It's hard to understand another person's preferences. For a straight man it is hard to understand why you wouldn't want a woman, the gender that you are attracted to. To be attracted to another man may seem alien and confusing. But really this is the same in not understanding those that are able to run marathons, solve complex mathematical equations, or any other activity different from yourself. That's just the way that person is.
Some people simply have ideas they haven't reconsidered in years. They think that they don't know gays and that gay issues have nothing to do with them. They don't see why they should think about equal rights or about health issues or about their stereotyped views of humourless lesbians and camp men.
This weekend saw the UK host two of the largest Gay Pride festivals in Liverpool and Brighton, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life. Both cities will hold a parade and open air festival, featuring stages and street stalls accompanied by various arts and cultural events throughout the cities.
Being a bisexual man is like trying to look left and right at the same time. Naturally this is to be expected considering the paradoxical nature of what being bisexual entails, but the beliefs and dogmatic perceptions of a large section within society make it almost impossible. Both gay people and straight people seem to have their qualms about bisexuality.
When people described themselves as being bisexual I automatically assumed they were gay (if male), trying to make themselves more interesting (if female) or desperate to broaden their appeal and fan base (if famous). I thought saying you're bisexual was just a cop out, just like saying you're a Liberal Democrat.
Those of us who were bullied at school, for whatever reason, will empathise keenly with young people who dread bullies' taunts and violence. Bullying isn't just a 'rite of passage' that we should expect as part of growing up. Its effects - low exam scores, depression and anxiety - can affect our whole adult lives.
A musician called Frank Ocean put out a letter via his Tumblr page letting us know his first love was a man he met at the age of 19 and struggled with the feeling being reciprocated. Frank is a 24-year-old black man, who sings about love and life, and is a part of a hip hop collective Odd Future and inevitably a public letter of this nature comes with huge cultural impact.
Some students think that being homosexual doesn’t exist because you can't see "gayness", Elly Barnes, a music teacher who educates young people abou...