29th September 2006
Web game sparks gay debate 17
12:00 AM — An internet gamer who complained after being told he could not use the word "gay" in his online identity has been criticised by fellow users for deliberately breaking the rules.This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too "vulgar" and "offensive."
28th September 2006
Gay slur stirs debate 3
12:00 AM — The Paul Scholes debate continued on our message boards last night."Of course the use of "Poofter" against someone who has done you wrong is a slur to the gay community. Any time a word is used with negative connotations it impacts badly."
Web bans gay characters 18
12:00 AM — A gay gamer has been forced to change his online screen identity after being told his username is too "vulgar" and "offensive" for internet role playing game City of Heroes.The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words.
27th September 2006
How offensive is “poofter” – football comment opens debate 9
12:00 AM — Paul Scholes, apparently used a homophobic insult last night after he received a yellow card during Manchester United's Champion's League victory against Portuguese side Benfica.But in the context of being carded and angry, is the insult "poofter" really wilfully anti gay, or just a throw away swear word? Is there a difference, and should this difference be important to us? PinkNews.co.uk took to the streets of Kings Cross to find out.
Pink wine for Pinknews 57
12:00 AM — Is it Autumn or is it still Summer? Who can tell.But as the sun breaks through the clouds over London, here at PinkNews we'll be drinking to the warm weather with a glass of wine the very essence of pink.Wine taster (nice work if you can get it) Sarah Knowles shares her top picks.
Puppini Sisters release first single 57
12:00 AM — The fabulously camp Puppini Sisters release their single Wuthering Heights today. Here at PinkNews we are totally in love with their quirky 1940's style, rock chick attitude and closer than Tom and Katie harmonies.Their update of the Kate Bush classic is witty and winkingly knowing. Arranged by band member Marcella, and owing something to the Supremes, the track is produced by Benoit Charest, the composer of Belle Ville Rendezvous. The track bubbles along like musical champagne - guaranteed to make you smile.
26th September 2006
London to host gay hip hop festival 4
12:00 AM — Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, yet it is hoped the hosting of a gay hip hop festival may go some way in helping to thaw this notoriously difficult relationship.US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L'il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.
25th September 2006
Carnival queen is a boy.
12:00 AM — A 15 year old boy named David Bridge has stunned locals in the village of Axbridge by being elected 'alternative carnival queen'.The annual Blackberry Carnival in Somerset held last weekend has been going for centuries, the only requirements for the role of carnival queen being enthusiasm and a big smile.
From car parks to pop charts 3
12:00 AM — When reporter Tony Grew first heard Jake Hook's music, he was sure there must be a team of producers and writers behind it.It turns out that Jake, while looking like the face any music guru would pick to launch a 'brand,' is in fact the genius behind all his own music and lyrics. PinkNews.co.uk sent Tony off into the wilds of North London to find out more.
22nd September 2006
Gay comedian saves life in pier drama
12:00 AM — Gay comedian Alan Carr, star of the Friday Night Project yesterday helped to save a man's life after he was about to jump from Blackpool Pier.Alan Carr along with tap dancing legend Lionel Blair had been filming an End-of-the Pier show in the North Pier's Sun Lounge when they heard the commotion before rushing to the scene to help.
21st September 2006
South Korea tips gay film for Oscar success
12:00 AM — South Korea has only recently taken homosexuality off its list of "unacceptable social acts," but now the conservative country has picked a gay themed production as its Foreign Language Film submission for next year's Oscars.The film, King and Clown, has been a surprise hit in South Korea selling over 12 million tickets, and now it hopes to follow the success of gay themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain which proved a hit at the Academy Awards this year.
20th September 2006
Big Brother cleared of exploiting vulnerable housemates 14
12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been cleared of accusations that it exploited vulnerable people for entertainment in this year's series.Mental health organisations complained to media regulator Ofcom claiming the reality show was putting unfair stress on unstable housemates such as Shahbaz who threatened to kill himself on air, Tourette's sufferer Pete and pre-op transsexual Sam.
Dis-Orientations: A Chinese gay revolution?
12:00 AM — A new play in London aims to tell the tale of modernisation and self-expression in developing areas of China, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if this production can help challenge the country's taboo attitude towards homosexuality."We will have to turn the lights down on the gay sex scene," Dis-Orientations' artistic director Michael Walling admits when asked if his new play, which attempts to merge Chinese Opera and British theatre, would work in China.
19th September 2006
Blazin Squad, gay 4 pay?
12:00 AM — Blazin' Squad are back, but with a few fundamental changes, PinkNews.co.uk's James Phillips asks whether the group are really gay friendly or just chasing the pink pound.Gone are the ten 16-year-old rappers who had previously been criticised for being pioneers of chav culture. Blazin' squad split in 2005, after three members went off to form Friday Hill, with three more members working on 'solo material' whilst the remaining four members consisting of Stuart, Sam, Plat'num and Melo - d now make up the new and revitalised Blazin Squad.
Pressure to cancel US Buju Banton gig 7
12:00 AM — LGBT campaigners have again demanded the cancellation of a concert due to be held this Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.Activists say the Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton hasn't repudiated a 1992 song that calls for violence against gays and lesbians, reports Rocky Mountain News.
Arsenal fans warned against “gay” Cole taunts 2
12:00 AM — Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has pleaded with fans not to tease former defender Ashley Cole after some were heard chanting homophobic songs about the former player who recently left the club for London rivals Chelsea.The chants were heard at Arsenal's win over Manchester United last weekend, relating to tabloid allegations which wrongly reported that Cole had been involved in a gay orgy.
European Parliament fights homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — The European Parliament has launched a report on social exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people.Members of the European Parliament (MEP) taking part at the launch agreed to draw up a declaration to stop homophobic behaviour in schools. MEPs from the Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights committed to take a lead on this initiative.
18th September 2006
Gay bars detecting drink spiking 2
12:00 AM — Following from recent PinkNews.co.uk articles addressing the problem of drink spiking come further developments in the war on drink drugging.By now a large portion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will have likely seen the anti drink spiking caps as demonstrated at both Brighton pride and currently being used within numerous South coast gay clubs. Yet now comes a new way of protecting yourself on a night out.
14th September 2006
Sarah Waters makes Booker prize shortlist
12:00 AM — Sarah Waters, who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's Man Booker prize, it has been announced.Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.
Elton John remembers fallen friends
12:00 AM — Singer Elton John has spoken candidly about the many friends he has lost to AIDS, cancer and assassination.A song on his new album, called "Blues Never Fade Away," mourns the loss of pals Gianni Versace, Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, and Diana, Princess of Wales.