Monday, May 31, 2010

Malawi Couple Pardoned by President

President Bingu of Malawi has pardoned the couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were recently sentenced to 14 years hard labour on charges of homosexuality.

Peter Tatchell, the British human rights campaigner who has championed Steven and Tiwonge's case and support them personally, arranging prison visits, food parcels and medicine, said

"Our thanks to president Bingu and Ban Ki Moon for ending this terrible injustice. Steven and Tiwonge should never have been arrested, let alone jailed for five months, convicted and sentenced to 14 years hard labour. They love one another and have harmed no one.

On Saturday, several protest took place around the world against the sentence. At the time at which president Bingu's decision was being made public, about 250 people were facing the rain outside the Malawi High Commission in London. Pictures of the event are available on flickr here.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Embargoed Government Files Expose Homophobic Attitudes

Embargoed government files from 1974-1978 were released by The National Archives today, unveiling some of the disturbing attitudes government officials once held towards homosexuality - and how their approach was softened by the equality movement.

Read the full article in the Pink Paper here.

New Jewish Gay and Lesbian Radio Show Seeks Contributors

`The Joel Kafetz Show' will go on air in just three weeks time... It will feature comedy, showbiz, celebrities, news, discussion and debate from a Jewish lesbian and gay point of view.

The show will be broadcast online on JNet Radio every Sunday from 9-11pm GMT from June 13th (Click here to tune in).

The producers of the show are looking for reporters and contributors (phone in and in studio) in the US and UK who have something to say to the Jewish lesbian and gay community.

If this could be you or someone you know, please get in touch with me Joel Kafetz at joel@joelkafetz.com.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister on BBC2


Next week, BBC2 will broadcast a 90 min drama called The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. Starring Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice, Little Dorrit), the film evokes the life of Anne Lister (1791–1840), a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.

Anne, a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller, kept a detailed account of her life, loves and emotions in a fascinating and painfully honest four million word journal. A sizeable portion of the journal was written in code and the recent deciphering of these diaries provides an astonishing insight into the life of the woman who has been called Britain’s first modern lesbian.

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
Monday 31 May
BBC 2

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

We Remember Paul Patrick

As well as being Harvey Milk Day, May 22nd marked the untimely death of Schools OUT and LGBT History Month co-founder Paul Patrick.

Visit Paul's memorial website

Is The Malawi Couple Sentence A Trans Issue?

Yes, according to Natacha Kennedy. Writing in the Guardian's Comment is free section, Kennedy claims that Tiwonge, who lives as a woman when at liberty, is transgender, possibly intersex, and that failing to mention this is implicitly transphobic.

Read the full article in the Guardian here.

Protest for Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga

You probably have heard about the perceived gay couple in Malawi (Tiwonge identifies as female) who have just been sentenced to 14 years in jail simply for being in love. This is a protest to support them. Come along to the protest in London and bring your friends.

Date: Saturday, 29 May 2010
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Location: outside the Malawi High Commission London
70 Winnington Road, London N2 0TX
Facebook event

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Prevalence of Homophobia' - News Round Up

Following the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia launch of the 'Prevalence of Homophobia' surveys in the North West, the following news reports have appeared showing the true extent of homophobia in our schools.

- Homophobic abuse rife in Liverpool schools by Marc Waddington, Liverpool Echo
- Liverpool marks International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), Liverpool Daily Post:
- Peter Tatchell to launch Liverpool anti-homophobic bullying plan, Crosby Herald
- Coronation Street Antony Cotton in gay-hate bullies plea, MEN
- Homophobia still rife in schools, warns NUT, Oldham Chronicle

in addition BBC Radio GMR featured coverage of the story in its morning and afternoon news bulletin. This included an interview with Prof. Martin Hall (Vice-Chancellor of Salford University) host of the NUT launch. Commercial Radio Key 103 included interviews from those attending the launch in its news bulletins and feature.

Schools OUT and LGBT History Month Co-Chair, Tony Fenwick, said, "At last the press is reporting what teachers and pupils have known for ages; that homophobia is endemic in our schools. Now we need to challenge the Government, the LEAs and our school's leaders to take on homophobia and eradicate it."

Monday, May 24, 2010

BBC Airs Documentary on LGB People in Sport

BBC1 is airing a documentary on LGB people - or the lack of them - in sport. The programme, entitled Inside Sport: The Last Taboo? will go out on Monday 24th May at 11.20pm. Presented by Mark Chapman, it includes interviews with Donal Cusack, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, former Wales and Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas and ex-NBA star John Amaechi, all of whom talk about the reactions they received from team-mates and fellow sportsmen following their decision to go public with their sexuality.

Gareth and John are also patrons of LGBT History Month, which will be focussing on sport over the next two years.

Find out more about the programme here.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 22nd - 28th May

We seek them out so you don't have to. This is our weekly non-exhaustive round up of upcoming LGBT programmes on the radio and television. Inclusion of a programme is not a recommendation.

Some of the programmes listed below will be available online on the respective network's websites.

Enjoy!

LGBT TV and radio

Listings (times given are pm unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 22nd

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 7: Over the Rainbow
BBC1 - 8: National Lottery. Dale Winton
BBC1 - 8.55: Over the Rainbow. The end
ITV1 - 10.10: The Prisoner. Stars Ian McKellen. The end
C4 - 3.55: Come Dine with Me
C4 - 7: Film: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Ian McKellen

Freeview
BBC3 - 11.10: Family Guy
BBC3 - 11.55: American Dad
BBCHD - 7: Over the Rainbow
BBCHD - 8.55: Over the Rainbow
Dave - 10.20: Have I Got News forYou. Clare Balding guests

Satellite and cable
Watch - 9: The Catherine Tate Show. With Paul O’Grady
Comedy Central - 10: Alan Car: The Tooth Fairy
FX - 8: American Dad
FX - 9: Family Guy
Discovery Real Time - 4.30: Come Dine with Me
Bio - 9: Dolly Parton

Film Channels
Indie - 7.45: Milk. To celebrate Milk Day in California

Sunday 23rd

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 4.45: Lifeline. Appeal presented by sandi Toksvig
BBC2 - 10: Wham! Special
ITV1 - 8: Britain’s Got Talent
C4 - 1.35: Glee. Repeat from Friday
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me

Freeview
BBC3 - 10: Family Guy
More4 - 5.10: Come Dine with Me

Satellite and cable
Sky1 - 7: Pineapple Dance Studios
Living - 8am: Will and Grace
Living - 11am: Will and Grace
Living - 6: Grey’s Anatomy
Comedy Central Extra - 10am: The King of Queens
Comedy Central Extra - 6: Frasier
Comedy Central Extra - 9: Sex and the City
Comedy Central - 11.20: Alan Carr: The Tooth Fairy
Discovery Real Time - 12.30: Come Dine with Me

Monday 24th
BBC1 - 10.50: The Graham Norton Show
BBC1 - 11.20: Inside Sport: The Last Taboo. Why are lesbians and gays invisible in sport?
BBC2 - 9: Filth. Julie Walters does Mary Whitehouse (rpt)
BBC2 - 11.20: Fame. Film of the forerunner of Glee
C4 - 7.10am: everybody Loves Raymond
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 11.05: The Lazarus Effect. Examines antiretroviral medication and its effects on HIV sufferers

Freeview
BBC3 - 11.30: Family Guy
BBCHD - 10.35: The Graham Norton Show
Dave - 9: QI
E4 - 9: Glee
More4 - 12midnight: Brothers and Sisters

Satellite and Cable
Comedy Central - 5.10: Frasier
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 9.30: American Dad

Tuesday 25th

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 11.05: The Graham Norton Show. Rpt.
ITV1 - 10.30: This Morning. Graham Norton talks about the Eurovision Song Contest
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 8: Gok’s Fashion Fix

Freeview
BBC3 - 8: Eurovision Song Contest. Semi-final
BBC3 - 11: Family Guy
BBC4 - 9: Stephen Fry on Wagner
Dave - 9: QI

Satellite and cable
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 11: American Dad
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me

Film Channels
Sci Fi/Horror - 12.20am: Silence of the Lambs. Jodie Foster
TCM - 9: Women in Love. Because it has a nude wrestling scene with Oliver Reed and Alan Bates and the pit scenes were filmed at my dad’s colliery in Bedlington. So there!

Wednesday 26th

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 11.45: Film: The Walker. Society drama/thriller about a gay chaperone whose world is brought down
ITV1 - 8: The National Movie Awards
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
Five - 10: Eurovision: A Song for Justin

Freeview
BBC3 - 11.30: Family Guy
More4 - 2.20: Come Dine with Me

Satellite and Cable
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 9.30: American Dad
FX - 11.10: True Blood
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me

Thursday
ITV1 - 7: Emmerdale. Aaron tries to go back into the closet
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace

Freeview
BBC3 - 8: Eurovision Song Contest. Second semi-final
BBC3 - 11: Family Guy
BBC3 - 11.45: American Dad!
E4 - 11: Glee
More4 - 10: Brothers and Sisters

Satellite and Cable
Sky1 - 8: Modern Family
Living - 9: Grey’s Anatomy
FX - 10: American Dad
FX - 11.05: Family Guy
Discovery Real Time - 2 & 8: Come Dine with Me

Film Channels
TCM - 6: The Trials of Oscar Wilde. Peter Finch plays the writer in this movie, made in 1960 when male homosexuality was illegal

Friday

Terrestrial
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 1.05: Come Dine with Me
C4 - 8: Glee
C4 - 9: Embarrassing Bodies: Kids. Dr Christian investigates
Five - 9: The Mentalist
Five - 10: Grey’s Anatomy

Freeview
Dave - 10.10: QI
E4 - 9: Gok’s Fashion Fix
More4 - 11: Heroes of Comedy

Satellite and Cable
Sky Arts 2 - 1.30: Simon Callow’s Classical Destinations
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me

Radio

Saturday 22nd
BBC Radio 2 - 1: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini
BBC Radio 4 - 6.07: Ramblings. Clae balding on the South Downs Way
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30: The News Quiz Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Counterpoint. Paul Gambaccini

Sunday 23rd
BBC Radio 2 - 1: Elaine Page. Stage musicals
BBC Radio 2 - 5: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Open Book. Often has LGBT content
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Ditto
BBC Radio 7 - 4.30: The News Quiz

Monday 24th
BBC Radio 2 - 10: JFK: The First Pop President. With input from Gore Vidal
BBC Radio 4 - 9.45am: The History of the World in 100 Objects. The Warren Cup. A small ornamental piece from the Roman Empire that graphically depicts two men engaging in anal penetrative sex and its impact on museums around the world
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: Football Fights Back. Eradicating prejudice from the great game
BBC Radio 4 - 12.53: Moments of Genius. Stephen Fry
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30: Counterpoint. Paul Gambaccini

Tuesday 25th
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. Matthew Parris talks to Viv Anderson about England’s first black professional footballer Arthur Wharton

Wednesday 26th
BBC Radio 4 - 8: Devil’s Advocate. Debates fashion and feminism

Thursday 27th
BBC Radio 4 - 3: Ramblings. See Saturday
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis

Friday 28th
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Great Lives. Matthew Parris
6 Music - 7: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 12noon & 7: Round the Horne

Local and web

If you want us to tell everyone about your radio broadcasts, email fenwicktony[at]hotmail.com

For a global classification of queer radio on line:
http://radiotime.com/Search.aspx?query=gay&so=26,52,78 and
http://radiotime.com/Search.aspx?query=Lesbian
Gay Internet Radio Live (G.I.R.L.) is on the air 24 hours a day with dance music from the US at www.gayinternetradiolive.com.

Wythenshaw 97.2 FM, a community radio station, airs a lesbian and gay radio magazine programme once weekly, according to Out North West Magazine published by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester. Podcast http://www.tuesdaynightout.co.uk/

GayRadio-UK is a new online radio station in Blackpool and promises a variety of LGBT programming. The audio stream is at www.gayradiouk.com. Guests iunclude lesbian actress Amanda Barrie, gay icon Su Pollard and radical actor Richie Tomlinson. Daily programmes are uploaded at the most popular gay podcast site on the net, Feast of Fun www.feastoffools.net, with a speech based programme of LGBT guests, news digest and light-hearted discussion.

Galaxy North East
Monday-Friday 4-7pm: James Barr

BBC Radio Manchester - 95.1 and online
Every Monday 8pm: The Gay Hour, Ashley Byrne and Andrew Edwards

BBC London - 94.9 and online
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio - Brighton, London DAB and online 24/7

Manchester’s gaydio www.gaydio.co.uk

Radio North Manchester 106.6 FM
Sundays - 11am: Passport. Also look out for their women's programmes

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) - online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station) www.fyiradio.net

www.pinkeradio.com

Last Tuesday of the month - 6pm
Out in South London - local LGBT radio show with Rosie Wilby and guests
Listen online at www.southcityradio.org

Thursday, May 20, 2010

ILGA Publishes 2010 Global Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia

ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has published the 4th edition of its report and maps on state-sponsored homophobia based on research by Daniel Ottosson.

The report is a collection of legislation criminalising consensual sexual acts between persons of the same sex in private over the age of consent.

The good news is that 1/6 of the LGBTI world population is now freer, thanks to a change in legislation in India. However 76 countries around the world still consider homosexuality illegal, five of them punish homosexual acts with death.

The report can be downloaded from the ILGA website here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Catch up TV: Homophobia in the UK and Boy George Biopic

In case you missed them:

Last week, as part of it's Tonight series of programmes, ITV1 broadcast a show highlighting the true face of homophobia in the UK today. Presented by LGBT History Month patron and rugby star Gareth Thomas, the broadcast included filming public reaction to a gay couple walking through Wigan high street holding hands and asking football fans attending a Man. City v. Stoke match how they would feel about a gay player on their team. Gareth also talked to school pupils about the negative connotations of the generalised use of the word to mean dysfunctional and challenged them to think about what it's like to be gay or to have a gay friend in school.

In more harrowing scenes, a victim of homophobic bullying was interviewed anonymously and the mother of gay hate murder victim Jody Dubrowski talked about the attack. It also included footage of an interview with the late John Fashanu.
Although the transmission was focussed on gay men and created a grim picture of what it is like to be young and gay, it clearly busted the myth that young LGB people have true equality and that our lives are just fine now. The programme is available online here for the next month or so.

On Sunday, BBC2 showed Worried about the Boy, a bio-pic of George O' Dowde's career with Culture Club, starting from 1982. The programme, which focusses on Boy George's affair with drummer John Moss, revives the queer culture of '80's London, with Stevie Strange's Blitz nightclub and the infamous Malcolm McLaren and Marilyn, as well as the onslaught of AIDS and the casual use of hard drugs.

The programme is available on iPlayer here until Sunday.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teachers' Union launches homophobia surveys on IDAHO

The National Union of Teachers revealed the extent of homophobia in our schools on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Monday, May 17th.

The Prevalence of Homophobia surveys, which have been carried out in schools in the north west over the past 2 years, involve asking teachers about their experience of homophobia. The Oldham survey, for example, revealed that 98.8% of teachers had seen a homophobic incident, 57% had been on the receiving end of homophobia and 70% want teacher training on how to deal with homophobia.

Oldham NUT's Equalities Officer Jeff Evans, who began the surveys, said: "Why do we allow this child abuse to take place under our noses? Homophobia in our classrooms has become the elephant in the room."

There will be a series of launches to publicise the findings of these surveys in Liverpool, Salford and Oldham. For times and places, go to out sister site www.schools-out.org.uk.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bulletin No 72

The latest edition of the LGBT History Month bulletin is now available, as usual packed-full of news, information, notices of upcoming events and quotations.

To access the latest bulletin please click on one of the links below:
word document
pdf file
(you can also right click on the links and "save target as")

You can view all previous bulletins here or register to our mailing list here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Middle C: A Year-Long Transition from Woman to Man

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation presents the first person documentary Middle C, in which Tristan R. Whiston chronicles his year-long gender transition from woman to man - through the change in his singing voice.

Tristan first performed as solo soprano at the age of six. Years of hard work led to an accomplished singing career.

But two years ago, Tristan decided to give up the most precious thing a singer has — the voice.

For a year, Tristan kept audio diaries, including milestones like the his first testosterone shot and the first time he shaved.

This documentary (made for Outfront) won the Premios Ondas award for International Radio and a silver medal at the New York Festivals.

Tristan has worked in Toronto’s independent theatre community for almost two decades. As an amateur boxer, he fought in over 40 bouts, competing provincially, nationally and internationally.

The documentary is available to listen and for download on the BBC World Service website here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 8th - 14th May

We seek them out so you don't have to. This is our weekly non-exhaustive round up of upcoming LGBT programmes on the radio and television. Inclusion of a programme is not a recommendation.

Some of the programmes listed below will be available online on the respective network's websites.

Enjoy!

LGBT TV and radio

Er... there’s still an election on!

Listings (times given are pm unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 8th

Terrestrial

BBC1 - 2.30: Rugby league commentated by Clare Balding
BBC1 - 6: Dr Who
BBC1 - 6.45: Over the Rainbow
ITV1 - 9: The Prisoner. Stars Ian McKellen
C4 - 3.55: Come Dine with Me

Freeview
BBC3 - 7: Dr Who Confidential
BBCHD - 6: Dr Who
BBCHD - 6.45: Over the Rainbow
BBCHD - 8.10: Dr Who Confidential
E4 - 9: The Full Monty. 1997 Film

Satellite and cable
Sky 2 - 9am: Pineapple Dance Studios. Fly on the Wall series based on the idea that gay men being camp is entertaining in itself
Watch - 7: Dr Who
Living - 8 &11am: Will and Grace
FX - 8: American Dad
FX - 9: Family Guy
Discovery Real Time - 4.30: Come Dine with Me

Sunday 9th

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 10am: The Big Questions. Religious and moral issues debate
BBC1 - 7.15: Over the Rainbow
ITV1 - 9.25: Corrie Omni. Blanche’s funeral and Norris’s Misery experience provide camp entertainment. Includes a Jonathan Harvey episode with a cameo by June Whitfield
ITV1 - 10.45: South Bank Show Revisited. Judi Dench. Not sure whether she should be here or not really
C4 - 1.25: Glee. Repeat from Friday
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me

Freeview
BBC3 - 8: Dr Who
BBC3 - 8.45: Dr Who Confidential
BBC3 - 10.40: Family Guy
BBCHD - 11.30: Beautiful People. Repeat
More4 - 5.15: Come Dine with Me

Satellite and cable
Sky1 - 8am: Pineapple Dance Studios
Sky1 - 6: Pineapple Dance Studios
Sky1 - 12midnight: Pineapple Dance Studios
Sky Arts2 - 8.55: Judy Garland Duets
Living - 8am: Will and Grace
Living - 11am: Will and Grace
Living - 6: Grey’s Anatomy
Comedy Central Extra - 10am: The King of Queens
Comedy Central Extra - 6: Frasier
Comedy Central Extra - 9: Sex and the City
Comedy Central - 1.40am: South Park
Discovery Real Time - 12.30: Come Dine with Me

Film Channels
Drama/Romance - 6: Mamma Mia!

Monday 9th
BBC1 - 10.50: The Graham Norton Show
BBC2 - 7.30: TOTP 80’s Special. Includes Culture Club among others
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 10: Derren Brown Investigates. The magician turns his hand to tackling charletans

Freeview
BBC3 - 11.30: Family Guy
BBCHD - 10.35: The Graham Norton Show
BBCHD - 11.20: Dr Who
Dave - 9 & 11.40: QI
E4 - 9: Glee
More4 - 2.20: Come Dine with Me
Film4 - 11: Y Tu Mama Tambien

Satellite and Cable

Comedy Central - 5.10: Frasier
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 9.30: American Dad

Film Channels
Showcase - 8: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Tuesday 10th

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 11.05: The Graham Norton Show. Rpt.
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 10: Shameless. Time this ended. It’s just become a sequence of shocking vignettes

Freeview
BBC3 - 11: Family Guy
Dave - 9: QI
E4 - 9: The Full Monty

Satellite and cable
Sky Arts1 - 4am: Derek Jarman: Life as Art
Sky Arts2 - 8.45am: Judy Garland
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 11: American Dad
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me

Film Channels
Showcase - 8: West Side Story
Indie - 7.50: Milk. Sean Penn as the eponymous 1970s gay councillor for the Castro district

Wednesday 11th

Terrestrial
BBC2 - 10: QI
ITV1 - 7: Emmerdale. Chas and Paddy want to keep Aaron out of prison
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 11.05: Shameless. Rpt.

Freeview
BBC3 - 10.30: Family Guy
More4 - 2.20: Come Dine with Me

Satellite and Cable
Sky1 - 7.30: Pineapple Dance Studios
Sky2 - 10: Pineapple Dance Studios. Extended repeat
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 9.30: American Dad
FX - 11.10: True Blood
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me
Bio - 6: Barry Manilow

Thursday 12th
BBC1 - 7.30: Eastenders. Syed is in despair
ITV1 - 7.30: Tonight: Afraid to Be Gay? Gareth Thomas on homophobia in this twice postponed transmission
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace

Freeview
BBC3 - 11: Family Guy
BBC3 - 11.45: American Dad!
E4 - 11: Glee
More4 - 10: Brothers and Sisters
Film4 - 9: The Simpsons Movie

Satellite and Cable
Sky1 - 8: Modern Family
Sky Arts1 - 11.30: Freddie Mercury Tribute
Living - 9: Grey’s Anatomy
FX - 10: American Dad
FX - 11.05: Family Guy
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me

Friday 14th

Terrestrial
BBC2 - 8.30: QI
ITV1 - 7: Emmerdale. Aaron features highly; in clink, presumably
C4 - 8am: Frasier
C4 - 8.30am: Will and Grace
C4 - 1.05: Come Dine with Me
C4 - 8: Glee
C4 - 9: Embarrassing Bodies: Kids. Dr Christian investigates
Five - 9: The Mentalist
Five - 10: Grey’s Anatomy

Freeview
BBC3 - 9: Dr Who
BBC3 - 9.45: Dr Who Confidential
BBC3 - 11.30: Family Guy
BBC4 - 10: Shirley Bassey Night
Dave - 10.10: QI XL

Satellite and Cable
Comedy Central - 9am: Frasier
FX - 10: True Blood
Discovery Real Time - 2: Come Dine with Me

Film Channels
Drama Romance - 2 and 8: Mamma Mia!

Radio

Saturday 8th
BBC Radio 2 - 1: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30: The News Quiz Sandi Toksvig and guest Sue Perkins
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Counterpoint. Paul Gambaccini

Sunday 9th
BBC Radio 2 - 6am: Good Morning Sunday. Bel Mooney among the guests
BBC Radio 2 - 1: Elaine Page. Stage musicals
BBC Radio 2 - 5: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Open Book. Often has LGBT content
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Ditto
BBC Radio 7 - 4.30: The News Quiz

Monday 10th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans

Tuesday 11th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. Matthew Parris talks to Sarah Hogg about factory owner Lady Charlotte Guest

Wednesday 12th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Brief Lives. Drama

Thursday 13th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans

Friday 14th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Great Lives. Matthew Parris
6 Music - 7: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 12noon & 7: Stop Messing About!

Local and web

If you want us to tell everyone about your radio broadcasts, email fenwicktony[at]hotmail.com

For a global classification of queer radio on line:
http://radiotime.com/Search.aspx?query=gay&so=26,52,78 and
http://radiotime.com/Search.aspx?query=Lesbian
Gay Internet Radio Live (G.I.R.L.) is on the air 24 hours a day with dance music from the US at www.gayinternetradiolive.com.

Wythenshaw 97.2 FM, a community radio station, airs a lesbian and gay radio magazine programme once weekly, according to Out North West Magazine published by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester. Podcast http://www.tuesdaynightout.co.uk/

GayRadio-UK is a new online radio station in Blackpool and promises a variety of LGBT programming. The audio stream is at www.gayradiouk.com. Guests iunclude lesbian actress Amanda Barrie, gay icon Su Pollard and radical actor Richie Tomlinson. Daily programmes are uploaded at the most popular gay podcast site on the net, Feast of Fun www.feastoffools.net, with a speech based programme of LGBT guests, news digest and light-hearted discussion.

Galaxy North East
Monday-Friday 4-7pm: James Barr

BBC Radio Manchester - 95.1 and online
Every Monday 8pm: The Gay Hour, Ashley Byrne and Andrew Edwards

BBC London - 94.9 and online
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio - Brighton, London DAB and online 24/7

Manchester’s gaydio www.gaydio.co.uk

Radio North Manchester 106.6 FM
Sundays - 11am: Passport. Also look out for their women's programmes

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) - online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station) www.fyiradio.net

www.pinkeradio.com

Last Tuesday of the month - 6pm
Out in South London - local LGBT radio show with Rosie Wilby and guests
Listen online at www.southcityradio.org

Friday, May 7, 2010

Two Antipodean Olympians Come Out

Last month, Daniel Kowalski, a retired Australian middle- and long-distance swimmer specialising in freestyle events, came out; joining the small group elite male athletes to do so. This includes retired NSW rugby league player Ian Roberts and Olympic gold-medal winning diver Matthew Mitcham. Kowalski says he was inspired to come out by Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas. The 34-year-old, who won four Olympic medals during his career, said he was "tired of living a lie".

Read more about this on PinkNews here.

This week it was the turn of New Zealand ice skater, Blake Skjellerup, 24, who just took part in the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, to come out. The athlete said he had decided to wait until after the Games to come out in order to focus on his performance and to avoid turning off potential sponsors. It seems that Canada-based Skjellerup is in a relationship with another competitive athlete.

Read more about this on OutSports here.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Greek TV Watchdog fines show for interviewing trans woman

The Greek National Council for TV and Radio has fined a programme for interviewing a trans woman and demanded that Tv does not upset and confuse young people by giving coverage to homosexuals and transsexuals, describing them as 'beyond the normal'.

The GreekTransgendered Support Association has attacked the National Council of Radio and Television (NCRT), for its new decision by which it imposes a 20.000 Euro fine on the Star Channel show, "Fotis and Maria Live", which hosted the transsexual writer and actress, Betty Vakalidou.

In that show, Mrs Vakalidou spoke of her work as a writer, referred to her part as an actress in a film and spoke of her personal experience as a transgendered woman, in a dignified manner while, as the NCRT itself recognises: "we note that [Mrs Vakalidou] herself was very discreet and serious and without being provocative in what she said".

According to the rationale of the decision of the NCRT: "one wonders whether the contents of her interview, because she referred to her personal experiences and the reactions of her family and people in general concerning her change of sex and transsexual women, was not hard to conceive and understand for the underage spectators, given that this issue was alien, maybe even unknown to them, or at least to most of them, and for this reason could have influenced them in a negative manner."

Later on we can read that: "... the issue of homosexuality (the sexual preference for individuals of the same sex) and of sex change with or without surgical intervention that was presented by the show being examined constitutes a social issue and a reality that pertains to a small group of people. It constitutes a condition that is beyond the normal and for that reason it sounds strange to a great degree to the underage spectator... The presentation of information about the love life of homosexual individuals or transsexuals, about the sex change procedure and the feelings and experiences of the woman being interviewed, could possibly influence negatively the underage spectators..."

The Greek Trangendered Support Association say that the NCTVR is failing in its duty to promote equal opportunities and is supporting sexism, homophobia and transphobia.

Three Global Events for IDAHO

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is coming up soon (on 17th May).

The international website www.idahomophobia.org you will find information on how to get involved :

- International campaign on religions, homophobia and transphobia.
Refuse to let religions be misused by homophobes and transphobes. Make your voice heard. Sign and disseminate the Internationa Appeal!

- the GREAT GLOBAL KISS-IN initiative : oppose homophobia and transphobia by organising a kiss-in or joining one near you. Check it all out on www.gays.com/idaho. Details of the London Kiss-In will be released soon.

- International Media Project : A unique statement will be published by media around the globe on May 17th.
Find out the details here and contact your national newspapers to join-in and raise awareness of your activities at national level !

For more information on any of these projects, email contact@idahomophobia.org

Let the IDAHO team know about your own special IDAHO plans, so they can publicize them around the world and let others be inspired!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Speaking About Silence: Homophobia in the Sports World

A few days from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the Canadian organisation Fondation Émergence launched its annual campaign to fight against homophobia. Entitled “Speaking About Silence”, this campaign is geared toward the sports world and will reach its highpoint on May 17, 2010, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Recognition of LGBT and other gay issues has soared tremendously over the past few years. Legal equality has been accomplished and social equality continues to improve. Yet, some communities have missed out on this openness and have created a built-in silence. On a personal level, athletes and people involved in the sports world aren’t any more homophobic than other individuals. However, the community lays down the rules by excluding anything that does not fit a heterosexual image.

The campaign aims to speak about the sports world’s reigning silence on everything related to sexual diversity, and to call on all those involved: educational institutions, the media, professional and amateur sports organisations, sponsors, gay men and lesbians, sexual minorities, and public authorities.

All those involved in the sports world are therefore invited to take part in the campaign, to organise activities, and to distribute promotional material. Fondation Émergence President Laurent McCutcheon states that “It’s now 2010 and there are no valid reasons why the sports world should refuse to join in the fight against homophobia.”

The campaign is based on images of one winter sport and one summer sport: hockey and soccer. Posters and pamphlets are available for free and on request, plus electronic versions are available in several languages. The promotional material available from Fondation Émergence via its website here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Antony Grey Dies

Antony Grey
1927 - 2010

The veteran gay rights activist Antony Grey died on 30 April after a long illness.

In 1958 Antony Grey (real name: Anthony Edgar Gartside Wright) starting voluntary work for the Homosexual Law Reform Society (HLRS). He became the Society's Honorary Treasurer in 1960 and its Secretary by the end of 1962. At this time also he became Secretary of the Albany Trust. Grey campaigned tirelessly for the law reforms advocated by the Wolfenden report (1957), writing many articles, making numerous speeches to interested groups, lobbying MPs, and organising action to promote the passage of the (Arran/Abse) Sexual Offences Bill through Parliament until it became law in 1967.

In 1970 he became Secretary of the Sexual Law Reform Society - successor to the HLRS - and was Director of the Albany Trust from 1971 to 1977. Following his retirement from the Albany Trust in 1977, he was involved in counselling and training work and was for some years a member of the executive committee of the British Association for Counselling.

In 1998 Antony Grey was awarded the Pink Paper Lifetime Achievement Award. He became Stonewall Hero of the Year 2007.

His archives are in the custody of the Hall Carpenter Archives

Euro Pride Youth Games 2010

This year's Euro Pride Youth games will be taking place in Manchester between the 10th and 13th of June. The games are a six-day sport and physical activity event. The programme also comprises a human rights conference and social activities.

The event is open to young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Trans. They must be aged between 16-24 for those coming from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, or between 18-24 for those from outside the UK.

The registration fee, which includes main meals, accommodation, transport between events and participation to all activities is £200 (a bursary scheme is available for young people from across Europe). Closing date for registration in 14th May

For more information email lgbtyouthnorthwets@yahoo.co.uk, text 07900680725 or visit www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk

Monday, May 3, 2010

BBC Radio 4 seeks LGBT people in residential care

Have you just moved into residential care or are you about to do so?

Are you concerned about coming out to your fellow residents?

The producer of a BBC Radio 4 documentary would love to speak to you! I am making a sensitive programme about the difficulties older gay people face when they go into residential care. If you get in touch with me you are under no obligation to take part in the programme and I would be happy to explain more and answer any questions you may have.

Call Sally Heaven on 0117 9742470 or email sally.heaven.01@bbc.co.uk

Saturday, May 1, 2010

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 1st - 7th May

We seek them out so you don't have to. This is our weekly non-exhaustive round up of upcoming LGBT programmes on the radio and television. Inclusion of a programme is not a recommendation.

Some of the programmes listed below will be available online on the respective network's websites.

Enjoy!

LGBT TV and radio

Er... there’s an election on

Listings (times given are pm unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 1st

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 6.25: Dr Who
BBC1 - 7.10: Over the Rainbow
ITV1 - 9: The Prisoner. Stars Ian McKellen
C4 - 3.55: Come Dine with Me

Freeview
BBC3 - 7.10: Dr Who Confidential
BBCHD - 6.25: Dr Who
BBCHD - 7.10: Over the Rainbow
BBCHD - 8.10: Dr Who Confidential
ITV2 - 6am: Coronation Street Omnibus
ITV2 - 8.10: Emmerdale Omnibus
ITV2 - 11: Coronation Street Omnibus
Dave - 6.20: QI 5 editions back-to-back
E4 - 9: East is East. 1999 Film
Film4 - 9: X-Men

Satellite and cable
Sky 2 - 9am: Pineapple Dance Studios. Fly on the Wall series based on the idea that gay men being camp is entertaining in itself
Living - 8 &11am: Will and Grace
FX - 8: American Dad
FX - 9: Family Guy
Discovery Real Time - 4.30: Come Dine with Me

Sunday 2nd

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 10am: The Big Questions. Religious and moral issues debate
BBC1 - 7.15: Over the Rainbow
BBC1 - 9: Modern Masters. Andy warhol
ITV1 - 10.45: South Bank Show Revisited. David Hockney
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me
5ive - 1.40: Lawrence of Arabia

Freeview
BBC3 - 8: Dr Who
BBC3 - 8.45: Dr Who Confidential
BBC3 - 10.40: Family Guy
BBC3 - 11.25: American Dad
BBCHD - 9; Modren Masters. Andy Warhol
BBCHD - 11: Dame Shirley Bassey: Electric Proms
ITV2 - 6am: Emmerdale Omnibus
More4 - 5.05: Come Dine with Me
Virgin1 - 11: Sexcetera. Aspects of human sexuality

Satellite and cable
Sky1 - 8am: Pineapple Dance Studios
Sky1 - 6: Pineapple Dance Studios
Sky1 - 12.30am: Pineapple Dance Studios
Gold - 9.55: Absolutely Fabulous
Sky Arts2 - 8: Judy Garland
Living - 8am: Will and Grace
Living - 11am: Will and Grace
Living - 6: Grey’s Anatomy
Discovery Real Time - 12.30: Come Dine with Me

Film Channels
Showcase - 8: A Beautiful Mind
Classics - 1.15am: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Monday 3rd
BBC1 - 10.50: The Graham Norton Show
C4 - 8.20am: Frasier
C4 - 8.50am: Will and Grace

Freeview
BBCHD - 8: Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers. Food you can actually make
BBCHD - 10.50: The Graham Norton Show
Dave - 9 & 11.40: QI
E4 - 9: Glee
E4 - 11: East is East. 1999 film
More4 - 2.20: Come Dine with Me
Film4 - 9: X-Men-The Last Stand

Satellite and Cable
Sky2 - 9pm: Pineapple Dance Studios
Comedy Central - 5.10: Frasier
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 9.30: American Dad

Film Channels
Showcase - 6: Cleopatra
Showcase - 10: East of Eden
Indie - 7.50: Milk. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in 2008 biopic

Tuesday 4th

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 12.30: The Graham Norton Show. Rpt.
ITV1 - 7: Emmerdale. Aaron gets rid of Chas
C4 - 8.20am: Frasier
C4 - 8.50am: Will and Grace
C4 - 10: Shameless. Gay 5-a-side football anyone? The Maguires and Gallaghers go gay for pay

Freeview
BBC3 - 11: Family Guy
Dave - 9: QI
E 4 - 11: Shameless.

Satellite and cable
Sky Arts2 - 9.25am: Judy Garland
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 11: American Dad

Wednesday 5th

Terrestrial
BBC2 - 10: QI
ITV1 - 7: Emmerdale. Aaron snubs Chas but she is tenacious
C4 - 8.20am: Frasier
C4 - 8.50am: Will and Grace
C4 - 11.05: Shameless. Rpt.

Freeview
BBC3 - 10.40: Family Guy
Dave - 9: QI
E4 - 11.15am: Ugly Betty
More4 - 2.20: Come Dine with Me

Satellite and Cable
Gold - 10.40: Absolutely Fabulous
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 9.30: American Dad
Discovery Real Time - 11: Come Dine with Me

Thursday 6th
BBC1 - 2.15: Escape to the Country. Alistair Appleton
BBC1 - 7.30: Eastenders. Syed’s father-in-law comes to town with plans to send him into the next world
C4 - 8.20am: Frasier
C4 - 8.50am: Will and Grace
C4 - 12.35: Will and Grace
C4 - 9: Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night. Guests Brian Paddick

Freeview
BBC3 - 11: Family Guy
BBC3 - 11.45: American Dad!
E4 - 11: Glee
Film4 - 1.10am: Talk to Her. Alamadóvar

Satellite and Cable
Gold - 11.05: Ab Fab
Living - 9: Grey’s Anatomy
FX - 9: Family Guy
FX - 10: American Dad

Film Channels
Drama/Romance - 10.10: Sex and the City: The Movie

Friday 7th

Terrestrial
BBC1 - 8.30: QI
C4 - 8.20am: Frasier
C4 - 8.50am: Will and Grace
C4 - 1.05: Come Dine with Me
C4 - 8: Glee
C4 - 9: Embarrassing Bodies: Kids. Dr Christian investigates
5ive - 9: The Mentalist
5ive - 10: Grey’s Anatomy

Freeview
BBC3 - 9.05: Dr Who
BBC3 - 9.50: Dr Who Confidential
BBC3 - 11.30: Family Guy
BBC4 - 10: Shirley Bassey Night
Dave - 10.10: QI XL
Film4 - 1.10: Live Flesh. Alamadóvar

Satellite and Cable
Comedy Central - 9am: Frasier
FX - 10: True Blood

Radio

Saturday 1st
BBC Radio 2 - 1: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30: The News Quiz Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Counterpoint. Paul Gambaccini

Sunday 2nd
BBC Radio 2 - 1: Elaine Page. Stage musicals
BBC Radio 2 - 5: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 7 - 4.30: The News Quiz

Monday 3rd
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans
BBC Radio 2 - 10: The Record Producers. Features The Smiths and Morrissey
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Afternoon Theatre. Barbershopera! John Sessions

Tuesday 4th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. Matthew Parris

Wednesday 5th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans

Thursday 6th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans

Friday 7th
BBC Radio 2 - 7am: Graham Norton. Covering for Chris Evans
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Great Lives. Matthew Parris
6 Music - 7: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 7: Stop Messing About!

Local and web

If you want us to tell everyone about your radio broadcasts, email fenwicktony[at]hotmail.com

For a global classification of queer radio on line:
http://radiotime.com/Search.aspx?query=gay&so=26,52,78 and
http://radiotime.com/Search.aspx?query=Lesbian
Gay Internet Radio Live (G.I.R.L.) is on the air 24 hours a day with dance music from the US at www.gayinternetradiolive.com.

Wythenshaw 97.2 FM, a community radio station, airs a lesbian and gay radio magazine programme once weekly, according to Out North West Magazine published by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester. Podcast http://www.tuesdaynightout.co.uk/

GayRadio-UK is a new online radio station in Blackpool and promises a variety of LGBT programming. The audio stream is at www.gayradiouk.com. Guests iunclude lesbian actress Amanda Barrie, gay icon Su Pollard and radical actor Richie Tomlinson. Daily programmes are uploaded at the most popular gay podcast site on the net, Feast of Fun www.feastoffools.net, with a speech based programme of LGBT guests, news digest and light-hearted discussion.

Galaxy North East
Monday-Friday 4-7pm: James Barr

BBC Radio Manchester - 95.1 and online
Every Monday 8pm: The Gay Hour, Ashley Byrne and Andrew Edwards

BBC London - 94.9 and online
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio - Brighton, London DAB and online 24/7

Manchester’s gaydio www.gaydio.co.uk

Radio North Manchester 106.6 FM
Sundays - 11am: Passport. Also look out for their women's programmes

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) - online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station) www.fyiradio.net

www.pinkeradio.com

Last Tuesday of the month - 6pm
Out in South London - local LGBT radio show with Rosie Wilby and guests
Listen online at www.southcityradio.org