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Gay People’s Attitude Towards Sex Toys

Gay People’s Attitude Towards Sex Toys by Ray Stott With the likes of 50 Shades of Grey encouraging a more daring approach to sex, and the news that several recent surveys have found that more and more couples are embracing sex toys and sexual exploration… we wonder which sex toys we boys like to play with? Not surprisingly, we mainly ... [Read more]

A Look at Rentboys Through History

A Look at Rentboys Through History A Look at Rentboys Through History Written for brainiacs, but also fascinating to laypeople, Male Sex Work and Society (Harrington Park Press), edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott,is a collection of revealing essays and studies that explores male sex work from a rich array of perspectives ... [Read more]

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures  by G Alexander The other day I was chatting to a group of gay guys about what makes them happy (no not that song by Pharrell Williams). It wasn’t supposed to have been a world-shattering discussion, it was a simple question as I had already formulated in my head what makes me incredibly happy and ... [Read more]

Conference To Support Older LGBT People

Conference To Support Older LGBT People The first ever national training conference is being held in Newcastle upon Tyne this October to help provide health and social care professionals with the necessary skills to meet the individual care needs of members of the older lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and/or trans community. ‘Making Person Centred ... [Read more]

‘NUDEDUNNIT? – WEST END BARES 2014 FUNDRAISER

‘NUDEDUNNIT? – WEST END BARES 2014 FUNDRAISER  Stars of stage and screen Jake Canuso, James Dreyfuss, Matt Evers, Jill Halfpenny, Helen Lederer, Harriet Thorpe are amongst the special guest presenters to be announced* for this year’s West End Bares ‘Nudedunnit?!’ gala performances at Café de Paris in London’s West End on Sunday 7th September ... [Read more]

Viva Gay Las Vegas

Viva Gay Las Vegas  This autumn, Las Vegas continues to welcome a wide-variety of special events and programming specific to the LGBT community. From one end of the Strip to the other, Las Vegas is unassuming and welcomes the LGBT community, providing each person the opportunity to experience the trip of a lifetime. Show ... [Read more]

It’s a wet and slippery kind of place

It’s a wet and slippery kind of place By Lee Price Pink News recently reported that many gay bath houses in the USA are closing because of the prevalence of Grindr, Gaydar and the like (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/08/24/are-hookup-apps-killing-off-gay-saunas/ ). They simply cannot offer the instant ‘meet, greet and do’ that these ... [Read more]

The LGF Community Hub for the Big Weekend.

The LGF Community Hub for the Big Weekend. Manchester Pride is working with The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) to create a new area at the Big Weekend. The LGF Community Hub will offer thousands attending the Big Weekend a series of free services designed to refresh, recharge and reconnect during the Bank Holiday festival. The award-winning ... [Read more]

The Greatest Gayest Sporting Event of the Year…?

The Greatest Gayest Sporting Event of the Year…? Prepare to toss your handbag! This year’s GMFA / RVT Sports Day boasts 12 teams who shunned the chance to compete in the Commonwealth games so that they could display their prowess at the UK’s premier gay games – of the silly variety. Notting Hill who? Sports Day outshines any other carnival ... [Read more]

Nightstop – the charity for homeless LGBT youth

Nightstop – the charity for homeless LGBT youth Imagine having to spend a night sleeping rough because you’ve got nowhere to stay. Unfortunately, an increasing number of young people LGBT people right across the North East in both rural and urban communities are facing that difficult choice – tonight, tomorrow and the night after. A national ... [Read more]

The battle for LGBTI equality isn’t over yet

The battle for LGBTI equality isn’t over yet We here in the UK are pleased with the progress over recent years, that have been made regarding gay rights in this part of our world. However, as Peter Tatchell is keen to point out, we cannot feel smug and that the job is done… we cannot rest on our accomplishments when equality is not given to everyone… ... [Read more]

Future sex: The end of gay?

Future sex: The end of gay? Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation, writes:  The annual season of LGBTI Pride celebrations is drawing to close. It is time to blow our whistles but also to pause and reflect. As many western nations progress towards a post-homophobic society, how will the increasing equality and ... [Read more]

Top tips for cool holiday cures

Top tips for cool holiday cures “Summer holiday aches and pains can often be cured or alleviated by a quick trip to the fridge” according to Silver Travel Advisor’s Dave Harcombe.   The qualified pharmacist, whose travel tips can be found on the 50’s travel review and advice site www.silvertraveladvisor.com , has ... [Read more]

Review – This Book Is Gay

Review – This Book Is Gay This is a handy little guide to everyone LGBTI or straight, Muslim, Christian, Jew etc or just damn curious… all you really need to know in a non-judgemental approach to things appertaining to being… gay. Feeling different can start at an early age or may not hit you until much later in life but ... [Read more]

Why cottaging still matters.

Why cottaging still matters. In 2008 Jeff Akers, a retired accountant, went into a public toilet in the small town of Walton in Surrey where he was stabbed to death in a homophobic attack. Akers was openly gay. He had a partner of some two decades. And although we’ll never know for sure what he was doing that day, the assumption ... [Read more]

Confession: Being a living doll

Confession: Being a living doll Since I was a kid I‘ve always been drawn to wearing my sister’s clothes. She was 5 years older than me so had lots of her old clothes around, which she used to great effect. As youngsters she would dress me up when her mates came round and I must have enjoyed it as I don’t ever remember getting ... [Read more]

Lads who love their legs

Lads who love their legs It’s that time of year when we begin to think about our legs again. Remember them? Those perfect pins that have been hiding all year round. The arrival of summer brings with it relaxed days spent lounging bare-legged soaking up the sun. But for some getting the perfect beach body in time for summer ... [Read more]

Travel – We are Family, especially in Brighton!

Travel – We are Family, especially in Brighton! More and more gay families now include children – adopted, biological, maybe even from previous heterosexual relationships. So where better to take your little darlings than for a fun few days out by the seaside in lovely Brighton? Maybe even for Brighton Pride (Sat 2 Aug 2014)! Brighton is a ... [Read more]

Online gay art with Character

Online gay art with Character CHARACTER is a fancy international gay art magazine about images, emotions and the stories they tell and with this issue celebrates its third anniversary. Featuring more than 90 artists and contributors, over 340 pages, Character is the first international Gay Art magazine free online and entirely ... [Read more]

Geek Pride – come and join in

Geek Pride – come and join in Manchester based community collective, Geek Pride, is calling for geeks across the region to unite and partake in the Manchester Pride Parade this August bank holiday weekend, to celebrate LGBT and geek culture.  Following on from a successful founding year in 2012, Geek Pride returns as an annual ... [Read more]

Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights Exceeds One Million Views

Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights Exceeds One Million Views A Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video with a message of gay acceptance has rapidly become one of the most watched UN videos of all time. “The Welcome”, released on 30 April 2014 as part of the UN’s ongoing Free & Equal campaign, has been watched by more than a million people on the ... [Read more]

Travel – 10 handy apps for a hassle-free vacation

Travel – 10 handy apps for a hassle-free vacation Whether traveling within your country or to the globe’s most exotic locations, most travelers will experience some frustrating roadblocks. While technology can’t solve all of your problems, it can certainly make your life on the go a lot more worry-free. You have to worry about booking tickets, hotels ... [Read more]

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