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  • 6th July 2007

    Clubbers ignore signs of hearing damage says charity

    More than half of respondents visited a bar where they had to shout to be heard at least once a week.

    2:55 PM — The UK is facing a hearing loss timebomb, according to Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Research reveals that 90% of young people experience the signs of hearing damage after a night out, yet do nothing to prevent it.The charity's Like it Loud? report shows that 70% of clubbers, 68% of gig-goers and 44% of people who go to bars experience the symptoms of hearing damage, such as dullness of hearing or tinnitus - ringing in the ears.

  • Sex and the City set for big screen

    Plans for a movie were first revealed by HBO in early 2004, months before the show ended its six-season run.

    12:40 PM — The fabulous foursome who spiced up Manhattan's singles scene for six years on the HBO television series Sex and the City have been given the green light for a big screen reunion.According to Reuters, New Line Cinema is close to sealing a final deal to finance and distribute the long-stalled picture, a spokesman for the studio said on Thursday.The feature film, spun from the show, is set to begin shooting in the fall with all four stars of the hit HBO show.

  • Gay Pride planned for anniversary of seige of Leningrad

    They are planning to hold the gay Pride parade on the anniversary of the start of the siege of Leningrad. photo: James G Howes

    12:15 PM — LGBT Russians are planning to hold the gay Pride parade in St Petersburg on September 8, the anniversary of the start of the siege of Leningrad, one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.Alexandra Polyanskaya, spokeswoman for the parade's committee said that the gay community are not uncomfortable about the parade been held on this date.This is despite the authorities opposing similar events in the past.

  • 5th July 2007

    BBC’s attitude to homophobic language ‘damages children’ 8

    The fact that a government minister has spoken out on the issue of homophobia in the media is of huge significance.

    7:11 PM — The decision by the Minister for Children to unequivocally criticise broadcasters' acceptance of homophobic language has delighted gay activists.In a speech to Stonewall's Education for All conference today, minister Kevin Brennan, a former teacher, said that homophobic bullying and the use of words like 'gay' and 'poof' by radio and TV presenters are linked."Just one example is the casual use of homophobic language by mainstream radio DJs," he said.

  • Jazz showman and master of ambiguity dies aged 80

    The middle-class English boy found his love of jazz while at private school, where he reportedly seduced Peregrine Worsthorne, later editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

    2:53 PM — George Melly, a man who defied labels thoughout his life, has died.He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his legendary performances at London club Ronnie Scott's and his strong support for the gay community.Mr Melly, 80, was suffering from cancer and demenita. His wife Diana was with him when he died at his home in London in the early hours of this morning.

  • Big Brother contestant censured over gay jibe 8

    A Channel 4 spokesperson said they had taken account of complaints from viewers.

    2:00 PM — Channel 4 has responded to complaints that they treat homophobia less seriously than racism in the reality TV programme Big Brother after a contestant used the word 'poof' for a second time.PinkNews.co.uk readers had complained that earlier in the series the use of the word 'nigger' had seen one housemate removed, but the 'poof' incident went unpunished.A spokesperson told PinkNews.co.uk: "We took the initial view that Laura's use of the word 'poof' in reference to Liam was not derogatory."

  • 4th July 2007

    Bill Gates acquires major stake in gay publisher PlanetOut

    Bill Gates not known is unlikely to want to be associated with sexual imagery or photographs of members penises.

    10:40 PM — Just days after shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq, a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has purchased a major stake in the company.PlanetOut, which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises, floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Tonight, shares closed up at $1.69 (£0.83), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).

  • A photographic celebration of gay Pride

    The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches.

    5:30 PM — An new online exhibition of photos of LGBT celebrations from cities around the world celebrates people's pride in their sexuality and identity.The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches on five continents, over more than a decade.The first photo documents the first-ever march to take place to celebrate LGBT people in the heart of Manila, Philippines in 1996.

  • No July edition of Attitude magazine 1

    Editor Adam Mattera won BSME Men's Magazine Editor of the Year in 2005, and was again nominated in 2006.

    12:21 PM — Gay lifestyle magazine attitude has failed to appear for the second time in six months.The Press Gazette reports that staff have not been paid since April, as the magazine's parent company, Giant Clipper, goes through a financial crisis.Newsagent chain WH Smith has delisted the magazine over unpaid bills. However, insiders told PinkNews.co.uk that there are a range of interested parties willing to invest in the title.

  • 3rd July 2007

    Big Brother’s “double standards” over homophobic language 8

    Channel 4 deny that they are treating homophobic language as less serious than racist language.

    6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Channel 4 has defended itself against accusations that it treats gay slurs less seriously than racist language on reality show Big Brother. On Sunday a female contestant called one of the men a 'poof,' yet no action was taken against her. PinkNews.co.uk readers have expressed their disgust at what they see as a double standard.

  • Swedish sports minister to open Stockholm Pride

    “To feel that you can't practice your sport because of your ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation does not belong in our society,“ said Ms Adelsohn Liljeroth.

    5:16 PM — Sweden's largest gay festival will kick off at the end of the month.Stockholm Pride will be celebrated with a sports theme this year, hosted by the Swedish minister for culture and sports, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.Famous for the colours of the rainbow that grace the city each year at this time, Stockholm is a welcoming place for all LGBT.The celebration of Pride is one of the most colourful events in the Scandinavian capital.

  • Isaiah Washington regrets using the F word 4

    Instead Washington used the word 'faggot' a choice that eventually led to him being dropped from the show.

    5:01 PM — Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington has said that if he could do a repeat performance of the heated argument with former so-star Patrick Dempsey, he would have opted for the "n-word."Instead Washington used the word 'faggot' a choice that eventually led to him being dropped from the show.He claims that he was in fact referring to himself when he used the homophobic slur during the argument with Dempsey and not their co-star, T.R. Knight.

  • Gay journalist claims to be straight 5

    In 2005, Mr. Glatze was invited to speak at the Harvard School of Government alongside Judy Shepard, mother of murdered gay teen Matthew Shepard. photo: Doug Gavel

    4:49 PM — An award-winning gay journalist and activist as announced he is now an ex-gay.Michael Glatze founded the Young Gay America magazine and received awards such as the National Role Model Award from leading homosexual rights organisation Equality Forum.He also produced a well-received documentary film on suicides of gay teenagers in the US.

  • EU sex advert amuses and outrages MEPs

    While not explicit, the light-hearted short has annoyed homophobic MEP Maciej Giertych, who accused the EU of immorality.

    4:10 PM — A short promotional film released by the EU to promote their support for European films has caused a ruckus among Euro MPs.Entitled Film Lovers Will Love This, The 44-second ad has been posted on YouTube, and features couples - including gay men and lesbians - having sex.Produced by the European Commission's communications unit, it features short clips from a range of films.

  • Travolta denies Scientology is homophobic 7

    John Travolta as Mrs Edna Turnblad in the new movie version of  Hairspray.

    1:35 PM — Movie actor John Travolta has hit back at a gay journalist's assertion that Scientology advocates "curing" homosexuality.Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade, criticised Mr Travolta for playing the lead in a re-make of camp classic film Hairspray. The original 1988 version starred a young Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad.

  • Gaydar Radio named station of the year 4

    GaydarRadio faced stiff competition from other finalists PlanetRock, last year's recipient, and The Jazz.

    11:30 AM — GaydarRadio added yet another trophy to their cabinet yesterday, after being named Commercial Radio Digital Station of the Year at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2007.Earlier this year they won a Gold Sony award and was named UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year in April.The Arqiva judges said GaydarRadio, "had established a presence in major gay community events and added diversity to digital broadcasting."

  • 2nd July 2007

    Gay artists perform in memory of Diana

    A 63,000-strong crowd joined in the bittersweet celebration of the late princess' life, despite the rain.

    1:21 PM — Gay performers Elton John and Will Young were joined by Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, Supertramp to pay tribute to the people's Princess in Wembley Stadium yesterday, on what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales' 46th birthday.The concert concluded with Princes William and Harry paying an emotional tribute to their mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.A 63,000-strong crowd joined in the bittersweet celebration of the late princess' life, despite the rain.

  • NHS offers quitting advice as smoking ban starts

    The NHS estimate that 12,000 gay men die from smoking related diseases every year, much more than die from HIV/AIDS.

    12:57 PM — England became the last part of the UK to ban smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK yesterday.The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers.

  • Jodie Foster donates record amount to gay helpline

    Jodie Foster has kicked off the fundraising campaign with a major gift, the largest in the organisation's history.  photo: alan light@flickr.com

    11:15 AM — Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a major donation to America's only round-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.The Trevor Project, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation, recently launched a major fundraising campaign to fund two call centres that will take crisis calls made to The Trevor Helpline.The goal of the campaign, which is the largest in the organisation's history, is to raise $1,000,000 (£500,000) in multi-year gifts.

  • Spanish sun shines on Europride

    The next Europride will be held in Stockholm in August 4th 2008.

    10:43 AM — As London Pride was being battered by torrential rain, our luckier Continental cousins were basking in the sunshine of Madrid summer's day as they took to the streets to celebrate Europride.Nearly fifty floats, one of them from Manchester, paraded through the streets of the Spanish capital accompanied by an estimated two million revellers. The parade was followed by a free concert.

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