For as long as members of the LGBT+ community have been visible in society, their right to exist has been under attack. The gay community has suffered violence, discriminatory legislation, and oppressive dogmatic ideologies that not only undermine the rights people have to
self-identify and express themselves but also serve to dehumanize and degrade innocent members of society.
Section 28 of Margaret Thatcher’s Local Government Act in 1988 which stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”. The now-repealed act was passed over 30 years ago, and LGBTQ+ rights have advanced miles since then, but this year has raised questions of how much has really changed.
When asked to name an LGBTQ+ scientist, Alan Turing is often the first and only name which comes to peoples’ minds. The tragic suppression of his sexuality is a story that’s stuck with the public […]
Anyone walking from university into town would struggle to miss the homeless scattered along the street. It becomes an especially noticeable problem when the cold winter months remind people of just how hard it must […]
After winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, releasing two albums, and hosting the Trixie and Katya Show, drag queen superstar Trixie Mattel brings her live show back to the O2 Academy Leeds. “You can expect virtuosic guitar-playing […]
Undoubtedly, the presence of LGBTQ+ artists in the music industry has grown rapidly over recent years – more and more artists are releasing music which explicitly challenges heteronormativity in a way that previously may not […]
Last month, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite made history when it received 10 Academy Award nominations for the portrayal of Queen Anne’s sordid lesbian affairs with the Ladies of the 19th Century. Including Best Picture, Best […]
From New Penny, the oldest running openly LGBTQ+ venue in the UK, to Viaduct Showbar, where drag shows are performed every night, Leeds only has a handful of LGBTQ+ clubs. So, when Mission 2 rebranded […]
I’d like to start with the caveat that I don’t know whether opinion journalism is as important as news reporting. In order to have some kind of value, I guess this kind of journalism has […]
The LGBT+ community is frequently called the ‘gay community’ by much of wider society. This seems exclusive and would be all too easy to write off as a privileged majority playing catch up if the […]