pride: Last News


April Ashley: Inside life of Britain's first transgender pioneer - from slums to Vogue

Pride programmes celebrating the LGBT community saw the story of April Ashley told, detailing how she became one of the UK's most prominent transgender equality campaigners.The Extraordinary Life of April Ashley took viewers back to her gritty upbringing in Liverpool's slums, through to starring in films, modelling for British Vogue and her controversial divorce court battle.Ashley, who died last year at the age of 86, became one of the first people in Britain known to have gone through gender reassignment surgery, in what proved to be a painful procedure abroad, after she was outed in the press.The documentary, which aired at 10pm on Monday July 4, was designed to “take the audience inside the intimate reality of the transgender experience” and explored how Ashley “paved the way for future generations of transgender people”, according to Channel 4.April Ashley was a transgender model, dancer, restaurant owner and equalities campaigner who was involved in the landmark divorce trial Corbett v Corbett.Born George Jamieson in Liverpool, Ashley suffered from calcium deficiency during her childhood and required weekly injections at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the city’s West Derby area.Her obituary in The Telegraph suggests she knew at 15 she wanted to become a woman but signed-up with the Merchant Navy a year later, only to be given an dishonourable discharge after an alleged suicide attempt.At the age of 25, after embarking on a career in Paris as a part of a drag cabaret act, Ashley went to Morocco where she had gender reassignment surgery.She returned to Britain and became a successful fashion model, appearing in British Vogue for which she was photographed by David Bailey.Ashley also won a small role in the '60s

Related News
New hangover pill to 'rapidly break down booze' goes on sale in the UK today
READ MORE: Horror British beer drought looming with another brewery announcing strikeNow a groundbreaking new hangover pill has gone on the market today and it's the ultimate cure after a big night out.It promises to "rapidly break down alcohol" – and it costs just £1.Myrkl is a pre-drinking tablet which prides itself on being "the first product in history to break down alcohol effectively".The food supplement, which is 100% natural and vegan, costs £30 for a pack of 30 pills.It was invented back in 1990 by scientist Johan de Faire and has now been "perfected over 30 years of research and design".People must take two pills before drinking, either at least one hour before or any time up to 12 hours before the session.Up to 70% of booze is then broken down after 60 minutes with the product claiming to support immunity.According to NHS guidelines, men and women are advised to not drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.The Myrkl website said: "It helps breaking down alcohol fast before it reaches the liver."It is not suited and aimed to alleviate the impact of excess alcohol consumption."Myrkl must never be an excuse to drink more and you should always limit your consumption within the government guidelines."Håkan Magnusson, chief executive officer at Myrkl, said the product would help people feel "their best" the next day."Moderate social drinking is a huge part of Brit culture, with the majority heading out to enjoy a few drinks together," Håkan said."Myrkl's purpose is therefore to help those regular moderate drinkers to wake up feeling their best the next day."Want all the biggest Lifestyle news straight to your inbox? Sign up for our free Daily Star Hot Topics newsletterREAD NEXT:
Lorraine Kelly reveals mishap at Pride London event
Lorraine Kelly has revealed how her attendance at PRIDE London didn't quite go to plan, but that didn't stop the ITV presenter from having a ball of a time. Find out what happened in her exclusive HELLO! diary below...It was such a joy and an honour to be one of the million people taking part in PRIDE London at the weekend although it didn't quite go according to plan for us.READ: Strictly's Johannes Radebe reveals his search for loveWe covered ourselves in rainbow glitter and our brightest outfits and happily boarded our special open top bus which decided to completely break down.WATCH: Lorraine Kelly reveals mishap at PRIDE London paradeObviously, a little thing like that wasn't going to stop us taking part; so along with the fantastic ITV Pride team and ITV on-screen pals including my lovely friend Mark Heyes, Phillip Schofield, Alison Hammond, Gok Wan, Charlene White, Linda Robson and Judi Love, we decided to unfurl our banners, and get out and walk.READ: Lorraine Kelly apologises to fans as she holds back tearsREAD: Lorraine Kelly looks so glamorous in the boldest Zara shirt dress Lorraine and her friend Mark Heyes aboard the ITV Pride parade busWe were joined by Emmerdale stars including Ash Palmiscaro, and Dame Kelly Holmes, who recently came out.
‘Heartstopper’ stars appear at Pride march in London
Netflix series Heartstopper attended London’s Pride march over the weekend as the event marked its 50th anniversary.During Saturday’s (July 2) events, the likes of Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Jenny Walser, Sebastian Croft, Tobie Donovan, Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell were seen marching.The stars also came across homophobic protestors and danced to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ in front of them.Their appearance came a day after Connor, Locke, Yasmin Finney and William Gao all appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox for the show’s Pride special.The stars of Heartstopper absolutely loving it as anti-LGBT protesters are challenged by a young Pride supporter #Pride— Scott Beasley (@SkyScottBeasley) July 2, 2022The four stars were seen watching the likes of This Is My House and Big Boys, including the emotional coming out scene from the latter.They appeared alongside the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK‘s Tia Kofi, Lawrence Chaney, and Bimini Bon-Bouash, as well as Self Esteem, Feel Good star Mae Martin and comedian Lolly Adefope.Heartstopper was renewed for a second season earlier this year. At the time, executive producer Patrick Walters said: “We put so much love into the making of Heartstopper so to reassemble the team for two more seasons is a dream come true.“I’m forever grateful to Alice Oseman for entrusting us with this beautiful, unique story that at its core seeks to uplift the next generation of young LGBTQ+ people.
Harry Styles makes moving LGBTQ+ speech for fans after Oslo terror attack
Harry Styles left fans in awe after delivering an emotional speech to his LGBTQ+ fans at his sold-out concert in Oslo, Norway, earlier this week.On June 25, a gunman opened fire at a gay bar in Olso, killing two people and injury 21 on the day they were planning to celebrate the annual Pride parade.Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told news reporters that "everything indicates" that the attack was carried out by an Islamist extremist.READ MORE: Harry Styles branded a 'good role model' by The DarknessHe added: "We don't know (yet) if the queer community was the intended target but we know it's a victim."Harry, 28, has shown his support for the LGBTQ+ community since finding fame and continued to do so at his Love On Tour show while holding a pride flag.The Boyfriend hitmaker proudly held the flag before saying: "I am well aware that, right now, this means more to you than it ever has before."I just want to tell you that I’m very sorry and I hope you all feel safe in here with each other."The thing that I am most proud of in my life is getting to play in front of such an incredible, loving group of people every night."He continued: "It is an honour, I thank you so much, the atmosphere that you've created here, allowing people to feel safe and to be themselves, and I know that in difficult times, it is hard to feel like you can make a difference."I promise you that each and every single one of you can make a difference by the small choices, the tiny choices that you make every day to be that little bit kinder to someone.
Holly Willoughby posts glam Pride snap with her 'happy' dog Bailey
Holly Willoughby has posted a glam Instagram snap with her pet dog Bailey to celebrate Pride in London.It was difficult to judge who was happiest on the picture that was lit up by Holly's famous smile, although her beloved golden retriever looked like he was also enjoying the July sunshine with his eyes closed and mouth open in a blissful look of contentment.The This Morning presenter expressed her regret that she could not attend Saturday's (July 2) biggest-ever Pride in London parade on the event's 50th-year anniversary, along with her "ITV family".READ NEXT: Inside Margot Robbie's love story with Harry Potter extra Tom AckerleyBut she went on to explain that she was celebrating her father Brian's 70th birthday this weekend.Holly's colleagues Phillip Schofield and Alison Hammond were both pictured joining in the Pride revelry.In her photo, Holly was wearing sunglasses and a strapped light blue dress with a daisy design.But Bailey almost stole her limelight with his adorable pose in the background.The post has attracted more than 21,000 likes with Holly captioning the post: "The sun is shining down on @pride London today… If you are going, have the best time… wish I was with my @itv family today at the parade but it’s my dad's 70th birthday celebration this weekend… enjoy!"To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.Commenting on Bailey's sunny disposition, one smitten Instagram fan wrote: "I can’t even cope with how happy your dog looks."An estimated 26,000 people took part in the Pride parade with another million believed to have watched it after flocking to the capital as London became a sea of rainbow colours for the day.It was launched in the afternoon by
Dame Kelly Holmes vows ‘never to live behind that curtain again’ as she enjoys Pride in London with Alison Hammond and Phillip Schofield after coming out
London Pride, wearing denim shorts, a black top and a colourful kimono with a rainbow flag trim at the bottom. Dame Kelly completed the look with sunglasses and a black cross-body bag which also featured a rainbow stripe down the middle. Addressing the crowd, Dame Kelly insisted she would never live ‘behind that curtain’ again.She explained: ‘For those that don’t know me, I am an honorary colonel with the Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment, I am a Dame Commander of The British Empire, I am the first British woman in the history of the Olympic Games to win two gold medals at the same games, I am mixed race and I am also a gay woman.‘For 34 years I have never been able to say those words until two weeks ago due to the fear of judgment and retribution that was instilled in me since the age of 18 because the laws in the military and being in the public eye didn’t allow me to do it.’She thanked fans for their support since coming out, adding: ‘All I can definitely say now is I’m 52, I’m never going to live behind that curtain again.’The sportswoman was joined by Alison Hammond and Phillip Schofield, who both wore white T-shirts with the ITV logo in rainbow colours. Dame Kelly had publicly come out as gay just two weeks beforehand, having felt she had to hide her sexuality for 34 years for fear of persecution.She revealed that she had first realised she was gay at the age of 17 in 1988 when she kissed a female comrade while was a soldier in the Women’s Royal Army Corps.The sports star revealed that she kept her sexuality hidden for fear of being persecuted as same-sex relationships were banned in the force, but it was the pandemic that spurred her on that it was finally time to be her ‘real self’ after having breakdowns
Celebrity Gogglebox fans torn as they don't recognise stars - but praise the episode
Gogglebox viewers were left baffled tonight as they failed to recognise some of the stars featuring on the show's Pride special.The hit Channel 4 reality series welcomed a host of new famous faces on Friday evening (July 1), including the cast of Netflix's LGBTQ+ show Heartstopper.Actors Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney and William Gao joined the show to mark Pride month - a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities.READ MORE: How much do celebs get paid for Gogglebox? Staggering earnings for each episode Other new faces included Strictly Come Dancing's first male same-sex couple Johannes Radebe and John Whaite, as well as RuPaul's Drag Race UK stars Tia Kofi and Lawrence Chaney.In addition, Ian 'H' Watkins, Claire Richards and Faye Tozer from Steps also appeared on tonight's show.Joining them were Gogglebox favourites Rylan Clark and his mum Linda, Nick Grimshaw and his niece Liv, Clare Balding and her wife Alice Arnold, and Denise Van Outen with Blue star Duncan James.But as the special episode kicked off this evening, a number of viewers failed to recognise some of the new faces.Taking to Twitter, one fan said: "I’m not sure if I’m more confused that this is called Celebrity Googlebox or more confused in the fact I hardly recognise anyone on it." A second added: "I can’t keep up with all these different people on #Gogglebox."A third tweeted: "Who are Tia & Lawrence and can someone tell him it’s SHOVE yer granny off a bus no push! #Gogglebox." Another complained: "Where the hell have you got these Z list celebrities from? So few regulars left #Gogglebox." A fifth added: "7 mins in to Celeb Gogglebox and have not got a clue who half of them are #oldman." A sixth shared: "Could you give me a moment to work
Why did Rylan split from husband Dan as he makes Pride anniversary appearance
Rylan Clark will be joined by his mum Linda, on today’s episode of Celebrity Gogglebox (Friday July 1).He has joined the series ahead of the Pride anniversary special, helping mark 50 years of Pride in the UK.Channel 4 says the special will “reflect on the incredible achievements and challenges of advancing LGBTQ+ rights and visibility over the last half century, while also platforming the diversity of identity and sexuality in the 2020s”.Rylan, 33, discovered his own sexuality when he was just 10 years old, after watching a Louis Theroux documentary of all things.He met his now ex-husband Dan, 42, in 2015, though they split after six years of marriage.Here is everything you need to know about Rylan’s relationship history.Dan is best known for his appearance on 2013’s Big Brother, making it to week six of the competition before being voted out.Before that, he was a police officer who worked on Operation Yewtree.This was an investigation into child sex abuse by famous stars such as Jimmy Savile.However, it was during his time on Big Brother when he and Rylan first crossed paths.Rylan interviewed him following his exit and the rest was history.Just two years later, they were married after Dan proposed during an idyllic trip to Paris.They tied the knot in 2015 with an intimate ceremony.In June 2021, reports surfaced that Dan had moved out of their shared London home and moved into a flat in Essex.Soon after, the split was confirmed by Rylan, who broke his silence on the situation later that same month.Speaking to The Sun, he said: "Following reports about Dan and I spending time apart, I feel I have to speak out - as the way it is being reported is unfair.“I have made a number of mistakes which I deeply regret and have
‘Heartstopper’ cast to join ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’ tonight for Pride special
Netflix hit Heartstopper will be taking part in Celebrity Gogglebox tonight (July 1).As part of a Pride special, actors Kit Connor, Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney and William Gao will join the beloved series to share their reactions on all the latest in TV.They’re set to watch This Is My House, Big Boys and Scream, as well as some highlights from this year’s Glastonbury festival.More guest stars on tonight’s episode include Strictly Come Dancing runners-up John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, who were the show’s first male same-sex couple to compete.RuPaul’s Drag Race UK queens Tia Kofi and Lawrence Chaney will also be taking part, as well as stars Bimini Bon-Bouash and Self Esteem, and Feel Good star Mae Martin and comedian Lolly Adefope.EXCLUSIVE: First clip of #Heartstopper's @joelocke03 @kit_connor @Yazdemand and William Gao on #CelebrityGogglebox tonight.@C4Gogglebox will be on @Channel4 tonight at 9pm.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) July 1, 2022Meanwhile, Heartstopper was renewed for two more seasons earlier this year.“We put so much love into the making of Heartstopper so to reassemble the team for two more seasons is a dream come true,” executive producer Patrick Walters said.
Johannes Radebe reveals search for love: 'Where are the brothers at?'
Johannes Radebe is loud and proud, having exploded on the Strictly Come Dancing dancefloor with a stack of feather boas and killer heels to make anyone jealous.READ: Strictly finalists Johannes Radebe and John Whaite reunite for Celebrity GoggleboxBut one thing he has been slightly more reserved on during his time in the spotlight is his love life, but as he covered HELLO!'s digital cover for Pride Month, the professional dancer lifted the lid. In candid comments, he explained: "Due to internalised homophobia for the longest time, I thought that I did not deserve love.WATCH: Johannes Radebe opens up about breaking boundaries with John Whaite"And it's a journey and the fact that I'm here at a place of acceptance and abundance, I feel like I'm ready and we'll see."MORE: Johannes Radebe reveals what his mother has taught him as she visits him for first time in UKREAD: Strictly's Johannes Radebe reveals how pairing with John Whaite affected relationship with his motherHe then joked: "I'll go on a couple of dates, I'm still checking out the scene, where are the brothers at? Hit me up, call me up."Speaking about the attributes he desires in his potential partner, he shared that "loyalty" and "kindness" were the two main ones."Kindness goes a long way because the day that we don't love each other, as long as we are kind to each other, it will carry us," he shared.