Let's Talk About Sex: Sexuality And The GP

B.J. Epstein | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

"Just keep having lots of sex with your husband!", the doctor told me in a bright voice. This was her advice when I went to see her to talk about wanting to get pregnant. What was especially irritating about her instruction - besides the obvious fact that for many women, "lots of sex" isn't enough to impregnate them - is that I have a wife, not a husband.

Being 19 And Gay In 2017

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

LGBTQ+ rights and laws have never been better. Diversity and freedom too, it truly is a great time to be gay and who you are, but is it? How are things looking within the LGBTQ+ world?

Becoming An Active LGBT Ally

Joshua Hobson | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joshua Hobson

To be an LGBT ally is easy. If you agree in equality and fair treatment in society of people who identify as LGBT then already you are an ally. As you sit and read this you can bask in the warm glow and sense of self-satisfaction that you are a force for good in the world. Well done.

Coming Out At School Was The Most Profound Experience Of My Life

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

I feel privileged to witness the positive impact my work has had upon individuals, upon schools and through advising on policy, upon the education system itself. Coming out to a whole school community was indeed the most profound thing I have ever done. We carry on with hope in our hearts, the battle for real equality is only just beginning. Authentic identity should never be a privilege.

Transgender... A Story Of Hope

LJ Ferris | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

So many rhetorics around LGBT+ and particularly transgender identities focus on the difficulties and tribulations so I thought that I would share a story of hope today. Five weeks ago I married the love of my life, a cisgender woman, a lesbian. When we met almost three years ago I presented as female and, though I was beginning to question my identity I really had no language to explain it.

What Dean Eastmond's Death Can Teach Us All About The Power Of Silence On Social Media

Mike Buonaiuto | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mike Buonaiuto

Write boldly and unashamedly - it's the only way you touch hearts and change minds. Thank you for teaching me this Dean. I will forever miss you my friend.

Why Being Visibly Proud Shouldn't Be Limited To During Pride, Or Any Safe Space For That Matter

Mike Buonaiuto | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mike Buonaiuto

I took a walk the other morning with my partner. The memories of a night celebrating Manchester Pride still a little too strong, and my hangover even stronger - we figured the fresh air would do us good.

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."

Can A Man Breastfeed? Supporting Breastfeeding LGBTQ Families

B.J. Epstein | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

These are just some of questions that I've frequently been asked in the 34 months of my daughter's life. Despite the obvious point that they're rather personal subjects to discuss with people I often don't know very well, the topic of breastfeeding and LGBTQ families is an extremely important one.

Gay Britannia Season On The BBC

Tom McDonald | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Tom McDonald

Important as seasons like this are, we're committed to reflecting life for the LGBTQ+ community year round, in all its complexity, diversity and variety. My very personal hope is that the films in this season inspire LGBTQ+ people all over the country and, that in 10 years' time, when Britain marks the 60th anniversary that a film about homophobic violence in Britain belongs very firmly in the past.

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.

What Do People Often Get Wrong About Being An Ally?

Quora | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Messing up isn't the end of the world. We get it. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of everything and sometimes you'll screw up. Sometimes you'll use the wrong pronoun or you'll use a term that's out of date. Apologize, remind yourself to do better, and move on. Don't make a fuss and beg forgiveness's not about you.

Do We Still Need Pride In 2017?

Olivia Jones | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Jones

I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, 'you don't look like a lesbian', which to me is like saying to someone in plain clothes, 'you don't look like a police officer'. If only there was a uniform we could all decide on so you'd be able to see us coming, we tried dungarees but then they came back in fashion, same with chinos and camouflage

Pride And Shame

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adrienne Macartney

Not pride and back slapping well done all rounds. I don't want my grief to be sanitised with commercialised celebrations of exaggerated unity. Keep your coloured bit of rainbow cloth. I do not want it. It means little to me. My reality and lived experience do not relate to it.

Why We Need To Celebrate Independent LGBTQ+ Cinema

Liam Taft | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Liam Taft

As well as highlighting issues in Hollywood, GLAAD and other media organisations need to help distribute, advertise, and champion these bold, bright, and beautiful stories that the LGBTQ+ community crave. They are essential in forming our cultural identities and, in a time when homophobia and transphobia are on the rise, these films make our community stronger.

Celebrating LGBT Lives In Care Homes

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

Looking after and valuing older people in our society is fundamental - especially as our population gets older - but it is by no means a simple task. Alongside physical well-being, there are emotional and mental health needs to consider, too. That means providing personalised care, designed around every individual.

Where Are All The Gay Football Players?

Max Harvey | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Sport
Max Harvey

The first high profile gay footballer will need to be thick-skinned and have the vocal support of all those that seek to see diversity represented in sport. There is a possibility that their career might suffer too. It may be the case that clubs avoid a perceived risk to supporter income by employing a gay star and that sponsors have a similar fear about brand perceptions.

Creating Trans Content? Don't Forget Trans People!

Fox Fisher | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fox Fisher

What these films usually have in common is a lack of understanding towards trans issues, where harmful and misleading stereotypes about trans people are enforced. Not surprisingly, trans people are tired of being the subject of ridicule, disgust or are shown for the shock effect value and usually don't involve an actual trans person playing the role.

Brave Trans Teen Has Gender Confirmation Surgery Filmed To Help 'Demystify' The Public

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A brave transgender teenager has filmed her gender confirmation surgery in an attempt to “demystify” the public about the operation. 18-year-old...

LGBT Rights In 2017: A Queen's New Year Message

Andréa Avena | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andréa Avena

For me, I feel particularly strongly that we allow our straight friends and allies to stand with us. No one is too "privileged" to stand up for another person's rights; in my mind a friend is a friend and I'm thankful and honoured for their love and support (even more so when it's in the form of posing for calendars).

Thank You, George Michael: An LGBTQ+ Tribute

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

The LGBTQ+ community does indeed owe George Michael a debt of gratitude. Alongside the rest of the world, we thank him for his amazing musical legacy, for his ability to make us sing, dance and cry. However, we in the LGBTQ+ community should also be thankful to have had George Michael as one of 'our own'.

The Importance Of Preserving LGBTQ History

Vicky Iglikowski | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Vicky Iglikowski

"I have only been queer since I came to London... before then I knew nothing about it" This surprisingly open expression of a queer identity and its ...

Warwick Rowers Strip Off To Fight LGBT+ Hate Crime After Brexit Vote

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The Warwick rowers are back this year with their annual naked calendar and it might just be the best one yet. The 2017 edition sees the athletic lads...

There Aren't Enough Lesbians On TV

Robyn Exton | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Exton

Although there has been progress, lesbians are still massively absent in comparison to gay males. For every two steps forward, there's always three back. Even though lesbians are featuring more in TV and film, their appearance is in many cases, short lived.

Sex Does Not Define How Well a Role Is Played or a Story Told - We Need More Gender Neutral Casting

Anna Martine | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Anna Martine

My hope is that the future of theatre is emancipated from these limitations, that gender stops being used to define who we are or what we are capable of. In our lives we empathise and connect on a human level, beyond race class age and gender - shouldn't the arts reflect that too?