20th April 2006
Westlife star denies gay marriage plans 9
12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has dismissed rumours that he plans to marry his gay partnerThe gay artist met his partner, a member of former boy band V, Kevin McDaid, last year, and despite being engaged, insists there are no wedding bells yet.
Website brings gays out of the broom closet
12:00 AM — Salem, Massachusetts, long known for its witches, ghosts, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night, is about to become known for another segment of its community, gays and lesbians.Local gay activist Robert Murch, who has helped lead the battle for marriage equality in the Bay State, has launched a website, gaysalem.com, as an innovative way for gays and lesbians living in Salem to be recognised as a contributing factor to the culture of the city.
Pride parade arranged for anti-gay pastor’s home 11
12:00 AM — A Swedish gay rights group is hitting back at a pastor who called homosexuality an abnormality by arranging a pride parade in his home town.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden.
19th April 2006
Transgendered chicken baffles animal experts 4
12:00 AM — A chicken has caused immense clucking amongst animal experts, and this time there isn't even a little squawk of bird flu.Freaky the hen has undergone a natural sex change, after growing red flaps and a thick tail of feathers, to become a cockerel.She had been laying eggs for her owner for eight months until waking up one day with a totally different personality.
Gay star is a “stoned waster” 4
12:00 AM — George Michael's music career and his health is under threat because of a cannabis addiction, a colleague claims.Toby Bourke, who sang with Michael on the song, Waltz Away Dreaming, says the singer has become a "stoned waster" and smokes 20 joints a day.
Brokeback makes best book-to-film shortlist
12:00 AM — Gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has been included in a shortlist of the top 50 books adapted into a film.The list, which is being organised by the Guardian and the British Book Marketing Society, recognises literature which has been turned into successful movies.
Barrymore pool death case re-opened 1
12:00 AM — Essex police have announced that they are reviewing the death of a man who was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality Michael Barrymore.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001. During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.
18th April 2006
Elton John finds home for Shakespeare inspired film
12:00 AM — Elton John's movie pitch for Gnomeo and Juliet has been given the go ahead by Miramax Films, despite being rejected by parent company, Walt Disney, last month.The play on the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet, tells the classic love story in the setting of a gnome garden.
Pete Burns arrested after gay bar fight 1
12:00 AM — Eighties singer Pete Burns was arrested over the weekend after a fight with his ex fiancé outside a gay nightclub.Burns was accused of attacking Michael Simpson and clawing his face at the Ghetto bar when he turned up with a new lover.Witnesses told the Sun, "There was fur flying everywhere. It was a really ferocious little fight.
EastEnders’ Martin to kill lesbian wife
12:00 AM — Sonia Fowler, lesbian nurse and estranged wife of Martin may be killed off in the hit soap EastEnders.The rumours of the dramatic storyline comes after Natalie Cassidy who plays Sonia and James Alexandrou who plays Martin both announced their decision to leave the long running drama.The Daily Star claims that Martin will either face life in jail or commit suicide after he kills his estranged wife.
Elton John’s thousand dollar clothes sale
12:00 AM — An auction of Elton John's unwanted garments raised over $700,000 (£397, 073) for his AIDs charity last week.The spring clearout, which included items worn by the singer and his partner David Furnish, included designs from Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada as well as Sir Elton's polka-dot suit worn during his controversial performance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammys.
17th April 2006
Gay travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship
12:00 AM — Atlantis Events, a company specialising in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, has announced it will charter the world's largest passenger ship in January 2007 for a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship will cater for over 3000 passengers with high tech facilities once completed in Finland.
Gay artist donates Brokeback inspired painting
12:00 AM — American artist, Thom Bierdz, has unveiled a major new painting inspired by the dozy embrace scene in gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The impressionistic painting is titled "Brokeback Tree House, Happy Ever After."
Careless Parker: George Michael admits three car smash 4
12:00 AM — George Michael has admitted crashing into three parked cars last weekend in North London, and will now be quizzed by police.The gay star's representative phoned police to report the incident after the crash was revealed by witnesses yesterday.Michael has already made contact with the car owners to arrange financial compensation, according to the Daily Mirror.
14th April 2006
Race for Gay Games registration 3
12:00 AM — Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games have announced they now have more than 10,000 participants from over 45 countries committed to attending the event in July."With just 100 days to go before the 2006 Gay Games open in Chicago," said Brian McGuinness, Gay Games Chicago executive director, "our registration rates remain ahead of expectations with 12,000 participating athletes and artists expected to march into the 15 July 2006 Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field."
13th April 2006
Danny La Rue to take to the stage again 4
12:00 AM — Danny La Rue may well take to the stage again, after making good progress with his recovery from a debilitating stroke earlier this year.La Rue will tour in Wolverhampton in June, quashing rumours that he is too ill to perform at venues around the UK because of a stroke.
Brokeback Mountain banned in US prison
12:00 AM — A Massachusetts corrections officer found himself in hot water last week when he screened Brokeback Mountain for his inmates.The so-called "gay cowboy" film, was not on a list of approved video material, because it violated official policy of showing sexual content. The officer who pushed the play button now faces a disciplinary hearing.
London gay Men’s Chorus to celebrate 15th birthday
12:00 AM — The London gay Men's Chorus is to celebrate it's 15th birthday with a concert on 29th of April at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square in London."We'll be performing lots of old favourites and things that we're often requested to sing" said ,a member of the choir for 12 years. The programme includes music ranging from Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" to Rogers and Hammer stein's "Keep it Gay!"
What do kids think about gay football heroes?
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs a detailed and thorough survey of professional footballers in the UK reveals that 57% consider the sport to be homophobic, PinkNews.co.uk's only slightly less comprehensive children's survey suggests a more tolerant future for gay footballers.Interrupting a kick about in a local playground, the young teens initially giggled when I asked them if sexuality should come into play in football, (my fault - I shouldn't have used the hilarious "s" word), but were happy to talk about their understanding of the "gay footballer" issue.
12th April 2006
Apprentice contestant is a lesbian, friends say 3
12:00 AM — A contestant on Sir Alan Sugar's TV show, "The Apprentice," has been outed by a British tabloid.Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian and is divorcing her husband, Ian.