17th April 2006
Gay travel group set sail with world’s largest cruise ship
12:00 AM — Atlantis Events, a company specialising in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, has announced it will charter the world's largest passenger ship in January 2007 for a Caribbean cruise.Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas ship will cater for over 3000 passengers with high tech facilities once completed in Finland.
14th April 2006
Race for Gay Games registration 3
12:00 AM — Chicago organisers of the 2006 Gay Games have announced they now have more than 10,000 participants from over 45 countries committed to attending the event in July."With just 100 days to go before the 2006 Gay Games open in Chicago," said Brian McGuinness, Gay Games Chicago executive director, "our registration rates remain ahead of expectations with 12,000 participating athletes and artists expected to march into the 15 July 2006 Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field."
13th April 2006
Danny La Rue to take to the stage again 4
12:00 AM — Danny La Rue may well take to the stage again, after making good progress with his recovery from a debilitating stroke earlier this year.La Rue will tour in Wolverhampton in June, quashing rumours that he is too ill to perform at venues around the UK because of a stroke.
Brokeback Mountain banned in US prison
12:00 AM — A Massachusetts corrections officer found himself in hot water last week when he screened Brokeback Mountain for his inmates.The so-called "gay cowboy" film, was not on a list of approved video material, because it violated official policy of showing sexual content. The officer who pushed the play button now faces a disciplinary hearing.
London gay Men’s Chorus to celebrate 15th birthday
12:00 AM — The London gay Men's Chorus is to celebrate it's 15th birthday with a concert on 29th of April at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square in London."We'll be performing lots of old favourites and things that we're often requested to sing" said ,a member of the choir for 12 years. The programme includes music ranging from Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" to Rogers and Hammer stein's "Keep it Gay!"
What do kids think about gay football heroes?
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs a detailed and thorough survey of professional footballers in the UK reveals that 57% consider the sport to be homophobic, PinkNews.co.uk's only slightly less comprehensive children's survey suggests a more tolerant future for gay footballers.Interrupting a kick about in a local playground, the young teens initially giggled when I asked them if sexuality should come into play in football, (my fault - I shouldn't have used the hilarious "s" word), but were happy to talk about their understanding of the "gay footballer" issue.
12th April 2006
Apprentice contestant is a lesbian, friends say 3
12:00 AM — A contestant on Sir Alan Sugar's TV show, "The Apprentice," has been outed by a British tabloid.Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian and is divorcing her husband, Ian.
10th April 2006
Censorship row hits Canadian gay pride
12:00 AM — Gay pride organisers in Canada have revealed problems with arrangements after some participants have complained about a lack of inclusive family events.Pride planners do not want to censor behaviour but also want to make everyone feel comfortable to attend.
EastEnders star to quit show after lesbian storyline ends
12:00 AM — EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy is to quit the hit soap opera in order to pursue a wider acting career.Casidy who has played Sonia Fowler for thirteen years first arrived on Albert Square as a cheeky, trumpet playing girl.The following years saw her give birth without knowing that she was pregnant, her mother Carol abandoning her, kidnap her adopted child, become engaged to car mechanic Jamie Mitchell and nursing him to death.
American idol contestant blames anti-gay backlash for poor vote
12:00 AM — An American Idol contestant has blamed her Christian beliefs as a factor for her being voted off the show last week.Mandisa Hundley, a Christian soul singer, says her praise of author Beth Moore, from biblical group, the Living Proof ministries, may have damaged her reputation and made people think she was anti gay.
International Day Against Homophobia launches 2
12:00 AM — An audience of over 100 witnessed the official launch of the UK's International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) campaign in the auditorium of Amnesty International Human Rights Centre last Friday evening.Louis-Georges Tin, founder of IDAHO, explained how the campaign which started last year had spread to over 40 countries.
Elton John’s spring clearout
12:00 AM — Gay star Elton John and David Furnish will be spring cleaning today as they sell off almost 10,000 articles of their clothing for charity.The closet clearout at the Rockerfeller Centre in New York, will raise money for the Elton John AIDs Foundation.
Gay boycott threat prompts gym sale
12:00 AM — A gym popular with the gay community has avoided a boycott after one of the owners sold his share of the business.Gay and Democratic activists had planned to avoid Philadelphia's 12th Street Gym to protest Bob Guzzardi's support of anti gay Republican Senator Rick Santorum, as well as other conservative causes.
7th April 2006
Prison officer punished for Brokeback screening
12:00 AM — A prison officer is facing punishment for arranging a screening of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The unnamed officer from a Norfolk prison in Massachusetts is accused of breaking prison guidelines because of the "graphic nature of sexually explicit scenes."
Actress recognised for gay work 1
12:00 AM — She's played a lesbian serial killer in Monster and previously refused to marry her boyfriend until same sex marriage was legalised in America, and now actress Charlize Theron has deservingly been given an award for raising issues of the gay community.Theron, was honoured for increasing "visibility and understanding" of homosexuality, at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards in Los Angeles last weekend.
Brokeback cowboy becomes the Godfather
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain's gay cowboy's Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal have found a way of becoming closer in real life.Gyllenhaal has been suggested as a possible godfather for Ledger's six-month-old daughter, Matilda Rose.
Football manager faces ban over gay remarks
12:00 AM — Former Brazil coach, Wanderley Luxemburgo is facing a possible one year ban from football management after allegedly making gay remarks towards a referee.Luxemburgo, currently managing Santos in Brazil, is being investigated for making inappropriate comments about a match official in his team's 3-1 defeat to Sao Paulo.
Brokeback star reveals child plans
12:00 AM — Brokeback Mountain's leading gay cowboy, Heath Ledger, has openly expressed his heterosexuality through a desire to father around half a dozen children.The Oscar nominated, Australian actor, who currently has one daughter called Matilda, revealed that six children would be an ideal "magic number."
Rabbi to tackle gay parenting on reality TV show
12:00 AM — A rabbi best known in Britain for his book "Kosher Sex" and his friendship (now lapsed) with the bizarre pop star Michael Jackson is to present a new reality television show about troubled families called "Shalom in the Home." Among the first issues to be discussed will be gay parenting.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach became a prominent figure in the British media circuit in the late 1990s whilst chaplain for the Oxford University L'Chaim ("to life") Society.
Gay birds duck female advances
12:00 AM — Two male ducks are driving park keepers and their female counterparts quackers by refusing the advances of the opposite sex for each other.The Swedish shelducks have ignored calls from lady ducks over the last three years and appear to deliberately stick together.