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New LGBT Traffic Lights Installed In London Amid Calls For Diversity To Be More 'Visible'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK

Pedestrian traffic signals will be replaced with new LGBT symbols ahead of London's Pride festival on Saturday, but more should be done across the cou...

These 17-Year-Olds Have Been Crowned Young LGBT Campaigners Of The Year

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Two 18-year-old LGBT activists have been named Young Campaigners of the Year by charity Stonewall. AJ Selfridge and Mitch Price both launched initiati...

Why's Everyone Talking About Idaho and Hobbits Again?

Claire House | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK
Claire House

Over the past quarter of a century, great progress has been made on LGBT rights worldwide. 40 countries have decriminalised homosexuality and over 30 have outlawed homophobic hate crimes. Over 60 countries now legally protect LGBT people at work and 15 recognise same-sex marriages. But huge challenges remain

The Head Of The GCHQ Has This To Say About Its 'Horrifying' Treatment Of Alan Turing

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.04.2016 | UK

The head of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has apologised for its "horrifying" treatment of Alan Turing and its historic prejudice ...

I Was Sexually Harassed Last Week, Again - Reflecting On International Women's Day

Imogen Groome | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I now feel uncomfortable walking home alone at night. I've had to begin asking my male housemate to come out and meet me to walk me home if I'm out late, because I am now afraid for my safety. Perhaps one day women will be able to walk down the street - more than that, live their lives - without feeling afraid of what the consequences will be for simply being who they are.

International Women's Day 2016

Ruth Hunt | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Ruth Hunt

This International Women's Day I am whole-heartedly behind the idea of making a #pledgeforparity. We all have a responsibility for working towards gender equality. To do this we need to give everyone the chance to express their experience of gender inequality and to listen to these experiences and to not dismiss them. And we can't do that unless we understand that there's no us and them.

Why LGBT Education Needs to Be on Every School's Agenda

Tamsin Bartlett | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK
Tamsin Bartlett

Let's start analysing the work of LGBT poets in English and study the lives of LGBT figures in History. Let's provide books in the school library with LGBT characters that tell their own stories in a way young people can identify with. Let's include our LGBT students in school life, setting up spaces where they can feel comfortable in our community.

It's Time for Scotland's Politicians to Get Serious About Tackling Homophobic Bullying in Our Schools

Colin Macfarlane | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Colin Macfarlane

Scrapping Section 28 was a progressive and bold move so early on in the life of the Scottish Parliament. It sent a strong message and I remember the real sense of hope many of us felt at the time, that perhaps, school would be different for a new generation. So why, in 2016, has so little changed for young people in our schools?

More Needs To Be Done To Help LGBT Tourists 'Travel Safely', Says Stonewall

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK

Travel firms should take "more responsibility" for ensuring that customers know whether holiday destinations are safe for the LGBT community, a leadin...

We've Come Far at Home, But the Global Fight for the Right to Love the One You Love Continues

Lord Cashman | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Cashman

As you contemplate that St. Valentine's celebration this month, make sure you take it in a country where your rights are recognised and protected - including your family and spousal rights. Because what happens to other citizens in their countries will happen to you as soon as you land there. If you wouldn't want it to happen to you, don't let it happen to someone else.

Children's Survey Asking About Gender Identity Defended By LGBT Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

An LGBT charity has defended a survey sent to schoolchildren asking them to describe their gender. Stonewall said it "welcomed" attempts to support...

Rod Liddle Says Poppers Are God's Way Of Telling Gays Their Sex Is 'Perverse'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

Journalist Rod Liddle has drawn condemnation from Stonewall for a column telling gay men that using poppers to make sex more pleasurable is "God’s w...

Spy Agency Is Britain's Most Gay-Friendly Employer

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

MI5 has been named Britain's most gay-friendly employer by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans charity Stonewall. The Security Service - one of th...

Jack Sommers

Inside Stonewall's Challenging New Partnership With Transgender People

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK

"We get beaten up by the same people" is the campaigner Helen Belcher's blunt wording of why gay and bisexual activists should work with transgender p...

Sport Needs Positive Role Models

Ruth Hunt | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Sport
Ruth Hunt

Tyson Fury's comments also touched on another important area of our work. He claimed his views were rooted in the Bible. It's often assumed that people of faith can't be LGBT or respect LGBT people. By suggesting his homophobia is rooted in his faith he has helped perpetuate this damaging myth.

Shine Your Light On Them #NoBystanders

Radu Asandei | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Radu Asandei

We've seen in the news, homophobes throwing people off of buildings simply for being perceived as gay! All because we dare to love another human being.  How can that be anything but evil?

'Hollyoaks' Triumphs At Stonewall Awards

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

‘Hollyoaks’ triumphed in the final ever Stonewall Awards on Thursday (6 November) evening, winning the Broadcast Of The Decade prize. The Chan...

Why I'm Glad That 'Stonewall' Tanked

Charlotte Robson | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Robson

It is my dearest hope that this disaster will be a springboard for change, and thanks to it, maybe one day the LGBTQ+ community will get our own Selma, or 12 Years A Slave, a story that doesn't flinch away from its subject matter, that takes a stand for itself - and that truly invites everyone to stand with it.

Director Defends 'Stonewall' As Reviewers Slam Film

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

The first reviews for the upcoming ‘Stonewall’ film are in, and to say that the movie’s cast and crew probably won't like them would be a huge u...

'Boycott Stonewall' Petition Gains Speed

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Entertainment

An upcoming film about the Stonewall riots has faced a huge backlash, with almost 23,000 people signing a petition to boycott it. The riots, which ...

Gay Man Reveals 'Guilt And Shame' Of Being Banned From Giving Blood

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The government's "draconian" restrictions on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, according to a campaign backed by MPs, national charities and St...

There's Still Much More to Do

Ruth Hunt | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ruth Hunt

At the beginning of the election campaign we outlined four key things which we believe, if tackled, will have a positive impact on the LGBT community. The first of these was a tangible commitment to help combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime. With the exception of the SNP and Ukip, this featured in the manifestos of almost all the major political parties; a great first step, but we must see this translated into real action with the next government... We're at an extremely important point in the LGBT movement where, if we have any hope of achieving full equality, complacency is not an option. We've read the manifestos and we'll remember the commitments. We hope that whoever is elected on 7 May will do the same.

What Should LGBT People Fear From the Next Government? Complacency.

Ruth Hunt | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ruth Hunt

The last five years have included some real successes for the LGBT community and some progress for trans communities. The most memorable for many is finally being able to legally marry their husband or wife. However, while I welcome this with open arms, the achievements of this government also present a big risk for the LGBT community. That risk is complacency.

I Don't Care That You're Gay, HIV Positive and Hep C Positive: I Love You Anyway

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I came out in stages, taking my time. I rarely felt under pressure to come out from the people around me. I took the initiative in terms of coming out. I wasn't put on the spot, except at school. I felt a pressure from within, to proclaim who I am and to be authentic to myself.

Celebrating LGBT History Month

Nicky Morgan | Posted 29.04.2015 | 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.