A decade of sides: Meet some of the gay and bi men doing just fine without anal sex —

Anal just isn’t an option for some gay and bisexual men. But that doesn’t mean they are missing out on an incredible sex life.

Grindr made a huge leap last year, adding a ‘side ‘ category to the list of its sexual positions available for users to choose from. A side, as described commercially first in an article posted by Huffington Post in 2013, is someone who might dabble in things like foreplay but is not into anal penetration and even anal foreplay.

Historically in sex, gay men have been g

Why Assassin's Creed Mirage’s Baghdad setting means so much to me as an Iraqi gamer

Growing up, I was always told about my Iraqi heritage by my dad. Migrating to the UK when he was only 17, he then met my mum, and the rest is history. Connecting with this heritage has always been quite difficult for me, with the only means of celebrating it coming from learned cuisine passed down from my dad's mother. Like many people's first impressions when they hear the word Iraq, I was always warned that it was a dangerous and war-torn place best avoided. Whilst friends boasted about their

Grindr sends warning to every user in Egypt over police arrests of queer men

LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr has urged all users in Egypt to be vigilant following reports that police are using the app to conduct sting operations and arrest queer men.

Increasing numbers of LGBTQ+ are people being arrested, beaten and abused by police officers using dating apps and digital platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.

In response, Grindr has released a country-wide announcement, condemning the police action and warning LGBTQ+ users to tread carefully when using the app to

Drag queen pulled from festival over safety fears after Tory MP's Facebook post

Drag Queen Story Hour founder Aida H Dee has been dropped from a literary festival’s line-up due to threats of protests and complaints online.

The Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, a registered charity, is set to host Off the Shelf, a literary festival in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire on Saturday (11 March).

The festival was originally meant to include a reading by Dee, a children’s author and founder of Drag Queen Story Hour in the UK, but organisers have taken the decision to drop her appearance am

Trans girl Brianna Ghey's tragic killing is a warning to politicians, minister says

Hannah Blythyn, the minister responsible for Wales’s ambitious LGBTQ+ action plan, says the murder of Brianna Ghey is a “wake up call” for politicians committed to LGBTQ+ rights.

On the 11 February, trans teenager Brianna Ghey was stabbed to death in a park in Warrington, England. Two teens have been charged with her murder and Cheshire Police say they have not ruled out the possibility that the killing was a hate crime.

The Welsh government launched its LGBTQ+ Action Plan in early February 20

RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 heads to MTV with twins included in the cast

Season 15 of RuPaul's Drag Race has been announced with a great cast making up the group of new queens. Starting in 2009, RuPaul's Drag Race has continued to grow year on year with franchises of the programme popping up all over the world captivating audiences. Most recently, Cardiff drag queen Victoria Scone has made an appearance on Canada vs The World, where she and other drag queens from competitions around the globe are competing for a cash prize of $100,000.

With season 14 of the US progr

The determined Italian man responsible for improving Welsh LGBT+ lives

From discovering ancient artefacts in India, to now helping draft laws and campaigns to improve the lives of LGBT+ people living in Wales, Dr Alessandro Ceccarelli has dedicated all of his spare time to ensuring that communities in Wales have access to the care they deserve and need.

Originally from Rome, Alessandro spent years in Spain before settling in the UK and eventually Wales, where he lives with his fiance. Spending hours in coffee shops reading about the origins of civilisations, Aless

Cabaret venue to open in Wales Millennium Centre

A new venue named Cabaret will open in February 2023 as part of the Wales Millennium Centre's new transformation. The new venue within the Cardiff Bay theatre will host events every weekend showcasing "the very best" of comedy, drag, burlesque and more.

The opening season features collaborations with Caradiff Cabaret Club, Glitter Cymru, and The Queer Emporium with hopes to make the space safe for everyone to enjoy. Cwm Rag, a gaggle of LGBT+ Welsh drag performers, will celebrate and interrogat

Cardiff church to hold HIV awareness congregations throughout December

HIV awareness and care is Wales has been at the forefront of the work of campaigners and health staff for years now. With Fast Track Cardiff & Vale taking the lead, showcasing a Wales-specific HIV Testing Week campaign and much more, various community members and groups have banded together in an effort to raise more awareness about the stigma and care for the virus.

One of those organisations includes St John The Baptist City Parish Church where Reverend Sarah Jones and the team held a service

TV star criticised after saying: 'A man's a man, a woman's a woman'

How Clean Is Your House presenter Kim Woodburn has come under fire from members of the LGBT+ community after comments made during a television interview. The former Celebrity Big Brother contest, who is regularly booked by Pride organisations and various LGBT+ spaces, appeared on GB News and was asked about unisex changing rooms in clothes shops.

Having been asked whether she was worried about being labelled as a "transphobe or bigot" for her views about same-sex-only spaces she responded by sa

Charlotte Church says she's a 'huge supporter' of trans rights

Charlotte Church is a Welsh icon, singer, and more recently a retreat owner. The Crazy Chick singer has always been held in the hearts of LGBT+ people in Wales and beyond and has said her debut work was "so camp".

In a recent interview with PinkNews Church admitted that her perceptions of trans and queer people had changed in recent years following the debate of trans rights being discussed extensively in the media. Describing herself as a huge supporter of the communities she admits that she h

'I didn't tell my family and friends I had HIV for eight years'

For many people, HIV is still a virus that terrifies when the word is uttered in conversation. Slowly overcoming negative connotations such as being promiscuous, unsafe and even dirty, medical care around the illness has come a long way but the stigma is still very much alive and kicking.

Polling from the Terrence Higgins Trust found that public knowledge on HIV is lagging woefully behind medical advancements – over three quarters (86%) of people living with HIV think the public doesn't know th

Report released into the reality of living with HIV and AIDS

A group fighting for the rights of people living with HIV has released a new report on World Aids Day. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has published its report “HIV and Quality of Life – What do we mean? And how to we achieve it?” calling for a "new perspective" that recognises HIV to be a long-term condition, but one which poses specific health and well-being challenges.

Since the discovery of HIV at the beginning of the 1980s, it has been one of the greatest global health pr

Cardiff’s New Theatre drops 'culturally insensitive' ballet La Bayadère

The New Theatre in Cardiff has announced changes to a production there after the President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, called for it to remove its planned performances of ballet, La Bayadère. The Hindu statesman said the Theatre in Wales' capital should not be promoting the production, which he has said appropriates Hindu traditions.

In a statement released from Nevada, USA, he suggested the "deeply problematic" ballet was a belittling of a rich civilisation, exhibiting tha

Senedd members wear Stonewall Rainbow Laces in solidarity with LGBT+ Qataris

Senedd members including First Minister Mark Drakeford have gathered in their Rainbow Laces to show solidarity with LGBT+ people in Qatar and raise awareness of the injustice faced by its residents year-round. Under Qatari laws, LGBT+ people are oppressed: same-sex relationships are criminalised, and trans people are forced to undergo conversion therapy clinics sponsored by the government, Stonewall reports. Many LGBT+ people suffer imprisonment and violence simply for being themselves, and in s

Senedd marks huge progress being made in Wales as part of World AIDS Day 2022

A World AIDS Day reception has been held at the Senedd in Cardiff to commemorate those who died from AIDS-related illnesses over the decades. World AIDS Day, which is celebrated on December 1, is an opportunity for people world-wide to unite in the fight against HIV, and to show support for those living with the virus today.

The Senedd event, which took place on Wednesday, saw Health Minister Eluned Morgan give a key note speech outlining Wales' HIV Action Plan as part of a World AIDS Day comme

Backlash from Liberal Democrat members over party's new transphobia definition

A number of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats are quitting the party after a formal definition of transphobia was leaked online. A statement, later formally released during Trans Awareness Week, said it was revised due to "greater clarity to the interpretation of the law in this area."

Available on the Liberal Democrats website, the new definition rejects "prejudice and discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, caste, heritage, class, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual o

Innovative LGBTQ+ virtual reality exhibition coming to Wales Millennium Centre

A new exciting museum exhibition is coming to Cardiff. Hosted at the Wales Millennium Centre, the LGBTQ+ virtual reality experience is the first of its kind, celebrating the artwork and stories of queer people from all over the world and of all walks of life.

Created by Bristol-based XR expert, Antonia Forster, who used the experience from the backlash of coming out as LGBT+ as experience for the creation. Antonia is set to hold a talk about her experience during the tour throughout the whole o

New Welsh campaign kicks off national HIV Testing Week

A new HIV awareness and testing campaign has been announced by Fast Track Cardiff & Vale. The group has done fantastic work to raise awareness and improve treatment of HIV in Wales, looking to achieve the UNAIDS targets and eliminate new cases of HIV by 2030.

With a new campaign titled 'Be a Star, Get Tested', Wales HIV Testing Week encourages more people to take up regular testing to protect themselves from the virus. The aim of the campaign is to break down the stigma that prevents people fro

The Welsh man who wants other men to feel more comfortable using make-up

Today, Scott McGlynn an influencer and actor with over 265K followers has persuaded Superdrug in his home town of Blackwood in Wales to let him take the makeup and place it in the men's section. It's in a bid to remove the stigma men feel when it comes to buying makeup from high street stores. As part of his Superdrug Blackwood takeover he’ll spend some time in the shop helping any local teens or men how to pick the best makeup products or concealers.

Scott says he has lost count of the amount

The new face leading Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru

HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru has appointed public relations expert Rhys Goode as its new head.

One of the key tasks facing Mr Goode, who has held top communications jobs at JustGiving and Klarna, is to help with work to ending new HIV cases in Wales by 2030. The action plan detailing how Wales will end new HIV cases by 2030 has been supported by the First Minister Mark Drakeford and his cabinet colleagues.

Mr Goode plans to combine his professional experience with a home-grown know

Transgender Awareness Week: 7 people making a difference in Wales

Here in Wales the LGBT+ community has continued to flourish and support eachother through difficult situations. With acknowledged dates in the calendar that bring awareness to specific groups, various different members of the community are remembered and celebrated.

One of the most significant weeks in the LGBT+ calendar is Transgender Awareness Week. From November 13-19, the annual week is used to bring awareness transgender and non-binary people.

These individuals have been making great step

Welsh rapper pens World Cup song taking on Qatar's human rights record

Dafydd Iwan's Yma O Hyd, has become the soundtrack of Wales' World Cup journey. Incorporating the voices of The Red Wall, the '80s song has become huge over the recent months, but another artist has come up with his own Welsh battle-cry.

42-year-old rapper, Triple S, grew up in Llanishen and has been creating music for more than 20 years. A long time fan of Cardiff City and more recently of the national side, the rapper said he knew he had to create a track to commemorate this historic moment.

Majority of LGBT+ medics aren't comfortable being open in work, report finds

A recent report released by the British Medical Association has found that many LGBT+ medics don't feel comfortable disclosing their sexuality or gender identity at work.

The study was created to try and find an insight into the experiences of LGBT+ staff and to find out how inclusive workplaces are for people. According to the report findings, under half (46%) said they were comfortable revealing their sexuality in work. Just over 34% of transgender respondents said they were open about their
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