25th July 2006
Cyndi Lauper closes Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 participants and spectators boogied down last weekend to the songs of pop icon Cyndi Lauper at the closing ceremonies of Gay Games VII at Chicago's Wrigley Field.Lauper, dressed as a rainbow version of the Statue of Liberty, headlined the colourful celebration, marking the end of a weeklong Olympics-style sporting event.
Goss calls off civil partnership with George Michael 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has called off their civil partnership amid tabloid claims last weekend that the star was cruising on Hampstead Heath.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.
24th July 2006
Marriage quiz show urged to include gay partners
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigners have called on the makers of a new version of classic game show Mr and Mrs, to bring it into the 21st Century by allowing civil partners to compete as well.Production company Celador has announced that it will be revamping the 1970s quiz show where married couples would be tested on their knowledge of each other, but gay campaigners say it should now reflect the modern world.
23rd July 2006
Tabloid claims George Michael was cruising on Hampstead Heath 1
12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has published photographs of pop star George Michael in which they claim he is cruising for sex.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.The photographs they published both in print and on their website simply show him walking to his car through Hampstead Heath.
21st July 2006
Gay star reveals suicide attempt
12:00 AM — Gay actor Stephen Fry will reveal his struggle with depression and suicide contemplation in a new BBC documentary highlighting the condition later this year.The screen and stage star, presenting BBC2's The Secret Life of A Manic Depressive, will recount the time he walked out on the West End play Cell Mates in 1995 and sat in his car considering whether to turn on the ignition and kill himself with the exhaust fumes.
God save the queers 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets the man behind those pink flags which have dominated gay pride marches across the country and the world.First there was the flag. Pink and cheerful and vibrant, spilling silkily out of the envelope, bringing a smile to the bleary eyed 9am workers in the PinkNews.co.uk office, then gracing the lectern at our paper launch party, where it drew admiring glances from MPs and members of the gay choir alike.
20th July 2006
BBC defends ‘gay car’ comment 29
12:00 AM — The BBC has again been forced to defend one of its big name presenters following the recent furore surrounding the controversial use of the word gay by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.On Sunday's Top Gear programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked an audience member if he would buy a certain car, the audience member said, "No, it's a bit gay."
“I’m a lesbian and our guitarist has one hand” 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets a band proudly challenging physical, emotional and musical barriers."We're all equal here, man" says Jackie Romeu, the lead singer of new band Nelson Romeu. "I'm a lesbian and our guitarist only has one hand!""People always want to know how he plays the guitar with one hand. All I can say is, he's always had one arm with not all his fingers, so he just has got by over the years. He lays the guitar on a piano stand and strums away. He makes his own path, you know what I'm saying?"
18th July 2006
LGBT community driven by gay friendly cars
12:00 AM — A survey of the top lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, gay car has revealed loyalty to gay friendly brands and ranked the sporty new 2007 Saturn Sky two-seat convertible as a must have for the community, according to a motoring website.Gaywheels.com, the first automotive website specifically targeted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community released research this week on the Top 10 LGBT vehicles.
Darren Hayes celebrates gay union 4
12:00 AM — Former Savage Garden frontman, Darren Hayes, has ended speculation over his sexuality after he came out yesterday and revealed he has had a civil partnership.The solo singer has often remained silent on his private life, but yesterday afternoon he published a statement on his website celebrating his civil ceremony with his partner of two years, Richard.
Oprah silences lesbian rumours
12:00 AM — US talk show host Oprah Winfrey has moved to quash rumours that she is in a lesbian relationship.Winfrey, host of the US's most highly rated talk show, told the Oprah Magazine, that people are misunderstanding her 30 year relationship with best friend, Gayle King.
17th July 2006
Gay Games go ahead despite heatwave and protests 3
12:00 AM — Athletes at the Gay Games in Chicago are attempting to beat a heatwave with temperatures reaching 38° C (100 ° F).A heatwave warning has been issued in the city which saw 465 people die in 1995 from heat related illnesses.However, organisers of the games claim that the heat will not stop athletes competing.
Mixed result for Jackson in dispute with former gay porn producer 2
12:00 AM — The Californian jury hearing the lawsuit between Michael Jackson and his former business partner, Marc Schaffel, decided that Jackson would pay Schaffel $700,000.Schaffel, who was sacked after the pop star found out about his former work as a gay porn director, had originally filed a lawsuit for breach of contract against Jackson for the $3.8 million that he claimed the singer owed him.
15th July 2006
Ashley Cole to marry in “wedding of the year” 1
12:00 AM — England footballer Ashley Cole is to marry Girls Aloud star, Cheryl Tweedy on Saturday in what is being dubbed, "the celebrity magazine wedding of the year."Cole and Tweedy are to tie the knot at Highclere Castle, Berkshire, the venue for singer Peter Andre and model Jordan's marriage last September.
14th July 2006
Brighton venue issues apology over homophobic performer 7
12:00 AM — A music venue in Brighton has apologised to the LGBT community for booking a notoriously homophobic Jamaican rap artist.The Concorde 2 live music venue, which is situated near the 'gay village' in Brighton's Kemp Town area, cancelled the gig by Buju Banton on 5th July. Initially, the club was unrepentant and admitted only cancelling the concert after pressure from Brighton and Hove Council and the LGBT community.
13th July 2006
HIV awareness concert cancelled following protests 3
12:00 AM — A concert to raise awayness of HIV and AIDs due to take place next week has been cancelled after protests relating to the homophobic lyrics of two of the performers.The gig, due to have been held in New York was to feature Jamaican reggae acts Beenie Man and TOK sparked protests from black LGBT campaigners outraged at the inclusion of the two acts.
12th July 2006
Banton Danish gig met with gay protests 7
12:00 AM — Just a week after reggae artist Buju Banton was banned from performing in Brighton, gay activists in Denmark have protested against the singer's scheduled gig in the country.Over 250 Danish gay campaigners demonstrated outside The Rock concert venue, calling for "zero tolerance for homophobia" and the elimination of "murder music."
Bloggers protest at homophobic line-up
12:00 AM — A group of black gay and lesbian campaigners have launched a campaign against a concert organiser's decision to allow reggae artists whose songs include homophobic lyrics to perform at an upcoming HIV/AIDs awareness concert.Bloggers from the US black gay community are protesting against scheduled performances by Beenie Man and TOK, calling on the HIV awareness group, LIFEbeat, organisers of the event on July 18 2006 in New York, to change the line-up.
11th July 2006
“Gay people like men;” Big Brother contestant wisdom 14
12:00 AM — Despite being self professedly gay, Big Brother housemate Michael is finding himself an unlikely ladies man.Housemate Jayne suggested that maybe Michael might not be gay after all, because she was convinced he fancied her. The two shared a bubble bath, though, no doubt to the chagrin of the producers, nothing remotely exciting happened.
10th July 2006
Martina Navratilova, lesbian icon, quits professional tennis 2
12:00 AM — The powerful left-handed tennis star, Martina Navratilova has retired from the professional circuit at the age of 49.The Czechoslovakian player, who was born in 1956, had never been on a grass court before arriving at the pre-Wimbledon tournament at queens. She spoke at the time of her amazement that the grass was so short - she had expected it to be long like a football pitch! Despite this, she soon discovered that this was a surface ideally suited to her aggressive style and incredible level of fitness.