famous for his racist and homophobic jokes has died at the age of 76.Manning was rushed to hospital with a kidney problem two weeks ago. A spokesman for North Manchester General Hospital said: "He died here at 3.10pm today."He once joked on gays: "I'm no racist. I take the piss out of poofs, too."
TV reality show homophobia claims rejected 1
2:30 PM — Channel 4 have escaped censure over homophobic comments made on a reality show.The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that the use of the word "fairy" to describe a gay man did not break the code of conduct.1,453 people complained about the homophobic treatment of student Joe Stone on the show, in which groups of young people are formed into tribes on two neighbouring tropical islands.
Organisers hail Plymouth Pride a huge success
1:07 AM — Devon and Cornwall's first major Pride event was attended by thousands of people and now organisers want to make it an annual event, with even bigger and better plans for 2008.plymouth prideevent 2007 featured a long weekend of fun activities, ranging from sumo wrestling and line dancing to a bouncy castle and a picnic on Dartmoor alongside LGBT information, advice, and support services.
X-Men actor to host gala AIDS benefit
1:07 AM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance ofAngels in America at the Lyric Hammersmith in aid of the National AIDS Trust.The performance, which is to be held on 4th July, will raise money and awareness for the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention.Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming said: "Unfortunately HIV-related stigma and discrimination is still with us today."
17th June 2007
Paris Hilton free from prison for “medical” reasons
6:45 PM — Heiress, socialite and so called "gay icon" Paris Hilton has been released from prison on Thursday for a medical reason after serving just three days of her 23 day sentence. But she will be under house arrest for forty days.Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said Paris Hilton had been "reassigned" but said he could not disclose the medical condition that prompted the change for patient privacy reasons: "With extensive consultation with medical personnel it was decided this reassignment should be done.
15th June 2007
Channel 4 drama has echoes of Jodi’s murder 8
4:13 PM — The stars of the 1987 film of E M Forster's novel Maurice will reunite for another gay drama. This time the setting will be the beginning of this century rather than the last.Clapham Junction, starring Rupert Graves and James Wilby, will be broadcast in July as part of Channel Four's season to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.The drama, by playwright Kevin Elyot, also features actors Paul Nicholas and Samantha Bond.
Gay radio station nominated for prestigious award 4
2:12 PM — Gaydar Radio is the running for its third award in less than a year, this time its The Argiva Commercial Radio Digital Station of the Year.In April, GaydarRadio was named UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Awards.In October last year listeners voted them the Best Radio Station in the BT Digital Music Awards.
Gay stars to perform for Diana
10:40 AM — It's been 10 years since Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car accident in Paris, but even in death she remains the "People's Princess."On Sunday, July 1st, 2007, on what would have been her 46th birthday, Princes William and Harry are planning a bash of royal proportions to commemorate the life of their mother with the Concert for Diana, which will be broadcast live from London's Wembley Stadium.
IKEA wins prize for positive gay advert
10:10 AM — The third annual US Images In Advertising Awards for best demonstrating inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals (GLBT) in mainstream print, broadcast and internet advertising campaigns saw IKEA win Outstanding Commercial.Commercial Closet Association, a nonprofit organisation that educates advertisers about GLBT references for a more accepting society and successful business results, chose Swedish furniture company for the night's top honour.
14th June 2007
Camp YouTube performer gets network attention 1
3:40 PM — A 23-year-old gay man who has been broadcasting his views on fashion and gay life on the website YouTube has been offered a deal by a major US TV network.William Sledd, who lives in Kentucky and used to work as a manager at a Gap clothes store, has not revealed any details of what sort of work NBC want him to do.His "Ask A Gay Man" series of video clips have become something of a cult hit on YouTube, with over 50,000 subscribers.
Gays and religious opponents to march on the same day
2:21 PM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have given the go-ahead for a gay Pride march in the city next Thursday and a counter-demonstration by orthodox Jews on the same day.The gay Pride event will move through the centre of the city and finish with a party in a park.More than 7,000 police officers will be on duty to make sure that both events pass of peacefully. The religious protest will take place on the outskirts of the city.
Comment: Lindsay Lohan makes lesbians look bad 4
11:52 AM — In case you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you've undoubtedly heard that young movie star Lindsay Lohan is in a bit of trouble.Okay, that's probably the understatement of the year: she is currently in a drug rehabilitation centre, trying to get her life back on track after crashing her car into a tree.This is the second time she's been in rehab in half a year's time. To put it into further perspective, she's not even 21 yet.
L Word star highlights gay teen homelessness
11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian homelessness among youth is now considered an epidemic in the US, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.OurChart, he lesbian version of MySpace which takes its name from TV drama The L Word, is doing their part to focus some attention on the problem.The site has created a unique documentary, called My Address: A Look at Gay Youth Homelessness. The series features Katherine Moennig, who plays Shane on The L Word.
13th June 2007
Gay bashing reggae performers promise to stop the hate 2
12:21 PM — Three of the world's top reggae and dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men.Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.
12th June 2007
Review: Two Men Talking
11:50 AM — In a tiny, intimate venue in the heart of Whitehall, two men perform a play that records their lives as gay, Jewish South Africans.Two Men Talking starts in sweltering South Africa where Paul Browde and Murray Nossel are schoolchildren during Apartheid.Their tale takes us takes us to New York and London, through their experiences of career struggles, coming out as gay and dealing with HIV and AIDS, and finally recalling their reunion in America.
11th June 2007
Analysis: Football is coming homo
4:55 PM — The news that the Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London next year will be music to the ears of the ever-growing gay football community in the UK.Last week's launch event at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square was attended by the great and the good from the gay community and the football world.Several Members of Parliament were there to lend their support along with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Three million party for gay rights in Brazil
3:30 PM — The world's largest Pride event has taken place in Sao Paulo.Three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest parade in the world.Police have confirmed the crowd figures, outstripping last year's turnout of 2.5 million.Parade organiser Nelson Matias Pereira told AP this year's participants are appealing for a "world where racism, sexism and homophobia, in all their forms, no longer exist."
Gays to feature at free West End musical event
3:21 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will sing to thousands of fans at the UK's biggest free theatre festival in the heart of the capital next week.The chorus - the best known gay choir in Europe, with 200 singing members - will perform at West End Live in Leicester Square.They will join a host of top West End shows at the festival such as Dirty Dancing, Avenue Q, Fame, Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Menopause the Musical, Drowsy Chaperone and the Sound of Music.