17th August 2007
Faroe Islanders celebrate first year of LGBT protection 1
1:17 PM — The Faroe Islands are celebrating gay Pride this weekend, and this year is particularly special.In December discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was criminalised, after a very close vote in the country's parliament, the Faroese Løgting.The islands, a self-governing province of Denmark, are situated halfway between Iceland and Norway. They have a population of 48,000 people.
Mayor praises gay professionals community
11:35 AM — Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, a long-time supporter of all things gay, has praised Village Drinks, the social event and online community for gay professionals.What started as a small social gathering for gay networking two years ago has grown into a important part of the London landscape for professional gay and lesbians in the capital."I congratulate Village Drinks for establishing itself as a key social and professional network for lesbian and gay Londoners over the past two years," the Mayor said.
Soho Pride will be celebrated this weekend 4
11:02 AM — The streets that constitute London's gay village will get their own party this Sunday as Soho's Pride event takes place.Instead of a parade, various stages will be playing music from midday. Soho Square, Carlisle St and Rupert Street will be closed to traffic.QX magazine will be hosting a stage featuring performances from drag queen Jodie Harsh and the Powder Puff Girls.
16th August 2007
Banged up Bad Girls to hold gay fundraiser
6:38 PM — It's been a while since the heavy metal doors slammed on the inmates of HMP Larkhall for the last time, but now those bad girls are back and, boy, are they making a song and dance about it.Bad Girls The Musical, currently previewing at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End, is teaming up with Stonewall for a special fundraising benefit night on 6th September.The event will raise money for the gay equality charity's campaigning work around homophobic bullying and lesbian health.
Bigot of the Year nominee wants to come to Stonewall Awards 52
5:40 PM — One of the nominees for this year's Stonewall 'Bigot of the Year' award has said she is honoured to be nominated.The award is given to an individual who has gone out of their way to harm, hurt or snub lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the last 12 months. Last year's winner was Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever responded to a posting about the second annual Stonewall Awards on a blog.
Crime authors clash over lesbian thrillers 1
4:05 PM — One of the UK's leading crime novelists has been denounced by a lesbian writer amid claims of prejudice.Ian Rankin, best known for the Inspector Rebus series of novels, said last year that women writers are now writing the most explicitly violent books, and that most of those authors are lesbians.Rival novelist Val McDermid used an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to lambast Mr Rankin, calling his comments "arrant rubbish."
Jodie Foster’s rare interview dodges sexuality questions 7
10:46 AM — Ever the elusive two-time Oscar winner, Jodie Foster granted a rare one on one interview to More Magazine, the publication for "mature women," and opened up about aging in Hollywood, plastic surgery and privacy.And on the latter topic, Jodie Foster kept mum about her sexuality, never once discussing her long rumoured partner Cydney Bernard and, true to form, keeping it vague when it comes to her kids.The 44-year-old actress is making the rounds to promote her latest strong-willed woman role in the film, The Brave One.
15th August 2007
PinkNews.co.uk re-launches daily newsletter
4:41 PM — Readers of PinkNews.co.uk can now sign up for a new, improved newsletter service.Due to the large number of subscribers, the old system had become erratic and at times failed to deliver our lunchtime round-up of popular stories to everyone who wanted one.Now, thanks to investment in a new system, all readers who sign up to the newsletter should receive an email update every weekday lunchtime.
Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52
3:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.They will be presented by Doctor Who and Any Dream Will Do star John Barrowman, who won Entertainer of the Year at last year's ceremony.The Stonewall Awards are sponsored by Barclays.
Gay.com founder launches gay advertising network
1:25 PM — A leading gay entreprenuer has joined forces with many of America's leading internet and regional LGBT titles to create a new online ad network.Gay Ad Network was founded by Mark Elderkin, a 13-year industry veteran and pioneer in developing gay online advertising and subscription-based businesses.As president of PlanetOut, Inc. he was responsible for global advertising sales, online editorial and business partnerships.
Gay Soprano’s new ad upsets gay activists
11:30 AM — The character of Vito Spatafore was groundbreaking - a gay gangster in the world of the ultra-violent Sopranos television drama.Of course, his was not a Queer as Folk story arc of self-discovery and slow acceptance.After successfully hiding his sexuality for over 40 episodes, the mob finally clicked that Vito was gay.
Swedish Christians attack gay Jesus exhibition 19
11:03 AM — A fight involving as many as 30 people broke out at a photographic exhibition in the Swedish city of Jonkoping.The controversy surrounds the Ecco Homo exhibit, which portrays Jesus Christ as a gay man.Ecco Homo has long been a source of disagreement among Swedish Christians - the series of 12 images was exhibited at the nation's leading cathedral in Uppsala with the permission of the archbishop and toured the country.
14th August 2007
GLAAD awards to include gay media
12:01 PM — Next year, for the first time, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards will include LGBT media.At its annual Los Angeles summer cocktail fundraiser yesterday, GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano announced the change in policy and unveiled the four dates and venues for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards taking place in 2008."With the expansion of cable channels and niche programming, LGBT created and consumed media is more readily available than ever before," Mr Giuliano said.
13th August 2007
Vauxhall attempts to deal with drugs ignorance 1
5:40 PM — Drug Idle, an evening dedicated to tackling the concerns of drug use within elements of London's gay community, is to be held later this month.It will specifically discuss the use of dangerous "party" drugs such as GHB.Area nightclub, on Albert Embankment in Vauxhall's gay village, will host the event, billed as, "a free evening of fun and frolics but with a serious side to inform and educate."
Music group buys into G-A-Y bars 1
2:15 PM — The MAMA group, owners of the Barfly music venue chain and the management company of top British bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, has purchased a major stake in the G-A-Y bars.Reuters reports that MAMA now own 75% of the shares in Manto Soho Limited (MSL), a company which operates the G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late club in London.Jeremy Joseph retains ownership of the G-A-Y brand and will continue to host live acts and other nights at London's Astoria.
Tallinn Pride attracts tourists not violence
11:35 AM — MEPs and gay rights activists from across Europe joined in this weekend's Pride celebrations in the Estonian capital Tallinn.300 people took part in the parade, which snaked through the historic Old Town, among them members of human rights groups such as Amnesty International.Last year's parade was marred by violence. 15 people were injured after being attacked by groups of skinheads with sticks and stones.
Rise in HIV infections leads Japanese government to support Pride
11:02 AM — A small but happy crowd of 3,000 people marched through the streets of Tokyo at the weekend as the city celebrated its sixth Pride event.For the first time, a Japanese government department took part alongside city officials and many colourful floats.The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry took part to highlight the dangers of AIDS. The number of infections in Japan continues to rise, partly because being gay is still a taboo within society.
10th August 2007
PlanetOut moves to integrate online and print businesses
4:45 PM — Restructuring continues at one of America's most prominent gay media companies, with the departure of Bob Allen, chief of magazine titles Out and The Advocate. PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced his exit from the company as part of a plan to return the company to financial stability and profitability.Last month a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut, rescuing them from bankruptcy.
The night Peter Tatchell partied with the Cheeky Girls 1
11:24 AM — Last month's launch party for Bouga Cocktail Lounge in London's Crouch End was a glittering celebrity charity bash for a rather surprising cause - grass-roots activist Peter Tatchell's Human Rights Fund (PTHRF).Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls, Big Brother loudmouth Shabnam, glamour model Cassie Sumner and Keith Levene, a founding member of legendary punk rock band The Clash, were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.
Homophobia in football gets a red card 1
10:35 AM — Tomorrow sees the start of a new football season and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.As part of The Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game, the decision to amend the ground regulations was approved after consultation with the Premier League and Football League in the early part of last season.