Gay Voices

A Straight High School Student Invited His Gay Best Friend To Prom

The Huffington Post UK | Victoria Farley | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

It's prom season in the US right now, and all over the country teenagers are gearing up to ask that special someone to be their date. What nobody e...

Why LGBT Employees Should Come Out at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK
Ian Johnson

Coming out at work can be difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Even with growing levels of acceptance in some places, many still fear the repercussions of letting work colleagues know their real sexual orientation or gender identity...

Lying in Plain Sight

David Deady | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents
David Deady

Where do we stand on telling children why Adam and Steve are holding hands? Is there an appropriate age that something like this should be discussed or is it better for the child to discover of their own accord?

Fellow White Gay Men: Let's Stop Misappropriating Black Female Culture

Stephen Donnan | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Donnan

Can you imagine, as a white gay man reading this, walking up to a woman of colour in a nightclub or even in the street and clicking our fingers and snapping 'Hey gurrl!' as if we are somehow part of the same post-colonial expression of feminist power?

Save HBO's 'Looking': The Best TV Series You're Not Watching

Leigh Clark | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

Its second series ends this week and, as yet, there is no news of a third season being confirmed. Looking (Sky Atlantic, Thurs, 11.50pm) is not only entertaining and engrossing but it is the most revolutionary show currently on television, yet it seems hardly anyone is watching it. 

I Don't Care That You're Gay, HIV Positive and Hep C Positive: I Love You Anyway

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I came out in stages, taking my time. I rarely felt under pressure to come out from the people around me. I took the initiative in terms of coming out. I wasn't put on the spot, except at school. I felt a pressure from within, to proclaim who I am and to be authentic to myself.

Lucy Sherriff

Underage And Gay: 'People Have Threatened To Murder Me'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

"I've had phone calls from people saying they're going to murder me," says 15-year-old Beckham, as he explains the extent of the homophobic bullying h...

A Young Woman's Experience With Sexual Orientation and Mental Checklists

Molly Turnley | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Turnley

Our mental checklists are very much past their expiry dates; they're growing mould in fact. I hope that one day very soon you'll notice and revise your prejudices and stereotypes and stop consciously and subconsciously pigeonholing people.

Young Gay Men Are Let Down By the Education System

James Hanson | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Hanson

I strongly believe the education system fails young LGBTI+ people every day. We have won the battle of equal age of consent and equal marriage in the UK, the next fight is to make inclusive SRE compulsory in all schools.

Eight-hundred, Seventy, Fifty, Five

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Philip Christopher Baldwin

Detaining refugees in this way can be a scarring experience. Conditions are oppressive. Experience shows that LGBT refugees are more at risk than others.

Let's Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs - Madness

Patrick Cash | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Patrick Cash

Madness might be a particularly difficult term for the gay community because up until 1969 that's what being gay was: a mental health disorder. Alan Turing was chemically castrated for cottaging, Lou Reed was given electro-shock therapy for bisexual tendencies. Weird and wacky 'pray the gay away' courses still preach the same warped thoughts.

Student Only Realised She Was Attracted To Women After Friend Changed Tinder Preferences As A Joke

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Syra Johal and Grace Goddard always considered themselves to be straight, until they started using dating app Tinder. It was only when one of Syra'...

The Lesbian Drinking Game

E J Rosetta | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Nights out with large groups can be grating, and large numbers can really distract your peers from the task in hand - Drinking. So in order to combat this annoyance, I suggest you insist on playing The Lesbian Drinking Game alongside the rest of the general merriment. And here are the rules.

The Pitfalls of Freelance - Four Ways to Make Lone Working Work

E J Rosetta | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
E J Rosetta

Two years ago, I flounced out of my office in a flurry of frustration and raged my way home and out of the rat race. It was terrifying, wonderful, exhilarating, seriously stupid and the best thing I have ever done.

Sharia Law Versus Secular Democracy

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

Speaker after speaker last Saturday warned of an Islamist agenda of stealthy, creeping, subtle Sharification. This involves sustained attempts by Islamists to pressure public institutions, in the name of religious freedom and multiculturalism, to make special allowances for their reactionary sectarian clerical values.

No Means No! That Includes You, Mister!

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I was relieved to be out of his grasp, but too frightened to ask him to leave. Once I was out of the bed I had to negotiate having a potential rapist in my bedroom, without any way of getting rid of him. If I demanded he leave, I was worried it would precipitate another attack.

Campaign To Improve Health Support For Men Who Have Sex With Men

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new action plan has been launched to support the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with other men. Public Health England (PHE) has launche...

Three Ways to Come Out at Work

E J Rosetta | Posted 29.03.2015 | 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 29.03.2015 | 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 19.03.2015 | 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 18.03.2015 | 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 17.03.2015 | 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 17.03.2015 | 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.