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2008

  • 18th January 2008

    Charlie Wilson’s War

    12:20 AM — Every now and then, a film comes along that has Oscar written all over it. If you were to look at CVs of those involved in Charlie Wilson's War, you'd know that putting money on this little outfit to pick up a slew of golden men in a couple of months' time is likely to be one of the safest bets you've ever made.Top of the bill, as the titular Charlie Wilson, is none other than Tom Hanks - the Academy's favourite star for well over a decade now, with two Oscars and another three nominations under his belt.

  • P.S. I Love You

    12:20 AM — The sheer unpleasantness of the thought that, one day, we are all bound to die has naturally led to human beings creating various methods to avoid worrying about the inevitable. Religion is, of course, the most obvious - but comedy comes a close second.Taking the micky out of death has a long history, making light of our inevitable demise largely to - bizarrely, if you think about it - help us all stop, well, thinking about it.

  • Lust, Caution

    12:20 AM — Taiwanese director Ang Lee is nothing if not eclectic in his output. Still best known for 2000's beautifully-shot epic martial arts flick Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - which in turn helped bring us the sumptuous likes of Zhang Yimou's decidedly similar Hero and House of Flying Daggers - it is easy to forget just how odd a bunch of movies he's been associated with. After all, his back catalogue includes everything from New York-set immigration comedy The Wedding Banquet to Taiwan-set romance Eat Drink Man Woman to lush Kate Winslet-starring Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility, through philosophical superhero flick Hulk, suburban character study The Ice Storm, American Civil War romance Ride With The Devil, and his most recent, the film indelibly dubbed "that gay cowboy flick", Brokeback Mountain.

  • Teletubbies makers pay compensation to “faggot” actor

    Mr Blake played a Tombilboo in the programme

    12:20 AM — Ragdoll Limited, who make the Teletubbies have been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay 2000 pounds to an actor who was called a "faggot" by a fellow cast member.However, Issac Blake, 28, from Cardiff lost the majority of his case after being sacked as an actor for the BBC children's programme In the Night Garden. Mr Blake had told the hearing that he was unfairly dismissed from his role playing a Tombilboo (pictured), a doll in the programme.

  • 17th January 2008

    Australian government plans to censor net content 7

    A study carried out for the former communications minister Helen Coonan revealed that ISP-level filters cut network speeds by up to 78 per cent and were inaccurate and expensive.

    6:35 PM — Internet freedom may be to be under threat in Australia when the new Labour government introduces censorship guidelines to combat child pornography and violent websites.The government has announced plans to restrict and block inappropriate content and provide a censored version of the internet.Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy said: "The government policy applies to computers in homes, schools and libraries and targets pornography and ultra-violent sites."

  • Feature: Searching for the true meaning of gay love 2

    Counterfeit Skin by Jason Charles, explores the interplay between lovers, friends, family and rivals.

    6:30 PM — A new play about modern gay love and relationships opens in London next week. Counterfeit Skin, by Jason Charles, explores the interplay between lovers, friends, family and rivals and in the process confronts deception, desire, greed, obsession and disappointment.Much of the drama focuses on Luke and Jake, a young couple living with Jake's gay godfather, who are questioning their long-term relationship.

  • Orthodox bishop links homosexuals to paedophiles 6

    Since 1989, Bishop Kirill has been active in the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    4:40 PM — A senior Russian church leader has condemned social acceptance of homosexuality, declaring that it is the church's "duty" to correct public opinion.In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegal, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, who is head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, said that not viewing homosexuality as a sin will lead to a variety of other sexual perversions."If you excuse homosexuality, why not excuse paedophilia?" he said.

  • Gay delegates to hold key positions at Democratic convention

    Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the frontrunners to win the Democratic party nomination.  photo: jessamyn@flickr.com

    4:10 PM — The executive committee of the US Democratic party's National Committee has approved seven LGBT delegates to three important standing committees.The convention in Denver in August will formally choose the party's candidate for President of the United States.The Advocate reports that prominent LGBT party members have been appointed to the platform, rules, and credentials committees.In all 25 delegates have been selected to serve on the standing committees.

  • Bisexuality “not a phase” conclude researchers 3

    Ms Diamond interviewed the women, aged between 18 and 25, in New York in 1995.

    1:35 PM — Bisexuality in women is a distinct orientation and not just a "phase", according to a study carried out at the University of Utah.Lisa Diamond, an associate professor of psychology and gender studies, led the research which followed 79 women who identified themselves as lesbian, bisexual or unlabelled for a decade.She concluded that bisexual women continued to be attracted to both sexes over time.

  • 21% not aware of HIV risk from unprotected sex 1

    In the NAT survey 71% agreed more needs to be done to tackle prejudice against people living with HIV.

    1:12 PM — New figures from the National AIDS Trust's Public Attitudes Towards HIV Survey released today show that the UK population is becoming more ignorant about HIV.6% of those surveyed were able to correctly identify all of the ways HIV is transmitted, without any false responses.21% did not identify unprotected sex between a man and a woman as a way of contracting HIV. In 2000 just 9% did not identify this route.

  • Robbers who posed as gay jailed for five years

    Butler and Wyatt admitted the charges of robbery, false imprisonment and driving while disqualified.

    12:50 PM — Two men who pretended they were gay so that they could rob a man they met in a nightclub have been sentenced to five years at Bristol Crown Court.Benjamin Butler, 29, and Matthew Wyatt, 33, duped John Gibbs at the Vibe club in Bristol before going back to his flat where they threatened him with a knife, stole his money and tied him up.The pair then fled, leaving Mr Gibbs imprisoned in his flat. A few days later he spotted the thieves in the city. He called the police and they were arrested.

  • US gets first black lesbian mayor 5

    Gay political activists in the US praised Ms Simmons' selection by her fellow city councillors.

    11:45 AM — The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has made history after the city council chose Denise Simmons to serve as the first black lesbian mayor in America.The city's more famous namesake in England made history last year when its councillors chose a woman who had transitioned sex as mayor.Gay political activists in the US praised Ms Simmons' selection by her fellow city councillors. Her predecessor, Ken Reeves, was also gay and black.

  • Gay airport guard claims sexual harassment

    A gay security guard at Heathrow airport was harassed by a female colleague for sex, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.  photo: maxf@flickr.com

    11:20 AM — A gay security guard at Heathrow airport was harassed by a female colleague for sex, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.Allwyn Rondeau, 46, who lives in Feltham, Middlesex with his partner of 15 years, told the tribunal how he had rejected 42-year-old Lucy Chilton's persistent advances time and time again because he was gay, but she would not give up.The tribunal heard that on one occasion Miss Chilton "stuck her bum in the air saying 'come on give it to me'", according to The Daily Express.

  • Shock at male rape estimates in Sydney

    The hospital claimed that attackers are usually straight males who have sex with men but do not necessarily identify themselves as gay.

    11:10 AM — New figures have revealed that hundreds of men are being raped in Sydney and its eastern suburbs every year.A report from the Eastern and Central Sexual Assault Service at Royal Alfred Hospital stated that although 44 male victims complained of being sexually assaulted last year, this number was just "the tip of the iceberg".Experts claim that as much as 95 per cent of male victims did not report such crimes to the police. Manager Lisa Simpson said: "There is a huge denial about same-sex sexual assault."

  • Scotland’s LGBT footballers to play historic match

    Although based in Edinburgh, membership is open to players  fans from across Scotland.

    11:05 AM — The first gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans football team in Scotland are to play their first 11-a-side game in Haddington this weekend.HotScots FC was founded in February 2007 with the aim of organising socials and regular kick-abouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.The club now boasts more than 75 members and hold kickabouts every Thursday and Sunday.

  • Protesters halt Papal visit to university 1

    Protesters had planned to mount loudspeakers on a truck and create a “sonic siege“ if the Pope set foot on campus.

    10:50 AM — Science students and academics at the University of Rome La Sapienza have successfully stopped Pope Benedict XVI from visiting the campus today.Vatican Radio accused them of censorship, while the Italian Prime Minister said their determination to block the Pope from speaking "provoked an unacceptable tension and a climate that does not honour the traditions of civilisation and tolerance in Italy."LGBT students also planned to protest the Papal visit.

  • Lesbian soldier wins claim against Ministry of Defence 3

    “The MoD is considering the lengthy judgment issued by the tribunal. We don't wish to comment further,“ said a spokesman.

    10:20 AM — A 31-year-old Lance Bombadier has won a claim of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and sex discrimination at an employment tribunal.Kerry Fletcher, who is a lesbian, was the victim of unwanted sexual advances from a male sergeant who claimed he could "convert" her.She could win more than £400,000 damages representing lost earnings and hurt feelings. Ms Fletcher had intended to stay in the Army for another 12 years but her career was cut short by campaign of harassment she suffered.

  • 16th January 2008

    Cameroon men get six months jail for being gay 7

    More than 30 people have been arrested in Cameroon in the last two years on charges of homosexuality,

    6:35 PM — Three men have been sentenced to six month hard labour for being homosexual.The men were arrested in Bonapriso, Douala, on August 31st 2007 by police officers making random arrests in search of armed robbers.After being beaten at the police station, one of the men confessed to being homosexual and implicated his two colleagues.The three men's lawyer said she would appeal the convictions and none of the men had been found guilty of homosexual acts.

  • George Michael to write “authentic” autobiography 4

    Although neither publisher nor publicist would reveal how much Michael is being paid for the book, industry watchers said it was certain to be millions of pounds.

    6:30 PM — Publisher HarperCollins today confirmed that they have secured the rights to an autobiography by pop star George Michael.The 44-year-old, who has sold in excess of 80 million records in a career spanning three decades, said through his publicist that the book would be "no holds barred."Although neither publisher nor publicist would reveal how much Michael is being paid for the book, industry watchers said it was certain to be millions of pounds.

  • Toilet sex carries “expectation of privacy” says ACLU 1

    The ACLU brief cited a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that people having sex in a closed toilet cubicle in a public toilet have an “expectation of privacy.“

    5:14 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday filed court papers in support of US Senator Larry Craig's fight to have his conviction for soliciting sex in an airport toilet overturned.The ACLU brief cited a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that people having sex in a closed toilet cubicle in a public toilet have an "expectation of privacy" and if the Senator was attempting to engage an undercover police officer for sex he was not acting illegally.The Senator from Idaho arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport men's room.

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