Patrick Newley Dies

> Patrick Newley 1955 – 2009 The writer, raconteur and agent Patrick Newley has died, aged 54. Obituaries: – The Times – The Daily Telegraph – The Stage

Danny La Rue Dies

> Danny La Rue1927 – 2009 The entertainer and self-styled “comedian in a frock” Danny La Rue OBE died today after a short illness.

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Dies

> Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 1950 – 2009 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, a prominent theorist who is often cited as one of the founders of queer theory, has died of breast cancer. She was 58. She was the other, among others, of Epistemology of the Closet. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick on Wikipedia

Chronicler of New York’s Gay Liberation Dies

>One of the founders of one of the first gay rights groups in America who later chronicled the movement has died. G Donn Teal was 76 years old. In December 1969 he co-founded the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), months after the Stonewall riots in New York, regarded as the spark for the modern gay rights movement. Read the full article …

Angela Morley Dies

> Angela Morley  1924 – 2009 Angela Morley was born in Leeds as Wally Scott, she was a composer of light classical music, including film scores: The Looking Glass War 1969 ; When Eight Bells Toll — Captain Nemo and the Underwater City; The Little Prince ; The Slipper and the Rose; Watership Down; E.T.; Home Alone; Schindler’s List; and …

‘Space Girl Pukes’ Author Dies

>The LGBT movement and the wider feminist movement have lost a committed activist. Katy Watson, founder of the collective Shocking Pink and the lesbian mothers’ organisation Out for our Children, has died at only 42. She is probably best known today for her children’s book Space Girl Pukes, a favourite with primary school children thanks to the No Outsiders project. …

US Lesbian Pioneer Dies

>Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her longtime partner in June on the first day same-sex couples in California gained that right, died Wednesday. She was 87.Martin died at a hospital two weeks after a broken arm exacerbated health problems, said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Her wife, Phyllis Lyon, was with …

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 …