Film review: The Iron Lady

ironlady2Phyllida Lloyd, director of blockbuster Mamma Mia, which starred Meryl Streep, re-unites with the actress for this big screen treatment of Margaret Thatcher’s life. Already one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated movies – The Iron Lady is sure to do good business at the UK box office, but how audiences will react to it is harder to predict.

Hudson's letter

hudsonHaving worked as a journalist for quite a few years, I don’t normally feel nervous before I do interviews. However, that is exactly how I felt before I talked with Roger Crouch, who in November of this year won Stonewall’s ‘Hero Of The Year’ award.
Roger was awarded the accolade because of the campaigning he has done to highlight the issue of bullying in schools – and in particular, homophobic bullying. He was spurred on to do so after the death of his own son.

Jodie Harsh

jodieharshLondon stands on the cusp of a monumental year, with the Olympics and Queen’s 60-year Jubilee being celebrated in the capital. One of the UK’s best-known drag celebrities, Jodie Harsh, reflects on her highlights of 2011 and how she’s looking forward to 2012…

Double tragedy

rogercrouchA Gloucestershire family has been hit by a double tragedy. Fifteen-year-old Dominic Crouch took his own life in 2010 following homophobic bullying. Now, his father, Roger Crouch (pictured right), anti-bullying campaigner and recent winner of the Stonewall ‘Hero of the Year’ award, has also died. Just days before his death, Roger spoke to Out In The City editor David Hudson.

Call for Polari Award submissions

polarilogoFollowing the recent announcement of the first winner of the Polari First Book Prize, organisers of the award are calling for submissions for the second shortlist.
The prize was set up by the promoters of “gay literary salon” Polari, which was founded by writer Paul Burston in 2007 and which recently celebrated its fourth anniversary.

Gay men want church weddings

gaymarriage2To coincide with the Government lifting the ban on civil partnerships taking place on religious premises (which came in to effect on 5 December), dating website Gaydar has conducted a poll to discover how gay men feel about the issue. As previously reported, although churches and other places of worship can now host civil partnerships, most churches have said that they will not do so – and have been duly allowed to opt out as part of the government legislation. Gaydar’s poll, which quizzed 6,300 men, found that two fifths (40%) would like to marry their partner in church.

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