Gay America Timeline

>To mark Pride 2007 in the city, the San Francisco Sentinel has published a timeline of events in American gay history from the beginning of the 20th century. The timeline brings to the fore the contributions to mainstream culture made by LGBT people but also highlights the gradual changes in the perception of LGBT people by society and the all …

Serious Serendipity

>Serendipity is like a benevolent fairy godmother for many a gay man looking for his roots. The fact that our history as a group has been so carefully hidden and pushed into the proverbial closet for so long makes any new discovery like a victory, even if that very discovery has been and will be made over and over by …

Ending Homophobic Reggae

>Buju Banton, popular reggae star known internationally for his homophobic lyrics, has signed a pledge to end his homophobic language. The gay rights campaign group Stop Murder Music announces publicly today that Banton has signed the “Reggae Compassion Act.” The act has already been signed by Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, three prominent reggae stars who have used homophobic language …

Article Published on Death of Portugese “Cross-Dresser”

>After the recent passing of Portuguese “cross-dresser” Maria Teresinha, commonly known as “the general,” the Guardian published an article recounting his life. Living as a man since 1974, the general was put on trial in 1992 and effectively opened up discussion about homosexuality, cross-dressing and transsexuality in Portugal. To read the entire article, click here. neon snapback hats Cheap Snapback …

On an Article in the Voice

>One of our readers, Ted Brown, sends us the following article from The Voice newspaper, which targets the black community in the UK. The article was published in the issue of the 2 to 8th July 2007, page 17. It was written by Marie-Annick Gournet Gareth Williams is the president of The Jamaica Forum for Lesbian All-sexual and Gays, otherwise …

Hungarian Politician Coming Out Speech

>Hungarian Socialist Gábor Szetey, a state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office since last July, became the first elected political official in Hungary to come out as being gay when he opened Gay Pride 2007 in Budapest on 12 July. Mr Szetey’s announcement came on the same day as junior coalition member the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) announced that it …

Mad About the Boy

>Songs poured out of Noel Coward, over 400 of them. From the 1920’s to the 1960’s they filled his revues and musicals – love songs like Some Day I’ll Find You or the wit of Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Now they’re overshadowed by his plays. For BBC Radio 2, Pet Shop Boys’ lead singer, songwriter and composer Neil Tennant talks …

Flared Brightly, Died Young – The AIDS Generation

>A two-part documentary recalling the gay culture of Thatcher’s Britain and the emergence of HIV and AIDS. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister and AIDS was incubating. At the same time, a whole generation was ‘coming out’ to the world and announcing they were gay. But, for so many, their brief time was running out as the spectre of …

James Baldwin – The Price of the Ticket

>In 1953, James Baldwin, a hard-up writer in Paris, published the extraordinary novel Go Tell it on the Mountain. Four years later he sailed home to the United States to immerse himself in the civil rights movement. Caryl Phillips explores the historic consequences of his return. British writer Caryl Phillips assesses the work and impact of James Baldwin, writer, civil …

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Channel 4 Marks Anniversary of Decriminalisation

>At the end the month, Channel 4 will broadcast four programmes marking the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of sexual acts between men. The exact date for the anniversary is the 28 July. A VERY BRITISH SCANDALSaturday 21st July, 21:00 (previously known as “The Lord Montagu Trial” and “The Last Gay Trial”) In January 1954, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, …