LGBT Living

Let's Talk About Sex: Sexuality And The GP

B.J. Epstein | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

"Just keep having lots of sex with your husband!", the doctor told me in a bright voice. This was her advice when I went to see her to talk about wanting to get pregnant. What was especially irritating about her instruction - besides the obvious fact that for many women, "lots of sex" isn't enough to impregnate them - is that I have a wife, not a husband.

It's Time To Reject Objectification And Harassment for All Women, Not Just A Selection

Jane Williams | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Williams

Belatedly now I'm speaking out, fortunately from a better place in life. I'm married to a really understanding guy. I run my own business and I'm positive about my gender identity and sexual expression. When I was a girl I had no inspirational stories to read that helped me understand who I was.

My Queer Identity Doesn't Cause My Depression...Your Attitudes Do

LJ Ferris | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

It is not my queer identity that causes my depression. I am more happy than I have ever been since I came out and found words to express my own identity. My wife was astounded by my forwardness and how comfortable I was with holding hands or kissing in public. I never had a second thought about it, my relationship with her was as natural as any I had with men

I Never Came Out To My Dad. Now It's Too Late

Harvey Wilks | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

"You never forget your first"- I think is true for most LGBTQ people. Not first loves, but coming out - to a parent, best friend or sibling, perhaps. It's something many of us remember quite vividly in fact, if tales from friends and total strangers are anything to go by. These are, after all, moments that will go on to shape our experiences of the world, our relationships and ourselves.

Talking About LGBTI Mental Health - It Starts Now

Evelyne Paradis | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Evelyne Paradis

An issue that affects every single of us at some point in our lives couldn't possibly be overlooked by policymakers, right? Wrong. When it comes to mental health, there is a lot of work to do!

Coming Out Day - The Role For Straight LGBT+ Allies

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Emerson

Being in the closet at work equates to huge amounts of attention and energy being spent to avoid being outed, which can negatively affect performance. To get the best of our teams, they need to be able to be their whole, genuine selves. Thus, employers should be creating workplaces where they are happy to be so.

Matt Lucas Regrets Little Britain’s Jokes About Transvestites And Black People

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Entertainment

Matt Lucas has expressed regret about some of the characters he and David Walliams portrayed in ‘Little Britain’. The comedian and actor said he w...

One In Three LGBT+ People Face Discrimination Abroad And Many Hide True Selves While On Holiday

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Most LGBT+ people feel the need to hide their sexuality or identity when traveling abroad, with many fearing their holiday could be ruined by discrimi...

More Than One Million People In The UK Now Identify As Lesbian, Gay Or Bisexual

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than one million people in the UK over the age of 16 now identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB), new official statistics on sexual identity s...

Becoming An Active LGBT Ally

Joshua Hobson | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Hobson

To be an LGBT ally is easy. If you agree in equality and fair treatment in society of people who identify as LGBT then already you are an ally. As you sit and read this you can bask in the warm glow and sense of self-satisfaction that you are a force for good in the world. Well done.

There's Been A 'Significant Decline' In HIV Diagnoses Among Gay And Bisexual Men

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

New cases of HIV in gay and bisexual men have fallen by 21% in the UK, Public Health England (PHE) has said. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, at...

Dehumanising Debate

Bex Stinson | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK
Bex Stinson

Trans communities, with our allies, need to work together and stay strong. We need to focus on the real and valid conversations about how we improve the law for trans people, and not let them be undermined by those who want to halt progress towards equality.

Just A Drag Queen With No Arms

Venus Dimilo | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Venus Dimilo

everybody banner It wasn't long before they took me under their wing and I eventually decided I wanted to do drag as well. With their help and support I chose the name Venus Dimilo after the statue with no arms and started the occasional promotion shift handing out flyers.

Why Gay Men Must Support Women And March For Choice

Paul Jennings | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK
Paul Jennings

The moment gay people, and gay men in particular, forget that women have been standing behind us from day one is the moment our campaign for equality loses any form of legitimacy or dignity. I think it's very important for us to remember this.

Gay Teen Asks Friend's Mum Permission To Attend Girl-Only Sleepover, Her Response Is Perfect

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Mason Brian Barclay’s friend Houston Shelton was hosting a sleepover recently he really wanted to attend. But unfortunately, her mum had made a...

Diversity Brings Collective Knowledge And Insight

Javed Khan | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

The National Trust recently came under fire, not for tax avoidance, not for corporate manslaughter, but for a survey sent to its 65,000 volunteers whi...

How I'm Tackling Transphobia, One Manicure At A Time

Charlie Craggs | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Charlie Craggs

new activists I began my campaign as I began my transition, about four years now, and I basically travel around the UK to galleries, museums, festivals, universities and colleges (whoever will have me) and offer the public free manicures for the chance to sit and have a chat with a trans person. They can ask me any questions they have about trans stuff and I can teach them how to be an ally and that, but the most important part of the interaction for me is just having a chat, because what I'm really trying to do is humanise the issue a bit and break down people's misconceptions by showing that trans people are pretty normal (and pretty nice too to be honest).

No, The World Doesn't Need Straight Pride Festivals. Here's Why

Quora | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Quora

When I was a child, I saw this story on TV about the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and how they brought so much happiness to children. I remember seeing their faces, their joy, it looked like they were having the best day of their lives, and I felt so much envy.

Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

Gus Cairns | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Gus Cairns

Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover...

Why This Model Felt It Was 'Crucial' She Come Out As Transgender After Walking At Fashion Week

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Style

A model has publicly revealed she is transgender, after she walked the runway for Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Coach this New York Fashion Week....

What Parents Of Alternative Families Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents

Next week is Alternative Family Week. ‘Alternative’ encompasses so many different family set-ups. Most people’s perception would be a family wit...

Paul O’Grady Reveals The One Thing Missing From His Secret Wedding

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Entertainment

Paul O’Grady has opened up about his secret wedding to his ballet dancer boyfriend for the first time. The 62-year-old ’Blind Date’ host tied th...

Here Are Ten Common Misconceptions About LGBT People And Their Lives

Jo Garwood | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Garwood

There's also a misconception that people usually come out at a young age. Realising you're LGBT, and feeling comfortable enough to tell others, can happen at any stage of life, whether you're 15, 55 or 95 years old.

Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood Addresses Same-Sex Couples Controversy

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Entertainment

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Craig Revel Horwood has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the lack of same-sex couples on the show. Over ...

Is Your Child Struggling With Their Gender, And Feeling Suicidal?

Susie Green | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Green

Dealing with a child who is feeling suicidal due to their gender identity is unfortunately very common, with shockingly high statistics for suicide attempts by transgender young people. When talking to young people about what triggers these feelings, a common theme is rejection, hate and prejudice.