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- Post 21 Feb 2014
- By Tomasz Nowicki
The Untold Stories website has gone live! You can now hear interviews from an initial selection of 12 participants. More will appear each week. Keep checking back
After many years of discussion about producing an oral history project for local LGBT people a number of local LGBT activists met in 2010 to put ‘meat on the bones’ for just such a proposal to HeritageLotteryFund.
The initial application took more than 6 months of almost daily back and forth discussions to produce a final bid. Heritage Lottery Fund responded to the bid with a resounding ‘Yes!’ Almost £50,000 was awarded for this 3 year project.
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- Post 20 Nov 2013
- By Tim Peters
Ray Gosling, LGBT Activist, Broadcaster and Journalist died yesterday at the age of 74.
Gosling was an early pioneer of the modern British gay rights movement, working with Allan Horsfall in the North West Homosexual Law Reform Committee of the late 1960s, which later became the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). Horsfall along wiith Gosling (until his death) ran a website together called Gay Monitor which is partly a history of CHE and partly an account of more recent cases of discrimination against gay men.
In 2000 he returned to television in a series of documentaries about his personal life over recent years. This led to him being taken on by BBC East Midlands in 2004 as a regular presenter on Inside Out, where he reported in his own individual style. His first film for Inside Out revisited his first TV documentary, Two Town Mad, made for the BBC in 1962. It was a comparison between Leicester and Nottingham and Gosling went back to the places and the people in the original film.
On Inside Out on 15 February 2010 in an uncorroborated confession, he stated that he had used a pillow to suffocate a former lover who was dying. He was arrested on suspicion of murder on 17 February 2010, and released on police bail the following day without being charged. On 20 August 2010, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Ray Gosling would be prosecuted because he had allegedly "...caused wasteful employment of the police by knowingly making...a false report tending to show that an offence had been committed." On 14 September 2010, Gosling was given a 90-day suspended sentence at Nottingham Magistrates' Court
Gosling always maintained a home in Nottingham, while being based in Manchester for much of his broadcasting work.Gosling died, aged 74, at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham on 19 November 2013
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- Post 12 Nov 2013
- By Tim Peters
The Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Centre on Wellington Street is to mark the International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday November 20th 2013 with a Book of Remembrance signing event.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialise those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honour Rita Hester, whose murder in America on November 28th1998 sparked a movement to commemorate those who have been subjected to the ultimate violent act; murder. Rita Hester's murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved.
Tim Peters, Leicester LGBT Centre Project Officer, states,
"We encourage our friends, supporters and partners - current and future - to show support for the Trans members of our communities both locally and internationally who have suffered from threats, intimidation, harassment and violence by coming into the LGBT Centre café area and signing our Book of Remembrance for trans people who have lost their lives solely for being perceived as 'different' ".
The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. It publicly mourns and honours the lives of trans people who might otherwise be forgotten. The Transgender Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that trans people are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers and gives our allies a chance to step forward and demonstrate support by memorialising those who have died by anti-transgender violence.
The Transgender Book of Remembrance will be available for all to sign in the Leicester LGBT Centre at 15 Wellington Street, Leicester city centre on Wednesday 20th November from 10am to 5pm. All are welcome.