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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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Reading Pride ready to rock the town this weekend

Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since the first Festival, attendance has […]

The full line up for Reading Pride has been announced !

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From multi-platinum and gold selling artist Sam and the Womp and Eurovision finalists Joe and Jake to the likes of […]

The Pink Festival

During the first weekend of September, The Pink Festival will be headlined by Andy Bell – best known as the […]

Christian Voice slams Tom Daley and Caster Semenya

Openly homophobic UK ‘prayer group’ Christian Voice has found itself back in the news after a long absence by stating […]

Kiss-in welcomed by Sainsbury’s

A branch of Sainsbury’s in London has been the location of a mass-protest in response to a gay couple being […]

Swindon and Wiltshire Pride returns for an 8th year

Swindon Pride was launched in 2008, with the first ever Pride festival being held in the town. In 2009, the […]