18th February 2008
Sopranos and ukuleles at Drill Hall fundraisers 6
4:30 PM — Two benefit concerts in aid of The Drill Hall, the renowned gay theatre and arts centre off Tottenham Court Road, are to be held in April.It is facing closure after its Arts Council funding was recently withdrawn.A high-profile fundraising campaign is under way to replace the £250,000 annual grant and rescue the venue, which is located just off Tottenham Court Road in London.
13th February 2008
Copenhagen Pride threatened by financial crisis 1
4:10 PM — The city authorities in the Danish capital Copenhagen have turned down a funding application from gay Pride organisers, which could threaten the week-long event."We need to find a more suitable solution, a spokesman for the mayor's office told leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk."We had to turn down the Copenhagen Pride 08 application due to new procedures. It is important that no-one sees this rejection as discrimination towards the Danish gay community."
Heavy metal star encourages fans to come out
3:00 PM — The lead singer of legendary British heavy metal band Judas Priest has spoken about being a role model to his gay fans.Rob Halford came out in 1998 in an interview with MTV. The band, nicknamed "Metal Gods," have sold more than 35 million albums.Halford left Judas Priest in 1993 after 20 years, but rejoined in 2003.He said coming out was like "freeing yourself" and said that his action had helped other metal fans to do the same.
12th February 2008
New York tabloid’s “dehumanising” trans story
4:30 PM — American tabloid newspaper the New York Daily News has been condemned by gay activists for its reporting of the murder of a trans woman.On Sunday the paper published the headline Fooled John Stabbed Bronx Tranny. The story referred to the murder a 25 year old transgender woman named Sanesha Stewart.The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) complained to the paper.
11th February 2008
Gay adverts to be displayed across Britain 4
1:10 PM — For the next two weeks people across the country will be confronted with a positive message about gay people from 600 billboards.The advertising space in England, Scotland and Wales has been donated to gay equality organisation Stonewall by Titan Outdoor Advertising Ltd.The message - 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' - will be displayed in giant, tabloid-style capital letters, on a bright red background.
TV weatherman in trouble over homophobic outburst
12:55 PM — A popular television personality in Denmark is facing calls for his resignation after he expressed disgust at the idea of two men being in love.Peter Tanev, who presents weather reports on the national channel TV2, made his comments during the evening news.Anchor Jes Dorp, commenting on an American survey that indicated friendship grows stronger over time, in contrast to marriage, joked that he and the weather presenter might fall in love.
7th February 2008
Police will target drugs at Sydney Mardi Gras 2
3:50 PM — New South Wales police have warned gay revellers at Australia's biggest party that they have a zero tolerance approach to drugs.Sydney's month of Mardi Gras celebrations culminates on March 1st with the world-famous parade and a Sleaze Ball and the Good Vibrations music festival attended by more than 35,000 people.Police said they will be using sniffer dogs and more than 100 officers to stop people using drugs. Last year 20 people were charged with possession at last year's parade.
Gay journalist gets his own radio show 2
2:40 PM — One of the most prominent journalists in the country is to take up presenting duties at a London radio station.Andrew Pierce, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has been given his own Sunday morning show on LBC 97.3FM.Last year Mr Pierce was named as the sixth most powerful LGBT person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list.Andrew Pierce And Friends is a weekend politics and current affairs programme, starting on Sunday 2nd March at 11am.
6th February 2008
Kids drama that introduced gay teachers is axed
5:15 PM — A children's television programme that tackled gay themes is to cease production after 30 years on air.Grange Hill caused controversy by introducing a gay teacher in 1992. Mr Brisley remained part of the fictional staff until 1999.However, it was not the first controversy the show had stirred.In the late 1970s it was tackling the dangers of paedophiles and in the 1980s it found unparalleled popularity with its campaign against heroin.
Coroner concludes Ledger died of accidental overdose
4:30 PM — The New York City Medical Examiner has determined that 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription medication.Ledger was discovered in his New York apartment on January 22nd, setting into motion a media firestorm of speculation and accusation on the actor's apparent drug use.Now autopsy results have found Ledger died of a lethal combination of anti-anxiety pills and sleep aids.
Gay couple make GQ’s power list
4:00 PM — Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish have been recognised as among the most powerful men in Britain by GQ.They are jointly listed at number 30 on the magazine's 100 most powerful men list, the only joint entry.The magazine says the couple, who entered into a civil partnership in 2006, are worth £225m. GQ chose Tory leader David Cameron as the most powerful man in Britain.
5th February 2008
Play to explore Gielgud’s gay sex conviction
5:00 PM — A new play opening in London later this month will examine one of the most scandalous incidents in 20th century British theatre.In 1953 acclaimed classical actor John Gielgud, who had recently been knighted by the Queen, was prosecuted for persistently importuning for immoral purposes, more commonly known as cottaging.He was devastated by the attendant publicity and feared his career was over, but he was greeted with a standing ovation the next time he appeared on stage.
1st February 2008
Memorial to gay Beatles manager gains support
3:35 PM — LGBT activists in Liverpool have begun a campaign to honour one of the city's most prominent gay residents.Brian Epstein was one of the most influential figures in the 'Mersey Beat' movement in the early 1960s.As well as managing The Beatles until his death in 1967, he launched the careers of Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Liverpool is European Capital of Culture 2008.
Uncertain future for gay arts venue 6
11:45 AM — One of the UK's leading producers of lesbian and gay performance has launched a fundraising campaign after Arts Council England confirmed it is to stop all of its £250,000 funding from April.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.
31st January 2008
British editor appointed to new PlanetOut role 1
2:00 PM — The editor in chief of American gay magazine Out has been promoted to editorial director for the parent company PlanetOut.In an email to company employees yesterday, PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the changes.Aaron Hicklin, who was born in Wiltshire, began his career on the Edinburgh-based Scotland on Sunday and also contributed to The List and The Independent.
Heath Ledger rehab stories denied by publicist
9:05 AM — Rumours of a Heath Ledger drug video surfaced on Hollywood gossip blogs across the Net on Wednesday.The video, reportedly to be aired on Entertainment Tonight, shows Ledger at a 'drug-fuelled' party in 2006.The video rumour comes on the heels of revelations Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams tried and failed to get him into rehab.
30th January 2008
Farrell to be best man on gay brother’s big day 6
1:10 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is to be best man at his brother's civil partnership ceremony.Eamon Farrell, 35, is planning to marry his 23-year-old boyfriend Steven Mannion after a proposing to him in New York last year.According to the Mirror: "Eamon proposed before Christmas. The pair share a love of art and this is what brought them together."Eamon is a respected dance teacher who set up the National Performing Arts School in Dublin more than 10 years ago."
29th January 2008
Gay hate church picket Hollywood awards ceremony 16
9:20 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have picketed an awards ceremony where fellow actors paid tribute to Heath Ledger.Church members displayed signs reading "Heath's in Hell" at film stars attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards.Heath Ledger died in New York last week. The cause of death has not yet been determined. His family held a private memorial service in Los Angeles yesterday.
GLAAD’s call to action over tabloid’s “evil lesbian” headline
2:30 PM — An American gay rights group has urged people to complain to the tabloid newspaper New York Post after staff refused to alter a offensive headline.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which monitors US media, contacted the paper to complain about its treatment of a child abuse story."Evil Lesbian Mom Left Toddler to Die Slow Death: DA," was the Post headline, which can still be viewed on their website.
28th January 2008
Review: A misanthropic take on gay relationships 2
5:45 PM — Jason Charles' new play Counterfeit Skin certainly pulls no punches.This unsparingly dark presentation of modern gay relationships is filled with shallow, self-serving characters paralysed by their own unhappy existences, and it provides no message of hope at the end of its two and a half hours.It is tough going at times, and while all the performances are well-executed, one cannot help but feel depressed at the play's message.