16th July 2011
Ben Daniels rejects Rupert Everett’s advice for aspiring gay actors not to come out 26
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Cary Grant’s daughter claims her father ‘enjoyed being called gay’ 17
11:12 AM — The daughter of legendary Hollywood star Cary Grant has stated in a new book about her father that he "enjoyed being called gay".
21st April 2011
Theatre review: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
2:47 PM — Having never seen the 1964 French musical film of the same name, I came to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at the Gielgud Theatre with fresh eyes. The production is subtitled "a French romance that just happens to be sung".
18th April 2011
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy composes royal wedding verse 20
1:26 PM — The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has composed a verse for the royal wedding. It was thought that Ms Duffy, the first out LGBT person appointed to the post, would ignore the event. When she was appointed two years ago, she said she would only write poems on subjects which inspire her.
6th April 2011
New version of novel ‘From Here to Eternity’ to contain gay references 2
12:57 PM — A new version of the novel 'From Here to Eternity' will contain the gay references originally included by author James Jones. The book inspired one of film's most famous heterosexual kisses, between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr.
5th April 2011
Woman attacks ‘evil homosexual’ Gauguin painting 116
2:26 PM — A woman who attacked a Paul Gauguin painting in Washington DC's National Gallery claimed she did it because it is "very homosexual". Susan Burns, 53, of Virginia, pounded Two Tahitian Women with her fists and tried to pull it from the gallery wall, court records say.
22nd March 2011
Review: Teeth, tits and tease at the Hurly Burly Show 2
5:32 PM — The Hurly Burly Show brings something, fresh, sexy and glamorous to the West End, with hilarious theatrical moments and jaw-dropping costumes throughout.
11th March 2011
Interview: Genderqueer performer CN Lester 14
5:25 PM — “It didn’t matter what your genitals were, what mattered was: do you have a beautiful voice and do you look fabulous?” Genderqueer performer CN Lester, who identifies as neither male nor female, talks to Paris Lees about sexual harassment, operatic androgyny and a mutual fear of going blind.
8th March 2011
Fringe event boosts slashed London gay film festival 1
2:54 PM — London's annual Lesbian and Gay Film Festival may have been cut down to just a week but a community effort will see a fringe event following the main festival.
4th March 2011
Lion King animator says only a matter of time before ‘gay families’ appear in Disney films 12
4:25 PM — Andreas Deja, a veteran animator for Disney, has suggested the company would be open to featuring both openly gay character and gay families in future projects.