Lady Gaga said she would “take a bullet” for the LGBT+ community when speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
The actor and singer made a surprise appearance at the Stonewall Inn on Friday 28 June, wearing a rainbow-themed outfit.
She delivered an impassioned speech, saying: “True love – true, true love – is when you would take a bullet for someone, and you know that I would take a bullet for you any day of the week.”
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Gaga went on to say she felt “honoured and privileged” to be there, to which the crowd cheered in response.
“This community has fought and continued to fight a war of acceptance, a war of tolerance, and the most relentless bravery. You are the definition of courage – do you know that?”
“This is a celebration of all of you in every single way,” she said. “I’m trembling speaking to you, you’re making me nervous.”
Seemingly through tears, she made reference to two of her songs, saying: “You were born this way, and you’re a superstar.”
She also addressed her own sexuality, saying: “I may not to some people be a part of this community, even though I like girls sometimes.”
In 2009, Gaga publicly came out as bisexual in an interview with Barbara Walters.
She paid homage to LGBT+ activists of the past, includingtrans activist Sylvia Rivera, San Francisco mayor Harvey Milk, andgay rights and Aids activist Marsha P Johnson. The latter was one of the key figures during the Stonewall uprising on 28 June 1969 which marked the beginning of the modern-day LGBT+ activism in the US.
Gaga also showed her support for transgender rights, saying: “We find ourselves at a time when attacks on the trans community are on an increasing rise each day. I will not tolerate this. And I know neither will you.”
The “Born This Way” singer is not the only star to use her platform to promote LGBT+ rights during Pride month.
On 17 June Taylor Swift released her single “You Need To Calm Down”, the video to which featured prominent LGBT+ celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, RuPaul, Laverne Cox, Ryan Reynolds, the cast of Queer Eye. The response was mixed as some have argued the song allowsher to profit from performative allyship despite not being openly LGBT+ herself.
When I meet up with Dave Stone to talk about one year of By The River Brew Co the weather is glorious.
“The Costa del Sol Gateshead,” Dave says affectionately. “Beautiful.”
We are sitting on the Quayside outside the ‘creative container community’ he helped forge with business partner Rob Camer,上海品茶微信Boris,on.
It is made up of a series of pleasantly rusting – not an oxymoron – shipping containers located beneath the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of the river.
There is the restaurant Träkol, the Brewery & Tap microbrewery, the Backyard Bikeshop which by day creates custom-built machines and serves coffee and brunch, then at night turns into a cocktail bar.
And at weekends there is the Hawker Market – or more accurately HWKRMRKT – which hosts an evolving line-up of around 15 street food and independent traders.
It’s fair to say the sun has also shone on the enterprise, gaining plaudits from far and wide – even from some unlikely sources.
Because of its close proximity to the river, staff received training from the fire service and RNLI on how to respond if someone falls into the water. They have been called upon so often to pull people out of the Tyne, seven staff members received bravery awards last year from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Meanwhile Träkol is currently basking in the glow of another effusive review, the latest being from the Financial Times which said ‘cooking like this is an art’.
Last September Tom Parker Bowles was equally effusive in the Mail on Sunday.
Soon after a tweet from Michelin, the famous restaurant and hotel guide, said: “With their on-site BTRBrewCo micro-brewery and dishes cooked over coal in Träkol there’s never been a better time to cross over to the Gateshead side of the Tyne.”
Then Jay Rayner described it as “outrageously good” in the Observer.
Dave said: “Gordon Ramsay called Jay Rayner the devil with a pen. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of one of his reviews.”
While it might be overstating it slightly to say Rayner’s reviewers can break a restaurant, they can certainly help make them – and it has done absolutely no harm to the numbers beating a path to the door of Träkol.
He said: “It opened to the public the last week in June last year. It opened in – and for – the Exhibition of the North.
“It happened quite quickly because there was another scheme that was going to happen here that didn’t materialise. We had been in discussion with the person about doing the food and beverage side. So when it didn’t bear fruit we had the idea to do this.”
And so By The River Brew Co was set up by Dave and Rob. Although directors of Wylam Brewery , which operates the Palace of Arts, the Town Wall and the Bridge Tavern, it is a separate concern to that and cost them about £1.5million to set up.
Asked if it was a gamble, he shrugged, saying: “You can forecast all you like but you never know. You do your level best the content is what people want or is different to other offers around the region. Business ebbs and flows much like the river itself. It’s been great.”
As well as the quality of what is on offer, it also boasts a number of significant natural assets.
“It benefits from amazing views both up and down the river,” Dave said. “It’s also a sun trap and gets a double sunset. It has been an under utilised space for many years.
“It is re-animating the space. Last time it was animated was the boat which was a very different offer – albeit very popular,” said Dave, referring to the Tuxedo Princess then later Tuxedo Royale, the notorious/legendary floating nightclubs.
“Most people then used to come over at night and maybe it was too dark to get those spectacular look backs at the city of Newcastle from the Gateshead side.”
Yet plenty of people are now enjoying the views and dining there, quite an achievement when prices at Träkol at the top end can cost £70 for a feasting dish, not cheap at a time, and in a region, when money is tight.
The venue is so popular that it employs 50 full time staff as well as seasonal staff over the summer, many of them university students returning home to the North East over the holiday period.
“People seem to want that little bit more bang for their buck,” Dave explained. “They want to know a bit more about what’s on their plate, where it’s come from, and that is something we’ve always done.”
Träkol describes itself as “a fiercely seasonal open fire kitchen that showcases nose to tail cooking. Our concept is to bring primitive outdoor cooking indoors. We work with great farmers and use only British rare and heritage breeds using Himalayan salt dry aged meat and dry ageing on the premises.”
Head chef Tony Renwick, who first worked for Dave and Rob at the Bridge Tavern in Newcastle, then at the Palace of Arts, puts it a bit more succinctly when we have a brief chat in the kitchen.
“We use the best ingredients and treat them with respect.”
The meat is cooked using the Asado technique pioneered in Argentina which is slowly, over wood and charcoal – Träkol is the Swedish work for charcoal.
“It’s the oldest kind of cooking in the world,” said Tony. “You do it instinctively with touch, smell, visual tests rather than probes and water baths.”
His passion for it is obvious, a trait consistent in staff throughout. From the Brewery & Tap which sells 20 lines of beer, 15 of which are brewed fresh on site, to the Backyard Bikeshop where Nick Vieri is in charge.
Originally from South Africa and a bike fanatic, he joined the British army and left six years ago after getting injured. He returned to his love of bikes and was looking to set up his own shop. Then he got to know Rob who introduced him to Dave; today he is putting together custom-built bikes that can cost up to £10,000 with components sourced from all over the world.
“We have 698 customers as of today,” said Nick. “We don’t want to go big, the workshop has a capacity. There is a level of service we want to provide that includes waiting time which we are currently working 15 hours a day to achieve.”
“Part-timers,” laughs Dave. He is originally from Liverpool, moved to the North East around 20 years ago when his wife’s father became ill. Rob from Paisley, Scotland, came to university here and fell in love with the region and stayed.
The pair were well known on the music scene and together set up Digital nightclub in Times Square with a view to turning it into a super club on a par with London’s Ministry of Sound and Liverpool’s Cream. At one point Digital was named among the top 10 clubs in the world, regularly welcoming huge DJ stars from around the world.
“About 10 or 12 years we looked at each other and thought we’re not getting any younger mate, the m,上海品茶会所Ashlee,usic business was changing, and we decided to come out of that late night entertainment game,” said Dave.
Instead they swapped to beer and food, starting with the Town Wall, their first joint project, and they have a happy knack of making a success of all they get involved in; across their venues they employ 247 people.
“I know because I wrote the Christmas cards,” he said.
Asked what his template for the ideal pub was, he refers to the Moon Under Water, an essay written by George Orwell about what his favourite public house would be.
Dave said: “We’d want super fresh food, we’d want the same with our beer and a nice atmosphere that is as welcoming to hipsters as hip replacements.”
As for the future for By The River Brew Co, their lease for the land is for four years.
“From day dot it was four years. We’ve done a quarter of it and there’s no early release for good behaviour,” he smiled. “We’re in for four years and really enjoying it. I go away quite a lot to beer festivals and expos at weekends, and when I’m walking back across the Swing Bridge and look at the site… it’s a joyous thing.
“There are big plans for Gateshead Quays which we are hugely supportive of. There is talk of the arena coming and several other things. If we can in some ways assist in bringing some vibrancy to this side of the water, we will have fulfilled our role.
“At the end of four years I’ll be nearly 60. Will I want to work this hard then? It’s constant but I’ve no complaints. If you’re passionate about what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Manchester United have signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
England youth international Wan-Bissaka completed his medical earlier this week and United confirmed in an announcement on Saturday that the deal has gone through.
The fee for the youngster is £45million with a potential £5million on top of that in performance-related add-ons.
“Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.
“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”
Wan-Bissaka said:“It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.
“I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I ,上海品茶QQConnor,will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.”
United fans will be eager to find out what shirt number Wan-Bissaka will wear next season.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the possibilities…
29 – Sticking with his current number would do a lot for his continuity. The squad number has not been registered with a player since James Wilson was at the club, but has also been worn by the last Palace signing to play for the club, Wilfried Zaha, as well as Tomasz Kuszczak.
5 – Last worn by Marcos Rojo, the famous shirt number as worn by Rio Ferdinand and Gary Pallister is surely made for a defender, however supporters might hope it is saved for a new central defensive arrival instead.
19 – Last worn by Marcus Rashford before he switched to 10. Made famous by Dwight Yorke and also previously worn by the likes of Danny Welbeck and Eric Djemba-Djemba.
21 – Ander Herrera’s departure means his squad number will be available this summer, if any new arrival fancies following in the footsteps of Dong Fangzhuo and Diego Forlan. Who wouldn’t?
25 – Antonio Valencia’s old shirt number is up for grabs.
26 – Last worn by Shinji Kagawa and also donned by players such as Gabriel Obertan and Phil Bardsley.
27 – Marouane Fellaini’s old number remains available after his February move to China.
28 – Morgan Schneiderlin, Anderson, Alexander Buttner and Darro,上海品茶微信Ernesto,n Gibson all among those to have worn it.
30 – Your chances of regular football probably aren’t that high wearing this. Last worn by the illustrious duo of Guillermo Varela and Ritchie de Laet.
The site which was earmarked for the industrial park
YOUR front-page lead on June 13 was all about the withdrawal of plans to build a multi-million pound industrial park in Keighley.
It has quotes from two district councillors, Khadim Hussain and Zafar Ali, and John Grogan MP, saying how unfortunate the news was about this £60 million scheme.
I take a totally different view.
I too was at the business-community meeting at Keighley College (in 2017, not 2016) when this development was discussed.
I said at the time that houses on stilts belonged in Thailand, not Ke,上海品茶工作室Davey,ighley, and questioned the wisdom of a 300-car multi-storey car park at the edge of a flood plain.
This plan ,上海品茶会所Edith,was rejected by Keighley Town Council twice, and only approved last year by the Bradford Council regulatory and appeals committee.
As a self-confessed “off-cumden”, I knew about the local tradition of building on flood plains (Airedale Hospital, where pumps in the basement run 24/7, and the new Saxon Dene building project at Silsden,
raising the level of the houses built at the former ice cream factory at Cononley), but I cannot see the point.
A brownfield site like the one planned for the Stainsby Grange development off East Parade would not have any flooding issues, but is nevertheless a derelict wasted site; the former Keighley College building on Cavendish Street is due for demolition, and there is a large open space next to it right in the centre of town.
So where are the developers with imagination, just when the town needs them?
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her husband Richard have ended their joint hunger strike after 15 days.
The British-Iranian mother, 40, stopped taking food in protest at her ‘unfair imprisonment’ in Iran.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, also decided to strike in solidarity outside the Iranian Embassy in London.
The mother was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khom,上海品茶会所Teresa,eini airport in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying – a charge she vehemently denies.
On Saturday, Mr Ratcliffe said his wife had decided to end her protest and had eaten some porridge with apple and banana.
‘It was getting hard for me but I’m sure it was much harder for her,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
‘I’m relieved because I wouldn’t have wanted her to push it much longer.’
His wife had come under ‘a lot of pressure’ from prison guards to break the strike, he said, and had been felling unwell.
Everton steward falls to his death while hiking with family on Andorran mountain
He added: ‘It had been a real struggle for her the last few days … I think she will go to the clinic as soon as possible.
‘For me, I’m certainly more fragile but I’ve got through it.
‘My experience has been sitting on a doorstep, lots of people coming up to me with flowers and cards, so it has been emotionally great, although a physical challenge.’
Mr Ratcliffe said he believed the dual protest had been successful in raising the profile of his wife’s case, with more than 100 MPs coming to show support in person, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The father, who shares Gabriella, five, with his wife said his daughter had taken the hunger strike ‘at face value’ but ‘knows now that mummy and daddy are stopping’.
‘She pointed out to her mother this morning that she hadn’t been released yet so perhaps daddy should carry on for a bit,’ he added.
‘But we clarified that I wouldn’t.’
Gabriella is living with her grandparents in Tehran and can only communicate with her father over the internet.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier this year granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in a bid to resolve her case.
Mr Ratcliffe also said that Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson should take responsibility for his mistakes.
He added: ‘Of course it’s not all his fault, clearly we are camped here because the Iranian authorities are imprisoning Nazanin, but he should take responsibility for his mistakes because they have consequences.
‘Not just the gaffe, the failure to apologise afterwards clearly made things worse.
,上海品茶工作室Musa,‘I think it’s bad for a PM candidate not to take responsibility for their mistakes because the most important thing for a prime minister is to take responsibility for their country.’
Johnson has since apologised for saying in a speech that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in Iran ‘teaching people journalism’ – despite her family’s insistence that she was visiting relatives – which was used against her during her trial.
Witnesses told of extremely distressing scenes after a fatal car crash during the early hours of the morning in West Derby.
A man in his 20s died after a crash involving a Ford Fiesta and Ford S-Max private hire taxi on Princess Drive.
A 25-year-old man who was driving the Fiesta was arrested at the scene. He was later taken to hospital.
A 19-year-old woman from the same car was taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries.
Two men who were in the S-Max at the time of the 1am crash were treated at the scene for slight injuries.
Locals have told the ECHO how a neighbour climbed into the Fiesta after the crash to try and help the injured woman.
A neighbour said: “I was up watching telly and heard this massive smash. I went out straightaway.
“The Fiesta was on its side, and the taxi was still rolling back. One of my neighbours is a medic and he had climbed into the Fiesta.
“I saw him trying to help the young woman who was still inside the car.
“The lad who died was trapped under the Fiesta.”
Another neighbour said that driver of the Fiesta was very distressed after the crash.
She said: “He was hysterical and had some blood on his trousers. I heard him shouting some stuff. He was led away by police.
“I think the girl was in a very bad way. I feel so sorry for them – that a night out with friends ended that way.”
Police put a cordon i,上海品茶QQMusa,n place on the section of Princess Drive between Rothbury Road and Finch Road after the fatal accident.
The cordon had been cleared this morning.
Roads Policing Sergeant Ged Farley said to the ECHO: “This is clearly a tragic incident in which a man has ,上海品茶微信Christopher,sadly lost his life and others have been injured.
“Specialist officers will be supporting the victim’s family and all of those affected as we seek to discover exactly what happened.
“We know that people saw or heard this collision and at this early stage, we want to speak to all of them, including anyone who was passing by at the time or immediately before, and could have captured vital evidence on vehicle dashcam or home CCTV.”
Anyone with information can DM our social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 70 of 29 June, or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Liverpool supporters are finally having to accept that this is not going to be a busy transfer summer for the recently crowned European champions.
Having gone big last summer and brought in Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri – shortly after the arrival of Virgil van Dijk – it appears as though Liverpool are focusing more on looking after the players they already have rather than splashing the cash on megastars who could upset the balance of the squad.
Jurgen Klopp also has plenty of good young players that he’ll want to to introduce to the squad over pre-season, including the recently signed Dutch centre-back Sepp van den Berg.
And he and others could well be seen in the first-team before the end of the campaign.
We’l,上海品茶会所Charles,l start with one of the club’s worst kept secrets.
Brewster’s name is one that has been doing the rounds in corridors of power at Anfield and Melwood for a while now, and the reason we haven’t seen him in the first-team just yet it is only due to injury.
An unused substitute in the Champions League wins over Barcelona and Tottenham , the 19-year-old forward was treated like a first-team player last season, and it will be fascinating to see him in this summer.
The only one of the five to play a senior game for the Reds, Hoever’s experience of the FA Cup third round clash at Wolves in January at the age of 16 is sure to stand him in good stead going forward.
Anfield and Academy staff are amazed by the young Dutchman’s calmness and ability on the ball, and after starring for the Dutch at this summer’s successful under-17s European Championships he’ll be desperate for another first-team taste.
Sepp van den Berg
The Dutch teenager is the youngest, freshest face at Liverpool after completing his transfer from PEC Zwolle this week.
It may be a while before the 17-year-old gets to see some first-team action, but having beaten off competition from the likes of Bayern Munich for his signature, the Reds might well have promised him some game-time before the end of the campaign.
With Alberto Moreno having left and Liverpool needing a backup left-back to Andy Robertson, there have been plenty of suggestions that scouser Lewis could take on that role.
The 19-year-old signed a new long-term deal in February, and despite recent concerns about form it would be no surprise if he got a League Cup game or two in the upcoming season.
Glatzel’s similarly prolific strike partner Bobby Duncan is also worth a mention here, but having signed his first pro deal towards the end of the season and captained the Reds to FA Youth Cup success, it could well be that forward Glatzel is ahead of him in the pecking order.
The hard-working 18-year-old – who was born in Liverpool to German parents – has earned comparisons with Roberto Firmino and Dirk Kuyt due to his selfless nature.
The seven-hour time difference between Osaka and Berlin may have got to the German Chancellor who appeared to be falling asleep while at the G20 summit on Saturday. Mrs Merkelhas undergone a gruelling schedule over the past few days and is set to face a European Council summit in Brussels on Sunday directly after the G20 summit in Japan.
She put on weight, she’s overworked and she’s in her 14th year of power. That’s power weighing on her
The German Chancellor, who turns 65 next month, may be overworked, according to one German political commentator.
In another worrying video, Mrs Merkel was caught appearing to fall asleep while at the G20 summit.
The incident takes place following the release of a video showing Mrs Merkel overcome with tremors during an official ceremony in Berlin on Thursday, which is the second time she was spotted shaking in less than two weeks.
The German Chancellor was filmed trembling while attending a meeting with Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.
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Angela Merkel videoed appearing to fall asleep at G20 summit on Saturday (Image: CBS News)
Angela Merkel may be “overworked”, says commentator (Image: CBS News)
German commentator Stefan Cornelius warned Mrs Merkel she “needs to explain” what is wrong with her health upon her return from the G20 Summit.
Speaking to BBC News after the second bout of shaking, Mr Cornelius said: “Public concern is growing because this is the second incident and the Chancellor, who is basically healthy and very robust, now seems to be somehow ill.
“It needs to be discovered, and explained, and she needs to do this explaining when she comes back from Osaka.
“It’s all been boiled down to dehydration, and her not drinking enough water – she never really took care of her health. She follows extremely strict schedules, she works a lot.”
Angela Merkel to head straight to Brussels for summit on Sunday (Image: GETTY)
The German reporter suggested the incident could have been the result of overworking, as the Chancellor and her CDU party have now been ruling over Germany for nearly 15 years.
He continued: “She is really hard on herself but on the other side, she looks not that healthy.
“She put on weight, she’s overworked and she’s in her 14th year of power.
“That’s power weighing on her.”
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Angela Mer,上海品茶会所Quincy,kel met with Vladimir Putin on Saturday (Image: GETTY)
A spokesman for the German Chancellor confirmed Mrs Merkel was fine and she resumed her daily schedule before boarding a German Government Airbus A340 to the G20 summit in Osaka.
Her spokesman confirmed following the incident that she will still be participating in the G20 meeting: “Everything is taking place as planned. The Chancellor is well.”
Mrs Merkel was first spo,上海品茶QQEdith,tted looking unstable on her feet and trembling as she awaited Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky in the German capital two weeks ago.
The Chancellor could be seen holding her hands together as though to steady herself while pursing her lips – and at moments – the Chancellor even struggled to hold herself up.
On Thursday she could again be seen holding her arms close to her body in what appeared to seem a gesture to steady herself.
An assistant at the event was seen offering the German Chancellor a glass of water as the country faces record-breaking June temperatures.