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Gay Great – Richard Montague

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Rocky Horror Returns to Oxford

Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics – including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Damnit Janet’, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting ‘Time […]

LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children […]

The Journey to Acceptance

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and […]

Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett […]

“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage […]

Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences […]

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new […]

Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical […]

LGBT History Month

Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, […]

Our Hidden Histories

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M […]