Pout film festival returns for Pride

poutfestivalIn the run up to Pride London, acclaimed film distribution company Peccadillo has teamed up again with the ICA to present another short film festival of queer cinema. Pout 2 (a follow-up to last year’s Pout festival) will feature two feature length, a documentary films and two collections of shorts (with one collection aimed at men and one at women).

Online gay sex survey launched

sexsurveyThe largest European online sex survey (www.emis-survey.eu), available in 25 languages and 31 countries, has been launched to help gay and bisexual men across Europe improve their sex lives and prevent sexual health problems, including reducing new HIV infections.

Prime Minister hosts LGBT reception

downingstreetThe editor and publishers of Out In The City (editor David Hudson and co-publisher Linda Riley pictured) were amongst those invited to attend an LGBT reception at Downing Street on Wednesday 16 June – the first such event to be hosted by a Conservative Prime Minister. It follows two similar such receptions that Gordon Brown hosted while Prime Minister to coincide with the annual LGBT History Month. David Cameron’s reception, however, was arranged to coincide with the upcoming Pride London festival. It was also used by the PM to unveil a range of LGBT equality measures.

Emmerdale proves gay favourite

aaronVoters in Stonewall’s latest social media poll have decided that of the three main soap operas on British TV, Emmerdale is the best for gay storylines. The online poll, with 1,025 responses, was a close call with Emmerdale narrowly taking the top spot at 44 per cent, and EastEnders coming a close second with 43 per cent. Coronation Street received 13 per cent of the vote. Emmerdale’s high ranking was partly prompted by its recent storyline involving bad boy character Aaron Livesy (played by Daniel Miller - pictured) coming to terms with his sexuality.

Peter Tatchell's Pope programme for C4

petertatchellChannel Four Television have announced that human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will present an hour-long documentary on the Pope, to be broadcast shortly before the pontiff's State Visit to Britain in September this year.

“My aim is to make a robustly factual programme that explores the Pope's personal, religious and political journey since the 1930s, as well as the motives and effects of his controversial policies,” said the 58-year-old campaigner.

Malawian couple freed

malawiflagSteven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian gay couple who were sentenced to 14 years in prison because of their gay relationship, have been pardoned and released. Their conviction and sentence received worldwide attention and condemnation, and high-profile donors and human rights groups had been putting pressure on the Malawian Government to repeal the sentence and free the men.

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