30th August 2006
Europe mourns loss of first openly gay referee
12:00 AM — Tributes have been paid this week following the death of the only openly gay referee in the history of professional football.John Blankenstein, 57, a Dutch official who oversaw the 1993 UEFA Cup final and 1992 European Championship matches died last Friday from a kidney disease.
Seamen required for cruising channel 57
12:00 AM — The Big Cruise is looking for seamen to jump aboard when it sets sail next May on its maiden voyage.The luxury liner, described as "one of the campest ships in the fleet" by its owners, will set sail from Dover on a 3 day cruise around the channel, including a day in St Peter's Port, Guernsey.
29th August 2006
Matthew Parris: married on a Thursday 2
12:00 AM — The Times has revealed its star political columnist Matthew Parris has entered into a civil partnership with his long-time boyfriend.Parris, a former Conservative MP, 'tied the knot' in a ceremony in Bakewell, Derbyshire.His partner is Guardian journalist Julian Glover. They have been a couple for 11 years.
Jordan gets gong for gay comedy 3
12:00 AM — Actor Leslie Jordan, a regular guest star in gay sitcom Will and Grace has revealed how tears were flowing on the last day of filming the series.Speaking after winning an Emmy award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, he described Debra Messing (Grace) as distraught as the final curtain came down.
Saddam suffers South Park
12:00 AM — It has been revealed by the makers of hit cartoon TV show South Park that Saddam Hussein has seen his cartoon movie debut.Trey Parker and Matt Stone speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, claimed that the former dictator has been shown the film "repeatedly" by the US marines guarding him.
Thousands oppose gay venue closure 1
12:00 AM — Over 16,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure of the home of the G-A-Y nightclub.The Astoria was sold in June for around ?24 million to Derwent Valley developers who are reportedly planning to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.Partygoers including the gay community are determined to keep the popular music venue open.
Pride veterans shun gay pride charge
12:00 AM — Two former pride organisers protested against Manchester Pride by taking part in the march on Saturday but refusing to pay the £50 registration charge.In a move aimed at subverting, and protesting against Manchester Pride's charging over £50 for walkers, the pair, Ohmeed Ahi, chief steward of The Pink Festival, and Tim Groves, deputy chief steward of Europride 2006, shunned the registration process last weekend.
Man City FC sign up to Stonewall diversity scheme 3
12:00 AM — Manchester City have become the first professional football club to join the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.A spokesman for Stonewall, the leading gay rights organisation, praised the club for being the first to "put their head above the parapet," and hinted that other clubs may soon follow Man City's lead.Over 200 companies and organisations have now signed up for the scheme, which promotes good employment practice.
25th August 2006
COMMENT: Not all representation is positive 7
12:00 AM — Should we be happy that the rather shallow humour of Little Britain is being exported to America?Or that more and more companies are commissioning 'gay' adverts to appeal to homo-consumers?Representation is always a slippery issue. Tony Grew muses on whether more adverts and more gay jokes are a good thing.
24th August 2006
Police to march with gay pride in Manchester
12:00 AM — More police officers and staff than ever before will be taking part in this year's Manchester Pride parade on Saturday.This year around 125 police officers and staff from Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Warwickshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Humberside, North Wales, Durham and Merseyside will march in the parade under the 'Police with Pride' banner.
Original Stonewall Inn to close 3
12:00 AM — It is where the modern gay rights movement was born. Tired of years of police harassment, the denizens of Manhattan's run-down Stonewall Inn finally stood up for their rights and rioted.The events of those sultry June nights in 1969 ignited a power-keg, and the explosion was heard around the world.Within 12 months there were gay rights movements organising and protesting across the Western world.
Comment: Cartoon characters also go to Mars
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill calls for an end to the hunt for homosexual cartoon characters.The frenzy of concern has recently crossed the channel from the United States and taken hold of the media during the newspaper silly season.Thanks to cigarette smoking blue cats, domestically abusive homophobic miners (Fred Flintstone, apparently), and accusations of characters being overly violent, subversive, or homosexual, the media can complain for long quiet periods about children's television.
In my Liverpool homo
12:00 AM — Life for gay men in austere 1950's Britain was grim. Homosexual relationships were illegal and the country had a buttoned-up moral and social atmosphere.One way to escape was to join the merchant navy, where gay flamboyance was tolerated, even welcomed.Now the Merseyside Maritime Museum is hosting an exhibition, entitled Hello Sailor! documenting these hidden gay lives.
Petition launched to save gay club
12:00 AM — A petition has been launched to save the home of the G-A-Y nightclub.The Astoria was sold in June for around £24 million to Derwent Valley developers who intend to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats, but partygoers including the gay community are determined to keep the popular music venue open.
Lesbian Barbie upsets Mattel 6
12:00 AM — The honour of a tiny 46-year-old plastic woman is at the centre of an argument between a Brazilian artist and a major toy manufacturer.The pneumatic curves of the iconic Barbie doll have provided inspiration to photographer Karin Schwarz.Her pictures of the blonde in compromising situations with other female models have upset Mattel
23rd August 2006
Gay presenter to front music quiz show
12:00 AM — Gay comic and ex-Pop World presenter, Simon Amstell, has been announced as the new host of music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.Amstell, who guest hosted an episode of the show in March, joins the show as full time host, replacing Mark Lamarr, from the next series which will be shown on BBC2 later this year.
Homophobia, or just time moving on? 1
12:00 AM — A Bromley man has told his local paper he fears that a former gay pub is being homophobic by displaying signs informing customers that it is no longer gay.Chris Jones told The Bromley News Shopper that the pub, the Crown Anchor, closed for refurbishment since the start of the month, has been at the centre of gay life in the area for over 20 years.
“People have a right to believe homosexuality is wrong” 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill meets an artist fighting the stereotype of being a gay rapper in an industry perceived to be against him, and instead supporting campaigns against homophobia in schools.A couple of years ago QBoy appeared, and was pasted across the straight media as the acceptable gay, white rapper, confronting homophobic hip hop.But as I wait outside his plush South London apartment as he get dressed, images of a white 50 Cent in a vest are soon dashed.
Manc pride to feature 12ft gay angel 2
12:00 AM — Age Concern are set to make an impression at this year's Manchester pride, with an ingenious float and some custom-made wheel chairs.The charity want to highlight the support they give to older LGBT people, and after individual appearances at a range of pride events, Age Concern branches from across the NorthWest have joined forces.
Gay stars dominate Channel 4 schedule
12:00 AM — Celebrities including gay stars George Michael and Boy George are to be lampooned in a new satirical sketch show on Channel 4.Star Stories, launched as part of the station's autumn line-up, will include pastiches of the 1985 Live Aid concert featuring George Michael and of Boy George doing his recent community service.