UK Lgbt

The Political Rebellion Of Being Black And Non-Binary

Cicely Blain | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cicely Blain

Non-binary people are real and they exist; their experiences are varied and complex. For a lot of black non-binary folks it is only through self-decolonization that many of us are able to truly claim this identity. Society does not allow space for black folks to be alternative, to be nerdy, to be weird, to be queer, to be different from the narrow boxes created for us throughout history.

CPS To Clamp Down On Hate Speech Directed At Bisexuals

Lewis Oakley | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK
Lewis Oakley

Biphobia is hateful or offensive speech towards bisexual people and this week the CPS has announced that it will recognise the need to prosecute bipho...

The Rainbow Clerical Shirt

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Maggy Whitehouse

The adventure of the rainbow clerical shirt began with a child's painting displayed in the window of John Lewis in Exeter. I was walking past and my eye caught a six-year-old's picture that appeared to be of a vicar in a multi-coloured, vertically striped shirt. "What a great idea," I thought. And then, "But I bet no one's making them."

This Writer Was‏ Turned Down From Adopting A Cat Because He's Gay

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK

The RSPCA joined the chorus of disapproval after a gay writer and actor’s attempt to re-house a cat was rejected because of his sexuality. Alex Andr...

Why Can't Pride Really Be For All Of Us? A Personal View

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Wardlaw

First though, some thanks are in order to the board. It is never easy to produce a report that is critical, especially for an event that is largely staffed by volunteers. However, Pride in London is the UK's headline Pride event, and the LGBT community would be doing itself a disservice were it not to review and look to improve.

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

I Was Born Intersex, And Didn't Discover It Until I Was 21

Quora | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education

I was born a hermaphrodite, but didn't figure this out until I was 21. The main reason was the highly conservative country I grew up in (the Netherlands), which prevented me from learning about intersex even being a thing for so long. I only learned about it while doing research on the internet and stumbling over the term on Wikipedia.

Chants In Charlottesville: 'Fags Go Home'

Krishen Samuel | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Krishen Samuel

Embed from Getty Images'Fags go home, you have no testosterone...' - chant heard at the Charlottesville Rally, 12th August 2017. The past week has ...

Gay Pride Should Be About Protest, Not Just Corporations And Partying

Jordan Daly | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

Let's make bold placards and hold them high. Let's speak with the politicians, local decision makers and corporate representatives in attendance about what more can be done for LGBT equality - because we're not quite over the rainbow yet, and it is our duty to carry the torch of those who marched before us.

Coming Out Accelerated My Career Trajectory

Josh Graff | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Graff

For good or bad, the coming out process also helped me develop an amazing level of resilience. In today's ever-changing work environment, I would argue that resilience is one of the most important character traits and as a community, it's a skill that we've developed over many years pretending to be someone we're not. Now we can put that skill to great use within our professional lives in a positive and productive way.

An LGBTQ+ Guide To The Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Liam Taft | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Liam Taft

As always, fringe theatre is where the most authentic depictions of LGBTQ+ lives can be found - and this year's Ed Fringe is no exception. Hundreds of queer writers, directors, and performers will descend on the Scottish capital to display a wide range of productions that don't sacrifice LGBTQ+ performers in search of commercial appeal.

Aaron Carter Opens Up About His Sexuality In Emotional Twitter Post

HuffPost | Ashley Percival | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Entertainment

Aaron Carter said he felt like “a weight and a burden” had been lifted as he opened up about his sexuality publicly for the first time late Saturd...

Brighton Pride Attracts 300k Crowd In Event Celebrating 50 Years Since Decriminalisation

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK

An estimated 300,000 people descended on the seaside city of Brighton on Saturday for one of the UK’s biggest annual summer Pride celebrations. The ...

National Trust Ends Restriction On Volunteers Who Refuse To Wear Rainbow Badges

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK

The National Trust has reversed a decision to bar volunteers from public-facing duties at a Norfolk stately home if they refuse to wear rainbow sexual...

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

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK

More people than ever before are set to descend on Brighton for the city’s annual Pride celebrations this weekend. This year’s festival, themed Su...

18 Of The Best LGBT Wedding Cards, Because The Season Is Upon Us

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It’s official, wedding season is upon us for another year, and we all get to celebrate love being absolutely (tear-inducingly) beautiful. But, as an...

Allies And Human Nature

Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow

I will preface this, not with a content/trigger warning, but with an explanation of why I feel I can write about this subject. I'm a cis woman and a loving ally of the trans community. My first partner was trans and, although we didn't work out, I have always had respect and love for the trans community. I've also been a volunteer with Sparkle for 7 years.

Love, Law And Language: Gay UK At The British Library

Steven Dryden | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Steven Dryden

50 years after the Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales, the British Library's Gay UK: Love, Law and L...

Why Straight People Shouldn't Come To The Gay Bar Uninvited

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Skylar Baker-Jordan

Straight people, whether men or women, should not go to a gay club unless they were invited by an LGBT person. The gay club is not for you. What this comes down to is straight people who are simply not used to being told they may not be welcomed based on their sexual orientation.

Hope, Not Hate - The Time Is Right For Openly Gay Footballers

Rory Magrath | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Sport
Rory Magrath

I'm not suggesting that homophobia in football has completely dissipated and doesn't exist at all; such claims would be short-sighted and naïve. But despite the claims made by Thomas in this flawed documentary, the overwhelming body of available evidence suggests that English football has moved on from its past homophobia, and has never been more ready for another openly gay player.

Transition From Primary To Secondary School: Different Families

Helen Moss-Black | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Moss-Black

Whilst having two Mums has always been visible, other aspects of her life have been less so. With the curriculum encompassing reproduction along with interpersonal relationships, it's plausible that donor conception will come into focus. We'll be led by our daughter; her questions and reflections and support her as best we can. If that involves speaking with the school, pupils or other parents we'll await her nod.

Beware Blood Donation Services Bearing Gifts

Scott Cuthbertson | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Cuthbertson

For as long as gay and bisexual men, who are not at high risk, are told they are, and their blood is refused, then discrimination exists. We've learned the hard way that equality is won in inches and not in miles so for now let's take this victory. The changes are due to be implemented in Scotland in November 2017 and January 2018 in England, so when they do, if you can, give a pint or two and make a BIG thing about it.

James Corden Blasts Donald Trump's Transgender Military Ban In 'Late Late Show' Musical Number

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

James Corden has laid into US President Donald Trump’s plans to ban transgender people from the military… through song. On Wednesday (26 July), Tr...

The Sexual Offences Act 50 Years On. Should We Be Celebrating Or Still Campaigning?

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Steve Wardlaw

The gay community does not like coming over as ungrateful. But equally, it does not appreciate being whitewashed. It's a knee-jerk reaction for me...

On The 50th Anniversary Of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, Look How Far We've Come

Jennie Rigg | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jennie Rigg

I think today we can all celebrate a more open liberal society, with same-sex couples able to marry and huge steps forward being made for gender recognition, and I further think we Lib Dems have a bit of a right to blow our own trumpet about it. Yes, we are by no means the only party to have furthered LGBT+ rights: but we were, for example, the first party to host a gay rights fringe at party conference.