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
Manchester canal death no longer suspicious say police
5:34 PM — The death of a man who drowned in a Manchester canal is no longer being treated as suspicious.
New legal advice service for LGBT victims of domestic abuse
5:16 PM — A firm of solicitors has joined forces with Stonewall Housing to create an advice service for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse.
Trevor Phillips: “We can’t allow a spiral of silence on homophobic bullying to continue” 2
5:03 PM — Last night a charity that works with the victims of homophobic and transphobic bullying was honoured with a parliamentary reception.
Online reporting service for homophobic bullying “needs your money”
4:52 PM — A charity for young people and adults affected by homophobia launched its newly refurbished website and online reporting service yesterday with an appeal for funds.
Liverpool Cathedral to host memorial service for murdered gay teenager 8
4:20 PM — Tomorrow evening Liverpudlians gay and straight will pay tribute to a young man murdered in an allegedly homophobic attack.
Comment: Gay judge reflects on thirty years as an out lawyer 1
1:56 PM — Earlier this month, Queen Mary, University of London, launched a specialist legal advice centre for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Rugby league join gay workplace equality scheme 4
12:22 PM — The decision of the Rugby Football League to join the Diversity Champions Programme run by gay equality organisation Stonewall has been hailed as a major breakthrough.
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.
New HIV and sexual health centre opens in Gloucester 1
2:19 PM — A new office of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust will be opened in Gloucester tomorrow.
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.
Lesbian soldier wins MoD harassment payout 2
12:55 PM — A lesbian soldier has been awarded £187,000 in compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment.
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.
Teenager charged with murder of London gay man 8
2:48 PM — A 16-year-old has been charged with the murder of David Cooper, a 28-year-old gay man from Woolwich, south east London.
God-fearing policeman sacked over emails about sinful homosexuality 106
2:06 PM — A Christian policeman who circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful has been sacked for misconduct.
Last Choir Standing winners release first album after signing record deal
1:05 PM — The winners of reality show Last Choir Standing have signed a five-figure record deal with Universal and released their first album on 24th November.
New report recommends universal HIV testing to reduce infections
12:54 PM — A new study has been published that suggests a strategy of universal voluntary HIV testing would reduce HIV cases in a 'severe generalised epidemic' from 20 per 1000 people to one per 1000 people within ten years.