Renaissance Literary Lovers Exhumed

>The bodies of Italian Renaissance philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (February 24, 1463 -November 17, 1494) and classical scholar and poet Angelo Ambrogini, best known as Poliziano (July 14, 1454 – September 24, 1494) were recently exhumed from St. Mark’s Basilica in Florence. The two men, who died a few weeks from each other, were […]

Michel Serrault Dies

>The French actor Michel Serrault died last month at the age of 79. Mention Michel Serrault to most filmgoers and a spangled vision of the most outrageous drag queen ever to burst on to the screen is evoked. Serrault, who has died from cancer aged 79, became internationally renowned as Albin/Zaza, the extremely effeminate, temperamental […]

Queer Lion in Venice

>Films featuring gay themes or characters are to take centre stage at this year’s Venice film festival, with the introduction of a new award. The “Queer Lion” award will sit alongside the regular Golden Lion award, with the aim of highlighting and honouring films that represent aspects of gay culture. Venice’s competition follows the lead […]

Ending Homophobic Reggae

>Buju Banton, popular reggae star known internationally for his homophobic lyrics, has signed a pledge to end his homophobic language. The gay rights campaign group Stop Murder Music announces publicly today that Banton has signed the “Reggae Compassion Act.” The act has already been signed by Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, three prominent reggae stars […]

Article Published on Death of Portugese “Cross-Dresser”

>After the recent passing of Portuguese “cross-dresser” Maria Teresinha, commonly known as “the general,” the Guardian published an article recounting his life. Living as a man since 1974, the general was put on trial in 1992 and effectively opened up discussion about homosexuality, cross-dressing and transsexuality in Portugal. To read the entire article, click here. […]

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 […]