British armed forces march in London’s Pride parade in 2008. (Getty/ Peter Macdiarmid) As we mark 50 years of Pride, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for the armed forces, Luke Pollard, writes for PinkNews to highlight the LGBTQ+ veterans pushed out of the armed forces, “still waiting for justice”. In the past few weeks and
Hong Kong’s king of pop, singer Leslie Cheung poses on stage during a solo concert at Shanghai Stadium late 16 September 2000. (Liu Jin/AFP via Getty) Hong Kong superstar Leslie Cheung may have died almost two decades ago, but he is still remembered worldwide for his amazing talent and LGBT+ icon status. Cheung, who has
On 10 May, 1972, a University of Adelaide law lecturer was thrown by a group of men into the city’s River Torrens at a gay beat and drowned. After nearly 50 years it remains one of the state’s most notorious unsolved murders. Yet it was the catalyst for the first, though unsuccessful, attempt in Australia
Simone de Beauvoir at the opening of her sister Helène de Beauvoir’s exhibition of paintings in the 1980s. (Sygma via Getty/ Eric Préau) We celebrate trailblazing feminist author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir on her birthday. Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was born in Paris on 9 January, 1908. She is best known
Kate Winslet played Mary Anning in Ammonite. (Natural History Museum Picture Library and YouTube/ BFI) Fossil hunter Mary Anning, portrayed by Kate Winslet in the film Ammonite, will finally be honoured with a statue in her hometown of Lyme Regis. Until recently, Anning, born in 1799, was almost forgotten by history despite being a pioneering
Arthur Duncan and Betty White. (YouTube and Getty) Betty White, star of The Golden Girls and gay icon, once defended a Black dancer on her 1950s variety show in the face of racist calls for a boycott. White, who passed away on Friday (31 December), just three weeks before her 100th birthday, was a long-time
Lily Parr (b. 1905) was a well-known lesbian footballer who lived her life proudly and freely. (Getty/Creative Commons) LGBT+ History Month is all about remembering our forefathers, foremothers and forepeople who paved the way for the rest of us, and there are few UK figures who are more trailblazing than chain-smoking lesbian footballer Lily Parr.
One of the earliest portraits of William Shakespeare from 1623 (GraphicaArtis/Getty) William Shakespeare was “undeniably bisexual”, according to new research on the language of his love sonnets by two leading scholars. The legendary playwright’s sexuality has long been the subject of speculation and debate, but Professor Sir Stanley Wells and Dr Paul Edmonson believe their