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Sneak Peek of UK Gay Dramas 'Cucumber' and 'Banana' To Air Following Premiere of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' - VIDEO

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Stateside fans of Russel T Davies who've been itching to see his new interconnected UK gay dramas Cucumber and Banana are set to get a a surprise sneak peak following the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race this Monday on Logo.

Via press release:

The two interwoven drama series will explore 21st century gay life in all its powerful, witty, dark and uplifting guises through the lens of two disparate generations. The hour-long Cucumber will explore the lives and misadventures of Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and his long-suffering boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri). The half-hour Banana will follow the individual lives of younger characters orbiting around Henry’s world, telling stories of modern love – the romantic, the obsessed, the hopeful, the lonely, the lost, and the lucky – in an urban Manchester, England setting. 

Watch a brand new Banana clip of the show's heartbreaking opening scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

The first episodes of Cucumber and Banana will air after RuPaul's Drag Race next Monday, March 2 at 10pm ET/PT. The two shows will then return for their official season premieres on April 13. 

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Queen Elizabeth II Thinks Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Wonderful' - VIDEO

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Or so says Stephen Fry.

Appearing as a guest on the Jonathan Ross Show to speak about his recent wedding, Fry revealed that the Queen, though officially politically neutral, is delighted with the turn of events in same-sex equality:

It was only last summer that Her Majesty The Queen gave the Royal Assent. When the Queen signed the Royal Assent for the Equal Marriages Act, allowing gay people to marry for the first time, she put it down and said 'Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?'

The whole episode is embedded here, but the bit about the Queen can be found starting at the 9:32 mark AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Government Urged to Pardon the 49,000 Men and Women Who Were Persecuted Under Anti-gay Laws

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Spurred to action in response to the public's newfound awareness of gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, actors and activists are now calling on the British government to pardon the tens of thousands of other British citizens who were persecuted under draconian anti-gay laws of the past. 

In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II pardoned Turing, who committed suicide after being convicted of "gross indecency" for being gay.

Following a screening of The Imitation Game in London Wednesday, actor Stephen Fry said the pardon was only the start of what should be done to honor Turing. 

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

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"Should Alan Turing have been pardoned just because he was a genius," Fry asked, "when somewhere between 50 to 70 thousand other men were imprisoned, chemically castrated, had their lives ruined or indeed committed suicide because of the laws under which Turing suffered? There is a general feeling that perhaps if he should be pardoned, then perhaps so should all of those men, whose names were ruined in their lifetime, but who still have families." He continued, "It was a nasty, malicious and horrific law and one that allowed so much blackmail and so much misery and so much distress. Turing stands as a figure symbolic to his own age in the way that Oscar Wilde was, who suffered under a more but similar one."

[Benedict] Cumberbatch, meanwhile, emailed THR from the set of the next Sherlock series to offer his full and enthusiastic agreement with Fry's idea. "Alan Turing was not only prosecuted, but quite arguably persuaded to end his own life early, by a society who called him a criminal for simply seeking out the love he deserved, as all human beings do. 60 years later, that same government claimed to ‘forgive’ him by pardoning him. I find this deplorable, because Turing’s actions did not warrant forgiveness — theirs did — and the 49,000 other prosecuted men deserve the same."

HRC president Chad Griffin ran an ad in Friday's New York Times on the campaign to pardon the other 49,000 persecuted gay men and women. You can check out the full ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

There's also a Change.org petition underway for the campaign HERE

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McDonald's Suspends Security Guard After He Tells Gay Men To Stop Kissing in UK Restaurant

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A security guard at a McDonald's in Leicester, England has been suspended after telling two gay man to stop kissing, claiming that the couple would make "people feel uneasy." One of the men, Matthew Dummigan (above), says he felt “insulted” and “belittled” and claims that the kiss he shared with his companion "wasn't even a proper kiss, it was a peck."

Dummigan asked the guard if his "no kissing" rule also applied to straight people. Apparently it didn't. The Leicester Mercury reports:

The 23-year-old said he then asked if it would be "acceptable" if his friend had been female – to which the doorman replied "yes". “He said it was making people feel uneasy.

“It was really upsetting for me.” Matthew, of Leicester city centre, was with four friends at the time. “I tried to confront him about it,” said Matthew. “I told him his attitude wasn’t right. I was really angry and upset.

 “Gay people can get married and divorced, yet they get told off for showing a bit of affection - his attitude was so outdated. One of my friends stuck up for us and he got chucked out,” he added.

The burger chain has suspended the security guard while they investigate and have apologized to Dummigan:

“We are very sorry for Mr Dummigan’s experience when visiting our restaurant. We have taken this complaint very seriously and are conducting a thorough internal investigation and while this is happening have suspended the security guard in question. Our customer care team is in touch with Mr Dummigan.”

The head of the Leicester LGBT Centre has issued a response saying that he's “disgusted but not surprised” about the incident. He added: “Things like this demonstrate that we are nowhere near where we should be when it comes to equality. We are around 25 to 30 years behind."


Scotland Hosts UK's First Pagan Same-Sex Wedding

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The first pagan same-sex wedding in the United Kingdom took place in Edinburgh, Scotland last Sunday, reports LGBTQ Nation.

Scotland pagan weddingTom Lanting and Iain Robertson (both aged 34) have been together for 12 years. Both are Hedge Witches.

They were married in the 16th century cellars of Marlin’s Wynd (right) in Edinburgh's historic Old Town by Pagan Federation (Scotland) Presiding Officer Louise Park.

The ceremony included a number of Pagan traditions: casting a circle; invoking the elements of earth, air, water, fire and spirit; sharing a quaich of mead; handfasting; and jumping the broom.

The Pagan Federation - the largest umbrella group supporting the Pagan community in Scotland - has legally solemnized hundreds of same-sex marriages since 2005.


Stephen Fry's Marriage To Elliot Spencer Draws Homophobic Backlash Over Age Gap

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Last week Stephen Fry, a 57 year old British comedian and television personality, married Elliot Spencer, a fellow comedian known for being 30 years Fry's junior. From the jump neither Fry nor Spencer made much of an effort to conceal the nature of their relationship from the public, and the pair quickly made headlines for their significant age gap.

“This was the week celebrities and politicians from all over the free world linked arms in defence of a Paris magazine’s right to give gratuitous offence to Muslims,” wrote Tom Utley for The Daily Mail. “OK, nobody is going to shoot me. But how many of them, I wonder, would show the same solidarity with a paper that showed similar disrespect for Mr Fry’s nuptial arrangements?”

In Utley’s piece, he openly admits to having reservations about Fry and Spencer’s relationship. Primary among his concerns is the couple’s significant age differential, and the implicit disparity between the men in terms of their ability to make long-lasting decisions involving their romantic lives.

To their credit, Fry’s account of his newlywed status to Spencer is anything but difficult. The couple have purportedly received the blessings of the Clooneys, J.K Rowling, and David Cameron. As Utley’s piece goes on, however, the more homophobic elements of his argument begin to surface.

“I entreat you not to misunderstand me, “ he begins. “It would break my heart if any son of mine felt I was such a bigot that he couldn’t tell me he was gay, or thought that I’d love him any the less for it. I’d also like it on record that I came round long ago to civil partnerships, and I’m a little ashamed of my initial opposition to them.”

“But as I understand marriage, it’s an institution for child-rearing and mutual support between the sexes, which means the real thing can only be between a man and a woman….I strongly suspect, too, that some of my other objections to the Fry-Spencer match will have occurred to many, if not most, parents of 27-year-olds.”


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