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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Loud and proud: gay pride celebrations in London

Is sexual orientation a choice?

Lesbian activist Julie Bindel argues in her new book ‘Straight Expectations’ that sexual orientation is not innate. The gay writer Patrick Strudwick disagrees

Virus hunters: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi with Luc Montagnier, left, and Jean-Claude Chermann at the Pasteur Institute in 1984

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi: A life dedicated to beating Aids

When a young virologist discovered HIV, she had no idea she would spend 30 years searching for a cure. She tells Patrick Strudwick the battle is far from over

Beyond the boundaries: according to the men the writer canvassed, non-consensual sexual acts are common on the gay scene

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Patrick Strudwick, himself a victim of such behaviour, argues that far too many people accept it as a fact of gay life

Mozilla’s ex-chief executive Brendan Eich

Should a boss lose his job for opposing same-sex marriage as Mozilla’s Brendan Eich did?

Even gay rights campaigners have defended him. Patrick Strudwick isn’t so sympathetic

Fame: George in his Culture Club days

Boy George: Bad karma

The enthusiastic rehabilitation of Boy George after he served time for a vicious attack says much about our disregard for male victims of violence, writes Patrick Strudwick

Sex in men's prisons: 'The US system cultivates rape. If you treat people like animals, they behave like it'

Human Rights Watch estimated in 2010 that 140,000 US inmates have been raped. Shaun Attwood has written three books on life inside and his latest, Prison Time, details the sex – consensual or otherwise – the prostitution, the pimping and the equal, loving relationships behind bars

Supporters of same-sex marriage on Castro Street in 2009

California dreaming: Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'

The series of novels have changed the lives of countless gay people. As the last volume is published, Patrick Strudwick pays a personal tribute

Crisis in South Africa: The shocking practice of 'corrective rape' - aimed at 'curing' lesbians

Clare Carter travelled across South Africa to photograph and interview the victims of this appalling crime. These are their stories...

Brotherly love: the central question of Sherlock is what exactly is the nature of the relationship between Holmes and Watson?

Sherlock Holmes: Boy story bromance

The fine bromance between Sherlock Holmes and Watson has gripped TV viewers but, says Patrick Strudwick, it's less about sex and more about love between straight men

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National Lottery price hike: False hope floats on

The Lottery acts as God. Yes, 'it could be you'. But statistically you have a much higher chance of sleeping with Dale Winton

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