Month: April 2014

Jan Gooding appointed as new Stonewall Chair of Trustees

She succeeds Jacqueline Davies who retires after serving as a trustee for nine years and as Chair of Stonewall since 2012. Jan will work closely with Acting Chief Executive Ruth Hunt to continue expanding Stonewall’s work here in Britain and around the world challenging homophobia and prejudice in every walk of life.

Speaking about her appointment Jan said: ‘While modern Britain has made great progress to ensure equality in law there is still much to do to make the daily experience for gay people here, and in many other countries, free from abuse, rejection and at times violence. As the new Chair of Stonewall I want to use the fundamental legal underpinning, secured over 25 years of committed campaigning by this remarkable organisation and many others, to continue the campaign for true equality.’

Welcoming Jan as Stonewall Chair, Acting Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: ‘Jacqueline Davies has had a fantastic nine years as a Stonewall Trustee and we’re incredibly grateful for all her hard work. I, and everyone at Stonewall, are really excited about working with Jan to continue expanding our work. We know that there is still so much work to do to secure full equality here in Britain and right around the globe.’

Jan has been a Stonewall trustee since April 2013 and is currently group brand director at Aviva which she joined in 2008. In her role she is responsible for the brand, marketing and social media strategy reaching 34 million customers in the 15 markets that make up the Aviva Group.

Stonewall was awarded charitable status in 2003 and since then has been at the forefront of securing significant legislative advances for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain. In that time the charity has launched an Education for All programme to tackle homophobic bullying in schools and colleges and has grown membership of its Diversity Champions programme for major employers to 670 organisations, who employ six million people between them.

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Soho Remembers Soho Nail Bomb Attack 15 Years On

At approximately 6.10pm a group will the walk round to St Anne’s Garden in Waldour Street for a short service in the gardens next to the Triangular Bench (which was commissioned after the attacks to represent the link between Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Lambeth) and the three cherry trees which were planted in memory of the Soho victims. Earlier this year one of the three cherry trees was replaced.

by Newsdesk | 30th April 2014

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Bob Hoskins Dies Aged 71

UK acting legend Bob Hoskins dies aged, 71

by Newsdesk | 30th April 2014

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Bob Hoskin one of the UK's best known acting legends has died aged 71 from pneumonia in hospital his agent has confirmed.

Hoskins who was known for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mona Lisa leaves behind his second wife Linda and four children.

His breakthrough role came in 1986 with Mona Lisa, but became a household name with Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988. His final role was in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman. He retired from acting in 2012 due to suffering from Parkinsons.

TheGayUK's editor Jake Hook said, 'Having been friends with the Hoskin's family since the late 90s, I know that his loss will be felt terribly. He was an incredible talent and had an incredible spirit and would light up any room he walked into.'

'We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob,' his family said in a statement.

'Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support.'

Laverne Cox To Star In Trans Documentary

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laverne Cox will produce a documentary film about transgender changes.

by Newsdesk | 30th April 2014

Laverne Cox

The groundbreaking documentary will focus on four transgender people aged 14 to 24. They will share their experiences and discuss how they deal with intolerance and their own gender identity. Cox has teamed up with Logo and MTV for the documentary that will be called: Trans Teen

The documentary will also investigate the medical hurdles that trans people can face during their life.

Last year TheGayUK interview Laverne Cox, read the exclusive chat here. Cox talked about the lack of trans visibility on mainstream television saying: ‘The reality is we don’t get enough trans people on television, enough transgender stories told and so I think we have a long way to go before we have more of those representatives like Sophia, but I would like to think we are moving in the right direction.’

Cox is also starring in the new series of Orange Is The New Black, which comes back on Netflix on the 6th June.

DRAG QUEENS OF LONDON: Silver Summers’ Shock As Dad Revives Relationship

London Live, the new 24/7 entertainment channel for London last night premiered the latest episode of Drag Queens of London, which saw Silver Summers (Bobby Houston) and his best friend Vanity Von Glow (Thom Glow) make a trip up to Bobby’s home town of Glasgow to perform in drag in front of his family for the very first time.

by Newsdesk | 30th April 2014

Silver Summers | London Live

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DRAG QUEENS OF LONDON: Silver Summers’ Shock As Dad Revives Relationship

London Live, the new 24/7 entertainment channel for London last night premiered the latest episode of Drag Queens of London, which saw Silver Summers (Bobby Houston) and his best friend Vanity Von Glow (Thom Glow) make a trip up to Bobby’s home town of Glasgow to perform in drag in front of his family for the very first time.

by Newsdesk | 30th April 2014

Silver Summers | London Live

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2

"For me love was just lust with jealousy added; everything else was total nonsense. For every hundred crimes committed in the name of love, only one is committed in the name of sex." – Joe

When I sat down to watch Nymphomaniac I had a fairly solid pre-conceived idea of what I was about to let myself in for... Was I right? No.

by Johnathon Waples | 30th April 2013

★★★★★

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