UK Lgbt

When The World Doesn't Know You Exist: Coming Out As Non-Binary

Vesper Hill | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vesper Hill

Hello, my name's Vesper. I'm a 31 year old non-binary person who's here today to tell you that gender is a much more beautifully complex thing than society would have you believe. That some people, such as myself, are neither male nor female but a different gender(s) entirely.

'Gay Cake' Row Verdict Is 'Defeat For Freedom Of Expression', Peter Tatchell Says

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has slammed the verdict in the appeal against a ruling over a Christian bakery and a “gay cake” as a “defea...

Open Letter To A Trans Girl And Her Loving Mum

Fox Fisher | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Fox Fisher

In a final court case yesterday, a seven-year-old child was removed from their mother's care because the child (born as a boy) had "lived life entirel...

Tory MP Apologises For Voting Against Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK

A Conservative MP has apologised for voting against gay marriage, telling the House of Commons: “I deeply regret that decision.” Nigel Adams (Selb...

Double The Number Of LGBT Students Are Now Living In Fear Of Hate Crimes

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The number of LGBT students living in fear of hate crime has doubled in the past 12 months, a new YouGov poll has revealed. The research found that 3...

Isn't It Time The Rainbow Ceiling Was On Your Board's Agenda?

Mark Gossington | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Mark Gossington

Few CEOs and senior executives will be unaware of the various initiatives and targets to increase diversity at board level and senior management. Early this year the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills1 announced a new independent review on increasing the representation of women in corporate leadership positions. Similarly, there is an increased awareness of the need to address ethnicity in leadership roles. Whilst ethnic minority board members lag behind their female counterparts, efforts are being made by many companies to redress the white, male bias.

Thousands Of Gay And Bisexual Men To Be Pardoned For Convictions Under Long Abolished Law

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK

Tens of thousands of men are to be posthumously pardoned for convictions under long-abolished laws that criminalised homosexuality, it has been announ...

Marilyn 'Was Banned From Drag Clubs At Height Of 1980s Glamour'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

Comeback pop star Marilyn says, for all the tolerance and understanding enjoyed now by the gay community, nobody should be complacent. He tells HuffP...

Tackling Homophobia In The Premier League: It's Time For An Openly Gay Footballer

Philip Ellis | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Sport
Philip Ellis

Just think of the positive impact an out gay man in the Premier League could have, not just in helping young football supporters struggling with their own sexuality, but in gaining LGBT allies among straight fans. Let's hope that Gazidis will be proven correct in his prediction sooner rather than later, and that we won't have to wait five whole years.

Microaggressions - Not Micro But Definitely Aggresive

LJ Ferris | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

These seemingly small things slowly chip away at your self identity and self esteem. They undermine your identity, making you out to be not a "real" man/woman. They shake the foundations of who you are. Some off the cuff un-thought-of comments haven't just upset me but have made me questions my choices and the way I identify.

‘A Little More Inclusive And A Little Less S Club' – The Importance Of LGBT Safe Spaces

Matt Horwood | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Horwood

Some people might label these events as 'one offs', and decide it's not worth 'making a fuss' by reacting. But in fact, this editing is the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community's response to structural oppression and discrimination (something that all marginalised communities have to deal with on a daily basis.)

'Born In The Wrong Body' And Its Ableist Undertones

Owl | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The fact that trans people have to refer to themselves as 'wrong' or describe themselves as having a birth defect in order to gain acceptance makes me extremely uncomfortable. It puts the problem on trans bodies instead of focusing on power structures and the hierarchy established in our society that marginalises and medicalises certain types of bodies.

How Helpful Is National Coming Out Day?

Anna Tippett | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

October 11th marks National Coming Out Day (NCOD), a significant date in the ever-growing LGBT calendar of awareness events. The day does what it says on the tin, aiming to celebrate and draw attention to the experience of coming out which has become a 'rite of passage' for many (but not all) LGBT people.

Exploring LGBT Issues in Football

Kevin Robinson | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Sport
Kevin Robinson

Gay football fans told me about their experiences of homophobia, including one who was made to feel so uncomfortable while watching Euro 2016 this summer that he was forced to leave at half time.

Getting Through Life Is Harder Than I First Thought

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

My name is Kieran. You may know me from running my own charity called the World Youth Organization. Something I am incredibly passionate about, and something I work tirelessly at every day. But behind closed doors and into my private life, things have most definitely changed.

The Legacy Of The Queer Community Must Be Acknowledged

Tilda Gregg-Smith | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tilda Gregg-Smith

We should commemorate these LGBT+ figures, and recognise what they did. Let us not simply remember the events of the past, but rather let us be inspired by them to continue fighting for equality.

We Should Not Forget The Ones That Went Before

Stephanie Hirst | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Hirst

Now you might think that this is a bit over the top, but you have to realise that before the Internet, you couldn't just 'Google' stuff, giving you instant comfort that you were not alone. Back then there was literally no way of getting information about how someone like me was feeling.

Drowning Out Dysphoria With Self Care

LJ Ferris | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Body dysphoria is tough. It leaves you feeling flat and empty, or so full and overflowing with uncomfortable thorns in your side that you have no idea how to make sense of yourself. Imagine yourself, the gender you know you are, and looking down to see the body of another sex

Life Beyond Bizarre!

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Christie Elan-Cane

It is true I used the Third Sex definition as I sought to define myself without cultural reference points. It was essentially part of the process of educating myself at the same time as I was trying to educate others and I made mistakes.

Why I'm Back At The British LGBT Awards

Marjorie Strachan | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marjorie Strachan

Big organisations can play a role - we can role model inclusive behaviours and sound business practices and encourages others to do the same. That's why The British LGBT Awards are a great way of drawing attention to those that do this well and encourage improvements where they're required.

'Modern Family' Introduces Trans Child Actor, Jackson Millarker

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Modern Family’ will introduce a character played by transgender child actor, Jackson Millarker, in an upcoming episode. The eighth series of the ...

Cartoonist Compares LGBT Supporters To Nazis, Rival Schools Him With History Lesson

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK

An Australian cartoon comparing LGBT activists to Nazis has been condemned online. The illustration appeared in national paper The Australian and show...

Doctors Lack Experience In Treating Transgender Patients

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

The NHS has approved care for transgender people in the form of counselling, hormone therapy, voice therapy, laser hair removal and surgery but why are so many patients struggling to gain access to these services?

One In Five Sports Fans Would Be 'Embarrassed' If Their Favourite Player Came Out

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK

Almost three quarters (72%) of British football fans say they have heard homophobic abuse, according to new research that suggests such views are stil...

Transgender Soldier Chloe Allen Becomes First Female To Serve On Frontline

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK

A transgender soldier in the British Army has been hailed as a trendsetter for becoming the first female to serve on the frontline. Guardsman Chloe ...