4th April 2006
Gay film festival returns to the North
12:00 AM — The 5th anniversary of Queer Screen will be celebrated at the end of this month when the Commonwealth Film Festival (ComFEST) returns to Manchester and the North West.Taking place over the second week-end of the festival, Queer Screen is a showcase of Gay and Lesbian documentaries, features and shorts from all over the world.
Gay Disney World due in 2009 1
12:00 AM — Mickey Mouse may no longer be the big cheese in the theme park world as animatronic gay emperors and Cinderfella look set to take centre stage in a gay amusement resort.Due in 2009, the adults only destination, named Tongziland, has been given the go ahead by the Malaysian Authorities and will be built in Johor Bahru, aimed at affluent gay travellers.
Get a free meal at TGI Friday’s 4
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3rd April 2006
FA reports homophobic abuse 1
12:00 AM — The Football Association (FA) has complained to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) after a Bulgarian team president called British referee Mike Riley a "homosexual."Todor Batkov, president of Levski Sofia, called Mr Riley a homosexual after he sent off one of his side's strikers in an eventual loss to German club Schalke in the quarter finals of the European competition.
Celebrity support for gay charity night
12:00 AM — Stonewall's eighth Equality Dinner, its highest profile annual fundraising event, raised over £216,000 at the Dorchester Hotel last week.Sponsored by UBS, it was one of their most successful annual dinners and the money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
Leicester keeps gay pride despite funding issues
12:00 AM — Leicester Pride, the one day festival celebrating Leicester's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities has been confirmed for Saturday 24th June 2006, despite financial difficulties.The festival, which attracts an estimated 10,000 visitors, will be scaled down due to a luck of sufficient funding.
Big Brother winner attacked
12:00 AM — Gay icon, Anthony Hutton, winner of Big Brother 2005, received minor facial injuries after being attacked in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.The reality TV star, had hospital treatment for facial injuries after the incident which occurred after he left the Baby Grand nightclub in Manchester.
31st March 2006
McKellen criticises Brokeback gay kiss fears 7
12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has voiced his disapproval of Brokeback Mountain's Jake Gyllenhaal after he admitted he was scared about kissing co star Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy movie.McKellen slammed the 25 year old actor for not considering how his remarks would be interpreted from a gay view point.
‘Homosexual’ referee lost cup game 1
12:00 AM — A Bulgarian football team lost a UEFA cup match because of a "homosexual" referee, according to the Levski Sofia team president.Todor Batkov called Mike Riley a homosexual after he sent off one of his side's strikers in an eventual loss to German club Schalke in the quarter finals of the European competition.
Gay star may be banned from US
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael could face a ban from entering the US after being cautioned for drugs possession this week.A US immigration spokesman said the sentence could cause a problem for the former WHAM! front man if he ever wants to travel to America.
Church launches pro gay TV ad
12:00 AM — The United Church of Christ (UCC) will launch a gay inclusive TV commercial today, telling viewers "God doesn't reject people, neither do we.""Ejector seat," the UCC's newest television commercial, will begin airing nationally on April 3, just in time for Easter.
Bahamas bans Brokeback Mountain
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain has been banned in the Bahamas, prompting accusations of discrimination and censorship.The Plays and Films Control Board is being pushed by cinemas and gay groups to change its decision which blocks any theatre screenings of the award winning gay cowboy movie at the request of the Bahamas Christian Council.
30th March 2006
Gay star gets drugs caution 5
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has been given a police caution for drugs possession after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, last month.The former WHAM! member was taken into custody at the end of February when police arrested him on suspicion of possessing class C drugs and being unfit to drive.
Lesbian and Gay film festival rides into town
12:00 AM — The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival was launched in the West End last night by former Friends star Lisa Kudrow.Leicester Square welcomed the comedy actress who played dipsy Phoebe in the sitcom, along with director Don Ross, who wrote Happy Endings, starring Kudrow, which was shown last night.
Busta Rhymes accused of homophobic attack 4
12:00 AM — The American rap star, Busta Rhymes allegedly lashed out at a young gay fan outside a gay night club in Miami earlier this week.The New York Post claims that the singer has been on edge since his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, was shot dead last month in Brooklyn while guarding Rhymes' jewellery."The restaurant was packed with transvestites, gay men and drag queens, which obviously made Busta a little edgy," eyewitness Thomas Barker told the Post.
29th March 2006
Sharon Stone’s Basic Instinct lesbian scenes cut
12:00 AM — Producers of the sequel to Basic Instinct were forced to edit steamy lesbian sex scenes from the new movie after US censors threatened to give the film a restrictive rating.The filmmakers were keen to keep the film commercial, so on the advice of the ratings board, removed the raunchy material featuring Sharon Stone and French actress Annie Caillon.
Polish protests at gay bar closure
12:00 AM — A former gay club in Warsaw which was due to be closed last weekend has been hijacked by 200 peaceful protestors aiming to preserve the "haven of left wing thought."Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views along with his brother, Law and Justice Party leader, Jaroslav, purchased the building and has no plans to continue using it as a premises for popular gay club and bar, Le Madame.
Gay band cop faces prison
12:00 AM — The original lead singer of gay icon's The Village People, is facing five years in prison over cocaine and gun charges in the US.Victor Willis, appeared on stage as the cop between 1977 and 1980 along with a sailor, a cowboy, an Indian, a leather enthusiast and a construction worker, but now he has found himself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested in San Francisco when cocaine was found in his car.
28th March 2006
Freed gay hostage to be welcomed home
12:00 AM — The inhabitants of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are tying ribbons to the trees, and hanging out flags and signs reading, "Prayers Answered" to welcome home freed Iraq hostage James Loney.The 42 year old peace activist, was taken hostage Baghdad along with Norman Kember, fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, and American Tom Fox, whose bullet-ridden body was found earlier this month. He returned to Canada on Sunday having been freed by coalition forces in Iraq, where he was greeted by his partner, Dan Hunt.
211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care? 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe lesbian storyline between Sonia and Naomi on EastEnders has been bringing in its fair share of complaints.211 emails calls and letters have been received by the EastEnders press office, objecting to the storyline which saw the break up of Sonia's marriage, fueled by her first gay kiss with a friend.