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Scouts announce end to gay leader ban

The Boy Scouts of America have declared a partial change in policy on the controversial gay leader ban. The decision comes after Defense Secretary Robert Gates called on the organisation’s president to ‘reflect’ upon the ban. The National Executive Committee last month approved the lifting of the ban and the board has passed the final […]

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Jacob and Isobel tell their story

Oxfordshire County Council needs adopters in Oxfordshire to consider all their children – children under 2, older children, siblings and children with complex needs or a disability. This short video will tells you the story of Jacob and Isobel, two children who found parents through Oxfordshire County Council.   To find out more, visit  

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Meet the (foster) parents

Meet the (foster) parents

Every year, Foster Care Associates help many people to become foster parents. Here are a few stories of LGBT couples and singles who share their experiences of fostering through FCA. LGBT Carer Case Study – Dan McCarthy, Birmingham Single foster carer Dan lives in Birmingham and has been fostering with Foster Care Associates (FCA) for […]

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Becoming same-sex adopters with Adoption UK


AS a childless gay couple Scott Casson-Rennie and his partner Tristan would enjoy up to five foreign holidays every year. The couple would also go off every other weekend, often staying up late and sleeping in the following morning. But their lifestyle changed dramatically eight years ago when they became same sex adopters. Scott, aged […]

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Adoption with Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council is looking for adopters and foster carers from the lesbian and gay communities.  We are looking for people who are committed to transforming the lives of children by sharing their lives and homes. We asked Tom and James to tell us their story about adopting Harry. Tom said “Being an adoptive parent […]

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Surrogacy: Ten things you should know

By Claire Wood, Lawyer, Kingsley Napley LLP Same-sex marriage may now be legal, but surrogacy remains a legal minefield in the UK. Surrogacy is an increasingly popular route to parenthood for gay couples, enabling them to have a child genetically connected to one of them. UK based couples should, however, be fully aware of the […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

There are around 90,000 children in care across the UK, 6,000 of whom need to be adopted.  However, there is a desperate shortage of both adopters and foster carers.  Thousands more people are needed to give these vulnerable children a secure and loving home and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adopters and foster carers […]

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Foster carers needed in Hampshire

If you’ve thought about fostering before, or are just learning about it for the first time, there’s never been a more important time to foster. We urgently need more carers to look after children and young teens to help them achieve their full potential. With over 500 foster carers working with Hampshire County Council to […]

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YOU can foster

Becoming a foster carer is about providing a safe and caring home for a looked-after child; it’s not about sexuality, ethnicity or gender. Tamara and Sherwin are single gay carers in their 30s.  Neither of them can think of a time in their fostering experience when their sexuality has been an issue. Tamara has been […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

For the launch of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week  Barnardo’s is asking more people to consider putting themselves forward as potential foster parents – particularly for older children. More attention needs to be paid to the care of older, vulnerable, children. Nearly twelve thousand (43%) of all the children who entered care in England last […]

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Uniting against AIDS

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in […]

LGBT History Month 2016 Showcase a “Miracle”

The LGBT History Month 2016 Showcase, held in Cambridge at Queens’ College on the evening of Thursday November the 26th […]

Why does religion hate us?

  The religions which don’t condemn homosexuality are few and far between. It seems like religion is the place to […]

Can We Borrow Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Bus Please?

The LGBT History Month 2016 Showcase is all set to take place in Cambridge on Thursday, with Labi Siffre, Cyril […]

The philosophy of sexuality

Philosophy takes a long hard look at some of the most fundamental subjects in nature, and so it is natural […]

Trans women Vicky Thompson dies in male prison


A 21 year-old trans woman has been found dead in prison after her partner reports she was distressed at being […]