Category Archives: Family & Community

Welcome to the We Are Family magazine library, Family & Community section.

Family is not just about parenting and babies – it’s about being part of the LGBT community, it’s about who you decide is your family, or it’s about having a child or a parent, a brother, sister or other family member who is LGBT even if you aren’t – this section’s all about helping you understand better, offer support, feel informed, know the history, be proud!

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Unsung LGBT heroes: Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Rutherford, unsung hero Comic and character actor, Margaret Rutherford, was born into a drama-filled life.  Following her mother’s death, aged three, she was delivered to a kindly aunt, described by Rutherford as ‘my adoptive mother and one of the saints of the world,’ where she was raised in a comfortable, loving, London household. At…
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Unsung LGBT heroes… James Barry

James Barry, unsung hero Military surgeon James Barry was born around 1789. In 1809 he began his studies at Edinburgh Medical School, before travelling to London to complete his training as a surgeon. From there he enlisted in the British Army and traversed the globe, rising through the military ranks. By the end of his…
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Being a lesbian grandparent

From lesbian feminist to gay granny Penny Ward is 62 and looks after her two grand-daughters regularly. Here she reflects on coming out when her sons were young, their paths to parenthood and being comfortable with her sexuality when others were not. “Cover yourself up, Granny!” I am taking my eight-year-old grand-daughter swimming. “Most grannies…
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Celebrities & their pets

Proud of our pets! Just as much a part of the family as anyone else, we all love our pets, and celebs are just the same! 4 stars 'fess up... Paul O’Grady & Olga Comic genius-turned-national treasure Paul O’Grady is well-known for being an animal lover. “I’m very lucky,” the farm-residing TV presenter told Gay…
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Russia: life as a gay man & choosing to leave

From Russia with love The situation for the lesbian and gay community in Russia is frighteningly dangerous. Here, Dmitry Gulyaev, 29, tells us his perspective as a gay Russian who has left his country for a better life. "As you might know, the Russian parliament has approved a very controversial law against gay propaganda. According…
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