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Understanding The Conversion Therapy Ban

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What is Conversion Therapy?   Conversion therapy tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The ‘therapy’ itself can look wildly different place-to-place as people who force it on others don’t really know what they’re doing. Some of these might look like:   pseudo-scientific counselling sessions  pain-inducing “aversion therapy”  being induced to ingest “purifying” substances  threatening […]

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22nd Anniversary Of The Lifting Of The Ban On LGBT+ Personnel In The UK Armed Forces

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Today we acknowledge the 22nd anniversary of the lifting of the ban on LGBT+ personnel in the UK Armed Forces. Transgender personnel had been allowed to serve openly from January 1999. Much has been accomplished in the last year, but we still have a long way to go before LGBT+ Veterans and families impacted by that […]

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Pardons Scheme Will Extend to All consensual Gay Sex Convictions Under Newly Abolished Laws

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An increased amount of people will be eligible for a pardon for historical criminal convictions thanks to the new scheme soon to be put into place. Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to announce a plan to “right the wrongs of the past” including the deletion of the wrongful convictions of same-sex activity. This means that those […]

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Elaine Chambers

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My name is Elaine Chambers. Sadly, the career I intended to follow for my whole working life was dramatically cut short one sunny August in 1987 when everything changed forever. Five years prior I joined Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. It was a such an exciting prospect for me, I was destined to become a nurse in one […]

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The Senedd Commission: Supporting an inclusive Welsh parliament

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Ross Davies, Diversity and Inclusion Manager It is a truth universally acknowledged that people perform better when they can be themselves. We all know that organisations perform better when people are comfortable and safe at work, where they do not have to hide any part of their identity. Providing an inclusive environment allows individuals to […]

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Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage

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Switzerland agreed to legalise civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples by a nearly two-thirds majority in a referendum on Sunday, making it one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalise gay marriage. According to results provided by the Swiss federal chancellery, 64.1% of voters voted in favour of […]

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We Must Protect LGBTQ+ Refuges Now

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LGBTQ+ asylum claimants have long faced challenges in the UK, from having to prove their sexuality or gender identify to Home Office officials, to facing sexual harassment and violence in detention centres. These claimants are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and we must shout as loudly as possible on their behalf. In 2019, […]

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“Lest we forget where we came from”

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It is incredible to think how far the British Armed Forces have evolved since 12 January 2000 when their law barring service by lesbian, gay and bi people was finally repealed. With the 20th anniversary comes celebration and pride in what has been achieved, pride that all three armed forces have been Stonewall Top 100 […]

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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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Review: Somewhere to Belong

4 STARS  Somewhere to belong was a brilliantly witty and clever exploration of societal views on bisexuality and the implications […]

Review: The Mountaintop

Boni Adeliyi stands at the front of The Theatre Chipping Norton stage, reeling off a plethora of names from Black […]

Songs of Queer Women

When banks and sandwich shops have more pride than we do, where can we go to be with our tribe? It’s […]

Understanding The Conversion Therapy Ban

What is Conversion Therapy?   Conversion therapy tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The ‘therapy’ itself can look […]

Pride and Kink at Battersea

Having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, queer, Crip (disabled) artist Dan Daw is finally seizing the moment […]

Trixie Mattel: “GROWN UP” Re-scheduled Tour

She’s back, Drag Queen, musician, stand up comedian, entertainer, entrepreneur. After a successful UK tour in 2018, All Stars 3 winner Trixie […]

The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs

It’s 2022. There’s a rainbow flag in every high street window – and no lesbian bar.   Enter The Ministry […]

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Comes to New Theatre Cardiff

PERFORMANCES BEGIN ON TUESDAY 3RD MAY  Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are delighted to announce that direct from […]

Tropicana Queer Comedy Cabaret makes its Oxford Debut

Join queer cabaret icon and performance tour-de-force Aidan Sadler as they take you on the award winning journey to Tropicana!   […]

Finding Somewhere to Belong

Somewhere To Belong, a funny and gloriously unsubtle theatre show about bisexuality that amplifies the voices of those who are […]