PrEP Decision Is Game-changing — But It’s Not Over Yet

Having turned down provision of PrEP — a preventative HIV drug — last year, NHS England was today defeated in the High Court, which ruled that NHSE is responsible for funding the treatment. This decision was hailed by campaigners as a huge success for the health of people with high risk of HIV — disproportionately men who have sex with men — however…

You Don’t Need to Come Out

It’s one of the biggest concerns of LGBT+ individuals, especially youth. When will I tell them? How will I tell them? There is so much pressure from both society and the media to immediately tell everyone that you aren’t straight or cis, as soon as you realize that you aren’t. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have…

Gaming as escapism

Its been a bit of a whirlwind week for me; between work, my family coming down to visit, embassy meetings for visas, and getting my apartment to be at least presentable again I haven’t had a lot of “me time”.  I had actually started a different article/blog, but because of my busy schedule I wasn’t able to…

G.B.F. and the Closet

A few weeks back,  as my friends and I were flipping through the LGBT section of Netflix, the basement dark except for the glow of the TV and surrounded by more junk food than was humanly possible for four people to consume in one night, we stumbled upon the movie G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) It…

Why I Love Being Gay

I’m a writer, a student, a hobbyist photographer, a political aficionado, a runner, a reader, an editor, and a very ambitious and passionate person, and yet above it all I feel as though the label that sometimes defines me most is “gay”. It’s hard to go longer than an hour around a group of my friends without…

Why Representation Is Important

In the rare event that an LGBT+ character is added into a show, game, or movie, it is inevitable that controversy will arise. Naysayers are quick to question how appropriate it may be that children are exposed to a gay or lesbian individual, or why “everything must be gay now”. There is an answer to…

Homophobia and Football: Why is there such an association?

The world of Football (Association Football, to clarify, Soccer in North America and Australia) has never been the most friendly place. Memories of the widespread hooliganism of the 1980s were brought back to the forefront of our minds with the rioting at this summer’s European Championships in France. A lot of this rioting revolved around…

The Acronym Conundrum

Recently there has been some debate of which acronym is “proper” for the LGBT+ community.  With so many new or lesser-known acronyms, how is one supposed to know what they are and what they mean?  Below is a list of the most popular ones I could find.  LGBT: (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender )  – This is well…

LGBT+ Representation in the Emmys

On July 14, 2016 the Television Academy announced this year’s Emmy nominations, which are surprisingly diverse. Looking at the nominations for television series there is a surprising amount of LGBT+ representation in the shows nominated. In the outstanding comedy series, nominations for five out of seven of the shows have main or reoccurring characters that are…

Northern Ireland and LGBT Rights

It’s commonplace to find equal marriage within the Western world today with countries such as the USA, France and the United Kingdom all adopting it, or so it would seem. Within the United Kingdom the issue of marriage is devolved for both Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means that their own local government legislates marriage. The legislation…

How I realized I was Transgender

What is Transgender? Transgender is when you indentify with a gender other than the one you were born with. This is an umbrella term for non-binary people and for transsexuals. Most of the time if someone says transgender they are referring to transsexuals who identify as the opposite gender than they were born as, such…