Lgbt Issues

Being Out and Proud at School Is Still a Challenge in Modern Britain

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Musgrave

More and more children are growing up with openly gay family friends, friends of theirs are coming out at school and they are more likely to have openly gay role models. With more effort, and the inexorable march of time, I am optimistic the story of the rugby player and the creative will be a relic of the past.

Time to Act on LGBT Rights in Africa

Kevin Watkins | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Kevin Watkins

In a taped recording he left to be played in the event of his assassination, Harvey Milk, America's first openly gay elected official, left a message for our times. "All young people," he said, "regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment to achieve their full potential." Nowhere is the world further from that goal than in Africa.

We Need Pride

Eve Hartley | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Hartley

I'm tired of students and young people as a collective being constantly ignored or patronised by the state... people forget that if you constantly damage the spirit of a generation and illegitimatise our opinions, it will demolish the hope and drive of those who not only have the potential to make huge positive impact in the UK, but worldwide.

John Oliver Attacked By Anti-Gay Pastor For 'Malicious LGBT Propaganda'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

John Oliver, the British comedian currently putting right-wing, corporate and religious hypocrisy to the sword every Sunday night on HBO, has been rou...

Why I Believe Gay Pride Matters More Than Ever - And How Music Will Help It Grow

Will Young | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Young

Gay Pride has changed largely due to the context it now operates in. Gay rights have evolved so much it is just wonderful to be a part of a country that celebrates difference. There are still prejudices to overcome. Young gay people can still not feel comfortable at school. With the word 'dyke' being used 1000 times a day on Twitter, 'faggot' 4,500 times a day. With 26% of young gay people attempting suicide and 52% self harming and the word 'gay' banded around as a pejorative description of something defunct and wrong, Gay Pride's message should be about sustaining what we have and looking to improve the lives of young gay people. To protect them through education and allow our young people to see that difference isn't bad, it is something to be celebrated.

Pride in London and the #FreedomTo Bat for My Team

Matt McSherry | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Sport
Matt McSherry

We have always been a sports club that plays in regular leagues, we have straight players in our club and we are all about equality in sport. Our ad proudly tells London that we are free to play a sport to the best of our abilities and we are happy to do so with everyone else...

Ukip Continue To Normalise Homophobia

Anna Tippett | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Tippett

Within the storm of normalised homophobia UKIP have created, it is easy to forget the thousands of young LGBT people who are yet to 'come out'. A sixteen year old Christian who is coming to terms with being gay is likely to be severely affected by the comments made by UKIP councillors, particularly when using the Bible as a platform for hate. This needs to change and it should not be used as a tool to endorsing a discriminatory political agenda.

Let's Smash the Glass Closet Together - LGBT Execs Must Follow Browne and Bailey's Lead

Suki Sandhu | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK
Suki Sandhu

I believe that through initiatives such as this, we can encourage more people to be authentic leaders and make LGBT diversity in the workplace a non issue within a decade in the UK. Then we can turn our full attention to the 76 countries where it is still illegal to be gay.

The Grey Area

Gemma Parry | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

We've all heard the stereotypes attached to being bisexual; indecisive, confused, wanting your cake and eating it too, gay or lesbian in transition, the list goes on and on. If you identify as bisexual, it's likely that you've encountered these clichés at some point. I know that I certainly have...

Victims and Survivors of LGBT Domestic Abuse Must Know That They Are Not Alone

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

Violence against women and children by men is important but it is not the whole story. It is important for victims or survivors of LGBT domestic abuse to know that they are not alone, that help and advice is available and that they do not need to put up with an abusive relationship. Many people think support for victims of domestic violence is only available to women who suffer at the hands of an abusive male partner but that is not the case. Many people are unaware that they can be safe, they can be supported and that there is a route out of an abusive same-sex relationship.

Viva La Bearded Diva!

Sam Fraser | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sam Fraser

And they said we'd reached 'peak beard'! While facial hair pundits were only recently predicting a swing back to clean-shaven faces, a gang of ambitious and creative chaps oiled their bristles assiduously, contemplating the opportunities to bring their politically charged chins to the world. On Saturday night they arrived.

Jessie J: "My Bisexuality Is Just a Phase"

Eve Hartley | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Eve Hartley

I feel betrayed. Not that she was an important part of my every day life- I just feel deflated and disappointed that another role model has given in to the stigma of carrying the LGBT tag. Perhaps she just didn't understand the knock on effect it would cause to her younger LGBT fans - many regarding her as a hero to look up to.

Did You Know That Supporting Gay Rights Is Good for Business?

Maria Caspani | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

People often approach the issue of gay rights (if one can even call it an issue) from the "doing the right thing" perspective, meaning that supporting the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people is the right thing to do because everyone should be free to be who they are without facing discrimination of any kind.

Where Are Political Fiction's Lesbians?

Steven Fielding | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Fielding

Are lesbians hidden from view in political fiction as much as it seems? Or have I just not been looking in the right places? It's interesting that if the paucity of lesbians is more than a reflection of my own inadequate research they are an exception to a general rule...

'No Homo' - A Response to Dr Carmen Cruz's Guardian Article

Ben Hansen Hicks | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Hansen Hicks

It is fascinating to read about the detailed psychology behind male connections within our modern society and I cannot recommend reading Dr Cruz's article enough - I thought it might be of benefit to the Huffington Post's readers and my fellow university students to get another angle, another viewpoint...

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

Gregor Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.

HuffPost Honoured For LGBT Coverage

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK

The Huffington Post has been honoured for its coverage of the LGBT community at a new set of awards. The first ever Winter Pride UK awards awarded ...

How Sochi Corporate Sponsors Can Promote Gay Equality

Tom Hayes | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Sport
Tom Hayes

With outside broadcasters, competitors, and tourists descending on Sochi, LGBT activists are mobilising to show that autocracy, not homosexuality, is the sickness eating away at Russia's body politic. This is the right and proper thing to do. LGBT activists are well-placed to perform another service to equality, though.

The Ins And Outs of Sexuality

Jack Fletcher | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

It's hard to understand another person's preferences. For a straight man it is hard to understand why you wouldn't want a woman, the gender that you are attracted to. To be attracted to another man may seem alien and confusing. But really this is the same in not understanding those that are able to run marathons, solve complex mathematical equations, or any other activity different from yourself. That's just the way that person is.

The Message of Finding 'Mike'

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

It's not been easy reliving what led me to attempting suicide. But it's also been something of a revelation. Looking back, I had always thought it was receiving my diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression, which had caused me to want to end my life. But there was also a secret which I was hiding from everyone around me that I also could no longer bear to live with.

LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Who cares about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives and accomplishments? We all should. But why? During LGBT History Month, we might learn about LGBT people who have made or continue to make a difference to our world. We can learn about their accomplishments and how they have changed science, literature, or many other fields.

How to Plan a Lesbian Wedding: The Announcement

Sarah-Elizabeth Daly | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah-Elizabeth Daly

If there's one thing that's confusing about a gay engagement, it's wondering if you should be the one to propose, or if the other half is going to do it. For months it seemed like we were on the brink of being engaged, but we were just waiting for the other to go ahead and do it.

Despite Their Claim to Be a Libertarian Party, Ukip Have a Shocking Record on LGBT Rights

Sarah Ludford | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Ludford

Nigel Farage can try and pull the wool over our eyes with his usual rhetoric, but Ukip's voting record tells us all we need to know about how Ukip feels on the issue of LGBTI rights and equality. Ukip has absolutely no intention of standing up for persecuted sexual minorities. It's time that they stopped pretending to.

16 Reasons Why You, a Man, Should Hate the Patriarchy

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Lindsell

All men should be following the tenets of feminism already, which includes shutting up and listening. But they aren't. Many are being their unaware or blissfully misogynistic selves - and they're the ones who have the furthest to go.

Butch, Femme and Beyond: Books for Queer Parents and Their Kids

B.J. Epstein | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

Children who have queer parents but who don't see families like theirs represented in literature (or in movies or on TV) might start to get an erroneous impression about the way the world works. They might begin to think that their family is unique, and therefore strange and unacceptable.