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November 21, 2014

Reubs Walsh, the NUS LGBT Campaign’s Trans rep, speaks on what we all have to remember about the injustices trans people face

On 20 November every year the international transgender community gather together to remember our lost. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day when a people who are under attack from all sides in all nations, remember those who were lost to murder or suicide. We remember by name only those known to have been murdered in the year since the last TDoR.

November 20, 2014

'While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.'

Nearly half of young trans people have said they have attempted suicide, with 30% saying they have done so in the past year.

As the world pays tribute on Transgender Day of Remembrance, UK's LGBTI mental health charity Pace has revealed new research that shows how difficult it can be growing up trans.

They found young trans people were eight times more likely to attempt suicide. 48% of trans people said they have attempted it compared to 6% of the general 16-24 population.

November 10, 2014

Top banks and financial services firms unite for summit on LGBTI issues in London

The CEO of HSBC in Britain, one of the biggest banks in the country, says being open about his sexuality helps him do his job.

Antonio Simoes was speaking at the LGBTI Out on the Street Europe Summit, for senior people in banking and finance, in London today (10 November).

Simoes said it was important for him to be ‘authentic’ to be a good boss and that meant speaking openly about his life and his husband.

‘I am the short, bald, Portuguese, gay guy. I have started to use it as a positive element of my personality,’ he told delegates.

November 10, 2014

But the Medical Defence Union appears to be changing for the better

UK doctors are recieving advice on how to treat transgender patients, and in some cases, this could lead to potentially life-threatening mistakes.

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), Britain's legal advisory group for the medical community, was found to be giving outdated counsel.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 4, 2014

Christmas is coming

While you may have barely thrown the pumpkins out and wiped the fake blood from your neck, someone has already got his Christmas sweater game on.

That person is gay Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, best known for playing loveable oaf Hodor.

Setting the bar high, the huggable actor snapped a photo sporting a wonderfully wintery top at British big-and-tall men's store High And Mighty.

Nairn came out in March, wishing to challenge stereotypes of what a gay man is supposed to look like.

October 31, 2014

'I never felt it was wrong ... I never felt it was something wrong with me'

Bisexual actor Alan Cumming had a rough time growing up but not because of his sexuality.

The Tony winner reveals in a new memoir that he and his mother and brother suffered for years living with a physically and emotionally abusive father.

So when it came time for sorting out his sexuality, Cumming realized even as a teen that he was attracted emotionally and physically to both men and women.

October 29, 2014

Eric and Grant Anderson tell GSN about how they became dads to their twins, Ryan and Garet, through the use of a surrogate mom, and what advice they’d offer to others considering the same route to parenthood

Eric and Grant Anderson are both originally from Orange County, California. Together for the past 17 years, they relocated in to the UK in 2005 and now live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Both work as academics, with Eric, aged 46, a professor at the University of Winchester and Grant, 35, a lecturer at Brunel University.

October 28, 2014

Richard Perrins – a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates – explains more on the upcoming changes to England and Wales’ same-sex marriage arrangements and the provisions to convert an existing civil partnership into marriage

As of the 29 March 2014, marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales became a reality and many have already tied the knot.

At the time the Same Sex Couples (Marriage) Bill was passed there was no immediate provision for those in a civil partnership to be able to convert this to a marriage if they chose.

October 28, 2014

Richard Perrins – a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates – explains more on the upcoming changes to England and Wales’ same-sex marriage arrangements and the provisions to convert an existing civil partnership into marriage

As of the 29 March 2014, marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales became a reality and many have already tied the knot.

At the time the Same Sex Couples (Marriage) Bill was passed there was no immediate provision for those in a civil partnership to be able to convert this to a marriage if they chose.

October 26, 2014

Shoshana Devora was raised by lesbian moms, which meant she was often asked the same questions again and again by curious outsiders. Here she offers answers to some of the most common queries

Shoshana Devora is in her mid-twenties, and describes herself as the ‘mixed-race, Jewish, pansexual daughter of two lesbians and an Indian sperm donor.’ Her younger brother, Reuven, completes her immediate family.

Leah had Shoshana and Deborah had Reuven, and they share the same donor. She was born and raised in London, England.

Leah and Deborah have since split, and Deborah is now in a civil partnership with Anne, who is a stepmother to Shoshana and Reuven.

October 24, 2014

Roy Hodgson says he 'suspects' a professional footballer could be gay, but admits he has never met one

England men's football manager Roy Hodgson has said he has no idea what the acronym 'LGBT' stands for.

The 67-year-old has admitted to being 'naive' on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in football.

Speaking to Cambridge University Union, Hodgson was reportedly asked by a student where he stood on LGBT players in the game.

He then asked the student what 'LGBT' meant', and when he was told, he shrugged and said: 'It's not my world'.

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

October 22, 2014

Ray Cole: 'I was terrified ... real, real terror'

Ray Cole is back home in Great Britain but the nightmares from being in jail in Morocco continue.

The 69-year-old retired magazine publisher was arrested last month along with boyfriend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, for being gay.

Cole was sentence to four months in prison but was released after 19 days after his family launched a high-profile campaign about his jailing and warned other tourists.

Nass, who is from Morocco, was finally released on 10 October.

October 22, 2014

The couple joined the ‘Poker Face’ singer on stage at last night’s Manchester’s performance of her ArtRave: Art Pop Ball. She told the audience that those uncomfortable with the proposal were on 'the wrong side of history'

Lady Gaga performed in Manchester, England, last night, and the evening was a particularly memorable one for two members of the audience

Midway during the show, Gaga invited boyfriends Jay and Sean to join her on stage. She described Jay as ‘family’: ‘an incredible man and incredible friend’.

She then lets the boys take the spotlight, and to Sean’s apparent surprise, Jay gets on his knees and proposes.

They couple then kissed, the crowd went wild and Gaga jumped with joy.

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

October 20, 2014

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, pupils at Sheringham High School road tested a new 'Stop Homophobic Bullying' education pack

Pictured here are Year 8 pupils at Sheringham High School in Norfolk, England. To coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the students took part in a pilot scheme last week for a new education pack to tackle homophobic bullying.

The resource, entitled Stop Homophobic Bullying, was created by the county’s BLAH LGBTI Youth group – which has been providing support for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the Norfolk area since 2007.

October 17, 2014

'This is potentially the most exciting development in HIV prevention in some years'

The UK is to be offered a pill that reduces risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%.

The daily tablet could soon be offered on the NHS and it is being described as the 'most exciting development in HIV prevention' in years.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

October 13, 2014

Nathan Gale, of Scottish Transgender Alliance, explains why trans people will be free from the 'spousal veto'

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Scotland from 16 December. Hogmanay, our New Year's Eve, will take on special significance for many couples this year as this will be when the first same-sex weddings take place.

As couples across Scotland plan their big day, trans people who are already married or in a civil partnership can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they can finally have the gender they live as legally recognized without being forced to break up their families.

October 9, 2014

Actor details the years of physical and emotional abuse his family endured at the hands of his late father

Alan Cumming has, for the first time, gone public about growing up with a physically and emotionally abusive father who left him living in fear and shame.

'When he was abusing me, it was the only time he really noticed me,' Cumming tells dot429. 'So there’s that whole weirdness that was going on. My whole life has been imbued with the fact that my father didn’t love me. It’s a huge thing in my life.'

October 9, 2014

Sherlock star says there is 'no need' to show explicit gay sex scenes in the Alan Turing biopic

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed why there are no gay sex scenes in his latest movie The Imitation Game.

The British actor plays World War 2 genius and codebreaker Alan Turing.

Based on a script by first-time screenwriter Graham Moore, the film will follow the wartime hero as he cracks the German Enigma code before he is criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual.

Even though it is a biopic, Cumberbatch has described the film as 'not an exploration of someone's sex life'.

October 9, 2014

Christopher Bailey, CEO and Chief Creative Officer at Burberry, and ‘straight ally’ Sir Richard Branson at Virgin, top this year’s rankings

For the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

October 8, 2014

The latest work from the best-selling author features beautiful illustrations and a strong female hero

We love the new book from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, entitled The Sleeper and the Spindle.

The novel, which features illustrations by Chris Riddell, features a description and image of a princess being awoken from sleep by a kiss from a queen.