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Friends of The Joiners Arms Celebrates Winning Landmark Campaign

Posted by Planet Nation on 12 October 2017

Tower Hamlets Council today granted a key victory to the Friends of the Joiners Arms campaign, insisting that developers must provide a late-license LGBTQ+ venue in plans that would otherwise see the iconic East End pub demolished without replacement. Councillors voted unanimously to commit developers to grant a 25 year lease for an LGBTQ+ venue, replicating the late operating hours of the original venue (The former opening times of the Joiners Arms were 4am on weekends, 3am Thursdays and Sundays, and 2am Monday to Wednesday), and insisting the GLA explore ways for “maintaining a local link to elected representatives, and to the LGBTQ+ community” in selecting an operator for the venue.

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Pride in London is called to account by the Community Advisory Board

Posted by Planet Nation on 16 August 2017

The Community Advisory Board today released its post-event report on Pride in London. I have a mixture of emotions about it. I’m happy to see the experiences and feelings of many of the community expressed in writing, and it certainly completely confirms the experiences of all those who contacted me in frustration/upset/discontent in the run up to Pride; however I’m also sad. I love London, and I love Pride – but I love a Pride that is as diverse and inclusive as the LGBT community with which I feel a part of and this year I have never felt so distant from Pride.

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Being Bi at Pride

Posted by LottieDingle on 07 July 2017

It’s not always safe under that purple flag

Last month marked the 12th anniversary of the death of Brenda Howard, also known as “The Mother of Pride”. She was called this thanks to her role in coordinating the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Rally, marking the year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Yep, you got it – the first ever Pride march. Brenda was, incidentally, bisexual.

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Interview with Chardine Taylor-Stone

Posted by Planet Nation on 22 May 2017

The British LGBT Awards took place on Friday 12 May in central London. Whilst most of the categories go to celebrities and corporates, we were closely watching the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life as there were a number of grass roots women in the Top 10 shortlist.

We caught up with Chardine Taylor-Stone who took this coveted prize at the glitzy awards ceremony.

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Being bi and with a guy

Posted by LottieDingle on 21 May 2017

There’s no denying it – relationships truly define us. And unfortunately, if you’re bisexual, your identity can easily be misread.

Date a female-spectrum person and they assume you’re a lesbian, date a male-spectrum person and they assume you’re heterosexual.

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Naked Attraction is looking for you!

Posted by Planet Nation on 14 March 2017

Naked Attraction is returning for another series. They are particularly looking for lesbian women.

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Celebrating the women in the British LGBT Awards!

Posted by Planet Nation on 20 February 2017

The British LGBT Awards Top 10s were announced this morning and we're delighted to see some amazing women in the shortlist.

We're also delighted to see some of our favourite destinations. So we've highlighted some of our favourites below.

The full Top 10 shortlist can be viewed here.

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Website launched to record LGBT history plus a BBC documentary

Posted by Planet Nation on 02 February 2017

Have you still got photographs, footage, historic documents, diary entries club flyers or anything that has helped define your life as an LGBT+ person over the past 50 years?

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New online video series to inspire and raise awareness of LGBT engineers

Posted by Planet Nation on 02 February 2017

People still think of engineering as a profession reserved only for white heterosexual men. But the industry is changing, with more women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds and the LGBT community all making a valuable contribution to the profession. InterEngineering has partnered with Mott MacDonald and the Royal Academy of Engineering to produce a series of videos profiling LGBT engineers talking openly about their experiences of the profession and sharing their personal stories. The aim is to show those thinking of becoming engineers that being LGBT is not a barrier to a happy and successful career.

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Wellness study of LGBT+ people

Posted by Planet Nation on 30 January 2017

Women who identify as LBQ are at an increased risk of developing a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety than their heterosexual cisgender peers.

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Slamsister Designs

Posted by Planet Nation on 06 December 2016

Emma and Sandy launched slamsister in May 2014.

The goal - to provide the lesbian community with a wide range of greeting cards for fun and all occasions.

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Martial arts for LGBT people

Posted by Planet Nation on 06 December 2016

Jai Chan currently teaches the LGBT Martial Art in London to various LGBT groups, including university societies. We caught up with Jai to find out more.

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LGBTI+ UK Top 500 Social Media Powerlist - where are all the women?

Posted by Planet Nation on 14 November 2016

Have you heard of the LGBTI+ UK Top 500 Social Media Powerlist? It is a fabulous list created by Mark Gossington of PWC that lists an awful lot of LGBT people and ranks them according to their social media score. Each week on a Sunday the list is revised.

This list is useful because as well as average people like you and me, it includes corporates and celebrities. It encourages people to use their social media for good.

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The Planet Nation Guide To Coming Out As Bi

Posted by LottieDingle on 08 November 2016

In this article, Lottie provides a few points of guidance around coming out as bisexual. From the obvious to the not so obvious. This guide is great for those not sure about their identity and also for those who want to know more about being bisexual.

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Farewell to another lesbian icon - a lesson to us all?

Posted by Planet Nation on 21 September 2016

Social media in the lesbian community is active this morning with the news of the closure of After Ellen.  The question is will we as a community learn from this and support our fellow LBQ women who support our visibility; or will we simply share status updates with unhappy emojis on social media and go back to the same old. I guess only time will tell.

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The Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Work Survey

Posted by Planet Nation on 23 May 2016

New multi-identity initiative addressing the needs of lesbians and bisexual women in the workplace

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Susan Hailes - Lewisham LGBT Liaision Officer

Posted by Planet Nation on 21 April 2016

Some boroughs have a lot of LGBT-specific venues, so they will be doing outreach and safety work with them depending on the needs of the local area. Lewisham doesn't have any LGBT-specific venues in Lewisham's area currently, so the work I do is being a contact point for the LGBT+ community. I do liaise internally with LGBT+ identified officers if there is an issue at work but most of my work at the moment is in the community.

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Yubl, Double, Toil and Trouble: The Social Media App Spring-Cleaning Our Home Page…

Posted by Caitlin Maggs on 07 April 2016

Forget feather dusters and anti-bac wipes, your digital-detox has arrived. And chemical free, too.

For us LBQ women, this means a new potential space to chat, connect and basically… make our own.

And right in time for Spring, too!

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Building a diverse community

Posted by Planet Nation on 27 January 2016

I personally love the fact that I get to interact with so many different people, and that I have friends across different social economic areas. I also am aware that it means that we often have very different views of some areas – but this gives me an opportunity to learn, open my mind to other points of view. I understand that not everyone is able to do this.

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ITV is looking for you!

Posted by Planet Nation on 24 January 2016

Are you a single woman living in London? Do you like good food? ITVBE's Dinner Date is looking for you!

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