10th November 2005
Paintings of straight couples removed from Registry Office in preparation for gay weddings 5
12:00 AM — Liverpool is replacing the pictures that hang on the walls of its Registry Office in order to avoid offending gay couples.The city, which has over recent years become one of the most gay friendly in Britain, is removing two paintings because they are too associated with straight marriage. One is of a young bride signing the register and the other is of Romeo and Juliet on a swing.Janet Taubman, a Registrar at the office said they were "they were innocent pictures but the new paintings are less likely to offend."
Madonna claims she’s really a gay man 2
12:00 AM — Madonna shocked chat show legend Michael Parkinson by telling him that she's really a "gay man in a woman's body".The 47-year-old pop superstar will be the only guest on Parkinson this Saturday on ITV1.She added that she's quite a queen when it comes to her temper, "I'm a dramatic person and I probably had some spectacular tantrums.
9th November 2005
Wallace Gromit – The Curse of The Wererabbit
12:00 AM — It's hard to think of anyone who doesn't like Wallace and Gromit - or even how anyone could fail to like them. There's something about this bumblingly eccentric inventor's bizarrely mundane adventures with his infinitely more intelligent, exasperated, yet ever loyal dog which seems especially English. The ever-creative humour and pitch-perfect timing of this animated duo's escapades, as meticulously crafted by creator Nick Park and his team, simply brings the concept to perfection.
12:00 AM — There have been well over 20 different film versions of this, one of Charles Dickens' most famous tales. Even in the last few years there have been high-profile television versions produced on both sides of the Atlantic; the British had Robert Lindsay as the perennial favourite Fagin, the American's had Richard Dreyfuss and a then unknown Elijah Wood as the youthful master thief the Artful Dodger.Yet despite all these many different takes on what is, at its heart, a fairly simple story of the desire to be loved and human nature, the best remains David Lean's 1948 take, with Alec Guinness as a deliciously over the top Fagin, and Carol Reed's much-loved 1968 musical version.
12:00 AM — This is looking like a superb year for Tim Burton. After his long-overdue return to form with his new take on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, released last month to rave reviews, we are now in for a real treat - a project he has been rumoured to have been working on for more than a decade, ever since the rampant success of his last animated outing, 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas.When Burton's eccentric visual style is allowed to run fully wild, as here, it can really be a joy to behold. His strangely elongated take on human beings, making them almost skeletal, adds an ethereal feel which is wonderfully complemented by the crooked twirls of the background sets. It's a delightfully unique style in movie-making and ideally suited to the material.
Girl filmed gay barman being kicked to death on her mobile phone 3
12:00 AM — A teenage schoolgirl filmed a gay barman being kicked to death by her friends using her mobile phone, a court was told.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have told David Morley that she was making a documentary about happy slapping before her gang of friends kicked him to death.Mr Morley, 37, who survived the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack, was chatting with a friend, Alistair Whiteside, on the South Bank, when the gang pounced.
Give gays full marriage rights says top woman judge 5
12:00 AM — In a speech yesterday, Britain's most senior female judge, called for the gay couples to be allowed to marry.Lady Hale, the country's first female law lord said that the Civil Partnership Act allows gay couples "a status which is marriage in almost all but name"."If people want both the privileges and the responsibilities of marriage, I do not see why we should deny it to them."
8th November 2005
Gays gain anti-discrimination rights but loose the right to run gay only bars clubs 5
12:00 AM — The government will today accept an amendment that will outlaw discrimination of gay people in the service industry. Controversially it will also end the end the banning of straight people from gay venues.Until now, legislation has only banned discrimination of gay and lesbians in terms of employment law but the government has announced that the Equality Bill currently progressing through parliament will tackle discrimination by hotels, pubs, doctors and councils.
Gay couples in online registration trials 5
12:00 AM — Civil partnerships are to be registered online in a pilot scheme in Brighton and three other areas.Couples registering a civil partnership (or gay marriage as it has popularly become known) will be piloting an online registration procedure in the seaside resort together with Bath, Liverpool and Swansea over the next few weeks.Civil partnerships become legal in England and Wales on the 5th December of this year.
Westminster u-turn on gay rainbow flags ban 1
12:00 AM — Westminster Council has performed a u-turn over its ban on the display of gay rainbow flags in Soho.Earlier this year, the council announced a policy that forced retailers to remove all rainbow flags from hanging above premises unless they had been granted planning permission.Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London had strongly criticised the Conservative run council and branded them "out of touch".
Gay no longer used to describe women 1
12:00 AM — According to a recent article in the International Herald Tribune, the word 'gay' no longer pertains to both men and women, as evidenced by a series of articles the paper referenced in the investigative feature.Take, for example, a recent article about a referendum coming to a vote in Maine. The Associated Press reports that opponents of broadened civil rights protections for homosexual men and women claim that such legislation, already signed into law by the governor, would "grant a new status to gay men and lesbians that could open the door to same-sex marriage."
Straight man in coma after gang thought he was gay 2
12:00 AM — A straight man was beaten-up by a gang because they thought he was gay, a court was told yesterday.Asa Freeman, 33, suffered serious brain damage after four men saw that he had a limp wrist caused by a stroke and thus assumed his sexuality, Swindon Crown Court was told.Mr Freeman and his friend, who is also straight were on a night out in Townbridge when they were set upon by the gang who poured out abuse, shouting, "faggot" and "queer" at the men.
6th November 2005
Gay Bishop says God called him 29
12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion, claimed yesterday that he was called by God to become a Bishop.The comments were made in a speech during the Bishop's visit to Britain to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Changing Attitudes group of pro-Gay Christians."I've got to be honest I felt God was calling me out ... God is always calling us to a place of integrity." Bishop Robinson's claim flies in the face of evangelical doctrine that does not allow the ordination or consecration of practising homosexuals.
4th November 2005
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Gay Bishop says Church will eventually accept gays and lesbians 29
12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said today that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.He told the BBC, "I believe that the acceptance of gay and lesbian people into the life of the Church is something that is going to happen. It may not happen in my lifetime, but that is all right. It will happen in God's own time."
Racist and anti-gay magazine publishers given jail sentences 1
12:00 AM — Five white supremacist homophobes were jailed today for their producing and distributing 'Stormer', a magazine that published instructions on making bombs and aimed to initiate a "racial holy war.Articles included a tribute to David Copeland, who murdered three people in a series of nail bombs targeting members of ethnic minorities and the gay community in London. The bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street, Soho, in 1999 killed three people including a pregnant woman, her husband's best man and a her close friend.
Little Britian star David Walliams wishes he was gay 6
12:00 AM — David Walliams the star of hit comedy sketch show, Little Britain has revealed that he wishes he was gay.In an interview with lads magazine, Loaded, he claims that his lifewould be so much easier if he fancied men."I must admit my life would be a lot simpler if I was just gay, but we can't choose these things. I'm going to have a sex change when I'm 70 for the last ten years of my life."
Gay Bishop in talks with the Archbishop of Canterbury 29
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, met the American gay Bishop, Gene Robinson, in London yesterday.The Archbishop's spokesman described the meeting as "friendly but candid".The spokesman added, "The encounter came as part of the Archbishop's commitment to listening to the voices of all concerned in the current challenges facing the Anglican Communion."
3rd November 2005
Gay football stars are too scared to come out 4
12:00 AM — There are at least two gay Premiership football stars that are gay, but are too afraid to come out. At least that's what Stonewall FC, the leading gay football team claim.Andrew Walmsley, the chairman of Stonewall FC, said the gay stars were staying quiet about their sexuality due to a deal of abuse from fans and fellow players.
2nd November 2005
Gay shop worker claims he was treated as an infected animal after revealing he was HIV positive 1
12:00 AM — A gay employee of Clinton Cards claims he was suspended the day after he told his boss that he had been diagnosed with HIV.Karl Nugent, 23 from Northallerton in north Yorkshire told an employment tribunal investigating his suspension that he was told to stay away from the other staff's mugs and cutlery in the staff kitchen. He also claims that he was given £20 to purchase his own towels and not to use the staff toilet in order "to avoid other staff catching HIV".