Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader

The US Navy has launched a ship named after a gay rights activist forced to resign from the service because of his sexuality in the 1950s. The USNS Harvey Milk was launched in San Diego on Saturday in a service attended by Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Milk’s nephew, Stuart. It is one ofContinue reading “Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader”

‘Black national anthem’ makes its debut at the NFL

The Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off in professional American football’s first game of the season. But before they do, fans will hear something a little different. It started as a song to celebrate the president who emancipated America’s slaves. Its writer thought little about it afterwards, but it took on aContinue reading “‘Black national anthem’ makes its debut at the NFL”

Joséphine Baker to be first black woman to enter France’s Panthéon

American-born French performer Joséphine Baker will be entered into Paris’ Panthéon mausoleum, making her the first black woman to receive the honour. The government says Baker will be inducted into the monument in November. The Panthéon is a burial place for celebrated French icons such as scientist Marie Curie and writer Victor Hugo. Baker willContinue reading “Joséphine Baker to be first black woman to enter France’s Panthéon”

Sacked LGBT veterans can reclaim lost medals

Ex-military personnel dismissed from the armed forces because of their sexuality can now reclaim lost medals. Under a new scheme to remedy historical injustices, former service personnel can apply to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to restore honours. It follows Falklands veteran Joe Ousalice’s successful battle to return awards he lost after being forced outContinue reading “Sacked LGBT veterans can reclaim lost medals”