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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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Men’s Health and Movember: “An Everlasting Difference”

  The Movember Foundation tackles men’s health on a global scale, year round. Millions have joined the movement, raising over £440m to help fund over 1,200 men’s health projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. This Movember, the month formerly known as November, there are three ways to get […]

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HIV Diagnoses Fell by 17% Across the UK Last Year

As Fyne Times readers may know I was diagnosed with HIV in January 2010, when I was 24 years old. It is now approaching eight years since my diagnosis. Next year I will turn 34, which is also the median age at which gay and bisexual men are diagnosed with HIV in the UK.  A […]

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Be a Better Trans Ally

If you aren’t trans yourself, it can sometimes feel like you are walking on eggshells when talking to a trans person. What if you accidentally say something in all innocence that is actually deeply offensive? How can you negotiate the endless labels and pronouns and get it right? Well, just by understanding a few concepts […]

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“Fully Happy”

Gabriel Barnes talks political conflict, being transgender, and the Albert Kennedy Trust Gabriel Barnes fled South Africa aged 16, and doesn’t remember much of life in the KwaZulu-Natal province. He does however recall conflict between the Inkatha Freedom Party and the African National Congress; violence that killed his mother in 1994, and his father – […]

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Encouraging start for new HIV prevention drug in Wales

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Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has welcomed the encouraging response to a new HIV prevention drug, after the first year of providing it through the NHS in Wales. Health boards in Wales started providing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in July last year through sexual health clinics as part of a three-year study. The antiretroviral medication can be […]

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Blossomed: Jayne Ozanne

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Sam Bennett ‘Unashamedly gay, unashamedly Christian’ is how Jayne Ozanne is described on her website – but there was a time when she was shamed by her same-sex desires. She grew up in Guernsey, “quite a conservative place”, she tells me at the Kings Arms in Sandford-On-Thames. “Back in the sixties-seventies, I suppose it felt […]

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I Love You Too Much: An Interview with Alicia Drake

Sam Bennett The now UK-based Alicia Drake once resided in Paris. Her children’s preschool was on the other side of the Jardin du Luxembourg to where the family lived, so every day she’d walk back and forth across the Jardin, around which there are lots of senior schools and thus a lot of teenagers. The […]

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Caerphilly Youth Services launch LGBTQ+ Youth Group

Caerphilly Youth Services, Basement team run Caerphilly Borough’s only specific LGBTQ+ group for young people, providing a safe and confidential environment where young people are able to express their true selves, whilst meeting other young people that share the same experiences and issues. The group is for any young people aged 11-25 that identify as […]

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LGBT Youth Homelessness and The Albert Kennedy Trust

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The Albert Kennedy Trust launched in 1989, becoming the world’s first ever service for homeless LGBT youth. Nearly 30 years on, we talk to Grahame Robertson – part of the AKT support team – about why the Trust are still very much needed and what they have planned for LGBT History Month. How would you […]

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Rocky Horror Returns to Oxford

Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics – including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Damnit Janet’, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting ‘Time […]

LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children […]

The Journey to Acceptance

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and […]

Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett […]

“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage […]

Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences […]

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new […]

Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical […]

LGBT History Month

Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, […]

Our Hidden Histories

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M […]