10th January 2012
Video: Gay Korean-American film among features at Sundance 8
10:44 AM — A film about a gay Korean man who yearns for a family - which the director used to come out to his own parents - will feature at this year's Sundance festival.
6th January 2012
Sir Ian McKellen says “no doubt” Shakespeare was gay 48
10:28 AM — Sir Ian McKellen has reportedly said he has "no doubt" the complexities and plot devices of Shakespeare's work mean the playwright was gay. The actor added that the relationship between two characters in The Merchant of Venice made it "obvious" the writer had sexual relationships with men.
29th December 2011
Interview: Simon Callow on Dickens, Peggy Ramsay and being gay 8
9:47 AM — Laurence Watts meets the celebrated actor, theatre director, writer and biographer, renowned for his mastery of Shakespeare and Dickens whose film credits include Amadeus, A Room with a View, Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and The Phantom of the Opera.
28th December 2011
Interview: Phillip Ward on the inimitable Quentin Crisp 11
9:29 AM — Laurence Watts meets Phillip Ward to discuss the life and work of Quentin Crisp, and his "simple philosophy of happiness and being".
14th December 2011
George Clooney to star in second production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play 9
11:51 AM — George Clooney has confirmed he will star in the second one-night-only production of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play. The show revisits the ballot measure which banned gay couples from marrying in California and its reversal by Judge Vaughn Walker last year.
13th December 2011
Interview: Russell Grant on Strictly Come Dancing and returning to his theatrical roots 6
9:26 AM — Russell Grant talks to Laurence Watts about his accidental fame in astrology, exceeding expectations on Strictly Come Dancing, and asking Holly Valance to star in a lesbian production of Romeo and Juliet.
8th December 2011
Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.