30th January 2006
China bans Brokeback Mountain 5
12:00 AM — The critically acclaimed film of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain has been banned by Chinese censors because they object to its homosexual content.The film is directed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee, who was the director of Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.The national Xinhua News Agency claims that the "sensitive topic" of homosexuality has meant that the film is unsuitable for release within the communist country.
Washington state passes gay rights bill 1
12:00 AM — The Washington state Senate passed a bill today protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, making Washington the 17th state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and the 7th state based on gender identity. It now goes before Governor Christine Gregoire, who pledged to sign it."States like Washington are picking up the slack as fairness remains stalled in Congress," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
Dead man’s father doesn’t blame gay TV star Barrymore 2
12:00 AM — The father of the man found dead in the swimming pool of TV star Michael Barrymore five years ago, said today that he didn't blame the star for the death of his son.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001.His 61 year-old-father, Terry, met with Mr Barrymore for the first time this weekend and then told the Sun that he would work with Mr Barrymore.
700 gay weddings in London since December
12:00 AM — 700 gay couples from London have tied the knot in civil partnerships since the introduction of civil partnerships during December of last year.A further 500 London couples are expected to hold gay weddings over February.The City of Westminster appears to be the most popular with couples with 38 weddings having already taken place with a futher 230 expected over the next few months.