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LGBT campaigners have long had an alliance with feminists and liberal internationalists over the horrific human rights abuses that take place in Iran. After a failed revolution there in 1979, Islamists took over and crushed independent trade unions, women’s advocacy groups and have sponsored a lot of anti-Jewish prejudice. Now, the coalition against the rogue state has broadened to encompass animal welfare activists after Iran fired primates into space. The letters pages in the daily free paper The Metro express outrage that the frightened animals were treated in this way.
This week marks an anniversary for community radio in Bristol. One of the forerunners of BCFM began broadcasting on Sunday 7th February 1988 - exactly 25 years ago. In those days there was no legal community radio: the government of the day regarded the concept as too continental and even "subversive". So there was a very large movement of direct action, with unlicensed radio stations as a form of covil disobedience. Radio For the People (FTP), which began on that rainy February night, was not the first pirate station in Bristol.
The Guardian reports that the government legislation to implement marriage equality will receive its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5th February. The Conservative Party remains deeply divided on the issue, and nearly half of Tory MPs are likely to abstain or vote against the proposals. However, with the support of the Labour, Liberal Democract, SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs, the proposals will easily pass the Commons.
There's a new gay magazine on the block, proving that the gay press is not dead! Jonathan magazine is a journal featuring what it calls original fiction by queer male writers. The magazine is named for Jonathan in the Old Testament, whom many people believe to have been the lover of King David. The journal has now launched its premier issue, and you can find it in all LGBT friendly bookstores including Gay's The Word London, Male Image and News from Nowhere Liverpool. The journal is the brainchold of independent publishing house Sibling Rivalry.
Several anniversaries in gay broadcasting are coming up this year. In Australia, the country's only all LGBT station JOY-FM marks its twentieth birthday this year. To mark the event, they have produced a charity calendar of presenters and volunteers. JOY is a charity and holds a community license to serve Melbourne on 94.9 FM. Over here, you can hear it online.