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