India Decriminalises Homosexuality

Campaigners and LGBT+ crowds in Delhi cheered, cried and waved rainbow flags outside the Supreme court on the 6th of September as India decriminalised same-sex sexual activity. The wording that was removed (imposed in the colonial era) was sex “against the order of nature” and the decision, according to the Indian chief justice, Dipak Mishr, […]

The Pride Reviewed

The Pride, a play written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, deals with men coming to terms with their sexual identity (or not) in two different time periods; 1958 and 2008. This intensely powerful and tragicomic production by Jamie Lloyd deals with the pressures of coming to terms with being gay on a personal level but it […]

A New Year Message

Retired Derbyshire teacher and novelist Narvel Annable has a new Year Message. I’m shocked by immoderate language from senior clerics, Bishop Mark Davies and Archbishop Vincent Nichols.  Eyes blazing, they hijacked Christmas to spit fire at the gay community.  The Bishop used deeply offensive twisted logic invoking the spectres of Hitler and Stalin.  Nichols accused the Prime Minister […]

Do Mums and Dads make Boys Gay and Girls Lesbian (respectively)?

According to a new piece of scientific research our sexual orientation can be decided in the womb by rogue “epi-marks” that we receive from our opposite sex parent. Challenging the current conflicting orthodoxies that we are either a product of our environments or we have inherited the “gay gene” in our DNA, researchers William Rice, a professor at […]

Uganda Passes Anti-Homosexual Law

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill will become law by the end of 2012. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was first introduced as a private member’s bill by MP David Bahati in October 2009. Bahati is an evangelical Christian and a member of the Fellowship Foundation, also known as the Family, a US-based Christian and political organisation which arranges the annual prestigious […]

Head of GCHQ Attacks Treatment of Turing

The head of GCHQ has spoken with regret of the treatment of Alan Turing, the second world war codebreaker and mathematical genius, who killed himself in 1954, two years after being convicted of homosexuality, which was then a criminal offence. In a rare speech to mark the centenary of Turing’s birth, Iain Lobban said the unique […]

Thousands gather in the Lebanon to oppose anal and vaginal testing

Lebanese are protesting in Beirut against the use of anal examinations on men suspected of homosexuality and “virginity tests” for women. Same sex relations in the Arab country are considered a crime and punishable by up to one year in jail. The LGBT community featured largely among Lebanese demonstrators who gathered outside the law courts […]