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Phoenix night: Conchita Wurst holds her trophy aloft after winning Eurovision 2014: Photo: © Andres Putting (EBU)
Eurovision: A continent divided in sexual attitudes – or perhaps not?
By Alan Renwick - 12 May 12:49

Anti-gay petitions ahead of the contest suggested eastern countries would give winner Conchita Wurst nul points. But while their juries’ votes reflected this, public votes were encouragingly pro-Wurst. 

A view of London's skyline. Photo: Getty
Is perseverance the key to coping as an LGBT employee?
By Jo Lloyd - 09 May 13:29

There is evidence to suggest that a high level of psychological flexibility, something LGBT employees often need to develop at work, can help people cope better, and indeed flourish, in the workplace.

Two people accompanying a person in a wheelchair. Photo: Getty
Two-thirds of us are uncomfortable talking to disabled people: we need time, money and effort to get over the awkwardness
By Frances Ryan - 08 May 9:36

According to new research by disability charity Scope out today, 67 per cent of people feel uncomfortable when talking to a disabled person. This awkwardness stems from ignorance and fear, and the awkward truth is we'll need time, money and whole lot of effort to change attitudes.

Rupert Everett in Soho. Photograph: William Baker/Channel 4
Rupert Everett’s prostitution documentary, Love for Sale, seeks fantasy not reality
By Meghan Murphy - 05 May 17:58

In reality, prostitution is not the world’s oldest profession – it is one of the world’s oldest oppressions. 

A woman holds a placard aloft during a Slutwalk march in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Getty
We live in a culture riddled with rape-supportive beliefs about consent
By Jane Clare Jones - 02 May 11:52

The comments by the judge in the case of Adam Hulin, who was last week convicted on two counts of sexual assault, demonstrate that the judiciary still seems to have enormous problems wrapping its head around the personhood of women and girls.

Chris Grayling is the first politically-appointed Lord Chancellor who has never been a lawyer. Photo: Getty
Operation Cotton and the 23 pages which skewered Chris Grayling’s legal aid reforms
By Adam Wagner - 02 May 10:12

A judge has halted a high-profile fraud trial after the defendants were left unrepresented because of legal aid cuts.

World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region Obiageli Ezekwesili delivers a speech. Photo: Getty
Why is there such a culture of misinformation surrounding the case of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls?
By Emma Dabiri - 01 May 14:54

The tragedy of the two hundred girls kidnapped in Nigeria won’t be as high-profile a story as individual western kidnap victims – and the Nigerian authorities aren’t helping.

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Why I refuse to get married until we have equality on the certificate
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 01 May 11:49

Marriage certificates only include your father’s name – to reinvent marriage as a twenty-first century institution, this must change.

Corpus Christi Catholic College pupils make their way home passing tributes to teacher Ann Maguire. Photo: Getty
The stabbing of Ann Maguire was not an isolated incident – it’s part of a trend of fatal male violence against women
By Karen Ingala Smith - 01 May 10:41

The murder of Leeds teacher should Ann Maguire should horrify and upset us, but no more or less than the killings of the other 49 women in the UK this year before her.

Tony Blair with some of the 100 new Labour women MPs elected in the 1997 general election. Photo: Getty
It’s 2014 – yet media and politics is still a man’s game

An archival study of newspaper coverage of female MPs since 1992 has revealed that the way women in politics are covered by our press is getting worse, not better.

His and hers mugs sit on the side of a swimming pool. Photo: cart_wheels on Flicker, via Creative Commons
Screw the fairy tale, it’s time to rethink monogamy
By Helen Croydon - 24 April 15:10

The current model of lifelong, cohabiting monogamous partnership has never been such an outdated ideal.

The singer Tulisa Contostavlos took action against an ex-boyfriend for releasing a sex tape after their break-up. Photo: Getty
Revenge porn has become too profitable to go away
By Gordon Fletcher - 24 April 12:25

The constant presence of digital technology in our lives is commercially profitable but at the cost of what we understand to be “private”.

Holy trinity: English triplet babies are held by their grandmother, vicar and mother following their christening, 1942. Photo: Getty
The World’s Toughest Job may or may not be being a mother
By Amy Hawkins - 23 April 11:04

Being a mother is hard – but we don’t need a greetings card company to tell us that.

The chained fist of the statue celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the US. Photo: Getty
Much of Britain's wealth is built on slavery. So why shouldn't it pay reparations?
By Priyamvada Gopal - 23 April 10:09

The benefits of slavery have accrued down the generations, so why are we so nervous about the responsibility for the slave trade doing the same?

Venice seen from the air. Photo: Getty
All is not what it seems with Venice’s separatist vote
By Anna Cento Bull - 22 April 11:20

A flash in the pan, or the start of something big?

Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty
After Pistorius, South African media won't be the same again
By Anton Harber - 17 April 11:15

With cameras in court, new 24/7 news channels and no-holds-barred commentary on social media, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has shaken up the South African media.

Pro-life protesters in Washington, DC.
Pro-life organisations are sneaking in to the lives of vulnerable women
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 13:53

Women with unwanted pregnancies need support, not biased misinformation.

The London skyline from Hampstead Heath
Young creatives continue to flock to the capital, despite all the reasons not to
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:12

An enduring feeling of “cool” and a certain pack mentality mean that London is still the place to be for young and broke twenty-somethings.

Jeremy Kyle with his wife Carla Jermaine
When will Jeremy Kyle's day be done?
By Amy Hawkins - 16 April 10:03

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been given a slap on the wrist by Ofcom, but will this signal the show's demise? One can dream.

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
Zero-tolerance on FGM doesn’t have to be an attack on multiculturalism
By Reema Patel - 11 April 16:45

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre.
The #SaveAnne campaign: trying to stop a lesbian asylum seeker being deported to Uganda
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 April 12:23

Anne Nassozi, who is currently detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre, will be deported to Uganda this evening despite the country's anti-gay legislation.

An LGBT pride march in Paris. Photo: Getty
We won't have truly equal marriage until we get rid of the spousal veto
By Helen Belcher - 04 April 10:34

Although gay couples can now marry, the law still distinguishes between heterosexual and same-sex marriages - and that can cause problems for trans people. 

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage at Westminster Registry Office on 19 March 1992. Photograph: Stephen Mayes
It was a long fight for equal marriage – finally, it’s here
By Peter Tatchell - 28 March 14:52

Peter Tatchell looks back on decades of campaigning that have finally resulted in the first same-sex marriages.

2 in 3 smokers wish they could stop and 9 in 10 wish they had never started. Photo: Getty
Why we should ban the sale of cigarettes to people born after the year 2000
By Tim Crocker-Buqué - 28 March 12:21

Someone who starts smoking at age 15 is three times more likely to die of tobacco related cancer than someone who starts in their mid-20s.

Yashika Bageerathi (right) is a matter of months from completing her A levels. Photo: change.org
Save Yashika Bageerathi: why is the Home Office trying to deport a straight-A student?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 26 March 11:04

There is something unseemly about the haste with which the Home Office is trying to deport 19-year-old Yashika Bageerathi, who fled Mauritius with her family in 2012.

Anne Rice. Photo: Getty
Your book sucks: are authors being bullied with one-star Amazon reviews?
By Hayley Campbell - 17 March 14:31

Anne Rice thinks there are communities of “parasites” intent on dragging down writers by slating their books online. Is she right – and why are we such slaves to the star rating, anyway?

Pro-Russia Crimeans celebrating in Sevastopol. Photo: Getty
The Crimea vote is awkward for the west – but it isn’t unprecedented
By James Dawson - 17 March 12:22

Would a free vote have gone in Russia’s favour anyway?

An image from Tumblr's thinspiration tag.
Are ultra-thin fashion bloggers encouraging young women to starve themselves?
By Harriet Williamson - 14 March 11:23

Many sufferers of eating disorders love to look at the super-skinny stars of fashion blogging on Tumblr and Instagram. Does their adoration encourage their idols to stay thin – and should we do anything about the “thinspo” culture?

Laura Bates of the Everyday Sexism project in the film “Shouting Back” by Dan Reed.
Everyday Sexism speech to the UN: “Sexism and sexual harassment is not a ‘women’s issue’ – it is a matter of human rights”
By Laura Bates - 13 March 14:45

To describe sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual violence as “women’s issues” side-lines and reduces them, neglects male victims and lets perpetrators off the hook. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.

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