LGBT news in a nutshell: 6-12 August 2012
Well the Olympics are nearly over, and our medal tally may be riding high, but that hasn’t stopped the rest of the world from racking up some big news stories this week. If you missed the latest, then catch up here…
Monday 6 August 2012- BBC reveals ‘iconic’ guest star for Doctor Who
The BBC caused much excitement on Sunday 5 August by breaking the news of an ‘iconic’ star set to feature in series 7 of Doctor Who, which is part of the preparations to mark the fiftieth Anniversary of the cult science-fiction show in 2013. The BBC tweeted just after midnight to confirm that the guest star would be Richard E. Grant. No details have, as yet, been revealed by the BBC concerning exactly how Grant will be deployed within the new series, with speculation centring on a role for him either in the Christmas special or in the 2013 block of the new series.
Sir Elton John has once again lashed out at Madonna, this time highlighting her apparent mistreatment of Lady Gaga, while likening the Queen of Pop to a fairground stripper. It follows Madonna’s wading in on the controversy surrounding the alleged similarity between Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ and her own hit, ‘Express Yourself’. John has previously described Gaga’s monster hit, ‘Born This Way’ as ‘the new gay anthem’, and went on to say of Madonna, ‘she had to go and prove… she looks like a f*cking fairground stripper. She’s been horrible to Gaga.’
Scottish Bishop Hugh Gilbert has said that if the Government in Scotland wants true equality then they should legalise not just gay marriage, but incest and polygamy as well. He said, ‘Why is it alright for a man to marry another man, but not alright for him to marry two women? If we really want equality, why does that equality not extend to nieces who genuinely, truly love their uncles?’ He continued, ‘as Bishop of Aberdeen, I know there are gay people amongst the community of the Church. I promise I will always respect and love them and uphold them in their relationship with the God who loves them. But I won’t marry them. It just can’t be done.’
Wednesday 8 August 2012- Does watching bareback porn encourage unprotected sex?
A recent survey of 1,000 gay men by FS magazine, regarding the world of porn revealed that almost 96% of those surveyed had watched at least some bareback porn, but fewer than 7% felt that it had led to them personally having unprotected sex. However, over half of the men believed that watching bareback porn can lead to others having unprotected sex. Porn actor Dean Monroe warned, ‘Porn is sometimes the first taste of sex a young person gets, so naturally what they see on screen, they might emulate in life. Every scene should show the model putting the condom on.’
A Crown Prosecution Service lawyer has suggested that visiting a sexual health clinic was an indication that the defendant engaged in unsafe sexual practices. The lawyer was speaking during a cross examination in the ongoing obscenity trial of Simon Walsh, who has been charged with ‘possession of extreme pornographic images’ and ‘possessing an indecent photograph’. ‘People who attend sexual health clinics engage in more risky practices, do they not?’ said the lawyer. Dr Clarissa Smith, who was giving evidence in court when the question was asked, is reported to have responded, ‘No, people who attend sexual health clinics take their sexual health seriously.’
Thursday 9 August 2012- Look into my eyes: Is sexual orientation revealed through your pupils?
Researchers at Cornell University in America have discovered that the dilation of a person’s pupils can lead to a strong indication of whether they are gay, straight or bisexual. By using a specialised infrared lens on 165 men and 160 women, aged between 20 and 35, researchers measured pupillary changes while subjects watched erotic videos to determine which gender they found more attractive. In most instances, a person’s stated sexual orientation matched the dilation of their pupils, which show signs of arousal. Read the full study by clicking on the title link.
Saturday 12 August 2012- Tom Daley wins bronze in tense diving final
After a shaky start in the preliminaries on Friday night, Tom Daley settled his nerves to put in a stunning display to secure his place in Saturday night’s final of the Men’s 10m platform diving. Only two exceptional dives from both Qiu Bo of China and David Boudia of America could deny Daley a gold or silver medal, and that is what happened as both exceeded 100 points. However, it didn’t go with the book as it was Boudia who clinched gold and the devastation could be seen on Qiu Bo’s face. It was Daley though who had the biggest smile on the podium. After such a difficult year following the recent death of his father to a brain tumour and all the criticisms about his preparations coming into the games, this was his moment. We couldn’t be more proud of you Tom!
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