Not all pride is inclusive

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the launch of a new regional branch of a pride network belonging to a large bank. I went in my capacity as a member of the committee of our local LGBT group. Since the event was an internal affair and I … 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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LGBT Consortium’s Trans* Manifesto

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The LGBT Consortium presented its Trans* Manifesto to the UK government this week. This is an important document that aims to change the position of trans* people in the UK from one of “exotic” to “mainstream”. I wholeheartedly support their aims and wish them every success with their campaign. I … 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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Britain’s responsibility to LGBT Africans

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How much is Britain to blame for the treatment of LGBT people by African countries that used to be part of the British Empire, and should Britain try to use its historic links to press for change? Looking at a map of Africa in 1930, one is struck by how … 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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