Birmingham Gay Pride Parade

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This weekend Birmingham celebrated Gay Pride with the Pride Parade, and I felt proud to live in a country that not only accepts differences but actively celebrate this country’s diversity.

This years Parade was bigger and better as we were also celebrating 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised. You may not agree with homosexuality but you have to agree that countries that pass laws telling you that your feelings and emotions are illegal are beyond backward. (I have no problem with who other people love as it makes no difference to my life)

Once agiain the parade took place the weekend we had the grandchildren so we all went along to see this flamboyant and colourful spectacle and what a great time we had.


The parade began at noon, after holding a minutes silence to pay respect to those killed in the Manchester bombing last week. With a heavy and…

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Coming Out Of The Closet #LGBT

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One the biggest regrets of my life is that I never sat down with my Mother and told her that I’m gay. I chose, instead, the easy option of writing to her and telling her that her oldest son was a homosexual.

Facing Mum for the first time, after writing that letter, I was very nervous as I travelled to where she lived. I hesitated several times before walking up to the front door, ringing the doorbell, and announcing my arrival. What a shock I got when she came towards me with open arms and, as she gave me one of her wonderful hugs, hearing her whisper the words “I always knew you were gay, I don’t know why it took you so long to tell me.”

Mum & Hugh Me and mum. Taken sometime in the 1980s, just after I had told her I was gay.

Not all my family were like…

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George Cecile Ives 

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1 October 1867– 4 June 1950

Place of birth: Germany.

George Cecile Ives was one of Britain’s first gay activists, living in a time were he was in danger of imprisonment for up to two years hard labour for his sexuality.

Ives formed a secret society for gay men calledThe Order of Chaeronea, named after the battle site were a army of gay lovers were slaughted.

He was educated in his younger days at home, then later at Cambridge. Roughly at the time he began Cambridge he also began collecting scrap books full of newspaper cutting, on a range of subjects that fascinated him the most, from cricket through to murder, punishments, theories of crime, the psychology of gender and sexuality. He also showed an avid interest in male transvestism. This was the beginning of a lifetime of fascistion with sexual and genderpsychology.

Ives believed that homosexuality would never…

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