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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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National Festival of LGBT History returns this month

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This February, the National Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History will return bringing a host of nationwide events on the topic of LGBT history and celebration – promoting equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. The theme of this year’s festival is titled Geography: Mapping the World; commemorating the 30th anniversary […]

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Coleg y Cymoedd: Our Mission is your future success

Coleg y Cymoedd: Our Mission is your future success Serving the communities of two local authorities in South Wales central […]

“I Looked Down… It Was the Best Feeling in the Whole World”

Summer in the City, the UK’s largest and longest-running online video festival, returns to ExCel London 9-11 August. Sunday’s Gender […]

Shea Couleé Comes to DragWorld

In August DragWorld returns to Olympia London after two victorious years of glamour, glitter and big hair, where thousands of […]

Hampshire Constabulary – Call Centre Management – A Day In The Life

FIRST CONTACT    Hi, my name is Jane. I have been part of the contact management team at Hampshire Constabulary […]

Safe Spaces for LGBT+ Expats

Choosing where to set up base when you’re an LGBT+ expat can be difficult. Not only do you have the […]

Expert Tips: Hiring an exclusive use wedding venue

Spring 2019 Congratulations on your engagement – let the fun begin. One of the earliest, hardest and probably most important […]

The Wrong Kind of 80s Revival

I’ve written in these pages previously about Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; a pernicious little sinew of discriminatory law that […]

What God Says I Am

Passion, Fashion and the Plight of LGBTQ Refugees  Toby Hambly Lubega Adrac Musa, director of Lunko Haute Couture, speaks to me from a town […]

“We Have to be Continually Vigilant”

Co-founder of Stonewall Lisa Power talks evil, the Aids pandemic and remembering our history.  Stonewall celebrates its 30th birthday this year – how proud are you?  Very […]

Sweat, ‘Sissies’ and Spreadsheets

At the time of speaking, a “fucking busy” Reuben Kaye is about to get ready for a show that night at London’s Café […]