18th March 2008
Another outing for R.E.M. singer 1
3:10 PM — Michael Stipe has announced that he is gay. The 48 year old R.E.M. star, who is known for deflecting questions about his sexuality, told US music magazine Spin "I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious."I'd just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, 'Yeah, he's my boyfriend, that is what it is.'"
17th March 2008
Feeling singer says pop stars should follow him out of the closet
4:45 PM — The Feeling's frontman Dan Gillespie Sells has urged more pop stars to come out.In an interview to publicise the Feeling's upcoming album, Join With Us, he told the Daily Record:"The world would be a healthier place if people were more honest about their sexuality and the entertainment industry would be healthier if people were more honest full stop.
London’s festival of lesbian and gay cinema
1:35 PM — The 22nd BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival starts on March 22nd 2008.The annual event showcases a wide selection of LGBT-themed films and has grown in popularity in recent years. This year the opening Night Gala Screening film is Love and Other Disasters and will be shown at the Odeon West End.Described as a sharper, gayer version of Love Actually, the romantic comedy features performances from Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys and Catherine Tate.
Copenhagen Pride funding restored after media campaign 2
11:30 AM — Officials in the Danish capital Copenhagen have reversed a decision to withhold funding from the city's gay Pride event.Leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk has described the reaction to the decision, which cited new procedures, as a "media craze that attacked the city's right-wing 'mayor of culture' Mrs Allerslev."She has now said that "a mistake had been made in rejecting funds for Copenhagen Pride."
Hollywood star pays tribute to murdered teen 1
10:20 AM — Actress Portia De Rossi has paid tribute to a murdered teenager in a new public service television advert broadcast in America.Lawrence King, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, was shot twice in the head while in class at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California last month.The 60 second commercial, also featuring Grey's Anatomy star TR Knight, Janet Jackson, Andre 3000 and Ashanti, debuted on America's gay TV network Logo last week.
14th March 2008
Religious Russians target cartoon channel
12:00 PM — Protestant groups in Moscow are urging for the closure of a cartoon channel they claim promotes homosexuality and religious intolerance.Channel 2x2, which broadcasts Western cartoons such as South Park, has been accused of promoting "homosexual propaganda".It is the second time in a week that the network, owned by Vladimir Potanin's Prof-Media Group, has come under fire for its contents.
13th March 2008
Homophobic politician gets a call from lesbian icon 18
2:40 PM — "Hi! It's Ellen DeGeneres. The gay one."The sitcom star turned chat show host turned her satirical sights on Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern earlier this week, in response to comments that gay people are "infiltrating" the US government.Ms Kern was exposed as a homophobe last weekend, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund put a tape recording of her speech to party activists on YouTube.
Brighton and Manchester Pride want you
11:50 AM — Two major gay celebrations in England are inviting people to get involved.Pride in Brighton and Hove is holding an open meeting for anyone who is interested in joining the parade, applying for a grant or having a stall at this summer's event.Manchester Pride, celebrating its 18th year, is urging people who wish to take part in 2008 to submit applications as soon as possible.
12th March 2008
G-A-Y venue cannot be saved says Ken
4:30 PM — A report from the Mayor of London released today has confirmed that London venue The Astoria will close as part of a redevelopment of the Tottenham Court Road area.The Astoria is best known as a live music venue and the home of popular club night G-A-Y.Despite protests from famous musicians and petitions signed by tens of thousands of people, the building will be pulled down as part of the construction of the new Crossrail project.
Gay bishop rejects restricted invite to Lambeth 1
11:20 AM — Bishop V. Gene Robinson has announced he will not officially participate in a planned summer conference of world Anglican leaders.He declined an invitation to events at the once-a-decade Lambeth conference this summer because of restrictions organisers placed on him if he were to appear.Robinson said the limited offer caused him "considerable pain" and he would reject the "non-offer" to be part of the conference.
11th March 2008
JK Rowling: Homophobia is a fear of people loving 7
3:15 PM — The author of the best-selling Harry Potter novels has given a wide-ranging interview to a student newspaper in which she defends her gay character Albus Dumbledore.JK Rowling also spoke out against fundamentalist Christians in the United States who are trying to ban her work.Speaking to Edinburgh University's Student newspaper Rowling, whose successful series of novels have made her the richest women in Britain, defended her decision to out Dumbledore last year.
Baywatch star praised for coming out 2
12:50 PM — Jaason Simmons, known to millions across the world as hunky lifeguard Logan Fowler in beach soap opera Baywatch, has come out to an Australian magazine.The 37-year-old actor plans to marry his partner, Irish actor John O'Callaghan.The couple, who have been together for eight months, have also adopted a six-year-old Ugandan boy. The decision to go public about their relationship has been praised by gay rights advocates.
10th March 2008
“Ex-gay” adverts forced off the air in Canada 3
12:20 PM — Activists in Canada have won a major victory against an ex-gay movement with the removal of an advert from a major television channel that promoted the course aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay people.The ad, aired on the Canadian TV channel CTV, featured a man talking about how a lot of gay people actually don't want to be gay and that it's possible to change.LGBT activists in Canada launched an online campaign for the removal of the advert, utilising social networking sites.
Pete Burns headlining at Aberdeen as organisers think big
11:44 AM — Dead or Alive front man Pete Burns has been announced as the headline act to play at this year's Rainbowfest in Aberdeen.The event is to be held on the beach front at Queen's Links Aberdeen on Saturday 5th July, and organisers said they want it to be Scotland's biggest LGBT event yet.The festival is the idea of local promoter Gary Noble and aims to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the area along with their families.
7th March 2008
India gets first trans TV host
12:20 PM — A transgender person is to host a controversial new talk show in India.Ippadikku Rose is anchored by 28-year old Rose from Madras (Chennai).The first episode aired on Thursday and tackled the issue of sexual harassment against women.Later shows plan to deal with other topics that are socially taboo in India such as gay rights, sexual abuse and prostitution.
6th March 2008
A new name for Glasgow’s Pride 3
1:25 PM — Scotland's largest city will celebrate the LGBT community at the end of August with a renamed Pride event.Pride Scotia (Glasgow) Ltd has changed it name to Pride Glasgow and plan to bring Pride back to Glasgow with a bang, say organisers.They are hoping to attract well-known performers to appear at the event. Glasgow last hosted a Pride event in 2006.Pride Glasgow already has the support of Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police and Glasgow and Greater Clyde National Health Service.
Gay equality group gets million YouTube hits 2
10:35 AM — Videos produced by the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, have been viewed more than one million times on the popular online video site YouTube.HRC has created nearly 70 videos on a wide variety of subjects relevant to the fight for GLBT equality. The first clip was posted in September 2006.
5th March 2008
American Idol star stays despite past as stripper 2
11:20 AM — Posing topless on the Internet may have got first season favorite Frenchie booted from American Idol, but according to a statement from the executive producer, David Hernandez stripping down to his birthday suit and offering up lap dances will have no effect on his standing in the singing competition.The popular singer, who scored rave marks from judges last week for his performance of The Temptations hit Papa Was a Rolling Stone, worked as a stripper at the Phoenix-based Dick's Cabaret.
4th March 2008
Sydney celebrates biggest-ever Mardi Gras
1:15 PM — More than 300,000 people lined the streets of the Australian city of Sydney to watch a mile long Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.10,000 marchers in a variety of dazzling costumes, and more than 150 floats including a gay 'pope-mobile,' took part. The parade was led by the '78er's', who staged a 1,500 strong protest march for gay rights in 1978.
3rd March 2008
Baldwin brothers disagree over gay marriage 6
4:50 PM — Film and TV star Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly about the anti-gay political views of his younger and less well-known brother Stephen.Stephen is best-known for his roles in the controversial 1994 film Threesome and 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects. He became a born-again Christian after the attacks on New York on September 11th 2001. During an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show in January he spoke out about same-sex marriage.