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The Radio Today Industry website reports that popular Radio One deejay Scott Mills is bringing out a book on his life so far. The fresh-faced presenter is one of the most high profile gay broadcasters in the country, with a programme on the BBC’s pop channel that attracts millions of young listeners every day. The book is to be called “Love You Bye” and follows Mills from shy Southampton teenager to famous radio presenter.
There has always been a strong link between anti-racism and struggles against homophobia. In the United States, the Baptist minister and civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson said that he would be pleased to perform a blessing of a samesex couple if he was asked to. Reverend Jackson publically changed his mind about LGBT people in 2010, an since then has spoken out on several occasions in favour of marriage equality.
The most right wing of the British daily papers, the Mail, has blasted Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who referred to opponents of marriage equality as “bigots” in the draft of a speech that was leaked to the press. The wording was later changed. The Mail has consistently opposed marriage equality and LGBT rights more generally. It is accused by gay activists of whipping up resentment and intolerance. Mark Thomas, writing in the People’s Manifesto, points out that although the Mail likes to think of itself as a patriotic newspaper, its history suggests otherwise.
You Couldn't Make it Up - Paranoid Claims by Iranian State Media that Jews and Gays are In Cahoots to Rule th World
Any user of the internet will be aware of weird conspiracy theories which range from the silly to the dangerous. Pink News reports that official Iranian state media has now resurrected one of the most murderous of these theories – that of the World Jewish conspiracy. This took hold in various European countries during the early twentieth century and culminated in a holocaust in which Jews, gay people, socialists and the disabled were subject to death during the Second World War.
The Daily Telegraph newspaper has once again sought to undermine government plans for marriage equality. The paper claims that it is supporting traditional marriage. The Telegraph published an article this week from a lawyer attached to religious fundamentalist organisations. He wrote that teachers who do not promote same-sex marriage would be dismissed under government plans. LGBT activists reacted strongly online. Some accused the paper of trying to whip up anti-gay feeling that wasn’t shared by the mainstream majority of opinion.