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  • 8th December 2011

    Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4

    The production will coincide with LGBT History Month (Photo: Flickr user DeaPeaJay)

    12:36 PM — A UK theatre company is seeking submissions of short plays about transgender issues to be performed in Manchester next year, and says no previous script-writing experience is necessary.

  • 29th November 2011

    Alan Cumming to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in new one-man production 6

    The play will be staged in Glasgow and New York

    9:08 AM — The National Theatre of Scotland has announced it will be staging a one-man version of Macbeth featuring Alan Cumming as both the title character and his ambitious wife.

  • 22nd November 2011

    Singer’s memoir wins Polari First Book Prize 4

    The award is in its third year

    8:56 AM — Winner of the prize, which is for a first book exploring gay life, was revealed at a ceremony on London's South Bank last night.

  • 18th November 2011

    Festival brings Birmingham’s gay past to life 8

    Fred Barnes is one of the characters brought to life by performers (Photo: Birmingham City Council)

    11:07 AM — Performers have taken over historic courtyard houses in the city's gay village to bring LGBT characters from the past to life.

  • 7th November 2011

    Lady Gaga and fans honoured at MTV Europe Awards 8

    Lady Gaga won the award for "Biggest Fans"

    10:57 AM — Star won four gongs, with a male streaker providing an unexpected distraction to award presenter Hayden Panettiere.

  • 1st November 2011

    Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia begins today

    Homotopia has won funding for another two years

    9:23 AM — The eighth annual celebration of gay art features a mixture of performance art, lectures, dance and exhibitions around the city throughout November.

  • 26th October 2011

    Liverpool’s gay art festival Homotopia celebrates eighth year 3

    Homotopia celebrates its eighth year

    1:24 PM — Liverpool's gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off next week with the theme of 'Cruising For Art'. The festival will showcase an "array of the queer, the extravagant, the bold, the unexpected and the daring" with theatre, dance, film, cabaret and discussions.

  • 25th October 2011

    Interview: Jonathan Harvey on writing, Corrie and Beautiful Thing 10

    Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing

    4:00 PM — After early success as a playwright, Jonathan Harvey's career now spans theatre, film and television. He wrote Gimme, Gimme, Gimme for his pal, Kathy Burke, collaborated with The Pet Shop Boys on the musical Closer To Heaven and since 2004 has written 136 episodes of Coronation Street. With Beautiful Thing about to open at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Laurence Watts meets him.

  • 15th September 2011

    US authors say publisher told them to ‘straighten’ gay character 28

    The pair said an agent asked them to make a gay character straight

    1:36 PM — Two authors who wrote a young adults' post-apocalyptic novel say a publisher offered them a deal on the basis that they turn 'straighten' a gay character.

  • 8th September 2011

    Disgraced designer John Galliano avoids jail over anti-Semitic slurs 25

    John Galliano was sacked by Dior

    2:16 PM — Former Dior designer John Galliano has been given a suspended fine of 6,000 euros for using racist and anti-Semitic slurs. The disgraced fashion star avoided jail for two outbursts in a Parisian cafe last February and October.

  • 7th September 2011

    Actors’ union to ask gay members about homophobia 13

    Rupert Everett has suggested that coming out harmed his career

    2:17 PM — Equity, the union for actors and performers, is to ask its LGBT members whether they feel safe being out and if they have suffered prejudice. According to The Stage, an online survey asks members about harassment, discrimination, safety and whether they were advised to stay in the closet.

  • 8th August 2011

    London gay bookshop attacked by vandals 189

    Gay's the Word was attacked by vandals

    1:20 PM — London's renowned gay bookshop, Gay's the Word, has been attacked by vandals. Staff at the Marchmont Street store came to work this morning to find the front window smashed and the shopfront had been pelted with eggs.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Coco Chanel was bisexual, new biography claims 15

    Coco Chanel was bisexual, a new book claims

    10:44 AM — A new biography of the fashion designer Coco Chanel claims she was bisexual and took drugs. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney says the style legend had a number of affairs with men and women, including a relationship with the artist Salvador Dali while he was married.

  • 1st August 2011

    Liverpool’s Homotopia art festival wins three-year funding 8

    Homotopia has won arts funding

    2:57 PM — Liverpool's Homotopia art festival has been granted funding for the next three years. The annual art and culture event will receive £70,000 a year for the next three years from Arts Council England.

  • 29th July 2011

    Video: Will Young’s new single Jealousy 24

    12:16 PM — Pop Idol winner Will Young admitted earlier this week that he was "terrified" of being gay when he was younger. Check out the video for his latest single, Jealousy.

  • 18th July 2011

    Gay controversy opera goes ahead 5

    The show, organised by Opera North, went ahead at the weekend

    3:16 PM — A community opera which was nearly derailed in a row over a gay character has gone ahead in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Beached, written by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall, was almost cancelled after a primary school's headteacher complained about language in some scenes.

  • 16th July 2011

    Ben Daniels rejects Rupert Everett’s advice for aspiring gay actors not to come out 26

    Ben Daniels starred in Cutting It (photo:BBC)

    1:55 PM — Ben Daniels, star of the BBC hit series Cutting It, has dismissed claims made by Hollywood star Rupert Everett that it is better for aspiring gay actors to stay in the closet despite homophobia he experienced at the BBC.

  • 7th July 2011

    Opera writer may take legal action over council’s ‘defamatory’ statements 23

    It was claimed that the opera included a paedophile character

    4:00 PM — The author of a community opera cancelled after a gay row says he may take legal action over "defamatory" comments made by the council, in which it claimed a gay character was a paedophile.

  • Gay row opera will go ahead 18

    The school denied it was homophobic

    1:06 PM — An opera featuring East Yorkshire schoolchildren will now go ahead after writer Lee Hall agreed to swap the word 'queer' for 'gay'. The community project stalled after a primary school complained about a gay character's scene.

  • 6th July 2011

    Head of opera ban school says she wanted to protect children 66

    The school said it wanted to protect children

    11:51 AM — The headteacher of an East Yorkshire school has defended her decision to withdraw her pupils from a community opera over a scene involving a gay character. Emma Hobbs, the head of Bay Primary School in Bridlington, said she was concerned about the "emotional wellbeing" of the children.

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