Hudson's Letter

hudsonOver recent months we’ve been running a campaign to highlight the work undertaken by Age UK’s Opening Doors service – a unique service that provides specific help to the older LGBT community in London. Age UK has been aware of the specific needs that elderly gays face – many of which have, until recently, gone unnoticed or ignored.
A new report commissioned by equal rights charity Stonewall has now further explored the issues faced by older generations of the LGBT community. It makes for sobering and sometimes depressing reading.

John Barrowman

barrowmanIs there possibly a more diverse actor than John Barrowman? The out gay star has recently played a killer on Desperate Housewives in America, Cardiff-based alien hunter Jack Torchwood, and a drag queen in London’s West End (La Cage Aux Folles). On top of this, he’s recently hosted primetime Saturday night show Tonight’s The Night, and released a compilation album of his best-loved songs. Michael Turnbull catches up with one of the UK’s most eclectic entertainers to discuss those Torchwood sex scenes, Glee rumours and Bree Van de Kamp’s face…

Gay marriage consultation announced

gaymarriage2The government has announced that a public consultation to consider how to make civil marriage available to same-sex couples will begin in March 2012. Making the announcement, Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone said, “I am delighted to confirm that early next year, this government will begin a formal consultation on equal civil marriage for same-sex couples.
 This would allow us to make any legislative changes before the end of this Parliament.”

Speaker launches Kaleidoscope

kaleidoscopeMore than 120 people, including senior ministers, the leader of the opposition and supporters from Britain, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere attended a reception on Tuesday 13 September to mark the launch of Kaleidoscope, a new international organisation to support gay men and lesbians around the world who face prejudice and discrimination. (Photo © Joseph Penn)

Gay couples wanted

gaymarriageAre you soon to enjoy a civil union? A TV production company is seeking gay civil partners to take part in a documentary series. For Better For Worse has been described as a kind of 7 Up of the marriage world, following couples over the course of their married lift together. It has been running for the past 13 years, and this fifth update is due to be screened on ITV1 in January 2012.

Blood ban lifted

bloodThe government has announced new rules affecting gay men and blood donations. Writing for Out In The City, Yusef Azad – Director of Policy and Campaigns, NAT (National AIDS Trust) – examines the changes and their implications…

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