“If we want to make people comfortable with us, we need to tell them”.
David Weston, a former teacher, openly came out as gay to a full school assembly four years ago in 2010. However, at the time, he admits he wasn’t sure what effect, if any, this had had on the pupils. He only knew that he had received no negative reactions, but hoped that it might raise awareness and help closeted or confused students be more comfortable with themselves.
It’s only now, four years later, that he has received praise from a student for his courageous act. Richard Miah, a straight man who is strongly against homophobia, emailed Mr. Weston to speak of the ‘positive impact’ his assembly confessional had on the school and how he had ‘challenged the ignorance of so many people that day’… Read more.
A Star Trek writer has hit out at a homophobic reader who has refused to read any more of his books.
David Mack, a freelance writer of licensed Star Trek novels published the email correspondence from an anonymous former fan on his blog in order to promote ‘love, equality and compassion’ – ‘not just for humanity but for all sentient beings’.
The sender told Mack how s/he had ‘deleted the book from my e-reader’ after learning of a lesbian affair between Vulcan character T-Prynn and a Klingon spy called Lurqal in the Harbinger novel… Read more.
You might think that the Warwick Rowers are just a bunch of attractive guys posing nude for a cheeky calendar and…well, you would be right. But the really revealing thing is why they are doing it.
For five years, the men’s rowing team at Warwick University, UK, have been regularly stripping off to raise funds to help combat homophobia. The popularity of their last calendar was such that their website crashed under strain of demand but now the Warwick team is back and ready to bare all with a brand new calendar for 2015… Read more.
A rainbow-striped games console has sold for over ten times its retail price at a charity auction to benefit LGBT refugees.
Dubbed ‘the Gaystation’, the multi-coloured Playstation 4 console received 180 bids when bidding reached its climax at 28,000 Swedish Krona – approximately $4000US… Read more.
Today, several stars of the hit BBC dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing have come out in support of same-sex couples taking to the stage to quick-step, shimmy and shake together as the nation watches at home. If this ever happens, we will applaud the move, but others will undoubtedly tut in disapproval and spew their predictably exclusionary opinions left, right and centre.
Openly-gay professional Strictly dancer Robin Windsor told the Daily Star: “I spoke to producers about having a same-sex couple competing. I’m not sure if the British public are ready for it on the main show, but I think it would be a good idea to do it on a Children In Need special or the Christmas show.”
“It would be a good way to test the waters. Then, if the public love it, why not go all out and do it for a full series? I’m up for anything…” Read more.
Last week, a community of LGBT video game lovers – or ‘gaymers’ – congregated in what is thought to have been the world’s first ever virtual Pride parade. With LGBT equality edging its way into the virtual as well as the real world, Outrising Reporter Craig Storrie looks at the progression of sexual and gender diversity in a rapidly evolving industry…
Ever since the ability to marry off your chosen character first appeared in video game form in 1998s Fallout 2, the gay gaming community has wanted the exact same virtual rights as we should have in real life. This is the right to date, marry and have children with another person of the same sex. These days nearly every game that allows players to be intimate with another character gives them the option of being able to do so with either the same or the opposite sex. Sure, some of the choices are limited, but that’s just like real life; you can’t pick and choose who is gay, bi, straight or otherwise. In a strange way, the gay community seems to be much more accepted in the video game world than it is in real life… Read more.