Are gay bars a barometer for LGBTQ integration?

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The Westgate public house in Gloucester closed this week. So? Pubs close all the time. But The Westgate was Gloucester’s only gay bar and its closure has left Gloucestershire without a gay bar. Read more here… Inevitably, there was some wailing and gnashing of teeth associated with the closure and … Continue reading

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Why that kiss was important

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As you watch the friendly games this week, spare a thought for those people of the British Commonwealth who are LGB or T. Of the 53 countries that make up the group: In 37, it is illegal to be gay and, in 21, it is illegal to be a lesbian; … Continue reading

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A week of contradictions

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On Tuesday 8 July 2014, the States of Jersey approved an amendment by Senator Ian le Marquand to the proposition to allow same-sex marriage that had been brought by Deputy Sam Mezec. The amendment effectively stalled the progress towards equal marriage in Jersey by making it subject to a consultation … Continue reading

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The divorcing of church from state to make an equal marriage

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This week Guernsey moved a step closer to equal marriage with a clever proposal for a Union Civile law that would remove religion from laws related to marriage. You can read more about the story here or visit Liberate’s website for more information about the work they have been doing. … Continue reading

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Time to talk about disestablishment?

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This week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, suggested that there needed to be a balance between catering for the LGBT community in England and ensuring that the church does not alienate followers in other parts of the world such as Africa. The gist of his argument was that, if the … Continue reading

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Tony Benn, PC: human rights champion

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Tony Benn, the Labour politician, rebel, diarist, speaker and campaigner died this week. Not being a Labour supporter, I didn’t have the same problem with Tony Benn’s politics as some within his party had and I didn’t agree with everything he said. However, I admire any politician who works for … Continue reading

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www.happy25thbirthday.net

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It is the world wide web’s 25th birthday today and I, for one, am pleased to celebrate this milestone. I am so grateful to Sir Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the idea of the web in 1989 and then generously giving his research project to the world, for free, in 1993. … Continue reading

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Coming out – what’s it all about?

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In the week that another Ellen comes out as gay, I have been thinking about the process of coming out. I have “come out” twice in my life – once as gay and once as trans. The first time I came out, I told a really good friend on the … Continue reading

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Gayest games ever?

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You thought the Sydney games were gay? The #Sochi games have got to be way gayer. Two weeks of the biggest and best publicity ever for #LGBT rights. From the hosts’ choice of rainbow coloured outfits for their volunteers: To the weird inclusion of faux-lesbian duo t.A.T.u. in the opening … Continue reading

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The law that makes no sense

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On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, I feel like taking a step back from the controversy over Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law to question what exactly the Russian government thinks its new law achieves – apart from giving its police force and far-right thugs free-rein to … Continue reading

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