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  • 13th March 2008

    Homophobic politician gets a call from lesbian icon 18

    Ellen DeGeneres decided to have some fun with Ms Kern on her nationally syndicated TV show yesterday.

    2:40 PM — "Hi! It's Ellen DeGeneres. The gay one."The sitcom star turned chat show host turned her satirical sights on Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern earlier this week, in response to comments that gay people are "infiltrating" the US government.Ms Kern was exposed as a homophobe last weekend, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund put a tape recording of her speech to party activists on YouTube.

  • Brighton and Manchester Pride want you

    Original and effective entries do not necessarily require big budgets and large vehicles.

    11:50 AM — Two major gay celebrations in England are inviting people to get involved.Pride in Brighton and Hove is holding an open meeting for anyone who is interested in joining the parade, applying for a grant or having a stall at this summer's event.Manchester Pride, celebrating its 18th year, is urging people who wish to take part in 2008 to submit applications as soon as possible.

  • 12th March 2008

    G-A-Y venue cannot be saved says Ken

    The Astoria was opened in 1927 as a cinema and was converted into a theatre in 1976.  photo: antmoose

    4:30 PM — A report from the Mayor of London released today has confirmed that London venue The Astoria will close as part of a redevelopment of the Tottenham Court Road area.The Astoria is best known as a live music venue and the home of popular club night G-A-Y.Despite protests from famous musicians and petitions signed by tens of thousands of people, the building will be pulled down as part of the construction of the new Crossrail project.

  • Gay bishop rejects restricted invite to Lambeth 1

    Some bishops have reportedly threatened to boycott the conference due to the way Robinson has been treated.

    11:20 AM — Bishop V. Gene Robinson has announced he will not officially participate in a planned summer conference of world Anglican leaders.He declined an invitation to events at the once-a-decade Lambeth conference this summer because of restrictions organisers placed on him if he were to appear.Robinson said the limited offer caused him "considerable pain" and he would reject the "non-offer" to be part of the conference.

  • 11th March 2008

    JK Rowling: Homophobia is a fear of people loving 7

    The 42-year-old seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m.

    3:15 PM — The author of the best-selling Harry Potter novels has given a wide-ranging interview to a student newspaper in which she defends her gay character Albus Dumbledore.JK Rowling also spoke out against fundamentalist Christians in the United States who are trying to ban her work.Speaking to Edinburgh University's Student newspaper Rowling, whose successful series of novels have made her the richest women in Britain, defended her decision to out Dumbledore last year.

  • Baywatch star praised for coming out 2

    It is estimated that one billion people in 142 countries tuned in to watch Simmons play Australian lifeguard Logan Fowler in Baywatch.

    12:50 PM — Jaason Simmons, known to millions across the world as hunky lifeguard Logan Fowler in beach soap opera Baywatch, has come out to an Australian magazine.The 37-year-old actor plans to marry his partner, Irish actor John O'Callaghan.The couple, who have been together for eight months, have also adopted a six-year-old Ugandan boy. The decision to go public about their relationship has been praised by gay rights advocates.

  • 10th March 2008

    “Ex-gay” adverts forced off the air in Canada 3

    The ad, aired on the Canadian TV channel CTV, featured a man talking about how a lot of gay people actually don't want to be gay.

    12:20 PM — Activists in Canada have won a major victory against an ex-gay movement with the removal of an advert from a major television channel that promoted the course aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay people.The ad, aired on the Canadian TV channel CTV, featured a man talking about how a lot of gay people actually don't want to be gay and that it's possible to change.LGBT activists in Canada launched an online campaign for the removal of the advert, utilising social networking sites.

  • Pete Burns headlining at Aberdeen as organisers think big

    The open air concert is free and will also feature a youth area, under 18s disco, stalls and a beer tent.

    11:44 AM — Dead or Alive front man Pete Burns has been announced as the headline act to play at this year's Rainbowfest in Aberdeen.The event is to be held on the beach front at Queen's Links Aberdeen on Saturday 5th July, and organisers said they want it to be Scotland's biggest LGBT event yet.The festival is the idea of local promoter Gary Noble and aims to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the area along with their families.

  • 7th March 2008

    India gets first trans TV host

    Even though she is now set for TV stardom, her life has been difficult since she transitioned.

    12:20 PM — A transgender person is to host a controversial new talk show in India.Ippadikku Rose is anchored by 28-year old Rose from Madras (Chennai).The first episode aired on Thursday and tackled the issue of sexual harassment against women.Later shows plan to deal with other topics that are socially taboo in India such as gay rights, sexual abuse and prostitution.

  • 6th March 2008

    A new name for Glasgow’s Pride 3

    Pride Scotia (Glasgow) Ltd has changed it name to Pride Glasgow.

    1:25 PM — Scotland's largest city will celebrate the LGBT community at the end of August with a renamed Pride event.Pride Scotia (Glasgow) Ltd has changed it name to Pride Glasgow and plan to bring Pride back to Glasgow with a bang, say organisers.They are hoping to attract well-known performers to appear at the event. Glasgow last hosted a Pride event in 2006.Pride Glasgow already has the support of Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police and Glasgow and Greater Clyde National Health Service.

  • Gay equality group gets million YouTube hits 2

    HRC's channel at www.YouTube.com/HRCmedia currently hosts 68 videos.

    10:35 AM — Videos produced by the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, have been viewed more than one million times on the popular online video site YouTube.HRC has created nearly 70 videos on a wide variety of subjects relevant to the fight for GLBT equality. The first clip was posted in September 2006.

  • 5th March 2008

    American Idol star stays despite past as stripper 2

    Bryan said Hernandez had worked at the club for three years, until September 30, 2007.

    11:20 AM — Posing topless on the Internet may have got first season favorite Frenchie booted from American Idol, but according to a statement from the executive producer, David Hernandez stripping down to his birthday suit and offering up lap dances will have no effect on his standing in the singing competition.The popular singer, who scored rave marks from judges last week for his performance of The Temptations hit Papa Was a Rolling Stone, worked as a stripper at the Phoenix-based Dick's Cabaret.

  • 4th March 2008

    Sydney celebrates biggest-ever Mardi Gras

    The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  photo: paleontour@flickr.com

    1:15 PM — More than 300,000 people lined the streets of the Australian city of Sydney to watch a mile long Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.10,000 marchers in a variety of dazzling costumes, and more than 150 floats including a gay 'pope-mobile,' took part. The parade was led by the '78er's', who staged a 1,500 strong protest march for gay rights in 1978.

  • 3rd March 2008

    Baldwin brothers disagree over gay marriage 6

    Baldwin is presently enjoying commercial and critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy in the hit TV comedy 30 Rock.

    4:50 PM — Film and TV star Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly about the anti-gay political views of his younger and less well-known brother Stephen.Stephen is best-known for his roles in the controversial 1994 film Threesome and 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects. He became a born-again Christian after the attacks on New York on September 11th 2001. During an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show in January he spoke out about same-sex marriage.

  • Interview: Critic turned playwright explores Gielgud’s darkest hour

    Gielgud's conviction helped break the great taboo about open discussion in the national press of homosexuality.

    4:20 PM — Plague Over England, the new play by Nicholas de Jongh currently playing at the Finborough Theatre in London, opened last week to favourable reviews from the national press.Which must have been a double relief to the playwright, the theatre critic of the Evening Standard since 1991.Billed as a play about the 1953 arrest of actor Sir John Gielgud for cruising, in fact it accurately portrays several intersecting gay lives in the period.

  • LesbiaNation lists top ten film lesbians 2

    Latifah's role remains one of the best of her career, playing Cleo with equal parts strength and sensitivity.

    2:25 PM — In February, we asked our readers to tell us their favourite hot lesbian characters from the silver screen.Based on your votes, we bring you the LesbiaNation Top Ten Film Lesbians, including Gina Gershon in Bound, Queen Latifah in Set It Off, Erin Kelly in Loving Annabelle and more!We wanted to know who your top favourite lesbian characters were from the movies. Our readers sent us a plethora of suggestions, which we narrowed down to ten based on the number of requests received.

  • 1st March 2008

    Sydney Pride celebrates 30 years of marching 2

    Sydney Mardi Gras is 30 years old

    12:23 PM — Australia's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community has celebrated Sydney's 30th Mardi Gras parade. The mile long parade was led by a group of "78ers" those who took part in the first parade in 1978.But one of the "78ers", Diane Minnis, told The Age: "It is still very difficult for young people in country towns to come out as lesbian or gay, and even in outer suburbs and regional centres."

  • 29th February 2008

    Gay film festival to showcase Japanese queer cinema 1

    This year there will be a retrospective on Japanese queer films from the 1960s to the present.

    2:55 PM — Now in its 23rd year, the Torino GLBT Film Festival or "Da Sodoma a Hollywood" will be held from 17th to 25th April 2008.Organisers said it will be the third Turin festival jointly organised and administered with Itlay's National Museum of Cinema."23 years of exploration and construction of queer imagination," they said in a press release. "With a sharp discerning eye for perceiving new developments, the festival has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the major drivers of dialogue between the GLBT community and the public.

  • Feds to investigate death of Brokeback actor

    Ledger was found lying face down, naked and unresponsive in his bedroom by a housekeeper and a masseuse on January 22nd.

    1:22 AM — Autopsy results in the death of 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger indicated the actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription medication.Now, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency wants to know who prescribed the medications that killed Ledger, if the prescriptions were legal and how much the doctors responsible knew about the total medications Ledger was taking.

  • 28th February 2008

    Lesbian magazine cover censored 13

    DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy chose this photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    3:03 PM — A sensual cover image featuring a lesbian embrace has been censored after objections from a major retailer.DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy, had chosen the photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for the cover of their SEX issue.Jane Czyzselska, editor of DIVA magazine, said: "The cover image of Yoko and John taken by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone magazine in 1981 is one of the most iconic of our time."

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