The Lost Boys – Epstein, Orton and Meek

>Jon Savage threads together the extraordinary lives of Brian Epstein, Joe Orton and Joe Meek – three men persecuted for their homosexuality who died in 1967 – the year the stigma was supposed to be lifted. Read the full Guardian article here. BBC Four will be broadcasting documentaries on Joe Orton’s and Joe Meek’s lives […]

Mad About the Boy

>Songs poured out of Noel Coward, over 400 of them. From the 1920’s to the 1960’s they filled his revues and musicals – love songs like Some Day I’ll Find You or the wit of Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Now they’re overshadowed by his plays. For BBC Radio 2, Pet Shop Boys’ lead singer, songwriter […]

The Boatswain’s Mate

>Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was born to a strict military family in which she was introduced to music and composition as ladylike activities suited to her position in society. As a teenager, however, she became determined to pursue music as a career and went on a prolonged hunger-strike to persuade her formidable father to allow […]

Reggae Stars Renounce Homophobia

>Three of the world’s top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men. Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act (Word file), in a deal brokered […]

Good Evening, Miss Dietrich

>Marlene Dietrich’s bisexual exploits, her fondness for butch drag and her medal-winning heroism in the Second World War have added to the legend that has already enthralled several generations of gay men, stretching right back to Weimar Germany, where Marlene’s career began. It was in the Berlin of the 1920s that the aspiring actress would […]