The 50th anniversary of the “decriminalisation of homosexuality” has been met with pride and jubilation by many in the queer community, as well as respect for those who were never granted any freedom at all. It should be a moment of unity, but instead it’s a time fraught with tension for those overlooked. The focus on...

Being LGBTQ+ feels somewhat like trying to navigate around binary black holes. LGBTQ+ identities are all about sex. Or non-heterosexual sexualities just don’t exist. These are the only two stories on offer. There is no space in between. Our elevation of sex in society means that sexuality has become the centre of our...

Representation is a vital aspect of media. Unfortunately we are currently in an age where white washing is rampant and representations of sexualities are still restricted. We’ve come a long way in terms of openly gay characters, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of representations of other sexualities...

In the media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a name that is often accompanied by “feminism” and “equality”, so it has been shocking to see the controversy she sparked following an interview with Channel 4 News which aired on Friday 10 March 2017. When asked if, in relation to transgender women, ‘are you any less of a...

Katie Perry’s ‘I kissed a girl’ is perhaps one of the most memorable songs from the last couple of decades. Its easy pop beat contrasted with the great taboo that still was even back in the noughties – girls kissing girls. The anthem status was already sealed. It was easy to dance to but more importantly, something to...

As we move further into the 21st century, an ever-increasing percent of society is releasing itself from the strict binary interpretation of gender. We are now moving towards the realisation that it is more a spectrum, with more non-binary and trans-related topics being discussed. Alongside this, how we believe a man...

Myself, like too many others, have struggled with sexuality, encountered domestic and sexual abuse, been bullied, tormented and done things that we will always regret. I strongly believe that so much of this could have been prevented with the correct education in schools. If the staff had made me comfortable enough to...

At twelve, I begged my father to queue outside of Waterstones for the release of ‘The Order of the Phoenix’. I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series, and the wait for the new book had been torturous. He rolled his eyes but granted my slightly bizarre request and upon completion of his successful mission, I binged...

With a Republican President-elect set to take the White House and a Vice President-elect encouraging the diversion of funds for HIV research and treatment to spending on so-called conversion therapies. global LGBT* rights are once again in the spotlight. Rightly so, in a world where being gay is illegal in 71...

It was always her eyes, I think. Even when we were friends, I thought she had beautiful eyes. We look back at it now and think it should have been obvious to us both, but it is never obvious. This August, my parents went on holiday for a month to New Zealand to visit my brother, he’s been gone for two years and the...