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Bisexual Visibility Day September 23rd

September 24, 2013

Did you know that today is Bisexual Visibility Day?

You may not be aware, but they are at the White House and will be celebrating with an official event.

Seriously, this is not a joke.

Today, in honor of Bisexual Visibility Day there will be a White House roundtable discussion “about issues facing the bisexual community” attracting bisexual activists from around the nation.

This first-time White House event was called to my attention on Sunday when I saw a piece in the Miami Herald with the headline, “A voice for bisexuals, Miami activist heads to D.C.”

The piece highlighted Luigi Ferrer, who is program and grants development director for Pridelines Youth Services. The Miami Herald reports:

“I am the Florida representative,” said Ferrer, a longtime bisexual activist who joins about two-dozen others at the roundtable, which coincides with international Bisexual Visibility Day on Sept. 23.

“They decided to celebrate bisexuality day by inviting the national bisexual leadership roundtable to the White House for a policy meeting,” said Ferrer, who received an email invitation about a month ago from the Barack Obama administration.

The Live Aid story you’ve never heard before

May 28, 2013

Enormous egos, impossible demands, and backstage booze and drugs for the stars. The inside story of how Live Aid took charity global in the decade of greed
On July 13, 1985, nearly two billion people – a third of humanity – tuned in to Live Aid, the global jukebox that raised millions for the starving of Africa.

Only 72,000 were lucky enough to be at Wembley to see history in the making, but Dylan Jones was one of them.

Here, in an extract from his new book, he recalls the madness behind the event: from the promoter trying to get Nasa to fly Mick Jagger into space, to Stevie Wonder refusing to be the ‘token black artist’.

And he reveals a key figure’s VERY rude comments about Diana’s hair…

That day, Saturday July 13, 1985, everyone got up with the same purpose in mind.

It didn’t matter what you were doing, you knew where you would be. For months we had talked of little else.

We were going to Wembley to be part of the world’s biggest-ever charity concert, organised by Bob Geldof, a fading pop star who had been horrified by the famine in Ethiopia, and was determined to do something about it.

‘Everyone has a common experience of it, everyone remembers where they were and what they felt about it,’ said Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

‘It’s one of those little pegs that you hang all your other memories on.’

Freddie Mercury’s lover cursed by his fortune

March 31, 2013

In the days before his death, his once lithe body now rendered extremely frail by Aids, Freddie Mercury made one final request of the woman he described as ‘the love of my life’. That she, and she alone, should collect his ashes after his cremation and dispose of them at a private location never to be disclosed.

For more than two decades Mary Austin has abided by Mercury’s wishes and kept the whereabouts of his ashes a secret. Not even his elderly parents were told.

Since the death of Queen’s flamboyant frontman, aged 45, in November 1991, speculation has been rife. Were the ashes taken to his native Zanzibar? Or buried under a cherry tree in the Japanese garden of his London mansion?