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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How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence