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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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Tesco proud to support Pride in London

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Tesco will be ‘Bursting with Pride’ on 8 July as it supports Pride in London with stores across London joining in the annual LGBT festival Tesco’s Regent Street Metro have already kicked off celebrations with exclusive pre-Pride events, including performances from the London Gay Men’s Chorus, a pop-up bar serving rainbow inspired cocktails and a […]

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council stands up to LGBT discrimination for IDAHOT 2017

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council stands up to LGBT discrimination for IDAHOT 2017

The message from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for this years IDAHOT is that there is no place for Homophobia, Transphobia or Biphobia in our communities. As the highest ranked Welsh Local Authority in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council prides itself on being inclusive. Work is continually ongoing to promote the ideas […]

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Expert Tips: Hiring an exclusive use wedding venue

Spring 2019 Congratulations on your engagement – let the fun begin. One of the earliest, hardest and probably most important […]

The Wrong Kind of 80s Revival

I’ve written in these pages previously about Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; a pernicious little sinew of discriminatory law that […]

What God Says I Am

Passion, Fashion and the Plight of LGBTQ Refugees  Toby Hambly Lubega Adrac Musa, director of Lunko Haute Couture, speaks to me from a town […]

“We Have to be Continually Vigilant”

Co-founder of Stonewall Lisa Power talks evil, the Aids pandemic and remembering our history.  Stonewall celebrates its 30th birthday this year – how proud are you?  Very […]

Sweat, ‘Sissies’ and Spreadsheets

At the time of speaking, a “fucking busy” Reuben Kaye is about to get ready for a show that night at London’s Café […]

A Queer History of Hampshire

What have Clare Balding, Rupert Everett, Lord Alfred Douglas and Patrick Gale got in common? They all have connections to […]

To the Queer Youth: What Makes You Different is What Makes You Awesome

Michael Vogel is a writer/producer and super geek who has been fortunate enough to work on some of the biggest […]

WIN! An Extensive Visual History of Gay Rights

PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests From the Photo Archives of The New York Times By The New York […]

“I Love Being Gay” – Conquering Demons and Celebrating Pride

Sam Bennett talks to R12’s Stu Fenton and Casey Lucarelli about addiction in the queer community and the meaning of Pride.  […]

Stonewall turns 30

Back in 1989, Section 28 had just been passed, effectively banning conversations about same-sex relationships in school, forcing LGBT teachers into […]