LGBT housing and later life

As the 2015 election looms and political parties get in to the swing of electioneering, housing is just one of the issues that has made its way onto the campaign agenda.  Something that is not top of the political agenda however is LGBT housing.  Here Dr Andy King (University of Surrey Sociology Department) offers a timely reminder of the housing issues of older LGBT people.


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Psychology of Sexualities Review – Books Available for Review 2015

POSR                                      BPS

The Psychology of Sexualities Review accepts Book Reviews for publication. A number of books are available for reviewing as listed below. Authors who complete a review that is published in the PoSR will be able to keep the book. If there is a particular book you would like to review that is not listed below please get in touch and we will see if we can obtain a copy for review.

Batsleer, J. (2013) Youth Working with Girls and Young Women in Community Settings (2nd Ed). Farnham: Ashgate

Bartolo, P & Borg, M. (Eds.) (2003) Homosexuality: Challenging the stigma. London: Agenda

Caldwell, R. A. (2012). Fallgirls: Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib, Farnham: Ashgate.

Doan, P. (2011) Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning. Farnham: Ashgate

Drescher, J., & Zucker, K. J. (Eds.). (2006). Ex-gay research: Analyzing the Spitzer study and its relation to science, religion, politics, and culture. New York: Harrington Park Press.

Endean, S. (2006). Bringing Lesbian and Gay Rights into the Mainstream: Twenty Years of Progress. New York: Harrington Park.

Gerber, L. (2011) Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Glassgold, J.M. & Drescher, J. (2007). Activism and LGBT Psychology. New York: Haworth Press.

Gorman-Murray, A. & Hopkins, P. (2014). Masculinities and Place. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing

Hanway, D. G. (2006). A Theology of Gay and Lesbian Inclusion: Love Letters to the Church. Binghamton, NY: Haworth.

Helminiak, D.A. (2006). Sex and the sacred: Gay identity and spiritual growth. New York: Harrington Park Press.

Minichiello, V.  & Scott, J. (2014). Male sex work and society, New York: Harrington Park Press

Oswald R.F (Ed.) (2003). Lesbian Rites: Symbolic Acts and the Power of Community. Binghamton, NY: Haworth

Peniston, W. (2004) Pederasts and Others: Urban Culture and Sexual Identity in Nineteenth-Century Paris. New York: Harrington Park Press.

Phellas, C. (2012). Researching non-heterosexual sexualities. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Prince, V., Ekins, R., & King, D. (2005). Virginia Prince: Pioneer of transgendering. New York: Haworth Press.

Sharratt, S. (2011). Gender, Shame and Sexual Violence: The Voices of Witnesses and Court Members at War Crimes Tribunals. Farnham: Ashgate.

Tremblay, M., Paternotte, D. & Jognson, C. (Eds.) (2011). The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State. Farnham: Ashgate.

Valentine, B. (2006). A Season of Grief. New York: Haworth Press.

van Hooff, J. (2013). Modern Couples? Continuity and Change in Heterosexual Relationships. Farnham: Ashgate

Winfield, L. (2005). Straight talk about gays in the workplace: Creating an inclusive, productive environment for everyone in your organization, Binghamton, NY: Haworth

Whipple, V. (2006) Lesbian Widows: Invisible Grief, New York: Haworth Press.

Yekani, E.H., Kilian, E, & Michaelis, B. (Eds.), (2013). Queer futures: Reconsidering ethics, activism, and the political. Farnham: Ashgate.

If you are interested in reviewing any of these books, please contact me,  Orla Parslow-Breen, Book Reviews Editor for Psychology of Sexualities Review, for further information and guidance at

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The BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section Annual Awards

Extended deadline: 31st May 2015.

 The Section awards three Prizes:

Practitioner Award

For a mental health professional registered with a professional body. The award will be made for a substantial contribution to the field of sexualities, such as service development; policy and governance development; clinical work; and other major contributions.

Research Award

Awarded to any professional, in the UK or Internationally, writing in relation to sexualities. Submissions should be no more than 8,000 words (including references) and must comprise an original piece of research.

Student Award

Awarded for an outstanding piece of work written in relation to sexualities. The Section encourages both International and UK students to submit their work irrespective of whether their studies are undertaken in the UK or abroad. The work may be a case study, qualitative or quantitative study, or a mixed methods study. Submissions should be no more than 5,000 words (including references), and must be accompanied by a covering letter from their Institution confirming their eligibility to enter the competition as a student (undergraduate or postgraduate). Entries must be received by no later than the closing date above.

The awards comprise:-

A cash prize,

A certificate,

One year’s free membership to the section (BPS members only), 

Publication in the Psychology of Sexualities Review (Abstracted by EBSCOhost).

Closing date: 31st May 2015.

For more information on the awards contact:

Or check out the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section Awards and Funding page.

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RIP, Leonard Nimoy


He passed away today at 83.Here’s the New York Times obituary. Doubt there are many people in the world who were so plainly and simply admired as he was, and is.

And rather than to be entirely sad about the end of a life lived well and prosperously, here’s a couple of music videos for you.

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. We are, will always be, your friends.

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Lesbian Lives 2015

The Lesbian Lives 2015 conference is in full swing right now.  Very disappointed that I couldn’t attend but am following via Twitter #LesbianLives

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How to write 10,000 words a day

I wish I could do this…..

The Thesis Whisperer

One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron.

I did a double take.

Can you really write 10,000 words a day? Well, Rachel says she can, with three conditions:

1) Know what you are going to write before you write it
2) Set aside a protected time to write, and
3) Feel enthusiastic about what you are writing

I read the post with interest. Much of what Rachel did conformed with what I suggest in my earlier post, but I couldn’t bring myself to really believe Rachel’s productivity claims. To regularly write 10,000 words: It’s the dream, right? Imagine if you could reliably…

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Film Screening: Brace

This looks like great event. Unfortunately I can’t make it

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