30th January 2006
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.
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.
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.
29th January 2006
Gay man’s body found in country lane 1
12:00 AM — The remains of a gay man from Notting Hill have been found next to a country lane in Luton, Bedfordshire.Alexandre Marques, 61, emigrated to London from Portugal in 1972 and disappeared from his bedsit in Notting Hill on Sunday 16th October 2005.Colleagues at the exclusive ARTS club in Mayfair reported him missing on October 21, after he failed to appear at work for five days.
Israeli claims he had internet sex meet with Hughes 19
12:00 AM — An Israeli engineer has claimed in national newspaper that he had a one night stand with the Liberal Democrats leadership candidate Simon Hughes.Greg Nesbett, 28, told the Sunday Mirror that he met up with the MP after exchanging messages on a popular gay website."It was rapid and businesslike, he made contact with me in the chatroom, came to my house then we got straight into it."
Barrymore set to marry gay lover and return to UK 2
12:00 AM — Having been placed as the runner up in the hit Channel 4 series, Celebrity Big Brother, former TV star Michael Barrymore says that he's going to marry his gay lover.Mr Barrymore was mired in controversy in 2001 following the death of Stuart Lubbock, who was found with sexual injuries after drowning in Mr Barrymore's swimming pool. Following newspaper revelations, Mr Barrymore fled to New Zealand where he attempted to re-launch his career as a stage actor.
28th January 2006
Simon Hughes claims saying he was not gay was not “morally or factually incorrect” 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, candidate for the leader of the Liberal Democrats today told the Independent that his previous statements regarding his sexuality were not morally or factually wrong."What I said to this paper [that I was not gay] was not intended to mislead. I was trying to reinforce that barrier around my private life. It is not dishonest to protect your privacy. What I said wasn't morally wrong. It was not factually wrong."
Synagogue appoints gay rabbi five years after rejecting lesbian
12:00 AM — Finchley Reform Synagogue in north London has appointed an openly gay rabbi just five years after it rejected a lesbian Rabbi to be the community's spiritual head.The synagogue was embroiled in controversy following the proposal to appoint an openly lesbian Rabbi, Melina Carr in 2000. Her appointment was recommended by the synagogue's rabbinical committee but was vetoed by the community. The synagogue later apologised to Rabbi Carr for "unwarranted intrusion into aspects of her private life."
27th January 2006
Britain remembers the evils of holocaust
12:00 AM — Wales yesterday played host to Britain's national Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by allied troops.The event held at the Cardiff Millennium Centre was the highlight of a week of remembrance across the nation. It marked the anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Nazis murdered Jews, Poles, Romas and Gypsies, gay men and women, political prisoners, people with disabilities, and others during the Second World War.
Jamie Babbit chosen to direct lesbian feature film
12:00 AM — The openly gay film director Jamie Babbit has been selected to helm the first feature film for Los Angeles based gay group Power Up, the feminist comedy The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.Ms Babbit, whose projects include But I'm a Cheerleader and the TV series Popular, has rounded up a veritable who's who of stars for the film, which centres on a woman (Melonie Diaz) who finds her purpose in life after she hooks up with a radical underground feminist group.
Californian teachers boycott gay and lesbian rights poster
12:00 AM — Teachers at San Leandro High School, California, have refused to participate in a school district order to display a rainbow-flag poster in their classrooms that reads, "This is a safe place to be who you are."The teachers say homosexuality violates their religious beliefs, the school's principal Amy Furtado said.
26th January 2006
12:00 AM — Although Disney studios have got a great and profitable film franchise on the go with the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the animated division has not been faring so well. Depending on whose opinion you ask, either 1999's Tarzan or even as far back as 1994's The Lion King was the last genuinely good Disney cartoon.Since the arrival of the likes of Pixar and Dreamworks and the 3D computer-animated successes of films like Shrek, Toy Story and The Incredibles, Disney's position as the undisputed king of Hollywood animation has been so badly undermined that many no longer even consider it a competitor for the title.
Walk the Line
12:00 AM — A little over a year ago, a biopic of a groundbreaking, near-legendary, recently-deceased singer-songwriter whose life had been filled with more than its fair share of tragedy and upset along with the success earned wild critical praise and numerous awards.Much was made about the accuracy of the central performance, with praise heaped upon the actor responsible for his vocal mimicry and attention to detail, as well as how the actor had got to know and gain the blessing of the person he was portraying before he died.
Zathura: A Space Adventure
12:00 AM — In 1995, the still relatively new movie technology of computer-generated effects was employed to good effect in the Robin Williams-starring Jumanji, a children's adventure flick based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg in which a board game, the titular Jumanji, could magically affect real life.A decade on, we get another children's adventure based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg in which a board game, the titular Zathura, magically affects real life.
12:00 AM — Having become the darling of the Jewish world with his masterly portrayal of the sheer horror of the Holocaust in 1993's Schindler's List, Hollywood's biggest director has now risked being denounced by those who formerly praised him for highlighting some of the less savoury policies of the state of Israel, in a highly topical action thriller based on real events from more than 30 years ago.Considering the sheer levels of vitriol involved in the Israel/Palestine conflict, where to show any indication of criticising Israeli policy can lead to accusations of anti-Semitism, for a non-Jewish director to try and dramatise an aspect of the long-running and bloody dispute would have simply been begging for widespread condemnation.
The Matador 1
12:00 AM — Fresh from being booted out of his most famous role as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan hits the big screen once again in a role that seems to have given him an immense amount of fun.In fact, those who know Brosnan primarily from his Bond turns - or perhaps as Remmington Steele in the 1980s TV show of the same name through which he first found fame - may not really have noticed that he's got a wonderful comic ability.
Fun With Dick And Jane
12:00 AM — There seems to have been a spate of comedy remakes of TV shows and films from the 60s and 70s recently, be it Bewitched or Starsky and Hutch, The Producers or The Longest Yard. Some have been more successful than others.With this updating of the 1977 husband and wife robbers caper, originally starring George Segal and Jane Fonda as the down-on-their-luck middle class types forced into a life of crime, director Dean Parisot has cunningly picked a film now largely forgotten in the hope of having less to live up to.
Student expelled for being gay 2
12:00 AM — A student at an American university claims he was expelled from his course after the institution found out that he was gay.Michael Guinn was a student at the private Christian, John Brown University in Arkansas.He claims that he was thrown of his course after the university found his internet blog that listed details of his sexuality.
Comment: So what if Hughes and Oaten are gay or bisexual? 19
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen considers the sexual controversies that have engulfed the Liberal Democrats.You'd have had to be on another planet to have missed the news that two of the candidates for leader of the Liberal Democrats have been "outed" by the tabloid press. But does this really matter in modern Britain, and what does it say about our society that they couldn't out themselves?
Hughes considered quitting over bisexual revelations 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, who today revealed that he is bisexual, said that considered quitting the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats after he was forced to admit that he had lied about his gay past.Mr Hughes who is the Lib Dems' president had previously denied that he was gay but revealed today in the Sun that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." This morning, Mr Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is "bisexual."