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May 7, 2015

Union J already confirmed

X Factor alumni Stereo Kicks are to perform at this year's Birmingham Pride, it has been revealed.

They join a killer line up that already includes another boyband who found fame on the ITV show, Union J.

This year's Birmingham Pride takes place across the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 May.

Other stars performing at the event include Real Love star Jess Glynne and Say Nothing singer Example.

April 13, 2015

 X Factor alumni just one of the big names at this year's festival

Former X Factor stars Union J will perform at this year's Birmingham Pride, it has been announced.

The boyband came fourth on the 2012 series of the hit ITV show, and are known for hits including Carry You and You Got It All.

Jess Glynne – who is currently number one in the singles charts – will be headlining this year's event.

April 3, 2015

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it'

Nigel Farage has been criticised for his comments about the treatment of foreign patients with HIV on the NHS. 

The UKIP leader, who made the remarks during last night's leadership debate on ITV, labelled those who come to the UK to receive treatment 'health tourists'. 

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it,' he said. 'There are 7000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive, but 60 percent of them are not for British nationals.'

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

February 24, 2015

Smithies, a marine electronics engineer in the fishing industry, will never forget having to tell her boss about her transition

I work as a marine electronics engineer based in Peterhead.

I travel all around the UK installing and repairing satellite TV and Internet systems, radars and autopilots on everything from yachts and fishing vessels to oil standby boats and jack-up rigs.

I mainly work on fishing vessels in Peterhead. I work alongside the guys that starred in the TV series, Trawlermen, and the recent ITV program, Trawlermen’s Lives, which should give you a clue of how male dominated the environment is.

February 20, 2015

Other countries have done a gay spin of the dating format

Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness has called for a gay version of the ITV show.

The UK presenter, who hosts the hit dating show, has said it has yet to feature any gay contestants on the show.

Running for seven years, a line-up of women buzz out as they gradually get to know a single guy. If over a series of rounds there are women who haven't gone 'no likey, no lighty', then the tables turn and man picks his date go to the 'Isle of Fernando's'.

November 25, 2014

Openly gay Emmerdale actress on loving California and the Lake District

She recently won Entertainer of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, for her role as Ruby Haswell in Emmerdale. And here the out and proud Alicya Eyo – who also made her directing debut last year with the queer short Brace – shares her travel tales, from experiencing discrimination in Egypt to the gay rite of passage which is San Francisco...

November 18, 2014

On the road with the gay dad and former Coronation Street star

He played Marcus Dent in the iconic ITV soap Coronation Street – but the gorgeous Charlie Condou, 40, is equally known by many aspiring gay fathers as a parenting role model. With his Canadian boyfriend Dr Cameron Laux, 49, Charlie is a father to two children – Georgia, six, and Hal, four (Charlie and Cameron's close friend Catherine Kanter is the children's mother).

November 2, 2014

The gay sporting star appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to talk about his life and new autobiography. Ross, who has a gay daughter, personally thanked Thomas for being so open about his sexuality

Gareth Thomas, the former rugby player who came out in 2009, has just published his autobiography, Proud.

On Saturday night he appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show on British's ITV channel, to talk about his career and his previous struggles with his sexuality.

Thomas enjoyed a phenomenal rugby career as a player, and was, until September 2011, the most capped Welsh rugby union player, with 100 appearances for his country.

October 27, 2014

Show is based on UK series Saturday Night Takeaway but won't air on Saturday nights

Less than a year after How I Met Your Mother left the air, Neil Patrick Harris has booked his next TV gig.

The recent Tony winner will host the US version of the UK series Saturday Night Takeaway for NBC.

Ten episodes of the show have been ordered but they will not air on Saturday nights. The US version does not yet have a title and will be produced by the UK-based ITV.

October 21, 2014

Underbutler Thomas Barrow tries to change his sexuality with painful injections

The creator of Downton Abbey has revealed that gay underbutler Thomas Barrow will seek a 'cure' for his sexuality in the fifth season of the hit show.

Julian Fellowes said in an interview with ITV, 'He falls for the quackery that this can be cured, that he can get rid of this dumbbell he is dragging around with him. His fortitude takes him through a period of incredible physical discomfort.'

'The result he seeks is impossible – it’s not to be obtained by any medical treatment, it was just quackery.'

October 21, 2014

'I’ve had a couple of girls say, "I’d love to go out with him, but it puts me off that his mum is a lesbian"'

An X Factor star has opened up about his childhood, saying he had to defend his gay mother from bullies.

British singer Jack Walton, the 18-year-old currently competing in this year's ITV singing competition show, has revealed he has even had to leave girlfriends as they felt uncomfortable with him being brought up by two women.

The guitar-playing crooner, from the mining town of Castleford in Yorkshire, said he got a lot of hate from his schoolmates when he found out his mother was gay at age 11.

September 15, 2014

Scheming under-butler Thomas Barrow embarks on a 'harrowing' storyline in show's fifth season

The character of closeted gay under-butler Thomas Barrow on TV's Downton Abbey is going to have his most harrowing episodes yet, according to the actor who plays him.

Rob James-Collier says the character's homosexuality, which not focused on during seasons three and four, will be the focus of the Barrow's storyline when the new season begins Sunday (21 September) on ITV. (It will begin airing in the US early next year.)

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 10, 2014

Charlie Condou will take lead role in Southwark Playhouse production of Next Fall

Former Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou has been confirmed as one of the lead roles in the London production of Next Fall. The Tony-nominated Broadway comedy, which premiered in 2009, is about a gay couple with opposing religious views; one is a devout Christian and the other is an atheist.

March 6, 2014

Gay Emmerdale soap actress and TOWIE star also share their experiences of being bullied in new film

School bullies threw things at gay British X Factor star Marcus Collins and followed him home from school, he has revealed.

Collins, the openly gay 2011 runner-up in the show, was speaking in an ITV video about homophobic bullying, made in conjunction with leading UK gay charity Stonewall.

Also in the short film, Bobby Norris, star of staged reality show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), reveals he was bullied and feared ‘name-calling if I walked down a corridor or went to my locker’.

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.