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Ancient Roman cup depicting gay sex reimagined for Pride

An ancient Roman cup which features two of the earliest surviving artistic depictions of gay sex has been reimagined in rainbow colours for Pride. The Warren Cup is an ancient silver drinking cup and depicts two male same-sex acts. The British Museum purchased the famous artefact in 1999 for £1.8 million. It is thought to have been created in the 1st century AD. Silversmith Hal Messel has teamed up with the British Museum and LGBT+ charity Stonewall to recreate eight different versions of the cup, each in a different colour...
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Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies

Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina has died at the age of 48 in Nairobi after a short illness, BBC News reports. Wainaina made waves in Kenya when he publicly came out as gay in 2014 after a series of anti-gay laws had been passed in some African countries. The author revealed his sexuality by sharing what he described as a “lost chapter” from his 2011 memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place. The “lost chapter” was called “I am a Homosexual, Mum.” Binyavanga Wainaina revealed...
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Turner Prize sponsor Stagecoach dropped after anti-LGBT row

The Turner Prize 2019 will no longer be sponsored by Stagecoach, whose chairman Sir Brian Souter has previously campaigned against gay rights. It was announced on Wednesday (May 1) that Stagecoach South East (a subsidiary of the main group) would sponsor this year’s edition of the prestigious prize, a move which sparked fierce criticism within the art and LGBT+ communities. Souter is a vocal critic of gay marriage, which he once warned would turn the UK into “a Babylonian-Greek society where sex is primarily a recreational activity.” In 2000, he...
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The Color Purple actress axed from show for anti-gay post

Actress Seyi Omooba has been dropped from an upcoming tour of musical The Color Purple after it emerged that she said homosexuality “isn’t right” in a 2014 Facebook post. The Facebook post went viral when Hamilton star Aaron Lee shared a screenshot on Twitter and said she owed an explanation to the LGBT+ community, as she was set to play a queer character in The Color Purple. The companies producing the show, Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome, announced this evening that they had axed Omooba from the production after the post resulted in...
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