Timely Revival for Before Stonewall

With next year marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, it’s serves as a timely reminder to add some historical perspective to what life was like for the LGBT community before 1969.  Before Stonewall, the seminal documentary by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg, is back in cinemas In a newly restored version over the summer, offering invaluable insight into how people lived …

New Film Charts History of the Pride Movement in London

A new film about the first Pride London March in 1972 is now available. Directed by Zachary Cole, the film is ostensibly about Britain’s first Pride March. However it covers the beginning of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation, the Shropshire LGBT Film Festival, the Shropshire National LGBT History Festival (now known as OUTing the …

Government Launches Major Action Plan for Britain’s LGBT Community

“We’ve come a long way since my Conservative opponent in 1997 described me as a sterile, disease-ridden homosexual who would put my constituents’ children at risk.” Labour MP Ben Bradshaw today: GRA review to go ahead early Pink News: The government is planning to launch a consultation on reforms [of the Gender Recognition Act] in the next few weeks. Theresa …

Government to ban Conversion Therapy

According to The Pink News, the Government has vowed to pursue all options to outlaw gay ‘cure’ therapy in the UK. In an action plan released today (June 3), Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt set out a firm stance against the discredited practise of conversion therapy. It is currently legal for unregulated persons and faith groups to attempt …

Tatchell to Go to Downing Street

Theresa May has lifted the ban on Peter Tatchell and he will attend the Pride Reception at 10 Downing Street tonight (the 3rd of July 2018) at Downing Street. Welcoming the lifting of the ban, Tatchell stated: “Since the inception of Downing Street LGBT Pride receptions a decade ago, I have been banned from attending by successive Prime Ministers – …

Andrew Lumsden Exhibition – Platform Southwark

Veteran campaigner Andrew says… I’m having an exhibition, “50 years of drawings”,  at Platform Southwark, 1 Joan St, South Bank, SE1 8BS between Wednesday 11 July and Saturday 14 July There’ll be 120 colour photos I took of London Pride 2003 with a request to visitors to see if they can find themselves anywhere in them & we’re hanging ‘A Sense of Alarm’, the Independent ad that was arranged by national journalists …

Connie Kurtz (1936 – 2018)

Game-changing activist Connie Kurtz, a subject (along with her wife, Ruth Berman) of the 2002 documentary Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House who famously sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic-partner benefits in the late 1980s, died Sunday at 81 in her home in West Palm Beach, Fla., following a long illness, according to Gay City News.  Born …

Section 28 – 30th Anniversary 24.05.2018

… a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”… Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the UK’s Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 …

David McAlmont enters the Closets

Renowned singer songwriter David McAlmont delves into the closets of the UK’s historic houses to explore LGBTQ histories and their contemporary significance to create a new performance   Historian and respected singer songwriter David McAlmont has produced a series of performances drawing on LGBTQ histories, commissioned by Professor Richard Sandell, researcher and museum practitioner at The University of Leicester along …

Just A Ball Game – IDAHOBIT Event featuring Neville Southall

JUST A BALL GAME? CARDIFF IDAHOBIT 2018 EVENT, (SUPPORTED BY JENNY RATHBONE – FEATURES NEVILLE SOUTHALL.)   Thanks to extremely generous sponsorship from Jenny Rathbone Welsh Labour Assembly Member, we are happy to announce that former Wales and Everton legend Neville Southall MBE will join us alongside a number of other guest speakers at Cardiff’s Pierhead building on May 17th …