Patrick Strudwick

Patrick is a freelance feature writer and commentator for a variety of newspapers including The Independent, The Times, The Guardian and the Mail on Sunday.

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Freddie Fox in 'Cucumber'

Freddie Fox: Is he, isn’t he, or is it just an actor playing gay?

Freddie Fox is the latest actor to hint that he – possibly – has gay leanings, but is this harmless fun?

The happy couple: Stephen Fry and Elliott Spencer

Why Stephen Fry could single-handedly explode myths about gay marriage

As 'national treasure' Stephen Fry prepares to tie the knot with Elliott Spencer, Patrick Strudwick explains why he thinks that the couple's union will destroy many of the myths surrounding gay marriage - including those perpetuated by the gay-rights movement

Elliott Spencer and Stephen Fry in September 2014

Stephen Fry getting married isn’t a cop-out – it’s advancing the cause of gay people everywhere

What could be more radical than this this most traditional of conventions?

Force for good: Dr Denis Mukwege receives a humanitarian award from Hillary Clinton and Georgetown University head, John De Gioia

Why rape is as deadly a threat as the world has faced: Congo's cheap weapon of mass destruction

Each day at the Panzi hospital in eastern Congo, Dr Denis Mukwege is trying to consign a devastating weapon of mass destruction to the past. The gynaecologist, who has been awarded the European Parliament's highest human-rights honour, talks to Patrick Strudwick 

Nigel Farage has backed DJ Mike Read's new Ukip song

Ukip Calypso by Mike Read? The horror! The horror!

We should have seen this coming. It was surely predicted in the Old Testament

In dog we trust: Richard Coles with one of his pets at his Finedon vicarage

Richard Coles: My journey from pop star to celibate vicar

As a pop star turned vicar who inspired the character in 'Rev', Richard Coles would be forgiven for wanting to draw a veil over a past of drugs, mendacity and sex in car parks. But his new autobiography lays it all bare

Stewart O'Callaghan was left with a punctured lung after six teens assaulted him

Homophobia in microcosm: How a savage gang attack tore one man's whole life apart

Stewart O’Callaghan, left with a punctured lung after six teens assaulted him, describes the emotional fall-out – how it destroyed his relationship, his career, and his hard-fought confidence as a gay man

Beeching says: 'I've lost so much living as a shadow of a person'

Vicky Beeching, Christian rock star 'I'm gay. God loves me just the way I am'

Beeching's God-fearing lyrics are sung by millions in America's Bible Belt. Here, the singer and religious commentator discusses her sexuality for the first time and reflects on the political ramifications of coming out as a lesbian

David Tovey has weathered cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Well connected: more than five million people use Grindr, founded by Joel Simkhai

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child – and tells Patrick Strudwick that his mum couldn't be more proud

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