With two great actors in Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi it should be fantastic. But it was insult, insult, insult every other line. You don t believe in them.
You don t like them, for a start. It was positively homophobic! It made John Inman look restrained.
Vicious ended its run last week and ITV is not expected to commission a second series, according to sources, although a Christmas special is understood to have been filmed and will air. A spokesperson said that no decision has been made over a recommission and declined to respond to Cryer's comments. An ITV source said that it was a "shame" that he thought this way and pointed out that the Gay Times was a "big supporter of the show".
Well done the Gay Times.
And that's your actual the Radio Times there.Continue reading
It's not me saying it." "Well, Howard, I don't know whether every silly thing that gets said is going to be repeated to me now, but to all the hairdressers out there, including the men who are listening, I don't think that in life one can look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say gee, we know something about everyone of those human beings," the prime minister said, before adding "it's absurd." The Guardian. Today Howard Sattler was sacked by the station. Whilst I know there is quite a history of sexist and personal attacks on Gillard - and the presenter's tone seems sniggeringly homophobic - this seems absurd.
Was Andrew Marr sacked when he asked about Gordon Brown's alleged depression? Or was Sue Lawley sacked after she asked Gordon Brown if he was gay? PS Guardian Comment Is Free Open Thread; 'Julia Gillard was asked if her partner was gay by a radio host.
Tell us what job-related assumptions people make about you'Continue reading
Andrew Pierce, quoted in an article in BBC News Magazine online; The Gay People Against Gay Marriage. I know the interweb is international, but it seems strange all the other voices are American. And, unlike, Uncle Tom Pierce they seemed to have well-thought out, valid arguments.
Although - obviously - eleven posh queens at one of Auntie Andrew's dinner parties is a really representative sample of the world of the gay, I would have thought they'd be exactly the sort of pooves who loved gay marriage.
PS Little parlour game, try Googling: Andrew Pierce Uncle Tom.Continue reading
But a climate was created in which open manifestations of homosexuality could be vigorously suppressed. And one particular police prefect in the Sicilian city of Catania took full advantage of the official mood. "We notice that many public dances, beaches and places in the mountains receive many of these sick men, and that youngsters from all social classes look for their company," he wrote. He said he was determined to halt this "spreading of degeneration" in his city "or at least contain such a sexual aberration that offends morality and that is disastrous to public health and the improvement of the race".
He went on: "This evil needs to be attacked and burned at its core." So in 1938 around 45 men believed to be homosexuals in Catania were rounded up and consigned to internal exile. They eventually found themselves about 600km away on the island of San Domino, in the Tremitis. The whole episode has been largely forgotten...
From an absolutely fascinating feature on BBC News magazine today by Alan Johnston. It is not thought that any men who were held captive on San Domino are still alive. But Carmela Santoro, an islander who was a child then remembers; "We were curious because they were called 'the girls'. "We would go and watch them get off the boat...
all dressed up in the summer with white pants - with hats. "And we would watch in awe - 'Look at that one, how she moves!'"Continue reading
Anti-gay politicians in Russia like to claim there is some evil Western plot to promote homosexuality there. Ironic, as this new law could well have been "inspired" by our own Section 28. Earlier this month, for example, an LGBT film festival in St Petersburg was fined 500,000 roubles and branded a "foreign agent", as it allegedly recieved funding from abroad.
So President Putin and others can puff himself up and posture that he is some valiant soldier standing up to the West and valiantly fighting to save Mother Russia. GRR!!! So, the bit of silly clicktivism below from allout.org seems somewhat ill-thought out and counterproductive, don't you think?
PS Mind you, that's nothing compared to this well-meaning fuckwittery from Gay Star News arguing that the best way to stop Nigeria's latest anti-gay bill is to get the US to threaten to cut its aid!Continue reading
Of the 10 LGBT characters who live, only four get happy endings. That's four characters in 19 years. Behind the Candelabra won't be eligible for any Academy Awards due to its cable TV distribution, but it's keeping Oscar's kill-the-gays mentality alive and kicking.
Or rather, dying and haemorrhaging. Whether it's suicide, Aids (a particularly maudlin Ed Harris performance in The Hours employs both), being beaten to death, state execution, getting shot, or getting raped and then shot, LGBT characters are just not allowed the happy endings that their straight counterparts enjoy. My personal favourite comes from A Single Man, in which Colin Firth simply drops dead for no reason.
Presumably overwhelmed by sheer homosexuality, his heart can no longer keep beating. Beware, non-heterosexuals: Sudden Gay Death Syndrome can strike anywhere... James Rawson writing for the Guardian Film blog.
Vito Russo's 1981 book, The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality In The Movies - genuinely groundbreaking, seminal etc etc - ended with a "Necrology" of over 30 gay characters on film and how they died.
Hollywood's clearly come a long way, eh?Continue reading