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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

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The latest data from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (the ASGLB), published last week, has shown a decline in the number of adoptions since 2015, with children waiting longer to be placed with a family. But as we mark LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week from the 7 to 11 of March, it’s time […]

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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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LGBT+ Adoptions

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LGBT+ people still account for 1 in 6 adoptions in England in 2021, despite fall in numbers  Wales sees ‘problematic’ tumble in LGBT+ people granted adoption orders over the same time Coronavirus’ impact on the adoption sector was clear this week with the publication of statistics for 2021. Adoptions in England fell to 2,870 in […]

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Real Stories: Coram Adoption

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There are nearly 2,500 children waiting to be adopted in England but according to the most recent statistics, children are waiting longer to find permanent families. However, LGBT+ adoption is on the rise, boosting children’s chances by offering them the much-needed love and stability of a permanent family.  As we mark National Adoption Week from […]

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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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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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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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Safe Spaces for LGBT+ Expats

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Choosing where to set up base when you’re an LGBT+ expat can be difficult. Not only do you have the same decision making as your straight counterparts –destination, cost and language – but you also have to consider whether the culture will welcome you, and your rights and your community will be safe. Laws change […]

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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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Oxfordshire’s first “Starting a Family” Seminar for LGBT+ parents

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  Oxfordshire Solicitors Spratt Endicott and Barristers Chambers 3 Paper Buildings will hold a seminar on 13th of June to provide information for prospective LGBT parents who are planning on starting a family. The event, which is free to attend, will be held at Oxford Holiday Inn from 3-7pm and will discuss the different options […]

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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 […]