April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady

LGBT History Month patron Stephen Whittle OBE recommends: Sarah and I had a fantastic , exhausting evening at the opening today of April Ashley; Portrait of a Lady at the Museum of LIverpool. If someone had told me back in 1974 when I worked in the Councillors Liason Office in Liverpool (answering letters from David Alton and Harold Wilson) that …

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The Pride Reviewed

The Pride, a play written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, deals with men coming to terms with their sexual identity (or not) in two different time periods; 1958 and 2008. This intensely powerful and tragicomic production by Jamie Lloyd deals with the pressures of coming to terms with being gay on a personal level but it also reminds us how far …

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No Thanks for the Memories!

Memoirs of  A Gay Boy by Edward Dale Jeff is born in a small town in the American mid-west. He is gay and homosexuality in his community is legally and socially taboo. An adolescent affair is encouraged by a liberal librarian and flourishes in a special hidden place, but soon his clandestine relationship with Michael is revealed and the consequences …

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The Secret Life of Oscar Wide, by Neil McKenna

The Secret Life of Oscar Wide, by Neil McKenna 2004 Arrow Books ISBN 9780099415459 Reviewed by Tony Fenwick   I took this biography with me as holiday reading in Italy and in Cromer. Wherever people saw me with it they would comment – either in English or Italian – on what a genius Wilde was and gush over his way …

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Samphire Coast by Robert Greenfield

Samphire Coast by Robert Greenfield Reviewed by Stephen Boyce ISBN9781843869177   A thoroughly easy and enjoyable comic read for the summer about 2 gay London lads who up sticks and set up a Bed and Breakfast establishment up here in North Norfolk. The story is an assortment of titbits from the journals of the author and the guestbook of the …

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Cooper's Promise by Timothy Jay Smith

Cooper’s Promise by Timothy Jay Smith Reviewed by Stephen Boyce ISBN 1462084087, 9781462084081 A very strange and enigmatic novel that has haunted me since I read it. His is not an easy read and from the outset the author makes the reader work hard. Initially the novel has no setting and very little characterisation. We jump about locations, are enveloped …

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Broken Crystal by Jack Norman

Broken Crystal by Jack Norman. Reviewed by Stephen Boyce ISBN978 1466 469 822   A beautifully told heterosexual love story set in World War 2. Themes include love, betrayal, loyalty and patriotism all told in a romantic and terribly subtle British way. The novel moves between many locations including the secret service, Bletchley Park and the code breakers and a …

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Professor Arthur Sullivan reviews a classic about Transition

Dear Sir or Madam ( A Journey from Female to Male) by Mark Rees;, reviewed by Arthur Sullivan About half way through this account of his journey from female to male, Mark Rees remarks that “[t]he most important part of the role change is the transsexual person’s acceptance by society”.  As well as his own personal journey, this book chronicles …

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Polari magazine honours Sue Sanders on LGBT HM Day 13

LGBT online magazine honours a hero every day in its February 2012 edition. Polari is the leading UK-based online magazine for an LGBTQ readership. Its content is informed & insightful, and features a diverse range of writers from every section of the community. Its look is singularly stylish and equally original. From its launch on December 3, 2008, Polari Magazine has …

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Book Review: Let's Get This Straight

Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents by Tina Fakhrid-Deen is a book focused on supporting, helping and empowering children whose parents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or/and queer (abbreviated LGBTQ). Fakhrid-Deen first of all sets out to explain that LGBTQ families do exist and are just as important and valuable as heterosexual and …

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