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77 Year Old Transgender Activist Honored By The Queen of England

77 year old transgender activist April Ashley has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)

The recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours has thrilled the 77-year-old. “It’s unbelievable and wonderful and especially fantastic to receive it in the year of Her Majesty’s Jubilee,” she said yesterday, at home in Fulham, south-west London. She declined to speak until she had finished watching the Trooping of the Colour. Duncan Fallowell, her biographer, said: “It makes me proud to be British. Proud of an establishment that can make such an award, perhaps a rather eccentric award.”

The MBE is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom.  The Order’s motto is For God and the Empire. It is the most junior of the British orders of chivalry, and the largest, with over 100,000 living members worldwide

Two HOT English Blokes Stand Up To Fight Bullying (Did I Mention They Were Prince Harry and Ben Cohen?)

Ben Cohen has seriously ramped up his work with his StandUp Foundation dedicated to stopping bullying worldwide.

In the video below Ben talks  his work with international partners Microsoft and Nike, as well as Wicked the Musical. (And his voice is even HOT!)

Also Ben,  recently posted a picture of him and Prince Harry, who supports Ben Cohen’s work and the anti-bullying project.  Princess Diana would be so proud of Harry, who has carried on with her spirit of supporting charities and helping those who need it.

WOOF! – UK Rugby Stud Ben Foden Goes FULL MONTY At Barcelona Strip Club

Over the weekend at a bachelor party in Barcelona, hot and hunky rugby union footballer  Ben Foden  who plays for Northampton Saints and England joined some dancers at a strip club going Full Monty to the delight of many and to the chagrin of his fiancee, Una Healy, is “fuming” about the incident

This isn’t the first time that Foder’s dropped trou though.  Ben one one of the many UK stars featured in Cosmopolitan UK pictorial raising awareness for testicular and prostate cancer

Ben Foden just brought  a whole new meaning to pole dancing.

Gareth Thomas nearly naked

WOOF! – Gay Rugger and Icon Gareth Thomas Joins UK’s Celebrity Big Brother

Hunky prime aged Welsh beef Gareth Thomas, the gay rugby icon who retired from sport in October has joined the cast of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the UK  which begins airing tonight.

According to the Daily Mail:

The popular sportsman, who is a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and attended their wedding, will appear on the Channel 5 reality show which starts tonight. He will join such luminaries as Natasha Giggs, whose only claim to fame is having an affair with her footballer star brother-in-law Ryan Giggs. Ironically, Mr Thomas is friends with Manchester United winger Giggs.”

The rest of the line-up for Celebrity Big Brother UK includes ex-EastEnder Natalie Cassidy, cocaine-shame X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza, Former glamour model Nicola McLean, Hollywood actor Michael Madsen, TV presenter and  Denise Welch.

OY!  All you Back2Stonewall.com UK readers.  Get the DVR ready and get some shower screenshot of Gareth and send them to info@Back2Stonewall.com and make us all very happy!

PLEASE?

TESCO Ends Funding Of London Pride After Boycott Threat From Extremist Religious Group

Only days after the rabidly anti-gay Christian Institute called for shoppers to boycott Britan’s largest retailer Tesco after Tesco  gave Pride London £30,000 to fund its family area.  Tesco has now decided NOT  to sponsor Pride London again after next year, giving into the anti-gay group..

In a letter from Tesco:

“Most of our charitable and community support is however focused on delivering practical benefits, rather than on funding awareness-raising events.

“We will therefore discuss with Out at Tesco how we can support them in future years in ways that will not include sponsoring events.”

A Tesco spokesperson also spoke to PinkNews.co.uk who originally broke the story to explain:

“Tesco promotes a tolerant environment and supports a wide range of good causes and charities.  We do not take funding decisions for 2013 so far in advance though our preference is always to support projects with practical benefits rather than events. We will be discussing how best to do this with Out At Tesco..  Our Out at Tesco team will be working closely with Pride London to ensure next year’s event (2012) is even more fun.”

One could think that Tesco is still only spomnsoring next years London Pride for  brand exposure and it’s strictly marketing decision because of the huge  exposure could taht can be gained at a two day World Pride Event in the middle of  the Summer Olympics.

If Tesco donates its usual sum that it gives to London Pride on top of what it already gives LGBT charities and non-profits its all well and good.  But for Tesco to fold to an extremist anti-gay’s threats of a boycott over funding LP is not only akin to giving into terrorist but also a slap in the face to the LGBT community.

Meanwhile The Christian Institute is crowing over its victory.

Perhaps someone should tell Tesco that boycotts can work both ways.

WOOF – “McFly” Drummer Harry Judd Strips Down For UK’s Gay Magazine “Attitude”

Harry Judd best known for being the drummer of the UK pop group McFly and who’s also a finalist this season on the Brit Version of Dancing With The Stars called Strickly Come Dancing has pumped up and stripped down for the January issue of the UK gay mag Attitude.

In the interview Harry said: “I’m not embarrassed, I’m over it.

“We were talking about how we were older but had teen appeal and could be an attractive band. So for the next campaign we said we should really get in shape,” he suggested.

“I went at it quite hard. We were in Spain and they came into my room and I had my top off. They said ‘F***ing hell, mate, you’re massive’.”

He also added: “Next thing you know, all three of them were on the floor doing press-ups. That gave them a kick up the arse.”

Massive indeed.

David Cameron threatens to decrease UK Aid to anti-gay countries

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has taken a new tack in showing that the UK is strongly against the anti-homosexuality laws that exist in some nations. He is proposing that UK aid be limited for certain countries unless they reform their legislation banning homosexuality.

The issue was raised at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth where Cameron stated the recipients of UK aid should “adhere to proper human rights”. With many of these laws a legacy of the British Empire, the UK perhaps feels particular responsibility for helping change them. 41 of the 54 members of the Commonwealth have anti-gay laws.

But has the colonial legacy evaporated too much for Cameron to wield such legitimate authority? Will the stick prove more effective than the carrot? Or is this simply blackmail?

This could generate more anti-West sentiment amongst nations who already begrudge Western values being imposed upon them against their will. Can this be an effective long-term approach if it is unlikely to change the attitudes within the country? If anything, it could lead to greater resentment for homosexuals.

Cameron did concede that he does not expect countries to change overnight. But during the fight for changing governmental attitudes, it is the people who may suffer the consequences. For many in the developing world, they will resent the fact this issue may take precedence over life-threatening levels such as extreme hunger, yet for many homosexuals in these countries this is also a matter of life and death

It should be noted, however, that this threat would not actually reduce the overall amount of aid to any one country as it only applies to one type of bilateral aid – general budget support.

Either way, it is reassuring for many to see LGBT issues being taken seriously at a national level, and by none other than a conservative government!