In case you haven’t noticed there’s a new Doctor in the TARDIS—but is Jodie Whitaker really rewriting the show’s approah to gender and sexuality? Paul F Cockburn investigates. Just in case you’ve not noticed, Doctor Who is now a woman. The original announcement – made after the 2017 Wimbledon Men’s Final – horrified some people, surprised […]
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Out of Our Minds?
Legal equalities notwithstanding, being LGBT in a Straight world can still lead to mental health issues—and existing support services are just not fit for purpose, says Paul F Cockburn. Half a century on from the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual […]
Lavender Menace: Queen of Bookshops
With a new play celebrating Scotland’s first Gay Bookshop, Lavedner Menace, due to open at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, co-owner Bob Orr looks back to the start of the story, in 1982. Your involvement in selling books started long before you opened Lavender Menace. I’d come to Edinburgh in 1976. By 1979 I was part of […]
LGBT people have an increasingly visible influence on all our lives, as Paul F Cockburn reports. IT: Tim Cook (CEO Apple Inc.)Steve Jobs is credited with dragging Apple from near bankruptcy in 1997 to being (according to Forbes in 2016) the eighth biggest public company in the world. Yet a significant player was Timothy Donald […]
Andrew Doyle on Forrest Reid
The acerbic writer and stand-up is determined to spread the word about his gay literary hero – who died 70 years ago. Most GT readers will know Andrew Doyle for his stand up comedy; as a frequently hilarious, sharply intelligent, and fearless stage presence, ready to push audience tolerance of “bad taste” to the limit. […]
Doctor Who and the Gay Agenda
Is the iconic BBC TV Series – back on BBC1 – really guilty of having a pro-LGBT agenda? Life-long fan Paul F Cockburn has a look at the evidence. Back on 26 March 2005, television viewers saw the new Doctor Who – a lean, leather-jacketed Christopher Eccleston – momentarily pause while flicking through a copy […]
Queer Up North
Liverpool’s annual LGBT festival returns with a programme of exhibitions, events and debates under the theme of ‘Art=Life’. So why should you head to Liverpool this November? “We’ve got some amazing highlights this year,” insists Homotopia’s Development Director Bev Ayre, when asked about this year’s festival at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre and other venues around the […]