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December 29, 2013

British playwright Alan Bennett accuses former UK Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher of being a ‘mirthless bully’ in published diary extracts

British playwright Alan Bennett branded the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher a ‘mirthless bully’ in diary extracts published in the latest issue of The London Review Of Books.

He adds the former Prime Minister ‘should have been buried, as once upon a time monarchs used to be, in the depths of night’.

November 15, 2013

Schools Out is encouraging everyone to wear pink clothes to celebrate 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.

Schools Out is asking UK schools to go pink on Monday (18 November) to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.

Section 28, which became law in 1988 under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, stopped local authorities from 'promoting' homosexuality.

But it was widely interpreted as banning any discussion of lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in schools, even when LGBT pupils went to teachers to ask for help.

September 11, 2013

A 'Pride' comedy-drama will tell the story of how the LGBT community and miners joined together to fight back against Margaret Thatcher

Top British actors Bill Nighy and Dominic West are confirmed to star in a film about the role gay people played during the 1980s miners’ strikes.

The stars, joined by Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton, will begin shooting ‘Pride’ in October.

Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), the film will look at how the two groups Margaret Thatcher tried to repress – the LGBT community and miners – joined together to fight back.

August 17, 2013

Gay students and teachers in three British academies are facing Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ 

Two UK academies have stepped back to the 1980s by banning teachers from saying anything positive about gay life.

Gay Star News can reveal Colston Girl's School in Bristol and Swindon Academy have re-introduced anti-gay language from Section 28, which banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, into their Sex and Relationships Policy.

June 20, 2013

The play In The Life explores the significance of Polari, a language spoken by gay men at a time when homosexuality was illegal

Two weeks after former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, I met Steve Nallon to talk about a play I had planned to write called In The Life: A History of Polari.

Nallon famously voiced the Fluck & Law puppet of Mrs Thatcher on Spitting Image, a satirical British TV puppet show. I asked him to play a series of characters for In The Life, which is a romp through the history of the Polari language as well as that of homosexuality itself.

June 20, 2013

The play In The Life explores the significance of Polari, a language spoken by gay men at a time when homosexuality was illegal

Two weeks after former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, I met Steve Nallon to talk about a play I had planned to write called In The Life: A History of Polari.

Nallon famously voiced the Fluck & Law puppet of Mrs Thatcher on Spitting Image, a satirical British TV puppet show. I asked him to play a series of characters for In The Life, which is a romp through the history of the Polari language as well as that of homosexuality itself.

June 3, 2013

Britain’s House of Lords debate same-sex marriage equality with lesbian and gay peers taking a leading part in the debate

Gay people should be denied marriage because it would lead to four-way weddings and for the same reason blind people can’t see, Britain’s House of Lords has heard.

The upper chamber of the British parliament had been debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales today (3 June) ahead of a crucial, although not final, vote tomorrow.

Peers have also heard, from supporters of gay marriage, the bill will deliver equality, improve society and send a message of support to LGBT people at home and abroad.

April 19, 2013

Recorded on the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral, the team discuss if lesbians are superiour to gay men.

Recorded on the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral, the team discuss if lesbians are superiour to gay men.

Also Lucio needs a new name, Amy tries to break up Baylen and Lucio, and a LGBT museum in Leicester?

Plus all the GayStarNews and we have an interview with Jonathan Harvey at the opening night party for the 20th anniversary production of Beautiful Thing.

April 19, 2013

On the eve of the popular gay play’s 20th anniversary production, its writer discussed the late Margaret Thatcher’s homophobic legacy

Beautiful Thing playwright Jonathan Harvey has said he wrote his iconic gay play as a response to the policies of the late Margaret Thatcher.

HomoLab spoke to Harvey at the opening party for Beautiful Thing’s 20th anniversary production, which was held on Wednesday (17 April) in London’s glittering West End.

The 20th anniversary celebrations coincided with the late Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

In the interview, Harvey spoke about his motives for writing the play.

April 19, 2013

On the eve of the popular gay play’s 20th anniversary production, its writer discussed the late Margaret Thatcher’s homophobic legacy

Beautiful Thing playwright Jonathan Harvey has said he wrote his iconic gay play as a response to the policies of the late Margaret Thatcher.

HomoLab spoke to Harvey at the opening party for Beautiful Thing’s 20th anniversary production, which was held on Wednesday (17 April) in London’s glittering West End.

The 20th anniversary celebrations coincided with the late Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

In the interview, Harvey spoke about his motives for writing the play.

April 17, 2013

One protester says in the 1980s and 1990s they 'constantly read about teenagers committing suicide' due to Thatcher's government introducing Section 28

People protested against the late Margaret Thatcher’s views on gay rights today (17 April).

The former Prime Minister, who died on 8 April following a stroke, is being given a ceremonial funeral with military honors at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Speaking to Gay Star News, several people shared their views about the divisive British political leader along the processional route.

One protester, who said they would prefer to stay anonymous, said they were there because of Thatcher’s government introducing Section 28.

April 17, 2013

One protester says in the 1980s and 1990s they 'constantly read about teenagers committing suicide' due to Thatcher's government introducing Section 28

People protested against the late Margaret Thatcher’s views on gay rights today (17 April).

The former Prime Minister, who died on 8 April following a stroke, is being given a ceremonial funeral with military honors at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Speaking to Gay Star News, several people shared their views about the divisive British political leader along the processional route.

One protester, who said they would prefer to stay anonymous, said they were there because of Thatcher’s government introducing Section 28.

April 17, 2013

Beautiful Thing writer, whose play and film defined coming out in UK under Thatcher’s anti-gay law Section 28, attacks ‘fawners’

Writer Jonathan Harvey, whose play and film Beautiful Thing defined coming out in Britain under Section 28, has Tweeted against Margaret Thatcher on the day of her funeral.

Thatcher’s Conservative government introduced Section 28 to the UK in 1988. It effectively stopped teachers from talking about being lesbian, gay or bisexual to their pupils in schools.

Writing on Twitter today (17 April) Harvey states: ‘Young gay men fawning over Thatcher clearly have no knowledge of gay history.’

April 17, 2013

Beautiful Thing writer, whose play and film defined coming out in UK under Thatcher’s anti-gay law Section 28, attacks ‘fawners’

Writer Jonathan Harvey, whose play and film Beautiful Thing defined coming out in Britain under Section 28, has Tweeted against Margaret Thatcher on the day of her funeral.

Thatcher’s Conservative government introduced Section 28 to the UK in 1988. It effectively stopped teachers from talking about being lesbian, gay or bisexual to their pupils in schools.

Writing on Twitter today (17 April) Harvey states: ‘Young gay men fawning over Thatcher clearly have no knowledge of gay history.’

April 16, 2013

The gay actor posted an obituary of the late former UK Prime Minister saying her anti-gay legislation was 'hypocritical and pointless'

Hobbit star Ian McKellen has posted an obituary to Margaret Thatcher calling her ideology against gay marriage ‘hypocritical and now pointless’.

McKellen, who is world-famous because of his role as Gandalf in blockbuster films Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, published the post about the late former UK Prime Minister on his website from Montreal.

April 16, 2013

The gay actor posted an obituary of the late former UK Prime Minister saying her anti-gay legislation was 'hypocritical and pointless'

Hobbit star Ian McKellen has posted an obituary to Margaret Thatcher calling her ideology against gay marriage ‘hypocritical and now pointless’.

McKellen, who is world-famous because of his role as Gandalf in blockbuster films Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, published the post about the late former UK Prime Minister on his website from Montreal.

April 15, 2013

A video of the late former British Conservative prime minister has got over 100,000 views in three days

A video of the late Margaret Thatcher delivering an anti-gay speech in 1987 has gone viral after the former British prime minister’s death.

In the speech given at the annual Conservative Party Conference, Thatcher said it was the ‘plight of girls and boys’ that worried her the most in 1980s Britain.

‘Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay,’ Thatcher says to applause.

‘All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life—yes cheated.’

April 15, 2013

A video of the late former British Conservative prime minister has got over 100,000 views in three days

A video of the late Margaret Thatcher delivering an anti-gay speech in 1987 has gone viral after the former British prime minister’s death.

In the speech given at the annual Conservative Party Conference, Thatcher said it was the ‘plight of girls and boys’ that worried her the most in 1980s Britain.

‘Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay,’ Thatcher says to applause.

‘All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life—yes cheated.’

April 8, 2013

Divisive figure for LGBT people in UK political history has passed away at the age of 87

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering from a stroke today (8 April).

Her spokesman Lord Bell said: ‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.

‘A further statement will be made later.’

The first and only female prime minister in British history was a divisive figure for LGBT people, who led the government from 1979 to 1990.

April 8, 2013

Divisive figure for LGBT people in UK political history has passed away at the age of 87

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering from a stroke today (8 April).

Her spokesman Lord Bell said: ‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.

‘A further statement will be made later.’

The first and only female prime minister in British history was a divisive figure for LGBT people, who led the government from 1979 to 1990.

November 13, 2012

UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer has said after the US election, Conservative MPs must fight for women and gay rights

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer has told Conservative MPs they must back marriage equality or they will lose the next election.

Referring to the US election where pro-gay Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency, George Osborne said Republicans had lost ‘swathes of voters’ because of the anti-gay values.

He said Republicans’ position on abortion had alienated women, as well as some politicians who had said ‘legitimate rape’ does not lead to pregnancy.

July 11, 2012

The life of the popular gay British drag act is to be dramatized in a new film

The life of Britain's late great drag star Danny La Rue will be adapted into a film, examining his rise to fame and ‘complex’ personal life.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has approved a screenplay written by Martyn Hesford, creator of the biopic of 'Carry On' film star Kenneth Williams, reported BBC News.

May 6, 2012

British PM reportedly says it is 'not the time' to legalise gay marriage after poor election results

Prime Minister David Cameron is reportedly ready to back down from legalising gay marriage in an effort to appease Conservative backbenchers.

After many party councillors lost their seats in the local election vote held last Thursday (3 May), removing the gay marriage policy is a concession to appeal right-wingers.

The Conservative party lost 405 seats and 12 councils in last week’s election.

Sources from the British Prime Minister’s political office say he cannot push ahead with controversial proposals in a heated political climate.

January 7, 2012

PM David Cameron says Meryl Streep's latest movie, The Iron Lady, should have been made 'another day'

British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticised Meryl Streep's latest movie, The Iron Lady, saying that it should have been made 'another day'.

The film, starring Oscar-winner Streep as Margaret Thatcher, portrays the former female Prime Minister's struggle with dementia. However, whilst speaking about the biopic on BBC Radio 4's Today program, Cameron questioned the decision to release the film before her death.