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London Mayoral Candidates Out-Gay Each Other; Brian Paddick Talks Bullying

PaddickBrian Paddick used to be London's top gay cop. Then he was a mayoral candidate. Then he was a contestant on I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here. Then he was an author.

Now he's a mayoral candidate again -- as ever, with the Liberal Democrat party -- and at a forum on LGBT issues with his fellow major party candidates, he opened up about having been bullied for his sexual orientation when he was a student, and decried homophobia in the police force.

From the BBC:

Mr Paddick said: "When I was in school I remember being manhandled, about to be thrown into a freezing pool of water fully clothed because I was gay, until a teacher intervened.

"I also remember boys trying to strip me naked and luckily my brother found out and came to rescue me."

Mr Paddick, a former Metropolitan Police officer, said: "There needs to be an absolute culture change in the police. I will put that pressure on to deal with racism and homophobia within the police."

The other candidates on-hand -- including incumbent Boris Johnson of the Conservative Party and ex-mayor Ken Livingstone of the Labour Party -- spent their time on the dais trying to out-gay-friendly each other. Livingstone said that London is "gay-friendly" already, but not nearly gay-friendly enough; Johnson boasted of walking "every mile" of the city's annual pride parade, and promised to put out an honest-go-goodness "gay manifesto" before election day.

 


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Britain's Former Top Cop Brian Paddick Marries Partner in Norway

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The UK's former top cop, London mayoral candidate, and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant Brian Paddick married his Norwegian partner Petter Belsvick in his home country over the weekend. Norway's marriage laws went into effect on January 1 after being legalized last June. Norway has offered same-sex civil unions since 1993, but the recent law made gender marriage neutral.

The Daily Mail reports: "They were joined by friends from Paddick’s stint on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, at a party held in their honour in London last night. Guests at the bash at the Hempel Hotel in Paddington included Simon Webbe, Nicola McLean and George Takei."

Paddick greets Belsvick at the end of the UK reality show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Brian Paddick: He's a Celebrity, He Got Out of There

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Britain's gay former top cop and former London mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, who has spent the last few weeks on the UK reality show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, was kicked out of the jungle camp last night:

"Brian and Star Trek legend George Takei, 71, were voted in the bottom two. George consoled him and gave him a kiss after the result was announced. Brian said: 'I thought George might have more support. I thought I’d pick up a few more votes for sleeping in the jungle jail.' Asked why he went on I’m A Celebrity, Brian said: 'For a long time I’ve done serious stuff — 30 years in the police. So I thought why not do something trivial? I’m going to spend time with my wonderful partner but I won’t go into details.'"

The former top cop had no qualms about baring all on the show, either.

Paddick was greeted upon his exit by his longtime partner Petter Belsvick. The two are planning a civil partnership.

Watch his exit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Britain's Former Top Cop Brian Paddick Now UK's Top...Bottom

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Britain's gay former top cop Brian Paddick, who ran for mayor of London earlier this year and lost to conservative Boris Johnson, has entered the world of reality TV as a contestant on the UK version of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

In the show, various celebrities, which this season include Martina Navratilova and George Takei (god do I wish they would air this over here), spend time in a Survivor-like jungle environment until they are voted off.

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