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CBS Films Looking Into Removal Of Gay References From U.S. DVD Cover of 'Pride'

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The first image above is the original promotional artwork for Pride — the critically acclaimed 2014 film about gay activists who supported a bitter strike by British coal miners in the 1980s. 

The second image is the back cover of the Pride DVD released in the US on Dec. 23. 

Can you spot the difference? 

That's right, the banner in the background saying "Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners" has been removed. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 9.42.08 PMAdditionally, in the description of the film that appears on the back cover, the "London-based group of gay and lesbian activists" have been changed to just "a group of London-based activists," according to Pink News

The Hollywood Reporter has more

Ironically, those changes invert the plot of the film: Initially, the Welsh miners are more comfortable with the LGBT community’s monetary support than with its open sexual identity, but the miners ultimately become comfortable with their new supporters. Several characters come out during the course of the movie.

The film won several prizes at the British Independent Film Awards last month: the best British independent film award, along with best supporting actor and actress prizes for its stars Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, respectively.

Representatives for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which released the disc in the U.S., and CBS Films, which acquired U.S. rights, did not respond to requests for comment.

CBS Films said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that it's looking into the matter: 


British Embassy Plays Integral Role In The Dominican Republic's First Gay Marriage

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Although same-sex marriage is illegal in the Dominican Republic, the British embassy in Santo Domingo stepped in to provide a legal loophole for a local gay couple, allowing them to tie the knot in time for the New Year.

According to British officials, the embassy was able to legally wed the couple, an unidentified British man and his Dominican partner, thanks to provisions agreed upon in the Vienna Convention. The unique union represents the first legally recognized same sex marriage to take place on the conservative island nation.


Same-Sex Marriage Begins in Scotland: VIDEO

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Same-sex marriage is officially underway in Scotland. The nation's first same-sex wedding happened just moments ago, uniting Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown at a humanist ceremony at the Trades Hall in Glasgow. Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott are also to be among the nation's first same-sex couples to tie the knot. Scotland's new marriage law went into effect earlier this month but couples had to wait the 15 days required by Scottish law before saying "I do." The BBC reports:

[First minister] Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP will act as witnesses at the marriage of Susan and Gerrie, while Scotland's national poet Liz Lochhead and Scottish government minister Marco Biagi MSP are expected to attend the ceremony for Mr Schofield and Mr Brown.

A total of 250 couples have converted their civil partnerships to marriage since the new law - the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill - came into effect on 16 December.

Scotland's first minister said: "This a momentous day for equality in Scotland, one where same sex couples have the right to marry the person that they love.

"I am personally proud that as Health Secretary, I led the consultation which started this journey. I said then that it was the right thing to do, and I believe that today.

"This will send a powerful message to people about the kind of country we are."

According to the Scottish government, 17 same-sex couples are expected to marry on Hogmanay.

UK BuzzFeed reporter Jamie Ross has been live tweeting the wedding of Schofield and Brown. Check out video and photo highlights of the couple's happy day, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UKIP Parliamentary Candidate Claims 'Gay Donkey' Attempted to Rape His Horse - WATCH

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Video has surfaced of John Rees-Evans, a candidate running for a parliamentary seat as a member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), regaling protesters with an account of saving his horse from being raped by a “gay donkey.” Rees-Evans brought the story up in response to being asked to share his thoughts on Dr. Julia Gasper, a fellow UKIP party member, who recently argued that “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals.”

“I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field,” Rees-Evans said to a cluster of chuckling anti-UKIP protesters. “[A]nd a donkey came up…which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse.”

Rees-Evans’s comments are but the latest in a string of recent gaffes made by UKIP members. As Tom Mendelsohn wrote in the Independent back in 2013, however, the racist, sexist, and homophobic ethos at the center of the party aren’t exactly new or all that surprising:

“Ukip is now learning this the hard way, like the frothing neo-feudalist cowboys that they are, as more and more of their ‘flamboyant’, ‘opinionated’ rank and file show their true colours (white, inevitably). They were always going to eat themselves up eventually, but the pace at which they’re falling from grace is rattling my eyeballs.

Ukip has always been an uneasy coalition of two broad types of buffoon – gimlet-eyed turbo-Thatcherite libertarians and swivel-eyed little-Englander Nimbys with great big woodies for the Empire as was.”

Watch the clip of UKIP party candidate John Rees-Evan telling the harrowing tale of saving his horse from being sexually assaulted by a gay donkey, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Right-wing UK Candidate Resigns After Being Exposed Calling Gays 'Disgusting' - AUDIO

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Kerry Smith, a now former parliamentary candidate for the United Kingdom’s Independence Party was met with abrupt pushback earlier this month after being recorded referring to Chinese minorities as “chinky” and gay people as “disgusting old poofters.” According to UKIP’s economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn, Kerry attributed his racist and homophobic outburst to the prescription painkillers he’d been using at the time. Smith withdrew his parliamentary bid after recordings of his racist and homophobic remarks were made public.

“I want the best for South Basildon and East Thurrock and I want to see the real issues discussed that touch the lives of people,” Smith said in a public statement. “Therefore I have chosen to resign so that UKIP can win this seat next May.”

“What I am pleased about is that he has resigned and stood down, whether he was on sedatives or not,” said UKIP deputy chair Suzanne Evans. “I think the party wholeheartedly accepts that is wasn’t a good enough excuse and we are all delighted that he has done the decent thing and fallen on his sword.”

In 2012 Smith came under fire for a phone call in which he was overheard making jokes about “shooting peasants” and calling UKIP’s immigration spokesman Steven Wolfe a “fucking carpetbagger.”

“The fact that we have someone who has made racist and homophobic language has gone within 24 hours shows the strength of the team behind us who are making sure that we have no one in this party who has such views representing our party and the people that vote for us,” Wolfe said.

Listen to Smith's damning phone call, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Couple of 49 Years Among First to Convert Civil Partnership to Marriage in England

A gay couple together for almost 49 years were among the first to be married under new laws in England allowing civil partnerships to be converted to marriage, reports LogoTV.

Roger192Roger Lockyer (87) and Percy Steven (75) were among the first couples in England to enter into a civil partnership in 2005.

Lockyer said:

“To me, it feels like reaching the top. We really are married. Which is what we have been for nearly half a century of course. But to have formal recognition of that I think is something that’s so unexpected and wonderful.”

Steven said that he is most looking forward to finally joining the couple’s utility accounts because he can now “ask for an account in both names.”

Same-sex marriage became legal in Scotland on Tuesday.  Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK where gay marriage remains illegal.


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