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March 2006

  • 13th March 2006

    Talk show blasted for putting lesbians over drugs

    campaigners have expressed disgust at the RTE network for allowing more time to discuss gay marriage than to the drugs epidemic

    12:00 AM — Irish talk show, the Late Late Show has been criticised by drugs groups for "putting lesbians before the drugs issue."Angry campaigners have expressed disgust at the RTE network for allowing more time to discuss gay marriage than to the drugs epidemic.

  • Libraries refused funding over gay books

    Bill sponsor Rep. Sally Kern told the Daily Oklahoman, “If we expose children to sexual material without parental knowledge and guidance, we're programming them for destruction“

    12:00 AM — The Oklahoma House of Representatives, which last year legislated that gay themed books should be moved to adult sections of libraries, is threatening to deny funding to libraries thatdon't enforce the rule.Politicians in the House Appropriations and Budget Committee passed HB 2158 by a vote of 13-3, and it is headed to the full House.

  • Gay group banned from university

    The group will also visit Regent University, who says its policies don't bar  gay students.

    12:00 AM — The Rev. Jerry Falwell has once again become a thorn in the gay community's side by banning an activist group of gay rights advocates from appearing at his Conservative Christian Liberty University.According to Southern Voice, the Soulforce Equality Ride, a group of 35 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members, has launched a nationwide tour of Christian campuses to promote an end to the discrimination of our community.

  • Government ensures equal access for gay community 1

    Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson announced the consultation on reforms this afternoon

    12:00 AM — Pubs, hotels and restaurants will face prosecution for turning away gay customers, according to government plans announced today.The scheme fulfils a promise made last year that the 2006 Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexuality in the supply of goods, facilities and services.Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson announced the consultation on reforms this afternoon, he said: "It's easy to forget how far we have come in the past eight years. We have repealed clause 28, equalised the age of consent for gay men and introduced civil partnerships."

  • Hillary Clinton still banking on gay support despite gay marriage row 5

    Mrs Clinton opposes moves to create a constitutional amendment that permanently rules out gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Ticket sales for a gay and lesbian fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton have remained high despite a high profile row concerning the New York senator's views on gay marriage.Mrs Clinton, the former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton is widely believed to be considering standing to become the Democrat's nominee for the next Presidential election.Mrs Clinton supports civil unions, a similar system to the British civil partnership scheme, gay marriage in all but name. However, she continues to support the Defence of Marriage Act, enacted by her husband that maintains that marriages must be between partners of the opposite sex.

  • Israeli politician promises gay marriage rights

    Yossi Beilin, a member of left wing party, Meretz, announced the group's policy along with other politicians, at a bar popular with the gay community in Tel Aviv

    12:00 AM — In the run up to this month's elections in Israel, one politician has promised to push for the inclusion of gay people in a new law on civil marriage.Yossi Beilin, a member of left wing party, Meretz, announced the group's policy along with other politicians, at a bar popular with the gay community in Tel Aviv.

  • Group to hear views of gay cancer sufferers

    The Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services network is launching a project to improve their understanding of  the needs of cancer sufferers from the gay, lesbian, and transgendered communities

    12:00 AM — Cancer patients from the gay community are to be consulted about how services could be made better for them.The Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services network is launching a project to improve their understanding of the needs of cancer sufferers from the gay, lesbian, and transgendered communities.

  • News of the World could sue PinkNews.co.uk over Ashley Cole stories 25

    The proceedings refer to an article titled, “Internet rumours “name“ bisexual football star“ in which the website discussed the News of the World story, “Gay as you go“ and rumours circulating across the internet

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk, the gay news website that published an unedited version of a photograph of the footballer Ashley Cole and the radio DJ, Masterstepz may face legal action from the News of the World.Notification was received from solicitors acting for the News of the World this morning stating that they reserve the right to commence third party proceedings against the site in relation to the libel claims of Mr Cole.

  • Professor angers gay groups over sperm warning

    Genetics experts have in the past examined the existence of a gay gene

    12:00 AM — A New Zealand university professor has angered gay groups by suggesting that recipients of sperm from gay donors should be warned that the "gay gene" may be inherited.His comments come after medics lifted the ban on gay sperm donors in reaction to protests from human rights groups.

  • 11th March 2006

    Keanu Reeves brushes off gay rumours 7

    Keanu Reeves said: “I try not to live my life by what other people say”

    12:00 AM — The Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves, prefers to laugh off rumours questioning his sexuality rather than consult his expensive lawyer.He told the New York Post: "I try not to live my life by what other people say. People were gossiping about what the king and queen were doing way back when."It's just human nature. We like talking about other people."

  • The Weather Man

    12:00 AM — The basic premise of Nicholas Cage as a man wrestling with the age-old dilemma of whether his family or career is more important may sound rather familiar to fans of this often brilliant, frequently erratic actor.Back in 2000, his disappointing feel-good flick The Family Man - even the title was similar - gave him a Sliding Doors-style second chance at life, where he opted for love over money.

  • Syriana

    12:00 AM — After the ridicule heaped upon actors who meddle in politics in 2004's entertaining puppet satire Team America: World Police, it is a brave Hollywood star indeed who dares to tackle the contentious world of contemporary politics.Yet as the war in Iraq reaches its third anniversary, mainstream Hollywood seems finally to be catching up with the political debates that have been raging ever since the "War on Terror" was launched in the wake of the September 11th attacks. The figurehead for this new movement is emerging in the unlikely shape of a fat, bearded George Clooney.

  • The Pink Panther 1

    12:00 AM — You would have thought that he would have learned his lesson after reviving the classic comic character of Sgt Bilko for the screen, but it seems that Steve Martin pays little attention to critics.Having failed to do justice to American comedian Phil Silvers' most famous creation, Martin has now decided to attempt to pick up the mantle of the best-loved character of that most versatile of British actors, Peter Sellers, by donning the trademark moustache and trenchcoat of bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau.

  • Tristan + Isolde

    12:00 AM — The medieval romance of Tristan and Isolde (or Yseult, depending on how archaic you want to be) is these days best known thanks to the grand opera by Richard Wagner, often claimed to be one of the finest ever written.After its initial appearance during the Dark Ages, by the 13th Century Tristan had been elevated to the level of one of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table, before the tale of their tragic romance eventually evolved into that of Lancelot and Arthur's queen, Guinevere.

  • Imagine Me And You

    12:00 AM — As soon as one film finds success with a subject previously thought not to hold any commercial appeal, movie-makers tend to run around in a desperate attempt to imitate the same previously unconsidered route to success.Gladiator shows that the historical epic can still find an audience, and within a couple of years we have the likes of Kingdom of Heaven and the upcoming Hannibal trying to cash in. X-Men does stupidly well at the box office, and the next few years sees cinemas packed out with umpteen other movies based on comic books and superheroes.

  • The White Countess

    12:00 AM — The death of producer Ismail Merchant in May last year marked the end of an era for British film-making. As one half of the Merchant Ivory team, the "Ivory" being director James Ivory, his name has become synonymous with the kind of lavish costume drama which typified British films for much of the latter half of the 20th Century, teaming up on more than 40 film projects, including the much-loved adaptations A Room With A View (1985), Howards End (1992) and The Remains of the Day (1993). The White Countess is the last product of this partnership, which has brought more intelligent and lavish versions of literary classics to the big screen than any other.

  • Firewall

    12:00 AM — One of the major dilemmas for any fan of Hollywood blockbusters over the last decade has been how to explain what has happened to Harrison Ford. This is the man who played the two coolest cinematic characters to have merged in the final quarter of the 20th Century.This is Han Solo. This is Indiana Jones. This is also Deckard from Blade Runner, another all-time iconic film character, and a man Oscar-nominated for his starring turn in the serious and restrained Witness.

  • Capote

    12:00 AM — Truman Capote ranks as one of America's greatest ever writers, yet today is probably best known - at least to film lovers - as the author of that classic Audrey Hepburn flick Breakfast at Tiffany's.He is also prime material for the typical Hollywood biopic - a man who rose from poverty in the deep south to the New York cocktail set, mixing with A-list celebrities and royalty while engaging in a string of doomed homosexual relationships with married men and battling drug and alcohol addictions, before dying of a drug overdose aged 59.

  • 10th March 2006

    Gay banker not sacked over sexuality, tribunal told 4

    HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed “entirely correct procedures”

    12:00 AM — HSBC's human resources manager has insisted that a gay banker was not sacked because of his sexuality.HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed "entirely correct procedures" when it dismissed Peter Lewis, who claims he was fired because he was gay.

  • Groups try to increase gay adoption support

    Social workers, child advocates, foster parents and clergy members are trying to gain support in Florida to modify the state's ban on gay adoption

    12:00 AM — Legislation to allow gay foster parents to adopt children already in their care is reported to be losing ground.Social workers, child advocates, foster parents and clergy members are trying to gain support in Florida to modify the state's ban on gay adoption.Supporters say gay foster parents who have already shown they can look after children should be able to continue. Opponents believe the best environment for a child is in a mother-father house.

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