RIP Lord Montagu 20 October 1926 – 31 August 2015

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Lord Montagu has died aged 88. Founder of the National Motor Museum and past Chair of English Heritage, Edward Douglas-Scott Montagu was arrested in 1954 for allegedly inciting “certain male persons to commit serious offences with male persons” following a gathering with his cousin Michael Pitt-Rivers and his friend Peter Wildeblood.  Although convicted, Montagu and his co-defendants received a round of …

Obituary: Roger Rees, Welsh actor dies aged 71

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Welsh actor Roger Rees, star of Cheers and The West Wing, has died aged 71. Mr Rees, who was born in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, won Tony and Olivier awards in 1982 for his title role in the The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He played millionaire Robin Colcord in 1980s comedy Cheers and Lord John Marbury in US political drama …

Ike Cowen (1917 – 2015)

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    by Peter Scott-Presland   My friend Harold “Ike” Cowen, who has died aged 97, was one of the founding fathers of the gay rights movement in the UK. In 1969 he set up the first gay social club run and owned by its members – the Pavilion, in the Derbyshire countryside. Shortly afterwards he became the legal officer …

Sheila McWattie

Sheila McWattie

TRIBUTES have been paid to a campaigner, journalist and co-founder of the Free Pride festival who has died suddenly, aged 56. Sheila McWattie, of York Road, Hove, was a fundraiser for the Brighton’s Women’s Centre, Cancer Research and various causes related to Pride. One of the organisers of the Women’s Performance Tent at the festival, she was a key figure …

Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett

Obituary: Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett – The London gay community is in shock following the announcement that Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett died suddenly from a suspected heart attack, aged 43. Mr Bennett, who was first elected in 2005, died in hospital

Obituary – Angela Clayton MBE

We’ve received the very sad news of the recent death of Angela Clayton MBE. Angela, who as a member of Prospect, was involved for many years with the TUC LGBT conference (as a delegate) and as a member of the TUC LGBT Committee. She was a powerful advocate for the rights of trans people, and was also a leading activist in the organisation Press for Change. Angela’s life will be remembered at the LGBT Conference this year

Ray Gosling 1939-2013

Ray Gosling 1939-2013: Raised in Northampton, where he attended grammar school, Gosling was “a C-stream child”. His father was a mechanic. After dropping out of Leicester University to run a rock’n’roll band, he went to London to take up a factory job. Gosling was a teddy boy: “I felt in my heart it was more than a fashion, it was a belief: teds to change the world.”

Gay Activist and Journalist Doug Ireland Dies at 67

Gay activist and journalist Doug Ireland dies at 67. On the same day the LGBT community in Britain mourns the passing of one activist, news comes through of the death of another major figure in America. From fighting the Vietnam war as a young activist to reporting on the executions of gay Iranians, Doug Ireland was a veteran advocate and champion for LGBTI people

Was Lou Reed the First Out Rock Star?

Was Lou Reed the first Out rock star?

Soon after Lou Reed’s death at age 71 on Sunday, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend tweeted that the legendary rock star was “maybe the first out songwriter,” an allusion to his purported bisexuality. During his lifetime, Reed was famous for his sybaritic pursuits and unorthodox lifestyle. But was he bisexual?

Sharley MacLean 1923 – 2013

Sharley MacLean, veteran lesbian activist and member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality has died peacefully at the age of 90.

Peter Pressland of CHE and Peter Tatchell pay tribute to a campaigning legend