A True Life Murder Story

>In the Spring issue of Granta, Tim Lott investigated the background to the macabre murder of his friend the film agent, Rod Hall. Hall was a well-known and popular London media figure, something of an aesthete and gourmand. He represented successful film writers such as Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Jeremy Brock (Mrs Brown, The Last King of Scotland) and Simon …

Leo Abse Dies

> Leo Abse1917 – 2008 Leo Abse was a lawyer and a Welsh Labour Member of Parliament for nearly 30 years. Though not gay himself, he was noted for promoting private member’s bills to decriminalise male homosexual relations that would become the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

Last Word – Paul Patrick

>This afternoon, Last Word, BBC Radio 4’s weekly obituaries programme, will remember Paul with an interview of Sue Sanders (Paul’s sister in arms) by Matthew Bannister. Last WordBBC Radio 4Friday 16:00-16:30Sunday 20:30-21:00 (rpt)also available on Listen Again for a week. A full obituary of Paul, complete with pictures and links to audio files and some of his writings, can be …

Paul Patrick’s Obituary

>The Guardian has now published an obituary of Paul by Carole Woddis. Paul Patrick, who has died aged 57 from a lung condition, was passionate, voluble, big-hearted and an inspired and inspiring teacher. In the 1970s he became almost certainly the first openly gay teacher in Britain to not only keep his job, but to get promoted. In 1986 he …

Yves Saint Laurent Dies

> Yves Saint Laurent1936 – 2008 Yves Saint Laurent was considered one the greatest fashion designers of the 20th century. He had retired in 2002 but was still involved in the foundation he had created with his former partner Pierre Bergé, a businessman and philanthropist gay rights activit. He died following a long illness.

Paul Patrick Dies

> Paul Patrick1950 – 2008 We are very sad to announce the tragic death of Paul Patrick, co-founder of what is now Schools OUT and of LGBT History Month. Paul died on Thursday morning after a long battle with a chronic lung condition. A full obituary with details of his unique life and outstanding achievements for the LGBT community can …

Robert Rauschenberg Dies

> Robert Rauschenberg1925 – 2008 The art critic Robert Hughes once described the influencial and controversial american artist Robert Rauschenbergas “a protean genius who showed America that all of life could be open to art.” Adding that his “taste was always facile, omnivorous, and hit-or-miss, yet he had a bigness of soul and a richness of temperament that re called …

Richard Chopping Dies

> Richard Chopping1917 – 2008 Richard Chopping was an illustrator specialising in plants. He is probably most famous however for the covers he design for several of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. in the late 1950. He and his life long partner where the first couple to sign a Civil Partnership in Wivenhoe (near Colchester) where they lived for over …

DJ Tallulah Dies

> DJ Tallulah 1948 – 2008 One of London’s best known scene figures has died. DJ Tallulah had been a club DJ for forty years. More information here. Thanks to PinkNews

Mel Cheren Dies

>Mel Cheren, nicknamed “The Godfather of Dicso” died on 7 December of an AIDS related illness, aged 74. He was the founder of the legendary New York club Paradise Garage and West End Records in the mid 1970’s. He was also a prominent New York AIDS activist. In 2000, Cheren published a memoir called My Life and the Paradise Garage: …