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February 27, 2014

Several people were outraged on social media, saying the British soap is a 'disgrace' for showing a raunchy same-sex romance

ITV and Ofcom is facing complaints over a half-naked gay kiss on Coronation Street.

Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) and Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou)’s relationship heated up last week, with the 21 February episode featuring a half-naked embrace and kiss.

Around 100 complaints have been made to TV regulator Ofcom over the scene between two men airing before 8pm.

While some of the complaints were about it being too ‘sexually suggestive’, other complaints were homophobic.

February 19, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother star reveals he once lived with a gay man, has many gay friends, and thinks people should not call him homophobic

Celebrity Big Brother winner Jim Davidson has said, despite of what he’s said in the past, he supports gay marriage.

The right-wing comic and Conservative has praised Scotland for legalizing same-sex marriage, surprising those who remember his previous comments.

Back in 2007, the 60-year-old caused an uproar after he described gay TV presenter a ‘shirtlifter’ and a ‘fucking disgrace’ on ITV’s Hell Kitchen.

February 18, 2014

Olympic diver's reality competition show is reportedly coming to an end as ITV searches for other projects for him

Men and women who like men are in mourning after learning they may lose their weekly dose of seeing British Olympic diver Tom Daley in his skimpy speedos.

As British reality TV show ‘Splash’ is reportedly facing the axe after ratings took a dive for the worse.

The ITV show pulled in disappointing numbers for the final, with only 4.4 million tuning in compared to last year’s 6.5 million.

The Sun reports ITV bosses are now considering scrapping the diving competition.

February 18, 2014

Olympic diver's reality competition show is reportedly coming to an end as ITV searches for other projects for him

Men and women who like men are in mourning after learning they may lose their weekly dose of seeing British Olympic diver Tom Daley in his skimpy speedos.

As British reality TV show ‘Splash’ is reportedly facing the axe after ratings took a dive for the worse.

The ITV show pulled in disappointing numbers for the final, with only 4.4 million tuning in compared to last year’s 6.5 million.

The Sun reports ITV bosses are now considering scrapping the diving competition.

December 27, 2013

Emmerdale actress said she would have never agreed to take part in the drama series if she knew the scene made fun of the trans community

A British soap Emmerdale has cut an upcoming transphobic scene after the actress involved complained.

The scene, which would have aired in early 2014, featured four female characters in a gay bar competing to get phone numbers from other women.

The ongoing soap drama cast a trans woman to play the barmaid.

The ‘scatter-brained’ Laurel, played by Charlotte Bellamy, gets a phone number from the barmaid. But her friends and her boyfriend say it ‘doesn’t count.’

November 28, 2013

Several complaints have been made to ITV to get the British singer removed from the hit reality show
 

Several complaints have been made to ITV calling for The X Factor to cancel James Arthur’s performance after he used homophobic slurs.

The British singer, who won the reality show in 2012, will be returning to the stage on Sunday to perform his latest single.

He shocked two weeks ago when he dropped a rap battle response to rapper Mickey Worthless, describing the MC as a ‘fucking queer’.

November 28, 2013

Several complaints have been made to ITV to get the British singer removed from the hit reality show
 

Several complaints have been made to ITV calling for The X Factor to cancel James Arthur’s performance after he used homophobic slurs.

The British singer, who won the reality show in 2012, will be returning to the stage on Sunday to perform his latest single.

He shocked two weeks ago when he dropped a rap battle response to rapper Mickey Worthless, describing the MC as a ‘fucking queer’.

October 23, 2013

Song will support those threatened by prejudice and criminal sanctions solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity

A West End star has revealed her charity single Yellow to support LGBT victims around the world.

Jodie Prenger, who had the most ridiculously amazing reaction to winning BBC reality show I'd Do Anything, said she 'leapt to the chance' to raise awareness of the dicrimination many gay people face. It is in support of UK charity Kaleidoscope Trust.

The single, 'Yellow', is one of four celebrating hope, love, trust and an end to hate.

October 8, 2013

Saga of the Cornwall couple continues as they deny being homophobic, and say they would have refused a double room to a straight unmarried couple

The British Christian owners of a bed and breakfast who refused a gay couple are now preparing to take their case to the Supreme Court

In a case of failing to pick your battles well, Peter and Hazemary Bull are taking their battle to their highest court in the land tomorrow (9 October).

Back in September 2008, the couple had to pay £3,600 ($5.8k, €4.2k) in damages to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy from Bristol after they were refused a double room at the Cornwall hotel on religious grounds.

August 23, 2013

Vicious starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi drew complaints from audiences for its portrayal of an elderly gay couple

British sitcom Vicious featuring gay actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi was confirmed for a second series today (23 August).

The ITV sitcom features the award-winning actors as a gay couple who have been together for nearly 50 years.

Hobbit star McKellen plays Freddie, a sharp-tongued delusional actor, who lives with boyfriend Stuart in their Covent Garden flat.

ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham announced the return of Vicious at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

August 12, 2013

Let them eat cake – star studded line up revealed for Manchester’s Great Village Bake Off

Flour, eggs and milk at the ready! As part of the fringe events taking place in August, Manchester Pride and The Village Bakers have created their own take on BBC 2’s hit TV show ‘The Great British Bake Off.’

June 26, 2013

Stars and politicians attend Pride in London Gala Dinner to raise money for community events

Mayor of London Boris Johnson rubbed shoulders with 200 people from the worlds of business, showbiz and politics at the Pride in London Gala Dinner last night (25 June).

The inaugural dinner at Claridge’s was to raise money to run the pride festival in the UK capital which will culminate in a parade, rally and party this Saturday (29 June).

June 18, 2013

Barry Cryer, a writer for some of Britain's most legendary performers, has slammed the ITV comedy

ITV sitcom Vicious, featuring gay British actors Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, is being described as ‘homophobic’.

Barry Cryer, a veteran comedy writer and performer, accused the comedy’s writers of using gay clichés.

‘A sitcom with two old gays could be really good and moving. With two great actors in Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi it should be fantastic," Cryer writes in Radio Times.

‘But it was insult, insult, insult every other line. You don't believe in them … it made [camp Are You Being Served actor] John Inman look restrained.’

May 8, 2013

DJ Sexy Scott, who got the judges working out to his 'funkacise' routine, lost his job after appearing on the British reality show

A gay man is blaming ITV reality competition show Britain’s Got Talent for his life now being at ‘rock bottom’.

Scott Whitley, 29, got Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges and audience working out along to his ‘funkacise’ routine during his audition shown in the fourth episode.

After he filmed the audition in January, he took a job as an entertainer with Thomas Cook in Lanzarote.

May 2, 2013

British openly gay actor was talking on Loose Women about thinking he had contracted HIV after he got bitten by a mosquito

Gay British actor Rupert Everett is in trouble for accidentally using some 'fruity language' on daytime television yesterday (1 May).

The ‘Hysteria’ actor was appearing as a guest on ITV’s Loose Women when he said ‘fuck’ during a discussion about HIV.

Everett was talking about when he was convinced he had contracted HIV when shooting a television show in the 1980s.

He said: ‘For the first few years of HIV, you couldn’t test for it. When my whole career started I thought I was on a death sentence.

March 18, 2013

The 1959 ITV play South will be aired during the BFI’s 27th lesbian and gay film festival

Possibly the first ever gay drama has been unearthed by the British Film Institute and will be screened on 23 and 24 March.

Airing at the BFI’s 27th lesbian and gay film festival, the 1959 ITV play ‘South’ follows an exiled Polish lieutenant facing up to his demons just before the American Civil War.

Unearthed for the BFI by researcher Peter Scott-Presland, curator Simon McCallum says the drama ‘is a milestone’ in cultural history.

March 18, 2013

Openly gay actor talks about starring in new sitcom Viscious with Sir Derek Jacobi, also openly gay

Sir Ian McKellen has talked about his new gay sitcom and growing up in the 1950s.

In the upcoming ITV show ‘Vicious’, starring McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi, it will look at the life of a 48-year-long relationship between two men living in the heart of Soho.

Talking on The Jonathan Ross Show on Friday night (15 March), McKellen talked about his experiences growing up as a gay man.

December 28, 2012

Gareth Thomas wants to do 'something that's never been done before' on this year's series of Dancing on Ice in the UK

Welsh gay rugby star Gareth Thomas will be slipping on his sequins for Britain's reality show Dancing on Ice.

Some of the contestants joining the rugby player will be Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, actress Samia Ghadie and X Factor winner Shane Ward.

Thomas has recently spoken out about a report which states gay students find it difficult to get into sport at university.

The 38-year-old said: 'Attitudes have changed and the time is right for sport to start accepting openly gay people in the same way other areas of society have in recent years.'

November 30, 2012

UK Independence Party would-be MP loses election but still rants over gay adoption saying it is like the fall of the Roman Empire

UK Independence Party politician Winston McKenzie has ranted against gay parenting on live TV after losing his bid to become an MP.

The UKIP culture spokesperson was standing to become a Member of Parliamment for Croydon North in London in a by-election yesterday (29 November) but lost to Labour’s Steve Reed.

November 19, 2012

Rylan Clark says he is 'gutted' bookie's favorite Ella Henderson went home instead of him

Gay X Factor 'joke act' Rylan Clark says he feels 'really guilty' after show favorite Ella Henderson was booted off the UK singing contest last night (18 November).

Judges were in shock after 16-year-old Henderson found herself in the bottom two with fellow bookie's favorite James Arthur.

But when no unanimous decision was made, the round went to 'deadlock' and the results of the public vote determined Henderson was the next finalist to go home.

November 6, 2012

Conservative Party politician Nadine Dorries under fire for agreeing to take part in British reality TV show

A British Member of Parliament who opposed gay marriage legislation is under fire after agreeing to join reality TV show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

Conservative politician Nadine Dorries has shocked her peers and constituents in Mid Bedfordshire after taking extended leave to spend up to a month in the Australian jungle.

The 55-year-old who in May 2012 said the government should 'jettison' the policy of gay marriage is already in Brisbane preparing for the ITV show which kicks off on Sunday (11 November).

October 29, 2012

Openly gay British acting legends will play an elderly couple living in the middle of London

British acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi will star as a gay couple in a new sitcom.

It will feature both actors, who made their name in Shakespearean theatre, as an elderly gay couple living in London’s Covent Garden.

The Star On Sunday reports the British sitcom, tentatively titled Vicious Old Queens, will air on ITV next year.

In an interview with the tabloid, a source said: ‘No one can quite believe ITV have managed to get Sir Ian on board. Brit stars don’t get much bigger than him. It’s a great coup for ITV to get these two.’

September 28, 2012

Gay Star News joins DC Comics, Team GB Olympic athletes and Jessie J in prestigious UK gay awards nominees list

Britain’s leading gay rights organization, Stonewall, has announced the shortlist today (28 September) for its annual awards.

The ceremony on 1 November at the V&A museum in London is a glamorous highlight of the UK’s gay calendar.

September 11, 2012

Full line-up confirmed for new series of Britain's hit TV show, including Olympic athletes, actors and pop stars

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold will be swapping the glitz and glamor of the red carpet for the sequins and scrutiny of the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

The journalist who made his name on GMTV will join the British talent show's star-studded line-up, which includes Olympic athletes Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, veteran TV presenter Johnny Ball and Westlife's Nicky Byrne.