Tate bares all

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The Critics | Henry Scott Tuke | Warwick District Council

London’s Tate Britain is preparing its first show dedicated to “queer art” -“Queer British Art 1861-1967”. It is almost 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

“We have works which demonstrate lots of different attitudes, from anxiety to celebration,” Curator Clare Barlow told the Observer, adding that other items came to acquire notoriety by accident. Walter Crane’s languorous 1877 painting, The Renaissance of Venus, is a good example. “Crane’s wife did not want him viewing or drawing nude women, so instead he used a well-known young male model, Alessandro di Marco, to stand in for the goddess of love.”

The exhibition includes a full-length portrait of Oscar Wilde by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington, given to the writer as a wedding present by the artist and now being shown publicly in Britain for the first time. Next to it is Oscar’s prison cell door.

Queer British Art 1861-1967 is at Tate Britain, London SW1P, from 5 April to 1 October 2017.

It must be Spring

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Dublin People | 17057

The sun has been shining on Your Activist for the third consecutive day; the temperature could almost be described as “warm”; on the radio, we heard a man have a request played for his tortoise, Dougal, who has just emerged from hibernation; and the daffodils are out. Now, however we have proof of what we were beginning to suspect: it’s Spring, and Stephen Lehane, from Glenageary, has won the 12th annual Mr Gay Ireland competition.

Before you know it, it will be Pride.

http://www.dublinpeople.com/news/southside/articles/2017/03/13/4136466-stephen-takes-mr-gay-ireland-title-for-2017/

Yes, it was a big gay out

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Dean Purcell | 17034

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English attended Auckland’s Big Gay Out at Coyle Park in Pt Chevalier despite dark clouds threatening to spoil the day. A number of political parties had stalls. As well as the Prime Minister, ACT leader David Seymour and Labour leader Andrew Little attended.

English hoped to be more warmly received that his predecessor John Key was, after he was booed off stage at last year’s event. Auckland mayor Phil Goff posed for photos with those present, joined by councillors Cathy Casey and Richard Hills.

The theme of this years event was ending HIV. Green Party leader James Shaw was also there, and said his party had a “pretty clear track record” of standing with the LGBT community. The Greens were committed to eradicating HIV from New Zealand by 2025. “There’s a tonne of work that still needs to happen for this community, particularly in public health.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/aucklander/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503378&objectid=11799304

Bona seating!

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Orlando United | 17002

Orlando City’s Soccer Club has unveiled 49 rainbow seats in its stadium, in honour of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting of June 2016. The team has replaced a section of seating in the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

It is the latest in a line of tributes the Soccer Club has paid to the victims of the incident.

http://www.98fm.com/Orlando-Soccer-Stadium-Unveils-Rainbow-Seats-For-Pulse-Victims

Gladiator gone

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Mr Walters in the outfit | Back to Stonewall | 16306ga

Will X. Walters, who lost a lawsuit against San Diego police who arrested him for nudity during San Diego Pride, may have killed himself.

Police were called to the apartment of 35-year-old Will X. Walters Wednesday but it’s unclear how long he’d been dead. The case is under investigation by the medical examiner.

Back to Stonewall report that Mr Walters “was dressed in leather gear consisting of boots, a black leather gladiator kilt, black underwear, and a black leather harness with chrome rings and says he was forcibly escorted out and had his phone knocked from his hand as he attempted to record the incident.”

His attorney, Chris Morris, says he hadn’t heard from his client since the Dec. 13 verdict.

Mr Walters was arrested in 2011 during a gay pride event at Balboa Park, San Diego for wearing a leather gladiator outfit that didn’t fully cover his buttocks. He sued police for anti-gay discrimination but a federal jury ruled against him. Mr Walters had run up a bill of roughly $1 million for his legal costs.

Gay Activist sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/man-lost-gay-pride-arrest-suit-apparent-suicide-44460676

http://www.back2stonewall.com/2012/03/update-san-diego-prides-shawn-chamberlain-responds-lawsuit-pride-thong-arrest.html

Marking 50 years of legality

It was in 1967 the UK law was changed to legalise homosexuality between two consenting males. The 1967 act amended the law of England and Wales regarding homosexual activity, with Scotland following suit in 1980, and Northern Ireland in 1982.

The British Museum’s new exhibition will highlight the previously-hidden gay histories within its collection, and creates a treasure map of historic LGBTQ moments and objects held by the museum.

The Museum has a coin featuring the Roman emperor Hadrian on one side, and his male lover Antinous on the reverse. Antinous, who would have been part of a harem of the emperor’s lovers, drowned in the Nile river during a lion hunt, leaving the emperor distraught.

Other events will be taking place across the UK at the British Museum, the Red House, the Walker in Liverpool, the Russell-Cotes museum and gallery, and more.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-arts-gay-history-2017-797522

Montenegrans want to marry

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Birn | 16302ga

Dozens of people marched the streets of Podgorica in the fourth Montenegro Pride parade, urging their families to show support for their LGBT relatives and to campaign for gay marriage. The theme for Pride was “Family Values”.

Marchers called for same-sex marriages, the eradication of homophobia and transphobia, and the creation of conditions required to develop the LGBTIQ community in Montenegro.

Queer Montenegro, who organised Pride, hope that by the end of next year, Montenegro would adopt a law on same-sex marriages.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/montenegro-gays-march-for-same-sex-marriages-12-17-2016-1

Delhi marches for freedom

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Associated Press | 16497ga

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched in New Delhi, highlighting the continuing discrimination they face and demanding the repeal of an Indian law criminalizing homosexual acts, reports Associated Press.

As they marched to the beat of drums on Sunday, some parade participants said much has changed in recent years, with people starting to accept them. But others said India’s right-wing government is against gay rights.

Rituparna Borah, an activist, was not very hopeful, saying that the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not supportive of gay rights. “We have yet to have an inclusive society,” she said.

Over the past decade, homosexuals have gained a degree of acceptance in India, especially in big cities. Many bars have gay nights, and some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues.

Still, being gay is seen as shameful in most of the country, and many homosexuals remain closeted.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3975596/Gay-rights-activists-march-New-Delhi-parade.html

http://thetandd.com/news/world/gay-rights-activists-march-in-new-delhi-parade/article_ca50c4c8-6a7f-5ba5-84f4-9d4484eb57ad.html

Pride Taipei style

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Reuters | 16488ga

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, to participate in Asia’s biggest gay pride parade, many carrying placards calling on the government to legalise same sex marriage.

Taiwan is more liberal than much of Asia on LGBT rights but moves toward marriage equality have stalled.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which controls Taiwan’s parliament and took power five months ago, is widely considered sympathetic to the LGBT community.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37811442

On your bike in Brisbane!

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Josh Bavas/ABC | 16404ga

About 2,000 people have marched through Fortitude Valley to New Farm Park in inner Brisbane to support Queensland’s gay, lesbian and transgender community in the city’s annual Pride Day Festival.

Leading the way were state politicians including health minister Cameron Dick. Yes, really.

“Great to celebrate diversity and equality,” Health Minister Mr Dick said. “That’s what our party believes in and I’m pleased that our Government is trying to promote measures to increase diversity and also equality in Queensland.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-17/thousands-march-through-brisbane-in-support-of-gay-pride/7855010