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December 2005

  • 7th December 2005

    Joyeux Noel

    12:00 AM — War films produced through cooperation between the combatant countries have had a fairly solid track record over the years. There's the epic re-telling of the Normandy Landings, 1962's The Longest Day, a British/German/French co-production, 1970's American/Japanese take on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora! and the British/Japanese prisoner of war movie Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence from 1983, all of which are superb in not only their historical accuracy but also their sensitivity.

  • King Kong

    12:00 AM — How do you follow up on the most successful and critically acclaimed film trilogy since the original Star Wars movies? What do you do next after proving your critics wrong and pulling off a great adaptation of a book many still considered to be unfilmable? How do you move on from the longest and most complex deliberately-planned film shoot in the history of cinema?

  • March of the Penguins

    12:00 AM — We've been spoiled in Britain when it comes to nature documentaries. Since the 1950s, the British public has had innumerable superb expeditions into the wonderful world of wildlife beamed into their homes thanks to a combination of the BBC and the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough, all of which have been in equal measures fascinating and expertly produced.

  • First man to hold a gay marriage in Britain dies 1

    Mr Roche told reporters: “I really, really needed to get married” shortly before his death

    12:00 AM — A terminally ill cancer sufferer who was given permission to wed his partner in a gay wedding ceremony on Monday has died.Matthew Roche, 46, died on Tuesday 6th December at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, West Sussex, just a day his and his partner, Christopher Cramp held their partnership ceremony in the hospice.The Civil Partnership Act normally requires a 15-day waiting period between the application for a partnership and the ceremony.

  • Gay HIV positive man takes Condoleezza Rice to court 1

    The case names Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The State Department is under her jurisdiction.

    12:00 AM — A gay rights organisation this week initiated a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on behalf of a man who was allegedly denied employment as a Foreign Service Officer by the U.S. State Department because he is HIV positive.The case names Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The State Department is under her jurisdiction.

  • 6th December 2005

    Terminally ill man and partner become first to have a gay wedding ceremony 1

    The waiting period is scrapped if doctors say that one partner has a terminal illness and are unlikely to recover

    12:00 AM — A terminally ill man and his partner have become the first gay couple to become civil partners following Monday's introduction of the Civil Partnership Act.The Act normally requires a 15-day waiting period between the application for a partnership and the ceremony. However, the waiting period is scrapped if doctors say that one partner has a terminal illness and are unlikely to recover.

  • New Tory leader, David Cameron must keep to his promises on gay issues 27

    PinkNews.co.uk hopes that David Cameron lives up to his promises

    12:00 AM — David Cameron, the first party leader to be born since the decriminalisation of homosexuality has been elected. He must now prove that he can change the way that the Conservative Party relates to the gay community.Earlier this year, this website endorsed David Cameron as the candidate most likely to change the Conservative Party treats gay issues and move the party away from its homophobic past.

  • Green Party calls for more awareness of gay benefits changes

    The Green Party's Nigel Tart called for a grace period before benefits are changed

    12:00 AM — The Green Party today urged for greater awareness of the changes in the benefits system that the Civil Partnerships Act has brought in.Following yesterday's introduction of the Civil Partnership Act, most cohabiting same-sex couples that claim state benefits will experience a reduction in the amount of money they receive.

  • Robbie Williams receives damages over claims he is secretly gay 8

    Mr William's barrister, Tom Shields QC, told the court that the singer “is not, and has never been, homosexual”

    12:00 AM — Pop star, Robbie Williams has accepted substantial libel damages from the publishers of the People Newspaper and the publishers of the Daily Star over claims that he is secretly gay.The claims that we made in the People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars Magazine in 2004 claimed that the former Take That star had engaged in casual gay sex.Mr William's barrister, Tom Shields QC, told the court that the singer "is not, and has never been, homosexual."

  • Belgium’s Parliament backs gay adoption

    The law will grant gay couples in Belgium the same rights as heterosexual couples

    12:00 AM — Belgian MPs have backed plans to allow adoption by gay couples, just two years after legalizing same-sex marriage.The lower house of Belgium's parliament voted 77-62 in favor of the measure, which must also pass the upper house. If fully approved, Belgium will become the third country in the EU, after Sweden and Spain, to allow same-sex adoption.

  • 5th December 2005

    British couples get ready to hold gay wedding ceremonies

    Britain will see 4500 gay weddings over the next few months

    12:00 AM — Couples the length and breadth of Britain today made the first steps to cementing their relationships under the Civil Partnerships Act.The Civil Partnership Act, which came into force today, will allow gay couples to register their relationship in a civil ceremony and receive the vast majority of the rights that straight married couples receive. However, unlike a wedding, churches and other places of worship can refuse to allow their members to hold a ceremony on their property.

  • Gay Prisoner Behind Rape Accusation Heads Back to Jail

    A court official said Johnson will not be returned to the prision where the alleged rapes occurred

    12:00 AM — A gay man who alleged that he was forced to perform sex acts for a prison gang while incarcerated at a Texas penitentiary headed back to jail this week.Roderick Keith Johnson, 37, will spend about 60 days locked up for violating his parole.Johnson was re-arrested earlier this month when he failed to appear at a hearing over allegations of cocaine use and his failure to attend drug-rehabilitation treatment.

  • Schools can’t out students as gay, US court rules

    Judge James Selna found that  schools do not have the automatic right to disclose a student's sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a high school does not have the right to "out" a student without his or her permission.The American Civil Liberties Union brought the lawsuit on behalf of Charlene Nguon, a senior in Orange County's Garden Grove Unified School District, who claimed the principal violated her right to privacy by telling her parents she was a lesbian after he disciplined her for being affectionate with her girlfriend.

  • 4th December 2005

    Britain’s gay marriage scheme is “sexual apartheid” say human rights group 5

    Gay rights group OutRage! said today that the Civil Partnerships Scheme is “welcome, but flawed”

    12:00 AM — Gay rights group OutRage! said today that the Civil Partnerships Scheme is "welcome, but flawed". The group called for same-sex marriages.The Civil Partnership Act that comes into force on December 5th 2005, will allow gay weddings in all but name. However, OutRage!, led by human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell said that Britain operates a "sexual apartheid" system of marriage.

  • 3rd December 2005

    PinkNews.co.uk Editor, released from hospital 3

    Benjamin Cohen thanked readers for their support

    12:00 AM — Readers will be pleased to hear that the Editor of PinkNews.co.uk, Benjamin Cohen, has been released from hospital following his recent illness.Benjamin was admitted after suffering serious problems with his vision, balance and co-ordination.Doctors at Barnet General Hospital in North London have found that two lesions on the right hand side of his brain had caused his problems.

  • South African High Court Says Yes to Gay Marriage 1

    African nations are generally intolerant of gay relationships

    12:00 AM — The high court of South Africa ruled on Thursday that same-sex marriages will enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women, making the nation one of just five worldwide that have removed legal barriers to gay and lesbian unions.But the Constitutional Court effectively stayed its ruling for one year to give Parliament time to amend a 1961 marriage law. Should legislature balk, the court said the law will be automatically changed to make its provisions gender-neutral.

  • HIV Rate Hits All Time High for Gay Men in UK 2

    More gay men tested positive for HIV last year than any year since records began

    12:00 AM — As the world gathered to celebrate World AIDS Day 2005 this week, new figures in the United Kingdom suggested the country's gay community saw more gay men testing positive for HIV last year than any year since records began.So far, 2,185 positive tests have been reported among gay men during 2004 to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), and this number is likely to rise further as late reports come in.

  • 1st December 2005

    Pink news will not update until Monday 5th December at the earliest 3

    12:00 AM — Due to the unexpected hospitalisation of pinknews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen (23), there will not be any updates to articles. We will update this page as soon as any information becomes available on Benjamin.

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