26th April 2006
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.
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.
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."
Police investigate homophobic crime reporting fears
12:00 AM — Surrey Police has commissioned the support and training charity EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents to them.EACH will seek the views of Surrey residents and service users, leading to a report that will highlight the relevant issues, make recommendations to assist Surrey Police's understanding of homophobia and contribute to subsequent police practice.
24th April 2006
Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is "appeasing homophobia," according to a gay rights group.Outrage condemned Dr Rowan William's silence over a ministers support of anti gay laws in Nigeria which make gay unions illegal and ban gay organisations.
George Michael tickets sell out in “two hours”
12:00 AM — Tickets for gay star George Michael's first tour in 15 years sold out in two hours this morning.Around 200,000 tickets went on sale from 10 am and were all gone by lunch time, prompting a new set of dates to be added.A spokeswoman for Ticketmaster said she was not surprised, "It is not surprising that the tickets sold so well as, after all, it is George Michael.
The trouble with gay men 4
12:00 AM — A BBC3 documentary starting this evening will explore issues from saunas to same sex ceremonies surrounding being a gay man in Britain in the 21st Century.The programme, The Trouble With... Gay Men, is presented by writer Simon Fanshawe, who looks at issues in the gay community.
Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”
12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."
Little Britain star becomes gay icon
12:00 AM — Little Britain comedian David Walliams' on stage stripteases are attracting both gay and straight applause.The star strips off as the character Sebastian, the Prime Minister's gay assistant in the stage version of the show, and is said to have hoped getting naked would attract more female fans.
Scottish first minister rejects gay adoption debate invite 1
12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has been criticised by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop for refusing to attend a gay adoption radio debate.Jack McConnell rejected an invitation to discuss the issue on London based Christian station, Premier Radio, prompting Bishop Joseph Devine to reopen their conflict over controversial legislation regarding adoption rights for gays and lesbians in Scotland.
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.
News Group offer compensation in “gay orgy” case
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe publishers of the News of the World and The Sun, have made DJ Masterstepz an "offer of amends" in relation to his defamation claim against both newspapers, after they published "gay orgy" allegations in February.This means that News Group Newspapers are offering to apologise to Masterstepz, real name, Ian Thompson, over the allegations and pay him damages.
Gay groups welcome Irish PM’s gay marriage promise
12:00 AM — The Irish Prime Minister has reiterated his promise to introduce laws recognising gay partnerships.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election, echoing a previous statement made to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), earlier this month.
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.
Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded
12:00 AM — Due to increasing demand Terrence Higgins Trust has just expanded its sexual health testing services in Wolverhampton.Tests for HIV and hepatitis are available and the public can also drop in for condoms and advice.Testing normally takes place on a Saturday at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices in Bond Street, Wolverhampton every fortnight from 10.30am -1pm.
Win tickets to the London Oddbins Wine Fair
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk and Oddbins are offering you the chance to win tickets to the 30th Oddbins Wine Fair.Now a fully established event on the wine tasting circuit, the Oddbins Wine Fair is the place to try wines that you'd never consider tasting before. With over 500 wines, champagnes and spirits on show, this event is the original and best London Wine Fair and it's the place to taste your way around the Oddbins shelves and meet the people behind the wines.
Gay night is only popular “bankrupt” Stringfellows evening, says dancer 2
12:00 AM — The legendary Stringfellows club will go bankrupt in the next month, a lap dance trainer has claimed.Dancer BillieGean Finn said the Irish branch of the chain is empty most of the week, and the only busy time is the gay night.She told the Sunday Mirror, "The girls are not happy because they were told they would earn EUR3,500 a night when they joined the club.
23rd April 2006
Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute 14
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive InvestigationA dispute appears to be emerging within the board of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its advisors in regards to their policy on gay issues.Last week PinkNews.co.uk revealed an informal 5 year MCB plan to combat homophobia amongst Muslims and Islamophobia in the gay community, after talking to the group's policy consultant, Muhammed Aziz.
22nd April 2006
George Michael talks cars, drugs and gay marriage 4
12:00 AM — George Michael has revealed plans to have a civil partnership and jokingly blamed his recent troubles on Sir Elton John, in an interview with Michael Parkinson to be broadcast this weekend.The gay star, who has been branded a "stoned waster" by friends after a drugs caution, and was questioned by police this week over crashing into three cars, described himself as a "terrible driver" and "vulnerable to the press."