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Real Weddings: Jenny and Dani

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Jenny: We got engaged in August 2016. When we first started to plan the wedding, we were looking at the end of 2017, and wanted to have a big party with all of our family and friends present. Unfortunately, in January 2017 Dani’s mum was taken seriously ill and it made us reassess our priorities […]

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Civil Partnerships and same-sex Weddings: an ironic route to equality

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Toby Hamley   In the UK, civil partnerships were brought into law in 2004 to provide a means by which same-sex couples could access the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexual people: property rights, parental responsibility, tenancy rights, next-of-kin status, life insurance recognition etc. Also like its counterpart, civil partnerships were instituted with broadly the same […]

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Changes on the way for Manchester Pride 2019

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Manchester Pride has today confirmed its annual August bank holiday festival will go ahead in 2019 but will look and feel radically different to previous years. The four day event, known as The Big Weekend, has been around for more than 25 years.  Over this time it has been known by various names including Pride, […]

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FREE events ahead of Bianca Del Rio in Birmingham

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Following the success of a host of free activities over Pride weekend curated by Town Hall Symphony Hall for the local LGBTQ community, THSH are delighted to present two free pre-show foyer events ahead of Bianca Del Rio’s main hall concert on Monday 30th July. The events begin at 6pm with a performance from Soprano […]

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From Russia to Rainbows

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Placebo co-founder and bassist Stefan Olsdal talks parenthood, bigotry and mental health with Sam Bennett Did Stefan Olsdal always feel accepted as a gay man in rock ‘n’ roll? In the early days of Placebo, he says, and during their heyday, “I was struggling with my sexuality, I was not completely comfortable in my own […]

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An Interview with Céline Gittens

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Now a principal dancer with the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet and after performing in the handover ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Céline Gittens discusses the current climate for black and mixed heritage dancers and how Birmingham has become her home. How did you first come to Birmingham? I was 18 years old and having […]

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Real Wedding: Ben and Richard

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Ben and Richard first met at a work conference, but didn’t enjoy their first date until years later, when Ben was working in pantomime, with Basil Brush. “Who knew that Basil Brush could be the very beginnings of a relationship?” Ben laughs. After Richard’s romantic proposal after a hectic trip to Disneyland Paris, the happy […]

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Recording Memories: Rose and Rosie

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“This online culture doesn’t always have to have negative connotations. Some creators really do try to make a positive difference to the world, and that’s certainly what we’re trying to do.” Married British comedy and entertainment duo Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton have gained popularity through their online videos, amassing over 160 million views […]

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“Human Rights Trump Democracy”: Peter Tatchell

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The renowned human rights campaigner makes a welcome return to the pages of Fyne Times, to talk Harry, Meghan, and same-sex marriage with Sam Bennett. In 2004 you told Fyne Times you rarely relax – has that changed all these years on? Not really. I get between 1,000-2,000 messages most days – it’s a real […]

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Equal Marriage: Five Years

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Philip Baldwin July marks the five year anniversary of the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, applicable in England and Wales. This legislation came into force on 13 March 2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on 29 March 2014. In Scotland the legislation was not passed until February 2014, with […]

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Improving the Much-loved Marlborough

For the past ten years, the Marlborough Pub & Theatre in Brighton has put on “work which is at the […]

Speaking Out: Gareth Thomas

The openly gay ex-rugby player  talks homophobia, bullying, and his upcoming Beauty and the Beast panto gig. Since retiring from […]

Adoption: “Life Does Change but Nothing is Missed”

Coram Adoption tell us about Paul and Mark, who adopted their son Stephen in 2013, as we mark National Adoption […]

Men’s Health and Movember: “An Everlasting Difference”

  The Movember Foundation tackles men’s health on a global scale, year round. Millions have joined the movement, raising over […]

HIV Diagnoses Fell by 17% Across the UK Last Year

As Fyne Times readers may know I was diagnosed with HIV in January 2010, when I was 24 years old. […]

Be a Better Trans Ally

If you aren’t trans yourself, it can sometimes feel like you are walking on eggshells when talking to a trans […]

“Fully Happy”

Gabriel Barnes talks political conflict, being transgender, and the Albert Kennedy Trust Gabriel Barnes fled South Africa aged 16, and […]

A Homotopian Rent Party

Sam Bennett During the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, poor African Americans – paid low wages yet asked for disproportionately high rent […]

“If I Sound Angry…”

Linda Bellos OBE talks racism, Thatcher and trans with Sam Bennett “My growing-up years were spent as a socialist and […]

“It’s not Black and White”

No Offence is a British Museum partnership touring exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) which […]