Forster’s Maurice on Radio 4

>BBC Radio 4 will today start broadcasting a two part adaptation of Maurice by E.M. Forster. A story tells of homosexual love in early 20th century England, and follows Maurice Hall from his schooldays, through university and beyond. The book was written around 1913. Although Forster showed the manuscript to selected friends, such as Christopher Isherwood, it was only published …

Annie Leibowitz

>On Wednesday, the BBC showed to the press footages of the Queen where she apparently walked off from a photo shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz. A “media storm” ensued when it was revealed that the editing of the film was misguiding. The footage is part of the documentary A Year With The Queen, which will be shown later this year. …

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Gloria Gaynor Homophobic?

>Gloria Gaynor is currently in the uk for a series of shows. This morning she was interviewed by Radio4’s Woman’s Hour. The singer talked about her youth, her career, about some of her most famous songs, several of which have become gay anthems. She also talked about her becoming a born again Christian. Finally the interviewer asked her about her …

GFest- GayWise LGBT Arts Festival 2007 – Call for Submissions

>GFest – Gaywise LGBT Arts Festival aims to provide a unique platform for Queer Arts principally created by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) artists from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The festival, which will take place in November, will present the work in a creatively safe, stimulating and artistically challenging manner. It also offers the unique opportunity to showcase …

Bulletin No 36

> The latest edition of the LGBT History Month bulletin is now available, as usual packed-full of news, information, notices of upcoming events and quotations. To access the latest bulletin please click on one of the links below:word documentpdf file You can view all previous bulletins here or register to our mailing list here.

Get Bent! in Manchester

>Get Bent! is Manchester ‘s Alternative Community Pride Summer Festival, happening over ten days from 24th August to 2nd September 2007. Following on from the success of the last two years, Get Bent! returns this year with more queer culture, performing arts, workshops, bands, vegan cake, art exhibitions, club nights, film screenings, queeries, discussions and much more… with even more …

Gay Poem Still Contrary to ‘Law of the Land’

>Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day when Denis Lemon, the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News, was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity. Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue Gay News in December 1976 after she read in its pages the poem …

Pansey Project Charity Auction

>On Friday 13 July, Tooks Chambers in association with the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and Camden LGBT Forum will be hosting the final event in their series of events based around the International Day Against Homophobia. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at Tooks Chambers. The event is a fundraiser supporting international LGBT organisations working …

The Long Road to Decriminalisation

>40 years ago this month, a campaiging Welsh Labour MP by the name of Leo Abse managed to guide a Bill through both Houses of Parliament. By a combination of smart tactics and appealing to politicians to pity those ‘less fortunate’ than themselves, he got them to agree to a partial decriminalisation of male homosexual relations. It brought an end …

Meek 60′s

>1967 was undeniably an important year for gay rights. The change in the law however came too late for some. On 3 February of that year, the pioneer record producer and songwriter, Joe Meek killed himself, aged 37. Arguably he was mentally ill, suffering from paranoia. His homosexuality, at a time when it was illegal, and the police’s interest in …