Opinion

OPINION: Invest in the LGBT+ movement and change will come

OPINION: Invest in the LGBT+ movement and change will come

LGBT+ activists on the ground are the most important tool for creating change for the community around the world, writes Jessica Stern

OPINION: Social media a weapon of mass LGBT+ destruction

OPINION: Social media a weapon of mass LGBT+ destruction

Pride month ended this year with Europe divided.  A rainbow curtain now cuts across the European Union, with Hungary’s anti-LGBT+ law just the latest sign of an increasingly sharp frontier in the fight for LGBT+ rights. All eyes are now on Brussels and the fightback by the European Commission. But they should also be focused […]

OPINION: I fled Nigeria but other LGBT+ activists under threat

OPINION: I fled Nigeria but other LGBT+ activists under threat

By Micheal Ighodaro – board member of OutRight Action International I come from Nigeria, one of the 68 countries that continue to criminalise same-sex relations. I had to flee for my life, and seek asylum in the US. I was lucky; most people cannot flee. But I was also unlucky because we should not have to […]

OPINION: English marriage law locks out same-sex couples from religious weddings

OPINION: English marriage law locks out same-sex couples from religious weddings

By Dr Silvia Falcetta Same-sex couples in England and Wales cannot marry in more than 99% of churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship in which different-sex couples can marry. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 granted same-sex couples the opportunity to have a religious marriage, but only when a religious organisation has ‘opted in’ […]

Opinion: LGBT Pride as the Antidote to Shame

Opinion: LGBT Pride as the Antidote to Shame

When Oscar* walked into my office, I almost didn’t hear him over the sound of ringing phones, whirring printers and beeping photo-copiers. A few feet away from me, the other bilingual case manager spoke Cantonese with one of her clients. The office smelled like papusas, brought in by an older Salvadorian client earlier that day, […]

OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

Forty years ago, on June 5, 1981, the first cases of what became known as AIDS were reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. national public health agency, reported: “Five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles,” in their Morbidity […]

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

Opinion: Jamaica’s anti-gay ban fuels homophobic violence

“Them fe dead long time.” When a gay man or transgender woman is killed in Jamaica, a police officer or other law official will utter those words in patois. The phase translates as: “Someone should’ve killed them a long time ago.” As a gay Jamaican and an LGBT+ activist, I’ve seen at close range how […]

UK: Headmaster comes out to act as role model for young people

UK: Headmaster comes out to act as role model for young people

‘Today, in my seventh year as headmaster, I have taken the decision to be open about my sexuality to the pupils under my care – I have the moral imperative to do so’ Fifteen years ago, I was told by a senior colleague in the independent school I was working in at that point that […]

Opinion: The struggles and joys of a lesbian nun

Opinion: The struggles and joys of a lesbian nun

‘My faith has been strengthened by being my true self, despite the church and society’s rejection of LGBT+ people’ Understanding and accepting myself as a lesbian woman in a community of nuns, or religious sisters, stretches over more than 40 years; indeed, it stretches over the more than 80 years of my life! As it […]

Denied by trans military ban, the door finally opens

Denied by trans military ban, the door finally opens

‘Why not me?’ After years denied by the trans military ban, the door finally opens Military service has been a goal of mine for a long time. Quite a few members of my family have served in either the army or the navy. I’ve always had this attitude of: Well, why not me? If there’s […]