From Renaissance master Michelangelo to writer and historian Jan Morris to artist Frida Kahlo, the contribution of LGBT people not only to our society today, but to the strong history that shaped it, can't be understated. And yet so many of these remarkable men and women have seen their lives shaped, not just by their achievements but also by the need to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity. This has deprived us all - but especially LGBT young people - of some incredible role models and a true appreciation of what the LGBT community has contributed to our society.
The outcome of the retrial, and its timeframe, remain uncertain. But more importantly, Mr. Fahmy should not be subjected to this process at all.
Some of my rivals for the nomination seem to believe that what is needed is distance from Boris. They think that criticizing and sniping at his time in office will somehow give them credibility in their own campaign. That's a huge shame.
Britain can and must provide asylum seekers and refugees with the protection and support they deserve. Its political parties must outline their proposals for an efficient and fair immigration and asylum policy, which reflects our national self-interest and the rights of those feeling war and persecution.
Only radical institutional intervention can reverse this cycle; tinkering around the edges won't suffice as a strategy to revive the vibrancy of our democracy. IPPR has consequently recommended introducing compulsory first time voting, alongside an option to vote for 'none of the above'.
You can tweet, blog, bitch and bore people senseless at dinner parties on how to improve the world but really in my opinion, what has to change first, is our thinking. The conflict is in our minds and we project onto the world as if something out there is making us feel demented.
Despite the run up to the election dominating the news headlines, many of the parents we speak to say they still haven't heard enough from politicians on the issues that matter to them. They tell us they are frustrated that politicians don't seem to be listening or coming up with the real solutions that they need, and need now.
Why is it that the composers, songwriters and performers who create this independent music are so often perceived as having little in common? Does an upcoming electronica or left field hip-hop artist really have such vastly different career development needs as, for instance, a classically-trained composer?
That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.
In the past few years, the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the FA Cup is no longer a David vs Goliath match where the underdog emerges triumphant. It is instead the fact that many of the top teams field an almost different starting XI, resting their key players for the league.
The work of raising children doesn't seem to be viewed with real respect. If it were, parental leave for working parents would be fully paid, it would last longer, and it would include equal amounts of time for both parents.
Whilst this form of inequality is unlikely to be as damaging given the general lack of oppression experienced because of heterosexuality, it is still one that should be remedied, not least to remove the erroneous claims made from some quarters that gay, lesbian and bisexual people have special privileges.
The first, inalterable rule of dating, or as I sometimes like to call it, desperatelytryingtogetmarriedbecauseallyourfriendsare, is this: You might die alone. Read those words, and remember them. Heed them. Learn to love them.
I speak as one of the few females heavily involved with my University's comedy society. Only in its second year, it was founded by boys, moulded by boys and immediately carried to the depths of despair by... boys.
In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in schools have found themselves drowned out. But the debate is shifting because it's plain that a significant number of our kids are being let down. A step forward is long overdue. It's time to shake the sand from our ears, take a collective breath, and check our classroom compass. We must equip our kids them with the tools they need for life - keeping them ignorant puts them at risk. Our children deserve the very best education. And our teachers deserve the very best support in giving it to them.
While the current Victim's Code of Conduct is an improvement on its predecessor, it is still too easily dismissed by those working in the justice system. It is toothless, and the time has come to give it teeth. Putting it into law would strengthen victims' rights in a whole raft of areas.
Lee's appointment came four years after the death of her husband, Aneurin Bevan. Their combined impact on the nation we know now was considerable: between the two of them, they gave us not only the first ever Arts Policy, but also the National Health Service and the Open University.
There has been a collective failure to attract a younger audience to politics and current affairs. This is in very large part the fault of the parties themselves. Trying to blame the media would be foolish and wrong. They do, however, have a contribution to make.
Look, as much as it distresses me to draw any kind of attention to Katie Hopkins, and her ongoing quest to lodge herself at the forefront of our consciousness, I'm beginning to notice an alarmingly increasing number of people on my Twitter feed, who should really know better, singing her praises, or hailing her as some class of camp icon.
No one even seemed to get that drunk anymore. In fact, the most controversial thing to happen last year was Alex Turner dropping a mic and suggesting they invoice him for it. No rebellion ever started or ended with an invoice. But this year, Madonna fell.
In a few months' time my twin sons will leave home. I'm fine about it, really. Well, sort of. Okay, I'll probably be clutching at their ankles, bleating, 'Why are you taking your guitar? You won't need that. And your books... why not just leave them here?'
As a long-standing Spurs sympathiser, it's faintly disappointing to see them slide their way back out of the top six, but it's hard to seriously argue that it's not deserved.