Detectives have arrested a homeless drug addict in the slaying of gay former aide to Rudy Giuliani, Martin Barreto. Barreto’s body was discovered on August 21st in his apartment, and an autopsy later determined “asphyxia due to compression of the neck” to be the cause of death.
Filmmaker plans controversial film on last hour of Princess Diana: “In London, we will have to work secretly because Diana is sacrosanct – and everybody goes jittery the minute you just mention her name. It can probably never be exactly clarified what happened in that hour of her death. Art has the freedom to interpret this”.
John Blankenstein, Dutch official who was first openly gay referee in football, dies of kidney disease at 57.
Little Britain to get American remake: “Matt Lucas and David Walliams are to adapt their outrageous comic creations for American viewers under a deal with the cable channel behind the award-winning The Sopranos and Sex and the City. The search is on to find the urban American equivalent of the schoolgirl nightmare Vicky Pollard and a suitable deep South locale for the only gay in the village. The duo will work with American writers and Simon Fuller, the British entrepreneur behind Pop Idol, will oversee the show.”
Philip Slater on homophobes: “Men and women who are comfortably heterosexual aren’t obsessed with stamping out homosexuality. Normal, non-neurotic people don’t care what other people do in the privacy of their own homes. Normal heterosexual men don’t spend their Saturday nights hanging around gay bars to beat up gays–they’re out with women.”