Do You Believe in Life After Love? by Damian Friel

Do You Believe in Life After Love? by Damian Friel

In November 2012 I had a mental health hospital admission, followed by multiple traumatic life events which set into motion a chain of events where I would become unrecognisable from the person I was previously. Previous to this I was riddled with self-doubt, lacked...
Reliving the Gay Past through Fiction

Reliving the Gay Past through Fiction

Over the years, I’ve been asked two interesting questions about writing historical fiction, and specifically gay historical fiction. The first question on everyone’s mind is, why I chose to write this form of fiction, and secondly, what exactly constitutes historical...
What are Tattoos About?

What are Tattoos About?

What are tattoos about; aesthetics, telling a story, being part of a clan, hiding behind a mask or reinforcing individuality? One-in-three young adults in the UK, it is reported, have a tattoo, and 30% of 25-39 year olds are likely to subject themselves to the needle,...
Casting A Gay Actor

Casting A Gay Actor

My name is Haydn James, I am a 34-year-old London based actor, and I’m gay. Being an actor; whether you’re an aspiring, emerging, working, or even a famous actor, is one of the most difficult careers in existence. Combine that with being gay, and the...
Stonewall trustee, Richard Beaven

Stonewall trustee, Richard Beaven

I am honoured to be asked to pen a small article about my life and role with Stonewall. I often say to people that I am lucky to have two jobs, my day job as Distribution Director for Swinton Insurance, and my gay job as a trustee for Stonewall. I realised when I was...
Dating …. It’s no game

Dating …. It’s no game

I met my wife through work, which statistically is one of the most likely places you’re going to run into that special person you’re meant to spend the rest of your life with. According to a survey by MIC of 2,373 18-34yr olds, 39% met their partners through friends,...
Two Dads by Carolyn Robertson

Two Dads by Carolyn Robertson

My wife and I have two adopted sons. As soon as our eldest got into picture books we started hunting around for titles that reflected our type of family. I wanted fun, colourful stories that represented gay families in a positive light. There were very few that fitted...
The Abominable Gay Dad

The Abominable Gay Dad

The Abominable Snowman, or Yeti of Himalayan folklore, is a giant mythological, fur covered, half man, half ape-like creature, which supposedly lives in the snowy out-backs and vast tundra of the Russian Steppes and Himalayan mountain regions of Tibet and Nepal....
Porn as an Opiate

Porn as an Opiate

It seems we humans have an innate fascination for watching or reading about other people having sex. Sexualisation starts young, as we gaze at images of naked bodies, look up ‘naughty’ words in the dictionary and begin to realise that our ‘private’ parts are exciting...
Homosexuality – We’re here to protect the mothers

Homosexuality – We’re here to protect the mothers

From a purely evolutionary point of view, on the face of it, homosexuality should not exist. It is a self-fulfilling path to extinction and yet since time began, and in all cultures, there has been a small and consistent sub-group of homosexuals. In ancient indigenous...