17th September 2007
Play about homophobia to tour schools
11:05 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has teamed up with a well-known writer/director to raise awareness of the problem of homophobic bulling in schools.Fit, a new play aimed at tackling the problem and raising awareness amongst young people, is set to begin a tour of schools and theatres across the country.Co-produced by Stonewall and queerupnorth international festival,Fit is written and directed by acclaimed writer/director Rikki Beadle-Blair.
Johannesburg Pride a symbol of freedom
10:25 AM — Johannesburg will celebrate its 18th annual Joburg Pride Parade on October 6th.It will be preceded by a series of events designed to commemorate the country's landmark constitutional freedoms that make South Africa the first and only country in the world to have a constitution that expressly guarantees protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The first ever African gay and lesbian Pride parade took place in Johannesburg in 1990 with fewer than a thousand participants.
13th September 2007
Gay professionals event up for community award
1:05 PM — Village Drinks is among the organisations in contention for the prestigious Stonewall Community Group of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.Earlier this year Village Drinks founder Neil Spring made it into the Independent on Sunday Pink List of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain.Organisers of the leading social networking evenings have announced that it is to launch an event in Brighton.
New documentary features gay Muslim experience
11:35 AM — A number of movies set in the Middle East have been shown during this week's Toronto International Film Festival, but only one of them focuses on gay Muslims.That film, A Jihad For Love, is a documentary Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma drafted in the six years following the September 11th 2001 attacks in New York.In that time, Sharma followed the experiences of gay Muslims in 12 countries, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France.
12th September 2007
Your views on political adverts on gay websites 71
6:07 PM — Last Friday PinkNews.co.uk started to feature adverts from the Conservative party.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.Their appearance on the site generated a lot of interest and was reported by Associated Press and in The Yorkshire Post, The Sun and a range of other publications.
Lesbian rocker to raise cancer awareness
3:35 PM — Lesbian rock icon, 2007 Oscar winner, two-time Grammy winner and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge, is partnering with Hard Rock International for the launch of Rocktober.The month-long commitment aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research through sales of a collectable Rocktober pin, a series of worldwide live music events and special Pink Cocktails at Hard Rock establishments around the world.
11th September 2007
Actor admits gay Hollyoaks role was uncomfortable 4
3:23 PM — Teen soap Hollyoaks' gay storyline has been a hit with viewers, but one of the actors involved has spoken about his concerns at the plotline.Craig Dean, played by Guy Burnet, has been coming to terms with his homosexuality after falling for friend John Paul McQueen, played by James Hutton. The Craig Dean character is leaving the show later this month.In an interview with Digital Spy, Burnet said that he argued against his seemingly-heterosexual character coming out.
Calls for greater tolerance of gender diversity in Singapore 4
3:23 PM — A transsexual woman from Singapore has embarked on a mission to help turn around the "culture of shame" surrounding transsexuals in Singapore.Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public.Leona is a 32-year-old communications specialist who heads her own public relations company.
London host to celebration of open relationships
3:17 PM — A celebration of open and polyamorous relationships will be held later this month.Polyday will combine a day of discussions and an evening of music and dancing, giving attendees an opportunity to "meet others, to build a community, and to celebrate their varied lives."Last year the event attracted more than 250 participants. It aims to demonstrate that "relationships don't have to be monogamous."
Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21
11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.
Jim Davidson quits Hells Kitchen after gay row 11
9:20 AM — Controversial Comedian Jim Davidson has walked out of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen after a row with fellow contestant, the gay television presenter Brian Dowling."Why do shirt-lifters pull that same face?" Davidson asked Dowling and another contestant about some customers in the restaurant."Please don't say shirt-lifters," Brian replied. "It's really rude."
10th September 2007
Hep C sufferer Anita Roddick dies of brain haemorrhage
7:30 PM — The founder of Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died as a result of "a major brain haemorrhage" at the age of 64.She died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex where here husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her. Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and suffered from liver damage in February 2007.
Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god
3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.
Sean Penn to play murdered gay politician
2:01 PM — A much-anticipated biopic of Harvey Milk, the first prominent American political figure to be out of the closet, will star Sean Penn.Two Hollywood directors are to make biopics of Milk and Penn is to star in the Gus Van Sant version. They will start shooting in San Francisco in December.X-Men director Bryan Singer is to make his own Milk movie in collaboration with The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie.
Gay judge gets daytime show
10:35 AM — Syndicated courtroom TV programmes become a little more diverse starting this week's premiere of Judge David Young, the first courtroom show with an openly gay sitting judge.The half-hour show is produced by Sony Pictures Television and has been picked up by stations in most major markets.While Sony has made no secret of Young's sexual orientation, they are distinguishing the quick-witted judge as "confrontational, caring and always entertaining" and as a man "known for his fierce intelligence and occasional bursts into show tunes."
7th September 2007
Matrix director sex-change story is untrue 5
5:35 PM — The man who executive produces the films of the Wachowski brothers has told FoxNews.com that rumours Larry Wachowski has undergone gender reassignment are untrue.PinkNews.co.uk reported yesterday that Larry is rumoured to have transitioned and taken on a new name, Lana.Producer Joel Silver is the most high-profile of string of people who works with the Wachowski brothers who said the gender reassignment story was without substance.
6th September 2007
PinkNews.co.uk editor nominated for Stonewall award
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been recognised for its journalism for the second year running at the Stonewall Awards.Editor Tony Grew has been nominated in the Journalist of the Year category. Last year PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year.Stonewall's second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.
Matrix creator’s gender reassignment surgery 2
10:54 AM — Larry Wachowski, one half of the writing-directing duo known as 'The Wachowski Brothers', is rumoured to have taken on a new name: Lana.According to Rated-M.com, Wachowski, who wrote and produced 2005's V for Vendetta and worked with brother Andy to write, direct and produce the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix and its sequels, began hormone treatment more than three years ago and "the major aspects of the surgery have been complete for some time."The duo will now be known as 'The Wachowskis', the site reports.
5th September 2007
Comedian Jerry Lewis apologises for anti-gay joke 4
12:02 AM — Comedian Jerry Lewis has apologised for his use of an anti-gay joke during a fund-raising television broadcast for the Muscular Dystrophy Association."Oh, your family has come to see you. You remember Bart, your oldest son, Jesse, the illiterate fag.." Lewis said before stopping mid sentence, presumably realising that the joke may not be appropriate in a politically correct society.
Straight people encouraged to come out for gay rights
12:02 AM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in the US has announced a series of 25 new 'Be an Ally a Friend' adverts featuring 22 top entertainers from the world of television, film and sports."The 'Be an Ally a Friend' campaign empowers each and every one of us to make a difference in the lives of loved ones by listening to and supporting those who come out," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said."The straight allies and community members who gave their time and energy to this campaign deserve our deepest thanks for participating in this effort to reach a critical audience."