21st September 2007
COMMENT: George Michael can’t shrug off HIV 5
1:25 PM — It can be argued that George Michael's recent decision to pull his interview from the upcoming BBC programme Stephen Fry: HIV and Me is justified because it's such a personal issue.However, to discover that he does not believe in HIV tests and finds waiting for results too harrowing is pathetic and cowardly.Someone who is a role model, idol and influencer for so many, hiding from an infection which eventually led to the death of his former partner, Anselmo Feleppa, through an AIDS-related illness, is ignorant.
The Puppini Sisters join the Supper Club
10:09 AM — This year the Terrence Higgins Trust Supper Club will be entertained by the fabulous The Puppini Sisters.The stylish fundraiser, in association with glam brand Kiehl's, takes place on Tuesday 6 November. 50 different dinner parties will be held simultaneously in fabulous locations around London.The supper guests are then chauffeur driven to an exclusive Café de Paris after-dinner party for drinks, dancing and swing covers from the singing trio.
20th September 2007
BBC removes George Michael from HIV documentary 4
4:03 PM — Pop star George Michael's appearance in new BBC documentary Stephen Fry: HIV and Me has been removed at his request.During an interview in which the pop star was asked about his personal experiences relating to HIV, George commented that he does not do tests and hasn't had one since 2004 because he fears the results.Host Stephen Fry then disagrees with him and takes a HIV test, which is negative, there and then to make his point.
Britney’s biggest fan gets reality TV show 1
1:01 PM — New internet celebrity Chris Crocker, whose melodramatic yet heartfelt "leave Britney alone" tantrum has received more than 8 million hits on YouTube, has reportedly landed a television deal.Signed by 44 Blue Productions, Tennessee's newly famous 20-year old is set to appear in his own reality TV show.The award-winning production company based in California company told Variety.com: "It's going to pretty much be the 'Chris Crocker experience'".
Xbox game courts controversy with lesbian scene 1
10:33 AM — A new video game designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 is stirring up controversy for including an optional lesbian sex scene.Mass Effect, from game developer BioWare, will allow players to engage in romantic interludes with other game characters, including same-sex relationships between female characters.Spoilers on the game were published recently by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
Gay sports people star in GLAAD ads
10:23 AM — This month the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new series of "Be an Ally a Friend" public service announcements featuring 22 top entertainers.Sports stars John Amaechi, and Martina Navratilova, join award-winning actors like Marlee Matlin and T.R. Knight in these spots about acceptance and the harmful power of anti gay words.Formed in 1985 GLAAD was established to educate Hollywood's entertainment industry on the importance of more accurate and realistic portrayals of gay people on the screen.
19th September 2007
Interview: Pricking the bubble of Hollywood celebrity
11:54 AM — "What child would want to be Graham Norton when they are older?" asks Paul Burston."No offence to Graham, what he does is great, but he is not the image you aspire to. When you are a young gay kid, you want to be gay but normal."And he ought to know. Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist andauthor, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture formore than 14 years.
17th September 2007
Play about homophobia to tour schools
11:05 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has teamed up with a well-known writer/director to raise awareness of the problem of homophobic bulling in schools.Fit, a new play aimed at tackling the problem and raising awareness amongst young people, is set to begin a tour of schools and theatres across the country.Co-produced by Stonewall and queerupnorth international festival,Fit is written and directed by acclaimed writer/director Rikki Beadle-Blair.
Johannesburg Pride a symbol of freedom
10:25 AM — Johannesburg will celebrate its 18th annual Joburg Pride Parade on October 6th.It will be preceded by a series of events designed to commemorate the country's landmark constitutional freedoms that make South Africa the first and only country in the world to have a constitution that expressly guarantees protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The first ever African gay and lesbian Pride parade took place in Johannesburg in 1990 with fewer than a thousand participants.
13th September 2007
Gay professionals event up for community award
1:05 PM — Village Drinks is among the organisations in contention for the prestigious Stonewall Community Group of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.Earlier this year Village Drinks founder Neil Spring made it into the Independent on Sunday Pink List of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain.Organisers of the leading social networking evenings have announced that it is to launch an event in Brighton.
New documentary features gay Muslim experience
11:35 AM — A number of movies set in the Middle East have been shown during this week's Toronto International Film Festival, but only one of them focuses on gay Muslims.That film, A Jihad For Love, is a documentary Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma drafted in the six years following the September 11th 2001 attacks in New York.In that time, Sharma followed the experiences of gay Muslims in 12 countries, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France.
12th September 2007
Your views on political adverts on gay websites 71
6:07 PM — Last Friday PinkNews.co.uk started to feature adverts from the Conservative party.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.Their appearance on the site generated a lot of interest and was reported by Associated Press and in The Yorkshire Post, The Sun and a range of other publications.
Lesbian rocker to raise cancer awareness
3:35 PM — Lesbian rock icon, 2007 Oscar winner, two-time Grammy winner and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge, is partnering with Hard Rock International for the launch of Rocktober.The month-long commitment aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research through sales of a collectable Rocktober pin, a series of worldwide live music events and special Pink Cocktails at Hard Rock establishments around the world.
11th September 2007
Actor admits gay Hollyoaks role was uncomfortable 4
3:23 PM — Teen soap Hollyoaks' gay storyline has been a hit with viewers, but one of the actors involved has spoken about his concerns at the plotline.Craig Dean, played by Guy Burnet, has been coming to terms with his homosexuality after falling for friend John Paul McQueen, played by James Hutton. The Craig Dean character is leaving the show later this month.In an interview with Digital Spy, Burnet said that he argued against his seemingly-heterosexual character coming out.
Calls for greater tolerance of gender diversity in Singapore 4
3:23 PM — A transsexual woman from Singapore has embarked on a mission to help turn around the "culture of shame" surrounding transsexuals in Singapore.Unlike many other transsexuals in Asia who prefer to live privately because of the social stigma of sex change, British-educated Leona Lo has chosen to live a normal life, but in public.Leona is a 32-year-old communications specialist who heads her own public relations company.
London host to celebration of open relationships
3:17 PM — A celebration of open and polyamorous relationships will be held later this month.Polyday will combine a day of discussions and an evening of music and dancing, giving attendees an opportunity to "meet others, to build a community, and to celebrate their varied lives."Last year the event attracted more than 250 participants. It aims to demonstrate that "relationships don't have to be monogamous."
Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21
11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.
Jim Davidson quits Hells Kitchen after gay row 11
9:20 AM — Controversial Comedian Jim Davidson has walked out of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen after a row with fellow contestant, the gay television presenter Brian Dowling."Why do shirt-lifters pull that same face?" Davidson asked Dowling and another contestant about some customers in the restaurant."Please don't say shirt-lifters," Brian replied. "It's really rude."
10th September 2007
Hep C sufferer Anita Roddick dies of brain haemorrhage
7:30 PM — The founder of Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died as a result of "a major brain haemorrhage" at the age of 64.She died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex where here husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her. Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and suffered from liver damage in February 2007.
Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god
3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.