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Gay great – Alvin Ailey

His name may not be one you recognise, but Alvin Ailey has been credited with popularising modern dance. Deeply respected in his field, his fellow dancers would often refer to him as Cultural Ambassador of the World and President Obama personally selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His […]

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Gay Great – Richard Montague

Richard Montague was born in California in 1930. From an early age, he enjoyed studying Latin and Greek and also showed a strong aptitude for mathematics. He excelled in his studies at St Mary’s High School and chose to take up an offer at the University of California. There, he studied mathematics, philosophy and Semitic languages, […]

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Alan Turing

Birth: 23rd June, 1912 Place of Birth: Paddington, London Nationality: British Job title: Founder of computer science, mathematician, philosopher, code breaker Partners: James Atkins, Neville Johnson various others unknown Died: 8th June 1954 (aged 42) Every culture has a fixed concept of what the perfect hero should be like. From when legends were told to […]

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Ivor Novello Davies

Full Name: Ivor Novello Davies Birth: 15th January, 1893 Place of Birth: Cardiff Nationality: British Job Title: Composer, Singer, Actor, Playwright Partners: Bobbie Andrews Died: 6th March 1951, London Ivor Novello Davis was born in the Cowbridge Road East area of Cardiff in a modest town house called Llwyn-yr-Eos. (Grove of the Nightingale). While his […]

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Lily Parr

Birth: 26th April 1905 Place of Birth: St Helens, UK Nationality: British Job Title: Footballer, Factory Worker Partners: “Mary” Died: 24th May 1978, ST Helens Female football is still very much in the shadows. Most of us would be hard pushed to name a professional female player, let alone last year’s FA cup winners. Sexism […]

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Edward Carpenter

Birth: 29th September, 1844 Place of Birth: Brighton, England Nationality: British Job Title: Cleric, Writer, Gay Rights Pioneer Partners: Albert Fearbehough, George Adams, George Merrill Died: Surrey, 28th June 1929 Are the famous figures we know from history really the people who shaped our world or are they just the ones who marketed themselves the […]

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Tallulah Bankhead

Birth: 31st January 1902 Place of Birth: Alabama, USA Nationality: American Job Title: Stage and Screen Actress, Broadcaster, Icon Partners: Glen Andrews, Napier Aington, Anthony De Bosdar, John Emery (Husband), Patsy Kelly, James Kirkwood, Hattie McDonald, William Langford, Billie Holiday, Marlena Dietrich, Hope Williams, Katherine Cornell, Sybil Thorndike Many more unknown. Died: 12th December, 1968 […]

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Akhenaten

Birth: Circa 1385 B.C. Place of Birth: Thebes (now Luxor) Egypt Nationality: Egyptian Job title: Pharaoh, High Priest of Ptah, Governor of Memphis, Royal Servant of Aten Partners: Queen Nefertiti (main wife), Merytaten (lesser wife), Kiya (lesser wife), Mekytaten (lesser wife), Ankhesenpaaten (lesser wife), Smenkhkare (male lover) Died: Circa 1335 B.C. Akhetaten Over time, stories […]

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Alfred Kinsey

Birth: 23rd June 1894 Died: 25th August 1956, New Jersey In their eagerness for knowledge, scientists have researched, theorised and tried to understand the world around us. We know why the sky is blue and the grass is green, why strawberries taste sweet and lemons taste sour. But for many years, one of the most […]

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Abraham Lincoln

Full Name: Abraham Lincoln Birth: 12th February 1809 Place of Birth: Kentucky, USA Nationality: American Job Title: Flatboat Crew, General Store Clerk, Postmaster, Lawyer, Politician, President Partners: Joshua Fry Speed, Mary Owens, Mary Todd, Cpt. David Derickson Died: 15th April 1865, Washington DC Some of the Gay Greats we feature in Fyne Times are rather […]

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Terrence Higgins Trust condemns government decision on Sex and Relationships Education

Already two months later than expected, having promised to comment by the end of last year, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan […]

Julie Bindel slams the normalising of censorship

Guardian journalist Julie Bindel has slammed a petition calling for presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from entering the […]

We Could be Heroes

If you remember watching re-runs of the 1960’s TV version of Batman as a child, you may be forgiven for […]

Halftime show labelled ‘gay’

Beyoncé and Coldplay’s halftime show at the Super Bowl has provoked homophobic comments from viewers all over the USA. The […]

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Don’t stand by is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016. The Holocaust and subsequent genocides […]

MI5 Security Service at the top of Workplace Equality Index 2016

  MI5 has been named as the UK’s most gay friendly employer in the UK after coming top of the […]