Gay Voices

Three Ways to Come Out at Work

E J Rosetta | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

We all know that coming out to new people can be either stressful, boring or both. I mean seriously, we should all get stickers on our foreheads or something. "Hi, I'm Gay, Feel Free To Ask Questions", so this can be a lot easier all round. The stickers would be glittery, obviously.

Straight People Guess What Eight Gay Phrases Mean - With Hilarious Results

E J Rosetta | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

When I first entered Gay-Land I had no idea what a Pillow Princess was, or why people kept telling me I couldn't be a Gold Star. And why did people keep saying I had Lipstick on when I didn't? I was so confused.

Caroline Frost

'With Gay Characters, They Always Have To Drive The Plot'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Entertainment

Russell T Davies has criticised British TV drama for their depiction of gay characters, complaining that their sexuality is always used as a plot devi...

Can You Re-Write Shakespeare for the Grindr Age?

Patrick Cash | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

London might be a shimmering black hole swallowing your money, but it's also one of the greatest cities in the world for performers and creative people right now. When we put out our call for performers we got old hands and fresh faces; bar boys, burlesque dancers, transsexual poets, DJs; a rich and vibrant cross-section of the LGBT+ scene who wanted to make their voice heard.

Former Eton Student's Open Letter Proves There IS Homophobia At The College

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A former gay student of Eton College has written an open letter detailing his experiences of bullying after a famous alumnus claimed the school was de...

Where Have All the Good Gay Clubs Gone?

George P. Simmonds | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George P. Simmonds

My latest experience of one concluded in me quaffing several tequila shots too many and projecting them at great volume into the nearest toilet bowl. Why did I do such a thing to myself, you ask? Well it wasn't because the booze was cheap - is it ever? - and it certainly wasn't due to any sort of fondness for tequila.

Four New Year's Resolutions Every Lesbian Should Make

E J Rosetta | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Whether your sexual orientation is on a need to know basis or you have been out since you were 12, there's always someone you've conveniently forgotten to tell. Your Grandparents, perhaps? Or your colleagues? But a good 2015 LGBT resolution is to make sure you're Out. To everyone.

Five Types of Lesbian NEVER To Date

E J Rosetta | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

It's a battle field out there. The LGBT dating scene is infinitely more exclusive straight dating, so here are the 5 types of Lesbian/Bi woman to be avoided at all costs.

Coming Out as LGBT at Work? Where You Live Matters

Ian Johnson | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Ian Johnson

A research study being released by Out Now at the end of the month shows which are the best places, out of more than twenty countries tested, to be openly LGBT at work - and the USA doesn't make the Top 5... Deciding whether to come out at work is not usually easy - and where you live can make a big difference.

Planning a Lesbian Wedding: Why I'm Extremely Grateful of Being Able to Get Married

Sarah-Elizabeth Daly | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah-Elizabeth Daly

This week gay marriage laws have come into effect around Scotland, allowing same-sex couples across the nation to be able to get married. No, not a civil partnership, a full on, completely equal, legal marriage, and I couldn't be more grateful.

How Not to Approach Gay Advocacy

George P. Simmonds | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George P. Simmonds

We've got to understand what the goal of gay advocacy really is. When I was growing up I didn't want to be like everyone else... Gay people aren't criminals asking to be loved in spite of their crimes. They're not addicts wanting to be understood beyond their addiction. And they're certainly not sinners wishing to be spared of evil.

The Great Commitment Conundrum of 2014!

Ryan Houston | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Houston

I recently began thinking about something terrifying, the one thing that can make you begin to sweat with nerves at just the thought, some of us anyway; commitment. To some of us, it comes naturally, to others, trying to get a little bit of it is a true nightmare.

World AIDS Day: Cut Gay Blood Ban to Three Months

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

The current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood within 12 months of them last having sex is medically unjustified discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is premised on a generalisation about men who have sex with men.The government should cut the basic exclusion period to three months, dependent on the risk factors associated with each individual donor. These risk factors include not only HIV but also other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Protecting the blood supply is the number one priority but ensuring blood safety does not require a rule that no gay or bisexual man can donate blood for a year since his last same-sex experience.

Why the Gym Is the Worst Place to Meet Your Next Lover

The Guyliner | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

It seems no part of the gym is off limits when it comes to being chatted up or flirted with or, in the most extreme of cases and depending on your proximity to Vauxhall, a spot of shagging. The sunbed room at my gym - 12 tubes, an Ikea chair and a bin filled with discarded wet wipes - is almost always occupied and I have never seen any ultra violet light beaming from under that door.

Lucy Sherriff

'Being Gay Really Is An Unnecessary Taboo'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Stripping naked and posing in front of a camera has almost become a rite of passage for any student belonging to a university sports team. But Nott...

LGBT Bullying: 'That's So Gay!'

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

"Gay" was frequently used pejoratively as an insult, to describe anything unpleasant and phrases such as "that's so gay" were bandied about to describe anything perceived as negative, from a flamboyant shirt to the weather. As a teenager I was undermined and left with feelings of inadequacy. A

When Making It to 40 Is a Privilege

Adebisi Alimi | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Adebisi Alimi

We are kicking our kids out; we are turning our backs on them and rejecting the builders of the future mainly because we could not understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. Homelessness creates a state of vulnerability for these young people and makes them easy prey for malicious adults.

LGBT - Let God Be There

Jonny Freeman | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

As a church we can't teach how bad sin is, to love your neighbour as yourself, to live in Jesus' example; then attach 10 asterisks at the bottom of the page with our 'terms and conditions'. I'm sick of feeling part of a faith that, in part, will charitably give with one hand and damage with the other. Its literal hypocrisy, and its nothing like the religion that I believe in...

What To Do If You Find A Trans Person In The Bathroom

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Bristol's LGBT+ Society has issued a series of steps for concerned members of the public who find themselves in the same public bath...

When Do You Know You Should Probably Most Definitely Break Up?

Effi Mai | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Effi Mai

Sometimes you're looking at your partner's face wondering what to do about the whole situation. But how do you know exactly when it should end?

D-day for the Pill for HIV

Gus Cairns | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gus Cairns

So what just happened is that on 16 October the researchers behind the PROUD trial, in which 545 gay men in England were given daily pills of the anti-HIV medicine Truvada(R) either immediately or after a year's delay, announced that what had been intended as a mere pilot study had been so dramatically successful that they were offering all participants immediate PrEP...

Bisexual Bias - Some People Are Bi, Get Over It

E J Rosetta | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Bisexuality is valid. It's not what I'm calling myself as I'm transitioning, it's not what people are labelled while they're deciding. It's a whole other category! Entering the very community you've been dying to belong to and having them reject you is enough to send a person straight back into the closet!

Positive Damage: HIV and the City

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Overwhelmed by emotions, I hid in an adjacent office. I broke down, my sadness manifesting itself in floods of tears. I was frightened in case anyone walked in and found me crying, potentially resulting in the discovery of my illness. The next week, preceding my initial appointment at the HIV clinic, was one of fear and, to a limited degree, suspense...

How Being Gay Can HELP Your Career

E J Rosetta | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Take my last job for example. After just a year I found myself progressing, fast. Every promotion available and Boom... It was mine. Who gets first pick of holiday slots? Yours Truly. Do I fancy a week off for London Pride at short notice? Well you got it, lady, and have a luminous, fruity cocktail on us.

Ten Awkward Questions Straight People Ask Lesbians (And How to Inappropriately Answer Them)

E J Rosetta | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Coming Out is hard to do, and it's amazing how curious everyone suddenly becomes. But how to handle the questioning? Like a grown up, with dignity and respect? Or if you fancy having little fun with it, here's how...