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March 17, 2015

UK Prime Minister also said we need to 'take a look' at the problems trans people face

David Cameron has said bullying of LGBTI pupils changed his mind about same-sex marriage.

The UK Prime Minister currently campaigning for re-election has said he is 'very proud' of legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales during his time in power.

The first gay couples walked down the aisle in England and Wales in March 2014, with Scotland quickly following on 31 December.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Cameron was asked about trans rights as the possible next battleground for LGBTI people.

March 16, 2015

'Political correctness gone mad', Irish senator Healy Eames claims

If you live in Ireland and think it's another year before you have to buy your mother chocolate and flowers, think again.

It turns out, according to an Irish senator, the possible legalization of gay marriage will mean Mother's Day will be no more in the future.

On Twitter, independent senator Fidelma Healy Eames said: 'Happy Mothers' day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father's Day banned #pcgonemad.'

March 10, 2015

Gemma Whitchurch, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, looks at some if the legal issues around surrogacy for those in the UK

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child. For many childless couples and same sex partners it can enable them to have a baby when it would otherwise have been impossible.

There are two types of surrogacy:

1. Full surrogacy (also known as host or gestational). This involves the implantation of an embryo created using either:

• the eggs and sperm of the intended parents;

• a donated egg fertilized with sperm from the intended father; or

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales. 

February 18, 2015

Ten years since the Hunting Act came into force, the campaign to protect British wildlife continues

It is exactly 10 years since the Hunting Act - which banned the chasing or killing of foxes, stags and hares with a pack of hounds for so-called ‘sport’ - came into force in England and Wales.

A significant landmark in the calendar for anti-hunting groups, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), there are certainly reasons to celebrate.

The Hunting Act is one of the most successful pieces of wild animal welfare legislations worldwide, with hundreds of successful prosecutions.

February 3, 2015

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. Here he explores what happens when same-sex couples break up and decide to divorce or dissolve their partnership

Same sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales, which is cause for much celebration.

However, sadly and inevitably not all relationships will survive and understanding the process to end the legal relationship will be important.

Here is a basic guide, for those living in England and Wales, to the process for divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships: the process is virtually identical save for a few exceptions identified below.

What is divorce/dissolution?

January 8, 2015

Comedian also crashed his partner's £150,000 Bentley

Stephen Fry's new fiancé Elliott Spencer yesterday (5 January) was banned from driving for speeding at 101mph in a £130,000 Aston Martin.

A day after news of their engagement broke, the 27-year-old comedian appeared in a South Wales court to receive his sentence – a seven-day driving ban and a £205 fine.

Fry, 57, supported his husband-to-be at the 30-minute hearing. 

December 31, 2014

Two couples celebrated the change in Scottish law by getting married just after the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in Scotland this morning.

The first couples to marry today were Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown, both 42, who married in a Humanist ceremony at 00.01 (31 December) at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.

Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott, 54 and 59 respectively, married at the same time in a civil ceremony at a private venue, also in Glasgow. The Douglas-Scotts, who have been together 18 years, had previously entered a civil partnership with one another in 2006 and have five grown-up children.

December 23, 2014

An opposite-sex couple have gone to the High Court to challenge the UK’s civil partnership ban for straight people; they would prefer a civil partnership to marriage

A man and a woman have applied to the UK’s High Court today to challenge the ban on men and women entering into civil partnerships with one another.

Civil partnerships for same-sex couples were introduced in England and Wales in 2005. In 2013, the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which came into force earlier this year, meant that same-sex couples could enter into marriage, or, if they prefer, a civil partnership.

Those already in a civil partnership can change their relationship status to married by completing a form with a registrar.

December 22, 2014

The British political party’s candidate for Cardiff South was responding to a questions about whether some gay people prefer sex with animals

It seems that rarely a week goes past without a member of UKIP – the UK Independence Party – making an outrageous statement or verbal gaffe.

So much so that this week the political party’s chairman, Steve Crowther, urged members not to join Facebook or Twitter as the risk of saying something that they may regret was too great.

December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 16, 2014

Over two thirds of Irish people support same-sex marriage

Ireland has set a month for a referendum on marriage equality.

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet.

The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas.

It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

December 11, 2014

But will PM David Cameron listen?

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing further divides in his Conservative party over the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

Anti-gay backbenchers have said in a letter they are 'alienated' Tories have little chance of winning the next General Election in May 2015.

The letter has been sent as dozens of gay couples have already this week converted their civil partnerships to marriages under the new UK government laws.

December 9, 2014

Transport for London, the authority in charge of London’s public transport and roads, will be rolling out its rainbow crossing again to mark the day that civil partnerships can be changed to marriage

England and Wales passed legislation late last year allowing same-sex marriage; in addition to previous legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships.

Civil unions began in 2005, since which time over 120,000 people have entered into them. Same-sex marriages have been possible since March, but until now, those who were previously in civil partnerships have not been able to change their relationship status.

That all changes from tomorrow (10 December), when a simple appointment with a registrar will allow those in civil unions to become legally married.

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 14, 2014

'I got a card saying sorry for the loss of your cat, but with a smiley face drawn on it'

The leader of a Welsh LGBTI support group has said his pet cat was killed because he is gay.

Andrew Davies, chief executive of the Swansea Bay Unity Project, said he discovered his dead black tomcat after it was dumped outside his home.

His pet, who he named Jose, had been found forced fed with paracetamol tablets.

Davies has said this is just one of the many hate crimes he has witnessed in Wales. And while gay marriage may be a reality, it doesn't mean there are some who wish 'homos were banned from the area'.

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 12, 2014

Trans lives and depictions of younger and older LGBTI people win audiences’ hearts at film festival

The most important festival for LGBTI short filmmakers has been boosted with extra financial support today as its juries announced its 2014 winners.

The LGBTI Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, Wales already gives £25,000 ($40,100 €31,670) for the best short film from nominations around the world.

The money – to help the filmmaker with their next project – is the largest cash prize for short films anywhere in the world, gay or straight.

October 6, 2014

This year’s Iris Prize Film Festival in Cardiff will be offering a youth program of short films from Europe and the US

The Iris Prize – the world’s only film festival dedicated to LGBTI-themed short films – returns to Cardiff in Wales this week.

Besides the films contending for the actual Iris Prize itself, organizers will be hosting a groundbreaking youth program of shorts that will be screening this coming Saturday (11 October) at the city’s Chapter Arts Centre at 10am – the venue’s Saturday morning youth slot.

September 25, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores the relative pros and cons of entering into a prenuptial agreement prior to a marriage or a civil partnership in England and Wales

When contemplating entering into a marriage or civil partnership the thought of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement is perhaps not the most romantic item on a couple’s list of things to do.

However, such agreements are not uncommon and can be incredibly useful documents.

Traditionally, in England and Wales, prenuptial agreements have long since been deemed as not legally binding and therefore generally not used as result. This has much to do with how family law is dealt with in the context of any disputes that may arise in any divorce or dissolution case.

September 14, 2014

The 20-year-old, who had just moved home to Wales, was called a 'faggot' and had petrol thrown in his face

Tyler Maddick, 20, was blinded in one eye after an anti-gay attack just days after moving home to Swansea, Wales after studying at the London College of Fashion.

He was walking home from Swansea city centre late on Thursday when a car drew up alongside him then stopped, according to The Wales Online. His attacker called him a 'faggot' before throwing petrol in his face.

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

August 27, 2014

From red carpet welcomes to dreamy locations, Marriott Hotels has dozens of ways to turn your special day into an event you and your loved ones will never forget

The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

Who’s inspiration, then, takes the lead when two women, or two men, are planning their dream wedding?

August 21, 2014

Girls are getting married quicker than the boys, with a 56%-44% split between gay and lesbian couples

Official figures have revealed how many same-sex marriages have taken place in the UK.

A total of 1,409 marriages have taken place from 29 March, the first day gay couples could legally get married in England and Wales, and 30 June.

Of these, 56% were female couples (796 marriages) and 44% were male (613).

When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 was introduced in England and Wales, it triggered a rush of couples wanting to be among the first tie the knot.