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  • 12th November 2007

    Review: Casanova the Carol Ann Duffy way

    Casanova is a woman who is imprisoned in Venice after a hilarious and acrobatic romp with a German monk.

    3:35 PM — Casanova, the famous author and bon vivant, claimed to have bedded a woman in every European city.So it is no surprise that in this modern age of sex and sleaze, he is experiencing something of a revival.First, the BBC adaptation of his life starring a geeky David Tennant; now, the play written by controversial poet Carol Ann Duffy

  • 26th July 2007

    Review: All-male Pinafore is charming, camp and cramped 1

    Actor Alex Weatherhill exceeds expectations by playing three female characters (Josephine, Cousin Hebe and Mrs Cripps) and by reaching notes higher than the crow's nest.

    1:39 PM — Over a century since HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan's anti-establishment, whimsical Victorian musical was first staged, people are still finding ways to reinvent it and widen its appeal.And in an age where the vast majority of the population has only encountered The Lass that Loved a Sailor in a scene from The Simpsons where Sideshow Bob sings the entire repertoire in order to satisfy Bart's last wish, the musical is in dire need of updating.

  • 28th June 2007

    Review: Angels in America

    The play revolves around two couples. Louis is a narcissistic and neurotic Jew, who lives with Prior, a WASP from a historic family that came off the Mayflower.

    11:20 AM — The Pulitzer-winning Angels in America is divided into two parts, set in the mid-nineteen eighties and following the terrible dawning of the AIDS crisis in America. The first part is entitled Millennium Approaches, and the second, Perestroika.The play revolves around two couples. Louis is a narcissistic and neurotic Jew, who lives with Prior, a WASP from a historic family that came off the Mayflower.In the first act, Prior reveals that he has AIDS and has discovered a lesion.

  • 12th June 2007

    Review: Two Men Talking

    Two Men Talking is about the power of storytelling.

    11:50 AM — In a tiny, intimate venue in the heart of Whitehall, two men perform a play that records their lives as gay, Jewish South Africans.Two Men Talking starts in sweltering South Africa where Paul Browde and Murray Nossel are schoolchildren during Apartheid.Their tale takes us takes us to New York and London, through their experiences of career struggles, coming out as gay and dealing with HIV and AIDS, and finally recalling their reunion in America.

  • 7th June 2007

    Blears comments ‘deeply disturbing’ say Tories 21

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    6:12 PM — The Conservative Party have hit back at claims made by Labour deputy leader candidate Hazel Blears that they are a party "riddled with homophobia."Ms Blears made the comments following a survey by Conservatives Home, the unofficial Conservative grassroots website.The survey claimed that a third of all Conservative activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.

  • Women’s stage lineup announced for Pride London

    The women's stage line-up for Pride London has been announced today.

    5:15 PM — The women's stage line-up for Pride London has been announced today.Emma Hands, vice chair of Pride London said: "We've got some class DJs and some outstanding live acts."We are also delighted to welcome Pride London's newest patron Zoë Lyons to make you laugh!"

  • Scot arrested for murdering German too ill to go to court

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

    4:22 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is too ill to appear in court today.The 39-year old man identified only as EB by police was arrested after he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • Gay rights groups criticise surgeon general nominee

    Dr Holsinger's nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the United States Senate before he is appointed.

    3:51 PM — Gay rights groups have slammed President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because "When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • Lib Dems call for computing genius to be remembered

    Turing killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide on 8th June 1954.

    3:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats are calling for the House of Commons to remember cryptographer Alan Turing tomorrow, on the 53rd anniversary of his death.Turing famously invented the Turing machine and cracked the German Enigma code during World War Two, but sadly committed suicide after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with another man.

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing

    The average cost of a cycle of IVF treatment ranges from £4,000 to £8,000.

    2:03 PM — The number of lesbians using IVF is increasing, new figures show.Between 1999 and 2006, the number of treatment cycles for lesbian couples tripled from 300 per year to almost 1,000.During the same time period, the number of treatment cycles undergone by single women only doubled.

  • Iranian partygoers released

    The maximum punishment for adultery and gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    12:43 PM — Nearly all of the young men arrested at a party in Iran earlier this month under suspicion of being gay have now been released.Eighty-seven young men were originally arrested, and seventeen were held for "homosexual conduct" and drinking alcohol in a crackdown by Iranian police.

  • Survey finds rise in hate crimes

    The growing public presence of the LGBT community has resulted in a violent backlash

    12:06 PM — A new survey on hate crimes in Europe has found that the level of hate crimes based on sexual orientation is rising, and that governments are failing to report the crimes.The 2007 Hate Crime Survey was released today by Human Right First, a leading human rights organisation, and also covers hate crimes based on race, faith and disability.

  • Another racist row on Big Brother 3

    Student Emily Parr was evicted after calling another housemate a “nigger.“

    11:42 AM — A racist contestant on the new series of Big Brother was evicted from the show in the early hours of yesterday morning for calling her housemate a "nigger."Student Emily Parr, 19, was thrown off the show after she said: "Are you pushing it out, you nigger?"The remark was directed at black contestant Charley Uchea, 21.

  • Health study raises HIV worries in Bromley

    A third of people with HIV don't know they have it, but 40% of gay men in Bromley have never been tested

    11:23 AM — A survey by the London Borough of Bromley has found that 40 per cent of gay men in the area have never had an HIV test.The study of LGBT people was intended to establish their health needs. It covered sexual health, accessing services, drug use and alcohol.It found that one third of respondents, both male and female, had not used any sexual health services in the last year.

  • Jack Straw to chair Cabinet while Prescott is ill

    Mr Prescott was taken ill on a journey between his Hull constituency and London.

    11:06 AM — Jack Straw is chairing the Cabinet meeting today while Deputy Leader John Prescott remains ill in hospital with pneumonia.Yesterday the 69-year-old politician was moved to a high-dependency unit at University College Hospital.His office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating, but to allow closer monitoring.

  • 6th June 2007

    California assembly passes gay marriage bill

    Gov Schwarzenegger has previously said that if the bill was passed by both legislative chambers, he would use his powers as to veto it.

    3:49 PM — The first legislative chamber in California voted to allow same-sex marriage today, in a public snub to conservative Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.Gov Schwarzenegger has previously said that if the bill was passed by both legislative chambers, he would use his powers as Governor to veto it, as he believes that the measure should be passed either by the courts or by a referendum.

  • Lottery win for older gay people

    A study by the charity  found that older LGBT people can have more difficulty accessing community services.

    3:11 PM — Older citizens in the Preston area have been awarded a £131,000 lottery bonanza - but this time, the much-needed cash is going straight to the LGBT community.The Preston and South Ribble branch of Age Concern have been awarded the money by the Big Lottery Fund.They will use it to help reduce the social isolation felt by people over the age of 55.

  • Blears: Tories riddled with homophobia 21

    Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being “riddled with homophobia.“

    2:52 PM — Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being "riddled with homophobia."The candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party slammed Tory homophobes after a survey revealed that one third of Conservative Party activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.Ms Blears said: "This is astonishing. One third of Conservatives would snub a friend's invitation to a Civil Partnership, and the only possible explanation is homophobia."

  • Church adopts pro-gay guidelines 57

    The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the guidelines by 159 votes to 120.

    2:06 PM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church yesterday adopted guidelines to help clergy deal sensitively with gay church members.The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the pastoral guidelines by 159 votes to 120.The guidelines call on the church to repent for times when gay people have been treated in ways that lack "grace."

  • British man arrested over gay murder 57

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death  when returning home from gay clubs in the Playa Del Ingles beach resort.

    12:50 PM — A British man has been arrested over the murder of a gay German man in Gran Canaria.Police are treating the murder as a "crime of passion," as no money was taken from the victim.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 when returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

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