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London’s BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, from March 19-29, shows films by LGBT filmmakers, films with gay themes. Screened by the renowned British Film Institute, the festival is a road program of the best new international LGBT cinema, along with historical/classical/cult favorites. This will be its 29th year, so come celebrate all the boundaries this festival has been working to break. This year, experience way more than sitting in a dark theater, there will also be discussions, dancer performances, debates, and, of course, parties (including a Rocky Horror Party and a Warrior Women Party [Where’s our Buffy costume?]).
Some of the highlights this year include the opening night film I am Michael stars Zachary Quinto and James Franco; Inappropriate Behavior about an Iranian-American woman; and Dressed as a Girl a film that lifts the veil on London’s best-known drag queens.
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Winning a dream luxury trip to London is enough of a reason to get us to enter a contest, but when you throw in a four-star hotel experience, a makeover, a ride around the London Eye, dinner with Dustin Lance Black and his beau Tom Daley, and a night on the town with the two—all to help the HRC and the Brain Tumor Charity, we’ll gladly donate a couple dollars for our chance at an experience like this. To enter, all you have to do is donate what you want (starting at $10) for entries.
Click here to enter!
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by Lawrence Ferber
The official hotel of London Fashion Week (www.londonfashionweek.co.uk), every February and September, with its enviable location just steps from Green Park, Edwardian Hotels’ The May Fair (Stratton Street. Tel: +44-20-7769-8202.www.themayfairhotel.co.uk) balances contemporary boutique chic, with media savvy and homey comfort. The 404 rooms and suites are vibrant and stylish, yet cozy, decked out in textured, colorful fabrics and carpeting: the rooms’ schemes range from Moulin Rouge red and gold to ultramodern olive green. In-house comforts are plentiful: iPads, iPod stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property boasts a gorgeous, cinematic spa, (it’s straight out of a James Bond film), farm-to-table May Fair Kitchen restaurant, craft cocktail-driven May Fair Bar (winner of the Guardian’s Best Hotel Bar in London Award), meeting spaces, and even, a Screening Room, a plush, state-of-the-art 201-seat cinema.
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“We don’t feel the need to take an extra step legally. But since we’re committed for life, we feel it’s really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example,” David Furnish said of his upcoming nuptials to Elton John. Since gay and lesbian marriage in England and Wales is now legal, the two have set the date for May. But will it be a big star-filled celebration? “We do like big parties,” Furnish said. “Over eight years ago, we had 650 people on the 21st of December at our house in Windsor… But with the kids, everything is different. I think what we’ll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses.”
Categories: david furnish, elton john, Gay Marriage, UK civil union law, david furnish, Elton John, Gay Adoption, Gay britain, gay england, gay london, gay marriage, gay rights, gay UK, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, same-sex unions
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Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent to the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales making Britain the next nation to allow gays and lesbians to marry. The Queen signed the bill only a day after the bill cleared Parliament. According to the AP: “The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, although the Church of England is barred from conducting same-sex unions. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage.” Same-sex marriages are expected to begin by next summer.
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As hoped, the House of Commons has passed the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, and it will soon be given Royal Assent to become law. Proponents of the bill, which was sent to the House of Commons yesterday by the House of Lords, feared that conservative MPs would deliberately amend the bill in order to stall it from passing. While MP David Burrowes attempted to table an amendment, “Pro-equal marriage MPs padded out their speeches so that Mr Burrowes could not propose his amendment,” PinkNews writes. The bill will not need to return to the House of Lords. “Giving gay couples the right to marry will make Britain a more tolerant, open and welcoming place to live in and significantly increase the life prospects of so many people. It is absolutely fantastic that this change in the law, almost uniquely, was proposed by a Conservative prime minister and his Liberal Democrat Deputy with the support of the Labour party leader. Sometimes politicians can work together for the common good and this is a stunning example of this,” publisher of PinkNews.co.uk and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen said.
Categories: Europe, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights england, Europe, gay england, gay london, gay marriage, gay wales, House of commons, house of lords, same-sex marriage, uk
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Grab your popcorn and get ready for six days of rich, diverse international premieres, industry master classes, pop-up screenings, and exciting live events at the East End Film Festival. What began as a small gathering in 2000, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest film showcases. From July 4-July 10, get caught in the excitement as all of London will be buzzing about this year’s program. There will also be plenty of LGBT-themed films thrown in the mix.
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On Tuesday, the House of Commons voted 366 to 161 in favor of same-sex marriage. Although the bill has had a strong push it likely to face strong opposition when it is up for vote in the House of Lords. There are over two-dozen bishops that hold seats in the assembly. According to a poll taken by YouGov, 54 percent of British are in favor of gay marriage. Right-wing Tories are proposing an amendment that allows civil unions, but was swiftly condemned by Prime Minster David Cameron who is personally opposed to same-sex marriage and civil unions. His stance though, isn’t fully supported by the Conservative party where nearly half voted in favor of gay and lesbian marriage. Because of this, Cameron is receiving criticism for his inability to unite his own party. [AJ]
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The wonderfully curious Princess Diana and the rock icon Freddie Mercury allegedly spent a night out in a gay bar in London during the 1980s. Princess Diana, dressed in female-to-male drag, and Freddie Mercury went undetected at the Royal Vauzhall Tavern, according to a new book by actress Cleo Rocos, The Power of Positive Drinking
The AFP reports:
Comedian Cleo Rocos describes in her book “The Power of Positive Drinking” how she, Mercury and fellow comedian Kenny Everett dressed Diana in an army jacket, cap and sunglasses for a night out at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, south London, in the late 1980s.
“When we walked in… we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute. But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it,” said Rocos, who co-starred in Everett’s television show.
She said she did not know whether Diana was propositioned in the bar in her guise as a male model, but added: “She did look like a beautiful young man.” The presence of Mercury, Everett and Rocos diverted revellers’ attention and Diana was able to order drinks undetected, Rocos recalled.
The rediscovered drama “South” stars Peter Wyngarde (right) and Graydon Gould as the army officer he falls in love with. Photograph: British Film Institute via The Guardian
The British Film Institute believes that they may have unearthed the first ever televised gay drama. South, adapted by Gerald Savory from an original play by Julien Green was aired on November 24 1959 and, according to The Guardian, “involves a dashing Polish army lieutenant exiled in the US deep south as civil war approaches and the question of who he really loves: the plantation owner’s angry niece, Miss Regina, or the tall, blond, rugged officer who arrives suddenly – a handsome man called Eric MacClure.” According to archivists, the fact that the drama ever aired in the UK is remarkable. Of course, during the late 1950s, you can expect that the reviewers weren’t particularly kind to the program. One review wrote: “I do NOT see anything attractive in the agonies and ecstasies of a pervert, especially in close-up in my living room. This is not prudishness. There are some indecencies in life that are best left covered up.” Homosexuality in Britain, in fact, wasn’t even decriminalized until 1967. For those lucky enough to be in London for the BFI’s 27th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, you can check out the film this Saturday and Sunday.
Categories: England, Gay Rights, Gay Travel, TV BFI, British film institute, gay, gay and lesbian film festival, gay england, gay film, gay history, gay london, Graydon Gould, lesbian, lesbian film, Peter Wyngarde