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LGBT Asylum Seekers Are Not Safe In Detention, The Home Office Must Do More

Paul Twocock | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Paul Twocock

Detention, in its current form, is not safe for LGBT asylum seekers. There are some urgent steps that the Home Office must take to ensure all LGBT people who are seeking refuge from violence and persecution in their own country can be safe during their claim for asylum in the UK.

The Forced Fall Of The Turing Bill Is Offensive and Hurtful

Ruth Hunt | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Ruth Hunt

Instead of taking the Bill to the next stage, where it would have been possible to iron out differences, parliamentary procedures were used to force the Bill to fall. This is an underhanded political tactic, and, regardless of intention, it is deeply hurtful and offensive.

We Welcome The Turing Bill - But The Pardon Must Go Further

Paul Twocock | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Twocock

Alan Turing was an extraordinary man, whose life was cruelly cut short by the way he was treated for being gay. But his story is just one of many thousands of men who were similarly persecuted for their sexual orientation, and it is time that the Government officially acknowledges that every single prosecution was unjust.

‘A Little More Inclusive And A Little Less S Club' – The Importance Of LGBT Safe Spaces

Matt Horwood | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Horwood

Some people might label these events as 'one offs', and decide it's not worth 'making a fuss' by reacting. But in fact, this editing is the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community's response to structural oppression and discrimination (something that all marginalised communities have to deal with on a daily basis.)

The Legacy Of The Queer Community Must Be Acknowledged

Tilda Gregg-Smith | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tilda Gregg-Smith

We should commemorate these LGBT+ figures, and recognise what they did. Let us not simply remember the events of the past, but rather let us be inspired by them to continue fighting for equality.

One In Five Sports Fans Would Be 'Embarrassed' If Their Favourite Player Came Out

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK

Almost three quarters (72%) of British football fans say they have heard homophobic abuse, according to new research that suggests such views are stil...

Grammar School Slammed For 'Homophobia' Over Maths Test Question

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

A grammar school headteacher has apologised after a maths test handed out to pupils suggested that only men and women should get married “as God int...

Should LGBT-Exclusive Environments Exist?

Mitch Price | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mitch Price

For many young people, self-identifying themselves in an unfriendly atmosphere swirls them into a state of disarray. Places for them to go, meet similar people and to feel comfortable are still massively important. In schools and universities, LGBT clubs and societies exist as a good network. If you are gay and don't enjoy going to gay clubs, it can be really hard to meet other gay people...

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 04.12.2016 | 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 18.11.2016 | 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...