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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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Lady Gaga visits young homeless LGBT people at the Albert Kennedy Trust

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Global pop superstar Lady Gaga visited the offices of The Albert Kennedy Trust in London and spoke with a number of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, throwing a spotlight on LGBT youth homelessness, and urging people to donate. The surprise visit, which was arranged through The Elton John AIDS Foundation, saw Gaga […]

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Adoptions by same-sex couples in England now nearly 1 in 10

Adoptions by same-sex couples in England now nearly 1 in 10

New figures published today by the Department for Education show adoptions by same-sex couples accounted for 9.6 per cent of all adoptions in England in 2016. This was a rise from 8.4 per cent in 2015 and is the highest proportion of all adoptions in the country to date. The total number of adoptions by same-sex […]

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World AIDS Day – Don’t forget your ribbon on 1st December

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World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in […]

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Hate Crime week (8th-15th) more important in post-Brexit UK

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There is little doubt that hate played a big part in the result of the Brexit vote. In the run up to polling day, some areas of the media focused entirely on immigration issues, stirring up racism and using it to justify our exit from the EU. However, this focus on race has not only […]

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New condom guidelines published

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued draft consultation on making condoms more accessible to the 16-24 age group. The document is aimed primarily at local authorities and other organisations that currently provide or are considering the provision of free condoms. Produced just days after an NHS decision not to provide […]

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Historic win for NAT as the High Court overturns NHS England refusal to consider PrEP

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NAT (National AIDS Trust) is delighted by the judgment passed down in the High Court today that NHS England acted unlawfully in withdrawing PrEP, a game-changing drug preventing transmission of HIV, from its decision-making process. When, after 18 months of preparation, NHS England suddenly abandoned its work on PrEP, NAT considered it had no option […]

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New app addresses sexual health issues in the UK

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The Sexual Advice Association, a UK charity focussed on improving sexual function and wellbeing, today announced the launch of a free smartphone app designed to allow people to ask the questions about their sex lives that they didn’t feel comfortable asking before. The SMART app provides an option for people to get expert advice to […]

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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 […]