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December 2008

  • 29th December 2008

    Obama advisor supports choice of anti-gay preacher for inauguration 5

    Obama chose Warren to lead the invocation at his January 20th inauguration

    3:09 PM — President-elect Barack Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod has spoken in support of the decision invite evangelical preacher Rick Warren to his inauguration. Mr Axelrod is a chief advisor to President-elect Obama. Speaking on NBC, Mr Axelrod defended the controversial decision to include Warren in the ceremony.

  • Travel: Say salut to Bordeaux

    A breathtaking vineyard in Bordeaux.

    2:49 PM — Set in the southwest region of France, the port city of Bordeaux is famed for its vineyards and wineries. But there is more to Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot – that's grapes to you and me.

  • Campbell Soup’s gay ads attacked by American Family Association 19

    The AFA, a conservative media watchdog, immediately began campaigning against the ad

    2:39 PM — An ad for Campbell's Soup Company appearing in gay magazine The Advocate has been condemned by the American Family Association (AFA). The double-page ad features two female restaurateurs and a young boy. The text accompanying the picture identifies the women as a couple and the boy as their son.

  • Senator sex scandal toilet no longer a tourist hot-spot

    Senator Craig was arrested after attempting to solicit sex from an undercover police officer

    1:51 PM — The public toilet where Rebulican Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting sex became something of a tourist favourite in 2007.

  • Facebook slams homophobic groups 4

    Users of the groups posted death threats to gay and lesbian Serbians

    12:45 PM — Social networking site Facebook has responded to calls for two Serbian homophobic groups to be removed from the web.

  • Funding cut at Brighton care home over gay questionnaire row 18

    Respondents, all aged over 80, refused to answer the question about sexuality

    11:35 AM — A Brighton care home for the elderly has been accused of homophobic exclusion by the local authorities. Pilgrim Homes, a Christian care home which runs 10 projects for elderly people in the UK, is suing the council for religious discrimination.

  • Homophobic families harm gay teenagers, study claims 7

    The researchers claim that parents' rejection of their children over issues of sexuality dramatically compromises their health

    11:10 AM — For the first time ever, researchers have claimed that there is a direct link between homophobic rejection of LGB adolescents by their families and mental health problems.

  • Film Review: Frost Nixon

    Frost Nixon

    10:41 AM — Back in 1977, British satirist turned talk show host David Frost managed to secure unprecedented access to former American president Richard Nixon, still a global pariah and national disgrace following his 1974 fall from office after the notorious Watergate scandal. Little-known in the US, despite having managed to get Nixon's agreement to an almost insane 28-hour interview, stretched over 12 days, Frost had failed to sell the interviews to any television networks, funding the project out of his own money.

  • Film Review: The Spirit 1

    The Spirit

    10:35 AM — Liked the over-the-top, heavily stylised Sin City, with its quirkily graphical black-and-white, comic-book feel? Can't wait until 2010 for the sequel? Well, this might just keep you going until then.

  • Film Review: Defiance

    Daniel Craig in Defiance

    10:31 AM — Actors who get cast as James Bond all too often find it hard to shake off that iconic character. Our last 007, Pierce Brosnan, has been finding it particularly tricky, picking up roles as sleazy losers in the likes of The Matador and cheesy all-singing, all-dancing clichés in Mamma Mia in a desperate attempt to show that he can do things other than look good in a tuxedo while fighting baddies and performing spectacular stunts. Bond before him Timothy Dalton spent a good decade carefully picking parts that would shake off the threat of typecasting, from villains to more nuanced and subtle characters on stage and small screen.

  • Transgender Bangladeshis to vote today

    The election will end a two-year period of emergency rule by an army-backed administration

    10:25 AM — Today's general elections in Bangladesh will be the first ever to allow transgender people to cast ballots. A Bangladeshi court ruled that transgender people are fully-fledged citizens and must have the right to vote.

  • Film Review: Slumdog Millionaire 1

    Slumdog Millionaire

    10:23 AM — As unlikely award contenders go, a film about the Indian version of popular TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? made by the guy who brought us that classic piece of mid-90s drug-addled madness Trainspotting has to be up there with the weirdest of them.

  • Film Review: Bedtime Stories 3

    Adam Sandler stars in Bedtime Stories

    10:16 AM — After the release of the fun family adventure Inkheart two weeks ago, you may think that there's not much call for another movie about children's stories coming to life. But this is a very different take on a similar basic idea, and certainly shouldn't be written off right away. Where Inkheart opted for thrills and spectacle in a relatively straight, classic fantasy quest, this offering has instead gone for the comedy route – as the presence of Adam Sandler in the lead should attest.

  • Film Review: Che

    10:07 AM — Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara has long been a student hero – his beret-wearing, long-haired image adorning countless walls in university buildings world-wide even before his death, aged 39, by a Bolivian military firing-squad in 1967.

  • 28th December 2008

    Film Review: Australia

    Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in Australia

    11:05 PM — Romantic epics, and especially romantic epics set amid tragedy and destruction, have long been some of the most popular – yet hard to pull off – of all film genres. The proof is in the money this type of film can make. 1997's Titanic, decidedly a romantic epic set on the most famous sinking ship of them all, is the highest-grossing film of all time.

  • EastEnders Spoilers: Tanya prepares for her trial

    Tanya prepares for her trial

    11:01 PM — The truth is finally out about Lauren but Tanya is determined to go through with her guilty plea – telling Max she doesn't want her daughter's life ruined. Max is mortified by what he has done to the family as the consequences of Lauren's hate for him hit home. Things get worse when she hands herself in to the police and he tries to convince them she is confessing to protect her mother. But even with the new evidence, Tanya still faces charges of perverting the course of justice – and the fact that Lauren is destined to be taken into foster care. When will her life get easier?

  • Coronation Street Spoilers: Becky becomes Miss Popular!

    Love and marriage...

    10:56 PM — Molly and Tyrone are getting married but will it all go to plan? Tyrone gets himself into a fix by helping out Pam – and ending up being arrested for handling stolen goods. Jack manages to persuade the policeman to let him go until after the ceremony, while Molly is astounded at the horse drawn carriage waiting to take her to the church – and amazed that her groom has gone to so much trouble for their big day. Tyrone gets there on time, only to faint under the stress of his arrest. But was the police officer all that he seemed?

  • Emmedale Spoilers: Val’s plan to throw a divorce party doesn’t quite go to plan

    Paul objects to the Dancing Queens

    10:52 PM — Val's plan to throw a divorce party doesn't quite go to plan, when Paul is horrified to walk into a troupe of male dancers. Lily scheme to get Jonny back to the village doesn't work either so she comes up with the idea that Paul should go and visit him in Australia. The idea appeals to him but Val makes up a story that Rodney has a serious heart condition so she can make him stay.

  • Hollyoaks Spoilers: Will Nancy and Ravi reunite?

    Hollyoaks is on Channel 4 daily

    10:43 PM — Nancy is embarrassed when she wakes up next to Kris, and things go from bad to worse when Sarah walks in. Later Nancy is excited to receive a text from Ravi asking her to meet up in the Loft. However, when a random caller humiliates Sarah live on air, Nancy says she'll stay with her tonight and cancels her plans with Ravi. But Kris and Ravi have decorated The Loft for a night of romance, and aren't prepared to let all their hard work go to waste.

  • 25th December 2008

    Government criticises Channel 4 for homophobe Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message 8

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Channel 4

    11:52 PM — The Government and the Conservatives have criticised Channel 4's decision to broadcast an Alternative Christmas Message by homophobic, anti-Semitic Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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