23rd August 2006
“People have a right to believe homosexuality is wrong” 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill meets an artist fighting the stereotype of being a gay rapper in an industry perceived to be against him, and instead supporting campaigns against homophobia in schools.A couple of years ago QBoy appeared, and was pasted across the straight media as the acceptable gay, white rapper, confronting homophobic hip hop.But as I wait outside his plush South London apartment as he get dressed, images of a white 50 Cent in a vest are soon dashed.
Manc pride to feature 12ft gay angel 2
12:00 AM — Age Concern are set to make an impression at this year's Manchester pride, with an ingenious float and some custom-made wheel chairs.The charity want to highlight the support they give to older LGBT people, and after individual appearances at a range of pride events, Age Concern branches from across the NorthWest have joined forces.
Gay stars dominate Channel 4 schedule
12:00 AM — Celebrities including gay stars George Michael and Boy George are to be lampooned in a new satirical sketch show on Channel 4.Star Stories, launched as part of the station's autumn line-up, will include pastiches of the 1985 Live Aid concert featuring George Michael and of Boy George doing his recent community service.
Gay presenter to front music quiz show
12:00 AM — Gay comic and ex-Pop World presenter, Simon Amstell, has been announced as the new host of music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.Amstell, who guest hosted an episode of the show in March, joins the show as full time host, replacing Mark Lamarr, from the next series which will be shown on BBC2 later this year.
Homophobia, or just time moving on? 1
12:00 AM — A Bromley man has told his local paper he fears that a former gay pub is being homophobic by displaying signs informing customers that it is no longer gay.Chris Jones told The Bromley News Shopper that the pub, the Crown Anchor, closed for refurbishment since the start of the month, has been at the centre of gay life in the area for over 20 years.
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.