UK Lgbt

Don't Be Fooled - The Conservatives Are Not the LGBT-Friendly Party They Would Have Us Believe

George Gillett | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It's clear that David Cameron is not the progressive Prime Minister of LGBT equality that his supporters make him out to be. He's a shrewd politician whose noncommittal approach on gay marriage allowed him to ride a wave of popular support for LGBT equality, rather than leading it.

Don't Fight One Phobia With Another

Noorulann Shahid | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Noorulann Shahid

As an LGBT person of faith, it is important to me to continuously build cohesion between the LGBT community and faith groups - and this extends to our campuses. It is not conducive for students who may wish to reconcile their LGBT identities with their faiths or are struggling with these two seemingly contradictory aspects of their identities to see the two groups at war with each other.

'EastEnders' To Cast Its First Trans Actor

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

'EastEnders' is set to have its first ever transgender-based storyline. SEE MORE: 'EastEnders' Actor Lands Major Hollywood Role 'EastEnders' Live...

Celebrating LGBT History Month

Nicky Morgan | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Nicky Morgan

From Renaissance master Michelangelo to writer and historian Jan Morris to artist Frida Kahlo, the contribution of LGBT people not only to our society today, but to the strong history that shaped it, can't be understated. And yet so many of these remarkable men and women have seen their lives shaped, not just by their achievements but also by the need to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Why Straight Couples Shouldn't Be Banned From Civil Partnerships

Richard Adams | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

Whilst this form of inequality is unlikely to be as damaging given the general lack of oppression experienced because of heterosexuality, it is still one that should be remedied, not least to remove the erroneous claims made from some quarters that gay, lesbian and bisexual people have special privileges.

Thanks but No Thanks, Katie Hopkins, We Don't Want You as Our Gay Icon

Daniel Welsh | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

Look, as much as it distresses me to draw any kind of attention to Katie Hopkins, and her ongoing quest to lodge herself at the forefront of our consciousness, I'm beginning to notice an alarmingly increasing number of people on my Twitter feed, who should really know better, singing her praises, or hailing her as some class of camp icon.

Transgender Model Makes Debut As Woman On LFW Catwalk

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Transgender model, Andreja Pejic made her debut appearance as a woman on the catwalk in yet another fashion first earlier this week. The model, who...

What Gay Marriage Advocates Aren't Telling You

Jessica Shortall | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

You know all those same-sex marriage advocates who keep saying that marriage equality is not going to have any impact on "traditional" marriage? The message is always the same: our quest for marriage doesn't have anything to do with your marriages, and it won't change a thing for you. They're wrong.

The Lesbian Drinking Game

E J Rosetta | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Nights out with large groups can be grating, and large numbers can really distract your peers from the task in hand - Drinking. So in order to combat this annoyance, I suggest you insist on playing The Lesbian Drinking Game alongside the rest of the general merriment. And here are the rules.

Gay Murderers To Marry In Prison In UK's First Same Sex Jail Wedding

PA | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK

Two convicted murders are set to tie the knot in prison in what is thought to be the UK’s first jail gay wedding next month. Mikhail Gallatinov,...

Vatican Ignores Gay And Lesbian VIPs

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK

In a startlingly progressive move, the Vatican gave a group of American gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis’ weekly general audience...

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...

It's Time to Include 'I' in LGBT Discussions

Jack Fletcher | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being intersex, it is others' degrading attitudes towards them that are unacceptable. We used to have only the standard colours to define life as a world of primary colours; now it's time to let the full spectrum of the sexual anatomy rainbow shine.

Gig Review: Brandi Carlile at the Union Chapel, February 2015

Aurora Percannella | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Aurora Percannella

The social depth of her performance can't go unnoticed as she makes multiple references to marriage equality and the need to tackle hate crimes against the LGBT community. A happily married lesbian mother herself, Carlile makes good use of her stage voice to raise awareness for these issues, creating an intimate climate of acceptance for her LGBT fans.

Alan Turing Was Posthumously Pardoned - But There Are Thousands of Casualties of That Terrible Law

Matthew Breen | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Matthew Breen

Turing was posthumously pardoned and while he was a hero, there are thousands of casualties of that terrible law, thousands of men who are not heroes, but who cannot be overlooked for justice simply for seeking out the relationships to which all people are entitled... With this petition, I'm happy to play a small part in a campaign that can materially improve the lives of men convicted under discriminatory laws. The British government did the right thing by pardoning Turing, and now it's time for another positive step forward.

Jack Sommers

Britain's First Wouldbe Transgender MP Isn't Waiting For The Press To Out Her...

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK

If those who selected Emily Brothers to run as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam in May thought the biggest challenges in her li...

As a Trans Woman, You Find That Your Stories Are Rarely Told

Bethany Black | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bethany Black

In the UK there's never been a trans woman playing a trans woman in a recurring role in a TV series. Whenever there is a trans character before they're played by Cisgender women. What was going to happen, how would people react, would I be hated?

Why You're Still Single

E J Rosetta | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
E J Rosetta

Do you think that women just fall out of thin air? I mean I realise we've all been taught by Sandra Bullock that love will pop up when you're busy being a strong, independent woman, but this isn't a Romcom. Miss Right isn't going to be your bolshy boss or best friend. She won't just turn up.

No Means No! That Includes You, Mister!

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I was relieved to be out of his grasp, but too frightened to ask him to leave. Once I was out of the bed I had to negotiate having a potential rapist in my bedroom, without any way of getting rid of him. If I demanded he leave, I was worried it would precipitate another attack.

Christine Goodwin - Trans Pioneer but Also My Daddy

Clare Allington | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Allington

I cannot remember this bothering me, even when I found out at 14 it didn't faze me. When I had boyfriends spitting it back at me that somehow I was a bad person because my dad was "a tranny", it still did not make me feel less of her.

Explaining 'Student Apathy' to an Adult

Joe Goodman | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

Call us apathetic, but rest assured we know why. For all the statistics and polemic you can try and whip out, I, for one, happen to think the student version of politics might be a slightly better state of affairs for everyone. But then again, what do I care?

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.

Why The Daily Mail's 'Sex Lessons At 5' Story Really Misses The Point

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Gay rights campaigners have slammed the Daily Mail for reporting Labour's policy to tackle homophobic bullying in schools would lead to "sex lessons" ...

Lesbians Share A Kiss In Front Of Homophobic Russian Politician Who Claimed 'Gays Rape Kids'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK

An image of two Russian women sharing a kiss on board a flight has gone viral – thanks to the presence of a somewhat unassuming man in the backgroun...

It's Time We Start Protecting Trans Kids

Dean Eastmond | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dean Eastmond

UK LGBT mental health charity PACE recently found in a study that 48% of Trans people under the age of 26 said they had attempted to take their own lives, with 30% saying that they had done so in the past year. That's almost half of the entire Trans community.