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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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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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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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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Out and about the LGBT web

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Saeed Jones wrote a great article on Buzzfeed this week about the responsibility that the media has to report stories about transgender individuals with some respect for their subject. It’s worth a read and because I couldn’t have put it better myself I’m not going to paraphrase it here. Having … Continue reading

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Vicious: Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

This week, equality and diversity charity Metro published a survey of 7,000 16 to 25 year olds about their experiences of sexuality discrimination. The survey found that 52 per cent of respondents had self-harmed, while 44 per cent had considered suicide as a result of discrimination in education, employment or the … Continue reading

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Cece McDonald: victim not villain

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Having just completed watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix, and thoroughly enjoyed it, my attention was caught this week by a real life story that has also just finished playing out in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cece McDonald is not a name that is known in the UK, but her … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage, from both sides

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Lovely comments from Casey in Canada about ‘A Very Civil Wedding’. Thank you.

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Looking forward to 2014

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At the moment, there are a lot of blogs being posted looking back at the tsunami of changes that have taken place for the LGBT community this year. While some massive steps have been taken towards real equality, there are still plenty more to take. So, I thought I’d look … Continue reading

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