22nd March 2006
No tax increase on spirits puts gay bar owners in party mood
12:00 AM — Gay bars breathed a sigh of relief as Chancellor Gordon Brown announced his budget for 2006 today. Spirits and Champagne will not be subject to a tax increase, though beer and wine drinkers will have to drown their sorrows as the beverages are hit with a 1p and 4p tax hike respectively.James Norton, Duty Manager at the gay bar 79CXR said "I'm delighted they're not taxing champagne because we sell quite a lot of that, and spirits too. That's great as far as we're concerned!"
20th March 2006
Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music 2
12:00 AM — Pop diva Beverly Knight has spoken out against the blatant homophobia in a great deal of music from black artists including Beenie Man.Ms Knight first spoke out against homophobia in 2004 following the death of her friend, the television presenter Tyrone Jameson who died of AIDs.The pop star has in her own right become an icon of the gay community.
19th March 2006
Boyzone star holds gay wedding in London 2
12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner in a civil ceremony at an exclusive hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.The 30-year-old singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, in Las Vegas three years ago.A spokesman for the Goring Hotel said that Sir Elton John, who was expected to be one of the guests, was not present.
Beckham’s ex says she’s not a lesbian, but is bisexual
12:00 AM — Rebecca Loos, who famously enjoyed a brief affair with England and Real Madrid star David Beckham says that despite being bisexual, she would only settle down with a man.The former personal assistant said: "I love lesbians but I'm not one myself. I'm bisexual. I do fancy some women, but only very occasionally. I rarely walk into a room and am attracted to a girl. I'm very picky. But there is the potential for me to fancy women."
17th March 2006
Gay affair break up captures the nation
12:00 AM — A woman whose engagement fell apart after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has generated a hugely emotive and informative debate in a UK broadsheet.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, has caught the heart and minds of readers of The Times.
Dutch group tackles gay Muslim tensions
12:00 AM — A Dutch multicultural group is hoping to attack tensions between gay and Muslim groups with a football tournament.The Institute of Multicultural Development (IMD) will hold the competition next week in reaction to a survey by the Police Research Academy which blamed people of Moroccan and Turkish origin for a significant amount of homophobic attacks.
Gay star’s partner says no to Wife Swap
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has refused to take part in a gay celebrity Wife Swap episode with TV presenter Michael Barrymore.Kenny Goss ruled out the switch at the Terrence Higgins Trust celebrity auction at Christies this week, where a dinner date with his partner was auctioned off.
Gay agency offers Greek trip for biggest fundraisers
12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) is offering a holiday to the Greek Island of Mykonos for the person who can raise the most money for the charitable organisation.Supporters can fundraise in any way they like and whoever sends the largest amount of proceeds to the NAT will win the trip with gay tour operator, Respect holidays.
16th March 2006
Gays banned from St Patrick’s Day 2
12:00 AM — As big green hats and Guinness cans begin to fill the world's biggest cities for this year's St Patrick's Day, it has emerged that gay groups have been rejected from taking part in the New York parade.The annual Irish celebration which is embraced by all cultures irrelevant of the nationality, has been thrown into a gay rights debate after the chairman of the Manhattan parade, John Dunleavy, blocked an approach from New York's gay council leader, Christine Quinn, to allow gay groups to join the march.
Homophobia being kicked out of sport
12:00 AM — Gay footballers are looking to give homophobia a thrashing after highlighting the issue in a 7-0 friendly victory against the UK Parliamentary Football Club.The match, between gay football team Stonewall FC and the all party parliamentary side, was arranged to raise awareness of homophobia.
Gay singer auctioned for HIV charity
12:00 AM — An erotic Tracey Emin print and a night out with gay star George Michael were two of the auction lots which helped to raise over £230,000 at the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night.The auction, sponsored by Barclays, was attended by Tracey, Kenny and other celebrity supportersincluding Penny Smith, Richard Arnold, Lee Otway and Lord Brockett.
US politician says Elton John should be executed 5
12:00 AM — A US Senate candidate has claimed that gay singer Elton John and Dick Cheney's daughter should be sentenced to death because of they are homosexuals.Democratic candidate, Merril Keiser, appeared on a popular US podcast ,where he repeated previously reported views that homosexuality should be punishable by death.
Craig David wants to rewind gay rumours 3
12:00 AM — British R B singer Craig David has blamed his lack of luck with the opposite sex on reports earlier in his career that he is gay.He explained that rumours started about his sexual orientation after he deliberately shied away from fans because of their age and experience.
15th March 2006
Westlife star: “being a gay icon is a great challenge” 8
12:00 AM — Gay Westlife star Mark Feehily has claimed that becoming a gay icon has been his biggest challenge so far.The singer who came out last August after announcing his relationship with Kevin McDaid, a former member of the boy band V.Mr Feehily told the Irish Mirror: "If somebody does come out that is in the public eye then they're going to represent all homosexuals, not just themselves."
Gay men express Brokeback shock
12:00 AM — Disgruntled fans of gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain are trying to overcome the loss of the best picture award at the Oscars by running an advertising campaign to highlight their shock.Internet blogger Dave Cullen collected $26,000 from over 600 people last week for an advertisement in Daily Variety which suggests that Brokeback Mountain, which was named best picture through "unprecedented consensus" in other ceremonies, should have also won the Oscar.
14th March 2006
Gay pride and football prejudice
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs Ashley Cole files his lawsuit over "gay orgy" allegations, the Football Association's director of Corporate Affairs, Simon Johnson tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman, how English football is leading the fight against homophobia and discrimination.When you walk into the FA head office in trendy Soho Square, you are greeted with the three lions roaring with pride as plasma screens blast out the latest sports news alongside pictures of top English stars. A cabinet shows off sparkling trophies that professional football players sweat and strive for each week.
Gay trips offered to Brokeback Mountain
12:00 AM — Tour operators are riding on the success of Oscar award winning gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain by offering trips to the scenic setting of the romance.A Taiwanese travel agency has become the first to offer holidays to Fort Macleod in Southern Alberta, Canada, which was passed off as Wyoming in the film.
13th March 2006
Bulgaria choose gay transvestite for Eurovision 2006 2
12:00 AM — A gay transvestite is being tipped to represent Bulgaria at this years Eurovision song contest in Athens.The infamous artist, Azis, 28, will accompany Mariana Popova on stage to perform the Eastern European country's 2006 entry, Let Me Cry.
Acting agencies accused of ignoring gay roles
12:00 AM — New Zealand acting agencies are refusing to put forward their clients for gay roles, according to a Kiwi film maker.Director Andy Boreham, who is making a gay safe sex film for the New Zealand AIDs Foundation, told a gay publication that he has been stifled by agents who don't want to offer same sex "affectionate" parts to their actors.
Brokeback kiss ranked second sexiest movie moment 7
12:00 AM — The kiss between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has been ranked the second sexiest movie moment of all time.The embrace was beaten by the not so elegant spanking scene in 2002 cult film, the Secretary, in a poll conducted by Lovefilm.com.