24th May 2007
Riga Pride organisers feeling confident
4:47 PM — The organiser's of this year's Riga Pride are preparing to welcome hundreds of supporters from all over Europe next weekend.Four days of events, beginning on May 31st, will culminate in the Pride march. There will also be concerts, film screenings and exhibitions.Representatives of London Pride, who signed a solidarity agreement with Riga Pride, will attend.
Dawn Airey to join ITV
4:30 PM — One of the most prominent gay executives in British television is to take up a new role at troubled terrestrial broadcaster ITV.From October Dawn Airey will take charge of in-house production.Ms Airey, 46, is best known for her tenure as chief executive of Five, where she successfully helped shed the channel's "football, films and fucking" image, as she called it.
Stars turn out for New York AIDS walk
1:15 PM — The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk in New York City last weekend was the largest and most successful ever held, setting records for both participation and fundraising.Organisers have announced that 45,000 walkers helped to raise a grand total of $6,857,527 (£3.45m)."New York showed its strong support for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)," said AIDS Walk Founder and producer Craig R. Miller.
23rd May 2007
Kevin Spacey may be about to come out 3
10:48 AM — Since his Oscar winning turn in The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey's sexual orientation has been fodder for mass media speculation.Esquire Magazine all but outed the actor.Spacey countered with his now infamous sit down with Playboy, in which he called the story a lie.
22nd May 2007
Angels will raise funds for AIDS charity
3:41 PM — A star-studded charity gala performance of Angels in America will take place at the Lyric Hammersmith on Wednesday 4th July to raise vital funds to help people living with HIV.Headlong Theatre's production of Angels in America by Pulitzer-winning author Tony Kushner is the first major UK revival in fifteen years and is currently on a nationwide tour, where it has received outstanding reviews.It is the first national revival of Kushner's two-part masterpiece since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1992.
BBC gay presenter makes Radio 4 debut with preacher man
2:00 PM — Ashley Byrne, presenter of the BBC's only gay radio programme, will make his BBC Radio 4 debut this week.He has executive produced I Got Up Out Of My Seat, a documentary about the legendary American evangelist Billy Graham, presented by Sir David Frost.Ashley is creative director of Made In Manchester Productions, an independent television and radio production company.
21st May 2007
Ofcom slams Clarkson’s gay car comment 27
2:22 PM — Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for using homophobic cockney-rhyming slang to describe a car.The BBC's head of editorial complaints conceded that his comments about the Daihatsu Copen in a programme broadcast last year were capable of causing offence.Clarkson asked a member of the audience if he would buy the car, to which he replied "no, its a bit gay."
20th May 2007
Graham Norton’s gay dig at David Gest
9:34 PM — Lesbian drama Sugar Rush lost out to BBC series The Street for the Best Drama award at this evening's BAFTA ceremony. But like PinkNews.co.uk the drama holds a Stonewall award in part for changing the straight world's attitude to homosexuality.The ceremony held at the London Palladium was hosted by gay comedian Graham Norton. He made a dig at rival talent show host David Gest saying: "How gay am I? And I never married Liza Minelli."
18th May 2007
Kylie Minogue launchpad Neighbours dropped by BBC 3
8:30 PM — The show that launched the undoubted gay icon, Kylie Minogue, Neighbours has been dropped by the BBC for being too expensive.Despite the show's appeal to gay viewers, it has avoided gay or indeed ethnic minority characters over the past 22 years.It was first broadcast in Australia in March 1985, and made its UK debut in October 1986.
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17th May 2007
Russian pop duo tATu support Moscow Pride 1
2:13 PM — Pop band t.A.T.u. have released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.This year's event on 27th May is widely expected to be banned by the city authorities, though no official decision has been relayed to the organisers.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has vowed never to allow a gay march in the city, and dubbed gay activists "Satanic."
16th May 2007
Take a break to Barcelona and fight gay hate
4:31 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from July 13th to 15th, is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's vital work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised over £20,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.
VIP bus at Oxford Pride
12:00 PM — With less than nine weeks to go until Oxford Pride on July 14th, the finishing touches are being put in place.Oxford Pride 2007 coincides with the Oxfordshire Milliennium, so Pride will be a key feature in a summer of spectacular celebrations.Lord Waheed Ali and Peter Tatchell are the patrons of the regional party.
14th May 2007
Theatre director says critics are hostile to gay women
4:42 PM — A senior figure in the UK arts scene has accused theatre critics of sexism and homophobia.Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said that established critics "snigger" at lesbian directors and dubbed them "dead white men."Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT, with many seats on offer for £10 and high-profile plays such as The History Boys and Jerry Springer: The Opera generating positive news coverage and big box office.
School sued over Brokeback Mountain screening 2
2:08 PM — The grandfather of a 12-year-old girl has filed a half-million dollar lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education.He claims his granddaughter was traumatised by a school showing of Brokeback Mountain. The lawsuit filed on Friday claims that Jessica Turner suffered psychological distress after being shown the film, that involves the gay relationship between two cowboys in an 8th grade class last year.
Riga Pride gets more international support 2
2:04 PM — Human rights campaigners from across Europe are to attend next month's Riga Pride.Last year the march was attacked and missiles and human excrement were thrown at participants.Gay and lesbian protesters were refused permission to march in Riga on the 22nd July 2006 by city officials, who cited security advice from the interior ministry.
Ellen can’t talk about being lesbian, claims star
10:37 AM — When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self-titled sitcom, she made history.She scored a ratings landslide and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.Ellen's back on top of the rating's heap thanks to her Emmy-winning daytime talk show.
12th May 2007
Serbia win, Scooch manage not to come bottom 3
11:06 PM — Marija Šerifović of Serbia has won the Eurovision Song Contest with 288 votes.She is the daughter of Serbian singer Verica Šerifović and a Bosniak immigrant father from Turkey.Camp stars Scooch managed to score second from bottom with 19 points for the United Kingdom.As has become the norm of late, the Eastern European, Scandinavian and Balkan states voted for each other.
11th May 2007
Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue
5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.
London Pride podcasts seek young contributors
4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.