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“We must tell our children about a crime unique in human history… Six million innocent people... sent to their deaths just for being different, just for being Jewish.


We tell them, our children, about the millions of Poles and Catholics and Roma and gay people and so many others who also must never be forgotten.”


President Barak Obama acknowledges those – including gay people – who died during the Holocaust, at a speech at the US Holocaust Museum


WORLD NEWS


The four leading candidates: BFI Southbank - 14 April 2012 STONEWALL HOSTS Boris Johnson Ken Livingstone


MAYORAL HUSTINGS LGB rights charity Stonewall hosted a London Gay Mayoral Hustings event for the LGBT community on Saturday 14 April. The event, which took place at the BFI Southbank, was chaired by Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill, and featured the four leading candidates – Boris Johnson (current mayor and Conservative candidate), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrats) and Jenny Jones (Green Party). The four were allowed fi ve minutes each to explain to the audience why they believed they were the best candidates for the position of Mayor (to be voted for by Londoners on 3 May), before members of the audience were invited to ask them questions. Summerskill also quizzed them with questions that had been previously sent in or to which Stonewall itself wanted answers. “It’s really impressive that all of the main mayoral candidates wanted to engage lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners – something that would have been unthinkable 15 or 20 years ago,” said Summerskill afterwards. “What was particularly interesting was that many of the people in the audience were completely undecided about how they were going to vote, so clearly no-one should take London’s 350,000 gay voters for granted.”


WILL YOUNG BOOKED Singer Will Young has announced that he is set to release a memoir of his life later this year. The autobiography of the openly gay singer and actor – who shot to fame as the winner of Pop Idol in 2002 – has been snapped up by the Little, Brown Book Group, which is planning to publish it through its Sphere Books imprint in October 2012. A spokesperson for Little, Brown said, “Written in Will’s witty, frank and self-deprecating style, the book will be a full autobiography covering all the highlights and dramas of one of Britain’s best-loved stars.”


CHILE


The Chilean Congress has approved most of the provisions of a Bill that would protect citizens of the country against discrimination. The bill was narrowly passed by a vote of 58-56, and it discussion in Congress came just a couple of weeks after the death of 24-year- old gay man Daniel Zamudio. Zamudio was viciously beaten in a park by four people who allegedly belonged to a Neo-Nazi group. He was badly beaten, and had cigarette burns and swastikas carved into his skin. His death prompted wide coverage and outrage in the country. The Chamber of Deputies held a minute’s silence Mr Zamudio before approving most of the proposed bill.


RUSSIA


A judge in the Russian city of St Petersburg has cleared the first man to be charged under the newly- created offence of promoting homosexuality around minors. However, Sergey Kondrashov, who is heterosexual, was instead convicted of disobeying a police order. In her ruling, the judge cited a lack of evidence and protocols for omitting the ‘gay propaganda’ charge from her ruling. Kondrashov was arrested for protesting against the introduction of the city’s notorious anti-gay legislation after holding up a banner reading, “A dear family friend is lesbian. My wife and I love and respect her … and her family is just as equal as ours.” He now says that he plans to appeal against the court’s decision.


ADRELLA 1956-2012 The London cabaret scene was in mourning following the news of the passing of Peter Searle, known to generations of gay men under his drag name, Adrella. He died on 11 April, aged 56, following a long battle against cancer. Adrella first appeared on stage in the 1975, going on to perform solo and alongside such fellow drag legends as Lily Savage, Regina Fong and David Dale. Besides his scathing impersonations of stars such as Liza Minnelli, Adrella was also a Eurovision devotee, and his hosting of the coverage of the ceremony at North London bar Central Station became the stuff of legend. Vocal about his own HIV status, he also helped raised funds for charity and awareness of the disease. He started regular collections at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in 1986 (he enjoyed a ten-year Sunday residency at the bar from 1982-92), and in 1987 he was presented with an award by the Terrence Higgins Trust, in recognition of the thousands of pounds that he and the Sunday School regulars at RVT had raised. In 2008, for World AIDS Day, Peter wrote movingly in Out In The City about being a long-term HIV survivor. He took a step back from performing during the 1990s when he suffered from ill health. However, he continued with his charity work and made occasional appearances on the scene, including hosting the 6th Annual Winter Palace Gala at the Black Cap pub in Camden in 2009, in memory of his old friend Regina Fong.


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