Truman Capote Reads “A Christmas Memory”

>Below is a link to a recording of Truman Capote reading his short story A Christmas Memory. It shows a very different Truman Capote from the one depicted in the film Capote; a sensitive and caring Capote; the one who wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms and The Grass Harp. A Christmas Memory (36min – Real Player required) The recording is …

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Sir Ian McKellen to Become a Companion of Honour

>Sir Ian McKellen, CBE, patron of LGBT History Month, affectionately known as Serena (a nickname given to him by Stephen Fry), will soon be able to add another honour to the long list of those he has already received. HM The Queen, in her New Year Honours, has made him a Companion of Honour (CH) for services to Drama and …

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Coming Out at Christmas

>The London Gay Men’s Chorus singing a new version of Hark the Herald at the Barbican Theatre, London during Make the Yuletide Gay, their Christmas show in December 2006. Season’s greetings to everyone for the LGBT History Month team! The song was written by New York-based actor, playwright, activist, Craig Sturgis in 1992, using Felix Mendelssohn’s Hark the Herald Angels …

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The Interview: Graeme Le Saux

>Graeme Le Saux is a footballer who had a successful career playing for top club Chelsea and representing England — but he never felt like he fitted in to the British football culture. He wasn’t keen on getting drunk or hanging out with his team-mates and he ended up receiving abuse from fans and players throughout his career who chanted …

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Dominique Fernandez, Gay Académicien

>On 13 December, the Académie Française received an openly gay member who had been elected in March. The Académie Française, or the French Academy was officially established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis XIII. It consists of forty members, known as immortels (immortals). New members are elected by the members of the Académie itself. Académicians …

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Funding Cut Threatens the Drill Hall

>The Drill Hall, the UK’s leading producer and presenter of lesbian, gay and queer performance, is to appeal against the Arts Council’s decision to stop its funding from April 2008. The cut comes as part of a review of its funding activities by the Arts Council. 200 arts organisations will be affected but this. The Drill Hall is a beacon …

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Acting in Hollywood Is Like Living in Afghanistan

>Jodie Foster’s recent discrete mention of her female partner during an acceptance speech, while putting an end to years of rumours ahs also created a media storm and reignited the debate about the paucity of openly out actors in Hollywood. In an article for The Times, Rupert Everett, one of the few out actors shares his thoughts about this situation …

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Mel Cheren Dies

>Mel Cheren, nicknamed “The Godfather of Dicso” died on 7 December of an AIDS related illness, aged 74. He was the founder of the legendary New York club Paradise Garage and West End Records in the mid 1970′s. He was also a prominent New York AIDS activist. In 2000, Cheren published a memoir called My Life and the Paradise Garage: …

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Civil Partnership, Another Year on – A Study

>This December marks the second anniversary of Civil Partnerships in the UK. For occasion, Citizens Advice investigates the impact and unforeseen consequences of the Civil Partnership Act 2005 in a new report entitled “Another Year On”. The Citizens Advice service is a network of independent charities that helps people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and …

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United Prides Conference

>The next United Prides Conference will be held on Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th 2008 in Manchester from noon on the first day and finish with lunch on Sunday. A full programme of seminars, speakers and workshops is currently being created but the organisers would appreciate feedback from the public and Pride events organisers as to what areas …

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