UK Lgbt

Rules On Gay Men Donating Blood To Be Relaxed Under Equalities Reform

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Rules on blood donation by gay men are to be relaxed under equalities reforms announced by the Government. As part of a shake-up announced by educatio...

This Weekend Is The First 'UK Pride'. Here's Why It Matters

Steve Taylor | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor

Britain now holds the record for having the most Pride events in Europe. At the last count we've got way over 100, possibly approaching 120, and this weekend brand new Prides take place in Bideford in Devon and in Eastbourne in East Sussex. Over the course of the year, millions of people across the UK will visit a Pride. And that's something to celebrate.

Let's Develop A Thinking Attitude Towards Gender Identity

Jane Williams | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Williams

The UK Advertising Standards Agency announced recently that it would be taking a tougher line on gender stereotyping. I applaud that. It has been a long time coming. For the Trans community however gender stereotyping is something else. We grow up battling one set of stereotypes but are often accused of pandering to another.

Faith, Gender And Sexuality: Where's The Common Thread?

Dr Louise Theodosiou | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Dr Louise Theodosiou

Faith is a complex, deeply personal and equally polarising force, it has the power to damage or enhance one's mental health. The complexities of gender are increasingly acknowledged, both physically and emotionally. If faith leaders can communicate acceptance and provide a welcome, then communities will have the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable individuals in their societies.

Don't Let Us Down, ITV2. A Gay Love Island Would Be EVERYTHING

Arthur Jones | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Arthur Jones

Statistically, it's 210 times harder to get into Big Brother than Harvard. Love Island received over 60,000 applications this year, so the odds of being cast (1 in 2,000) are akin to the chance of you fatally slipping in the bath or shower.

Why We Take Our Kids To Celebrate Pride

Cassie Pearse | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

Last weekend we took our kids to celebrate Pride, as we do every year. When we told them what we were doing, our son, who is just five, responded with, "why do we always have to do adult things, why can't we do kid things sometimes?''

Eight Lies Porn Needs To Stop Telling About Lesbian Sex

E J Rosetta | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

For those of you out there who have dipped into the disturbingly dire world of girl-on-girl porn, I'm sure you've noticed that we're not well represented. It's obvious... The porn industry is completely male dominated, and here are eight lies they're telling us about how lesbians have sex.

Why Strengthening Community Could Be The Answer To Better LGBT Mental Health

Cal Strode | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cal Strode

Mental health problems experienced by LGBT people have been linked to experiences of discrimination, homophobia and bullying. This is often internalised, which goes some way in helping us to understand our community's propensity towards self-destructive behaviours and substance use problems.

Sticks And Stones?

Dr Louise Theodosiou | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Louise Theodosiou

Successive governments recognise the importance of investing in children's mental health, and the role of schools in developing wellbeing and recognising mental health needs. Yet the figures don't indicate enough of an improvement.

Should We Reconsider Assigning Gender At Birth?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Helen Webberley

As a non-binary transgender person, Doty explains that they never truly felt they fitted in with the image of those men/women they were surrounded by as a child, which led to feelings of isolation and alienation - something they were keen for their child to avoid.

7 Times London Pride Told The DUP Where To Go

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 08.07.2017 | UK

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital today to celebrate London Pride. A joyous carnival atmosphere prevailed, 50 years after...

Pride Not Profit

Joshua Hepple | Posted 08.07.2017 | UK
Joshua Hepple

This year, as with previous years, the march will have a very different feel from the grassy roots from the activists in the Fields. These activists have played such a vital role in terms of sexuality and continue to do so yet they are masked by highly corporate floats at Pride.

Fostering With Pride

Fabrizio Melis | Posted 08.07.2017 | UK Parents
Fabrizio Melis

Our journey into fostering started after two successful adoptions and the understanding of how important fostering a looked after child is. Our children were extremely lucky to have had amazing foster families, who provided a loving and stable environment and also prepared them for their forever families.

LGBTQ Children's Experiences Prove Why We Still Need Pride

Javed Khan | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Things have come a long way. Public attitudes towards LGBTQ people have improved over the last few years and we're slowly seeing better representation of our country's diversity, both in the media and in politics.

See All The Places That Have Been Given A Rainbow Makeover Ahead Of London Pride

The Huffington Post | Jessica Pitocchi | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK

London has been given a multicoloured makeover ahead of this weekend’s Pride. From high street shops to Underground tube stations, splashes of colou...

It's A Matter Of Pride: Not Another Rainbow Coloured Logo

Kara Melchers | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kara Melchers

Skittles gave up their rainbow, whilst brands from Barclays to Tesco are supporting new colourful versions of theirs. A hit with the creative industry, we have to ask if these temporary brand gestures can create a truly meaningful and lasting impact to the LGBT community?

Here's Everything You Need To Know About This Year's Pride Parade

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Pride in London and is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. The first London Pride was held in 1...

Sex And Inaccessible Queer Venues

Joshua Hepple | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Hepple

everybody banner I can convey my personality and my intellect in the safe environment of my room before disclosing the nature and severity of my impairment. It is fascinating to see how such a small change can be so empowering. I am the same person, who is wanting the same thing, but approaching it via Grindr has completely changed how I am viewed.

Do We Need Pride Any More?

Andrew Grey | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Grey

Of course, a few Pride marches and events won't resolve all these issues or bring equality overnight. But when anyone, straight or LGBT, takes part in Pride, they send a message that LGBT people clearly - perhaps desperately - need to hear: you don't need to feel shame for who you love.

'Blind Date' To Air First Ever LGBT+ Episode To Celebrate London Pride

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

When it was first announced ‘Blind Date’ was returning to our screens, it was promised it would be revamped to feature LGBT+ contestants, and this...

Green Party Activist Slams TfL As Gender-Specific Announcements Remain Ahead Of London Pride

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK

A Green Party activist has expressed disappointment that Transport for London (TfL) continues to use gendered language. It comes six months after Sad...

The Danger Of Humour In Advertising - How Pride In London Managed To Cause Offence, Even With The Best Intentions

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Steve Wardlaw

Any good politician will tell you not to take your core audience for granted. This is what seems to have happened with Pride in London this year. Of course Pride has evolved, but it must not end up with the LGBT community feeling marginalised at their own event.

Why We're Taking Our Kids To Pride

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Pride enables LGBT parents to show their children that families like ours are not unusual, and that we can be proud of who we are. And the message seems to get through - at least it did for Shoshana, now in her twenties, who went to Pride throughout her childhood with her two mums.

What's There To Be Proud About?

Krishen Samuel | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

Are we proud of the obvious flouting of transgender rights across the globe? In 2017, the radiance of our substantial progress is eclipsed by the darkness of repressive systems that aim to change us, to make us 'normal'. This does not leave me feeling particularly proud.

Fashioning A New Dress Code

Rebecca Emerson | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Emerson

My only concerns would be, is the skirt of an appropriate length for a client meeting? Are their tights free from ladders? Is the nail polish without chips? These are the types of thing that make an outfit acceptable. The gender of the individual, and how they choose to express that gender through their clothing, should not be relevant in a modern workplace.