7th October 2006
BBC defends gay star Norton over drug comments
12:00 AM — The BBC has defended it star signing Graham Norton after he told Marie Claire magazine that taking ecstasy was "just fantastic".The 43-year-old gay star was criticised by anti-drug groups for saying: "The only time I took ecstasy was years and years ago. It was absolutely amazing. It was just fantastic - really, really fun."Adding: "I've tried loads of drugs, but it would really bug me if I got busted in the tabloids because I take them so rarely."
6th October 2006
Brokeback Mountain opens cowboy wardrobe 5
12:00 AM — Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott will be able to feed his cowboy fetish this weekend when the entire wardrobe of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain goes on sale.The film is auctioning outfits warn by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
5th October 2006
Coach fined for homophobic remarks
12:00 AM — A football manager has been fined by UEFA for homophobic comments made two years ago.Otto Baric, head coach of the Albanian national team has been fined 5000EUROS (£3374) by the European football governing body over comments he made in the past about gay players.Mr Baric, 71, said in an interview with Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List, "I would not let a player of mine be homosexual, nor allow one to work with me."
4th October 2006
Buju Banton responds to gay protesters with two words: “F**k them.” 3
12:00 AM — Controversial reggae singer Buju Banton has spoken out against his gay protesters with two simple words: "F**k them."The backlash came in an interview with American music site Billboard.com, who asked the singer about his cancelled concerts around the world due to protests."I have never bashed any gays before, and if I bashed gays, I bashed them 16 years ago," said Banton. "There's no tolerance from [the gay community]. I'm not a gay-basher. I'm not a homophobe."
Gay radio station wins top award 2
12:00 AM — GaydarRadio was voted Best Radio Station of the Year at the BT Digital Music Awards 2006 at London's Roundhouse Theatre, Camden last night.The London based digital radio station beat off stiff competition from last year's winner BBC 6 Music, Ministry of Sound, Pulse Rated and Yahoo's LAUNCHcast to take top prize at the awards ceremony before an audience of more than 1,000 guests and music artistes.
A gay old time 1
12:00 AM — Last September Gaydar and the Tussauds Group teamed up to launch gay days at Thorpe Park and Alton Towers, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovered why events like this are vital."F**king freaks" was the endorsement one visitor to Alton Towers gave last weekend as we sat in the monorail carriage with a family who wouldn't look out of place on Neighbours from Hell, returning to our hotel after a day of roller coasters, chocolate factories, ghost trains and farm yard animals.
3rd October 2006
Gay star faces record label axe 4
12:00 AM — George Michael faces being dropped by his record label after being found slumped at the wheel of his car for the second time this year.The gay singer was found asleep at the wheel of his BMW while stopping at a traffic light in a North London suburb on Sunday and was later arrested on suspicion of drug possession.
2nd October 2006
Chris Moyles in more hot water over BBC ‘faggot’ comment.
12:00 AM — BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is facing another gay jibe row after the word 'faggot' was broadcast on his show.The derogatory term was used by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who was a guest on the Chris Moyles show. During what the BBC describe as "friendly banter", the pair discussed the attractiveness of two of Manchester United's players, Alan Smith and Paul Scholes.After much provocation by Moyles, who insisted on asking which team-mate Rio would prefer to date, Rio responded by calling Moyles "a faggot".
29th September 2006
Web game sparks gay debate 17
12:00 AM — An internet gamer who complained after being told he could not use the word "gay" in his online identity has been criticised by fellow users for deliberately breaking the rules.This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too "vulgar" and "offensive."
28th September 2006
Gay slur stirs debate 3
12:00 AM — The Paul Scholes debate continued on our message boards last night."Of course the use of "Poofter" against someone who has done you wrong is a slur to the gay community. Any time a word is used with negative connotations it impacts badly."
Web bans gay characters 18
12:00 AM — A gay gamer has been forced to change his online screen identity after being told his username is too "vulgar" and "offensive" for internet role playing game City of Heroes.The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words.
27th September 2006
How offensive is “poofter” – football comment opens debate 9
12:00 AM — Paul Scholes, apparently used a homophobic insult last night after he received a yellow card during Manchester United's Champion's League victory against Portuguese side Benfica.But in the context of being carded and angry, is the insult "poofter" really wilfully anti gay, or just a throw away swear word? Is there a difference, and should this difference be important to us? PinkNews.co.uk took to the streets of Kings Cross to find out.
Pink wine for Pinknews 57
12:00 AM — Is it Autumn or is it still Summer? Who can tell.But as the sun breaks through the clouds over London, here at PinkNews we'll be drinking to the warm weather with a glass of wine the very essence of pink.Wine taster (nice work if you can get it) Sarah Knowles shares her top picks.
Puppini Sisters release first single 57
12:00 AM — The fabulously camp Puppini Sisters release their single Wuthering Heights today. Here at PinkNews we are totally in love with their quirky 1940's style, rock chick attitude and closer than Tom and Katie harmonies.Their update of the Kate Bush classic is witty and winkingly knowing. Arranged by band member Marcella, and owing something to the Supremes, the track is produced by Benoit Charest, the composer of Belle Ville Rendezvous. The track bubbles along like musical champagne - guaranteed to make you smile.
26th September 2006
London to host gay hip hop festival 4
12:00 AM — Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, yet it is hoped the hosting of a gay hip hop festival may go some way in helping to thaw this notoriously difficult relationship.US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L'il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.
25th September 2006
Carnival queen is a boy.
12:00 AM — A 15 year old boy named David Bridge has stunned locals in the village of Axbridge by being elected 'alternative carnival queen'.The annual Blackberry Carnival in Somerset held last weekend has been going for centuries, the only requirements for the role of carnival queen being enthusiasm and a big smile.
From car parks to pop charts 3
12:00 AM — When reporter Tony Grew first heard Jake Hook's music, he was sure there must be a team of producers and writers behind it.It turns out that Jake, while looking like the face any music guru would pick to launch a 'brand,' is in fact the genius behind all his own music and lyrics. PinkNews.co.uk sent Tony off into the wilds of North London to find out more.
22nd September 2006
Gay comedian saves life in pier drama
12:00 AM — Gay comedian Alan Carr, star of the Friday Night Project yesterday helped to save a man's life after he was about to jump from Blackpool Pier.Alan Carr along with tap dancing legend Lionel Blair had been filming an End-of-the Pier show in the North Pier's Sun Lounge when they heard the commotion before rushing to the scene to help.
21st September 2006
South Korea tips gay film for Oscar success
12:00 AM — South Korea has only recently taken homosexuality off its list of "unacceptable social acts," but now the conservative country has picked a gay themed production as its Foreign Language Film submission for next year's Oscars.The film, King and Clown, has been a surprise hit in South Korea selling over 12 million tickets, and now it hopes to follow the success of gay themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain which proved a hit at the Academy Awards this year.
20th September 2006
Dis-Orientations: A Chinese gay revolution?
12:00 AM — A new play in London aims to tell the tale of modernisation and self-expression in developing areas of China, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if this production can help challenge the country's taboo attitude towards homosexuality."We will have to turn the lights down on the gay sex scene," Dis-Orientations' artistic director Michael Walling admits when asked if his new play, which attempts to merge Chinese Opera and British theatre, would work in China.