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November 2005

  • 19th November 2005

    Northern Ireland politician claims gays are “abominable and filthy” 6

    Mr Mills said homosexuality is a “abominable and filthy practice “

    12:00 AM — A councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by Dr Ian Paisley ha branded gays as "abominable and filthy" and to blame for Hurricane Katrina and the spread of AIDs in Africa.Maurice Mills councillor in Ballymena, Northern Ireland claimed that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement from God: "the media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence Festival, which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people.

  • 17th November 2005

    Mayor Claims Gay Photos ‘Placed’ On Computer

    Mayor West faces a  recall election over the sex scandal

    12:00 AM — As a Washington judge prepares to decide whether the contents of Spokane Mayor James West's city-owned computer are part of the public record, the mayor is arguing that numerous gay-oriented photos on the laptop were placed there automatically.This is the latest development in the ongoing saga of West, who was outed earlier this year after chatting with an undercover reporter in a gay chat room. West was subsequently accused by two men of using his position as mayor to offer career advancements in exchange for sex.

  • Charles Clarke hints at Crystal Meth re-classification

    The Home Secretary warned that Crystal Meth is a highly dangerous drug

    12:00 AM — The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke has made the strongest hints yet that Crystal Meth (methylamphetamine) could be reclassified as a class-A drug.His comments follow a report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which examined toxicity, risk, manufacture and prevalence of the drug and considered whether the current classification is appropriate.The ACMD did not recommend the immediate re-classification of the drug but voiced concern over the growing use of the drug.

  • Church of England’s position on gay rights is evil, says right wing Bishops 2

    Dr Williams has in the past been tolerant of gay clergy

    12:00 AM — The split in the Anglican Church over the issue of homosexuality has continued today, with ultra-conservative church leaders condemning the policies of the Church of England as evil.The "Global South", a group of ultra-right wing, anti-gay bishops led by the Nigerian archbishop, Dr Peter Akinola in letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, urge him to reconsider his personal views on homosexuality: "we urge you to rethink your personal view and embrace the Church's consensus and to act on it, based as it is on the clear witness of Scripture."

  • 16th November 2005

    Everything Is Illuminated

    12:00 AM — Adapted from the critically acclaimed faux-autobiographical novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, this could well be the film that allows Elijah Wood to shake off the Frodo associations which, following the insane success of The Lord of the Rings movies, threatened to haunt him for the rest of his career.Following outings in both Sin City and Green Street, in which he was evidently determined to play against type, Wood here shows that he can indeed do more than merely gaze in wide-eyed terror at computer-generated beasties with a performance that is at once sensitive and quirky.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    12:00 AM — If the title doesn't ring any bells, if you don't know which number in the series this is, there's little hope that this film will hold any interest - although if you've managed to avoid the Harry Potter phenomenon this long, either you have no interest in anything that's going on around you or you've been locked up in some far off distant land for the past few years.This particular tale is set in Harry's fourth year at Hogwart's wizard school. He should technically be 14. Not only is actor Daniel Radcliffe already 16, but he looks rather older. Does this matter? Well, it means the films are becoming ever more unlike the books. The tall, muscular Radcliffe is hardly much like the rather small and weedy Harry that Rowling seems to envisage any more.

  • The Proposition

    12:00 AM — It's not often that you get a western these days. It's even less often that you get an Australian western.Rarer still is the attraction of an Australian western written by cult Aussie singer Nick Cave, erstwhile lead crooner in The Birthday Party and now best known as the deep-voiced head of slightly weird music troupe The Bad Seeds.Set as it is in 1880s Australia, as that vast island was just beginning to grow some kind of civilisation out of its penal colony status, this is a perfect yet original setting for an old-school western.

  • In Her Shoes

    12:00 AM — The chick flick is much derided as one of the most formulaic and unoriginal of genres. It is effectively a derivation of the male version, the buddy cop movie, which, like the Lethal Weapon series, normally has at least some cross-gender appeal, and is often spliced with that other much-hated genre, the romantic comedy.Chick flicks always tend to revolve around two or more women who shouldn't really be friends, who have some kind of - usually relatively minor - obstacle to overcome, and who eventually end up bonding over one or more men, be it through love or hatred.

  • The Constant Gardener

    12:00 AM — Following the near Oscar success of last year's Hotel Rwanda, Hollywood returns again to the plight of modern Africa. This time it's Kenya, where British diplomat Ralph Fiennes finds his outspoken, politically active wife, played by Rachel Weisz, murdered while travelling through the lawless outer reaches of the country.Based as it is on a novel by thriller writing legend John Le Carré, a conspiracy lurks beneath the killing, made to look like the work of bandits.

  • Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

    12:00 AM — Val Kilmer's name on a film poster is, these days, enough to drive anyone away. He's been associated with more high-profile duds than pretty much any actor currently working, be it the awful The Saint to the sprawling Alexander, has built up a reputation for being an arrogant and unpleasant person to work with, and by most accounts he hasn't managed to put in a genuinely good performance since 1993's Tombstone, where he was truly superb as the slowly dying gunslinger Doc Holliday.

  • The Brothers Grimm

    12:00 AM — Former Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam's first film in seven years couldn't help but be much anticipated. Especially since the well-documented failure of his Don Quixote project, so painfully revealed in the superb documentary Lost in La Mancha, which brought back industry memories of his big-budget, underrated flop The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the idea that Gilliam could ever get a project funded - let alone finished - ever again was but a vague hope for his many fans.

  • The Legend of Zorro

    12:00 AM — It has been seven years since The Mask of Zorro catapulted its stars, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones from moderate fame to stardom. Seven years is normally a very long time to wait for a sequel. There are few exceptions to the rule that more than three years equals disappointing box office and normally equally disappointing films.

  • Broken Flowers

    12:00 AM — Of late, Bill Murray seems to be making a bit of a thing out of playing middle-aged men desperately searching for some kind of meaning in their lives. There was, of course, the almost depressingly bleak and lonely Lost in Translation, then the quirky The Life Aquatic and now this. As in that last film, Broken Flowers revolves around the discovery of a son he never knew existed and the resultant confusion about the state of his life.

  • Germany to host 2010 Gay Games 3

    Sir Elton John has signed on as one of the Gay Games Ambassadors

    12:00 AM — Gay Games officials have announced that Cologne, Germany will play host for the 2010 Gay Games VIII. The city beat bids from Johannesberg and Paris.The Gay Games has become a sought-after international event by cities worldwide. The 2006 Gay Games VII in Chicago is expected to bring more than 100,000 people and millions of dollars in tourist revenue to the city. "As one of Europe's most welcoming and diverse cities, Cologne welcomes the international LGBT community, their friends and families, with open arms," the Cologne bid committee said following the announcement.

  • UK travel industry unprepared for gay honeymooners

    “Gay honeymoons are going to be booming but the travel industry has to do much more if it is to capitalize on the new developments“ says the report

    12:00 AM — The United Kingdom's travel industry is expected to struggle to meet the sudden demand for gay honeymoons when same-sex weddings become legal next month.Beginning the fifth of December, gay and lesbian couples will be able to formalize their relationships with local authorities under the Civil Partnership Bill. Already, the UK based Out Now Consulting has predicted nearly 275,000 gay couples will take advantage of the new law.

  • Gay Wedding expo hits London 1

    The event will be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington

    12:00 AM — Britain's first gay wedding exhibition is to take place in North London this weekend.The Modern Life show is billed as a one-stop shop to assist couples embarking on a civil partnership. Taking place at the Islington Design Centre it will feature exhibitors including Moss Bros, Debenhams, wedding venues, financial advisors, photographers and cake makers.The exhibition has been publicised across the gay media and through more traditional outlets including posters at tube stations. Tickets cost £10 (including a £1 donation to the Elton John Foundation).

  • 15th November 2005

    Doctors warn gays on crystal meth dangers

    Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — Britain is on the brink of gay club drug epidemic Doctors warned today. Crystal meth or Methamphetamine use is already rife amongst the gay dance scene and is about to spiral out of control into the UK's mainstream culture.Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide. Crystal users experience a temporary sense of supreme confidence, alertness and have an increased perception of self-attractiveness. On the other hand it also delivers paranoia, agitation and violence in some individuals.

  • Nurse Found Guilty of Dismembering Gay Men

    Rogers is scheduled to be sentenced January 26th. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

    12:00 AM — A New Jersey jury found a former nurse guilty of murdering and dismembering two men whose body parts were discovered along New Jersey highways in the early '90s.Richard W. Rogers Junior, who had been a nurse for 20 years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, faces up to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years without parole for the murders of Thomas Mulcahy, a married bisexual businessman from Massachusetts, and Anthony Marrero, a gay hustler from Manhattan.

  • 14th November 2005

    Northern Ireland murder may have been homophobic 57

    Police say there may be a homophobic motive

    12:00 AM — Police say that the motive for the murder of a man in Armagh last week may be his sexuality.Martin Conlon, 35, has returned to Northern Ireland from a prison in Ireland where he had served four years for being a member of the Real IRA.Detective Superintendent Derek Williamson said he is "following a number of key lines of enquiry in this murder which will incorporate Mr Conlon's possible connections with paramilitary organisations and also allegations of involvement in criminal activity."

  • STD rates rise sharply in amongst American gay men 1

    The rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the up

    12:00 AM — Gay men practicing risky sexual activity are fueling a sharp increase in the incidence of syphilis and a smaller, albeit concerning rise in gonorrhea resistant to commonly used antibiotics, federal researchers said this week.The latest report of increases comes at a time when STD rates among historically important risk groups (including women and minorities) have been declining, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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