Homophobia

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.

New Warnings Issued Over Drug Side-Effects Following Ukip Rant

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Comedy

A medical warning has been issued after a Ukip candidate blamed his bigoted rant on prescription drugs. Kerry Smith, who was due to stand for elect...

Ukip Candidate Resigns After Calling Gay Members 'Poofters'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics

A prominent Ukip general election candidate has resigned after making a string of offensive remarks, including calling gay members "poofters", and jok...

Putting God in a Box

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

By blindly insisting the creation myth of the Semitic tribes who became the Jewish people is fact - and telling children it is a valid alternative to the Big Bang - evangelical Christians are attributing to God the lack of imagination that cripples their own view of both humanity and the wider universe.

Bar Owner Denies Homophobic Booking With Beautifully Snarky Reply

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

A London bar owner has said he is putting principles before profit by canceling a lucrative Christmas booking that asked if the venue was gay because ...

Ukip - The Party of the People?

Ryan Houston | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ryan Houston

I recently Chaired an Annual General Meeting for the charity that I run, we got through all of the points without much pain, and celebrated with a few glasses of wine once we had completed the meeting. We though we were home and dry, as all of the business had ended, when I was asked to speak to two people who had just entered the room.

Britain Suffering Increase In Violent Homophobic Attacks

PA | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

Some of the UK's biggest police forces have recorded a rise in the number of violent homophobic crimes this year, according to new figures. Hundreds o...

Sarah Vine's 'Homophobic' Daily Mail Column On Jack Monroe Isn't Going Down Well...

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

A Daily Mail columnist has leapt into the Jack Monroe Twitter row by launching an indignant attack on the austerity food blogger. Sarah Vine - who...

This Disgusting Anti-Gay Game Actually Made It Onto Google Play

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Tech

An anti-gay hunting game which made it onto the Google Play store has been removed, but not before it was downloaded 10s of thousands of times. Cal...

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...

Homophobic Bullying and the Responsibilities of Children's Television

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Shaun Dellenty

Still missing is regular, usualised (to use Sue Sanders word) portrayals of LGBT pupils, parents and role models who are happy, successful and kind human beings- just going about their lives. Such portrayals send a vital life-changing message to the emergent young LGBT souls out there.

The Art of Shame

Katie Beswick | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Beswick

Shame Chorus will be a live concert event performed at the Freud Museum, and a range of other venues in London and across the UK in 2015. Documentary footage created throughout the project will also form a touring video installation, the Shame Chorus songs will be available to buy as downloads...

Some Clarity on Dapper Laughs

Lee Kern | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Lee Kern

Dapper Laughs show wasn't banned. His series ran for it's full length on ITV2. The channel decided they won't recommission a second series. That is not a ban and to argue this is a way to reframe the debate and shift things from the true discussion about misogyny that should be taking place.

The Crying Shame of Denying LGBT Teachers Their Authenticity

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

A new term, you're starting to feel that you have established yourself with parents and pupils. You remain instinctively cautious on entering unfamiliar contexts; a side effect of years of school-based bullying, resulting in lapses onto anxiety medication...

Asa Bennett

Back Same Sex Marriage? This Gay Ukip MEP Thinks You're An 'Equality Nazi'

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics

Gay marriage supporters are "equality Nazis" who helped push through something that only matters to "some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal froc...

#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?

Purple Reigns: Spirit Day 2014 at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School, Birmingham, UK

Claire Stoneman | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Claire Stoneman

At the very end of Spirit Day, the entire school emptied onto the playground for a photograph to show our unity for all young LGBT people who have faced bullying, abuse or discrimination. And as our pupils jostled and argued over who would get to hold the rainbow flag, I knew that we had made a difference, and that things would never be the same again.

Gay, Straight, Christian, Jew - Why Simple Labels No Longer Work

Neil Gibb | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Gibb

Pope Francis is a man on a mission. Everything from the choice of his name (referencing St Francis of Assisi) to his shunning of material comforts suggest he is out to take the church back to its core values of tolerance, inclusion and compassion.

Gay Couple 'Ordered Off London Bus For Kissing'

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK

A gay couple say they were ordered off a London bus by the driver after he spotted them kissing. Jack James, 23, and his partner were on board an ...

Students Staging Kiss In At Sainsbury's To Protest At Lesbian Couple Being Told They Were 'Disgusting'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students is helping to stage a kiss in at a Sainsbury's store in Brighton, in protest at the treatment of a lesbian couple who were told th...

Sainsbury's Apologises After Lesbian Couple Ordered To Stop 'Disgusting' Kissing Or Leave

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Sainsbury's has apologised to a pair of students who were left "humiliated" when they were ordered to stop kissing or leave the store after a shopper ...

Hate and Its Tentacles

Patrick Cash | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Cash

I've experienced homophobic abuse in London three times. The first happened when I was 22, and I was caught in a heaving Friday night crowd outside Tottenham Court Road tube station. Across a sea of faces, I made eye contact with a young, white male with a shaven head. He snarled at me: 'fucking poof!'

Open Letter to 'The Beaver', LSESU and Professor Craig Calhoun

Michael Etheridge | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Etheridge

The pathetic statement from the Men's Rugby Team shows no engagement with the issues, apologising not for their misogyny and homophobia, but for the decision to publish it. The leaflet's authors not only excluded gay people from their society, but went further in employing homophobia as a promotional tool.

LSE Offers Counselling To Students After Rugby Team's 'Sexist, Homophobic' Leaflets

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The London School of Economics is offering counselling to its students after its rugby team handed out flyers describing women as "slags," "trollops" ...

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.