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20 Years on From Lift-Off

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In January 2000, the ban on gay personnel serving in the armed forces was lifted. Twenty years on from the abolition of the ‘gay ban’, we speak to Sgt Craig Rudyk-Smith, who joined the Royal Air Force after the ban was lifted, and Flt Lt Tamsin Wakeham, who joined before and re-joined shortly afterwards. Both […]

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St Mary’s School, Henley on Thames, Receives National Award

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  St Mary’s Preparatory School, Henley on Thames, has been recognised by National charity Stonewall for their work in creating an atmosphere of tolerance and respect in their school. The Stonewall School Champion Awards allow schools based in England to effectively benchmark their progress and give direction to their ongoing work in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and […]

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Two decades plus of safer LGBT+ communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

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Inspector Kirsten Troman from Hampshire Constabulary on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.  Having the trust and confidence of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay and plus communities is key to our ability as police to tackling crime and protecting those who need our help. It’s an approach to policing that Hampshire Constabulary takes year-round, and […]

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Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

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Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences Act regarding homosexual activity taught via the mnemonic ‘POOF’s Charter’. For such activity to be lawful it had to be in private (P), practiced by those over 21 (O), and involving only two people (O) […]

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LGBT History Month

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Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, there was no mention of LGBT issues in the curriculum. In my history of art classes I think Michelangelo’s portrait drawings of Andrea Quaratesi and Tommaso dei Cavalieri were described as depicting a studio assistant […]

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Speaking Out: Gareth Thomas

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The openly gay ex-rugby player  talks homophobia, bullying, and his upcoming Beauty and the Beast panto gig. Since retiring from playing rugby you’ve proven yourself an able and natural interviewer – how hard was it to adapt to that aspect of your career? I don’t think it’s been that hard. I like spending time with […]

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“If I Sound Angry…”

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Linda Bellos OBE talks racism, Thatcher and trans with Sam Bennett “My growing-up years were spent as a socialist and not-very-good musician,” Linda Bellos tells me. Though “very much into classical music”, she realised by the end of the sixties she wasn’t going to make it as a professional clarinettist. “It was a rational recognition […]

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Sue Sanders and Schools OUT UK Archive Celebration

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24 October, 7pm Bishopsgate Institute, London Free, booking required Sue Sanders, Emeritus Professor of Harvey Milk Institute, is founder of LGBT History Month and chairperson of Schools OUT UK. An active LGBT rights campaigner for over 40 years, Sue has challenged oppression in the public and voluntary sectors through a variety of roles, and continues […]

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Caerphilly Youth Services launch LGBTQ+ Youth Group

Caerphilly Youth Services, Basement team run Caerphilly Borough’s only specific LGBTQ+ group for young people, providing a safe and confidential environment where young people are able to express their true selves, whilst meeting other young people that share the same experiences and issues. The group is for any young people aged 11-25 that identify as […]

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Not Hiding: Sue Sanders

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Since 2005, February has served as LGBT History Month, an initiative (and now institution) launched by Schools OUT, the charity ultimately aimed at making educational institutions safe for LGBT people. For the past three years, LGBT HM has been celebrated by OUTing the Past, The National Festival of LGBT History. In February 2018, 11 hubs […]

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Youth Pride MCR

LGBTQ+ charity takes engagement programme online with programme of workshops for 14+ LGBTQ+ young people and allies Manchester Pride is […]

Sidney & Friends on Prime

Sidney & Friends is now available on Amazon Prime Video, after more than 100 screenings in 28 countries, and winning […]

Klinko Sells Archive of Celebrity Photos for NHS COVID-19 Appeal

Acclaimed photographer, Markus Klinko is selling his ENTIRE archive of photographs, featuring everybody from David Bowie, Lady Gaga and Billie […]

Tally Spear Releases New Single

Tally Spear releases her brand new single ‘Can’t Find What I’m Looking For’, taken from her forthcoming EP due for […]

LGBTQIA+ History in Lockdown

Sue Sanders, chair of Schools OUT UK (the charity that launched LGBT+ History Month), stresses the importance of engaging with […]

Time to #BeKandid

Back in February we attended the sex-positive launch party of gender-free sex toy company Kandid, which is on a mission […]

LOVE IS NOT CANCELLED

A campaign to support the LGBTQ+ over 50s community that are most at risk, supported by queer nightlife Little Gay […]

Milk Teeth: Health First, Band Second

“It’s a weird time,” says Becky Blomfield, a week before the release of Milk Teeth’s eponymous second album. COVID-19 has […]

A Journey to Jupiter

Stopping the Stigmas of Sex-Work Originally doing adult performance to support his undergraduate degree, for Enby Jupiter, it has become […]

Christopher Green: “The unique set of circumstances that is me”

  Amidst the running of his new performance No Show, we spoke to playwright and performer Christopher Green, to find […]