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  • 5th October 2006

    Coach fined for homophobic remarks

    The fine came after a Croatian gay group complained about the remarks

    12:00 AM — A football manager has been fined by UEFA for homophobic comments made two years ago.Otto Baric, head coach of the Albanian national team has been fined 5000EUROS (£3374) by the European football governing body over comments he made in the past about gay players.Mr Baric, 71, said in an interview with Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List, "I would not let a player of mine be homosexual, nor allow one to work with me."

  • 4th October 2006

    A gay old time 1

    Last weekend was gay day at Alton Towers

    12:00 AM — Last September Gaydar and the Tussauds Group teamed up to launch gay days at Thorpe Park and Alton Towers, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovered why events like this are vital."F**king freaks" was the endorsement one visitor to Alton Towers gave last weekend as we sat in the monorail carriage with a family who wouldn't look out of place on Neighbours from Hell, returning to our hotel after a day of roller coasters, chocolate factories, ghost trains and farm yard animals.

  • Buju Banton responds to gay protesters with two words: “F**k them.” 3

    Despite continuing protests, Banton is unrepentant, insisting that gay rights groups won't let him get on with his life. The media, he says, is making too much of a 'handful' of protesters' actions

    12:00 AM — Controversial reggae singer Buju Banton has spoken out against his gay protesters with two simple words: "F**k them."The backlash came in an interview with American music site Billboard.com, who asked the singer about his cancelled concerts around the world due to protests."I have never bashed any gays before, and if I bashed gays, I bashed them 16 years ago," said Banton. "There's no tolerance from [the gay community]. I'm not a gay-basher. I'm not a homophobe."

  • Gay radio station wins top award 2

    In the summer, GaydarRadio also received a nominated for the CRCA Arqiva Commercial Digital Radio Station of the Year Award.

    12:00 AM — GaydarRadio was voted Best Radio Station of the Year at the BT Digital Music Awards 2006 at London's Roundhouse Theatre, Camden last night.The London based digital radio station beat off stiff competition from last year's winner BBC 6 Music, Ministry of Sound, Pulse Rated and Yahoo's LAUNCHcast to take top prize at the awards ceremony before an audience of more than 1,000 guests and music artistes.

  • 3rd October 2006

    Gay star faces record label axe 4

    George Michael faces being dropped by his record label

    12:00 AM — George Michael faces being dropped by his record label after being found slumped at the wheel of his car for the second time this year.The gay singer was found asleep at the wheel of his BMW while stopping at a traffic light in a North London suburb on Sunday and was later arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

  • 2nd October 2006

    Chris Moyles in more hot water over BBC ‘faggot’ comment.

    Rio responded by calling Chris Moyles “a faggot” live on air

    12:00 AM — BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is facing another gay jibe row after the word 'faggot' was broadcast on his show.The derogatory term was used by Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who was a guest on the Chris Moyles show. During what the BBC describe as "friendly banter", the pair discussed the attractiveness of two of Manchester United's players, Alan Smith and Paul Scholes.After much provocation by Moyles, who insisted on asking which team-mate Rio would prefer to date, Rio responded by calling Moyles "a faggot".

  • 29th September 2006

    Web game sparks gay debate 17

    This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too “vulgar” and “offensive”

    12:00 AM — An internet gamer who complained after being told he could not use the word "gay" in his online identity has been criticised by fellow users for deliberately breaking the rules.This month's issue of The Pink News reports that online role playing game City of Heroes (CoH) told subscriber Shane O'Neill that his use of the word gay in character names was too "vulgar" and "offensive."

  • 28th September 2006

    Gay slur stirs debate 3

    The Paul Scholes debate continued on our message boards last night.

    12:00 AM — The Paul Scholes debate continued on our message boards last night."Of course the use of "Poofter" against someone who has done you wrong is a slur to the gay community. Any time a word is used with negative connotations it impacts badly."

  • Web bans gay characters 18

    The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words

    12:00 AM — A gay gamer has been forced to change his online screen identity after being told his username is too "vulgar" and "offensive" for internet role playing game City of Heroes.The game, run by international software developer NC Soft, refuses to allow the use of the word gay, changing it to symbols like swear words.

  • 27th September 2006

    How offensive is “poofter” – football comment opens debate 9

    How offensive is “poofter” - football comment opens debate

    12:00 AM — Paul Scholes, apparently used a homophobic insult last night after he received a yellow card during Manchester United's Champion's League victory against Portuguese side Benfica.But in the context of being carded and angry, is the insult "poofter" really wilfully anti gay, or just a throw away swear word? Is there a difference, and should this difference be important to us? PinkNews.co.uk took to the streets of Kings Cross to find out.

  • Pink wine for Pinknews 57

    Pink wine for Pinknews

    12:00 AM — Is it Autumn or is it still Summer? Who can tell.But as the sun breaks through the clouds over London, here at PinkNews we'll be drinking to the warm weather with a glass of wine the very essence of pink.Wine taster (nice work if you can get it) Sarah Knowles shares her top picks.

  • Puppini Sisters release first single 57

    Puppini Sisters release first single

    12:00 AM — The fabulously camp Puppini Sisters release their single Wuthering Heights today. Here at PinkNews we are totally in love with their quirky 1940's style, rock chick attitude and closer than Tom and Katie harmonies.Their update of the Kate Bush classic is witty and winkingly knowing. Arranged by band member Marcella, and owing something to the Supremes, the track is produced by Benoit Charest, the composer of Belle Ville Rendezvous. The track bubbles along like musical champagne - guaranteed to make you smile.

  • 26th September 2006

    London to host gay hip hop festival 4

    Europe's only gay hip-hop festival is organised and presented by Pac-Man and gayhiphop.com crew (QBoy, Mistermaker, NineBob  Gideon).

    12:00 AM — Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, yet it is hoped the hosting of a gay hip hop festival may go some way in helping to thaw this notoriously difficult relationship.US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L'il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.

  • 25th September 2006

    Carnival queen is a boy.

    Carnival chairman Robin Goodfellow, 66, said: “Whilst some people might be offended but we would rather be inclusive than exclusive.

    12:00 AM — A 15 year old boy named David Bridge has stunned locals in the village of Axbridge by being elected 'alternative carnival queen'.The annual Blackberry Carnival in Somerset held last weekend has been going for centuries, the only requirements for the role of carnival queen being enthusiasm and a big smile.

  • From car parks to pop charts 3

    It turns out that Jake, while looking like the face any music guru would pick to launch a 'brand,' is in fact the genius behind all his own music and lyrics

    12:00 AM — When reporter Tony Grew first heard Jake Hook's music, he was sure there must be a team of producers and writers behind it.It turns out that Jake, while looking like the face any music guru would pick to launch a 'brand,' is in fact the genius behind all his own music and lyrics. PinkNews.co.uk sent Tony off into the wilds of North London to find out more.

  • 22nd September 2006

    Gay comedian saves life in pier drama

    “We got there and there was a man clinging on,“ Carr told the BBC.

    12:00 AM — Gay comedian Alan Carr, star of the Friday Night Project yesterday helped to save a man's life after he was about to jump from Blackpool Pier.Alan Carr along with tap dancing legend Lionel Blair had been filming an End-of-the Pier show in the North Pier's Sun Lounge when they heard the commotion before rushing to the scene to help.

  • 21st September 2006

    South Korea tips gay film for Oscar success

    King and Clown has been surprise hit

    12:00 AM — South Korea has only recently taken homosexuality off its list of "unacceptable social acts," but now the conservative country has picked a gay themed production as its Foreign Language Film submission for next year's Oscars.The film, King and Clown, has been a surprise hit in South Korea selling over 12 million tickets, and now it hopes to follow the success of gay themed cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain which proved a hit at the Academy Awards this year.

  • 20th September 2006

    Big Brother cleared of exploiting vulnerable housemates 14

    Mental health organisations complained to media regulator Ofcom claiming the reality show was putting unfair stress on unstable housemates such as Shahbaz who threatened to kill himself on air, Tourette's sufferer Pete and pre-op transsexual Sam

    12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been cleared of accusations that it exploited vulnerable people for entertainment in this year's series.Mental health organisations complained to media regulator Ofcom claiming the reality show was putting unfair stress on unstable housemates such as Shahbaz who threatened to kill himself on air, Tourette's sufferer Pete and pre-op transsexual Sam.

  • Dis-Orientations: A Chinese gay revolution?

    Taboo?: This play could be beneficial in challenging Chinese attitudes towards homosexuality (Photo: Kathy Leung)

    12:00 AM — A new play in London aims to tell the tale of modernisation and self-expression in developing areas of China, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if this production can help challenge the country's taboo attitude towards homosexuality."We will have to turn the lights down on the gay sex scene," Dis-Orientations' artistic director Michael Walling admits when asked if his new play, which attempts to merge Chinese Opera and British theatre, would work in China.

  • 19th September 2006

    Arsenal fans warned against “gay” Cole taunts 2

    Arsenal fans have been warned against negative chants towards Ashley Cole

    12:00 AM — Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has pleaded with fans not to tease former defender Ashley Cole after some were heard chanting homophobic songs about the former player who recently left the club for London rivals Chelsea.The chants were heard at Arsenal's win over Manchester United last weekend, relating to tabloid allegations which wrongly reported that Cole had been involved in a gay orgy.

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