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Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

As Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor, Philip Normal says his responsibilities stretch far beyond his constituents in Lambeth, the inner-city borough that perhaps best epitomises London’s demographic hotchpotch. The new mayor, an artist and designer, who runs his own fashion store in Lambeth’s trendy Brixton area, has received thousands of congratulatory messages following his election […]

UK:  LGBT+ group Stonewall names new CEO

UK: LGBT+ group Stonewall names new CEO

British LGBT+ advocacy group, Stonewall, has named a replacement for Ruth Hunt, who quit as chief executive last year, after a tenure marked by controversy over her decision to lobby for transgender rights alongside lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. Nancy Kelley, a social policy researcher, who is currently deputy chief executive of the National Centre […]

UK: Britain’s first TikTok house gay couple fly flag for LGBT+ under lockdown

UK: Britain’s first TikTok house gay couple fly flag for LGBT+ under lockdown

As LGBT+ charities advise young people to stay in the closet during coronavirus lockdowns, Sebastian Wood and Monty Keates say they recognise the importance of being a visible young gay couple, in Britain’s first TikTok house. “It’s good that we represent the LGBTQ community,” Keates, 17, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday.

Oscar Wilde – Bijou homes for Reading Gaol?

Oscar Wilde – Bijou homes for Reading Gaol?

Campaigners fear developers will carve bijou flats out of the British prison where playwright Oscar Wilde was jailed, […] after plans for an arts hub failed. HMP Reading, the forbidding Victorian prison that was ‘home’ to the Irish playwright from 1895 to 1897, closed in 2014, and has since hosted a raft of LGBT+ arts […]

British court rules out gender neutral passports

British court rules out gender neutral passports

A British court on Tuesday ruled out adding a third option on passports, for people who define themselves as neither male nor female, following a lengthy legal battle, saying the existing policy was lawful. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office, or interior ministry, in a case brought by Christie Elan-Cane, […]

‘Kings who were queens’ – Britain’s hidden LGBT+ history

‘Kings who were queens’ – Britain’s hidden LGBT+ history

From ‘kings who were queens’ to lesbian lawmakers and reformist governments, Britain’s history is awash with LGBT+ characters – and tourists want to know about them. As Britain marks LGBT History Month, its parliament has increased the number of tours dedicated to the hidden history of LGBT lives, in response to unprecedented demand.

OPINION: Helping UK LGBT+ homeless youth means addressing their needs

OPINION: Helping UK LGBT+ homeless youth means addressing their needs

By Natasha Kennedy and Matt Horwood Natasha Kennedy is the policy officer, and Matt Horwood is the assistant director of communications at akt, a British charity that supports LGBT+ young people who are at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness LGBT+ young people are disproportionally affected by homelessness, with 1 in 4 young people experiencing […]