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Clare Allington | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Allington

My parent experienced first-hand what it was like to be thrown out of a "ladies" toilet, it was on a cruise ship (she was nearly arrested as well). She experienced hatred from women and men, which went far beyond just words on a social media site. She contemplated suicide, she tried to be "cured".

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Could This Simple T-Shirt Be The Answer To Homophobic Bullying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

"Your haircut is gay" may sound like a childish insult, but it can hurt. In British classrooms and playgrounds, young people are experiencing homo...

Anti-Gay Speaker at Westminster University

Yazy Tauk | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yazy Tauk

How is Westminster University supposed to create a safe space for LGBT students when they are fighting against their own Student Union?

Read This Dad's Touching Response To His Son Coming Out (And Weep)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

After coming out to the rest of his family, Sean Bailey knew it was only a matter of time before he had to tell his dad that he was gay. But when B...

Sharia Law Versus Secular Democracy

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

Speaker after speaker last Saturday warned of an Islamist agenda of stealthy, creeping, subtle Sharification. This involves sustained attempts by Islamists to pressure public institutions, in the name of religious freedom and multiculturalism, to make special allowances for their reactionary sectarian clerical values.

By Denying the Existence of Transphobia, Germaine Greer Reconfirms Its Existence

Frances Black | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

It can feel ironic when someone embodies the thing they are trying to convince us doesn't exist. Like when people hurl sexist insults at those who fight sexism, or racist slurs at people speaking out about racism... Or Germaine Greer declaring to the world that transphobia doesn't exist.

Holocaust Memorial Day: The Nazi Bid to Exterminate Gay People

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

"We must exterminate these people (homosexuals) root and branch... We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated." With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race. From 1933-1945, an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 men were arrested under paragraph 175 for the crime of homosexuality. Some were tried and sentenced in the courts; others were sent direct to concentration camps without any trial or formal sentence. The death rate of gay prisoners in the camps was over 50%, the highest among non-Jewish victims.

Trans Suicide - The Unspoken Epidemic

Stephen Donnan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Donnan

I'm a little angry and here's why: in 2014 and every year before that I have read story after story about young LGBT people taking their own lives, being locked up, turned out onto the streets and made homeless, fired from their jobs, being hospitalised, murdered.

Can You Re-Write Shakespeare for the Grindr Age?

Patrick Cash | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

London might be a shimmering black hole swallowing your money, but it's also one of the greatest cities in the world for performers and creative people right now. When we put out our call for performers we got old hands and fresh faces; bar boys, burlesque dancers, transsexual poets, DJs; a rich and vibrant cross-section of the LGBT+ scene who wanted to make their voice heard.

Why 'Britain's First Gay School' is a Terrible Idea

Josh Marshall | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

Being gay is not different, it is not wrong , it is not 'alien' - It is perfectly normal and just another wonderful colour on the spectrum of love.

Testament of Love: the Life and Times of Edward Brittain

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Cooper

All those great gay heroes, yet what did their country really do for them? Those that opted to stand up to the justice system would be convicted. Despite being in the clutches of the first total war, the authorities still found time to prosecute at least 300 servicemen for being gay.

Coming Out as LGBT at Work? Where You Live Matters

Ian Johnson | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Ian Johnson

A research study being released by Out Now at the end of the month shows which are the best places, out of more than twenty countries tested, to be openly LGBT at work - and the USA doesn't make the Top 5... Deciding whether to come out at work is not usually easy - and where you live can make a big difference.

The Problem With the 'G Word'

Anna Tippett | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

From my experience, many people who use this term have gay friends or even family members and are not in the least part homophobic. Why, then, do they continue to use the word gay in a negative context?

Northern Ireland: Legal Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Patrick Corrigan

After changes to the law allowing same-sex marriage in England, Scotland and Wales, Northern Ireland is now the only place in the UK where gay couples are barred by law from getting wed... The latest court challenge may be the first in a series of cases necessary to ensure that gay people in every part of the UK have an equal right to marry the person they love.

Leelah Alcorn, Through Her Friends' Eyes

Savannah Donaldson | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Savannah Donaldson

Leelah's last Tumblr note, published automatically, hoped that one day transgender people would be treated differently to her... It became a shock after a few days to see our friend all over the internet for what had happened to her. Leelah Alcorn began to appear everywhere.

A Day to Stand Up for Victims of LGBT* Domestic Violence and Abuse

Jo Harvey Barringer | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Harvey Barringer

10 December marks a historic day for LGBT* people, when thousands of gay couples across the UK are able to convert their civil partnerships into marriage. But as we celebrate this milestone in our history, perhaps it is also about time we speak out about the other, often hidden, side of LGBT* marriages and relationships.

The Age of the Pre-Emptive Outing

Emma Flowers | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Flowers

It is clear that Emily Brothers is not seeking to reap a dividend from her disclosure, by becoming a self-appointed spokesperson for the transgendered community; and, short of the entire trans community moving to Sutton and Cheam (and it is two places so we would fit comfortably) it is not likely to enhance her electoral chances. So, why do it?

Homophobic Bullying and the Responsibilities of Children's Television

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 17.01.2015 | 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.

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

Anna Tippett | Posted 12.01.2015 | 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.

Don't Discount the Liberal Democrats

Chris Whiting | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Whiting

It's vital that the electorate don't rule the Liberal Democrats out of the race. We still have a lot to offer, do your research, and read up on the party's success and future plans. The fight of our lives is on its way and the Lib Dems have a better chance than you think.

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.

I Was One of the Last Journalists to Speak to Joan Rivers - And She Was as Brilliant as Ever

Benjamin Butterworth | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Butterworth

Before we finished our conversation, Joan took time to ask about my own background and insisted we meet after her Royal Albert Hall show. Most celebrities couldn't care less for who's talking to them, but Joan had an obvious sense of maternal empathy to her.

A time to grieve and a time to dance

Conor Fortune | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Conor Fortune

Ekaterina Khomenko's throat was slit when a street cleaner found her in a car with the engine still running in St Petersburg earlier this month. Acc...

Rainbow Laces - A Campaign Every Football Fan Can Get Behind

Tim Farron | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Players are lacing up their boots with rainbow-coloured laces as part of an anti-homophobia in football campaign. Will this end the homophobia that sports men and women face overnight? No, I doubt that. But is it an important symbol? Yes I think it is.

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?