18th December 2007
Radio 1 backs down over Pogues ‘faggot’ ban 6
5:46 PM — A BBC radio channel has reversed its decision to bleep out the word "faggot" from the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl Christmas song Fairytale of New York.BBC Radio 1 had previously decided to censor the song over concerns it may cause offence to gay people.But in a statement released this afternoon station controller Andy Parfitt said the decision was "wrong" and would be reversed.
News anchor arrested for ‘dyke’ outburst
4:32 PM — American news anchor Alycia Lane is the talk of the town, in a bad way, after being arrested for assaulting a female police officer this weekend.Lane reportedly called the officer a "dyke," verbally abused her and then punched the woman in the face.The popular Philadelphia news anchor was arrested and later released on her own recognisance. Her lawyer insists Lane is innocent of all charges.
Stonewall question Radio 1’s inconsistency over gay language 5
1:45 PM — BBC Radio 1 has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall for its stance on homophobic language.The channel has decided to bleep the word 'faggot' in the classic Christmas song Fairytale of New York because it thinks some members of the audience might find it offensive.However, Radio 1 recently stood by DJ Chris Moyles and refused to apologise for his use of the word 'gay' in a context more associated with homophobic playground language.
17th December 2007
Little Britain star to play Frankie Howerd
4:40 PM — David Walliams, better known as the straight half of the Little Britain team, will further highlight his credentials as a serious actor in a new BBC4 drama. Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me will tell the story of the camp funny man, a star from the 1950s until his death in 1992.The drama is based on interviews with the comedy legend's partner Dennis Heymer.
McKellen and Fry nominated as Great Britons
11:20 AM — The Morgan Stanley Great Briton 2007 shortlist has been revealed in the Daily Telegraph, with two gay men among the shortlist of 21.Thousands of public nominations were whittled down by a series of expert panel to leave just three names in each of the awards seven categories.Actor Sir Ian McKellen joined author JK Rowling and artist Damian Hirst on the Arts shortlist.
14th December 2007
Critics decide Stephen Fry’s panto is too gay
5:10 PM — The Old Vic theatre's latest production, a new version of Cinderella, by actor, TV presenter, director, novelist and national treasure Stephen Fry, has received a muted response from the critics.Writing in The Guardian, Michael Billington called his script "smart, knowing, self-referential and layered with innuendo."Fortunately it has just enough of the traditional ingredients to keep young audiences happy, though at times it's a close thing."
Leading gay arts venue loses funding 6
4:01 PM — The UK's leading producer and presenter of lesbian, gay and queer performance is to appeal against the Arts Council's decision to stop its funding from April 2008.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.
Policy Exchange stands by report into homophobic Muslim texts 17
1:40 PM — BBC news programme Newsnight has called into question the validity of a controversial report claiming that extremist texts encouraging hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claimed to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.
Comment: Gay Hollywood. Two steps forward, two steps back
12:50 PM — It was the headline that spread like a California wildfire. Queen Latifah was to marry her longtime girlfriend/personal trainer and come out publicly following promotional duties for her latest flick, The Perfect Holiday. Though admittedly sceptical, the gays rallied. Would the A-lister finally say publicly what we've known for years?To be fair, we had reason to hope. After 14 years of essentially keeping her personal life under lock and key, Jodie Foster thanked longtime partner Cydney Bernard.
12th December 2007
Harvey Milk biopic attracts star interest
2:32 PM — Principal photography on a biopic of San Francisco gay activist Harvey Milk will begin in January with Sean Penn in the lead role, and several well-known young actors are rumoured to be taking roles in the film.Josh Brolin, star of the upcoming Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men, is in last-minute negotiations with director Gus Van Sant about the role of Dan White, Milk's assassin.James Franco, best known for his role in the Spiderman films, is slated to play Milk's longterm partner Scott Smith.
Gay-themed movie sparks lawsuit 3
12:35 PM — An Australian production company is in a legal battle against a the producers of I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, an American comedy about two firemen who pretend to be gay to claim benefits from the government.The producers of Strange Bedfellows accused actor and film producer Adam Sandler and his company Happy Madison of ripping off the plot of a 2004 film, where two men passed themselves off as a gay couple to obtain legal benefits.
Cyndi Lauper to headline at Sydney Mardi Gras
10:30 AM — One of the most highly anticipated annual events on the gay social circuit has announced plans for the 2008 celebration.Unlike years past, Sydney Mardi Gras 2008 will run three weeks instead of four and be a tighter celebration over all, with fewer conflicting events and lots of big name international gay favourites on hand.On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Mardi Gras this year is pop diva Cyndi Lauper.
11th December 2007
No gay wedding for Queen Latifah
11:48 AM — Queen Latifah has finally gone public about the rumors that have been spreading about her decision to announce that she's engaged to rumored long-time girlfriend, Jeanette Jenkins.For the past week, the word on the street has been that actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah is about to come out of the closet.She's also expected to announce her engagement to Jenkins. Bloggers and gossip columnists have been wringing their hands for weeks awaiting official word on the supposedly upcoming nuptials.
Queens offered own Christmas speech
10:45 AM — For gay men wanting to follow in the footsteps of Quentin Crisp and transmit their very own Queen's Speech to the nation this Christmas, eBay may have the answer.Users of the consumer website will have the chance to bid on the message which will be aired on the eBay homepage. The money raised will be donated to the NSPCC.The message will be broadcast will be seen by up to 15 million people over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
10th December 2007
Jodie Foster publicly thanks lesbian partner 2
12:29 PM — Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a small but significant move to acknowledge her sexuality.Accepting an award at a Hollywood breakfast last week, the Silence of the Lambs star paid tribute to "my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss."The reference to her long-term partner is a first for Ms Foster. She has been in a 14-year relationship with Cydney Bernard and they have a son, but Ms Foster has always refused to answer questions about her personal life.
Jeremy Joseph tight-lipped about rumoured G-A-Y move 1
12:15 PM — Speculation has been building about a forthcoming takeover of London nightclub, Heaven, by G-A-Y, the clubbing brand owned by promoter Jeremy Joseph.The news follows reports that G-A-Y will be soon be forced from current home, London's Astoria on Charing Cross Road, so it can be demolished as part of plans for a new Crossrail station, which have recently been given the go-ahead.Mr Joseph refused to comment directly for legal reasons but told PinkNews.co.uk: "I'm always looking for venues."
7th December 2007
Sydney could drop Mardi Gras parade
12:10 PM — Organisers of Sydney's Mardi Gras are considering changing their annual celebration, worth $46 million (£19.8m) to the Australian economy, because of lack of support from the government and community.Marcus Bourget, chief organiser, revealed the possibility yesterday while speaking at the launch of Mardi Gras 2008. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event and is based on the theme, Brave New Worlds.
Stonewall to benefit from charity panto on the run 1
11:04 AM — A London-based gay and lesbian running group will perform a Christmas pantomime to raise money for the LGBT organisation Stonewall.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street.The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.
5th December 2007
Brighton council may ban homophobic music
12:30 PM — New guidelines from Brighton and Hove City Council will effectively ban "murder music" from all licensed premises.OutRage! and other gay campaigners have led a campaign against homophobic artists such as Beenie Man and Buju Banton who advocate the murder of gay men and lesbians in their music.Councillor Dee Simson, head of licensing, told The Argus: "In Brighton and Hove we have a good record on equalities and we felt it was important was important to include this in the licensing policy."
Torchwood creator’s new gay drama on hold
11:20 AM — The creator of Queer as Folk said that he will not start his working on a new proposed gay drama for several years.Russell T Davies made the comments at the press launch of series 2 of Torchwood, which will return on BBC2 in January.In October he had revealed that he was thinking of writing a script about "forty-something gay men." But during Monday's press conference, the 44 year-old writer stressed that, although he still intended to write the new announced drama about gay people, it was too early to discuss it.