Switchboard @ 40

Switchboard @ 40 – An LGBT History Month event celebrating 40 years of London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard. A panel of volunteers from four decades share memories of the UK’s leading resource supporting LGBT communities.

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in their protests for ‘Coal not Dole’

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in their protests for ‘Coal not Dole’ – During the 1984-1985 miners strikes ‘Coal not Dole’ was vocalized, printed and worn by striking miners and their supporters. LGSM was born out of a meeting held at the University of London Student Union following an impromptu collection for striking miners at the 1984 Gay Pride March.

2014 Sochi Olympic Games – what about LGBTI rights? ILGA

2014 Sochi Olympic Games – what about LGBTI rights? ILGA: with the Sochi Olympic Winter Games under way, ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association reiterates its deep concern for the very harsh situation LGBTI people are suffering in Russia, where the anti-gay propaganda legislation came into force in June last year.

Time to celebrate LGBT history – Tony Fenwick speaks to Socialist Review

Time to celebrate LGBT history: Tony Fenwick speaks to Socialist Review – LGBT HM’s parent organisation, Schools OUT was founded 40 years ago to campaign on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in education. Sue Caldwell spoke to Tony Fenwick, a co-founder, about the fight against homophobia and transphobia.

Brendan O’Neill on the “Queer Imperialis​m” of the Sochi protests

Brendan O’Neill on the “Queer Imperialis​m” of the Sochi protests – Westerners have launched a gay Culture War against what they view as “redneck Russia”, says Brendan O’Neill on spiked today. Describing the gay-friendly protests over Sochi as an “outpouring of ersatz homophilia”, O’Neill says the Winter Olympics have been “turned into a platform for a showdown between enlightened Westerners who like gays and wicked Ruskies who apparently do not”.

Channel 4 to flood peak-time advertising slots with “Gay Mountain” Anthem

Channel 4 to flood peak-time advertising slots with “Gay Mountain” Anthem. Tonight (6th February) watch out for an extremely camp version of the Russian national anthem, set to a disco beat and performed by a ‘bear’ in front of a rainbow of necoloured lightbulbs as Channel 4 wishes ‘Good luck to everyone in Sochi’

The Brutal, Bloody Horror of Gay Life in Putin’s Russia

The Brutal, Bloody Horror of Gay Life in Putin’s Russia – Ever since virulently homophobic Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed through a law effectively outlawing openly gay people, the country’s LGBTQ community has, predictably, been plagued by violence. Now a study published in Harvard University’s Health and Human Rights journal confirms what myriad horrific anecdotes suggest: Gay people in Russia are being beaten, raped, and murdered at record rates—and the government is doing little to stop it.

UK to give cash and support to Russian gays

UK to give cash and support to Russian gays – New Zealand has unanimously passed a motion to support the LGBTI community in Russia and all athletes competing at the Olympic Games. Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said it was important to use the opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly.