But it may be that at some point in the future, coming out will become a thing of the past.
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.
Policy changes and face-to-face conversations are part of the plan.
The massacre at an Orlando gay club is a savage reminder that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face harsh prejudice in America and lack full equal protections under the law.
The progressive present came after many years of struggle.
When it comes to queer rights, a new BBC documentary demonstrates that it is not so long since Scotland was the UK's regressive laggard.
Crowds cheer as Pope Francis arrives at Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda.
Given the conservative stand of the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians, Pope Francis had a wonderful opportunity to extend his message of tolerance to both the religious and social realms.
Carol and Therese in the store at Christmas time.
Carol doesn't fall into any of the stereotypes we've come to expect from portrayals of lesbians on screen. Watch it.
Opening the Scottish Queer International Film Festival: Dyke Hard.
At a time when queer culture is big business in mainstream film and television, two dedicated film festivals have appeared in Scotland this year. Here's an explanation.
The highest IVF success rates are reported in women under 30 who have an around a 26% chance of having a baby.
Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance of starting families. But while common, it's rarely openly discussed.
Young gay teens forced into conversion “therapy” may suffer mental health issues.
The history of "cures" for homosexuality reveals how discredited conversion therapies for gay and transgender children can irreparably harm young minds.
The institute of marriage can only be made stronger by recognising all marriages.
Little progress has been made on debates about marriage equality in Australia – even though a majority of the population is in favour of it. How might ethical frameworks help us better understand the issues?
The area of how sexual orientation affects pay rates is under-researched.
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Gay men earn less than heterosexual men, but lesbians earn more than straight women. The reasons may surprise you.
‘It is difficult to convey the exhilaration that can be received from recognising elements of your own intimate life magnified on a cinema screen.’ Anatomy of a Love Seen screens at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
The curators of queer film festivals undertake a challenging task, assembling as best as possible a cinematic selection that reflects what is a very diverse community. Too often, lesbians are left out.
Why is it that women can retain their heterosexuality if they kiss, but if men do the same they’re labeled gay?
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If women can kiss women and still be straight, what about men? Some scholars have argued that female sexual desires tend to be fluid and receptive, while men’s desires – regardless of whether men are gay…
Brooke Hemphill’s book Lesbian for a Year has stirred new conversations about what it means to be a lesbian today.
I recently found myself at a bookshop at Sydney’s domestic airport with less than ten minutes until my plane boarded. Scanning around frantically for something to read, my eyes were immediately drawn to…
It’s worth considering how seemingly open language can be exclusionary.
At first blush, the increased visibility of sexual minorities in popular culture would appear to reflect a growing openness and acceptance of non-heterosexual forms of sexuality. Since the late 1990s…