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December 2008

  • 15th December 2008

    One small step for gays at Hong Kong’s first Pride march 1

    Hong Kong celebrated its first Pride on Saturday

    4:16 PM — More than 1,000 people took part in the first officially sanctioned gay Pride event in Hong Kong on Saturday. It was organised by a coalition of HIV organisations and LGBT groups.

  • Can you help vulnerable gay teenagers this Christmas? 7

    AKT helps vulnerable young LGBT people

    3:25 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people who do not live in accepting, supportive and caring homes.

  • Sir Ian McKellen and Village Drinks raise funds for homeless gay teens

    Sir Ian McKellen is a patron of AKT

    3:06 PM — Actor and gay rights advocate Sir Ian McKellen was the guest of honour at a special charity event hosted by Village Drinks last night.

  • Former police officer arrested in ‘rainbow maniac’ serial killer case

    Sao Paulo gays have been targeted by a serial killer

    2:38 PM — A retired state police sergeant has been arrested in Brazil in connection with the murders of 13 gay men in Sao Paulo.

  • Christian registrar’s case rubbished by tribunal appeal judge 15

    Lillian Ladele claims she was discriminated against

    2:18 PM — The chair of an employment tribunal appeal panel has indicated he is unlikely to back a Christian registrar who wanted to opt out of performing civil partnerships on religious grounds.

  • Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10

    Lithuanian MPs are worried about "promotion" of homosexuality

    1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.

  • Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1

    The UN General Assembly is meeting this week

    1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

  • Gay “cure” policeman’s employment tribunal backed by Christians 4

    PC Cogman is to go to an employment tribunal

    1:03 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after he sent emails at work suggesting homosexualityis sinful is to take Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal.

  • 14th December 2008

    Film Review: Inkheart

    Helen Mirren stars as “Elinor” in Inkheart

    3:20 PM — As with buses, so with films – you wait ages for a movie with a certain basic premise, then two come along at once. Be it alien invasion movies Independence Day and Mars Attacks! back in 1996 or asteroid strike flicks Armageddon and Deep Impact in 1998, or even the ultimate double-whammy of Fail Safe and Dr Strangelove back in 1964 (both based on the very same book), the history of cinema is littered with similar ideas hitting the big screen at around the same time. It's still rare, however, for two movies with such similar basic ideas at their heart to come out in the same month – but with Inkheart out this week and Disney's Bedtime Stories out on Boxing Day, that's precisely what's happened: two children's films about men who can – quite literally – bring stories to life.

  • Film Review: Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa

    The cast of Madagascar Escape 2 Africa

    3:16 PM — In 2005, Madagascar ambled into our cinemas as just one of countless computer-animated kids' films featuring talking animals getting into scrapes. It's tale of a bunch of New York zoo animals who end up having to fend for themselves in the jungles of Africa, following the Shrek mould of chucking in movie references in an attempt to appeal to adult audiences, and on the surface had little to make it stand out amidst the seemingly never-ending line of similar talking animal animations that the last decade has brought us. Yet somehow, something clicked. It wasn't a classic, certainly, but something about the ninja-style penguins, or perhaps the talented voice cast – principally Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen – helped it to rise above the herd.

  • Film Review: Hamlet 2

    Steve Coogan and Elisabeth Shue star in Hamlet 2

    3:12 PM — There was a time during the mid to late 90s that Steve Coogan was almost unanimously regarded as Britain's best comedian. He came from a strong troupe of comics, first coming to the public's attention via the cult Radio 4 satirical series On The Hour - that also launched the careers of the likes of master satirists Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci as well as Jerry Springer: The Opera writer Stuart Lee and his erstwhile comedy partner Richard Herring. First broadcast in 1991-2, it was On The Hour that saw the first appearance of the comedy character with whom Coogan will forever be associated – the Terry Wogan-inspired presenter Alan Partridge.

  • Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15

    Rufus Wainwright (promotional photograph)

    3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."

  • 12th December 2008

    Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian 18

    The article mocked Sir Elton's charity work

    5:48 PM — A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled.

  • PFLAG launches safe schools training for parents and LGBT allies 3

    PFLAG is offering safe schools training

    3:16 PM — An advocacy and support group for the families and friends of lesbian and gay people has launched a new community-based safe schools programme.

  • MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4

    The Vatican is under pressure from MEPs

    2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.

  • Obama’s environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment 2

    Ms Sutley will co-ordinate environmental policy for the new President

    1:50 PM — The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.

  • Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1

    Colin Powell thinks gays should serve in the military

    1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.

  • Policeman may be among Sol Campbell homophobic abuse suspects

    A policeman may be one of the suspects

    12:31 PM — One of 16 men wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse aimed at a footballer during a match last month may be a serving police officer.

  • Malone sentenced to life for homophobic murder in public toilet 10

    Mark Malone will serve life in prison

    12:13 PM — A 30-year-old man found guilty of the murder of a retired accountant in a public toilet in Surrey has been jailed for life. Mark Malone will serve at least thirty years.

  • Emmerdale Spoilers: Will Anna’s love for Matthew overcome his lies? 1

    Will the King family survive Donald's tricks?

    12:09 PM — Anna is summoned to a De Souza board meeting, fully intending to sell her shares in the business. Instead, she is floored to discover that De Souza is the major shareholders in Polek Haulage. Meanwhile, the Kings discover they have until the end of the day to raise funds or else the creditors will liquidate their assets. When Anna returns from the meeting, Matthew is furious to hear about the situation, almost cancelling the wedding.

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