New study explores social impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI+ community

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“When mental health and social isolation already disproportionately affects our community, it’s vital that we listen to those who are most vulnerable” BY SOPHIE PERRY A new snapshot study completed by LGBTQI+ community research Queer Voices Heard delves into the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQI+ people.  The study, which was undertaken between [….]

HEALTH: Want to perfect your social distancing skills? Here’s how…

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NHS England’s National Advisor For LGBT Health shares their advice for staying well while staying home BY LIZZIE STREETER/DR MICHAEL BRADY. PHOTO ANNA SHVETS It’s really important that everyone follows the government’s guidance on the social distancing measures we should all now be taking to reduce social interaction. These measures have been put in place in order to reduce [….]

VIEWS: On dating during a pandemic

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Let’s talk about (phone) sex, baby… BY GEORGIA BUTLER This is… new, isn’t it? A pandemic? I can’t be the only one who feels as though we have been swept into the middle ages, walking around with black buboes under our arms and in places they never should have been. Seriously, buboes in the groin? [….]

Pride In London postponed “with a heavy heart”

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“Allyship is needed more than ever, so we ask everyone to continue to be kind, loving and generous” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE ALLIE SMITH As thousands of events across the UK continue to be postponed or cancelled amid the evolving coronavirus health pandemic, it felt it was only a matter of time before one of the [….]

COME TOGETHER: DIVA create online community to bring lez/bi women together during COVID-19

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“Our digital doors are wide open” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE “Hey, DIVA family. Welcome to our new digital hangout, a safe space to meet, chat and collaborate,” begins the new Facebook-based, DIVA Community, launched as a way of bringing the lez/bi community closer together amid everything that’s happening in the world right now. “In these uncertain [….]

MONEY MATTERS: How statutory sick pay works amid COVID-19

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Employment lawyers answer your questions about statutory sick pay and coronavirus BY GILSON GRAY/GRAHAM MILLAR I have over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, but this is by far the most challenging time I have witnessed for any businesses in the UK – and indeed the rest of the world. The most important advice [….]

GOOD VIBES ONLY: Sex toy sales are soaring

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You saucy self-isolators are keeping the sex toy industry ALIVE BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK The loo roll supply is very low in local supermarkets everywhere right now, but it seems sex toys are even higher in demand!  Sex toy sales are on the rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and statistics from Womanizer have [….]