28th April 2006
Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor close to death
12:00 AM — Dame Elizabeth Taylor, once named the most beautiful woman in the world, is close to death, reports claim.The legendary Hollywood actress has been suffering from heart failure since being diagnosed with a congestive heart condition in 2004.Friends close to the 74-year-old two time Oscar winner claim she is bedridden in her Bel Air California home.
Landmark gay guide hits Asia
12:00 AM — Gay rights in Asia have taken a positive turn with the publication of a guidebook for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.The Utopia Guide to Singapore, Malaysia Indonesia reveals for the first time in print the fascinating and varied gay lifestyle of these countries in one hefty volume filled with a wealth of information.
Anti-gay Scolari rejects England job 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn the same day that journalists, sportsmen, gay groups and MPs questioned the suitability of Luiz Felipe Scolari for the England managerial job, he has pulled out of the running.The manager, nicknamed "Big Phil," was rumoured to have been offered the role by the Football Association, but said at a news conference today, "In the last few days when I was not even the manager of England my freedom was taken away from me and that is not the coaching I am used to.
27th April 2006
Lesbian wins top book award
12:00 AM — A gay author has won one of the world's top literary prizes for the second year running.Lesbian Camilla Gibb, won the Trillium Book Award in the English-language category, for her book, Sweetness in The Belly, described as a compelling description of life as a white Muslim woman.
Gay MP lines up for Parliamentary swim
12:00 AM — Westminster politicians including gay MP Chris Bryant and Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, are set to get a bit more slippery when they meet for a Commons vs Lords swimming race this summer.MPs and peers met for a photo shoot this week to publicise the race which aims to raise money for the Women Caring Trust and the Million Dollar Swim, which support children and families in Northern Ireland.
Graham Norton: “I’m too old to be attractive to gay men” 3
12:00 AM — Camp television personality Graham Norton claims that he is too old to find love.The 43-year-old gay presenter of Strictly Come Dancing things that he's too ancient to be attractive to other gay men.He told Closer magazine: "People don't ever throw themselves at me. They come over and say hello but they're not going to waste time having sex with you when you're an older man."
BBC interview with homophobic reggae star sparks protests 7
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA BBC radio interview with a reggae singer known for anti gay lyrics sparked complaints from gay activists this week.BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with his homophobic hit single, Boom Bye Bye, which incited his audience to shoot gay people in the head in the head, pour acid over them and set them on fire.
26th April 2006
Lesbian drama in top five ad complaints
12:00 AM — An advert for Living TV's lesbian drama, the L Word, received the second largest amount of complaints from viewers last year.The figures in the Advertising Standard Authority's (ASA) annual 2005 report revealed 650 complaints regarding posters for the series, which viewers complained were degrading to women.
Critics blast Elton John musical
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical has been crucified by critics after its Broadway premiere last night.It is "beyond rescue" according to trade newspaper Variety and the New York Times dubbed it a "musical sleeping pill," despite many parts being changed from its San Francisco run, which also got poor reviews.
Dublin welcomes gay theatre
12:00 AM — The third International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched last week, bringing an exciting line-up of World Premieres, European and Irish Premieres and five Edinburgh Festival Smash hits.Highlights of the Dublin Theatre Festival include productions from across the globe with performers from three continents performing. Late night revues and a nightly festival after-show club, a seminar and exhibition enhance this smorgasbord of Dublin theatrical delights.
Lord Nelson was gay, historian claims 3
12:00 AM — Many of Britain's legendary naval heroes could have been gay, according to a German historian.Klaus Hympenhahl, in a new book, Sins on the Open Sea- the Erotic History of Christian Voyages, claims seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson, resorted to homosexuality when they were on long voyages away from women.
Medals unveiled for Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — The organisers of the 2006 Gay Games unveiled the gold, silver and bronze medals in a special ceremony in front of more than 1,000 people during the "Night of 100 Champions" gala last week.Modelled by representatives of the Chicago Spirit Brigade at the Soldier's Field, the medals were created by nationally acclaimed jewellery designer Lester Lampert Corporate, the official medallion creator and jeweller of the 2006 Gay Games.
25th April 2006
The trouble with a documentary on gay men 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Adam Smith expresses relief that he didn't tell his mum to watch last night's BBC3 Trouble With... Gay Men documentary.PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Fanshawe's documentary looking at the problems with gay men promised a look at the upsides and drawbacks to being a gay man in the UK in 2006. I was looking forward to seeing a balanced view of gay life in contemporary Britain. Maybe the title should have warned me, but what I saw was a hand-wringing despair of gay life in London, focusing on the actions of a minority of gay men, albeit a large minority.
Gay love poem to Oscar Wilde among literary treasures donated to university
12:00 AM — Rare documents chronicling the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde together with a poem by Wilde's gay lover, Lord Alfred Douglas are among the literary treasures donated to the University of Leeds yesterday by a wealthy New York based couple.The newly acquired treasures include Wilde's lectures notes from his 1882 tour of America, marking his rise to fame in addition to a rare copy of the Oxford University journal The Chameleon that played a part in his fall from grace.
Elton John’s Vampire musical to see daylight
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's vampire musical will hit the stage tonight.Lestat, a story based on Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, is to open on Broadway this evening written by the gay superstar.Sir Elton, who also wrote hit show, Billy Elliot, has collaborated with Bernie Taupin for this performance at the Palace Theatre in New York following a stint in San Francisco.
Tim Healy joins Coronation Street to play gay Sean’s dad 1
12:00 AM — Comedy actor Tim Healy is set to go from bricklaying in Newcastle to walking the cobbles of Coronation Street.The Auf Wiedersehen Pet star will play gay character, Sean Tully's long lost father in the prime time soap.According to the Sun, they will meet at a funeral, an insider told the paper, "Sean's forced into making contact with his dad and it opens a whole can of worms. Brian doesn't even know Sean is gay."
Film to raise awareness of Crystal Meth dangers to gay community 5
12:00 AM — Tweakers, a film about the crystal-meth epidemic and the lives it destroys, has gained official support by the West Hollywood City Council, after a motion introduced by Councilmember John Duran was unanimously approved."Projects like 'Tweakers' are very important because they deliver a warning message to those who are thinking about using this drug and to those who are already addicted to it in a way that is direct yet not confrontational," said Mr Duran, who himself is in recovery.
Sir Elton tells George Michael to swallow his pride
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has warned George Michael that his pride will kill him if he does not get help.He reacted to claims from the former Wham lead singer on the Parkinson show that he was the cause of his problems.The gay star was appearing on US talk show, Ellen, he said: "They always know that I will be there to help them.
24th April 2006
Gay icons Take That return
12:00 AM — Take That officially came Back For Good last weekend, including an appearance from Robbie Williams, as a hologram.They appeared before 9,000 fans at the Newcastle Arena to kick off a tour of 11 destinations over the next two months.Tickets for the group whose hits included, A Million Love Songs and Could It Be Magic, sold out in a record 30 minutes last December after the band announced they would regroup for a tour.
Graham Norton fed up with being made to play gay 1
12:00 AM — Gay TV presenter Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality, he tells a BBC documentary.He complains on the BBC3 programme, The Trouble With . . .Gay Men, that he is forced to make gay jokes and innuendos by straight producers.