Sheila McWattie

TRIBUTES have been paid to a campaigner, journalist and co-founder of the Free Pride festival who has died suddenly, aged 56. Sheila McWattie, of York Road, Hove, was a fundraiser for the Brighton’s Women’s Centre, Cancer Research and various causes related to Pride. One of the organisers of the Women’s Performance Tent at the festival, she was a key figure …

Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett

Obituary: Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett – The London gay community is in shock following the announcement that Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett died suddenly from a suspected heart attack, aged 43. Mr Bennett, who was first elected in 2005, died in hospital

Obituary – Angela Clayton MBE

We’ve received the very sad news of the recent death of Angela Clayton MBE. Angela, who as a member of Prospect, was involved for many years with the TUC LGBT conference (as a delegate) and as a member of the TUC LGBT Committee. She was a powerful advocate for the rights of trans people, and was also a leading activist in the organisation Press for Change. Angela’s life will be remembered at the LGBT Conference this year

Ray Gosling 1939-2013

Ray Gosling 1939-2013: Raised in Northampton, where he attended grammar school, Gosling was “a C-stream child”. His father was a mechanic. After dropping out of Leicester University to run a rock’n’roll band, he went to London to take up a factory job. Gosling was a teddy boy: “I felt in my heart it was more than a fashion, it was a belief: teds to change the world.”

Gay Activist and Journalist Doug Ireland Dies at 67

Gay activist and journalist Doug Ireland dies at 67. On the same day the LGBT community in Britain mourns the passing of one activist, news comes through of the death of another major figure in America. From fighting the Vietnam war as a young activist to reporting on the executions of gay Iranians, Doug Ireland was a veteran advocate and champion for LGBTI people

Was Lou Reed the First Out Rock Star?

Was Lou Reed the first Out rock star?

Soon after Lou Reed’s death at age 71 on Sunday, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend tweeted that the legendary rock star was “maybe the first out songwriter,” an allusion to his purported bisexuality. During his lifetime, Reed was famous for his sybaritic pursuits and unorthodox lifestyle. But was he bisexual?

Sharley MacLean 1923 – 2013

Sharley MacLean, veteran lesbian activist and member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality has died peacefully at the age of 90.

Peter Pressland of CHE and Peter Tatchell pay tribute to a campaigning legend

RIP Amber Maxwell, a Rebel and a Fighter

The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday 24 August.

Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socialism. Amber seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for politics. Every week she would catch the bus from the homeless youth hostel where she lived to the University of Western Australia to help us build the organisation, sell Red Flag, fight cuts to higher education and campaign for refugee rights

Stewart Milk on Jose Sarria

On the sad passing of gay rights pioneer Jose Sarria: “Jose Sarria, founder of the International Court System showed us how to turn a night into a grand occasion and a grand occasion into a means of providing support for a diminished community . That support led so many who did not ‘fit in’ to actually proudly stand out, together, …

José Julio Sarria: December 22, 1922 – August 19, 2013

One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, José Julio Sarria, passed away quietly in his home in New Mexico this morning. He was 91. Mr. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America. He was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in …