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February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

February 23, 2015

'I’m so proud to play a hero much wronged'

The Academy Award prognosticators are by and large predicting tonight's Best Actor race will end with Eddie Redmayne winning the prize for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

Michael Keaton is being tapped as a possible victor with Bradley Cooper having an outside shot of an upset win.

So Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for his performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, appeared quite relaxed when he was interviewed on the Oscars red carpet on his way into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

February 23, 2015

Oscar winner's 'stay weird' speech after win for The Imitation Game screenplay led many to assume

Graham Moore's acceptance speech, one of the most buzzed-about moments of Sunday night's Academy Awards, left many with the impression that The Imitation Game screenwriter is gay.

He is not.

Moore told the rapt crowd at the Dolby Theatre that he had attempted suicide at the age of 16 because 'I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong.’

February 23, 2015

'The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feel that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene'

The director of The Imitation Game has defended the lack of gay sex scenes in the film about British codebreaker Alan Turing.

Morten Tyldum said seeing Turing with another man would 'not really' have enriched the character ahead of Sunday's (February 22) Academy Awards.

February 20, 2015

You can never have too many hats, gloves, and shoes.

It was Coco Chanel who said:

'Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.' 

AW15 Fashion Week has hit London. This is a massive event that is defined by the collections, created by talented designers, and presented by an army of unsmiling models. But Fashion Week is also so much more than that.

February 19, 2015

Alan Turing film spurs on record number of signatures

A petition calling on the government to pardon tens of thousands of men convicted under anti-gay UK laws has reached a milestone almost half a million signatures.

Spurred on by the recent portrayal of war-time codebreaker and gay man Alan Turing, played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, 450,000 people have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

February 18, 2015

Ten years since the Hunting Act came into force, the campaign to protect British wildlife continues

It is exactly 10 years since the Hunting Act - which banned the chasing or killing of foxes, stags and hares with a pack of hounds for so-called ‘sport’ - came into force in England and Wales.

A significant landmark in the calendar for anti-hunting groups, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), there are certainly reasons to celebrate.

The Hunting Act is one of the most successful pieces of wild animal welfare legislations worldwide, with hundreds of successful prosecutions.

February 17, 2015

Parents will also have opt-out from LGBT sex and relationship education

All children in English state schools should get gay sex education, Members of Parliament have said – but over 580,000 kids are left out by the new policy.

The report was released to much fanfare today and recommends ‘Sex and Relationship Education’ (SRE) becomes a statutory duty on all state-funded schools.

The need to include LGBT sex and relationship education is highlighted, although few details of what will be taught are given.

The recommendation includes academies and ‘free’ schools as well as primary and secondary schools.

February 16, 2015

Survey finds 56% of gay Londoners are not comfortable kissing in public

More than 100 Londoners took part in a Valentine’s Day kiss-in to mark the launch an anti-homophobia campaign.

Scores of gay couples locked lips on the steps of the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday (14 February) to assert their Freedom to Kiss.

Organizers Pride in London said the campaign was a response to a new survey, which found that 54% of gay Londoners do not feel comfortable kissing in public. Of those, 86% were frightened of name-calling or physical violence.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 11, 2015

Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons was 'disturbed' by the incident

A UK transgender detainee was called 'the thing' and 'it' by an officer while waiting to appear in court, it was revealed today (11 February).

According to a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, this was just one of the shortcomings in custody facilities in courts throughout Sussex and Surrey, including Lewes, Hove and Brighton.

The chief inspector of prisons in the UK is said to be 'disturbed' by the incident.

February 9, 2015

Both lose Best British Film to The Theory of Everything

The writer and producer of Pride won the award for best debut at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night (8 February). 

However, the Imitation Game walked away empty handed despite nine nominations.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone took the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pride.

February 9, 2015

Gorgeous lodgings, exquisite dining and a compellingly huge wine selection – The Vineyard is an oenophile's paradise

Found in the charming market town of Newbury, Berkshire, and less than an hour from London, The Vineyard offers a no-nonsense brand of 5-star luxury and indulgence, summed up in the stopover's simple motto: 'Eat. Sleep. And Drink Wine.'

Famous for its futuristic, two-storey glass cellar, and its 30,000-strong wine selection from both the Old and New Worlds – from England and Germany, South Africa and Chile; plus 800 Californian wines – The Vineyard competes with the very best of the world's wine hotels.

February 9, 2015

If chosen, Gaydio's new UK-wide platform will launch in the first half of 2016

The UK's only LGBTI radio station is hoping to launch nationwide.

Gaydio has bid to be part of DAB Digital Radio, allowing people to listen on their home and car radios nationwide.

Currently only available online, London and Sussex on DAB Digital Radio, on 88.4fm in Manchester, it is hoping to reach more listeners if it is picked by Ofcom.

Station Director Toby Whitehouse said: 'We know that people already listen online from Penzance up to Inverness, so making the station accessible via their home and car radios is hugely exciting.'

February 7, 2015

Celebrities including Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds have tweeted their support and called on the public to sign the petition 

Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds and Bryan Cranston have joined the campaign demanding pardons for an estimated 49,000 victims of anti-gay laws in the United Kingdom, reported Usatoday.com.

February 7, 2015

Celebrities including Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds have tweeted their support and called on the public to sign the petition 

Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds and Bryan Cranston have joined the campaign demanding pardons for an estimated 49,000 victims of anti-gay laws in the United Kingdom, reported Usatoday.com.

February 5, 2015

Was used to block a draught in an out building

Notes secretly compiled by Alan Turing during World War Two have been found.

The series of notes compiled by the gay computer science genius have been found used as roof insulation in an out building at Bletchley Park, which was the place where Turing broke the Nazi's Engima Code.

'Discovering these pieces of code-breaking ephemera is incredibly exciting and provides yet more insight into how the codebreakers worked,' said Ian Stander, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust.

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

February 3, 2015

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. Here he explores what happens when same-sex couples break up and decide to divorce or dissolve their partnership

Same sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales, which is cause for much celebration.

However, sadly and inevitably not all relationships will survive and understanding the process to end the legal relationship will be important.

Here is a basic guide, for those living in England and Wales, to the process for divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships: the process is virtually identical save for a few exceptions identified below.

What is divorce/dissolution?

February 3, 2015

The activist, journalist and author on his cosmopolitan hometown

Journalist and author Paul Burston was born in York and grew up in South Wales, but he has called London home since 1984. An activist in ACT UP for many years before becoming a journalist, Burston was the long-term editor of Time Out's gay and lesbian section.

February 3, 2015

A 17-year-old was forced to change schools

A gay teen was told by his principal to shut up about his sexuality or he could face expulsion.

Austin Wallis, an American student who posts vidoes on YouTube, recently showed him reduced to tears after he recounted the story of how he was forced to change schools.

‘I hope that my story will make a difference in someone else’s life and maybe I can change things so this will never happen again’, he said.

February 2, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch calls on the royal couple to support the petition

Prince William and Kate Middleton have declined to publicly support a campaign to pardon the 49,000 British men convicted of consensual gay sex under the now-defunct gross indecency law.

A spokesperson for the royal couple said Saturday (31 January) it was a matter for government so they could not comment in public.

January 30, 2015

UK department store will no longer have men's and women's sections

UK department store Selfridges has announced that it will do away with men's and women's sections and instead offer three floors of unisex fashion.

Male and female mannequins will be removed from the shop floor, and beauty products and accessories will also be rearranged when the six-week 'agender' project launches in March.

'We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes,' the store said in a statement.

January 29, 2015

The LGBTI and human rights activist on how to get the best out of a visit to the capital of Scotland.

Originally from Glasgow, LGBTI and human rights campaigner Scott Cuthbertson has fallen in love with his adopted city. We caught up with him recently to get some hints and tips on how to make the most of your visit to Edinburgh...

What are the best things about living in Edinburgh?