Words: Hugh Kaye
Many of you probably have a special song. Maybe it’s the one that was playing in the background when you came out or had your first kiss or maybe even when you lost your virginity (sorry, we’re not buying the claim that you’re sweet and innocent).
Seriously though, the first time I realised I wasn’t on my own - and that I was right to be wary about telling anyone I was gay - was 1976. I was 16 and the song that brought that about was Rod Stewart’s searing 'The Killing of Georgie (Parts 1 & 2)'. It’s based on a true story and even now it almost makes me cry.
So, I’m pleased it’s included in Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (Sky Arts, Thurs 13 June, 3pm). In an episode called 'Out, Loud and Proud', the series looks at the role music has played in helping bring about tolerance of the LGBTQ community.
Prepare to be infuriated (by the bigotry in some of the news and interviews) and amused (at the utter ignorance and stupidity) in equal measures. And enjoy some of the obvious gay classics as well as some lesser-known ones…
Meanwhile, MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) return in the second series of Killing Eve (BBC1, Saturday 15 June, 9.15pm).
For those hungry for more of the pair's sexually-charged game of cat and mouse, you can also binge all eight episodes of the series on BBC iPlayer before they air on terrestrial TV.
Elsewhere, Ian McKellen is among the guests on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 14 June, 10.40pm), where he talks about going on tour at the age of 80.
For the more gruesome of you out there, Steve Grievson is the subject of Britain’s Most Evil Killers (Sky Witness, Sat 8 June, 10pm.) Also known as the Sunderland Strangler, he was found guilty of killing four teenage boys (the youngest of whom was 14), possibly to 'cover up' his homosexuality.
There’s also another chance to see The Double Life of George Michael (5 Select, Sat 8 June, 9pm).
Worth catching on Netflix is McQueen, a documentary about the brilliant but troubled fashion designer, and if you haven’t found Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, The OA or Elite yet, give them a go.
Read our full interview with Tales of the City star Murray Bartlett in Attitude's July issue, out now.