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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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No place for hating - fighting biphobia in the LGBT community

Posted by LottieDingle on 17 February 2017

There’s nothing quite like that galling silence when you tell a woman in a “lesbian” bar that you’re bisexual and she isn’t happy about it. Or the feeling you get when fellow Pride marchers shout “breeders!” as your bisexual banner and purple-clad contingent pass by.

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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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