An extract from: Growing Up With a Gay Father

An extract from: Growing Up With a Gay Father

As a gay dad, I am always interested in hearing about other gay dad’s experiences in coming out to their families, but we don’t often hear about the effects that has on the children. Here, Jeff Campbell talks candidly about his relationship growing up with a gay dad....
Commander Douggie Ward – Role Model

Commander Douggie Ward – Role Model

Stonewall Scotland featured some of the role models they work with through different employers, universities, colleges and schools. “Too many young people are starting their careers believing that their success is reliant on them hiding who they really are,” says...
UEqualsU

UEqualsU

My brother died from AIDS related issues nearly ten years ago now. I never talk about it, but I have wondered recently how much further medicine has progressed in the treatment of HIV; the virus that leads to full-blown AIDS. My brother contracted HIV in 2000. He felt...
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,...