3rd December 2008
Brian Paddick voted off reality show I’m A Celebrity
11:40 AM — Former candidate for Mayor of London Brian Paddick has become the sixth person to be voted off the ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
2nd December 2008
Moscow activists pledge to go to Strasbourg over Pride bans
4:53 PM — A Russian court has thrown out appeals from the organisers of Moscow Pride over a ban on gay rights marches earlier this year.
Irish state broadcaster announces first gay programme 2
3:23 PM — One of RTE's new digital radio channels will broadcast Ireland's first ever programme specifically for the gay community.
John Barrowman apologises after “exposing” himself on Radio 1 26
11:24 AM — Gay actor, John Barrowman has apologised after he "exposed" himself on a BBC Radio 1 programme. The star of the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood undid his trousers after encouragement from the presenters of the youth programme Switch
1st December 2008
James Franco: Sean Penn wanted more gay sex in Harvey Milk film 2
10:57 PM — Hollywood star Sean Penn urged the writers of the Harvey Milk biopic Milk to include more gay sex scenes, says co-star James Franco. Penn plays Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official, in the film.
G-A-Y promoter apologises over Britney disappointment 1
4:10 PM — The promoter of club night G-A-Y has apologised to fans the non-appearance of Britney Spears on Saturday night.
Pride London wins tourism award for cultural diversity
1:36 PM — The UK's largest LGBT event has topped off a year of triumphs with an accolade from London's official tourist organisation.
Graham Norton confirms he will not be replacing Sir Terry as Eurovision host
1:22 PM — Comedian and TV presenter Graham Norton has put an end to rumours that he will be replacing fellow Irishman Terry Wogan as the BBC's Eurovision host.
29th November 2008
Film Review: Waltz With Bashir
12:49 AM — It seems that the old idea that cartoons are for kids has finally been shattered. Hot on the heels of the stylized black and white animated exploration of the Iranian Revolution that was last year’s multiple award-winning (and Oscar-nominated) Persepolis comes another intriguing, award-winning take on another aspect of recent Middle Eastern history that’s largely unknown outside the region. And as with Persepolis, the animated approach may be unusual, but it is also an ideal way of increasing the accessibility of a subject that would, were it dealt with in more traditional forms, almost certainly turn many of us off before we even considered going to see it. Were this – or Persepolis – a documentary, few would have paid much attention. The gimmick of animation, especially animation done well, has worked a treat in expanding the potential audience.
Film Review: The Baader-Meinhof Complex
12:44 AM — If you've been reading the papers over the last few years you could be forgiven for thinking that we're in the midst of an unprecedented surge of terrorist activity. Every day, the press is full of tales of bomb plots and terror threats. Government announcements constantly inform us of the need for new laws and new powers to deal with a rising tide of violent extremism. Yet if you consider the number of successful terrorist atrocities that have been carried out in the West since the turn of the millennium, though the scale of attacks like those of 9/11, 7/7 and Madrid may have increased, the number has dropped significantly.
Film Review: W.
12:29 AM — In the run-up to what was already being touted as the most significant presidential election in years before the recent global financial upheavals that have added so many extra concerns to the race, it is perhaps unsurprising that Hollywood has tried to cash in on the massive political interest that has surrounded the vote. What is surprising is that the only major film of the election season is a biopic of the outgoing president, rather than a more general political piece looking at the state of the union. What's even more surprising is that the mastermind behind this George W Bush movie is Oliver Stone.
28th November 2008
Gay penguin couple accused of stealing eggs from straights 2
4:07 PM — A pair of gay penguins has been stealing eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'.
Writers create pro-gay ‘Princess Diana’ bible 8
1:17 PM — Film-maker Max Mitchell has announced plans to publish a pro gay translation of The Bible to be called 'The Princess Diana Bible'.
27th November 2008
Boy George reported laptop hack days before he handcuffed rent boy, court told 1
11:58 PM — Gay star Boy George, who is charged with the false imprisonment of a rent boy told police that his laptop was hacked into just days before the incident, a court was told.
Polish Catholics boycott IKEA over catalogue “promoting” homosexuality 33
3:55 PM — Catholics in Poland are calling for a boycott of furniture retailer IKEA because its catalogue features pictures of same-sex couples.
Serbian government funds LGBT information website
2:54 PM — The Ministry of Culture in Serbia has given financial support to an online news website dedicated to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and transgender population within the country
Sir Elton and David donate £20k to Liberal Democrats
1:53 PM — Pop legend Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are among a list of donors to the Liberal Democrats published yesterday by the Electoral Commission.
Graham Norton to join La Cage Aux Folles next year
1:09 PM — TV presenter and comedian Graham Norton is to take the role of Albin in the London stage production of La Cage Aux Folles.
26th November 2008
Boy George’s rent-boy “sexed up” false imprisonment story, court told
8:00 PM — The male escort who claims that Boy George falsely imprisoned him wanted to be placed in hand cuffs and "sexed up" his story a court has heard.
Trans ex-MP triumphs as Italy’s newest reality TV star
4:52 PM — While Brian Paddick, former Lib Dem contender for Mayor of London, is baring all in the Australian jungle courtesy of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, another LGBT political figure has just won fame and public adulation.