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  • 28th February 2007

    Sun, sea and sex a turn off for most gays

    Three-quarters said they enjoyed clubbing “only occasionally,“ and 82% said that “proximity to a gay scene“ was not a factor in their choice of holiday destination.

    4:03 PM — Traditional gay holidays are stressful and offer too little in the way of relaxation and local culture, according to research by new travel company Embark.Faced with the stereotypical holiday based around sex, drugs and all-night clubbing, most gay men would rather travel independently or with like-minded groups, the survey found.Almost 70% of those surveyed said they would prefer to spend a long weekend taking it easy at a European health spa.

  • 27th February 2007

    Police raid Sydney Mardi Gras party

    Around 5,000 people were attending the Harbour party, which lasts 11 hours. Police successfully applied to a magistrate to close the event two hours early.

    1:42 PM — Gay and lesbians in Australia have reacted with fury at a drugs raid on Sunday night that closed one of the dance parties for Sydney Mardi Gras.Revellers have described the police tactics as heavy-handed. They subjected revellers to strip searches behind specially-constructed screened areas. 26 people were arrested.The Sydney police claim they are acting after the death of a 20-year-old woman at a music festival earlier this month.

  • Channel 4 podcast for gay education week 9

    Channel 4 is dedicating this week of its morning Education schedule to programming about gay issues for teenagers.

    11:59 AM — Gay rapper QBoy will be introducing two podcasts for Channel 4 that offer support and advice to gay teenagers.The podcasts, which are part of Channel 4's gay teen Sexuality Awareness week, will focus on the issues of coming out.The first will discuss the family, comparing the motivations and experiences of three young teens coming out to their families.

  • 26th February 2007

    Google defend decisions on gay hate website 19

    On Friday Google decided to put up a page warning people that the content on killbattyman blog might be offensive.

    6:04 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveGoogle has confirmed that they removed a homophobic blog from their blogger.com service because it was in breach of their terms and conditions.The company defended their decision last week not to remove the offending webpage.

  • Rupert Everett to lead Sydney Mardi Gras

    Everett will be promoting his kiss-and-tell book Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.

    11:49 AM — Gay actor Rupert Everett will be this year's Chief of Parade at the Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras.The parade kicks off on Saturday, and will be broadcast live on the internet.This year's Mardi Gras, the 29th, has been accused of being too commercial.

  • Gay gamers targets for homophobia

    Gay people are slightly more likely to buy games that include sexually attractive avatars.

    11:22 AM — Online gamers face a homophobic culture, a survey has found.The "Gaymer Survey," conducted at the University of Illinois and involving over 10,000 respondents, found that gay gamers experienced a high level of homophobic attitudes and language.As reported by Next Generation, 88% of respondents said that they had heard the phrase "that's so gay."

  • 23rd February 2007

    UK police action on gay hate website 19

    It is unclear whether an offence under British law has been committed by the blog's authors.

    5:30 PM — The Association of Chief Police Officers has condemned a homophobic website hosted by blogger.comThe weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.DCI Simon Taylor, who works for ACPO's crime committee, told PinkNews.co.uk that they have informed the Internet Watch Foundation about the site.

  • Ellen excited about Oscars gig

    Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards. photo: AMPAS

    5:07 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has expressed her enthusiasm for hosting the 79th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday.The comedienne, who made television history when she came out to 46 million viewers on her sitcom ten years ago, is excited about bringing her humour to a massive audience.Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards.

  • Posh dog offered as best man for gay weddings

    Stories of Sir Benjamin's escapades are legion.  photo: www.mansuelhouse.co.uk

    12:28 PM — Eccentric Somerset baronet Sir Benjamin Slade has offered the services of his dog as a best man for gay weddings at his historic country home.Jasper, a labrador-doberman crossbreed, is very suited to civil ceremonies according to his master.Sir Benjamin told The Western Daily Press : "Jasper is absolutely perfect for the role. For one thing, he is gay himself."

  • Website calling for gay executions hosted by Google 19

    The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.

    12:01 PM — The internet company Google is hosting a blog that calls for gay people to be killed.The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.The site carries images of last week's incident in Kingston when mob surrounded a shop where three allegedly gay men had taken refuge, under the headline: "Bring Out The Gays."

  • 20th February 2007

    Thai Spice girls preach transsexual power 1

    Thai people are often more tolerant of trangender people than other countries.

    5:04 PM — A girl band of transsexuals who model themselves on the Spice Girls are hoping to change social attitudes and achieve pop chart success in Thailand.Venus Flytrap's five members were all born males and later underwent gender reassignment surgery.Like the famous British group, they have onstage personas, namely Cool Venus, Naughty Venus, Posh Venus, Sweet Venus and Hot Venus.

  • Glad To Be Gay singer marks history month

    He is now best known for presenting programmes on the BBC's national radio stations. photo: BBC

    3:32 PM — BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson will be speaking at the University of Manchester on Friday as part of a national celebration of gay history.Robinson is expected to talk about his years as a musician and gay activist as part of LGBT History Month.The overtly political Robinson Band had a hit with (Sing if you're) Glad to be Gay in 1977.

  • 19th February 2007

    Trans tennis star looks back at life in public eye 3

    Prior to her sex-change, Renne, then Richard Raskind, went to Yale University and played tennis, captaining the men's team in 1954.

    2:44 PM — Renne Richards, a former tennis player and one of the world's most famous transsexual athletes, has admitted that she regrets the fame that she attracted.Richards made a life-changing decision in 1975 to undergo gender reassignment surgery.Talking to Reuters, she said it was the events that followed her operation that had the biggest impact on her lifestyle.

  • Comment: The everlasting appeal of Kylie’s pants

    But I never quite worked out why some people go absolutely berserk for her, or how she attained the gay iconic status.

    12:45 PM — Put your hand on your heart and tell me - is the Kylie exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum worth going to see?The most opinionated man in the PinkNews universe, Ben Leung, casts his critical eye over an exhibition that has got the Radio 4 crowd in a tizz over whether or not la Minogue is worthy of a retrospective at the age of 38. There's an old saying in Hollywood that if there's a nuclear holocaust, only two things would survive - cockroaches and Cher.

  • Balding’s big walk for cancer charity

    Balding is openly gay and in 2006 formed a civil partnership with her long-term partner and Radio 4 broadcaster Alice Arnold.

    11:18 AM — Ramblers across the UK are gearing up for this spring's Macmillan "Walk Wonder" fundraiser. The event is being backed by BBC presenter Clare Balding.In May thousands of people will be donning their walking boots and taking to some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery in a bid to raise £1 million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.Broadcaster and Macmillan advocate Clare Balding is buoyant about the fundraising event.

  • 16th February 2007

    Miss GayUK wants to change lesbian stereotype 1

    Inspired by the new image of lesbians presented in popular media such as  The L Word.

    3:45 PM — The race is on to find Miss GayUK, thanks to a lesbian couple from Leicester who have revived the idea for the competition that has not run since 2001.Inspired by the new image of lesbians presented in popular media such as The L Word, the organisers have launched a search for women with "strength, beauty and ambition".They feel the need to publicise that: "Lesbian and bisexual women are not all dungaree-wearing, armpit hair-growing, short haired women who favour the smell of their own body odour."

  • British gay rapper hits America

    U.S. fans and friends have been pestering the up-and-coming artist to visit them soon.

    12:25 PM — QBoy's bid to make it big across the pond will begin with the USA's first major gay hip-hop tour this spring.The gay rap artist will be flying the flag for Britain on the HomoRevolution Tour, which will take in the south-western states of America.It has been organised by rapper DeadLee, who recently recorded a track with QBoy.

  • Sugar and Spice to find out what women want

    Sugar and Spice will also provide a marketplace selling a variety of toys, as well as the most recent useful information for lesbians and bisexual women.

    11:06 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are planning to mark this year's International Women's Week with a free conference in Manchester.The conference is the centre of Sugar and Spice, an event providing live music, lesbian films, speakers and informal discussions.The event focuses on the question of what lesbian and bisexual women want in the modern world.

  • 15th February 2007

    Gaydar founder to be honoured at party

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    6:30 PM — The late Gary Frisch, the man who co-created the Gaydar phenomenon, will be honoured tonight at a birthday party for GaydarRadio.QSoft, the company that owns the Gaydar brand, decided to go ahead with the event in spite of 38-year-old Mr Frisch's death from multiple injuries on Saturday afternoon.In a statement on Monday, the company said: "GaydarRadio was one of Gary's proudest achievements to date and that is what he would have wanted."

  • NBA drops homophobic player 2

    He moved to the US to play high school basketball and went on to play for professional teams in America, France, Germany, Greece and England.

    5:23 PM — The retired basketball star who told the world that he "hates gay people" has been suspended from appearing at any National Basketball Association events.The homophobic remarks by Tim Hardaway have been widely reported in the United States, and follow last week's decision by another retired player, Brit John Amaechi, to come out of the closet.Hardaway's comments were made during a radio interview.

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