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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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OUTing the Past 2021 Events Timetable

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on 17 May, and was created in 2004 to draw […]

“In ’76, I bought a car…”

Al Cane is a photographer, journalist, and former Labour town councillor for Faringdon, Oxfordshire. Also a DJ, he had myriad private parties […]

Queer Heritage South Launches Digital Museum

Credit: Sally Munt As museums across the country await reopening, Queer Heritage South are thrilled to launch an extensive new […]

MANCHESTER PRIDE FESTIVAL 2021

LGBTQ+ Charity Launches Tickets for August Bank Holiday Festival With Prices Starting From As Little As £7.50 For Those On […]

Britney Spears and Basic Rights

Julia Zahra Just days before the release of her brand-new album Remedy, we talk to LGBT+ artist Julia Zahra, the youngest […]

Community Union

Community is the modern union for the changing world of work. We represent working people across every sector of the […]

Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO)

Our campaign for New Recruits to serve as Police Constable (PC) Authorised Firearms Officers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) […]

Victim Support

At Victim Support, we’ve been providing more services to victims of crime through digital platforms and are keen to understand […]

A Community Challenged

LGBT+ History Month 2021 In 2020 and 2021, we’ve had the utmost sympathy for the young LGBTQIA+ people, locked down […]

LGBT+ History Month 2021

Sue Sanders: Chair – Schools OUT UK, Professor Emeritus – The Harvey Milk Institute, Cofounder of LGBT+ History Month UK […]