The Fight for LGBT Rights in Northern Ireland
While LGBT people in the UK enjoy some of the world’s most progressive laws, Northern Ireland continues to drag its heels. Chris Godfrey spoke to John O’Donnell, director of The Rainbow Project, about the fight for LGBT equality and the ongoing battle for same-sex marriage.
Secrecy And Shame Fuelled My Chemsex Problem
Chemsex has been heralded as a significant contributing factor to rising HIV transmissions among gay men. Both are fuelled by stigma; both are damaging our community. Here Keiran* talks about how it’s time to end the shame that has a stranglehold on vulnerable guys.
Your Guide To The Scene In Brighton
Fatigued by London and looking for a quick break somewhere? Never fear! Jason Reid is on hand to guide you through Brighton’s (in)famous scene.
Be Brave, Be Heard, Be Kind
To mark Anti-Bullying week, Stonewall’s Matthew Horwood looks at what we can do to tackle an issue that continues to affect the entire LGBT community.
HIV Testing Week: Where To Go
Society has come a long way since the HIV epidemic of the eighties and nineties. Mainstream attitudes are gradually improving. HIV positive celebrities and public figures are starting to open up, and HIV positive characters in movies and TV shows are not unheard of. Stigma is being smashed every day. There have also been revolutionary advancements in treatment and prevention, with drugs like PEP. But new battles are emerging, with the rise of chemsex and the inexcusable lack of gay sex education in schools. Worse still the rate of new diagnoses is higher than ever.
LGBT Muslim Solidarity in East London
Life Outside London: Belfast
For this week’s edition of Life Outside London, we’re sticking to the UK but taking a trip across the Irish Sea to the Northern Irish city of Belfast! Our tour guide for this little weekend jaunt is gracious host Aaron Eakin, the Creative Director of gay club Boombox. It’s a city often struggling to shrug off its past, where LGBT policies don’t always align to public desires, yet Belfast has a small but thriving LGBT scene just the same as any European city, except with a lot of Guinness.
Trade the Exhibition
Trade may have finally closed its doors, but the clubbing institution can still be enjoyed at the Islington Museum, where a carefully curated exhibition celebrates one of the pioneers of club culture. Janne Öijer checked it out.
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Objectified & Othered: Life Off Set for Gay Porn Stars
Porn stars may exude confidence on screen, but life away from the camera can still be a mental challenge as they navigate stalkers, overt-sexualisation and stigma. Chris Godfrey talks to gay porn actors about their experiences off set.