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Miracle on 34 Parnie Street

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (19:05)

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's time for the pantomime season and this December sees the Tron Theatre showcase their production of Miracle On 34 Parnie Street.

Parodying a film classic, we are presented with Johnny McKnight's own unique take on everyone's favourite Christmas movie.

When Glasgow department...

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There's Never Been a Better Time to Show Your Pride

(1) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (15:10)

We are all gearing up ready for summer - and for many of us it signals the beginning of Pride season.

It is also the time when the question is asked: what is the point of Pride?

Pride attracts weary cynicism, 'I don't mind lesbians and gays but why do...

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Breaking the Silence: Giving a Voice to the Unheard

(2) Comments | Posted 25 October 2013 | (13:41)

Many lesbians in South Africa are living in fear as rape and murder become a daily threat to their lives.

A silent epidemic known as 'corrective rape' has ravaged the country, where the victims are being brushed aside as society frowns upon them and their lifestyle. Men brutally rape lesbians...

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Off The Beaten Track: Ski Turkey

(1) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (16:11)

Uludag, Turkey's premier ski resort, nestles at the base of Mount Olympus, a four hour drive from Istanbul. The resort is a charming village set in the forest of a national park in the heart of the ancient Ottoman Empire. It looks like any other alpine village apart, that is,...

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Turkish, Muslim and Lesbian

(9) Comments | Posted 6 September 2013 | (01:00)

Firstly, you have to be invited. Then you have to promise utter discretion. On the assigned evening, you enter, and if your name is on the list you're in.

You've suddenly arrived in another world. There are scores of women dancing, talking, eating, drinking. They come from different backgrounds- but...

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Cape Town:Two Sides Of The Same Coin

(2) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (01:13)

For countless foreign visitors, Cape Town is an indelible symbol of the beauty and promise of post-apartheid South Africa. Beyond its gorgeous scenery and great wines, its logo -- an outline of majestic Table Mountain superimposed over a rainbow -- emphasises its historic mix of races and cultures, and its...

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Slice of Life

(6) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (01:00)

I met Mandisa in a quiet café in Glasgow. She is a shy, unassuming Kenyan. Ill at ease in company. A mutual friend had introduced us and after weeks of persuasion she agreed to talk to me. Eventually she began to tell me her story. As a mother, what she...

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Hope Not Hate: The Asylum Seeker Plight

(12) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (02:25)

The true story of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK is still far from being told in our suspicious, biased society. And that's just the way the politicians like it!

Until recently, I confess that I hadn't given much thought to the plight of the asylum seekers. I had...

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Faith Schools: What Really Goes on Behind Closed Doors?

(4) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (15:20)

'Allah created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Do not be like the people of Prophet Lut (PBUH). Do not approach your own when Allah has created the opposite gender.'

Those are the words spouted by an eminent London imam.

So how far can schools go in teaching tolerance...

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Another NTS Triumph: Let The Right One In

(1) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (21:13)

From the opening scene, this curiously uplifting inhuman drama is so much more than your typical vampire story. The stage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel is a masterpiece of plot and character interwoven with current reality.

It is a remarkably observed tale centred around Oskar: a bullied boy on...

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The Non Nuclear Family: Two Mums

(1) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (18:32)

Attitudes have changed dramatically since the 1960's when traditional family values ( white, heterosexual, 2.4 children ) played a large part in most people's lives. Fifty years ago lesbian and gay relationships were rarely discussed, much less recognised.

Now we see individuals on the public radar: Val McDermid, Rosie O'Donnell,...

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' I do...'

(1) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (19:02)

As a little girl, I had always dreamed of a big white wedding. As an adult, it seemed out of the question.

I never experienced a light-bulb moment when I decided I was gay. There are so many layers to sexuality, it took a while to peel them off one...

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Wildlife Genocide: The African Rhino

(3) Comments | Posted 6 May 2013 | (13:57)

With a long chequered past and an uncertain future, some 60 million years of evolution, the African rhino is under the very real threat of extinction.

The second largest mammal, these intimidating yet appealing creatures have become a symbol for wildlife conservation.

I have never forgotten my first encounter with...

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Grand Plans - A Racing Dream

(1) Comments | Posted 17 April 2013 | (00:04)

In the lead up to the Scottish Grand National, I discover you don't have to be mega-rich to have a share in a racehorse.

Jane Allen doesn't look like your regular mega-rich racehorse owner. Far from it.

The 50-year-old is a lifelong fan of racing and lives in a suburban...

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Healed By A Horse

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2013 | (00:26)

Until now I have been ashamed of, and never fully embraced my illness. There has always been a stigma attached to mental health issues and I would only ever share my fears with friends and family.

My anxiety and depression are a direct result of horrific bullying. Something so traumatic...

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A Game of Two Halves

(5) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (21:53)

Is sport the last great bastion of homophobia?

And where, exactly, are all the gay sports stars in the world? They are definitely out there, but rarely mentioned, just think sports pages in the tabloids.

While homophobia also remains an ugly stain on the 'beautiful game', come the start of...

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War Child - Have We Stopped Listening

(0) Comments | Posted 14 February 2013 | (16:20)

Child Soldiers In Africa -a forgotten generation.

Some stories are not always easy to hear but there is a necessity for them to be told. So in recognition of these children who are often abducted, hoodwinked or intimidated in to fighting, please listen.

We know of the atrocities which occur...

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Label Me!

(1) Comments | Posted 14 January 2013 | (22:46)

Are you gay or are you straight? Are you bisexual or are you a lesbian? Are you femme or are you butch? Are you fat or are you thin?

Why is it that we are so preoccupied with labels or ticking the right boxes, that we forget about the individual...

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Love Has No Colour

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (22:56)

Just how comfortable are you with dating someone outside of your own race?

Do your desires have confines or cultural boundaries?

Attitudes have changed dramatically since the 1960′s when traditional family ideals (white, heterosexual, 2.5 children) played a large part in most people's lives. Fifty years ago homosexuality and interracial...

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Ultimate Sacrifice

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (22:47)

When Abbie met her partner Caris, she knew she had found her soul mate - but ultimately it would leave her childless.

Abbie shared her poignant story with me:

Growing up on the south coast in Bournemouth as one of three children, Abbie had a happy childhood and always assumed...

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