Gay Voices

Yet Another 25 Men You Should Never Date

The Guyliner | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

What do you look for in a man? Nice eyes? Bright smile? Good taste in footwear? Ability to make you laugh? We all have tick-boxes and black markers at the ready when it comes to finding a mate. I can't tell you who you should date - that is simply none of my business - but I can certainly advise you give this quarter-century of drips a wide berth.

Are You an X Offender? How Many Kisses Do We Need on a Text Message?

The Guyliner | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Few things are as mind-numbingly political, stupid and awkward than the simple 'x'. Not the one that marks the spot on a treasure map, or the one that ends the words box and fox, but the little mark of appreciation you put at the end of a text or an email to denote a kiss.

Only God Knows Why

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Ezra Tafari Rose

I believe that Jesus Christ died for me. Neither sarcasm nor science will change this sanctity in me. I believe that Jesus Christ hung and bled and life (not pride) crept from his side and though the church continues to crucify men like me and denounce my lifestyle as being a by-product of paedophilia, pederasty or some other pillar of perversion, that one day I will see my father who art in Heaven (not the superclub in Charing Cross but the place where Jesus Christ ascended to after he was crucified on Calvary's cross).

A Huge Step in Civil Rights for Our Country, and an Acknowledgement That Love Conquers All

Jonathan Simpson | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Simpson

It is astonishing to think how far LGBT rights have moved in this country. Just 47 years ago - homosexual relationships in the UK could end in imprisonment or a life of psychiatric care. This was a reality - with many such as Alan Turing choosing to sadly take their lives rather than live in fear of persecution. Since then we have slowly but surely seen a change...

Stories of Polish Gay Immigration in the UK

Pamela Sposito | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pamela Sposito

Homophobia in Poland is another major reason of Polish immigration to the UK. Who would have thought? In fact, gay Poles decide to book a one-way flight ticket to London to escape discrimination.

Same Sex Honeymoon Destinations

Andrew Matthews | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

What happens when the party's over? I'm not talking about the old 'marriage kills romance' cliché - I'm thinking more immediate and pressing issues, like honeymoons. They're well within my remit, so here are a few first thoughts on some romantic destinations that almost live up to finally being able to say 'I Do'.

My Transgender Transition: The Beginning

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayden Ray Billington

My name is Jayden Ray Billington, up until 24 February 2014, I was known as Charlea Louise Billington, a daughter to my mother and father and a sister to my two siblings. I decided after a nearly 24 year battle that it was time to come out and openly be who I am.

Gay Marriage Ban Imposed Only in 1971 - Now It's History!

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

Rejoice! The ban on same-sex marriage in England and Wales is being finally lifted after a campaign for its repeal that lasted 43 years. The ban was imposed for the first time in 1971. Previously, there was no legal prohibition on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) couples getting married. The outlawing of same-sex marriage is a recent and historically brief invention by what was a deeply homophobic political and religious establishment. At last, in the first few seconds of 29 March, the ban on same-sex marriage is history. Equal marriage will become a reality. Hurrah!

Poorna Bell

Meet The Women Tying The Knot On The First Day Gay Marriage Becomes Legal

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For many who have been fighting the good fight around gay and lesbian marriage legislation, this Saturday is a long-awaited day. It's the first day...

So What If Your Child May Be Gay? Get Over It

Daniel Warner | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

If I was to go and try and get my 'gayness' reversed it would probably open up a plethora of Pandora's boxes. There would be demons, there would be horror, there would be sin, lustfulness and an absolute shed load of glitter, feathers, fun and debauchery.

My Dad is Gay and So Am I. Questions?

Conor Penn | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

I think I was about 16 when my dad came out as gay. Following a series of hospitalisations relating to his mental health, the time had come for him to start talking about his sexuality. In the years that have since passed, I have also come out and subsequently been asked various reductive and predictable questions...

Five Things I Have Pretended to Like Just to Get Sex

The Guyliner | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Football: I remember a very miserable afternoon - a rainy Saturday - spent in a pub that smelled of cauliflower and dog, staring with great concentration at a TV up on the wall. I didn't really dare look away in case I looked like I was bored and I couldn't have given two bronze f***s about what was happening...

The Problem With Feminism in RuPaul's Drag Race

Ashley Clarke | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ashley Clarke

I'm not saying we need to dismantle drag culture and reprimand queens guilty of saying hunty and fishy as vile misogynists of the patriarchal agenda (god forbid), but I definitely am saying that if you're going to impersonate women, then it's only right to respect women too.

Dangerouser Sex

Gus Cairns | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gus Cairns

To those less acqainted with the workings of HIV, and more surprised by the news, you'd think this would be cause for celebration. In the gay community, however, the news was received by many with disbelief ("This is bullshit science" said one) or downright fear

'Blue Is the Warmest Colour' - A Revisit

Clive Botting | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Accolades and controversy followed 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' after it's 2013 Cannes Palme d'Or win and I felt the need to view it again. It is raw, powerful, mesmerising and memorable and that's not for the astonishingly frank lesbian sex scenes which elicited controversy. It's for Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos's compelling performances.

Lesbian Prom Hits London For The First Time Ever

Eva Grzybek | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eva Grzybek

Lesbian and bi ladies living in this amazing city can't really complain about a lack of events for them to attend. Sure, we all cried when Candy shut down earlier this year, but I think we can all agree that the newly opened She Soho has managed to fill that void in style, providing a great meeting and mingling space.

Norwich City FC vs Tottenham Hotspur

Amal Fashanu | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Sport
Amal Fashanu

Proud Canaries officially launched at half time of the Premier League clash against Tottenham, with representatives going onto the pitch with a new banner. I was not only invited and treated like a queen, but I was asked to be an Honorary Chair, having my Black Heart Label Equality fashion brand's logo on their banner to help fight against discrimination.

Lebanon: Being Gay Is Not a Crime Nor Against Nature

Dan Littauer | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

A court in Lebanon has made a historic ruling stating same-sex relations are not "contradicting the laws of nature" and cannot therefore be considered a crime, said a statement only revealed today.

Why Tinder Might Be the Salvation of Gay Dating

Danny Hilton | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Hilton

Tinder isn't perfect - I'm sure there are tons of you who'll say that it's shallow and heartless to judge someone instantly on a photo (or often a range of photos, if you slow down and want to check each guy a bit more in depth). But Tinder has a human aspect that gives it a foot in the real world.

Ethiopian Minister's Twitter Account Deleted After Slamming Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Dan Littauer | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Ethiopia's Minister of Minister of Women, Children and Youth Affairs official Twitter account has been deleted on Tuesday night, after she slammed Uganda for passing it's anti-gay law.

Thank You for the LGBT Music

Elly Barnes | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Elly Barnes

In all of my musical, equality and advisory roles, music continues to be a key tool in eradicating discrimination. In all our annual 'Educate and Celebrate' school showcases, students and teachers use music extensively through LGBT anthems, music by LGBT composers and equality songs written by our young people.

Derek Jarman 20 Years On: Artist and Activist, Pioneer and Rebel

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter G Tatchell

On this day, 20 years ago, the film-maker, painter, sculptor, gardener, author and queer rights activist Derek Jarman died of HIV. One of Britain's leading post-1945 avant garde artists, he is best remembered for his dazzling array of ground-breaking films. But it was as a HIV and queer rights campaigner that I knew him best.

US Students Announce Support of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

While Indiana's same-sex marriage ban moves through the Indiana statehouse, there is a new grassroots emerging. A group of college students have forme...

Reflections on PantiGate

Aaron Vallely | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

If anyone condemns any of my gay friends, or any person whom has a same sex preference, for their nature, that means that they are being discriminated against because not for what they do, but because of who they are. This is disgraceful. This is prejudicial. This is immoral. This is unacceptable.

Lucy Sherriff

Homophobia At University Is 'Dismissed As Banter', NUS Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Homophobia on campus is dismissed as "banter", while universities do not take the problem seriously enough, student leaders have warned. In an inte...