Ministry of Justice Supports History Month

>We are very pleased to add the Ministry of Justice’s logo to the LGBT History Month website as they offer us both financial and intellectual support. Their logo joins those of other parts of the criminal justice system – the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Service and Authority, who have supported us from the outset. We are also …

Tomboys and Bachelor Girls

>In the late 1950’s Josie Pickering was leading a double life. By day she was a ‘proper’ 1950’s housewife – married and looking after her young children. But at night she visited the lesbian bars and clubs of Manchester. Eventually she left her husband for another woman. As the Woman’s Hour‘s team on BBC Radio 4 discovers, Josie’s story is …

Jacob Breslow, Intern to Both Schools OUT & LGBT History Month Tells His Story to Pink News

>Pink News 16th August 2007 13:35CommentArticle available here Jacob Breslow – My Journey from Scared Teen to Gay ActivistThe first time I came to the UK, I was amazed by its history, architecture and bustling cities. Now, over ten years later, I have come back to experience this amazing place once again. As a third year student from the University …

Homosexuality and the Bible

>On 30th July, BBC Radio 4 in their religious programme Beyond Belief explored the relation between homosexuality and the Bible. Often at the heart of all religious views on homosexuality is the interpretation of scripture. Gay people are no different, with many developing their own readings of the Bible and creating gay-affirming theologies. Taking part in the debate hosted by …

A Petition to the Prime Minister to Introduce Specific Homophobia and Transphobia Hate Crime Legislation

>http://petitions.pm.gov.uk:80/LGBT-Hate-Crime/ In remembering the 40th anniversary of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality and those who have been murdered and had their lives destroyed by homophobia, including David Morley and Jodi Dubrowski, we the undersigned urge the Prime Minister to introduce specific homophobia and transphobia hate crime legislation. We believe that the law should be re-written now to target incitement of hatred …

UK Black Pride Receives Support from the Mayor of London

>Mayoral message of support for the UK Black Pride Festival 2007 I congratulate the UK Black Pride Board for coordinating this high profile festival building on last year’s hugely successful event, Metropolitan Police Service Support for UK BLACK PRIDE… It gives me great pleasure to support this year’s UK Black Pride on behalf of the whole MPS. The TUC, on …

Literature Goes Queer: Lesbian & Gay Writing Since the 1920s

>The FCE Literature Programme at Birkbeck, University of London is offering a new course exploring some of the decisive moments in modern queer fiction. 22 meetings, led by Paulina Palmer and Jonathan Kemp, in the London School of Economics. Starts Weds 3 October, 6.45pm–8.45pm. £220 (£110 cons.). To enroll ring 020 7631 6674/6656, fax 020 7631 6686 or email literature@fce.bbk.ac.uk …

URGENT ACTION – 18 Nigerian Men Charged with Sodomy

> All could face death by stoning – protest to Nigerian Ambassador Reports from the Nigerian news agency, NAN, say that 18 men in the northern Nigerian state of Bauchi, which is governed by Islamic Sharialaw, have been arrested on charges of sodomy and could be sentenced to death by stoning (this is the prescribed penalty for sodomy under Sharia …

We Gays Haven’t Won the Battle Yet

>The era of the ‘post-homosexualist’ isn’t upon usWill Young – Times OnlineArticle available here Last week I found myself in a London taxi heading home after a night out. The cabbie seemed rather perturbed and amused at the same time. “It’s funny, Will,” he said. “I wasn’t gonna pick you up ‘cos I was having a fag break, but I …

Archives Reveal Churchill’s Cabinet Discussed Gays

> The Pink Paper – 6th August 2007 15:45Tony Grew Article available here New documents released by the National Archives give an enlightening account of the views of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other Cabinet ministers towards homosexual men in 1950s Britain. Prime Minister Winston Churchill bluntly replied that the Tory party were not going to accept responsibility for making …