Gay Voices

A Lucky Escape From the Handsome Guy With Control Issues

The Guyliner | Posted 24.07.2014 | 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 16.07.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 27.06.2014 | 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.

Which LGBT Tourists Most Want to Travel to Pride Events? (The Answer Might Surprise You.)

Ian Johnson | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Johnson

'Gay Pride' events have become big business, especially for tourism marketing offices who increasingly promote them to shine a spotlight on their destination in a competitive LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) tourism market...

Let Us Live, Let Us Love

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I do not understand the motivation behind homophobia but I do understand that this 'fear' is a by-product of teachers, preachers and parents abusing their positions of power and influence to perpetuate the abuse of innocent civilians.

Sorry, Jonah Hill - You're Going to Have to Do Better Than That Apology

The Guyliner | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
The Guyliner

The worst thing is not the fact Hill said the word - we have all told loved ones to go blow themselves or die in a fire - but his refusal to think about why that was his go-to insult, the thought processes that took him there, that is the biggest concern. When his celebrity status is in silent mode, and he doesn't have a sequel to flog or a chat show chair to perch on, what is Jonah Hill really thinking?

How Straight Are You?

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

When I sit with my straight friends, be they single straight men or a straight couple, the conversation of "How straight are you?" invariably comes up and the best way I can explain it to them, is by describing what I call the sexuality scale. We all fit into this scale somewhere.

Carnival Is Coming... - Don't Miss the Biggest Queer Party in London

Eva Grzybek | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eva Grzybek

Carnival is coming... so get ready for the biggest queer party to hit London this year! Those who attended the hugely successful Lesbian Prom thankfully didn't have to wait too long for the next big Missfit event. The main details you need to know...

A Date With the Guy Who Didn't Want to Admit He'd Seen 'Mean Girls'

The Guyliner | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

BINGO! We have the new gay stereotype - the gay man who refuses to conform to a stereotype! How lucky for me to have snared this rarest of beasts. And barely halfway through our first drink. I have two options. I could just let this go, or I could take a tin-opener to that can of worms he's waving in front of me.

Chemsex and the City

Robert Ince | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Ince

It seems incongruous and a little ironic that in the same month that gay marriage became legal in the UK, a new report sheds light on an emerging phenomenon involving some gay men who seemingly have their finger on the self-destruct button.

Denying LGBT People Equal Rights? Don't Expect Them to Visit on Vacation

Ian Johnson | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Johnson

When asked to what extent can the legal situation for local LGBT people affect where respondents decide to go to spend their vacation, 38% - that is almost four in every 10 US respondents - say that local laws affect their destination travel plans "to a great extent".

Drag for a Day

Patrick Cash | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

My character was named Patricia Primarché, the cheap drag queen, which separated her from most other drag artistes on the scene who would never dream of describing themselves as cheap, and meant that I could clothe her completely in Primark.

Yet Another 25 Men You Should Never Date

The Guyliner | Posted 17.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 29.05.2014 | 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 30.05.2014 | 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 30.05.2014 | 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 30.05.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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 27.05.2014 | 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 28.04.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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...