Lots of listeners to community radio will be aware of the debt the sector owes to pirate radio stations for opening up broadcasting. But what of Pirate TV? Well, our media watcher Terry reports that television piracy is relatively rare in the United Kingdom. Thameside Television was operational in 1984 and then there was Network 21 in South London in 1987, which put out a creative and radical weekly broadcast which featured regular contributions from pandrogynous musician Genesis P Orridge and AIDS activist Simon Watney. Now however, a group of cheeky internet pirates have shown the Congress of California what they think of the bankrupt democratic process by hacking a video cast of debates with gay pornography. Footage of guys engaged in various scenarios were screened before the webcast was stopped. Gay Star News notes that the use of homoerotic piracy can be a powerful two fingered gesture to various bigots, and cites the hacking of pro-fundamentalist Islamic State websites with gay porn as a prime example.