14th May 2007
Theatre director says critics are hostile to gay women
4:42 PM — A senior figure in the UK arts scene has accused theatre critics of sexism and homophobia.Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said that established critics "snigger" at lesbian directors and dubbed them "dead white men."Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT, with many seats on offer for £10 and high-profile plays such as The History Boys and Jerry Springer: The Opera generating positive news coverage and big box office.
School sued over Brokeback Mountain screening 2
2:08 PM — The grandfather of a 12-year-old girl has filed a half-million dollar lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education.He claims his granddaughter was traumatised by a school showing of Brokeback Mountain. The lawsuit filed on Friday claims that Jessica Turner suffered psychological distress after being shown the film, that involves the gay relationship between two cowboys in an 8th grade class last year.
Riga Pride gets more international support 2
2:04 PM — Human rights campaigners from across Europe are to attend next month's Riga Pride.Last year the march was attacked and missiles and human excrement were thrown at participants.Gay and lesbian protesters were refused permission to march in Riga on the 22nd July 2006 by city officials, who cited security advice from the interior ministry.
Ellen can’t talk about being lesbian, claims star
10:37 AM — When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self-titled sitcom, she made history.She scored a ratings landslide and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.Ellen's back on top of the rating's heap thanks to her Emmy-winning daytime talk show.
12th May 2007
Serbia win, Scooch manage not to come bottom 3
11:06 PM — Marija Šerifović of Serbia has won the Eurovision Song Contest with 288 votes.She is the daughter of Serbian singer Verica Šerifović and a Bosniak immigrant father from Turkey.Camp stars Scooch managed to score second from bottom with 19 points for the United Kingdom.As has become the norm of late, the Eastern European, Scandinavian and Balkan states voted for each other.
11th May 2007
Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue
5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.
London Pride podcasts seek young contributors
4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.
Bermuda pastor defends island over Rosie cruise 6
2:03 PM — A pastor in Bermuda has spoken out about the recent gay cruise cancellation saying the church had missed a "great opportunity" to show what good Christians they are.Reverend Wilbur Lowe, pastor of the Mount Zion AME church, felt the controversy over the Rosie O'Donnell gay family cruise was handled poorly by United by Faith, an organisation representing 80 churches in Bermuda.O'Donnell's company, R Family Vacations, cancelled the July 12 visit to Bermuda.
Comment: Pink List was badly chosen
12:15 PM — Despite his gay tendencies, Ben Leung is the Jewish Chronicle's most ardent British-born Chinese reader.Here he compares list of influential community figures as chosen by the Jews and the gays. Why is ours full of entertainers? What is it with spring that newspapers feel the urge to publish all sorts of power-lists or Top-100 most influential lists?
Gay board game is no trivial pursuit
10:51 AM — Do you know in which film Karen Black played a transsexual? How about where the saying "friend of Dorothy" comes?Well, if you don't, you better brush up on your gay history and fun facts because in the tradition of Trivial Pursuit, although no affiliation, there comes a new game called Homogenius.The game offers a novel way to ignite conversation and learn more about the gay community.
10th May 2007
Corrie stars support IDAHO gay initiative
6:35 PM — To coincide with International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th, Coronation Street star Antony Cotton has gathered fellow cast members to support Exceeding Expectations, Manchester's initiative to end homophobia through education.Over the next three years Exceeding Expectations will support more than 12,000 education professionals with appropriate interventions, resources, training and advice on homophobia and sexuality.
9th May 2007
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Brighton beach walk raises 40K for Stonewall
1:47 PM — Stonewall's fourth Equality Walk in Brighton on Sunday raised over £40,000 towards its work for gay equality.300 supporters assembled at the Brighton Pavilion to raise money for Stonewall's continuing work.The 10km sponsored walk was officially started by Councillor David Smith, Mayor of the City of Brighton Hove.
Gays go back in the closet
1:00 PM — A group of gay men and women in Gloucestershire will be going back into "the closet" in May to draw attention to the fact that there are still many countries in the world where gays are persecuted, and even executed.Organised by Gloucestershire Rainbow Day, the event will be staged at Stroud's gay and lesbian bar, the Lockkeepers in Wallbridge for 24 hours, from 6pm on Friday May 18th.It is to be Gloucestershire's contribution to International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)
8th May 2007
George Michael guilty of drug offence
3:22 PM — Pop icon George Michael pleaded guilty at Brent Magistrates Court this morning to a charge of being unfit to drive due to drugs.An additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs has been dropped. He will be sentenced later this month"I am perfectly aware that I did something very wrong and got into my car when I was unfit to drive," George Michael said in court.
5th May 2007
Gay icon Paris Hilton given prison sentence 12
5:15 PM — Heiress and gay icon, Paris Hilton has been sentenced to 45 days in prison after she ignored a driving ban.A judge in Los Angeles ordered Hilton to spend almost two months behind becars he drove without a valid licence after hers was stopped for a previous offence.She claimed she didn't look at the ban document that she signed in January.
4th May 2007
Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer
4:33 PM — After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME. He told Amy Bourke all about it.
3rd May 2007
Rosie O’Donnell makes Time 100 list
5:13 PM — A list of the most influential people in the world today includes performer Rosie O'Donnell, an African Archbishop who opposes gay rights and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.The Time magazine list of 100 people who shape the world also includes Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Benedict XVI, Kate Moss and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.President Bush did not make the list.
Homophobic performer set for Luton gig 1
3:28 PM — A Jamaican dancehall artist notorious for his anti-gay lyrics is to perform this weekend in Luton.Promoters of the gig have said they have made Beenie Man sign a contract promising he will not perform any homophobic songs.Mr Man is appearing with a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Goldfinger, at Club 53 in the town on Bank Holiday Monday.
Transport Police support Equality walk
2:16 PM — The British Transport Police are going to have a visible presence at this weekend's Stonewall Equality Walk.Members of the force and support staff will be placing a stand at Brighton railway station on Sunday 6th May to encourage people to report hate crimes - one of Stonewall's key campaign areas.Some of the BTP staff will then join gay celebrities and hundreds of others on the 10km walk.