13th November 2006
Pig-headed gay row over medieval marriage contest
12:00 AM — Committee members organising an ancient marriage event are debating whether to include civil partners in a 900 year old contest to find the happiest married couple.The Dunmow Flitch Trials are held every four years and require married couples to persuade a judge and jury of "6 maidens and 6 bachelors" that they would "not wisht themselves unmarried," but now a debate has emerged between the Essex organisers whether to include same sex couples.
10th November 2006
Mid-terms make gay groups GLAAD 3
12:00 AM — A gay media monitor is calling on the US to examine how growing cultural acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and families helped to shape -- and will be impacted by -- the 2006 mid-term elections.The poll saw a record increase in the amount of gay and lesbian candidates elected, but was coupled with gay marriage bans implemented in several states.
9th November 2006
Gay designer zips into jungle 1
12:00 AM — A gay fashion designer, a former soap-star and Tony Blair's sister in-law will be roaring into the jungle for the latest series of ITV's reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here next week.Gay designer Scott Henshall, who has dressed stars such as Paris Hilton and Kylie Minogue, says he aims to attract some male talent in the jungle, where he will be joined by ex Neighbours heartthrob Jason Donovan, and Lauren Booth, half-sister of the Prime Minister's wife.
8th November 2006
Homophobia is not Wright
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia is unacceptable in an office so should not be advocated on a football pitch, former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said last night.Wright, now a football pundit and part time TV presenter, called on all discrimination to be outlawed as it makes it harder for players to perform.
Gay icon divorcing again 4
12:00 AM — Just one day after popping up on The Late Show with David Letterman to show off her trim new figure and short blonde bob, a reinvented Britney Spears dropped another bomb—she's divorcing hubby Kevin Federline.According to reports from CNN, the pop singer filed legal papers yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences" and is asking for legal and physical custody of their two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James.
Gay stars “lanced”
12:00 AM — Celebrities who are outed by the media should be referred to as "lanced," according to former N'Sync band member Lance Bass.The star who recently came out coined the turn after seeing oterh celebrities being forced out of the closet.His terminology was revealed by his partner, gay model, Reichen Lehmkuhl.
7th November 2006
Castro’s niece encourages Cuba’s first gay soap character 4
12:00 AM — Cuba is airing the communist island's first TV programme featuring openly gay characters.The Hidden Side of the Moon broke macho telenovela tradition this spring with a story line about a married man who falls in love with another man and becomes HIV-positive.
Elton John’s F-word record tirade
12:00 AM — Fans have criticised gay star Sir Elton John after the singer launched into a swearing tirade against his record label for not promoting his new album adequately.The singer used a concert in New York recently to showcase his new material but added that people may not have heard the songs as his label Interscope Records "haven't promoted it."
6th November 2006
X-Factor judges in homophobic row 3
12:00 AM — Reality show judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh launched gay insults at each other during last weekend's X Factor resulting in an off camera confrontation, according to reports.The music moguls who form the show's judging panel along with Sharon Osbourne, are known to have a tempestuous on-screen relationship, but Walsh is alleged to have had enough after Cowell insinuated that the Irish pop scout is gay during the live show.
Commentator suspended for gay slur
12:00 AM — An American football commentator has apologised after being suspended for using the word "gay" to describe a poor pass.ESPN commentator Brian Kinchen was reprimanded after he allegedly made a homophobic comment when commenting on a college game between Iowa and Northern Illinois.
French football tackles homophobia
12:00 AM — French football is showing the red card to homophobia in a new campaign launched at one of the country's top clubs.The Carton Rouge a l'Homophobie campaign kicked off inside the Parc de Prince stadium at a match between Paris Saint Germain and RC Lens in the French capital last night.
Clare Balding to present Melbourne Cup 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung looks back on a great year for BBC sports presenter Clare Balding including a civil partnership and now expert punditry status.As the American public get ready for a biennial event that is an election, on the same day - though 24 hours earlier - and on the other side of the world, another nation is gearing up for something which is equally unavoidable - the annual betting bonanza that is the Melbourne Cup.
PinkNews named Publication of the Year 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last week.The site was described by the host Sir Ian McKellen as "the only one-stop shop for all news with a gay slant" at the charity's inaugural awards ceremony inside the Royal Academy of Arts.
3rd November 2006
Borat – Parody or Prejudice? 3
12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if controversial film Borat Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is parodying prejudice or pandering to it?The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist.
BBC backs gay Bully of the Year 3
12:00 AM — Friends of Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles have leapt to the presenter's defence after he was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.Stonewall supporters chose Moyles out of a list of public figures including former Muslim Council of Britain head Sir Iqbal Sacranie and the Archbishop of Westminster, who are seen to have caused distress in the gay community recently.
2nd November 2006
Corrie star launches LGBT category in Best Bar None awards
12:00 AM — Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has officially launched Manchester's Best Bar None awards, which for this year includes an LGBT category for the first time.Ms Callard, who plays Liz McDonald in the popular soap, encouraged responsible venues to get involved with the initiative, that rewards well managed venues who take their customers' safety seriously.
Gay artists Think Pink for World AIDS Day 1
12:00 AM — Hastings, home of the saucy postcard, will be raising eyebrows once more this December with the launch of a major new art exhibition, Think Pink, bringing together a bevy of the UK's leading gay artists.Opening on World Aids Day, December 1st, the show challenges near-neighbour Brighton's seaside gay monopoly by combining art with key messages on safer sex and modern gay life.
Stonewall prepares for first gay awards 2
12:00 AM — Stonewall will tonight host its first annual awards ceremony at London's Royal Academy of Arts.The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.
Kick homophobia up the Arsenal 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman questions the effectiveness of anti-homophobia campaigns in sport.Kick It Out, a campaign group against discrimination in sport just finished a week long awareness extravaganza. Although there were not many events against homophobia, sports fans have been warned all week that discrimination is wrong and to show others' respect.So I couldn't help but smile as I sat in Arsenal Football Club's plush new Emirates' Stadium last night when the host announced that all fans should respect the travelling supporters for CSKA Moscow "because discrimination is wrong."
Stonewall celebrates gay friendly Britain 2
12:00 AM — Writers, broadcasters, politicians, campaigners, actors and actresses will gather at the Royal Academy of Arts tonight to celebrate the contribution of gay and lesbian personalities as well as gay friendly public figures.The event marks gay charity Stonewall's first award's ceremony, PinkNews.co.uk assesses this year's nominees.