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  • 9th January 2006

    Mormon cinema owner bans Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain's distributor, Focus Features claims that Mr Miller “reneged on their licensing agreement” by not showing the critically acclaimed film

    12:00 AM — A cinema in Utah has pulled out of screening the gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain.The Jordan Commons Megaplex cinema in Salt Lake City is owner Larry Miller, a member of the anti-gay Mormon movement.Brokeback Mountain's distributor, Focus Features claims that Mr Miller "reneged on their licensing agreement" by not showing the critically acclaimed film.

  • 7th January 2006

    Privacy Policy

    12:00 AM — OverviewPinkNews.co.uk takes your privacy seriously and takes every reasonable precaution to safeguard the personal information you supply to it. PinkNews.co.uk is a PinkUnlimited.co.uk web property.The Data Collected About YouPinkNews.co.uk collects data about you, including answers to specific questions asked by PinkNews.co.uk's sponsors. This information is used to assist PinkNews.co.uk and connected third parties in communicating with you about their products and services.The Use of CookiesPinkNews.co.uk uses resident cookies to store data on your hard disk for the purpose of identifying you when you return to the PinkNews.co.uk site.If you have resident cookies disabled in your browser you are still able to use the PinkNews.co.uk site but you may see the same offer twice or you may continually see the same banner adverts.PinkNews.co.uk uses sessions to store data on our server that are individually identifiable. In most cases a search for the keyword "cyberbritain" in your temporary internet files folder will find all the cookies that our site has placed on your computer. You may find no cookies even if your browser is cookie enabled. This would happen if you happen not to visit a part of the site where cookies are served.As PinkNews.co.uk works with third parties to serve some of our advertisements, you may also find cookies from the following companies associated with a visit to PinkNews.co.uk: adviva.com, advertising.com, tradedoubler and others.Click TrackingPinkNews.co.uk tracks visitors to and on the PinkNews.co.uk site by using referrer tracking. PinkNews.co.uk also uses click thru and open mail tracking when sending emails. This process gives PinkNews.co.uk the ability to profile the recipients of their communications. It also provides us data relating to the country that you reside in.Third Party UsageThe collection of data by PinkNews.co.uk through registration on third party sites may lead to your data also being held by that third party site.The Use of Data by Third PartiesThe data that you provide to PinkNews.co.uk, is held by both PinkNews.co.uk and the sponsors, of the questionnaires that you answer. PinkNews.co.uk holds your data in a central database and this database is only accessed by ourselves. However, when you have opted to receive information from a sponsor of a competition or questionnaire, they may gain access to part of this data.The Use of Data to Validate Other ListsYour data may be provided to clients of PinkNews.co.uk to be appended to information they already hold about you for the purpose of contacting you with information about their products and services. These clients may not contact you without your prior consent, so the primary use is to understand their existing users better.The Use of Third Party Equipment, Servers or SuppliersNot all PinkNews.co.uk services are provided and served by us directly. In certain circumstances other companies perform specialist services on our behalf to our users. This may be for the actual delivery of email or the hosting of a particular website. PinkNews.co.uk shall only be entitled to supply such of your personal information as is necessary to enable them to provide the relevant service to you. Unlike other websites, we only work with companies based within the European Union, so as to safe guard your privacy in accordance with EU best practice and European Commission directives. All partners must be registered in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988.Relevance of Your DataThe data you provide to PinkNews.co.uk will be held as you have provided it. Functions exist within the PinkNews.co.uk website to change the data that is held.Disclouse of InformationPinkNews.co.uk will not provide your personal information to any third party without your prior consent, however, under certain circumstances, official government agencies may require the provision of information to the legal authorities. In order to maintain the integrity of its website and safeguard the interests of its subscribers PinkNews.co.uk will comply with any such legally binding request. However, when at all possible, PinkNews.co.uk will not divulge any information to agencies based outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales.SecurityWhilst the internet is more secure than the postal service, it is not 100% secure. PinkNews.co.uk cannot guarantee the security of any information you send to PinkNews.co.uk via the Internet. PinkNews.co.uk is not responsible for any loss or damage you or others may suffer as a result of the loss of confidentiality of such information.©PinkUnlimited.co.uk Ltd 2005-6

  • 6th January 2006

    Barbie turns you transsexual- US Christian group 8

    The dolls of both Barbie and her boyfriend Ken lack gender defining sexual organs.

    12:00 AM — A right wing fundamentalist Christian group has warned that Barbie is not just a child's toy, but also a tool for the "homosexual agenda."The Concerned Women for America, a conservative group that "promotes Biblical values," made the claim based on a survey on the doll's website, which asked users whether they were "A Boy," "A Girl" or "I Don't Know."The group claims that the toy's manufacturer, Mattel, has "overstepped a line" and accused it of joining forces with the "transgender movement."

  • 5th January 2006

    New York elects first gay speaker

    Ms Quinn wept several times, thanking her father and her partner, Kim Catullo who were sitting in the public gallery

    12:00 AM — New York City Council yesterday elected its first woman and first openly gay speaker.Christine Quinn, a 39-year-old Democrat, becomes the second highest-ranking official in the city after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg.The role of the speaker is to act as a check and balance to the executive authority of the mayor. It is, in effect, a similar position to the chairman of the London Assembly.

  • 4th January 2006

    Comment: Can we tolerate homophobia for much longer? 12

    Perhaps Sir Iqbal should consider what the inclusion of “Britain” in the name of his organisation means

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen takes a personal look at the controversy concerning the comments made by Sir Iqbal Sacranie on the radio.It used to be the case that libertarians and liberals could argue with some justification that tolerance is a necessary part of a liberal society. As a liberal, I could say to Sir Iqbal: "I disagree with you but I tolerate the right for you to be intolerant." But can we still continue be tolerant of those who show so little respect for our liberal way of life.

  • 29th December 2005

    Sir Elton and David Furnish’s marriage certificate released

    Sir Elton was described as a 'musician' whilst Mr Furnish's occupation was listed as 'film maker'

    12:00 AM — The civil partnership certificate documenting the marriage of Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, has been released to the media.The couple married in a civil ceremony on December 21st at Windsor Guildhall followed by an extravagant party at their nearby home attended by a crowd of A-list celebrities.

  • 28th December 2005

    Ireland to consider gay marriages 2

    Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell announced the creation of a government committee to examine the case for gay marriages

    12:00 AM — Ireland may follow the UK in changing the law to allow gay marriages.Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell met with gay rights campaigners in Dublin following the first marriages in Britain and announced the creation of a government committee to examine the case for gay marriages."Our view is that the centre of gravity in Ireland has shifted," Mr McDowell told the gathering.

  • Gay clubbing drug Special K to be re-classified 4

    “Special K“ is currently classified only as a controlled substance (Picture posed by models)

    12:00 AM — An anaesthetic used by vets to tranquilise horses, which has been increasingly popular on the gay clubbing scene, is to be re-classified to make it a serious crime to possess it.Ketamine, nicknamed "Special K", is currently classed as a controlled substance, but is not a classified drug. This means that the drug users caught by the police can only be charged with possessing a controlled substance.

  • 27th December 2005

    Lithuania looks towards banning gay marriages 2

    Mr  Sabatauskas said: “the Civil Code gives a comprehensible definition of marriage with a person of the opposite sex.

    12:00 AM — Lithuania looks set to follow Latvia in banning gay marriages after the Chairman of the country's legal committee labelled them as unconstitutional.Julius Sabatauskas, a Social Democrat MP and chairman of the parliamentary legal committee made the declaration that gay marriages will be unconstitutional.Earlier this month, Latvia passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages from occurring.

  • 26th December 2005

    Former teenage dot.com millionaire comes out for web revival 1

    Mr Cohen said starting the business was “a bit of a fluke“

    12:00 AM — Benjamin Cohen, one of the stars of the late 1990s dot.com boom has returned to the industry with a new business set to revolutionise the gay media world as Britain heads for a dot.com revival in 2006.Cohen as a teenager created the soJewish/JewishNet websites in the height of the internet mania of the late 90s. He was dubbed 'Britain's first teenage dot.com millionaire' and was the focus of a BBC fly on the wall documentary.

  • 25th December 2005

    Revolution in British gay media about to begin 1

    It's still secret, but our new product will take the gay community by storm

    12:00 AM — In the early part of 2006, PinkUnlimited.co.uk will be launching our largest and most exciting product.It's still under wraps so we can't say exactly what it will be but rest assured that it will take our community by storm.Here are a few words to describe our secret product: interesting, exciting, quality, direct, overdue. Plus here's one more: FREE.

  • 24th December 2005

    Doctor Who star to have gay marriage 2

    Mr Barrowman said that he and his partner are aiming for a low-key affair

    12:00 AM — Doctor Who star John Barrowman is to marry his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in the New Year.Mr Barrowman who plays bisexual character Captain Jack is to take part in a Civil Partnership ceremony with his boyfriend of ten years, the architect Scott Gill.Mr Barrowman told the Sun that he and his partner are aiming for a low-key affair: "We're just going to sign the civil register."

  • Memoirs Of A Geisha

    12:00 AM — Originally to have been directed by Steven Spielberg, this big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name is so sprawling in its period complexity, and takes place in such an unusual setting for a Hollywood film, that an experienced hand on the tiller was always going to be necessary.Taking a story set in pre-war Japan, with an almost exclusively Japanese and Chinese cast, would have been a challenge even for the current master of American cinema.

  • Match Point

    12:00 AM — Yep, it's that time of year - the perennial excuse for film fans the world over to ask, "Has Woody Allen finally got good again?" Meanwhile, a whole slew of others rant on about how he was never any good in the first place.Whichever side of the argument you tend to lean towards, New York's very own paranoid whiner is back with his annual big screen excursion, and it is guaranteed to spark some debate.

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  • 23rd December 2005

    Legal advice site launches to help gay couples tie the knot

    gay couples will able to purchase documents such as wills and pre-nuptial agreements

    12:00 AM — Britain's first online legal service for the gay community has been launched to coincide with the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act.PinkLegal.co.uk provides gay couples with free advice on all the legal aspects of gay relationships. Couples will also be able to purchase documents such as wills and pre-nuptial agreements for a fraction of the cost of visiting a high street law firm.

  • 22nd December 2005

    Latvian President concedes defeat as she changes constitution to ban gay marriage 1

    Ms Vike-Frreiberga has in the past strongly objected to the ban but was forced to approve the amendment by MPs

    12:00 AM — Despite personal objections, Latvian President, Vaira Vike-Freiberga has signed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.Ms Vike-Frreiberga has in the past strongly objected to the ban but was forced to approve the amendment after 65 out of 80 Latvian MPs voted in favour of the change.The amendment makes the Balkan state the only member of the EU to ban gay marriage in its constitution.

  • 21st December 2005

    Gay vicar defies Bishop to marry partner

    Rev Wardale said: “it's very important to us to do this“

    12:00 AM — An openly gay vicar has defied the Bishop of Durham and taken part in a gay wedding earlier today.The Rev Christopher Wardale, 59, from Darlington, married Malcolm Macourt, 58, in a civil ceremony in Newcastle. They then received a blessing in church.Rev Wardale, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, Co Durham has been in a gay relationship with Mr Macourt for over 19 years.

  • 20th December 2005

    Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony

    Sir Elton said that his love for his partner David “doesn't come with a price tag”

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.

  • 18th December 2005

    Shayne wins X Factor then heads off to gay club to celebrate

    Shayne Ward thanked his backer backer, the music impresario Louis Walsh

    12:00 AM — Shayne Ward has won the television talent contest X Factor by a margin of just 1.2 percent over rival Andy Abraham. Immediately after being announced the winner, he headed straight off to a live performance at London's largest gay night club.Mr Ward dedicated his victory to his mother Philomena saying: "this is for you mum, this is for you."

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