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April 14, 2014

Joe Orton’s sexually loaded comedy was censored by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for being too controversial for the ‘Swinging Sixties'

A 'psychopathic' murderer character in a play had his age raised by censors as gay sex was considered too shocking at the time, new research reveals.

Gay British playwright Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane, which first premiered in 1964, was forcibly changed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Emma Parker, a professor from the University of Leicester, came across several letters when she was researching for the 50th anniversary edition of the play.

March 5, 2014

Channel 4 will be celebrating the first gay couples to get legally married in England and Wales

Gay British presenter, writer and wit Stephen Fry is to narrate one of the UK’s first ‘musical’ gay wedding.

The first British gay couples will be walking down the aisle at 31 March after England and Wales were the first in the UK to legalize equal marriage.

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, a 60-minute TV special broadcast on Channel 4, will celebrate the legal victory.

West End star Nathan Taylor and composer Benjamin Till are writing the music and lyrics for the nuptials, which will be sung during vows and readings.

January 30, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, will receive the Freedom of the City of London accolade for his work to end homophobic bullying in schools

A gay soldier is to receive a historic London honor for fighting to end homophobic bullying in schools.

James Wharton, one of the first openly gay soldiers in the British Army, will receive the Freedom of the City of London next month.

‘I'm honored to be awarded such an historic accolade and I accept the Freedom of the City with great humility,’ he said.

‘I find it incredible that, in the space of 45 years, we have gone from criminalizing gay people to awarding and recognizing the contribution that we make to British society.'

January 21, 2014

Music icons named in campaign to promote the inclusion of LGBT history in education in schools

Gay British composer Benjamin Britten has been selected as one of the icons of LGBTI History Month.

The campaign, which aims to improve LGBTI education in UK schools, takes on a musical theme this year and four icons have been selected to spearhead it this February.

Britten’s compositions, including well-known pieces such as ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, were often inspired by his 40-year relationship with lover Sir Peter Pears.

January 16, 2014

British gay comedian attacked benefits documentary as ‘sacrificial lambs on the altar of light entertainment’

Gay British comic Paul O’Grady has come under fire after attacking UK documentary series Benefits Street.

The 58-year-old working class television host was a guest on BBC's The One Show (14 January) and was invited to discuss the Channel 4 series.

He confessed to the presenters he had not seen much of the show.

‘It’s not the kind of programme that I would want to watch. It would rile me,' he said.

Benefits Street aims to show the lives of Birmingham residents living on a street where the majority of people receive benefits from the state.

December 10, 2013

James Bond actor, who came out as gay and married in August, will be playing the legendary Queen frontman

Gay British actor Ben Whishaw will star as Freddie Mercury in a new film, it was confirmed today (10 December.

Actor-turned director Dexter Fletcher has also signed on to direct the film about the legendary Queen frontman.

Whishaw, famous for playing Q in the latest James Bond film 'Skyfall', was one favored by the surviving Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May.

He was also the top rumor to portray Mercury after Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project due to ‘creative differences’.

November 25, 2013

The XX, with two out of three gay members, is to sue a Croatia anti-gay marriage group for using their music without permission

Gay British band The XX is to sue homophobic Croatia campaigners for using their music without permission.

In The Name Of The Family, a Christian anti-gay group, decided to release the commercial calling for a ban on gay marriage.

A referendum on banning marriage equality will take place on 1 December.

The Christian group chose to use The XX’s ‘Intro’, a track that has been the score of many TV shows and films, for their anti-gay campaign.

August 16, 2013

British gay comic says he does not feel he has to 'appease' the LGBT community who call him a camp stereotype

May 3, 2013

Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson, who came out as gay in 2010, is getting competitive before the British Soap Awards

Gay British soap star Kieron Richardson has said he would love to win a ‘Sexiest Male’ award for gay people.

The 27-year-old actor, who plays Ste Hay in Hollyoaks, has said he while it’s a ‘laugh’ he wants to be competitive at the British Soap Awards.

May 2, 2013

British openly gay actor was talking on Loose Women about thinking he had contracted HIV after he got bitten by a mosquito

Gay British actor Rupert Everett is in trouble for accidentally using some 'fruity language' on daytime television yesterday (1 May).

The ‘Hysteria’ actor was appearing as a guest on ITV’s Loose Women when he said ‘fuck’ during a discussion about HIV.

Everett was talking about when he was convinced he had contracted HIV when shooting a television show in the 1980s.

He said: ‘For the first few years of HIV, you couldn’t test for it. When my whole career started I thought I was on a death sentence.

April 24, 2013

Gay TV presenter Fry narrates the story of a Lonely Dodo to encourage people to help conservation charity Durrell save animals from extinction

Gay British TV presenter, actor, author and brainbox Stephen Fry has made a video asking people to save other animals from the fate of the Lonely Dodo.

Fry, who presents British weird-fact TV quiz QI and starred in a biopic on Oscar Wilde, has teamed up with Oscar-winning studio Aardman, makers of the Wallace and Gromit films to make the short animation.

He narrates the story of the Lonely Dodo, voiced by stand-up comic Alistair McGowan.

January 7, 2013

Gay British actor praises master of wit Oscar Wilde as starting the gay movement

Gay British actor Rupert Everett said writer Oscar Wilde, who died in disgrace in Paris in 1900, is his personal Jesus during an interview broadcast on the BBC yesterday.

'He fills me with the same compassion that Jesus fills other people with,' said Everett, who is is currently playing Wilde in the David Hare play The Judas Kiss.

'As a gay person he's really the beginning of the gay movement in public,' said Everett to interviewer Andrew Marr.

October 13, 2012

James Wharton speaks to Gay Star News about how the armed forces have changed for the better in ten years

Gay British soldier James Wharton is releasing a book about his ten years in the UK military.

He will be talking about the highs, serving at the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the lows, being viciously beaten in a homophobic attack.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Wharton said he wanted to leave a testimony to his decade in the military, and examine the changes in gay equality.

September 17, 2012

The three heartthrobs attended the wedding reception of actor James Corden and TV producer Julia Carey

Gay British actor Russell Tovey snapped a pic of him and Olympic diver Tom Daley and One Direction’s Harry Styles toasting James Corden's marriage.

Tovey got suited and booted to support Corden at his wedding on Saturday (15 September), who he starred with in film The History Boys.

Daley, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Games, retweeted Tovey’s picture of the gorgeous guys, saying: ‘It was a fun night :)’

September 10, 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was victim of anti-gay abuse during games, will join hundreds of athletes in parade through central London

Gay British athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to join a victory parade through the center of London today (10 September).

Thousands will line the streets of the UK capital to watch London 2012 stars celebrate their success in the games on 21 floats.

Carl Hester was the only gay sportsman to represent Britain in the Olympics and took gold in the equestrian dressage event.

September 6, 2012

Gay Radio 1 DJ admits being 'scared' of breakfast show presenter who shocked listeners with homophobic jokes

Gay British DJ Scott Mills says his BBC Radio 1 colleague Chris Moyles is not homophobic, despite being blasted in the past for making anti-gay jokes live on-air.

Mills, who traded his prime time commuter spot on the station with Greg James in February, says he was initially aprehensive about working with Moyles.

'I was quite scared and overwhelmed by him,' he said in an interview with Now magazine.

August 16, 2012

Camp British comedian is one of 13 celebrities hoping to stay in the house for three weeks

Gay British comedian Julian Clary was one of 13 celebrities to move in to the Big Brother house last night for the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Describing himself as ‘renowned homosexual’, Clary said he should be alright in the Big Brother house, as long as he can have three hours alone in the bathroom every day.

Clary told host, winner of Big Brother 2 Brian Dowling, that ‘the main reason I’m going into the house is to widen my circle’.

August 9, 2012

'Little Britain' and 'Bridesmaids' British actor will be a guest star in the acclaimed NBC comedy

Gay British comic Matt Lucas will guest star in the acclaimed US sitcom Community.

According to a TVLine report, the actor has landed a multi-episode guest-starring role in the NBC comedy celebrated for its pop culture references and quick-witted writing.

The show follows a group of seven students who attend a slightly less than functional community college in Greendale, Colorado.

July 24, 2012

The Pet Shop Boys’ new video clip for their new single Winner tells the story of Dirty Diana, a transgender member of London Rollergirls

The Pet Shop Boys’ new video clip for their new single Winner features the story of Dirty Diana, a transgender woman.

Gay British pop duo, The Pet Shop Boys have been making hits since the 1980s. They released the video for their brand new single Winner just in time for the Olympics, which starts in London on Friday (27 July).

The video features the Rollergirls, an all-women roller derby league, and in particular Dirty Diana.

She’s a transgender woman and new team member who is supported by her fellow skaters.

April 26, 2012

Tovey, the werewolf from Being Human, will star in new sitcom set in job center

Gay British actor Russell Tovey, best known for ripping his clothes off to become a werewolf, is to star in a new sitcom.

ITV has given the go to six episodes of the 30 minute long comedy The Job Lot about life, love and long-term unemployment.

The new show will star Russell Tovey who made his name as a werewolf in Being Human, has featured in sci-fi drama Doctor Who and recently starred in another sitcom – Him & Her.

April 16, 2012

Gay MEP Michael Cashman met with leaders in Northern Cyprus to discuss decriminalization of homosexuality

Gay British MEP Michael Cashman has met with leaders in Northern Cyprus to show his support for plans to decriminalize homosexuality.

Cashman met with senior politicians, including Prime Minister Irsen Küçük, President Dervi? Ero?lu and Speaker of the Parliament Hasan Bozer, to talk about repealing the homophobic British Colonial Laws, where Articles 171 and 173 punishes 'unnatural sex' with five years jail and gives three years imprisonment for attempts to commit such acts.

March 7, 2012

The 3hundredand65 Project is creating a graphic novel using Twitter messages in aid of teenage cancer charity

Gay British actor, author, TV presenter and comic Stephen Fry is the latest writer to join a project which is creating a graphic novel using people's tweets.

The 3hundredand65 Project's creator, designer Dave Kirkwood, provides one illustration per day to the story using messages sent from Twitter users.

February 10, 2012

Gay MEP criticizes Slovak representative Anna Záborská for refusing to discuss LGBT rights as not relevant while promoting straight marriage

Gay British MEP Michael Cashman has criticized a fellow European Parliament representative for promoting her own views on marriage while claiming a pro-gay take on the matter is a ‘personal’ issue that has nothing to do with the European Union.

When Cashman calls on fellow MEPs to take action on LGBT rights, he and his colleagues are regularly told by Slovakian Catholic MEP Anna Záborská that it is not EU business.

December 10, 2011

Gay soloist makes it through public vote and down to the final two of British singing contest.

Gay British X Factor finalist Marcus Collins is through to the final day of the competition.

The 23-year-old hairdresser from Liverpool will join girl group Little Mix in the last day of the contest at London’s enormous Wembley Arena venue while soloist Amelia Lily leaves the competition.

Collins sang Hey Ya as his first song, performing it from the top of a full-size aircraft fuselage.