25th July 2007
Kent’s only Pride event draws 5,000 revellers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
19th July 2007
Website for Arab and Asian gays launched 8
6:20 PM — A new online meeting place for the Asian and Arab LGBT people and their friends has opened for business.MySalaam.com features content for both men and women including features, articles, blogs, message boards, community news and listings."I chose the name salaam because it is a word of greetings, peace and love that is shared by many peoples of Middle Eastern and Asian heritage," says Simran, MySalaam.com's founder and coordinator.
Christians and humanists welcome anti-gay advert ruling
5:24 PM — Gay Christians are among those who have welcomed today's ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority that an advert by a homophobic Christian group was inaccurate and misleading.The advert claimed that the legislation would "force" a bed and breakfast to supply a room to a transsexual and make schools promote civil partnerships.It also incorrectly asserted that the SORs represented an "act against freedom of conscience."
Complaints about anti-gay Christian advert upheld
3:08 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups exaggerating the effect of the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority.PinkNews.co.uk led the campaign against the advert, which was published in The Times and Parliamentary title The House Magazine last November.Yesterday the ASA ruled the advert was "inaccurate and misleading."
Gay ban on dating site starts backlash 1
11:47 AM — A new website that welcomes people rejected from dating service because they are gay has launched a cheeky advertising campaign.The debate in the US over gay marriage has spilled over into the world of online dating. eHarmony, a popular site, has been heavily criticised over its heterosexuals-only policy.The site's founder has added insult to injury by declaring that eHarmony is about marriage.
Second chance for actor Isaiah Washington
11:10 AM — Less than a month after ABC told Isaiah Washington his services would no longer be needed on the top rated Grey's Anatomy, the actor who infamously referred to co-star T.R. Knight as a 'faggot' and then repeated the word at the Golden Globes found a new job, as a recurring character on NBC's much hyped Bionic Woman remake.Back in May, when Dr. Preston Burke (Washington) left his fiancee (Sandra Oh) at the altar, the actor's status on the series was left up in the air.
18th July 2007
Sir Ian stands up for Singapore’s gays 3
5:46 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has once again used his international celebrity to further the cause of gay equality.Speaking in Singapore, the Lord of the Rings star urged the country's government to ditch draconian colonial-era laws still in place which criminalise homosexuality among consenting adults.Homosexuals face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex in Singapore.
Doctor Who creator praises gay Coronation St character
2:00 PM — Russell T Davies, the writer of Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, has said that the representation of gay people on television is the best it has ever been.He cited the arrival of a gay character on ITV soap Coronation St as evidence that times have changed.Mr Davies, who included a bisexual character in Doctor Who, also praised teen soap Hollyoaks for its handing of a storyline where one of the characters deals with his sexuality.
Bournemouth shows its Pride
11:21 AM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival attracted thousands of people from across the UK on Saturday 14th July with the event reaching its highest ever numbers.The sun came out just in time for the nautical themed Beachfront Parade, which included lots of sexy sailors, colourful drag queens and even mermaids on electric wheelchairs.Spectators along the promenade watched as local groups and a huge 30 metre rainbow flag travelled past to the sounds of classic camp pop.
17th July 2007
Gay Times advert banned by London Underground 11
5:00 PM — A gay lifestyle magazine cover proved too racy for London Underground, who asked that the image be substituted for one more sedate.The offending cover of GTironically marks the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.Tube bosses rejected the image because they felt that one of the models was in a state of undress. A second version, reproduced below, was approved.
Pink Singers support gay mayor’s charity night
1:55 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will hold a Rainbow Night concert on the Sunken Lawn of York House on Friday 27th July.The concert is in keeping with the theme of his Mayoral year, diversity and inclusiveness.It is being held to raise money for his chosen charities Diabetes UK and Stepping on Out.
G-A-Y brand is secure says owner 2
12:30 PM — Jeremy Joseph, the creator and owner of the G-A-Y brand, has assured customers that reports on sales of shares will not affect the business.He co-owns G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late in London with the Mean Fiddler Group, through a company called Manto Soho.As reported, an offer has been made by the MAMA group to Mean Fiddler for their shares.