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August 14, 2014

The CNN anchor confirms the incident but not a report that it left him in tears

It's well known that the late Lauren Bacall did not suffer fools.

Or, it seems, teenagers who express a political opinion different from her own - even of that teenager happened to be future CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The year was 1982 and Cooper's mom, heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt, had invited Bacall to a dinner at her Southampton house for actress Claudette Colbert.

October 30, 2013

Chrisie Edkins had campaigned for transgender rights and performed at LGBTI pride events around the world

A transgender singer and parent who campaigned worldwide for trans equality was found hanged after struggling to decide whether to go through surgery.

A coroner heard today (30 October) how Chrisie Edkins was found dead, hanging for the hatch of a loft at her home, by her girlfriend.

Musician Chrisie Edkins had performed live at gay pride events around the globe.

The glamorous 33-year-old had been suffering from ‘severe depression’ in the months leading up to the tragedy. She had also taken a pill overdose just days before she died.

September 21, 2013

Nearly all UK premier league football clubs snub Stonewall and Paddy Power's 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' campaign

Nearly all premier league football clubs in the UK have snubbed a campaign to show support for gay footballers.

Gay rights group Stonewall UK and bookmakers Paddy Power called on footballers to wear rainbow-colored shoe laces for today's matches to show they are against homophobia in the sport.

Everton, who are an official partner of Paddy Power, was the only premier league club to publicly back the campaign. Others said it was up to individual players' choice.

September 11, 2012

UK man could face charges after claiming his 'extreme prejudice' against gays and blacks prevented him from doing jury service

A man in the UK could face criminal charges after refusing to sit on the jury because of his 'extreme homophobic' views.

The would-be juror, who cannot be named for legal reasons, explained in a letter read out in court how his hateful beliefs made it impossible for him to be impartial during the assualt and dangerous driving trial at Southampton crown court.

'I strongly believe that it would be a serious injustice to the legal system to select me for jury service,’ he wrote.

August 13, 2012

Daughter of top celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli tells GSN why she chose music over cooking and accidentally learnt the guitar upside down

She may be the daughter of a top French chef, but Christina Novelli’s recipe for success is more about cooking up smoking tunes than serving up the perfect soufflé.

The openly bisexual singer-songwriter from Southampton in England cites Motown, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Tina Turner, along with contemporary names such as Paramore, Pink and Dashboard Confessional, as her music muses.

She started fronting her own bands from the tender age of 17 and her vocal abilities range from R&B to rock pop.

April 13, 2012

On 100th anniversary of ship's sinking, historian examines two prominent passengers' sexuality

On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a historian has published an essay that contains fresh speculation two of the ship’s most famous and fashionable passengers were gay.

James Gifford’s writing studies the lives of two passengers aboard Titanic. The ship set sail on 10 April 1912 and sunk four days later, 375 miles (600 kilometers) south of Newfoundland, Canada.

December 7, 2011

New Power Talking course aims to improve British gay men's communication skills.

Gay men will be taught how to improve their communication skills and learn how to say 'yes' and 'no' to sex on a course next year.

The two-day Power Talking sessions will take place in 11 cities throughout the UK in February, helping participants to talk more confidently about all areas of their lives, including sex.