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Australia’s 60ft condom, and 6 other stories you might have missed this week

Nick Duffy November 9, 2014

PinkNews brings you a roundup of news from the past seven days.

Here are some of the most widely read, and notable news stories from the past week which you may have missed.

1. Section 28 backer Brian Souter claimed he isn’t homophobic

The Stagecoach boss – who funded a campaign to keep a ban on the promotion of homosexuality – incredibly thinks he’s not a homophobe.

He said: “[I support] the traditional marriage-based family, and I’m afraid that stance gets interpreted as being homophobic.”

2. Terry Wogan claimed that Conchita Wurst has made Eurovision a ‘freak show’

The former commentator said: “That the Bearded Lady who won this year, reducing Graham [Norton] to tears, might have had a slightly different effect on me.

“I’ve always seen the Eurovision as a sometimes foolish farce, but not as a freak show.”

3. David Blunkett insisted the equal marriage bill was a ‘dog’s dinner’

The former Foreign Secretary defended his attack on the legislation last year, telling PinkNews: “They were all over the place but they sorted it out. It was a dog’s dinner because of the relationship with the Church of England.

“I voted for the legislation in the end because I thought that they made sense of it.”

4. Rose McGowan claimed gays fought for the right to wear speedos and take drugs

Speaking on a podcast, the ex-Charmed star said in part: “Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so.

“I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA].”

5. Latvia’s foreign minister came out as gay

Minister Edgars Rinkevics “proudly announced” his orientation on Twitter, adding: “Good luck all of you”.

He also said he would “fight for” the recognition of all partnerships by the Latvian government.

6. A giant pink condom was put on an obelisk in Australia

The 157-year-old heritage-listed Hyde Park Obelisk was wrapped up as part of an HIV campaign.

The scheme was dreamed up by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) – who are claiming it is ‘Australia’s largest condom’.

7. The Sun put naked men on page 3 for the first time

The tabloid newspaper dispensed with the much-critiqued ‘Page 3 girl’ on Friday, to feature West Ham football club in the buff to promote testicular cancer checks.

However, the ‘No More Page 3’ were unimpressed, tweeting: “While it’s lovely @TheSunNewspaper is trying equality, we still think neither objectification nor cancer are sexy!”

More: Australia, boss, brian souter, condom, David Blunkett, Equality, Gay, homophobic, Latvia, Rose McGowan, Section 28, stagecoach, Sun, US

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