Well, it’s September already. The world keeps spinning and the news keeps on coming. Too busy watching the Paralympics? Never mind, you can catch up here quicker than Ellie Simmonds can swim a couple of lengths.
Monday 3 September 2012- Smoking athletes set bad example by glamourising nicotine, claims Quit Smoking Pal
Olympic athletes who smoke have been criticised by a leading UK organisation, Quit Smoking Pal (QSP), on the grounds of having glamourised the habit during the London 2012 games. Alan Haymes, managing director of QSP, says that ‘several high profile sports people have been pictured smoking in the media recently’ and feels that this has sent out ‘the wrong signal, particularly to young people’. He adds: ‘It was also astonishing to discover that there were several smoking shelters built throughout the Athletes Village. Surely LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) should have set an example and banned all smoking from the Athletes Village’.
Wednesday 5 September 2012- New culture secretary Maria Miller: doubts over her views on LGBT rights?
On Monday it was announced that David Cameron has appointed Conservative MP for Basingstoke, Maria Miller, as the new culture secretary for the UK. This means that Miller will be responsible for the newly moved Government Equalities Office, a move which has confused and shocked many political activists, as Miller has a less than positive record for LGBT rights. Since becoming an MP, Mrs Miller has voted against LGBT rights, or been absent from the House of Commons during equal rights discussions. Miller was notably absent from the vote on the Equality Act of 2007, and in 2008 voted against allowing same-sex couples access to fertility treatment. Therefore, what future does the UK have in terms of equality?
In other political news, gay parliamentarian and MP for Grantham and Stamford, Nick Boles, has been promoted to the position of planning minister, and openly gay MP, Crispin Blunt, is returning to the backbenches after losing his job as prison minister.
Thursday 6 September 2012- Kylie announces The Abbey Road Sessions
The diminutive Aussie popstar, Kylie Minogue, has just announced that she has been hard at work renovating her back catalogue at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. While fans will be excited to hear reworkings of ‘The Locomotion’ and ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, So So Gay are extremely excited to have discovered Nick Cave joined Kylie at the studios to recreate ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’. Recorded back in 2011, the accurately titled The Abbey Road Sessions sees Kylie team up with a full orchestra to rework 15 of her finest, completing the record with her new single ‘Flower’. The album is scheduled for release on 29 October 2012.
Friday 7 September 2012- Julian Clary crowned winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2012
Comedian Julian Clary beat off fierce competition from Coleen Nolan and Martin Kemp, to be crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2012. Exiting the house in his trademark bright red lipstick and smoky eye make-up, he told host Brian Dowling: ‘I’ve never won anything in my life, what will my mother say?’ Then later added: ‘I want to say thank you, you’ve made a 53-year-old homosexual very happy.’ During the interview Clary apologised for not being quite as eccentric as people may have hoped, ‘You can’t keep up the eccentric all the time, you need to preserve your strength, I apologise for not being constantly filthy.’ The former drag Queen turned stand-up comic has done us proud, congratulations Julian!
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