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  • 11th March 2006

    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

    Friends claim Luther Vandross was gay 6

    Vandross, whose hits included Dance With My Father and Here and Now, died in July 2005

    12:00 AM — A gay magazine has revealed that the artist, who died last summer, was secretly homosexual and was extremely careful not to let the public know.One friend, writer Bruce Vilanch, told the magazine that he was aware of the star's sexuality from the beginning of his career, he said: ""He was way 'in' (the closet). He said to me, 'No one knows I'm in the life.'"

  • “England team are gay boys”- says Oasis star 1

    Mr Gallagher called England captain David Beckham a “nancy boy”

    12:00 AM — Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has used his bands recent tour to launch an attack on the England football team by calling them a bunch of "gay boys"The front man said: "At times the England players seem to play like women. Beckham and others, they're gay boys."

  • Gay Olympics come to Copenhagen

    It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country's Olympic bid

    12:00 AM — Denmark will host the 2009 OutGames as part of its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.The event will be hosted in the capital city of Copenhagen and is expected to attract over 15,000 competitors and 200,000 fans.It will be the first major sporting event in the lead up to the country's Olympic bid, Martin Geertsen, deputy mayor of cultural affairs said: "I feel an air of excitement all over. Therefore we will work to make sure that the OutGames become the biggest and best international sporting event for gays and lesbians."

  • Gay film festival tours Africa

    Gay groups and individuals can already watch free DVDs of films featured in the event in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

    12:00 AM — The organisers of South Africa's gay film festival are planning to take the cultural event to gay people and groups across the region.For 12 years, the South African "Out in Africa" film festival has been one of the biggest cultural events on the gay calendar, now the films will be taken to neighbouring African countries where homosexuality is not seen as positively.

  • Brad Pitt may have found gay role 1

    Last month the star revealed that he would love to appear in the ultimate gay love story

    12:00 AM — Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt is rumoured to have landed his dream gay love story.The actor is said to have been lined up for a part in The Front Runner, a film about a gay love affair between a male track coach and a team member, based on a novel by Patricia Nell Warren.

  • Gay groups say Easter discrimination is no yolk

    The White House Easter Egg Roll has been a family occasion in Washington since 1878.

    12:00 AM — Gay groups are reacting to the increasing anti gay legislation in America by organising a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family event outside the White House in Washington.While several US states are currently debating issues such as gay marriage and adoption, the Family Pride Coalition, which campaigns for gay family equality, encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the government building last weekend.

  • Lesbian Rabbi announces gay marriage

    Rabbi Sarah helped Liberal Judaism draw up the marriage liturgy, called Covenant of Love, for Jewish same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — A homosexual rabbi is to become one of the first lesbians to marry in a synagogueRabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, of the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, will marry her partner of three years Jess Wood on Saturday, March 24 followed by a traditional Jewish wedding at her synagogue.

  • Gay social networking site launches beta test phase

    Users can sign up at  PinkMates.co.uk

    12:00 AM — PinkMates.co.uk the latest site from the team behind PinkNews.co.uk has announced that it is to launch with a beta test period from the 10th March 2006.Up to 10,000 free accounts will be allocated during this pre-launch stage to iron out bugs in the system.

  • Man charged for endangering gay sex partners 1

    The arrest came as part of a crackdown on obscene websites

    12:00 AM — An HIV-positive man has been arrested for potentially spreading the virus by having sex with other men without warning them of his condition.Incheon Metropolitan Police in South Korea arrested and charged the 24-year old, who caught the virus in 2002, is charged with having high-risk sex with seven men he met on the internet.

  • Mussolini’s grand daughter: “Fascists better than faggots” 1

    Born Wladimiro Guadagno, Vladimir Luxuria considers herself neither male nor female but dresses as a woman and prefers to be called a 'she'

    12:00 AM — The granddaughter of the late Fascist leader Benito Mussolini has defended her relative's political beliefs and wartime actions by saying it was better than being a "faggot."Alessandra Mussolini, a member of a right wing party just welcomed into Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition, made the derogatory comments on a TV chat show in Italy.

  • Officers pose as gay men to catch drug dealers

    “From our understanding, they believe that by consuming drugs while having sex, their sexual pleasure can be heightened,“ a police officer said

    12:00 AM — Police in Singapore are going undercover as homosexuals in an attempt to catch drug traffickers.Two male officers posed as gay men looking for sex to gain access to a drug ring which supplied ecstasy pills exclusively to the gay community.Officers found six ecstasy pills in the raid and later found another 136 ecstasy pills and eight Erimin-5 tablets, a banned sedative.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 9th March 2006

    First civil ceremony for gay MP 1

    Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish

    12:00 AM — A Labour environment minister will become the first MP to have a civil partnership.Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June.

  • Gay Games given the row ahead

    Residents, gay rights activists, ministers and legal experts attended the meeting to raise issues ranging from tolerance, the human rights and fear the games would promote promiscuity

    12:00 AM — The vote banning the Gay Games rowing event from Crystal Lake in Chicago has been reversed.After a deadlock vote last month, it was thought that the proposal had failed and the event would have to be moved, but a rescheduled full committee poll this week gave approval for the event to go ahead.

  • Politician loses election race after gay prostitute revelations

    The Texas State flag alongside the American flag

    12:00 AM — A Democratic candidate for the Texas House has lost his bid for nomination after his support and endorsement faded in reaction to revelations that he once worked as a gay prostitute.The Dallas Morning News reported last month that Tom Malin had advertised his sexual services under the alias of Todd Sharpe as recently as 2001 via an online escort service.

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