Gay Voices

#BrightonBootOut - Lesbian Couple Chucked Out of Brighton Superstore For Kissing

E J Rosetta | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

This was NOT a homophobic act. This woman must have been a Brighton resident. She's probably used to seeing gay guys and gals mincing around the supermarket all day. Damn, she may well have a double use for that uniform herself, eh?

How to Handle Your Ex Moving on First

E J Rosetta | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

The lesbian break up is an astounding affair. It can either result in our famous "lez be friends" scenario, or go through a hormone induced, highly dramatic block-a-thon and selection of storm-outs that would make a pantomime villain proud.

I'm Transgendered, It Works... I Can Still Work for You

Emma Flowers | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Flowers

I do not want special treatment. I do not want campaigns or petitions; I want to provide for myself and try to leave a legacy for my children. Well reported cases would give the impression that society is dealing with its prejudices. Sadly, it would appear that I am prevented from doing so by prejudiced attitudes that still prevail - no matter how many high profile cases hit the media.

Ten Worst LGBT Insults at Work

Ian Johnson | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Ian Johnson

Work is something that is a fact of life for most of us. Just like being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is too. But when those two intersect it is not always simple - nor easy...

Three Things Heterosexuals Don't Realise About Gay Relationships

George P. Simmonds | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George P. Simmonds

I'm not going to use this article as an opportunity to tell straight people they have no idea what it's like to be gay because to do so would be to abet gay culture's propensity to wear its orientation like an accessory so to keep heterosexuals at arm's length. Such hostilities support the turning of sexuality into an elitist enterprise.

Coming Out Isn't a One-off Event - You Do It Day After Day for Ever

The Guyliner | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Think you have everybody covered? Relatives, friends, key people at work - check. However, you're not out of the woods yet. We live in a world where there may be equality in law, but socially, we've still a long way to go. Even a simple trip to the doctor, or a casual chat with a colleague, and having to say that dreariest, laborious word "partner", like you're in love with a law firm, is an act of coming out.

HIV Diagnoses Among Young Gay Men: We Need to Act

Simon Blake | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Blake

I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?

The 25 Men You Should Really Never Date

The Guyliner | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

As ever, I only want to help, so if you want to separate the men from the boys and the woulds from the would-nots, here I have 25 more men you should, if at all possible, avoid when dating. Everything I do, I do it for you.

Assassins and Advocates

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I'm not innocent. I have been defensive. I have been guarded and on many occasions these things have manifested themselves with disastrous consequences but in spite of it all, I am still here.

Why God Loves Gays

Ariane Sherine | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Ariane Sherine

According to GOD: "It is not okay to use religion to justify personal bigotry. I am the LORD and I love LGBT people very much. Why else would so many LGBT people exist?"

Ireland's Gay Matchmaking Festival: The Outing, Lisdoonvarna, October 3-6

Peter McGuire | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter McGuire

The word "tradition" is so often misunderstood to mean the dragging heels of a conservative past, whereas modern traditions actually include our calendar customs such as Halloween and April Fools, our music and dance, our games and sports, almost all the foods we eat, the stories we tell, and so much more.

Revealed: The Top Gay-Friendly Universities in The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Valladares | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

For the fourth year running Stonewall have released their Gay By Degree University Guide which names the UK's most gay-friendly universities. The univ...

My Life In Gay Soho

Colin Vaines | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin Vaines

So as I sit on my rooftop looking out at the rainbow flag flying proudly over a nearby pub, I raise a glass to all those smart businessmen and women who've made my neighbourhood such a lovely, stylish, inclusive and fun place to live. That's got to be worth the price I pay for that last twerk of the evening a few floors below me.

6 Challenges You'll Face as a Solo Gay Backpacker

Henry Boles | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Henry Boles

Homosexuals who don't travel will still identify with what it's like to be an outsider, or what it's like to come out more than once, but crossing countries solo amplifies the scale of these challenges significantly. Overwhelming? You betcha.

Lesbian Muslim Iranians Have Marriage Blessed By Gay Imam In Sweden

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

A lesbian couple from Iran have had their marriage blessed by a gay imam. Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar – who are expecting their first child ...

A Tale of Two Pride Campaigns

Ian Johnson | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Johnson

As this year's pride season comes to a close it is hard not to have noticed the sheer volume of corporate activity that has been directed at LGBT communities all over the world by brands looking to ingratiate themselves with LGBT consumers.

It's OK to be Gay, and Have Faith

Jonny Freeman | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

I am gay and I am Christian, and to most people, that's okay... But the problem I've faced is telling Christians. In theory this should be fine: you go on classic theology and teaching to "love your neighbour as yourself", feed the hungry, care for those in need. The list goes on. In reality there have been times where the teachings I've heard have felt like a condemnation.

Lebanon Launches Police Raids Targeting Gay Men

Dan Littauer | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Lebanese police has launched a sting operation targeting gay men across the country making dozens of arrest.The operation begun on Saturday with police arresting 27 men for alleged "gay sex" and "indecency" during a raid on Agha Hammam in the area of Hamra-Concord, Beirut.

Shouldn't We All be a Little Bit Gay? Reflections on Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014

Mr Pickwick | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mr Pickwick

Not to be outdone, a bunch of enthusiastic Christians made some noise along the route proclaiming that "Jesus loves you". This was self defeating because it was essentially the whole point of the Parade. It was just another example of how God (whoever he or she may be) should never be invited to parties.

Scotland Launches Equality Blitz to Coincide With the Commonwealth Games

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Whatever people think about Alex Salmond and the push for Scottish independence, his statement and actions are the most forthright and supportive on LGBTI equality by any leader of any host nation during a major international sporting event. Neither David Cameron nor Boris Johnson did anything similar during the London Olympics. This is a unique, unprecedented initiative for which Alex Salmond and the Scottish government deserve full credit and commendation. For LGBTI communities in the 42 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is still criminalised, the Scottish government's pro-LGBTI stance means a lot. It will comfort them and, I hope, discomfort their homophobic governments. It demonstrates Scotland's commitment to a truly equal and inclusive Games. Bravo!

Gay Shame and Grindr

George P. Simmonds | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George P. Simmonds

It's no secret that gay men and women grow up with a sense of separation from their heterosexual peers, and that this anticipates their exclusion from mainstream culture, especially that of mainstream dating. And fittingly enough the emotionally sterile climate encouraged by Grindr is to the gay man what a crack den is to the heroin addict...

A Lucky Escape From the Handsome Guy With Control Issues

The Guyliner | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

When the first glitch in a courtship appears, it's like that moment when you realise that to get that super fast, super cheap internet, you need to fork out for line rental. Matthew's 'line rental' was his need to have a say in absolutely everything we did together.

Just a Taste: When Will 'True Blood' Quit the Queer Baiting?

Phoebe-Jane Boyd | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phoebe-Jane Boyd

Two male characters in a love scene together - pretty ballsy (forgive me for the pun, and the bad romance novel writing) for a mainstream network TV show, right? Sure, you could say that, until the moment where Jason woke and it turned out to be 'just a dream' - phew! Cue 'comedy' worried look from Jason Stackhouse, slumped over in Church, oops. Roll opening credits!

Ignored by the Media, Childless Women - and Jonathan Ross - Take to the Streets

Paula Coston | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

In my last two posts on this site, I lambasted the persistently patchy and unrepresentative UK press coverage of alternative womanhoods and 'their' issues and lifestyles: single women, women without children, older women, gay women, transgender women, and more.

David Cameron Insists That Straight Civil Partnerships Remain Banned

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Legalising same-sex marriage was the recognition that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are of equal worth and have the right to equal treatment in law. The same principle of equality applies in the case of civil partnerships. Heterosexual couples should be able to have a civil partnership.