Stonewall Award winners 2010

stonewallawardsIn four short years, the annual Stonewall Awards have become one of the biggest dates in the UK’s gay calendar. The fifth awards ceremony took place on a cool autumn evening at the beginning of November, and once again, the V&A was chosen as the host venue for this starry event. Offering a mixture of showbiz glamour, political rhetoric, impassioned and inspiring speeches, not to mention some delicious free nibbles and bubbly, the awards – largely – pay tribute to those who have advanced the cause of LGBT equality. 

Obama tells gay teens 'It Gets Better'

">obamaThe latest issue of Out In The City (November 2010) carries news about the ‘It Gets Better’ project – a YouTube channel in which people leave messages of hope and support for troubled gay teenagers who are being bullied. The project was launched following a spate of suicides in the US of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay, or who others simply thought may be gay.

Since then, the channel has gained some high-profile endorsement, with the likes of Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters leaving video clips. The latest high-profile contributors were Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama.

Wotever plans Riot Cabaret

Dusty_LimitsThe team from Wotever World – who run rthe weekly Bar Wotever on Tuesdays at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern – are busy organizing their biggest gig to date. Their ‘Riot Cabaret’ party (which will include performers such as Dusty Limits - pictured) will take over the Scala in King’s Cross on Saturday 13 November. It will be hosted by Wotever World and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, with Camden LGBT Forum and Galop. The aim to offer a packed night of entertainment to “diversity diversity in the fight to overcome homophobia and transphobia.” 

Brighton Pride seeks 2011 theme

brightonpride2The organisers of Pride in Brighton & Hove have announced the launch of the 2011 theme competition. One of the UK’s biggest Pride festivals, each year the colourful parade through the city centre adopts a different theme, with ‘Pride (Not Prejudice)’ being the choice for 2010. For 2011, they’re taking a slightly different approach to choosing their theme.

LGBT charities threatened with closure

lgbtlondonSeveral lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities have issued a stark warning about cutbacks to their services, with some facing closure due largely to cuts in funding that are being implemented by London Councils. The newly-launched LGBT Say No! to Cuts campaign has been formed in alliance with the following charities; Broken Rainbow, The Consortium, Galop, Kairos in Soho, PACE, Stonewall Housing, and LVSC Voluntary Sector Forum Campaign.

Gay teen suicide follows internet outing

Tyler-ClementiIt’s believed that an American student has committed suicide after classmates secretly filmed him having sex with another man and posting the footage on the internet. Police in New Jersey recovered a body from the Hudson River on Wednesday 29 September, and it was later identified to be that of Tyler Clementi, 18, a talented violinist and student from the nearby Rutger’s University. Witnesses claim to have witnessed a young man fitting Clementi’s description leaping from the George Washington Bridge a few days earlier. Mr Clementi also left a note on his Facebook page on 22 September saying, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” 

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