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Cancel Culture: Is this the age of trial by media?

September 20, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
The online revolution over the past forty years has brought about many positive and innovative solutions. It has changed the way we live our lives, from helping us communicate with one another, connecting people instantly across the globe to massive repositories of information. Vast libraries of data, pictures, and videos are available to us at any time, day or night. With all the positive developments come the darker side, online anonymity, gossip, hearsay and fake news often presented as fact. Coupled with a record, an online history of everything you have done, shared and said publicly, it can be risky and damaging. In a world where it is not always easy to separate fact from fiction, are we living in the age of trial by media and cancel culture? to read more

Top tips for arranging the perfect gay wedding or union

August 22, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Today 34.3% or 69.6 million LGBTQ+ individuals live in countries that legally recognise some form of same-sex marriage or union. With so many now able to obtain legal status for their relationships, what are the key things to consider? From the last names to spiritual blessings, there are many important decisions you will likely need to make before your big day. Our top 14 tips for a successful same-sex marriage or union will help you ensure that your special day goes off without a to read more

Why is little known about asexuality?

July 26, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Whenever people are asked to define asexuality, the reply is often far from the truth. Many personal beliefs and understandings are more myths and legends rather than reality. Though not as mainstream as other LGBTQ+ identities, it is estimated that almost 1% of the world’s population identifies as asexual. Given the growing numbers, why is little know about asexuality and aromantic individuals? to read more

What does it mean to identify as nonbinary?

July 12, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Since the 1990s, more people are becoming aware of and are identifying as non-binary, genderless, genderfluid or genderqueer. Over the past few years, more celebrities and well-known public figures have come out and stated that they do not exclusively identify as male or female. With more publicity and awareness, what does it mean to identify as non-binary, and how does a person’s gender identity relate to their sexuality? to read more

What is the difference between bisexual and pansexual?

June 28, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Bisexuals are believed to make up and represent the largest group within the global LGBTQ+ community. Many of the people that form this diverse community are often misunderstood and misrepresented. Attitudes heightened within the media by the representation of androgynous-like or free-spirited individuals sexually. Ignoring the reality that there are many bisexuals worldwide, people in monogamous relationships, and living ordinary lives. Let us explore what it means to be bisexual and the differences between being bisexual and to read more

Why transgender people should compete in professional sport

June 14, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Why transgender people should compete in professional sports, understand why it is important and why other athletes have nothing to fear. Whether headlines of gender-specific bathrooms or participation in professional sporting competitions, the transgender community is often the target of media campaigns: articles, stories, and conversations designed to make them feel different and less accepted. Do a person's gender and anatomic makeup at birth give them an advantage in the modern sporting world? Or is it ill-informed people using the opportunity to polarise opinions by highlighting complex subjects in a very public and negative way? to read more

Gay Relationships: What is the difference between gay love and lust?

May 31, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Outside of the gay community, there is often a misconception that gay people are casual when it comes to sex, preferring open or commitment-free relationships. Many perceptions often fuelled by the wide range of smartphone apps, parades and tv shows in which gay men and women are shown only in a sexualised way with little or no depth. With many gay couples across the globe getting married and starting families, how promiscuous are the gay community? Or is it simply people not understanding the difference between love and lust? to read more

Gay Community: Does Same-sex attraction exist within the animal kingdom?

May 16, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
The earth is estimated to be home to over 8.7 million different species of animals, making it impossible for researchers and biologists to identify and list every single type. With parts of the ocean going as deep as 35 thousand feet and the Amazon rainforest covering 40% of South America, there are likely many more still to be discovered. Of the millions of species worldwide, do any of the known animals show gay behaviours or characteristics? to read more

Pride in sexuality: Do you know all the identities within the lesbian community?

May 4, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Named after the home of the ancient Greek poet Sappho, many Lesbians have fought hard for gender equality and the sexual freedom to love whomever they wish. Individuals who are statistically more likely to accept their sexuality than any other LGBTQ+ group and are proud to share how they identify with the world. Learn more about this remarkable group which has a long history, more about the lesbian subculture, and all of the distinct groups and terms within to read more

Pride in sexuality: How well do you know the Gay subculture?

April 18, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
From bears to twinks, the gay community is full of terms relating to a person’s appearance and sexual preferences. Many of these terms have been around for over 50 years and have been evolving and changing with each new generation. With these terms widely and frequently used amongst the gay community, is it deviant-like behavior or honesty born out of centuries of repression? to read more

Big Boys Should Cry: Redefining Gender Roles

April 4, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With the number of male suicides, reports of domestic violence, and sexual assaults against men worldwide on the rise, it is believed that a large number of cases are still going unreported. For many, reporting these types of crimes are often seen as a weakness or a source of shame, creating a cycle in which those committing the crimes can carry on offending without any consequences. Boys and men are taught from a young age what it means to be a man, but not that bad things sometimes happen. Things that are out of their control and, most importantly, are not their fault. Is it now time that we all say big boys should cry sometimes? to read more

Important women from history

March 21, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
They make up almost half of the world's population, are bringers of life, and have influenced or been the driving force behind many significant historical events. Discovered or invented life-changing science, technology, and innovations for thousands of years. In 2021 and to celebrate Women's History Month, let us look back at all of the amazing things women have achieved throughout the to read more

LGBTQ+ Online: Tips for being safe online

February 22, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Social media and smartphone apps are a great way to network, connect and meet with similar people to yourself. With growing hostilities towards the LGBTQ+ community in certain countries worldwide, are there ways to protect yourself online while still meeting other like-minded people? to read more

Adult Adoption: creating the family you need

February 8, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
For many within the LGBTQ+ community, there is always the risk of being rejected by their families just because they come to terms with who they are. A situation made worse with the reality that the average age is falling for people becoming adult orphans, resulting in more finding themselves alone at a young age. When alone, can we create the family we need, and can those relationships obtain legal recognition? How viable is adult adoption? And is it legal in all countries? to read more

Demisexual or Polysexual: Understanding the spectrum

January 25, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
What does it mean to be demisexual or polysexual? How do individuals that identify in this way differ from better-known LGBT groups? Why is it so crucial for people to create a term or label to express their thoughts or feelings? to read more

LGBT: Caring for the elder community

January 12, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Over the years, many brave individuals have stood up, spoken out, and through their actions directly helped to improve the laws that impact the lives of so many LGBTQ+ community members worldwide. Many of these brave pioneers and advocates are now considered elderly, with some likely needing support or care in the later years of their lives. What does eldercare look like for them, and what are the potential obstacles that they might face? to read more

Inclusive Care: Tips for providing care for the elder LGBTQ+ community

January 12, 2021 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With the number of people aged 65 and over set to double by 2050 and tailored care services and facilities lacking for those from the LGBTQ+ community, what measures and steps can conventional care providers take to become more inclusive? And what would it take for LGBTQ+ individuals to seek out traditional care facilities and services? to read more

Ancient Gays: LGBT throughout history

December 14, 2020 | Peter Williams
After a challenging 2020, what might we hope for in 2021? A permanent change to the workplace, changes in social behaviour, improved equality, the removal of fake-news from our daily news feeds and changes to the way politicians and politics work around the world. Let’s take some time to explore what 2021 might look to read more

Ancient Gays: LGBT throughout history

October 25, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Some believe that more people are identifying as LGBTQ+ than ever before, often calling it a fad, trend, or just a sign of the times; however, history shows that the community has existed for thousands of years. Many LGBTQ+ members often played important roles within their communities, societies, and in history. The past hundred years have seen reforms in the laws and rights of many within the community, but what was life like for members of the community hundreds or even thousands of years ago? to read more

LGBTQ+: Love across borders

October 11, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Practical tips when falling in love with someone from a different country. With high-speed internet available around the world and international air travel much more affordable, falling in love with someone thousands of miles away is becoming a frequently common occurrence. For people that do fall in love, what practical steps can they take to make the process of living together in the future a lot easier? to read more

LGBTQ+ Representation in TV and Movies

September 27, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Over the past 50 years, there has been a slow and steady increase in the number of vocal and proud LGBTQ+ actors and actresses. With more TV shows and films creating lead characters and an increase in the number of supporting roles, the community is becoming better represented; however, how close is the entertainment industry's representation of the community when it comes to real-life? to read more

Pride 2020: Taking part by going online

September 13, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, especially for those that organise the many annual pride events and marches around the world. With mandated lockdowns restricting people’s ability to attend events, organisers, through the resilience of the community have found new ways to help people come together and celebrate Pride online. Online Pride has had a mixed response from the community; however, going forward, is there an opportunity to create online content and participation for future events long after the pandemic? to read more

Politicising the vulnerable

August 30, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Throughout history, warlords, kings, and politicians have mobilised support for their plans by angering the masses through weaponising religions, ethnicity, beliefs and sexuality, often creating hatred for small groups and minorities. Sadly, even in these modern times, these tactics and approaches are still being used; however, how does this approach benefit politicians? to read more

I Believe in Me

August 16, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Who believes in you? Knows all of your strengths and weaknesses, believes that you can do anything you put your mind to and through your actions can change the world around you? I know the answer, do you? to read more

Elder Gays: help to combat loneliness

August 3, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
They look like you, sound like you and come from similar backgrounds as you. They can be found everywhere, be one of your friends, family, and those you love the most. So, coming from everywhere and not belonging to a single race, religion or gender, how different are the views and beliefs of the LGBT community compared to their heterosexual peers? to read more

Elder Gays: help to combat loneliness

April 6, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With an estimated one-third of the world’s LGBTQ+ population over the age of 50, are we doing enough to represent and help ageing members of the community? to read more

Throuples: the new norm?

April 6, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With increased references to throuples in films, television and coverage by the mainstream media, what is and makes a throuple? to read more

Promiscuous Equation

April 6, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With vast numbers of the LGBTQ+ community using the various tailored smartphone apps, there is a perception that monogamous relationships are not the norm amongst the community, and LGBTQ+ individuals are more accepting of open or commitment-free to read more

Are the youth losing hope?

April 6, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
In an age full of negativity, reports of world shortages, climate change, rising unemployment, yo-yo economies, pandemics and wars taking the lives of so many across the globe, are the youth of today losing hope? to read more

Distractions creating inequality

February 11, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Impeachments, Brexit, North Korea, economic inequality, unemployment: Are the crazy times we are living in distracting people from discovering what is going on around them? to read more

The rise of malicious spam

February 11, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Unsolicited Spam or Scam mail has been around for a long time, however over the past five years the messages are getting darker and more frightening, but what do you do if you receive a malicious spam message? to read more

LGBTQ+ Strong Together

February 11, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With 25% of the world’s LGBTQ+ community living in countries where their sexuality is considered illegal, where gender expression is not permitted and now with rumours that minority groups feel underrepresented, is there a risk of splintering within the representative groups and associations? to read more

Verified Gay Apps

February 11, 2020 | Atilla Tiriyaki
Several LGBTQ+ applications are considering the introduction of a process that verifies the identity of the users on their service, however, could this measure designed to combat deception and serious crimes, potentially alienate vulnerable members of the community? to read more

Outing: Wrong or Right?

September 4, 2019 | Atilla Tiriyaki
You step outside of the nightclub to get some fresh air when you see a well-known male celebrity kissing another man, an individual who is respected and is thought by many to be straight, what do you do? to read more

Tips for Coming Out

September 4, 2019 | Atilla Tiriyaki
We have all seen and heard of moving coming out stories, of families rejoicing at the news of their child revealing their true identity, though it may be true for some, for many, it is one of the scariest experiences of their lives. The fear of hurting the ones we love the most by sharing something personal to us and changing the way people to see us. Though it is scary, many of us know that living our true lives and being honest with those that matter to us is important, so with a little planning, you can make the whole process a lot less to read more

Aparadiso: the land of the free

September 4, 2019 | Atilla Tiriyaki
With over a quarter of the world’s LGBTQ+ population living in countries in which same-sex relationships are deemed illegal under the law, should there be a place that is welcoming and a safe haven for members of the global community escaping persecution? to read more

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