21st August 2007
Mass civil partnership ceremony at Manchester Pride 11
4:35 PM — Manchester will be celebrating its LGBT community in style at the city's annual Pride festival this weekend.This year visitors can party at venues on Canal Street in the city's gay village for 78 hours straight as part of the Manchester Pride Big Weekend, which runs from Friday 24th to Monday 27th August.The main stage at the Big Weekend will feature performances from the Gossip, Belinda Carlisle and Gareth Gates.
CBBC presenter jokes about gay staff 7
12:32 PM — Barely a week after the furore surrounding Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, another Children's BBC star has raised eyebrows at her stand-up comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival.Kirsten O'Brien, a familiar face from shows such as Totally Doctor Who, Smile and SMart told an audience that staff at CBBC are "gay, childless or don't like kids."The 35-year-old, from Middlesborough, was appearing at the festival for the second year running.
20th August 2007
Gay play nominated for Fringe theatre award 57
6:10 PM — A play about the 1969 Stonewall riots has been nominated for a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The cast of Rikki Beadle-Blair's play Stonewall has been nominated in the Best Ensemble category of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. They include categories for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Solo Performer.
Gay dating sites accused of enforcing stereotypes 2
1:51 PM — A professor at Salford University has accused Gaydar and other online community websites of using "Village People clichés" to categorise gay men into stereotypical groups.Professor Ben Light has called for changes to the way in which sites group their members into narrow profile types on the basis of their sexual identity.However, Gaydar has dismissed his assertions and said that their customers do not have to define themselves by group or category to use the site.
Britney Spears lesbian allegations denied
11:07 AM — Britney Spears' former assistant Shannon Funk has rebuked press reports she had a lesbian fling with the troubled pop star.The US edition of Ok! magazine last week published photos of Spears, 25, and Funk, 21, skinny dipping together in a swimming pool, with Funk cuddling and kissing Spears on the cheek.Funk was fired by Spears last month after only a month's employment. She was assisting Spears during her disastrous photo shoot and interview with Ok!
17th August 2007
Faroe Islanders celebrate first year of LGBT protection 1
1:17 PM — The Faroe Islands are celebrating gay Pride this weekend, and this year is particularly special.In December discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was criminalised, after a very close vote in the country's parliament, the Faroese Løgting.The islands, a self-governing province of Denmark, are situated halfway between Iceland and Norway. They have a population of 48,000 people.
Mayor praises gay professionals community
11:35 AM — Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, a long-time supporter of all things gay, has praised Village Drinks, the social event and online community for gay professionals.What started as a small social gathering for gay networking two years ago has grown into a important part of the London landscape for professional gay and lesbians in the capital."I congratulate Village Drinks for establishing itself as a key social and professional network for lesbian and gay Londoners over the past two years," the Mayor said.
Soho Pride will be celebrated this weekend 4
11:02 AM — The streets that constitute London's gay village will get their own party this Sunday as Soho's Pride event takes place.Instead of a parade, various stages will be playing music from midday. Soho Square, Carlisle St and Rupert Street will be closed to traffic.QX magazine will be hosting a stage featuring performances from drag queen Jodie Harsh and the Powder Puff Girls.
16th August 2007
Banged up Bad Girls to hold gay fundraiser
6:38 PM — It's been a while since the heavy metal doors slammed on the inmates of HMP Larkhall for the last time, but now those bad girls are back and, boy, are they making a song and dance about it.Bad Girls The Musical, currently previewing at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End, is teaming up with Stonewall for a special fundraising benefit night on 6th September.The event will raise money for the gay equality charity's campaigning work around homophobic bullying and lesbian health.
Bigot of the Year nominee wants to come to Stonewall Awards 52
5:40 PM — One of the nominees for this year's Stonewall 'Bigot of the Year' award has said she is honoured to be nominated.The award is given to an individual who has gone out of their way to harm, hurt or snub lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the last 12 months. Last year's winner was Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever responded to a posting about the second annual Stonewall Awards on a blog.
Crime authors clash over lesbian thrillers 1
4:05 PM — One of the UK's leading crime novelists has been denounced by a lesbian writer amid claims of prejudice.Ian Rankin, best known for the Inspector Rebus series of novels, said last year that women writers are now writing the most explicitly violent books, and that most of those authors are lesbians.Rival novelist Val McDermid used an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to lambast Mr Rankin, calling his comments "arrant rubbish."
Jodie Foster’s rare interview dodges sexuality questions 7
10:46 AM — Ever the elusive two-time Oscar winner, Jodie Foster granted a rare one on one interview to More Magazine, the publication for "mature women," and opened up about aging in Hollywood, plastic surgery and privacy.And on the latter topic, Jodie Foster kept mum about her sexuality, never once discussing her long rumoured partner Cydney Bernard and, true to form, keeping it vague when it comes to her kids.The 44-year-old actress is making the rounds to promote her latest strong-willed woman role in the film, The Brave One.
15th August 2007
PinkNews.co.uk re-launches daily newsletter
4:41 PM — Readers of PinkNews.co.uk can now sign up for a new, improved newsletter service.Due to the large number of subscribers, the old system had become erratic and at times failed to deliver our lunchtime round-up of popular stories to everyone who wanted one.Now, thanks to investment in a new system, all readers who sign up to the newsletter should receive an email update every weekday lunchtime.
Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52
3:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.They will be presented by Doctor Who and Any Dream Will Do star John Barrowman, who won Entertainer of the Year at last year's ceremony.The Stonewall Awards are sponsored by Barclays.
Gay.com founder launches gay advertising network
1:25 PM — A leading gay entreprenuer has joined forces with many of America's leading internet and regional LGBT titles to create a new online ad network.Gay Ad Network was founded by Mark Elderkin, a 13-year industry veteran and pioneer in developing gay online advertising and subscription-based businesses.As president of PlanetOut, Inc. he was responsible for global advertising sales, online editorial and business partnerships.
Gay Soprano’s new ad upsets gay activists
11:30 AM — The character of Vito Spatafore was groundbreaking - a gay gangster in the world of the ultra-violent Sopranos television drama.Of course, his was not a Queer as Folk story arc of self-discovery and slow acceptance.After successfully hiding his sexuality for over 40 episodes, the mob finally clicked that Vito was gay.
Swedish Christians attack gay Jesus exhibition 19
11:03 AM — A fight involving as many as 30 people broke out at a photographic exhibition in the Swedish city of Jonkoping.The controversy surrounds the Ecco Homo exhibit, which portrays Jesus Christ as a gay man.Ecco Homo has long been a source of disagreement among Swedish Christians - the series of 12 images was exhibited at the nation's leading cathedral in Uppsala with the permission of the archbishop and toured the country.
14th August 2007
GLAAD awards to include gay media
12:01 PM — Next year, for the first time, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards will include LGBT media.At its annual Los Angeles summer cocktail fundraiser yesterday, GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano announced the change in policy and unveiled the four dates and venues for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards taking place in 2008."With the expansion of cable channels and niche programming, LGBT created and consumed media is more readily available than ever before," Mr Giuliano said.
13th August 2007
Vauxhall attempts to deal with drugs ignorance 1
5:40 PM — Drug Idle, an evening dedicated to tackling the concerns of drug use within elements of London's gay community, is to be held later this month.It will specifically discuss the use of dangerous "party" drugs such as GHB.Area nightclub, on Albert Embankment in Vauxhall's gay village, will host the event, billed as, "a free evening of fun and frolics but with a serious side to inform and educate."
Music group buys into G-A-Y bars 1
2:15 PM — The MAMA group, owners of the Barfly music venue chain and the management company of top British bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, has purchased a major stake in the G-A-Y bars.Reuters reports that MAMA now own 75% of the shares in Manto Soho Limited (MSL), a company which operates the G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late club in London.Jeremy Joseph retains ownership of the G-A-Y brand and will continue to host live acts and other nights at London's Astoria.