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“The last 12 months have been the happiest and most special of my life. To become a parent is a blessing I never imagined might be bestowed upon me until recently.” Elton John speaks in The Guardian about becoming a parent.


WORLD NEWS


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COMMONWEALTH AID TO


STONEWALL AWARDS 2011 The sixth annual Stonewall Awards took place at the V&A in London on Thursday 3 November. One of the most glittering events in the UK’s gay calendar, the drinks reception was followed by prize-giving, which this year was hosted by comedian Stephen K Amos. Around 400 people attended the show, and the winners were as follows: Hero of the Year – Roger Crouch Roger has tirelessly dedicated himself to raising awareness of homophobic bullying in schools, after his son Dominic took his own life in 2010. Broadcast of the Year – Scott Mills Scott’s documentary was The World’s Worst Place to be Gay? Entertainer of the Year – Jane Hazlegrove (aka out gay paramedic Kathleen ‘Dixie’ Dixon on BBC’s Casualty)


Joint Journalist of the Year – Vanessa Feltz, Daily Express, and Matthew Todd, Attitude magazine. Politician of the Year – Chris Bryant MP Publication of the Year – Guardian Weekend Sports Award of the Year – Anton Hysen Writer of the Year – Alan Hollinghurst. Stonewall Community Group of the Year – UK Black Pride.= Bigot of the Year – Melanie Phillips An award voted for by thousands of Stonewall supporters, in recognition of her “shrill views on just about everything from the NHS to Barack Obama to gay rights.”


BE CUT TO HOMOPHOBIC COUNTRIES Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that British financial aid will be cut to Commonwealth countries that have a poor record on gay rights. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show at the weekend: “Britain is now one of the premier aid givers in the world… we want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights, and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people.” Some Commonwealth nations reacted with wariness to the announcement. A Ugandan presidential official, John Nagenda, told the BBC his country was “tired of these lectures” and that the Commonwealth nations should not be treated like “children”. The move has also not been universally welcomed by LGBT rights campaigners. Mac- Darling Cobbinah, the executive and national director of the Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana, has said the move would bring “pain and anguish” to the struggling country, and could backfire if gay people are blamed for the aid cuts. Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has also criticised the plan, saying that cuts in aid would penalise the poorest and most vulnerable members of such nations, and recommending that the government instead donates to organisations working within such countries that are campaigning for human rights and humanitarian projects within such countries.


GEORGE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST EASTENDERS Singer George Michael has spoken out against a gay storyline in EastEnders, saying on Twitter that he felt it was unrealistic and gave a negative


impression to youngsters who may be struggling with their sexuality. Although he praised the actors involved, he said that, “The relationship between Sayed [sic] and Christian is the most insulting piece of bullshit on British television right now... So far, Christian has been beaten up 3 times that I can remember, and is now accused of child molestation. Sayed [sic] has been disowned and is now mistreating his partner shamelessly, presumably because he is now a confused bisexual after all. Total fucking bullshit.” “I know that there are gay people involved in the writing of the show but they really need to rethink their approach to gay ‘issues’.”


JESSIE J TALKS ABOUT


GIRLFRIEND Singer Jessie J has spoken out again about her bisexuality in an exclusive interview


with Cosmopolitan, revealing that she was dating a woman until recently and that this had made some music executives initially uncomfortable. “When I was with my girlfriend last year and used to go to studio sessions, I remember going, ‘This is my girlfriend,’ and some people were initially uncomfortable with it. But after a while they weren’t because I wasn’t. I’ve never used it as a gimmick. I’ve always said I’ve dated guys and I’ve dated girls… If I’m in love, I’m in love.” She revealed that she has since split from her girlfriend and is now single.


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