Homosexuality

Homosexuality and Religion: Can a Mutual Respect Ever be Established?

Anna Tippett | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Anna Tippett

A large proportion of the homophobia that exists in society continues to stem from religious belief. Within this, the active condemnation of homosexuality is often justified as an expression of faith; a religious right where an individual is free to preach - what they perceive to be - the word of God.

Jessica Elgot

'I Need To Be Fully Accepted Or Not At All'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on...

Could This HIV Drug Be The Biggest Breakthrough In A Generation?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new drug, which could reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%, might soon be available on the NHS. The PrEP pill has been hailed as one o...

Newspaper Defends Columnist Who Said Accepting Gay People Could Destroy Civilisation

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

The editor of a Devon newspaper says he stands by a column which described homosexuality as "an aberration" and claimed social acceptance of gays sign...

Why Sam Smith's Comments About Not Being a Gay 'Spokesperson' Are Completely Unhelpful

Daniel Welsh | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

What I'm saying to Sam Smith is that he might not want to be a spokesperson for gay rights, but as far as I care he doesn't really have a choice in the matter. If he wants to sit next to Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, then he's going to have to face up to the fact that his words have weight to them now.

That's So Straight!

Jack Fletcher | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

The notion of sexuality being linked in a negative way is notorious and omnipresent in our society. It's easy to hear someone say 'that's so gay' when in public, even for the most unequivocal things... Since when did being gay, lesbian or bisexual necessarily mean a bad thing anyway?

The M Word - How Sexism Is Still Stifling New Women Writers

Rose Bretécher | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Bretécher

My book is a memoir about my life with intrusive sexual thoughts, and it's pretty hard to write about that stuff and not drop the M-bomb. Besides, titillation would never be a problem for a young man in my position, with my mental condition.

Banned Anal Exam Still Being Used To 'Test' If Men Are Gay In Lebanon

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

An invasive and banned “test” for homosexuality is reportedly still being used in Lebanon. The examination, which involves the insertion of a ...

Australian Judge: 'There's Nothing Untoward About Incest And There's Always Abortion To Stop Birth Abnormalities'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

A New South Wales judge has been suspended from presiding over criminal cases after comments in which he suggested incest may no longer be taboo. ...

Australian Judge: 'Incest Is Nothing Untoward & If There Are Birth Abnormalities, There's Always Abortion'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

A New South Wales judge has been suspended from presiding over criminal cases after comments in which he suggested incest may no longer be taboo. ...

What Kind Of Week Has It Been? 11 July 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

In Ireland, news not involving Garth Brooks has ceased to exist... Vanessa Feltz told of the time Rolf Harris sexually assaulted her... Christian bakers refused to heed a customer request for a cake with Bert and Ernie icing advocating marriage equality...

The Place of LGBT+ Family Members and Allies at Pride

Shoshana Davidson | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shoshana Davidson

The worldwide Pride season is now in full swing, with London Pride this coming Saturday. I would be there, if I wasn't out of the country. Last year I partied in Spain, and the year before I could be found celebrating in both London and Bristol.

Call Me Kuchu: Being Gay in Uganda Means Death by Stoning

Carina Maggar | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Carina Maggar

Every day in Uganda gay people are subjected to all kinds of physical violence; burning and stoning are common acts of discrimination. They believe that homosexuality belongs in the same category as pedophilia, rape, murder and terrorism. In fact, Al-Qaeda is mentioned several times in the film.

Tube Crush: Objectification or Celebration?

John Mason | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Mason

The thing that really changed my mind was how the unsuspecting tube travellers who appeared on the site embraced the idea completely. In fact, most of the men wore it like a badge of honor. The men absolutely loved being apart of it.

When Friendships End, the Grim Reaper and My Bigotry

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

The human condition is farcical, tragic, horrid yet ecstatic and over-the-top-wonderful occasionally. I am reminded of our insignificance by observing nature. I am seeing the same cycle over and over again now in a spring already fading.

Is Sexuality Innate or Socially Constructed?

Julie Bindel | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Bindel

Some gay people might feel that finding a gay gene might diminish prevalent homophobia, but this is naive. Racism has not diminished because we know that blackness or whiteness is genetic. But scientists still treat us like rats in a lab and look for 'causes'. I have been told I am a lesbian because my mother smoked and drank whilst carrying me.

Christian Nurse Fired in 'Homosexuality Sin' Row Claims Unfair Dismissal

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK

A Christian nursery nurse who lost her job because she said she told a gay colleague that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin is ...

Britain 'Among Most Tolerant' Of Homosexuality

Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

Fewer than a fifth of people in the UK think homosexuality is "morally unacceptable", the sixth lowest of any country to take part in new research on ...

£13k Pay Out For Street Preacher Arrested For 'Anti-Gay' Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

A street preacher arrested for reportedly spewing hateful verses on homosexuality has been awarded £13,000 for wrongful imprisonment, after police de...

'Homosexuality Is As Serious As Terrorism'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

A Kenyan MP has compared homosexuality to terrorism and demanded it be tackled with the same vigour. But Aden Duale, who is the majority leader of...

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.

Homosexuality Is Like Compulsive Murder, Mosque Chairman Says

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The chairman of one of Europe's largest mosques has launched a tirade against those who criticised him for banning a BBC3 discussion about gay Muslims...

Fred Phelps Is Dying - Not Sorry to Hear That

John Sargeant | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

One less abuser and hater in the world is not something I am sorry to hear. My sorrow in the life and death of Fred Phelps is reserved for the victims of his abuse who never got closure, never saw justice, and have to overcome religious indoctrination. Because those scares can last a lifetime.

LGBT Rights and Peace: Why Aren't We Talking About It?

Phil Vernon | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Phil Vernon

While it is clearly important for peacebuilders to pay more attention to the marginalisation and repression of LGBT people, it's not always so obvious how we should do so...

Gay Cure Therapists Struck Off By Christian Counselling Body

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Two Christian counsellors who offered gay cures to patients have been denied accreditation Association of Christian Counsellors, with the way paved fo...