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Time for change: why IVF is discriminatory to same-sex couples

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Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director, CREATE Fertility Fertility treatments are costly at the best of times, and unfortunately the current NHS provisions in place for lesbian couples who are hoping to start a family are shockingly sparse. Same-sex couples will be required to undergo up to 12 cycles of self-funded artificial insemination, before they can […]

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Wedding Insurance with Emerald Life

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  Firstly, many congratulations on the impending wedding! When you begin planning for the big day, it might seem quite a way off. You may wonder if you need wedding insurance or, indeed, what wedding insurance is. You can get wedding insurance to cover pre-expenditure for the event, and cover for damage (say, to wedding […]

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A most wonderful wedding…

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Mike and Neil had a very clear picture of what they wanted for their big day and Auberge du Lac on the Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire delivered the perfect location for their wedding ceremony and reception in July this year. ‘We knew we wanted an intimate wedding for a party of our closest friends […]

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Luxurious weddings in Stoke Park

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For weddings, Stoke Park is a stunning backdrop to your perfect day. Within 300 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped gardens and lakes stands an imposing white Palladian mansion. Over 200 years old, the grand building is truly one of the most romantic settings for a marriage ceremony, civil partnership or wedding reception in the country. […]

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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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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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“Human Rights Trump Democracy”: Peter Tatchell

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in the UK (Westminster Register Office, 19 March 1992) © Peter Tatchell

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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Appeal denies CPs to heterosexual couples

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An appeal has ruled that civil partnerships will not be extended to heterosexual couples. The ruling was after an appeal of a previous court case which sought to extend the right of civil partnerships beyond same-sex couples. However, the court once again rules there was no need to extend the reach of civil partnerships. He […]

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Tony Fenwick Receives an MBE

Tony Fenwick Receives an MBE in the New Year Honours

Tony Fenwick, CEO of Schools OUT UK, the founders of LGBT History Month, has been awarded an MBE at the request of the DfE for services to equality in education. Tony said, “I am delighted and honoured to receive an MBE but I regard it as an award for all of us at Schools OUT […]

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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 […]