UK Sexuality

Why I Didn't March At London Pride...

Sophie Brown | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Brown

I celebrate Pride every day that I wake up with my girlfriend. Pride consumes my every movement. My every achievement. My struggle lifts me beyond all I thought possible. I accept that my pride is what makes me different, but also just the same.

Gay Pride. The Walking Wounded.

Darren Brady | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Darren Brady

The seismic shift in the UK's view on LGBT people has transformed the experience of Pride from protest to parade. Bystanders no longer jeer and stare open mouthed- they cheer and celebrate with us on this day of overt visibility and expression. This is to be welcomed in a world where many are still ridiculed, persecuted and killed for being LGBT.

Why Ireland Should Vote for Marriage Equality

Aaron Vallely | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

The minds of the Irish people have become inflamed by fiery debate on the issue of Marriage Equality. In two weeks, our country takes to the polls to vote on Marriage Equality, and should it pass, could make not only Irish history, but world history, by being the first country to legally enact it by popular vote.

The Footballers Having Classes on Consent

BBC Radio 5 live | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Sport
BBC Radio 5 live

The devastation to all sides which can be caused by an accusation of a sexual crime was made clear to the players during the session. A former detective with Sussex police put them through the kind of interrogation and explains the forensic examination that a man will face if accused of a sexual crime.

Why Its Time to Challenge Our Religious Leaders...

Jonny Freeman | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

Rights are continuing to improve across the world, pride festivals are a regular sight across the biggest cities and to most of us, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or plus is OKAY. Yet walk into the church and we still face major problems.

The Female Gaze

Lisa Edwards | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

As I've got older, I've had to adjust to the 'cloak of invisibility' slowly descending around me, as the male gaze opts for a younger, fresher target. At first, I felt really sad about it, but as the months have gone on, I've realised that it is one of the most liberating things that has ever happened to me.

Louise Ridley

Could This Simple T-Shirt Be The Answer To Homophobic Bullying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK

"Your haircut is gay" may sound like a childish insult, but it can hurt. In British classrooms and playgrounds, young people are experiencing homo...

Why It's Okay to Love 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Bridget Tate | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bridget Tate

Instead of the constant critiquing and debating (and, ahem, blog posting), shouldn't we all be a little embarrassed that this movie is so popular? The movie posters boast that it is a "global phenomenon", and, based on the volume of discussion, media coverage and blatant outrage that this movie has sparked, I am starting to actually believe this to be true.

Instinct, Illness and Finding Your Way

Roberta Verdant | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Somewhere between childhood and my teenage years, I realised something: I wasn't straight. Eventual marriage to a man began to look less likely. Later I'd realise that my queerness was fine, great, even, but it'd take a while.

Don't label me

Philip T. Wylonis | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip T. Wylonis

I don't care about normcore, metrosexuality, spornosexuality, or even lumbersexuality (yes, now even the bearded, flannel shirt-clad hipster that has his own label). The last label to be put past me was 'dad-core' (suppose that's just normcore taken to a whole new level, right?).

The Enlightenment

Lisa Edwards | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I looked at the Page 3 girls and hoped I'd look like Linda Lusardi when I was older. I blushed when various family members and friends would comment on my body - no part of it was left unscrutinised by the people that surrounded me, male and female. I'd say that started around the age of eight.

If You Don't Want Your Penis To Snap, Avoid This Sex Position...

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists have dubbed 'woman on top' as the riskiest sexual position, due to the high likelihood of penile fractures. This was followed by doggy s...

Herself.com

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Feminism has risen to the forefront of many people's minds this year, in no small part thanks to Emma Watson's inspiring UN speech. But one of my favourite things to appear recently is Caitlin Stasey's new website, herself.com.

Orgasmic Meditation Part 2: Down the Rabbit Hole

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

There's a 35 year-old PR girl who's never orgasmed with a man; an 18 year-old from Greece who wanted to "be like James Bond"; a woman in her 60s who wanted to explore a side of herself that she'd neglected since motherhood.

Why a New Partner Boosts Your Sex Life

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Arousal and desire would have evolved to promote the most successful mating strategy. So if having a novel sexual partner produced the greatest number of offspring who survive to procreate, then sexual desire and arousal should be greatest in these situations.

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Asexuality: When Somebody Described Sexual Attraction to Me, I Couldn't Believe That Was a Real Thing!

Samantha Booth | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

Sarah* is a 22-year-old recent graduate from the Midlands. She is part of the 1% of British public that identify themselves as asexual...

The Internet Has Changed Gender Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Tech

Who are we? How do we define ourselves? In the past this was something that on the surface appeared to be set in stone, but as the world has grown sma...

Homosexuality and Religion: Can a Mutual Respect Ever be Established?

Anna Tippett | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Anna Tippett

A large proportion of the homophobia that exists in society continues to stem from religious belief. Within this, the active condemnation of homosexuality is often justified as an expression of faith; a religious right where an individual is free to preach - what they perceive to be - the word of God.

How Much Sex Is Too Much Sex?

Lozzy Squire | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lozzy Squire

Sex when you're a single female usually follows one of two extremes: you're either getting too little and gagging for it or getting too much and gagging on it...

Of Mothers and Sexuality

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My 81 year old aunt took me aside at lunch one fine day, and said to me firmly, "Girl, you need to update your boudoir skills, you have been with the same bedfellow for far too long. It gets stagnant, you know?"

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.

Orgasmic Meditation: Stroking Your Way to Sexuality

Ashwin Bhardwaj | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ashwin Bhardwaj

Two years ago, Louisa was living in a studio flat off Brick Lane, having "gone off the rails." On one of her all-day benders, a guy walked up to her in a bar and asked if she, "Wanted to learn about the female orgasm?" Although she'd been sexually active since the age of 14, she didn't have an orgasm until she was 18

Body Is a Four Letter Word: Why Naked Doesn't Always Mean Sex

Rachel Thompson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

What do we see when we look at a naked woman? This week's leak of celebrity nudes suggests that we consider female sexuality and sexual agency to be shameful. By turning a private image of a sexual subject into something public to be leered at and used as pornography, you suggest that women should be sexual objects and nothing more.

That's So Straight!

Jack Fletcher | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

The notion of sexuality being linked in a negative way is notorious and omnipresent in our society. It's easy to hear someone say 'that's so gay' when in public, even for the most unequivocal things... Since when did being gay, lesbian or bisexual necessarily mean a bad thing anyway?