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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.

  • Brokeback kiss ranked second sexiest movie moment 7

    The kiss between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has been ranked the second sexiest movie moment

    12:00 AM — The kiss between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has been ranked the second sexiest movie moment of all time.The embrace was beaten by the not so elegant spanking scene in 2002 cult film, the Secretary, in a poll conducted by Lovefilm.com.

  • Immigrants tested with gay kiss 1

    The test marks a crackdown on immigration for the country usually known for its liberal views

    12:00 AM — Muslim groups are criticising the Netherlands over the use of films featuring two men kissing to test asylum seeker's liberal attitudes as a basis for entry into the country.Applicants' reactions will be tested to see if they can accept the language and culture of Holland.Leaders from the Muslim community in Holland say the film is offensive, "It really is a provocation aimed to limit immigration. It has nothing to do with the rights of homosexuals."

  • Prison service looking for gay recruits

    The SPS will be the first uniformed service to commit to a campaign to create workplace equality for gay people

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is looking to shed its "straight man" image by appealing to more gays and lesbians.The service wants to increase its share of homosexual staff to at least six out of every 100 prison officers.They have launched an advertising blitz in gay publications to recruit the gay community in Glasgow, Barlinnie and Edinburgh jails.

  • Gay group slams Catholic charities decision to end adoption scheme

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) has promised to seek an exemption from state law for religious organisations

    12:00 AM — Catholic Charities in Boston have announced that they will end their adoption programme in reaction to laws forcing them to allow gay people to adopt.The statement comes after months of infighting and was met with disapproval from gay-rights groups.

  • Pro gay rights judge threatened with impeachment

    Mr Dwyer is the same delegate who made a failed effort to get a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the November ballot

    12:00 AM — After years of promising to impeach any judge who attempted to overturn a Maryland state law banning same-sex marriage, Ann Arundel County delegate Don Dwyer attempted to do just that this week when Baltimore circuit court judge M. Brooke Murdock ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.But his fellow lawmakers didn't agree, voting 20-3 late Thursday to reject a proposal to impeach Ms Murdock.

  • New Zealand clinics legalise gay sperm donation

    PinkNews.co.uk revealed last week that the ban may be lifted

    12:00 AM — A fertility clinic's U-Turn on a ban against gay men from donating sperm means it will start accepting donations by the end of the month, according to Reuters.The decision comes after a Wellington man was denied from making a donation after hearing about a national donor shortage and offering to help. Both he and his partner were told they could not donate sperm because they were gay.

  • Acting agencies accused of ignoring gay roles

    New Zealand agencies seem to be ignoring the success of gay films such as Brokeback Mountain

    12:00 AM — New Zealand acting agencies are refusing to put forward their clients for gay roles, according to a Kiwi film maker.Director Andy Boreham, who is making a gay safe sex film for the New Zealand AIDs Foundation, told a gay publication that he has been stifled by agents who don't want to offer same sex "affectionate" parts to their actors.

  • Bulgaria choose gay transvestite for Eurovision 2006 2

    The infamous artist, Azis, 28, will accompany Mariana Popova on stage to perform the Eastern European country's 2006 entry, Let Me Cry

    12:00 AM — A gay transvestite is being tipped to represent Bulgaria at this years Eurovision song contest in Athens.The infamous artist, Azis, 28, will accompany Mariana Popova on stage to perform the Eastern European country's 2006 entry, Let Me Cry.

  • 11th March 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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."

  • 10th March 2006

    Elton John offers fans his Red Piano

    Las Vegas visitors may have seen the Red Piano in one of Sir Elton's casino shows at Caesars Palace

    12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John is putting his world renowned red piano up for auction on bidding site eBay.The star is offering his fans a chance to do the crocodile rock with "Fiona," the name of his instrument that he has played at numerous concerts.

  • 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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