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  • 9th May 2007

    Gays go back in the closet

    Europe is the only continent when no country has laws against homosexuality.

    1:00 PM — A group of gay men and women in Gloucestershire will be going back into "the closet" in May to draw attention to the fact that there are still many countries in the world where gays are persecuted, and even executed.Organised by Gloucestershire Rainbow Day, the event will be staged at Stroud's gay and lesbian bar, the Lockkeepers in Wallbridge for 24 hours, from 6pm on Friday May 18th.It is to be Gloucestershire's contribution to International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

  • 8th May 2007

    George Michael guilty of drug offence

    In February 2006 Michael was arrested for possession of cannabis.

    3:22 PM — Pop icon George Michael pleaded guilty at Brent Magistrates Court this morning to a charge of being unfit to drive due to drugs.An additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs has been dropped. He will be sentenced later this month"I am perfectly aware that I did something very wrong and got into my car when I was unfit to drive," George Michael said in court.

  • 5th May 2007

    Gay icon Paris Hilton given prison sentence 12

    Paris is a gay icon

    5:15 PM — Heiress and gay icon, Paris Hilton has been sentenced to 45 days in prison after she ignored a driving ban.A judge in Los Angeles ordered Hilton to spend almost two months behind becars he drove without a valid licence after hers was stopped for a previous offence.She claimed she didn't look at the ban document that she signed in January.

  • 4th May 2007

    Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer

    The opening night for FAME is Monday 8th May - which will be Ian's 31st birthday.

    4:33 PM — After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME. He told Amy Bourke all about it.

  • 3rd May 2007

    Rosie O’Donnell makes Time 100 list

    Ms O'Donnell has made a major impact in the US on network talk show  The View.

    5:13 PM — A list of the most influential people in the world today includes performer Rosie O'Donnell, an African Archbishop who opposes gay rights and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.The Time magazine list of 100 people who shape the world also includes Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Benedict XVI, Kate Moss and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.President Bush did not make the list.

  • Homophobic performer set for Luton gig 1

    Last year Mr Man told  The Independent  that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.

    3:28 PM — A Jamaican dancehall artist notorious for his anti-gay lyrics is to perform this weekend in Luton.Promoters of the gig have said they have made Beenie Man sign a contract promising he will not perform any homophobic songs.Mr Man is appearing with a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Goldfinger, at Club 53 in the town on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Transport Police support Equality walk

    Some of the BTP staff will then join gay celebrities and hundreds of others on the 10km walk.

    2:16 PM — The British Transport Police are going to have a visible presence at this weekend's Stonewall Equality Walk.Members of the force and support staff will be placing a stand at Brighton railway station on Sunday 6th May to encourage people to report hate crimes - one of Stonewall's key campaign areas.Some of the BTP staff will then join gay celebrities and hundreds of others on the 10km walk.

  • Isaiah Washington to star in discrimination ad 4

    GLAAD then demanded that Washington apologise for using the word again when denying he used it in the first place.

    1:46 PM — An actor who caused a storm by using the word 'faggot' during an on-set argument is to make a public service announcement on behalf of two gay rights organisations.Isaiah Washington, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, is to record the message for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.He called co-star TR Knight a faggot during an on-set confrontation last October.

  • 2nd May 2007

    Young LGB people invited to Stonewall event

    Inspirational gay role models will give short speeches and a series of wide-ranging workshops will be held.

    4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is holding a day of inspirational workshops and advice sessions for gay, bisexual and lesbian people aged between 16 and 21.The event, which will be held in City Hall in London, is open to young people from across the UK, and financial assistance with travel expenses is available.The event is a unique opportunity for young people to meet other young gay, lesbian or bisexual people.

  • Catholic school bans same-sex prom date

    Even though Ms Strott and her prom date are just friends and not dating, they still cannot attend the prom together.

    11:24 AM — All Roseanne Strott wanted was to take her date, another female student, to the school prom.But she couldn't: officials from the Catholic diocese said they could not attend together.Her school, Bishop Feehan High School, falls under the rule of the Diocese of Fall River.

  • Diverse events in London for IDAHO

    Camden's LGBT Forum are involved for the first time in IDAHO and are enthusiastically supporting “The Pansy Project.“

    11:01 AM — The London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.Their celebrations will focus on the area of Clapham Common, which is shared by both boroughs.There will be a memorial for the murder of Jody Dobrowski at the bandstand on the common.

  • Pride event is a first for Plymouth 5

    The event will be modelled on Gay Pride festivals in London, Manchester and Brighton.

    10:26 AM — Gay pride is coming to the West Country, in the shape of plymouth prideevent 2007, a celebration of LGBT people in Devon and Cornwall.The weekend, which will include a carnival, will be held in and around Plymouth on June 2nd and 3rd.It is the first time that a large-scale pride festival has taken place in the South West, and thousands of people are expected to attend.

  • 1st May 2007

    Broadband provider bans Gay 1

    Telecom has since apologised to Gay Hamilton, but will not disclose its full list of censured words.

    11:19 AM — A lesbian called Gay has been reprimanded for using her name in work e-mails.Gay Hamilton, from Nelson, New Zealand, was sent an automated e-mail from the broadband provider Telecom which read:"[Your email] was identified by our content filtering processes as containing language that may be considered inappropriate for business-like communication."

  • GaydarRadio wins a Sony award

    GaydarRadio recently celebrated its fifth birthday.

    10:30 AM — Digital radio station GaydarRadio was named Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year last night at the Sony Awards.The gay station beat off stiff competition from other finalists BBC Radio Asia and Fun Radio to take the accolade at a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.The judges said GaydarRadio was a station: "that captures the heart if its community and gives a vibrant voice."

  • 30th April 2007

    Will and Grace creators settle dispute with NBC 3

    The show was the first successful US sitcom based on gay characters

    8:15 PM — David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick, who created the hit gay sitcom Will and Grace have settled a dispute with the American broadcaster NBC that claimed they were cheated out of the show's revenue.The pair sought sought $55m (£27.6m) from NBC after claiming did not pay them a fair market value for the series.

  • Smoking ban comes into force 4

    The NHS estimate that 12,000 gay men die from smoking related diseases every year, vastly more than die from HIV/AIDS.

    12:46 PM — Belfast's gay bars will become the latest to go smoke-free today, as Northern Ireland becomes the second part of the UK to enforce a smoking ban.Bans are already in place in the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland.Only England remains, where LGBT people only have until the end of June to continue to smoke in enclosed public places like bars and clubs.

  • 27th April 2007

    BBC’s gay programme extended to one hour

    Gay Night is broadcast as part of the Citizen Manchester strand of community programmes on BBC Radio Manchester.

    5:48 PM — The only gay radio show on the BBC is moving timeslots. Gay Night on BBC Radio Manchester will now be broadcast on Mondays - and it will be twice as long.The popular community show, previously called GayTalk, is moving from 6.30pm Wednesday to Monday evenings at 8pm.With the show now an hour long, there will be twice as many features and guests and more music.

  • Analysis: Gays – football’s last taboo 3

    Well-known footballers should be encouraged to front media campaigns calling on homophobia to be kicked out of football.

    5:15 PM — An article by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, published in The Observer earlier this month, has re-ignited one of the crucial but rarely asked questions in football: why are there no openly gay players?There were times when reading the article that I laughed out loud at some of his comments.My favourite section reads: "Down the years I could easily have been accused of being gay."

  • BBC defends broadcast of gay Mass

    The service was recorded in October and will be broadcast at 8:10am on Sunday on BBC Radio 4.

    3:13 PM — The BBC has defended its decision to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.This Sunday BBC Radio 4's Morning Worship programme will come from the Catholic parish of the Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.

  • Trans sports journalist raises visibility

    Penner has been a staple for the paper for several years and has extensively covered the NFL.

    12:49 PM — Things are definitely changing for the Los Angeles Times as sportswriter Mike Penner wrote his final words this week and revealed a secret that he has been holding inside for his entire life.He will be taking a few weeks vacation and when he returns to his position, his work will be penned under the name Christine Daniels.

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