An Open Letter to Oxford University calling for the Sultan of Brunei’s honorary degree to be rescinded

Protests are growing after the Sultan of Brunei introducing the punishment of death by stoning for adultery and gay sex. In an open letter, students from Oxford University are calling for the honorary degree awarded to the Sultan to now be rescinded in light of the inhumane laws. Read the letter below and sign the petition Dear… Read More

No Outsiders: Why British Muslims must speak out for LGBTQ equality

The suspension of the No Outsiders programme that aimed to educate pupils about LGBTQ issues at Parkfield school following protests from parents has brought about the spectre of a return to Section 28. As Khalid Ibrahim writes, it is a state of affairs Muslim communities must resist The recent news regarding Parkfield school suspending the… Read More

The Weeknd’s lyrics are the tip of a queerphobic iceberg

The Weeknd’s new hit “Lost In The Fire” unfortunately contains queerphobic lyrics, in 2019. Shivani Dave writes how a seemingly throwaway line reinforces a violent reality for many queer and trans women. Content note: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Lost in the Fire was supposed to be The Weeknd”s hot track with French… Read More

Kevin Hart and the betrayal of black LGBTQ+ people by straight black comedians

Kevin Hart this month withdrew from hosting the 91st Academy Awards following the unearthing of past homophobic tweets and jokes. Jason Okundaye discusses the blacklash, the sense of betrayal and how for black LGBTQ+ people, it’s more than “just a joke” Content note: This article contains uncensored homophobic slurs, links to homophobic comedy videos and… Read More

Power and Control: Domestic and Intimate-Partner Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

by Carolyn Wysinger No one actually knows this story but me and God. Seven years ago I was in a relationship with another woman. She was beautiful, smart and had a great career. We shared a mutual respect for family, food and good times. The woman was also an abuser. I didn’t know that at… Read More

“Some People Are Gaysian – Get Over It!”

by Khakan Qureishi Last year, I participated in a project whose aim was to explore the issues surrounding people who identify as LGBT amongst South Asian communities in the UK. The interviewer asked the following three questions: 1) Why are LGBT South Asians still “hidden”? 2) Why aren’t there any visible role models of South… Read More

We Are Not At Zero.

by Jay Bernard As a fan of the gay bash that is BFI Flare, I was struck by this statement: It would be irresponsible of us to leave it up to organisations like the BFI […] to have more representations of positive black queer and non-queer experiences. At best, all they can offer is tokenistic… Read More