Lgbt Issues

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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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?

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

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 23.09.2014 | 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 15.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 31.08.2014 | 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 27.08.2014 | 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...