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Column: 'I've discovered the joy of doing a fitness activity with others'
There is no ideal image that you must measure up to in order to become involved in fitness, writes Christine Allen.
'Making that difficult decision to cut off contact with an ex is a wise one'
Material promoting to help get your ex back only prolongs the heartache, as those who have been dumped emotionally invest themselves in the deployment of ‘tactics’ that at their best can only work in the short-term.
Let's be honest: It secretly sucks when your BFF gets a boyfriend
I’ve been ditched by my best friend because of her new boyfriend. Maybe you think I’m jealous or I’m chasing after someone who has no interest in hanging out anymore, but this is my best friend, writes Christine Allen.
Have a toxic relationship in your life? Here's how to tell if you're in one and how to deal with it
When you quit that relationship you increase your chances of meeting someone with whom you will have a happy and healthy relationship, writes Christine Allen.
Being dumped by text was heartbreaking, but I can see why people do it
Could a text actually be the most humane way to break up with someone? Christine Allen considers the possibility.
Please get your sickening displays of affection off my Facebook feed
A plea to over-sharing couples.
There's no two ways about it. The ending of a friendship sucks.
Whether it’s ending a romantic or a platonic relationship, breaking up is very, very hard to do.
"In that moment, looking 'gay' no longer felt like a negative thing. It no longer felt dangerous."
The swell of positivity towards the LGBT community is affecting all parts of my life, from how I feel walking down the street to the future I see for myself.
It's official: I've found my first grey hair... The inevitable is happening.
It’s fair to say that I’ve developed a slight hang up about getting older.
Lesbian relationships are still not taken seriously by many
There’s nothing wrong with chatting up girls at a bar – undermining them by refusing to accept they’re gay is a different story.
'I met the woman of my dreams but then backed off... why?'
I had viewed myself as a hopeless romantic – more than ready for a serious relationship – but the truth was more complex.
'I tied every aspect of my life to my sexual identity - it had to change'
We should refrain from solely defining ourselves in tandem with who we are attracted to, writes Christine Allen.
I knew I had to stop overeating when the local Chinese takeaway memorised my address
I’m ready to wave goodbye to emotional eating and junk food, but it’s not that easy.
Column: Did I really fall in love online?
Falling in love with someone you’ve never met sounds unlikely… but when have our rational minds ever controlled our hearts?
Opinion: Are you having an emotional affair?
Don’t poo-poo the danger of emotional infidelity – it’s a betrayal that can warrant the break-up of a relationship.
Opinion: Why do some straight people automatically assume a gay person fancies them?
Gay people aren’t sexual predators ready to pounce on unsuspecting straight friends and colleagues… so calm down.
Opinion: Life is for living, not browsing, so switch off that smartphone
Tell the truth: how long do you think you could go without looking at your phone?
Opinion: Should I be afraid to express affection to another woman on the street?
After side-stepping a goodnight kiss with a date, I wondered why I was so slow to be affectionate in public…
Opinion: When is the right time to tell a child that you're gay?
Should adults be open with children, as much as is age appropriate, or should they try to avoid questions about sexuality?
Opinion: The journey for acceptance for transgender people is ongoing – in all parts of society
An increase in documentaries, articles and stories detailing the lives of transgender people is helping to remove stigma, but there is still some way to go.
Opinion: Casual dating – is it just one big wind up?
I find it hard to believe that two people can be intimate with each other without becoming attached. And if they can… is that really something to celebrate?
Column: Are you frustrated by the number of 'gay' stories in the media? Then read on ...
Do you view the issue of gay rights as being mundane? Are you annoyed by the ‘hype’ over homophobic bullying and marriage equality? Then these are the facts you need to know, writes Christine Allen.
Column: If you care about other people, don't ignore Russia's targeting of LGBT rights
I was guilty of a blase attitude about gay rights in other countries – until I realised the extent of the discrimination taking place in Russia, writes Kristine Allen.