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Reasons to get married, and why civil partnerships are not something heterosexual people should want

Posted by Planet Nation on 24 February 2018

I've recently been splitting ownership of a property with an ex, and what I've uncovered is quite shocking... so much so I wanted to share it. I started to look into the matter of marriage vs. civil partnerships and also co-habiting. 

The results, hopefully some useful information of how a marriage or civil partnership can benefit you when it comes to rights and finances around property, pensions and even travel. 

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Is 2018 going to be Year of the Woman?

Posted by Planet Nation on 24 February 2018

With the gender pay parity deadline of the end of March, the anniversary of 100 years of women voting, the huge rise of campaigns such as #MeToo #BehindEveryGreatCity #DrawALine #TimesUp #WakingTheFeminists #PressforProgress #YearoftheWoman (yes, there really are that many!); I’m really starting to feel like 2018 could end up being one of those moments in history – the modern day Suffragettes movement – or it could all just fade away as we follow the next campaign, get overlooked by the male equivalent campaigns popping up – or that all these different campaigns mean that it is too diluted and therefore, ineffective. The problem is, campaigns aren’t new.

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Queering the London Plan - we need your input!

Posted by Planet Nation on 24 February 2018

The Mayor of London has drafted a plan for London. The public are able to feedback until 2 March 2018. At present there are only 4 specific mentions of LGBT people, and these aren't in the policy but just the notes. 

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Why I’m supporting The Friends of the Joiners Arms, and you should too!

Posted by Planet Nation on 24 February 2018

Why I’m supporting The Friends of the Joiners Arms, and you should too!

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Finance: Equality Wealth talks about retirement issues for the cis and trans LBQ Community

Posted by Planet Nation on 03 December 2017

There have been significant developments over recent years for the LBQ community, including formal partnerships and equal marriage, but many, especially the older section of our community, are still not open or comfortable in talking about their sexuality or same-sex partner. This can often lead to people not having access to the correct information or correct advice. 

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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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