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Sunday 9 April, 2017

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.

Sunday 1 November, 2015

'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.

Saturday 3 October, 2015

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.

Sunday 13 September, 2015

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.

Sunday 9 August, 2015

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.

Saturday 1 August, 2015

Saturday 27 June, 2015

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.

Tuesday 26 May, 2015

"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.

Monday 18 May, 2015

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.

Saturday 2 May, 2015

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.

Saturday 11 April, 2015

'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.

Friday 13 March, 2015

'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.

Wednesday 25 February, 2015

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.

Saturday 31 January, 2015

Column: Did I really fall in love online?

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?

Tuesday 23 December, 2014

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.

Saturday 8 November, 2014

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.

Sunday 5 October, 2014

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?

Friday 19 September, 2014

Opinion: Should I be afraid to express affection to another woman on the street? Pda

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…

Sunday 31 August, 2014

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?

Sunday 27 July, 2014

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.

Saturday 7 June, 2014

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?

Wednesday 5 March, 2014

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.

Wednesday 4 September, 2013

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.