Standing together in solidarity with our Russian LBGT brothers and sisters.

This evening, some twenty to thirty individuals made the journey into Belfast city centre to protest and highlight the human rights abuses that are going on in Russia. Today was chosen because the Russian football team was playing Northern Ireland in a match that had been put off from March when we had rather a lot of snow. Along with my husband, Andrew, friends and colleagues from many LGBT community groups and other individuals, we stood outside City Hall to highlight the cause of our Russian brothers and sisters whose human rights are targeted by the new law that Vladimir … Continue reading Standing together in solidarity with our Russian LBGT brothers and sisters.

If “Heterophobia” Were Real – via Buzzfeed

All You Need Is Love? highlights a teen living in a world that exists in opposition to the one we live in now. In this short, the terms “gay” and “straight” and the conceptions and cultural stigmas attached to them are completely reversed. What makes this video so powerful is its inclusion of family and community, showing that intolerance can fester in any number of places. Honest performances and a beautiful message, this short film is one not to miss. Found on Buzzfeed.   Continue reading If “Heterophobia” Were Real – via Buzzfeed

Those that didn’t want to redefine marriage try to redefine marrriage…badly

Originally posted on LGBT Lib Dems Northern Ireland:
Remember how just the other week opponents of equal marriage were saying you can’t redefine marriage. Well take a look at some of the amendments that they have been lodging in the House of Lords. Clause 1 LORD HYLTON LORD CORMACK Page 1, line 5, leave out “Marriage” and insert “Union” Looks like a redefinition to me, of course this only applies to those of same-sex couples as can be seen by a withdrawn amendment on the same line: LORD MACKAY OF CLASHFERN Page 1, line 5, at end insert “and shall… Continue reading Those that didn’t want to redefine marriage try to redefine marrriage…badly

Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

Today is Irish AIDS Day and the news is not good. The largest ever levels of new HIV cases in gay and bisexual men have been revealed. The Irish Health & Safety Executive’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV for gay and bisexual men in 2012 in Ireland. These figures are the highest diagnosis rates recorded to date in the State. The figures show that HIV diagnosis rates amongst gay and bisexual men have increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012 and that they now represent just under half (48%) of all new … Continue reading Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

Getting the message to schools…

The message of safer sex is always an important one and to no group of society more so than to our young people. I was fortunate to go talk to the senior school assembly in Shimna Integrated College, in Newcastle just after World Aids Day last year about living with HIV. But the fifteen short minutes was not enough time to go into the whole safer sex information discussion. Sometimes it seems that it is very difficult in Northern Ireland to get HIV mentioned in school. This is not the case all round the UK though. In Bedfordshire there is … Continue reading Getting the message to schools…

Is the PSNI involved in a gay witch-hunt alongside colleagues in Manchester and Northumbria?

Imagine that you have been convicted of having sex with your partner. Not of rape, just of having normal, loving sexual intercourse. That couldn’t happen in today’s UK could it? And you would be correct that it would be difficult for a charge on that basis to be made against you. But, up until 2003 it was possible, for it was only then that the former offence of ‘gross indecency’ was repealed. Now under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 it will be possible for men (in England and Wales) convicted of or cautioned for that offence, to have it … Continue reading Is the PSNI involved in a gay witch-hunt alongside colleagues in Manchester and Northumbria?

Belfast Pride Parade Day

It’s the culmination of Belfast Pride Festival 2012, the day of the Parade itself. Watch out for the walking group from Northern Ireland’s HIV support charity: The HIV Support Centre – I’m told they will all be in red. Many of us living with HIV are involved in many different organisations across the city of Belfast – so some of us will be with other groups. But I’m sure we all wish everyone else a great and happy Pride. Continue reading Belfast Pride Parade Day

I am not a carer

I am not a carer. I hate the term. I really hate the term. I suspect that I fulfil most people’s definition and expectation of what a carer is. I look after my husband. I make sure he has his meds on time. I make sure he always has food when he needs it, even if he doesn’t want it. I make sure he has clean clothes and a comfortable bed. When he needs it, I help him bathe. When he’s sick, I look after him. But I am not a carer. I do not do any of those things … Continue reading I am not a carer