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  • 19th March 2007

    UK choose Scooch but drag in vogue at 2007 Eurovision 1

    Their infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune  Flying the Flag (for You)   could be Britain's first win since 1997.

    11:29 AM — The Ukraine has announced it will be represented at this year's Eurovision Song Contest by drag artist Verka Serdyuchka.In February the Danes chose drag act DQ to represent them at the competition. BBC viewers chose band Scooch by a phone vote.The 2007 British entry was chosen on Saturday. Scooch are a four-piece group, whose infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune Flying the Flag (for You) could be Britain's first win since 1997.

  • 16th March 2007

    Bristol pride events unveiled

    The summer festival on Saturday 18th August will take place in Castle Park.

    2:25 PM — A new group, Pride South West, has organised Bristol Pride Fringe Week, which will take place on 11th-17th August this year.PSW, a group of volunteers devoted to creating a festival in Bristol to represent the LGBT community, has called the event "a celebration of creativity and diversity."It comprises a week of fringe events and a summer festival on 18th August.

  • Book now for London’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

    An image of a pansy created by photographer Nadege Meriau will feature as the symbol for the festival as a whole.

    1:15 PM — The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will celebrate its 21st year this month.The LLGFF will take place from 21st March to 4th April, showing over a hundred films and shorts as well as hosting a range of discussions and club nights.Films tipped for success include Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the latest offering from But I'm A Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit.

  • More St Patrick’s Day controversy in New York 2

    Tomorrow's St Patrick's Day parade will be the 246th in the city's history.  photo: craig hatfield@flickr.com

    11:23 AM — The outspoken organiser of America's largest Irish celebration has outraged firefighters in New York City by accusing them of turning up drunk to the St Patrick's Day parade.John Dunleavy is a hate figure in the gay community for refusing to allow LGBT Irish-Americans to take part in the march down 5th Avenue on 17th March.Last year Mr Dunleavy compared gay people to prostitutes and neo-Nazis.

  • Caribbean islanders worried Elton will turn them gay 3

    Trinidad and Tobago's immigration law states that self-confessed prostitutes and homosexuals are barred from entering the island.

    10:52 AM — Sir Elton John may not perform at the Plymouth Jazz festival in Tobago over church leader's fears that he will 'turn' locals gay.Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago Philip Isaac yesterday expressed fears that:"His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle" according to the Jamaica Gleaner. 

  • 15th March 2007

    NY Mayor slams St Patrick’s Day parade gay ban 3

    Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade.

    2:57 PM — The Mayor of New York City has criticised the organising committee of the city's famous St Patrick's Day parade for banning gay and lesbians from participating.Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade."I think all parades in this city should be open to everybody, no matter what your orientation or ethnicity or anything else is," Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday.

  • 14th March 2007

    Manchester’s gay time capsule

    The capsule was buried in Sackville Gardens, home to the Alan Turning memorial statue,  located alongside the famous Canal Street.

    5:17 PM — Gaydio, Manchester's LGBT radio station, has closed its month-long broadcast by burying a time capsule in the city's gay village.The station asked presenters, guests and members of the public what items they should place in the capsule to show future generations what LGBT life was like in 2007.They included an AIDS awareness ribbon and several recordings from Gaydio's month-long broadcast.

  • 13th March 2007

    London Pride parade route unveiled

    The parade on June 30th will take in iconic landmarks including Trafalgar Square and Houses of Parliament.

    5:45 PM — This year's London Pride parade will return to the city's shopping hub, it has been announced.There will be hundreds of events taking place under the banner of this year's Pride Festival from 15th to 30th June 2007.Pride will culminate on the last day of June with a parade through the West End of London, followed by a party in Trafalgar Square.

  • Cleaning ladies Joan Rivers and Tracey Emin raise £13,000 1

    A bidder paid £13,000 for Emin and Rivers to don marigolds and clean his house.

    2:24 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has raised £320,000 for people affected by HIV and AIDS by auctioning off the cleaning skills of unlikely maids Tracey Emin and Joan Rivers.At the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night a bidder paid £13,000 for Emin and Rivers to don marigolds and clean his house.Another paid £5,500 to go dog-walking with Geri Haliwell.

  • Cyndi shows her true colours in support of gays 1

    Lauper decided to name the tour after her song  True Colours  after gay fans told her that the song inspired them after they had come out to their friends and family. photo: cyndilauper.com

    12:28 PM — Eighties songstress and gay icon Cyndi Lauper is to headline a 15-city tour across America in support of LGBT rights.The True Colours tour will also feature legendary artists such as Debbie Harry and The Dresden Dolls, along with newer bands such as The Gossip.The idea of the tour was conceived by Lauper as a way of giving back to the gay community.

  • Interview: A boy and his Diva

    The story is centres on two protagonists. Tony, who is gay man hooked on the 1980s pop sensation The New Romantics, and Katy, Tony's friend.

    12:17 PM — Paul Burston's latest book, Lovers and Losers follows his recent successes with Star People (2006) and Shameless (2001) and is just as compelling a read.Paul, who has written for a range of publications from, City Limits, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out to The Independent, believes his third book is more biographical than the rest.

  • 12th March 2007

    BBC in new homophobic comments row 2

    The BBC are thought to have received about a dozen complaints about his homophobic comment on   Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.  photo: BBC

    5:50 PM — The BBC confirmed today that it has received complaints from viewers after presenter Patrick Kielty called a Comic Relief Does Fame Academy contestant "a big gayer."MediaGuardian reports that TV watchdog Ofcom has also received complaints from viewers who thought the Irish presenter's comment was homophobic.DJ Colin Murray had tears in his eyes after performing on the charity programme.

  • Analysis: Can the SuperBowl make you gay?

    Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

    12:25 PM — Sounds stupid, but just when you thought you could get a week or two off from the SuperBowl, which ended over a month ago, now there are new allegations about the "gayness" of the sporting event.The US Federal Communications Commission received about 150 complaints regarding the SuperBowl broadcast on CBS last month.Most of the complaints revolved around the idea that the broadcast was promoting homosexuality.

  • Jerusalem gays want June pride parade

    Open House have asked to hold the parade on 21st June.

    11:54 AM — Police in the Israeli city of Jerusalem have said they are reviewing a request to allow a gay pride event this summer.Last year, the parade had to be cancelled. Members of gay organisation Open House held a series of other pride events, which prompted rioting from ultra-Orthodox Jews.The events of last summer were overshadowed by Israel's decision to attack Lebanon.

  • Comment: Notes on Notes on a Scandal 6

    It is more likely that Barbara's repressed nature is being represented as the product, albeit in an extreme form, of a homophobic society.

    11:29 AM — The Oscar-nominated film Notes on a Scandal is the latest bone of contention to set lesbians screaming blue murder about media representation.Rachel Charman takes a long, dispassionate look at the movie, and the reaction of her co-lesbians to the "mad dyke" role taken by a Dame better known as M. 

  • 9th March 2007

    Sony’s gay label to feature lesbian pin-up 1

    The track was written by Ditto in response to the U.S. government's resistance to gay marriage. photo: the real janelle@flickr

    5:07 PM — Beth Ditto's band The Gossip have signed to Sony's new gay music label.Music With A Twist is a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group/Columbia Records, and is designed to "identify and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists".The lesbian icon's band's hit single "Standing in the Way of Control" will appear on the label's compilation album entitled Twist Revolutions , due for release on 17th April.

  • Government funds “educational” lesbian erotic films 1

    Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.  photo: BBC

    4:48 PM — A Spanish region is to encourage the use of its native language by funding a film maker's "women-friendly erotic films."The government of Catalonia has awarded a £10,000 grant to Conrad Son, a local who claims his films are artistic but not pornographic.Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.

  • DVD focuses on older gay and lesbian voices

    Stories describe homophobic discrimination within the Royal Navy and a sexual encounter with the Head of the London Vice Squad.

    12:09 PM — Age Concern has released a film version of the Clare Summerskill play Gateway to Heaven , based on the memories of older lesbians and gay men.The DVD portrays gays and lesbians in 1940s Soho club culture as well as experiences of Greenham Common and the Spare Rib collective of the 1970s.Playwright Clare Summerskill based the original piece on transcripts of interviews with 26 older lesbians and gay men.

  • Gay community encouraged to give up the fags 2

    The No Smoking Day charity is funded by a coalition of government and voluntary sectors organisations, and is now in its 24th year.

    11:21 AM — The 40% of gay and lesbian community who smoke are being encouraged to kick the habit on this year's No Smoking Day next Wednesday.Two million smokers are expected to try to get off the cigarettes on March 14th.With a ban on smoking in bars and other public places coming into force at the start of July, anti-smoking organisations are confident that record numbers will try to rid themselves of the habit in 2007.

  • Feature: Torch Song Trilogy back on London stage

    The three acts of the play all focus on different periods of Arnold's life.  His love life involves a choice between Ed, an unreliable and confused bisexual, or Alan, a young model.

    11:08 AM — The award-winning Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein will be making a long overdue return to London next week.One of the first plays about life as a gay man, Torch Song Trilogy is explores the process of finding love and dealing with the prejudices of one's nearest and dearest.From Tuesday it will be showing at the Bridewell Theatre in Fleet Street, performed by the Tower Theatre Company.

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