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How do you come out to your child as bisexual?

Lewis Oakley, our weekly bisexual columnist, reveals how he decided to come out to his son

Nigel Slater and Giles Cooper as Nigel Slater in west end adaptation of Toast | Photo: Simon Annand
Toast is the first play about a gay celebrity chef in West End: It’s a delicious treat

Review: I can’t get over the joy of licking out the inside of a walnut whip, as the whole audience joined in too

Ariana Grande in the video for Monopoly
Celebrities like Ariana Grande don’t owe us a coming out

OPINION: Ariana Grande hasn’t labelled her sexuality – and she doesn’t have to, says bisexual activist Lois Shearing

Gay men in a promotion photo for Chariots sauna in London
Casual sex, loneliness and the desire for human contact

OPINION: Bathhouses, overworking, alcohol… LGBTI people use many tools to distract themselves from loneliness: some healthier than others

Matilda Davies
Being a lesbian in a man’s world is lonely: Find your own tribe to survive

OPINION: On Lesbian Visibility Day, we need to talk about why being a lesbian can feel so isolating – and how we can make it better

Cate Blanchett in the 2017 movie, Carol
Lesbians on the big screen: Does it have to be so hard to see ourselves?

OPINION: Naomi Bennett, Founder of LesFlicks, talks about lesbians in movies and why she launched her streaming service to promote #WomenOnScreen

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
Why is gay composer’s partner being erased from his foundation’s name?

OPINION: Ben Baglio believes plans to change the Britten-Pears Foundation to simply the Benjamin Britten Foundation would have horrified the composer

Edmonton Pride
Why I’m angry about Edmonton Pride’s cancellation in Canada

OPINION: Edmonton Pride has been cancelled after organizers failed to reach an agreement with community groups wishing to ban the police and military

Ian Howley attempted suicide three times as a teenager
How I survived three suicide attempts as gay teen and am now getting angry

OPINION: Ian Howley, the CEO of UK-based organization LGBT HERO says it’s time to get angry about the high rates of LGBTI suicide

Nance Lomax (far left, far right) was at Stonewall | Photos: Supplied
What was it like to be a 15-year-old trans teen at the Stonewall riots?

Stonewall 50: Nance Lomax, a trans woman, was a teenager on the night of the Stonewall Riots. This is her story

A young person with rainbow hair
Gay people exist everywhere – so what’s the point lying to kids about it?

OPINION: Just because they’re not visible, we must not forget that LGBTI people exist in every culture and in every country

Poster for Fox's production of Rent
Rent is a musical stuck in the past and that’s where it belongs

OPINION: Unless someone updates it, it’s doing more harm than good

A straight couple
Eight questions straight people should quit asking gay people

OPINION: Dear straight people, please take note and store this away for future reference…

Matthew Hodson on HIV and AIDS activism being inspired by the Stonewall riots
News of an HIV ‘cure’ should be treated with caution

OPINION: Matthew Hodson welcomes today’s news that a second man appears to have been ‘cured’ of HIV but says the procedure won’t be widely applicable

Emma Goswell talks about her own coming out
How a school bus journey home made me realize I might be gay

Gaydio presenter Emma Goswell tells her own very personal coming out story and explains why she started a podcast to collect stories from others

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, performing at Live Aid in the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody
Does it matter Bohemian Rhapsody changed when Mercury was diagnosed HIV+?

OPINION: Bohemian Rhapsody is up for five Academy Awards, but some viewers are unhappy with how it played with facts for the sake of narrative

Erik Alexander reflects on Stonewall and the growth in LGBTI rights in New Orleans
How the Stonewall revolution took a few more years to reach the South

Stonewall 50: Erik Alexander says his life as a gay father and husband in New Orleans owes much to the pioneers of decades past

John Teufel on the search for love and a partner
Not everyone meets a life partner, so let’s stop pretending they do

OPINION: Finding love is not guaranteed and the sooner we stop pretending it is, the better off we’ll be, says John Teufel

Did Naomi Smalls usher in a new Survivor age on RuPaul's Drag Race? | Photo: Supplied/edited by Gay Star News
Will RuPaul’s Drag Race succeed or fail if it becomes another Survivor?

Will Naomi’s decision to send home Manila impact the show?

Notre Dame de Paris at the London Coliseum | Photo: Notre Dame de Paris
REVIEW: Notre Dame de Paris, London Coliseum: ‘Imagine 20 Eurovision ballads’

Does a musical, sung entirely in French, work on the London stage?

Alex Protopapa is a fan of going out on the gay scene in London and elsewhere
Can you really make friends on the gay scene?

OPINION: Alex Protopapa wonders where many of the people he parties with disappear to in the cold light of day

Sacha Coward has a passion for LGBTI history
Why I’m angry at the fake gay history of soldiers Emil and Xaver

OPINION: Don’t create fake LGBTI history and present it as fact – our history is already rich and varied enough, says Sacha Coward

Kevin Hart | Photo: Wiki
We have to forgive Kevin Hart and allow him to evolve past his homophobia

OPINION: We don’t have to forget Kevin Hart’s homophobic comments, but we should be more willing to forgive

BDSM scene posed by model | Photo: Dream Boy Bondage
The four ways I knew that my kinky relationship had become abusive

How do you know when a turn-on becomes toxic?

Matthew Hodson, Executive Director NAM aidsmap - undetectable
Drop in new diagnoses shows the importance of HIV testing in ending HIV

OPINION: Matthew Hodson says the UK can celebrate its latest HIV statistics but country must keep up its momentum – and you can play your part

Mzz Kimberley talks about why blackface is unacceptable
Blackface in drag is just as bad as any other blackface – and unacceptable

OPINION: Performer Mzz Kimberley explains why she will always protest against those who think blackface can be used for comic effect

A dad used condoms to bring up the subject of his son's potential sex life
This is what happened when a gay dad and straight son had the sex talk

OPINION: James Finn reflects on a tricky conversation with his then 16-year-old foster son

How did Matthew Shepard become the symbol for homophobic hate crimes?
How the world got the Matthew Shepard story wrong (and why it doesn’t matter)

How did Matthew Shepard become the symbol for homophobic hate crimes in America?