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National Adoption Week (14-20 October)

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LGBT+ parenting has never been more visible, whether on the news, in shows like Emmerdale, or at the school gate as increasing numbers of same-sex couples share the school run. In 2018 a record 1 in 8 adoptions in England were to same-sex couples. But there’s an increasing and urgent need for more LGBT+ people […]

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Phizzical Productions Presents: Stardust

Phizzical Productions Presents: Stardust

This autumn, Amar Rajvani and Seth Truman become the first characters in a South Asian-led production to be united in a same-sex wedding on a British stage. Making its world premiere in at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Stardust is an original musical, drawing inspiration from the popular reincarnation thrillers of Bollywood cinema to explore the […]

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Expert Tips: Hiring an exclusive use wedding venue

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Spring 2019 Congratulations on your engagement – let the fun begin. One of the earliest, hardest and probably most important parts about planning your wedding will be choosing the perfect venue to hold your celebration. There are dozens of things to consider when it comes to narrowing down your choices and we’ve been chatting to […]

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The Wrong Kind of 80s Revival

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I’ve written in these pages previously about Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; a pernicious little sinew of discriminatory law that referred to homosexuality as a ‘pretended family relationship’. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the 30th anniversary of the eponymous charity that was the focal point of efforts to repeal Section 28 in the UK. However, amidst celebration of milestones have been some […]

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What God Says I Am

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Passion, Fashion and the Plight of LGBTQ Refugees  Toby Hambly Lubega Adrac Musa, director of Lunko Haute Couture, speaks to me from a town south of Nairobi, but that’s not where he started life. He’s Ugandan, but was forced to leave the country when his sexuality was discovered. His voice is calm, delicate even, but his words carry unimaginable […]

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“We Have to be Continually Vigilant”

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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 proud, although I’m not directly related to Stonewall these days. I think it’s done a fairly amazing job over the years. I haven’t always agreed with everything it’s done but I think it’s made a massive […]

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A Queer History of Hampshire

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What have Clare Balding, Rupert Everett, Lord Alfred Douglas and Patrick Gale got in common? They all have connections to Hampshire; either having been to school in the county or living in the county, and all can be identified as noteworthy lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender (LGBT+) persons. Over the last two years Y-Services LGBT+ youth […]

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

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Michael Vogel is a writer/producer and super geek who has been fortunate enough to work on some of the biggest brands in the entertainment industry. He has a proven track record in developing IP across features, television (prime time and cable) live action, animation and digital. His experience as a development executive at Sony Pictures […]

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Expert Tips: Hiring an exclusive use wedding venue

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Spring 2019 Congratulations on your engagement – let the fun begin. One of the earliest, hardest and probably most important parts about planning your wedding will be choosing the perfect venue to hold your celebration. There are dozens of things to consider when it comes to narrowing down your choices and we’ve been chatting to […]

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Rhondda Cynon Taf showing support for IDAHOBIT.

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Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and we celebrate this on May 17th as it commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental diseases. This day celebrates and recognises sexual and gender diversity and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proud to be […]

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TOP DANCERS UNITE TO END HIV STIGMA

DANCERS from some of the world’s leading ballet companies will be screening original works this World AIDS Day in a […]

The Pink Singers release live album for their LGBT+ fans during lockdown

The Pink Singers, London’s leading LGBT+ choir, have released their latest new album ‘The Pink Singers – Live from Cadogan […]

Trans Rights are Human Rights and The Role of Pride in Race Equality

Call for high powers and communicators to speak up amidst race and BAME discrimination as a mark of solidarity and […]

LGBTQIA+ THEATRE FESTIVAL ‘TURN ON FEST’ TO RETURN JANUARY 2021

Collaborative LGBTQIA+ Theatre festival to return after a successful launch 2020. Created in partnership with Hope Mill Theatre and Superbia it will explore […]

From A Heart Like Wet Cement: The Messy Truth with Caroline Bird

To mark National Poetry Day at the very beginning of this month, we spoke to London-based poet, playwright and author, Caroline […]

“People who Work Outside Don’t Feel The Cold” Lucy Spraggan Talks Choices Childhood and Chocolate

English Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan has come a long way since appearing on the X-Factor back in 2012. Now approaching the release of […]

Schools OUT UK, launches a landmark competition to design the LGBT+ History Month Badge for 2022

Every year since its launch in 2004, LGBT+ History Month raises vital funds for its work to make schools safe […]

ANDREW LANCEL TO OPEN LIVERPOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL WITH ONE-MAN LGBT+ COMEDY PLAY BY CITY PLAYWRIGHT JONATHAN HARVEY

Swan Song, a comedy by Liverpool playwright Jonathan Harvey, will open a brand-new theatre festival in the city next week […]

Dame Shirley Bassey To Release New Album as a ‘Thank You’ to her Fans

Today, Decca Records can reveal the signing of Britain’s most successful female artist of all time, Dame Shirley Bassey. With a career spanning […]