> It's been forty years since the largest mass murder of gay people in American history. "In June 1973, a fire broke out in a gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. The fire at the Upstairs Lounge took 32 lives." Meanwhile, the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has apologised for its lack of sympathy at the time.
|||San Francisco Gay Pride Parades, 1970 - 1980: video.
< ACT UP NY's 25th anniversary reunion, in pictures. Left, Blane Charles.
< IRELAND: Court hears farmer killed gay student for being the "devil". Joe Heffernan beat 21-year-old Eoin Ryan to death, and then phoned the police to confess, "I'm after killing a man. He came on to me and I killed him. I'm not gay or nothing, you know."
> ITALY: Vatican rentboy and Satanism claims by defrocked priest Don Patrizio Poggi. He says both serving and former priests hired rentboys for sex in churches from a pimp who sold consecrated hosts to Satanists.
> MACEDONIA: Skopje Pride attacked by anti-gay mob.
|||MACEDONIA: Petar Stojkovikj, a well-known actor and celebrity, has become the latest victim of attacks targeting Macedonia's gay community.
|||CHILE: 70,000 turned out for the Santiago Pride Parade.
> JAMAICA: Dane Lewis - head of the Jamaican gay equality group J-FLAG - on proceedings in the Jamaican Supreme Court, where the group's education and outreach officer Javed Jaghai (right) is challenging the Jamaican "buggery law".
|||Amnesty International publishes a new report titled Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa, in which it states anti-gay sentiment is reaching "dangerous levels".
|||Obama nudges Africa toward gay equality; too gently?
< ZAMBIA: Setback for prosecution in gay trial against Philip Mubiana and James Mwape (left, at the magistrates court on 8th May. Philip is pictured centre, and James is second from the left).
|||Book review: Pacific Rimming, by Tom Cardamone. "Cardamone leaves us with echoes of a wild, electric energy that resonates with a powerful fierceness long after we’ve left his broken and beautiful world behind."
|||Talking to Christina Crawford about her show Surviving Mommie Dearest.
> Talking to Lloyd Daniels, star of "naked gay comedy" Up4aMeet.
|||Theatre review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. "Sweet, enjoyable and definitely leaves you wanting more, although it's not a production to be applauded for its innovation as there’s nothing necessarily new or daring here. The tricks are slick and the kids stars in the making."
|||Is the only way to solve movie theatres' talking and texting problem to give in to it?
> DVD review: I Want Your Love. "Well worth watching if you don’t mind a film that's more interested in naturalism and trying to find some sort of truth, than being packed with drama." Right, Brontez Purnell, the best thing about the film.
|||DVD review: The Parade. "A surprisingly funny film that mostly manages to pull off a tricky balance between (often rather black) comedy and full-throated anger at the violence and prejudice gay Serbians face on a daily basis." There's an alternative review here.
|||Trailers: Dunno Y...2; and Upstairs Inferno.
> Meet Paris Barclay, the first openly gay - first African-American - president of the Directors Guild of America.
|||Gays of our lives: All the latest gay soap developments from around the world, with Anthony D. Langford.
|||Greg Rikaart - of the CBS soap The Young and the Restless - comes out as gay.
> 10 TV showrunners that left before their time. Right, David E. Kelley's Chicago Hope. He left after the show's first season, and returned to perform emergency surgery on his creation in its sixth and last outing.
|||Neil Tennant has revealed he turned down Simon Cowell's job on American Idol. The Pet Shop Boy says he felt producers just wanted a "bitchy gay Englishman". The full interview can be found at Popjustice.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."