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Conversion of civil partnerships into marriages

Conversion of civil partnerships into marriages By Jonathan Cailes    Couples in a civil partnership will have the option to convert it into a marriage before Christmas once regulations laid before Parliament yesterday are approved. This landmark change means couples in existing civil partnerships will be able to convert them into a marriage ... [Read more]

Manifesto for Secularism – Against the Religious Right

Manifesto for Secularism – Against the Religious Right Secularism is vital for the defence of democracy, equality & human rights “The launch of the Manifesto for Secularism is a challenge to the global rise of the Religious Right and its menacing values, which threaten women, LGBTs, atheists, minority faiths, apostates and many others,” said human ... [Read more]

Travel – Swede extremes are made of these!

Travel – Swede extremes are made of these!  One-man pillage Adrian Gillan ram-raids buzzing Stockholm’s blue-eyed blonds before heading north to the unique, remote Treehotel in Lapland, high up on the Arctic Circle! If variety is the spice of life then what more spicy than to discover the extremes of sexy Sweden’s “Urban-Nature” ... [Read more]

Sauna Etiquette

Sauna Etiquette Gay saunas have once again become the focus of attention. One group appears to want to see the end of these ‘dens of iniquity’, whilst others see them more as a much needed piece of gay culture. The arguments for and against will continue but, for those who have never used one, but would like ... [Read more]

First the good news – and then the bad news

First the good news – and then the bad news The good news in the 2013 HIV statistics that have just been released show a decline in the general number of diagnoses, whilst the bad news is that there has been a slight increase amongst gay men. The 2013 stats show: •In the past ten years, new diagnoses amongst MSM (men who have sex with ... [Read more]

LGBT Couples urged to research honeymoon destinations

LGBT Couples urged to research honeymoon destinations New research suggests fewer than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) couples research whether a destination is LGB&T-friendly before travelling overseas The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is encouraging LGB&T couples going on honeymoons overseas to choose their ... [Read more]

Friend or foe: ‘devastating’ number of hate-fuelled crimes

Friend or foe: ‘devastating’ number of hate-fuelled crimes Aaron is a victim of homophobic hate crime   A ‘devastating’ number of hate crimes are committed by people closer to home than many would like to believe, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Leicester. •Study finds people in trustworthy positions to victims, such ... [Read more]

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]

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