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  • 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.

  • 5th July 2011

    Longlist announced for gay book prize 8

    The longlist has been announced (Photo: Kate Ter Haar)

    4:26 PM — The longlist for the annual Polari First Book Prize has been announced. The contenders for the award, now in its third year, were announced at the London Literary Festival last night.

  • Opera company says it’s not anti-gay 64

    Opera North said it was "unacceptable" for Lee Hall to accuse it of homophobia

    11:38 AM — An opera company which cancelled a community project after a primary school complained about a gay character has denied being anti-gay. Billy Elliot author Lee Hall suggested that the decision was motivated by homophobia.

  • 8th June 2011

    New Elton John documentary to be screened by HBO in January 11

    A documentary following the career of Elton John will be screened on HBO television in January 2012

    4:44 PM — A documentary following the life and career of Sir Elton John will be screened on HBO in January 2012.

  • 6th June 2011

    BFI has footage of first known male-to-male television kiss – featuring Sean Connery 33

    Sean Connery was featured in what is believed to be television's first male-to-male kiss, in 1960.

    4:58 PM — TV researchers at the British Film Institute (BFI) have revealed they have footage of what is believed to be the first male-to-male kiss on UK television featuring Sean Connery.

  • 31st May 2011

    New Canadian exhibition looks at gay maritime life of the post-war years 7

    Drag shows were a not considered at all unusual in maritime life of the past

    12:22 PM — A new exhibition has opened at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Canada, looking into the gay and lesbian subcultures that flourished at sea on passenger cruise ships, naval vessels and freighters from the 1950s onwards.

  • 27th May 2011

    India celebrates second gay film festival 11

    India's second gay film festival is underway

    5:07 PM — India's second annual gay film festival is underway in Mumbai. KASHISH 2011, which will show 124 LGBT films from 23 countries, was approved by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and has failed to rouse the ire of anti-gay campaigners.

  • 27th April 2011

    San Francisco’s legendary gay bookshop to close 67

    The San Francisco branch of A Different Light, which will close this month after 25 years (credit: Joe Jervis)

    3:03 PM — The last of the four shops owned by A Different Light Bookstores - and the last exclusively LGBT bookstore in San Francsico - is set to close by the end of this month.

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