5th September 2007
Straight people encouraged to come out for gay rights
12:02 AM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in the US has announced a series of 25 new 'Be an Ally a Friend' adverts featuring 22 top entertainers from the world of television, film and sports."The 'Be an Ally a Friend' campaign empowers each and every one of us to make a difference in the lives of loved ones by listening to and supporting those who come out," GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said."The straight allies and community members who gave their time and energy to this campaign deserve our deepest thanks for participating in this effort to reach a critical audience."
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Lesbian bar joins Stonewall project 1
12:02 AM — The first lesbian bar to join Stonewall's Bar and Club partnership has said it wants to improve lesbian health.The Oak Bar, in Haringey, is holding a lesbian beach party on Saturday 22 September with limbo dancers and DJs. Guests in swimwear can get in for only £3.Jaki Dinse, manager of the Oak Bar, said: "We're thrilled to be involved with this Stonewall initiative and we're particularly pleased to support the campaigning work around lesbian health.
4th September 2007
Buenos Aires offers gay discount card
4:44 PM — Authorities in the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires have introduced a discount card for gay tourists.Card-holders can use the card at participating restaurants, hotels, medical emergency centres and even lawyers' offices.The cards are released as Buenos Aires enjoys an unparalleled influx of gay tourists, now constituting 10 to 15 percent of visitors to the city.
Homophobic bullying website wins celebrity support 3
12:23 PM — Big name stars have come out in support of a new website aimed at tackling homophobic bullying in rural parts of the UK.Among those contributing to the site, which aims to bring gay teenagers together to make short films about their lives, are Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies and Big Brother star Josh Rafter.Russell T Davies said: "The most extraordinary thing to happen over the past 10 years is the existence of the gay teenager.
3rd September 2007
Gay French rugby clubs unite as World Cup nears
4:27 PM — France's network of gay rugby clubs are closing ranks to challenge homophobic sentiment on and off the pitch as the World Cup gears up to its first match.French gay rugby clubs game relatively late to the game, sometime after the UK, South Africa and Australia started the trend, but they are intent on making up lost ground."It always surprises people when at the beginning of a match we introduce ourselves as a gay team, but once on the pitch, we earn the other side's respect," Christophe Solignac, trainer for the "Melee Alpine" (Alpine Scrum) team in Grenoble in the French Alps told AFP.
Gay sports event comes to England
4:27 PM — The gay sports movement is sweeping the world, and in the tradition of the Pride Games, which have taken place in Manchester and Calgary, North East England is welcoming an event of their own: The 2007 Gaymes.The event promises to be the one of the biggest sports day events to hit the small seaport town.Nikki Ward, who is a volunteer at Hart Gables, which is a support group for the LGBT community in the area, initially thought up the event.
Osbourne sacked from X-Factor for calling Cowell gay 1
4:13 PM — In an explosive interview given to a tabloid paper, David Arden, Sharon Osbourne's brother, claims Simon Cowell had her fired from X-Factor because she repeatedly told him he was gay."She tells everyone he's gay. She claims he's in the closet and doesn't know yet he's homosexual, which is ridiculous," Mr Arden said."Sharon told me that at the end of series one Simon actually got her fired for her jibes and nastiness to him and the contestants."
Pitt: ‘I love a gay story’ 1
3:16 PM — Brad Pitt has confirmed he has a special place in his heart for gay stories, during publicity for the release of his new film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.Answering questions from critics at the Venice Film Festival, where the film opened, Pitt appeared temporarily stunned when asked if the tale - a western - was actually a gay drama about the relationship between two men."If that's what works for you, it's absolutely fine," he replied.
Gay superhero comes to the rescue 3
12:16 PM — A force has arrived to bring hope to an industry starved of gay inspiration - Thom Creed.A new novel by Perry Moore, producer of the Chronicles of Narnia film series, aims to address the dearth of high-profile gay superheroes in the comic industry.Hero tells the story of Creed as he struggles to come to terms with his sexuality in high school while discovering he has new found superpowers.
29th August 2007
Interview: Ten minutes with producer Lori Kaye, champion of lesbian reality TV
11:30 PM — For more than a decade, reality television producer, and Bronx native Lori Kaye has made her digs in sunny Los Angeles but the successful, Hollywood heavy-hitter is still rooted in good old east-coast sensibility.A once and future stand up comedian, Kaye has helped lesbians on reality television rise from the ranks of novelty or secondary characters to genuine stars.Now Kaye can add to her resume, which includes Joe Millionaire, The Ride: Seven Days to End Aids, Work Out and Curl Girls, the honor of being named one of Power Up's Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz for 2007.
GLAAD calls on TV host to apologise for anti-gay remarks 5
11:30 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is calling on Tucker Carlson, NBC News and MSNBC to apologise for remarks made on Tuesday night that appear to condone violent assault.On the Aug. 28 edition of "MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams," MSNBC host Tucker Carlson referenced an incident from his past when he was the recipient of an unwanted advance from another man.
English traffic officers visit pride event for the first time 11
11:30 PM — Highways Agency Traffic Officers - England's newest uniformed service - really got into the swing of things at last weekend's Manchester Pride event.It was the first time that Traffic Officers had ever officially visited a pride event in England.The Agency took a stand to the event as well as several Traffic Officers from the North West Traffic Officer Service and one of their high-visibility 4WD patrol vehicles.
Talksport homophobic comments “highly offensive” 3
11:34 AM — The broadcasting watchdog has heavily criticised two homophobic outbursts broadcast on talk radio station Talksport - both of them from presenters.Ofcom said that a bizarre series of comments from Mike Mendoza in May comparing gay people to paedophiles were highly offensive.The radio station said that Mendoza had been suspended for a week after the incident.
‘Ambisexual’ singer Mika nominated for music award 2
11:27 AM — Chart-topping singer-songwriter, Mika, has been nominated for the prestigious BT Digital Music Awards 2007.Under the category of 'Best Pop Artist in association with TV Hits', the Beirut-born singer will be up against Natasha Bedingfield, Simon Webb, Lil Chris and The Hoosiers for the award.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released in February this year.
One in four women would bed another woman 2
11:27 AM — One in four women would consider having sex with another woman according to a new online survey of the nation's female sex lives.Ninety-one per cent of the women questioned described themselves as either heterosexual or straight in the survey, but 26 per cent admitted that they would consider having sex with a women, or that they had fantasised about it.Of more than 200 women questioned in the survey, conducted by lesbian personals site GaydarGirls.com, seven per cent admitted they had had sex with another woman.
BBC3 commissions new teen transexual documentary 2
11:27 AM — BBC3 has commissioned eight documentaries for its third Body Image season, including the story of an 18-year-old trans woman who travels to Thailand to undergo genital surgery.BBC3 will follow up last season's Lucy: Teen Transsexual with Lucy: Teen Transsexual in Thailand, which continues the story of 18-year-old Lucy Parker as she travels to Thailand to undergo male-to-female genital reconstruction surgery to bring her body into harmony with her gender identity.Lucy has already undergone two years of hormone treatment, psychological analysis and surgery, making her one of Britain's youngest transsexual women.
28th August 2007
LGBT arts festival gaining international momentum 1
3:47 PM — The GFest arts festival, due to begin in November, is starting to whip up international artistic interest as it begins to receive submissions from across the globe.The event, sponsored in part by PinkNews.co.uk, aims to provide a platform for LGBT artists to express themselves.Divided into three broad categories, the festival will show short film screenings, performance events and a visual arts exhibition.
Pro-gay hip hop album released
3:17 PM — Traditional hip-hop lyrics about guns, women and homophobia are about to face a new competitor in the race for young Americans' hearts and minds.Princeton religious professor Cornel West has released an album designed to counter rap's negative image, with major names like KRS-One and Levert participating."We need to respectfully challenge [rappers] on the issues of misogyny and homophobia," says West.
Manchester celebrates Pride all weekend 11
2:25 PM — An estimated 250,000 people took to the streets of Manchester last weekend to celebrate the culmination of eleven days of Pride events.After 78 hours of partying at the Big Weekend, a solemn candlelit vigil was held to remember all those whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS yesterday.The opening event of the weekend was a civil partnership ceremony for ten couples at Marriott Victoria Albert Hotel.