21st August 2006
Where are all the gays, GLAAD asks TV networks
12:00 AM — American gay rights activists have revealed that only 1.3% of characters on network entertainment programming are LBGT.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said that despite the increased interest in gay and lesbian issues at the cinema, the conservative big six networks were still not anywhere near representative.
McKellen and Gervais clash over Extras script
12:00 AM — Gay icon Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that his guest appearance in the upcoming series of BBC hit comedy Extras caused tension with creator Ricky Gervais.The series features famous actors playing grotesque versions of themselves and has previously starred Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson.Writing on his official website, McKellen revealed that he wanted rewrites to the script.
Thorpe: gay rumours don’t bother me
12:00 AM — Olympic legend Ian Thorpe has said that persistent rumours about his sexuality are not based in fact.The 23-year-old swimmer also hit back at rumours that he has grown fat while training in LA.Known as 'The Thorpedo', he won five Olympic gold medals for Australia, and has high hopes for more glory at the 2008 Beijing.
Ofcom slaps C4′s wrist over Elton’s teatime cursing
12:00 AM — Television regulator Ofcom has criticised Channel 4 over an episode of the Paul O'Grady show in which Elton John used the word "wanker."MediaGuardian reports that the regulator regarded the use of the curse word as unfortunate.Although the term is regarded as mild, a large part of O'Grady's audience are older people, and therefore more likely to be offended by its use.
18th August 2006
Martina urges gay N-Sync star to become role model 1
12:00 AM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has written to People magazine praising N-Sync star Lance Bass for coming out.Bass revealed his sexuality in a cover story for the popular US magazine last month, and also spoke about his relationship with his boyfriend, TV presenter and model Reichen Lehmkuhl.Martina's letter, published in the most recent edition of People, reads: "Lance Bass is a courageous young man."
Jewish gay porn actor to entertain Israeli troops 15
12:00 AM — It's not quite Bob Hope being helicoptered into Siagon to entertain the boys in khaki.An American-based porn actor has announced on his website that he will be performing for the troops during a trip to Israel later this month.
Joan Rivers searches NYC for perfect gay sidekick
12:00 AM — Entertainment legend Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.The untitled project for Bravo has generated gossip among the better-off gay residents of Manhattan.One of those who auditioned for the coveted role told the New York Observer: "It was as if they took all the notable gays in the city and brought them in."
The local band challenging national anti-gay laws
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn Monday Pink News brought you the story of Paparazzi Whore cancelling a gig in Pacha Marrakech over problems with Moroccan law regarding homosexuality, Dave McElhill meets a band challenging African attitudes.Speaking to lead singer Micci leaves you in no doubt that Paparazzi Whore are a band on the rise, with their strong lyrics and fun take on life.
Comment – Bible bashing homophobes 7
12:00 AM — Dave McElhill takes a look at emails doing the rounds and investigates the background to this great analysis of Biblical views on the people populating God's green earth.Are you tired of having to deal with all those dull old arguments concerning the Bible's view of homosexuality? Bored of hearing the same old rants?
17th August 2006
Caribbean gays reject Beenie Man 3
12:00 AM — The organisers of the current Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in the Caribbean have been urged to drop dancehall music star, Beenie Man, as the singer of the official tournament anthem because of his homophobic lyrics.The call comes from C-FLAG, the Caribbean Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays.
Transsexual politician demands louder Japanese gay pride
12:00 AM — Japan's gay community must make itself known in the country, the country's only transsexual politician announced last week.Aya Kamikawa addressed around 4,000 people at last weekend's Tokyo Gay Pride, proclaiming, "If we do not raise our voices, nobody will know of our existence."
Tel Aviv hosts AIDS art exhibition 3
12:00 AM — This August the Artspace hall will host the 'Positive Photographers-Positive' exhibition in the Israeli city Tel Aviv.The exhibition, running until September 4, involves work that stems from the emotions and experiences of eight people living with AIDS in modern Israel.
Graham Norton set for another three years with Auntie
12:00 AM — The BBC today announced that comedian Graham Norton has renewed his exclusive contract with the corporation for another three years.Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Strictly Dance Fever.
16th August 2006
‘Date rape’ drug victims get Revenge at gay bar
12:00 AM — Brighton nightclub Revenge has become the first gay venue in the city to offer protection against drink spiking.The club, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, is now giving customers the choice of numerous anti-spiking devices when they order a drink.
Busy week for Bristol gays
12:00 AM — Bristol is preparing to hold its annual Mardi Gras Festival, with the organisers hoping to bring 10,000 people to the city during the week long event.The Bristol FRINGE event has been running all week, beginning last Sunday, with its closing party planned for the same day as the Mardi Gras on Saturday 19 August.
15th August 2006
Gay singer gets sweeping 8
12:00 AM — Boy George has begun his five days of community service in New York saying "I just want to do my job."The former Culture Club frontman appeared decked out in street sweepers orange vest to report for the first of five days work with the city's Department of Sanitation to undergo an "exercise in humiliation or in humility."
Gay radio station hits airwaves with pride
12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) radio station has hit the airwaves in Manchester, coinciding with the city's pride festival this weekend.The organisers of "Gaydio" intend for the station to have its first broadcast this week and to go on for a fortnight.
14th August 2006
Paparazzi Whore leave Marrakech Express over homophobia 57
12:00 AM — New band Paparazzi Whore have cancelled their headline gig at Pacha Marrakech this September due to concerns by the band over the treatment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals in Morocco.Paparazzi Whore were originally due to play at the 'A Small World' party on 2 September, but cancelled due to what Micci, the bands lead singer, has identified as 'suppression' of individual choice by state law.
11th August 2006
UK Black Pride Festival set for Southend next weekend 1
12:00 AM — The first UK Black Pride (UKBP) festival will be held on Saturday 19th August at the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea.Organisers hope the festival will become an annual summer event. It aims to foster pride, empowerment and a positive presence for black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.
9th August 2006
Synchronised swimming not for gays
12:00 AM — A gay synchronised swimming team has been banned from performing at an international meet, as the International Olympic Committee continues to insist that the sport is for females only.The ten men and four women squad from the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club had been invited to perform a routine at the FINA Masters in Stamford, California this week. Local organisers knew that the male team would not be able to compete organised a demonstration of their routine.