Interview: Will Young

willyoungTeaming up with producer Richard X has resulted in Will Young’s finest album since the multi platinum-selling Friday’s Child. In the middle of a 23-date UK tour, and on the eve of the release of new single 'Come On', he chatted to David Hudson about his new work, being single, and feeling Christmassy…

Hudson's letter

hudsonAfter emerging from a long-term relationship of several years, I have recently dipped my toes back into the world of dating. I haven’t dated since 2005. I was surprised to find that things have changed slightly since then. Many of us now have online lives.
I admit that I am a fan of Facebook. I don’t regard myself as a prolific updater (well, not compared to some
people), but meeting new people did make me pause to think about what I post.

Polari Prize announced

jamesmakerAutofellatio by James Maker has been named the winner of the Polari First Book Prize. The winners of the new literary competition – which seeks to reward “a first book exploring the queer experience” – was announced at an event at the Southbank on Monday 21 November. The Polari literary group was launched by writer Paul Burston, and has now been running for four years, and the prize-giving event also doubled up as the group’s fourth anniversary party.

Gay MP's homophobic attack

StuartAndrewMPConservative MP for Pudsey, Stuart Andrew revealed he was the victim of a homophobic attack during a discussion at Westminster on anti-gay incidents.
Speaking in the House of Commons, he said: “One in five gay and lesbian people has experienced a homophobic attack in the last three years.”
“As someone who experienced such an attack in the 1990s, I am aware of the fear that goes on after such an attack.”

G-A-Y aims to break record

gaybarJeremy Joseph, promoter of London superclub G-A-Y, is well known for his fundraising efforts, having raised many thousands of pounds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation over the past few years – even running the London marathon two years on the trot! HIV awareness is something that he feels passionately about, and to coincide with this year’s World AIDS Day he’s organising possibly his most ambitious project yet. In conjunction with trailblazing Soho sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street, he’s hoping to enter the Guinness Book of World Records – for the most HIV tests to be carried out in an eight-hour period!

Darren Hayes

darrenhayesAustralian singer/songwriter Darren Hayes talks to Out In the City’s Nick Levine about marrying his man, falling out with friends and feeling broody…

Darren Hayes has always been an unabashed romantic. As one half of global chart-busting Aussie duo Savage Garden, he seduced the world in the late 90s with such massive hits as ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and ‘I Knew I Loved You’, wearing his heart proudly on his sleeve. It’s cheering, therefore, to hear that the (now solo) singer is shacked up and shopping at Whole Foods Market with Richard, his civil partner of the last five years. The couple live in London, where Hayes has been busy conducting a more low-key musical career. However, if he’s so blissfully happy, why does his new album, a paragon of grown-up pop called Secret Codes and Battleships, seem to be brimming with break-up songs? We called up the affable 39-year-old to find out…

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