Tell Your Story – Coming Out with Stuart #2 – Grieving

Tell Your Story – Coming Out with Stuart #2 – Grieving

Stuart, a fifty-year-old gay dad who lives in the West Country, wrote a blog over a five-year period which was published on his work’s LGBT network web page. In this serialisation, Stuart tells his story; coming out to his wife, his son, his parents and work...
Tell Your Story – Coming Out with Stuart #1 The Weight Lifted

Tell Your Story – Coming Out with Stuart #1 The Weight Lifted

Coming out is not a single event. It is re-enacted time and time again, and on each occasion, with each new individual you face, the same questions, fears and hopes that everything will be okay afterwards, still arise. Stuart, a fifty-year-old gay dad who lives in the...
How & When to Come Out to your Kids

How & When to Come Out to your Kids

Before I was interviewed by Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about gay parenting, I was asked to supply 10 pieces of advice to any gay dad about coming out to his kids. I thought I would share this with you: Don’t let other people’s opinions decide when you...
Homosexuals in the RAF

Homosexuals in the RAF

In 1942, Hitler and the Nazis were at the height of their power. It was in this year that Wing Commander Ian Gleed’s autobiographical memoir, Arise to Conquer, was published. Gleed, a hero of the Battle of Britain, described in detail the daily life of fighter pilots...
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...