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25 March 2008

  • 25th March 2008

    INTERVIEW: From soaps to Soviet murder mystery

    With Hollywood beckoning, it's doubtful Tom Rob Smith will be returning to write in soapland any time soon.

    9:00 PM — Tom Rob Smith doesn't believe in stereotypes, particularly the one that says a gay, former TV soap writer can't pen an intense, hard-hitting Cold War thriller.Child 44 counfounds assumptions about gay writers.His first novel, it caused a fierce bidding war at the London Book Fair and was eventually sold to 22 countries. It is no surprise that film rights to this powerful piece of fiction have just been snapped up by Ridley Scott.

  • Cult animation about gay couples comes to UK

    The odd Lego-like characters tackle what one commentator called “horribly inappropriate homo gags.“

    6:30 PM — An American TV show described as making "South Park look like The Flumps" is to be screen on E4 later this year.Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World features a range of gay and lesbian stereotypes, from the twink with the sugar daddy to the "perfect" gay couple of the title, to baby-obsessed lesbians.The odd Lego-like characters tackle what one commentator called "horribly inappropriate homo gags."

  • Poles favour EU treaty despite anti-gay scaremongering 19

    Despite the President's dire warning that the treaty would lead to the introduction of gay marriage in Poland, 69% of respondents did not believe him.

    6:10 PM — An opinion poll in Poland has found strong backing for a new EU treaty criticised by the country's homophobic President in an address to the nation last week.The survey will come as an embarrassment to President Lech Kaczynski, who used lurid images of gay marriage to illustrate the "threat" to the Polish nation he claims the Lisbon treaty poses.The poll was published by daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. 

  • More4 News reports on the Gaydar revolution 2

    Former Gaydar user and Labour MP Chris Bryant, Gaydar director David Muniz and the playwright Matthew Todd feature in the report.

    5:20 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant is among the contributors to a report to be broadcast tomorrow examining how the internet has fundamentally changed gay society.Benjamin Cohen, Channel 4 News technology correspondent and founding editor of PinkNews.co.uk, explores how Gaydar and similar websites have revolutionised what it means to be gay in Britain.The report is part of a series to be screened on More4 News this week, celebrating 10 years since the dot.com boom.

  • Man arrested for not paying male prostitutes

    An investigation was launched by Southwark community support unit, on behalf of the Metropolitan police.

    5:00 PM — Police in London have announced the arrest of a 37-year-old man suspected of hiring male sex workers and not paying for them.The man, arrested in Bangor, north Wales, has been linked to 17 offences including counts of obtaining services by deception, two allegations of theft, one of administering a substance with intent and one allegation of rape.He has been bailed to return in May as police continue their investigations.

  • Home Office’s “Iranian propaganda” over gay hangings 2

    “We found that two young males were hanged because they were found guilty of raping a 13 year-old boy,“ said Home Office minister Lord West.

    4:30 PM — The government has been accused of being more inclined to believe Iran than human rights groups on the issue of how gay people are treated in that country.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association is angry that the Home Office minister in the Lords last week claimed that no-one has recently been executed in Iran "solely on the grounds of homosexuality."GALHA intend to write to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for clarification of the official position after statements by Lord West of Spithead.

  • Mayoral candidates on knives, teens and the environment 5

    Ken Livingstone said he opposed airport expansion at Heathrow or any other sites in London.

    3:30 PM — The Mayor of London has promised to go ahead with a £25 charge for "gas guzzling" cars in the capital at the launch of his environment manifesto today.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st in the tightest race for Mayor since the office was established in 2000.Ken Livingstone said he opposed airport expansion at Heathrow or any other sites in London. "I have made environmental policy a central focus of all I have done as Mayor," he said.

  • COMMENT: Can celebs swing the Democratic nomination?

    Just because Oprah can turn books into best-sellers or put companies out of business if she doesn't like their products doesn't mean she or any other celebrity can decide what is best for the country.

    2:50 PM — Obama or Clinton? It seems to be a question at the forefront of every American Democrat's mind going into to this year's important Presidential election.While the Republican Party has elected their representative as John McCain, the other side seems to be a struggle less about the ideals of the candidates, which are very similar, and more about a popularity contest.Questions have been raised about who is more electable, who has more experience, and who has a better message.

  • Labour MPs get free vote on parts of embryology bill 17

    MPs will get a free vote on three parts of the legislation: IVF research, saviour siblings and the creation of human-animal embryos.

    2:10 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that MPs will be allowed to vote against parts of a government bill.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is due before the Commons in the next few weeks.MPs will get a free vote on three parts of the legislation: IVF research, saviour siblings and the creation of human-animal embryos.Mr Brown said that he believes stem cell research has the potential to cure some diseases "that have afflicted mankind for centuries."

  • Cardinal attacks new rights for gay parents 18

    The Cardinal also accused the government of trying to challenge “standards by which we have lived throughout our lives and by which Christians have lived for the past 2,000 years.“

    2:10 PM — The controversial Easter message from the leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic church contained an attack on new rights for lesbian and gay parents.Press coverage has concentrated on Cardinal Keith O'Brien's claims that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will create "Frankenstein-like" human-animal hybrid embryos, a charge rejected by the government and scientists.During his speech on Sunday the Cardinal accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown of: "promoting a bill which denies that a child has a biological father."

  • Democrats plan to topple homophobic politician 10

    In 2004 Kern was elected for the first time with 67.65% of the vote.

    1:30 PM — Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern will face a challenge in November elections after an audio recording was leaked of her comparing gays to terrorists and telling fellow Republicans the "homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."The recording and accompanying YouTube video have sparked outrage from many, but Kern defended her words, telling the press: "What I'm saying, I believe in."The Demcratic party has announced that Ron Marlett, a 59-year-old social worker, will challenge Kern for the Oklahoma City seat.

  • Downing St protest over gay asylum seekers

    OutRage!, the National Union of Students and the Middle East Workers' Solidarity took part in the protest opposite Downing St.

    12:50 PM — More than 120 people took to the streets of London last Saturday to highlight the plight of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who seek asylum in the UK.OutRage!, the National Union of Students and the Middle East Workers' Solidarity took part in the protest opposite Downing St.They demanded that Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian teenager who faces deportation to his homeland and possible execution because of his sexuality, be allowed to stay in the UK.

  • Socialist candidate for Mayor to attend Stonewall hustings 1

    Ms German will appear on the ballot paper as the candidate for The Left List.

    12:20 PM — Lindsey German has confirmed that she will join other candidates for Mayor of London at a gay hustings event next month.The Respect - The Left List candidate will appear alongside incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson, Lib Dem Brian Paddick and Green party candidate Sian Berry at the event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 19th April.The Stonewall hustings will be the last before Londoners go to the polls on May 1st.

  • Cameron warns Catholics over embryology debate 17

    Today's warning from Mr Cameron stressed that the present atmosphere may prevent the legislation from being debated “calmly and reasonably“ by MPs.

    12:10 PM — The Leader of the Opposition has said that critics of new legislation should be careful not to "overstate" its impact.David Cameron's comments follow an Easter weekend full of claim and counter-claim about the creation of "animal-human hybrids" as a result of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.On Easter Sunday the leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics attacked the Prime Minister and made lurid claims that the new legislation "comprehensively attacks the sanctity and dignity of human life than this particular bill."

  • INTERVIEW: Basketball’s stereotype-busting gay icon 3

    Amaechi is finally comfortable in his sexuality after many years of struggle.

    11:50 AM — There can be no better introduction to the conversation of John Amaechi than to relay his thoughts on the American press and basketball-loving public's reaction to the revelation that this giant of the game is gay."I knew it would be fuss-worthy, especially in America. But it's very weird really because over here if you didn't know you just weren't paying attention."Amaechi is one of a handful of British players to have reached the heights of the US National Basketball Association.

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