Retrospect Opera Seeks Funding for Recording More of Dame Ethel Smyth's Works

Retrospect Opera is a UK charity with a particular interest in the work of Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Britain’s most important female composer as well as a suffragette, notable author, feminist and of course lesbian. They have already recorded Ethel’s hilarious First World War comedy, The Boatswain’s Mate (1916). They are now raising funds to […]

LGBT History Month 2014: Your definitive guide to celebrating diversity in Manchester through music

LGBT History Month 2014: Your definitive guide to celebrating diversity in Manchester through music – Manchester has long been the spiritual home of Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. Over the coming month people from far and wide will descend on the city for LGBT History Month, an annual celebration of the LGBT community that takes place in February

History Month 2014: Music – Want to be involved in 2014 ?

The video of the November launch of LGBT History Month 2014 is now available here!
We hope seeing the student workshops, guest speakers and musical performances inspires YOU to stage an event yourself, or to help your local, school, museum, gallery or where you work celebrate the unifying power of diversity through music.
Every year HM is represented by a famous ‘face’, to inspire you to create….this year we have 4! Find information on “Faces of ’14” here – Ethel Smyth, Benjamin Britten, Bessie Smith and Anglea Morley.
Want to get involved during 2014? Look inside…

Reclaiming the dancehall from the homophobes

Reclaiming dancehall from the homophobes – A new generation of gay Londoners are getting down to hardcore Jamaican sounds. Dancehall’s old guard are losing ground to newer artists with no time for such prejudices, and a fresh generation of gay DJs and clubbers have started looking beyond the outdated narrative that dancehall = homophobic.

Was Lou Reed the First Out Rock Star?

Was Lou Reed the first Out rock star?
Soon after Lou Reed’s death at age 71 on Sunday, Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend tweeted that the legendary rock star was “maybe the first out songwriter,” an allusion to his purported bisexuality. During his lifetime, Reed was famous for his sybaritic pursuits and unorthodox lifestyle. But was he bisexual?