Well it’s Pride season and while Miss Rona (Coronavirus) has forced many Prides throughout the world to be cancelled but it’s still a time of the year that we must celebrate all things LGBTQ+. However, although lots of us will be still celebrating online, in parks and with a cheeky stay over it’s important to understand that even in 2020 we have a long way to go for equality.
It’s true to say that not everyone is ‘out’ and lots of gay and bisexual men still live a life in the closet. And while it’s nobody's business whether they come out or not, many face social barriers and face discrimination and prejudice if they do. We have seen LGBTQ+ hate crime increase by 30% over the last couple of years. And mental illness including depression and anxiety is linked to coming out. We are also seeing big numbers of gay and bi men who take their own lives because of their sexuality. This is not acceptable.
So for Pride season we want you to hear from the men who have struggled to come out and the ongoing battle we face for true equality.
Also, if you are a regular reader you may notice that we have included some articles you may have read before. Unfortunately Miss Rona has had an effect on us too and we’re forced to run a minimal service at the moment. This means we couldn’t put together the issue we wanted to. However we have hand-picked articles we think are worth a second read. We hope to resume normal service by the next issue. Until then please enjoy this one and thank you for your continued support of FS and GMFA.
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