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  • 1st August 2007

    Derry icon painted pink for Pride

    Foyle Pride Week is being staged from August 13 to August 18. photo: Neil Rickard@flickr.com

    11:58 AM — Free Derry Corner has gone pink to celebrate the first Pride festival in Derry for five years.The gable wall was painted pink on Friday, and Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will launch at Foyle Pride Week at Free Derry Corner today."This is a gift to Pride from the Gasyard Feile and it is brilliant," said David McCartney of the Rainbow Project, speaking to the Belfast Telegraph.

  • Drag-on’s Den for gay entrepreneurs

    Drag-on's Den is part of a set of events marking the second annual Bradford Pride.

    11:43 AM — Bradford's gay and lesbian entrepreneurs will pitch for 300 pink pounds at Pride event, Drag-on's Den.Hosted by female impersonator, Miss Marigold Adams, Drag-on's Den, based on the BBC TV show, will see budding business people pitching their ideas to a panel of Bradford's business luminaries.The contestant who gives the best two-minute presentation will walk away with a £300 contribution towards a training course.

  • Gay websites see traffic surge during Pride

    Traffic to US-based gay and lesbian sites jumped 23% to nearly 3 million visitors.

    10:30 AM — Leave it to Pride Month to bolster gay and lesbian awareness around the world - or at least on the World Wide Web.According to the monthly analysis of online activity released by comScore Media Metrix, traffic increased to gay and lesbian websites in June as well as sites in many other categories, including gaming sites, entertainment news sites and hotel/resort sites.Traffic to US-based gay and lesbian sites jumped 23% to nearly 3 million visitors.

  • 31st July 2007

    BBC documentary highlights homophobia worldwide

    A new series entitled Coming Out explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.

    4:33 PM — This month the BBC World Service broadcast a documentary about homophobia in Jamaica and what it is like to come out in such an intolerant country.In the first of two programmes in a new series entitled Coming Out, Clare English explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.The first programme examined the struggle for acceptance in Jamaica and speaks to LGBT people about coming out on the island.

  • Barcelona walk helps fight against homophobic bullies

    The 10km stroll earlier this month took in the sights of the Catalonian capital. photo: vonlomann@flickr.com

    12:35 PM — Stonewall supporters have raised more than £50,000 on the second Equality Walk in Barcelona.The 10km stroll earlier this month took in the sights of the Catalonian capital as part of a weekend of fun.It raised vital funds for Stonewall's ongoing Education for All campaign to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools. The walkers stayed at the award winning gay Axel Hotel.

  • 30th July 2007

    Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2

    Former Editor Marc Shoffman, “Politican of the Year“, Baroness Ashton with PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen at the Stonewall awards

    6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.

  • Alan Cumming honoured for gay rights work

    This year's celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming.

    10:58 AM — Lambda Legal Defence and Education Fund in the United States will present its 15h Annual Liberty Awards on October 2nd at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.This year's celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming, for his distinguished career and as an LGBT activist and champion for civil marriage equality.Actress and designer Honey Labrador will host the event.

  • 27th July 2007

    Straight people to protest homophobia at Amsterdam Pride 1

    A 14-year-old boy, Danny Hoekzema, devised the plan to include a boat for LGBT teens in the parade along the city's famous canals. photo: killerfocus@flickr.com

    4:31 PM — Amsterdam's Pride is one of the biggest in the world. The highlight of the weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon.Where most parades use trucks, Amsterdam has 100 spectacularly decorated boats.This year, for the first time, a 'hetero' boat will take part, as a protest against the rise in homophobic attacks in the Netherlands in recent months.

  • 26th July 2007

    Peter Tatchell stands by Beenie Man and Banton signatures 1

    Mr Tatchell co-ordinated the worldwide Stop Murder Music campaign.

    3:31 PM — Campaigner Peter Tatchell today called claims that two reggae stars did not sign an agreement to stop performing homophobic music "absurd."Buju Banton and Beenie Man both gained positive press coverage around the world for publicly renouncing homophobia by signing the Reggae Compassion Act.Now Banton's management team has said he did not sign up.

  • Review: All-male Pinafore is charming, camp and cramped 1

    Actor Alex Weatherhill exceeds expectations by playing three female characters (Josephine, Cousin Hebe and Mrs Cripps) and by reaching notes higher than the crow's nest.

    1:39 PM — Over a century since HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan's anti-establishment, whimsical Victorian musical was first staged, people are still finding ways to reinvent it and widen its appeal.And in an age where the vast majority of the population has only encountered The Lass that Loved a Sailor in a scene from The Simpsons where Sideshow Bob sings the entire repertoire in order to satisfy Bart's last wish, the musical is in dire need of updating.

  • Gay man to write tell-all book about NY Yankees

    The claim went on to say that Wickman had threatened bodily harm and had repeatedly called Priore a “faggot“ in front of other members of the club.

    11:10 AM — In 1998 former New York Yankees baseball team's club house attendant Paul Priore brought a $50m lawsuit against the club and some the members stating that he had been sexually harassed and was fired for being a homosexual.Priore lost his suit when the Yankees showed that he was actually fired for stealing from the locker room, but he is now planning on writing a tell-all book about his homophobic abuse, which allegedly includes a steam room scene between players Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

  • 25th July 2007

    Kent’s only Pride event draws 5,000 revellers

    The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.

    4:05 PM — The sun, absent for much of the summer of 2007, chose to make an appearance at Kent's only Pride event last weekend.The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.The event was backed by the Thanet District Council, local businesses and national sponsors, among them Viagra manufacturer Pfizer.

  • Harry Potter author’s lesbian book 2

    A closer examination of the image gives us an insight into Rowling's own reading material. Assuming it's her bookcase of course.

    11:05 AM — The country is in the grip of Potter mania. London's Tube network is awash with people reading the seventh and last installment of the adventures of the boy wizard on their way to work.The adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a black and white picture of author J K Rowling on the back of the book jacket.The richest author in the world is photographed, fittingly, in front of a bookcase.

  • 24th July 2007

    Interview: In the garage with the master mechanic of dance

    Away from the chattering London dance elite, Matthew Bourne is feted as one of the most talented choreographers alive today.

    11:50 PM — Choreographer Matthew Bourne's The Car Man is currently setting pulses racing at London's Sadler's Wells theatre.The revival of his sultry, sexy reworking of Bizet's Carmen is a tangled web of sex, desire and murder, and will be touring the UK throughout the autumn.PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew caught up with him to discuss his use of gay characters, the suggestive power of dance and what's next for the man who brought us an all-male Swan Lake.

  • Pride London denies links with gay lifestyle expo 1

    Howard-Lloyd said that Eton Events had finally submitted a proposal to the board of Pride London last Friday, which was rejected.

    1:21 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveThe organisers of Pride London today denied giving a company permission to use its name and logo to promote a gay lifestyle exhibition slated for Pride season next year.Andrew Clark, a director at Eton Events, who used the Pride London logo on its website and publicity material, said that Jason Pollock, chief executive of Pride London, had approved the partnership.

  • Homophobic or funny? New faux-gay movie divides critics 4

    Is this attempt to bring the issue of gay marriage into the minds of millions of heterosexual Americans a help or a hindrance?

    1:11 PM — Adam Sandler's new comedy film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck Larry, is concerned with two semi-homophobic firefighters who pretend to be gay and a couple to receive partnership benefits.It has not been released in the UK yet, but has been a massive hit in the US, knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the number one slot at the box office.But is this attempt to bring the issue of gay marriage into the minds of millions of heterosexual Americans a help or a hindrance?

  • 23rd July 2007

    Comment: Channel 4’s wasted opportunity 9

    Channel 4 deliberately, and cleverly, opened their series with The Last Gay Trial, which offers a poignant and beautifully executed portrayal of homophobia in the 50s and 60s.

    6:18 PM — "Thankfully, things are different now," my mum said to me after watching A Very British Sex Scandal, the first programme in Channel 4's series marking the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.On the one hand she is right - we can now enter into a civil partnership, we can insist upon equal rights in the provision of goods and services and dedicated teachers, who can offer vital support to isolated gay pupils, are no longer gagged by the destructive Section 28.

  • Reggae star turns his back on homophobia 1

    Mr Banton became notorious for his 1992 song Boom Bye Bye which advocates shooting gay men in the head.

    10:10 AM — Reggae star Buju Banton has become the latest homophobic performer to renounce homophobia and condemn violence against lesbians and gay men.He has signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.His decision is in marked contrast to his attitude in October 2006, when two of his concerts in the US were cancelled after pressure from gay activists.

  • 20th July 2007

    Homophobic slur against gay politician enrages GLAAD 2

    Mr McGreevey shot to international fame in 2004 when he declared at a press conference “I am a gay American.“

    4:08 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a US group that monitors media representation, has protested against a cartoon lampooning former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey.The cartoon refers to the minor scandal surrounding the release of compromising photos of the current Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo. There were attempts to blackmail her over the photos.Mr McGreevey shot to international fame in 2004 when he declared at a press conference "I am a gay American."

  • It was 40 years ago today – C4 marks decriminalisation 7

    The Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised gay sex between men over the age of 21, received Royal Assent on the 28th July 1967. photo: channel 4

    11:40 AM — A series of programmes to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England Wales starts on Channel 4 tomorrow.A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood, entitled A Very British Sex Scandal, is one of the highlights.Montagu and Wildeblood, a Daily Mail journalist, were arrested and tried for attempts to incite others to homosexual acts in 1954.

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