The late afternoon sun was warming the hills of Cornwall with a golden light. We were parked up on the edge of Dartmoor, sitting in the car waiting to watch the sunset. We'd had a long drive, not just because we were going home to Cornwall from Aldershot but because I'd managed to get lost on the moors and missed heading to the waterfalls I had in mind. I figured it was quite romantic, though: the two of us, relaxing on the moors with a beautiful view and what looked to set to be a beautiful sunset.'Is this romantic?' I ...
So I've reached what is known in 'no fap' terms as a 'flatline'. At certain points during abstaining from masturbation, you will not be horny or get hard. But conversely, all I can think about is sex because my brain keeps teasing me with images of things I've seen or more and more extreme scenarios to see if I am turned on by them.It also makes me keep thinking about things I've done in the past... Some things are making me sick actually. I feel like I've really degraded myself at certain times and, though at times that was part ...
On February 19th 1900, like many others at the time, 14 immigrants were bound for New Zealand. They carried with them (from Canada) the dreams of the New Zealand Government of a new enterprise. Sadly 10 of these intrepid adventurers died on the way to their new home in Hokitika on the South Island, dashing the hopes of introducing moose to New Zealand as a big game animal. The four remaining moose were released anyway and one particularly tame cow was seen regularly in the area for the next 15 years.Despite the failure of the first introduction, the Government ...
So I drew a tarot card today and I got the 4 of cups, which seems strangely apt. The meaning if this card mimics the meditating Buddha beneath the tree. The cups of plenty are surrounding him, but he ignores these as the answer he seeks is within. A hand offers him a fourth cup - this cup is filled with love. But he cannot accept it until he meditates on the root cause of his problem. ...
So yesterday I was crazy horny... I downloaded all my old apps, started cruising Grindr, considering my options. Thank god I had something to do - I went to the opera in the evening to see La Boheme and had a really great time.Then when I got home, someone I'd been chatting to a while messaged me. 'When are we getting naked?'You can see where this went. He came round and the sex was totally hot. Probably hotter because of my no masturbation, which I think made me try harder and get more aroused by stuff like kissing him on the ...
Stephen Gilbert MP shows off the new Delga magazine
Lib Dem LGBT liberation & equality group Delga have relaunched their newsletter in the shape of a glossy magazine. The first edition is out now, with contributions from Equality Minister Lynne Featherstone MP, Delga Vice President and member of the European Parliament's lesbian & gay intergroup Sarah Ludford MEP, and much more.
Members of Delga are sent the magazine automatically, but it is also available to Delga donors who give £15 a year or more, or to buy as individual copies.
Lynne Featherstone MP
The Lib Dem Minister for LGBT Equalities, Lynne Featherstone MP, has made a video as part of the Stonewall 'It Gets Better... Today' campaign - itself a response to the "It Gets Better" YouTube campaign in the USA.
In the short film she talks about how twenty years of campaigning for equality has transformed so much of British culture for LGBT people. How there is still much to do but that as minister she is committed to pressing our cause.
Paul Elgood and David Watkins at the Brighton 'No To Hate Crime' vigil
Saturday night saw a moving candle light vigil at Brighton's Old Steine against hate crime. Lib Dem Councillors Paul Elgood and Cllr David Watkins attended the vigil and David spoke for the Liberal Democrats.
Paul and David said: 'It is terribly important that Councillors from all parties attend these events, to show support against hate crime in the city and beyond.'
Picture credit: Phil Bailey
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Don Foster wants football to be inclusive
Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, was interviewed recently by the Gay Football Supporters Network. Don spoke out against homophobia in football, and called upon fans and clubs as well as politicians to learn from the successful campaigns to stamp out racism in the sport.
Don also spoke of the need for fans to get more involved in the running of clubs, and of England's chances to host the 2018 World Cup.
Stephen Williams MP
Lib Dem MP for Bristol Stephen Williams highlighted World Aids Day at Prime Minister's Questions today.
The Prime Minister noted the UK's contribution to the battle against HIV and AIDS globally including the Coalition Government's work to meet our targets for international aid. He added that there are also "worrying signs" of HIV infection rates here in the UK and it was important to stress the need for safe sex to the general public.
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Steve Gilbert is a keen supporter of LGBT Lib Dems and LGBT issues.
Today, 1st December, is World AIDS Day. Openly gay Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay, Steve Gilbert, has sent the following message to mark the occasion.
"Today is a really important day to raise awareness, raise money of HIV/AIDS and to show our support for those with the illness.
"Despite recent medical advances, HIV/AIDS remains a life-limiting illness and we still have a huge way to go to tackle it.
"I urge everyone to join me today in support of the work of charities such as the Terrance ...
Lynne Featherstone MP is driving the Government's Transgender Action Plan
Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister, has sent a message in support of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The day commemorates those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
She said: "We cannot turn back time but together we can make a difference. This is our commitment to the memory of those we have lost and to a future free from ignorance and intolerance."
You can watch Lynne's video on the Home Office website or YouTube.
Lib Dem Party President-elect Tim Farron MP
Marking World AIDS Day, Liberal Democrat party president-elect Tim Farron MP boarded the Stop AIDS Campaign bus outside Parliament this week to show his support for the effort to bring an end to children being born with HIV by 2015. Tim met with campaigners from the Stop AIDS Campaign and joined them in their call for the government to lead the world in the effort to deliver an AIDS-free generation by giving its fair share to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Commenting afterwards Tim said: "It is important we mark ...
Equalities Minister, Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone
Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, has a new video online today talking about HIV and AIDS. "In this country HIV is more common in some groups of people than in others including men who have sex with men," she says. "Men who have sex with men remain the group who are most affected but this has led to a stigma against gay men that is both unfair and dangerous. It stops many other people from realising that they too are at risk."
She asks her audience, "Today, on World AIDS Day, I would like everyone ...
Stephen Gilbert MP
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert has chosen World Aids Day today to call on the Government to end the ban on gay and bisexual men, and their partners, being blood donors. He has tabled an Early Day Motion which calls on the Government to 'introduce an evidence based approach to allow as many people as possible, regardless of their sexuality, to safely donate blood'.
He said, "As an openly gay Member of Parliament, I am a passionate believer that we must end this ridiculous and situation where law is based on stigma not science. This is one important area ...
Purple Pride in Soho
YES! campaigners from all the main parties gathered in Soho, London yesterday to encourage LGBT voters to support the change to the Alternative Vote in Thursday's referendum.
A giant rainbow YES placard contrasted with a sea of purple balloons and teeshirts - the colour that in LGBT circles we most associate with bisexuality, but also adopted by electoral reform campaigners.
LGBT Lib Dems exec member Jen Yockney said, "Regardless of which party you support, AV gives you a better chance to express your preferences - and it helps keep out the kind of extremist politics that could roll back ...
The Liberal Democrats' LGBT wing will be holding a social evening in London on Saturday 29th January. Members, supporters and friends can join us from 8:30pm at the Kings Arms Pub, 23 Poland Street, Soho W1F 8QL. There will be a fundraising raffle at the social, with the top prize being a bottle of House of Lords champagne.
The social event is a precursor to the members-only Winter Strategy Conference at Lib Dem HQ in London, where our members and exec will meet MPs and party staff to discuss future LGBT campaigning inside the party and in Government. Issues to be ...
The European Parliament has called in a resolution for the European Commission to examine and challenge proposed legislation in Lithuania which would criminalise with fines the 'promotion' of homosexuality. MEPs have long followed developments in this Baltic country which joined the EU in 2004; it lags way behind in the narrow intolerance of its discourse on sexual orientation, despite having to implement EU anti-discrimination laws.
Sarah Ludford, vice-chair of LGBT Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman, London MEP, and an active member of the European Parliament lesbian & gay rights intergroup, spoke in the debate. She said:
Stephen Gilbert MP
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert has put forward an Early Day Motion condemning the recent vote at the UN General Assembly which removes reference to 'sexual orientation' from a resolution on executions. EDM 1198 has already drawn support across party lines from Conservative, Green and SDLP members.
The UN resolution, which is passed every two years, urges states to protect the right to life of all people, including by calling on states to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds. For the past 10 years, the resolution has included sexual orientation in the list of discriminatory grounds on which killings ...