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 [...]
September 2, 2013
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 [...]
May 27, 2013
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 [...]
May 3, 2013
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 [...]
April 10, 2013
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 [...]
February 27, 2013
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 [...]
February 19, 2013
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 [...]
November 27, 2012
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 [...]
November 4, 2012
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 [...]
October 3, 2012
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 [...]
September 19, 2012
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 [...]
September 6, 2012
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 [...]
August 5, 2012
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 [...]
July 25, 2012
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 [...]
July 11, 2012
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 [...]
June 5, 2012
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 [...]
May 23, 2012
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 [...]
May 6, 2012
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?
May 2, 2012