The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst Published by Picador Books         ISBN 978-0-330-48324-7   Mr. Hollinghurst is a classic writer; mature and beautiful in his style. However I felt that this book was all style and no substance. I like something to happen in a novel, especially one that has over 560 pages.   This is a long and sensuously painted …

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Rory's Boys, by Alan Clark

Rory’s Boys by Alan Clark- Published by Arcadia Books- ISBN 978-1-906413-88-0   An excellent novel that humorously explores the implications of age for gay men. Basically, a rich gay orphan gets told he looks old by a would-be one night stand,  inherits his fascist granny’s mansion and turns it into an old people’s home for gay men. Lots of tales, …

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Italy Rejects LGBT 'Hate Crime' Bill

Italy’s parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation. Gay rights campaigners have called on the European Union to step in. Italy already bans discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, ethnicity and nationality but campaigners say rising …

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Minister Seeks to 'Rid' Western Ghana of 'Homosexuals'

Ghana’s Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the country’s west. Aidooo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals. “All efforts are being made to …

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Lords Want Teachers to Be Trained in Dealing with Homophobia

Teachers should be given more training to deal with anti-gay bullying, the House of Lords heard yesterday. Responding to questions, schools minister Lord Hill of Oareford agreed that teachers should be trained to spot signs of homophobic bullying and that changes to Ofsted’s remit would give the school inspection body more time to look for such issues. He said: “We …

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California State Schools to Teach LGBT History

California has become the first state to mandate gay history lessons in public schools. In public school classrooms across the state students will soon be taught a subject that hasn’t been part of the curriculum before: LGBT history, the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Lorri Jean — CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Center of Los Angeles …

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What Love Is- edited by Peter Burton

          Book Review: by Stephen Boyce I must admit that I am not a fan of the genre of short stories but this collection is a stirring and thoughtful exploration of the form. No single story stands out above the other and none fully encapsulate or expound the title. However, all in all, a good read. …

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Beyond the Capes- by Richard de la Haye

                  Book Review, by Stephen Boyce This novel is excellent, well crafted, transporting the readers through the Canadian Wilderness to the Transport Colonies of the New World. It is an epic, a gay love story that defies the forces of history. From the moment I opened the cover to the very last …

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From over the Pond

UK psychologist and professor Ian Rivers discusses his recent trip to America’s Heartland and how, as an anti-​gay bullying researcher, he was received. Rivers, author of Homophobic Bullying and a patron of LGBT History Month, says that although he was always treated with respect personally, the idea that “all children and adults should be safe in school” was a sensitive issue in some quarters of …

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Symon Hill Completes walk of Repentance

This evening Symon Hill, Christian writer, activist and associate director of the Ekklesia thinktank, will be addressing an audience at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London’s West End after having completed a 160 mile walk which he started in Birmingham on 16 June as a pilgrimage to demonstrate repentance for his previous homophobia. Symon Hill embarked upon this pilgrimage to …

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