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Gay media watchers expressed some surprise on Saturday when the Russian state television broadcaster RT aired a surprisingly fair documentary on HIV in the black community in the US. RT is financed by the Kremlin, and has been accused by its critics of being a progpaganda station, in much the same way as Radio Moscow was during the Cold War. However, the documentary dealt with HIV in a compassionate manner, with the voices of black civil rights activists taking centre stage.
LGBT activists have long argued that the reactions of heterosexual supremacists to even the slightest expression of gay society prompts extreme reactions. On Friday, this seemed to be the case, when anti-gay correspondents at MSN's news pages tore into a new study from Dr Brett Mills at the University of East Anglia, which studied several wildlife programmes made by the BBC and paid for by the license fee payer, including LGBT ones. Dr Mills concluded that non-heterosexuality across the animal kingdom was rendered invisible by these documentaries.
A strategic ‘blueprint’ for improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Somerset has been published this week. The strategy includes research commissioned by NHS Somerset and the Somerset Local Involvement Network (LINk) from The Diversity Trust which looks in detail at the health and wellbeing issues affecting the Somerset Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Berkeley Wilde, Director of the Diversity Trust said, “Our extensive research shows there is a need for health and social care professionals to work more inclusively with the LGB and Trans communities.
After last week's apologia for Julie Burchill's controversial article on trans people in the street sold magazine The Big Issue, readers have this week his back. As we previously reported, a writer with a history of opposing LGBT civil rights, Brendan O'Neill, had repeated most of Burchill's accusations in the magazine. Now, correspondent John Stone has called anti-gay journalists to account. He pointed out that O'Neill had not provided any evidence for his claims about the trans community.
When Dusty Springfield died in 1999, she was mourned by whole sections of the LGBT community. She was herself romantically linked with several women and as one of pop’s great survivors, had all the hall marks of a bone fide gay icon. BBC Radio Five’s “Out This Week”, a much missed national gay magazine show, broadcast a moving tribute to her culminating in her one of her own plaintive songs. Now the BBC’s speech network, Radio Four, is to examine Springfield’s commitment to fighting racism in the 1960’s.