News: Irish Muscle Mary Cops, Mariah, Budapest, Gay Whales
UN condemns Cameroon for human rights violations for detention of 11 gay men.
Irish cops go undercover as Muscle Marys: "The muscle-bound boys wear skin-tight jeans and tees -- and apparently learn "the walk" -- and patrol Dublin's George's Street and other popular cruising grounds. The detail was set up this summer to combat a trend of rising gay attacks in the area, and in the past three months has made 14 arrests in nearly a dozen attacks. A police spokesperson said that many of those who have been charged belong to a well-known gang."
Peter Lewis the HSBC banker who sued his employer in the largest anti-discrimination case in Great Britain and lost, will fight the decision: "The case, heard earlier this year, was the first high-profile legal action involving City staff to be heard at a tribunal since sex-discrimination laws were extended to gays and lesbians, and was closely watched as a result. One of the banker's grounds of appeal will argue that, 'because of the pivotal importance' of the areas where the tribunal did find discrimination, it should have decided his dismissal was also discriminatory."
World's first museum exhibit on gay and lesbian wildlife to open in Oslo: "One photograph shows two giant erect penises flailing above the water as two male right whales rub together. Another shows a male giraffe mounting another for sex, another describes homosexuality among beetles. One radical Christian said organizers of the exhibition -- partly funded by the Norwegian government -- should 'burn in hell.'"
Mariah Carey all glittered out.
Rupert Everett says he was once turned down for a role in a Sharon Stone film after the head of the studio called him a 'pervert': "Sharon wanted me to do it and I went to meet the director and he wanted me to do it. The director rang up the head of the studio and he said, 'Oh no, he's not playing a role - he's a pervert.' He said this in front of lots of people. My agent and lawyer got worked up and we went into battle. Sharon was on the phone to me saying, 'We can close this movie down. We're talking about your civil rights.' I was moving toward a fight with the studio on this one. But in the end those kind of battles are too exhausting to fight... and I didn't."