IconCarrie Lyell

Carrie Lyell

Carrie is a 27-year old journalism graduate based in Edinburgh. She grew up on Newsround’s Press Pack and the New Adventures of Superman and fancies herself as a modern day Martha Gellhorn. She has written news and features for several publications including The Guardian, Pink Paper and DIVA magazine. Her favourite colour is turquoise and she likes coffee snobs and feeding the ducks. She’s also married (sorry ladies). You can find her infrequently tweeting/ranting @seej.



On a pink background, the words 'uhh dad, I'm gay' in the shape of a bullet fired towards a human heart made of china

Homophobia in advertising, you’re toast: Offensive Flora advert pulled

Hey, advertisers. Listen up. Inferring that having a gay child is heartbreaking is pretty offensive. Now you’ve probably figured that out, after that massive backlash you’ve received on Twitter. But getting called on your homophobia by The Daily Fail, of [...]



There’s more to equality than gay marriage

I love marriage. I love marriage even more when gayers are involved. I do. My wedding day was legitimately the best day of my life, as clichéd as that sounds. I want everyone, whatever their sexuality, to have that, if [...]



14 First World Lesbian Problems

As a young gaybie, I couldn’t see much further than coming out. It seemed like the most insurmountable hill, the biggest obstacle, the most obsequious hurdle to jump, and that I would never, ever, ever have the guts to have [...]



Lesbian strip clubs: a feminist dream or a degrading nightmare?

Strip clubs? I’ll be honest with you. I haven’t been so torn on an issue since I was asked who I fancied more – Tegan or Sara. The truth is I can’t tell the difference, but that’s another story for [...]


On our wedding day. Photograph:  © Tamara Lakeman Photography. All rights reserved.

I now pronounce you wife and wife: Associated Press guidelines for same-sex marriage amended

It was about this time last year. My wife and I were sitting down with Juliet Wilson, our Humanist celebrant, going over the ceremony we had written together. There had been some tears, a lot of laughter, and we were [...]


Glee's Brittany and Santana

Why do lesbians on TV make me cringe?

Let’s be honest, it’s not very often that you find real life, bona fide lesbians on television. I’m not talking Sue Perkins or Clare Balding. I mean, people that your average Joe can relate to. More often than not, Sapphic [...]


Gender is a hot topic in Sweden

Gender cleansing: it’s more than just child’s play

When I grow up I want to be Swedish. Now, if all you know about Sweden are ABBA and IKEA, I understand you might be a little confused, but put down your Dancing Queen vinyl and flat pack furniture and [...]


Photograph: Scott Campbell

Bigotgate? It’s a Cardinal sin

Hey, Stonewall. Look, I know you’ve been having a bit of a hard time this week. It seems like everyone and their dog’s lining up to have a pop at you, doesn’t it? I mean, the Catholic Church were never [...]



Who’s got the ‘Lez’ Factor?

I don’t have very many vices, really. I’m not a big drinker, I don’t smoke and I can take or leave a Dairy Milk, but when it comes to a certain reality TV show beginning with X and ending in [...]


Photograph: Nisha A

Dear Seth: a letter to the baby of lesbian mums

Same sex parenting has been in the news again, the very week two of my best friends had their beautiful baby boy Seth. This is a letter I wrote to him. Dear Seth, As I write this you are days [...]


Stonewall's report offers guidance on caring for older LGB people. Photograph: Titoy

When I’m 64: Stonewall publishes guidance on caring for older gay people

Even from a relatively young age, I’ve been painfully aware of getting older. On my 18th birthday, I drank too much vodka and ended up crying at a bus stop about being over the hill. Laugh if you want, but [...]


Photograph: Michelle Wright ©2012 Disney/Pixar.

Is Pixar’s ‘Brave’ heroine a lesbian?

There’s been a bit of debate around the world wide web over whether or not feisty, independent Merida from Pixar’s Brave is gay. So, we’ve decided to settle it in the least scientific way possible. First up, in the er, not gay [...]



It’s a nice day for a gay wedding!

It’s not too often I feel proud to be Scottish. We’ve not qualified for the World Cup since 1998, our accents have to be subtitled abroad and we’re always up the top of those horrible lists for teenage pregnancy, obesity [...]


The most senior Catholic in the UK has pledged £100,000 to 'protect marriage'. Photograph: mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

By declaring war on gay marriage, the Catholic Church is declaring war on itself

You must have heard of Cardinal Keith O’Brien. He’s the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, and he doesn’t like us very much. So much, in fact, that he has promised to spend another £100,000 to stop us [...]


While you're hanging out your bunting, I'm hiding under the bedcovers. Photograph: Michael Gwyther-Jones

Don’t mention the J word: Why I’m not celebrating today

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee today. The year of her coronation, Alan Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” and later killed himself. The Queen would have surely been aware of the Stonewall Riots [...]


Same-sex couples in England and Wales will now have equal access rights to IVF treatment on the NHS. Photograph: sabianmaggy

Same-sex couples should have access to IVF on the NHS says NICE

When I meet new people and they find out I’m gay, there are a few questions that you can guarantee will come up pretty quickly. When did you realise you were gay? That’s quite an obvious one, I don’t mind [...]


Angeline Pirara Mwafulirwa and her children were forcibly removed from their home in Glasgow

If you’ve got it, don’t flaunt it: Another asylum seeker told to go home and be discreet

Another day, another headline about a failed asylum bid. This time, it’s Angeline Pirara Mwafulirwa and her three children who are currently in a family detention centre in Scotland and will be forcibly removed from the UK this weekend. Angeline [...]



Scotland! Stop consulting on my wedding!

The Scottish Government has had 50,000 responses to its consultation exercise on the question of gay marriage. But why do we even need a consultation if it’s essentially a choice between equality or no equality?