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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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LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

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Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children before, and one day we asked each other the ‘what if’ question. We looked at our options and decided that if we were going to do this then adopting would be the best way forward. […]

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The Journey to Acceptance

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Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of their community and their faith, has profound consequences. […]

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Adoption: “Life Does Change but Nothing is Missed”

Coram Adoption tell us about Paul and Mark, who adopted their son Stephen in 2013, as we mark National Adoption Week 15-21 October is National Adoption Week, a campaign that highlights the need to find families for the vulnerable children who so desperately need them. Coram, which runs one of the largest and most successful […]

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Proud to be the 1 in 10

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150 LGBT adopters, foster carers and their children will march on Saturday 8 July at Pride in London to encourage more to consider adoption or fostering. This is the greatest ever number of LGBT adopters and foster carers to march together at the event. In 2016, 1 in 10 adoptions in England were to same-sex […]

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Native American nation introduces same-sex marriage

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When same-sex marriage was introduced across all 50 states last year, there was an exception for Native American nations who live within the United States, recognising their autonomy. However, the Cherokee and Navajos nations, the two largest in the country, have now over-turned their own ban on same-sex marriages which was enacted in 2004. The […]

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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 […]