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A man has been arrested by officers investigating allegations of serious sexual abuse at care homes in North Wales, police have confirmed.

Robbie Rogers: the former Leeds midfielder came out as gay last month and has since retired

'Banter' prevents players from coming out, says Robbie Rogers

A "pack mentality" in dressing rooms is preventing more gay footballers from coming out, according to former Leeds and Stevenage player Robbie Rogers.

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Grace Dent on TV: 40-Year-Old Virgins

How people can humiliate themselves like this is beyond belief. Not that I'm ungrateful, obviously...

Man denies part in Oxford child sex ring, claiming mistaken identity

A man accused of being part of a child sex ring has denied targeting young white girls as “easy prey”.

Edit out the sex and the audience is the loser

This new coyness about sex is blamed on – or credited to – the great god of marketing

QTWTAIN: Could Angelina Jolie be the first female US President?

William Hague and Angelina Jolie to highlight problem of warzone rape on visit to Africa

Foreign secretary William Hague will travel with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to Africa this week to raise awareness of warzone rape.

Paperback review: In One Person, By John Irving

We are formed by what we desire,” declares Bill Abbott, the bisexual narrator of John Irving’s thirteenth novel.

The adverts mimicked a recent campaign by the gay-rights group Stonewall which used the strapline “Some people are gay, get over it!”.

Boris Johnson wins ruling over ban
on Christian group's controversial
'gay cure' ads

A Christian group promoting “gay cure” therapies has lost its bid to sue Transport for London (TfL) after Boris Johnson refused to allow their adverts on London buses.

India's new law to help protect women

A new law was passed today to protect women against sexual violence in response to the gang rape of a student in Delhi in December.

Young actor actor facing rape charge 'punched victim'

 A child actor who allegedly raped another student told his victim "anything that happened you wanted to happen" before punching him in the face, a witness has told a court.

Bill Roache defended people “on the fringes”, especially pop stars, who he said were “caught in this trap” by sexually active young female groupies

'Very sorry': Coronation Street actor Bill Roache apologises after linking child abuse to 'previous lives' of victims

Coronation Street star Bill Roache today said he was "very sorry" over his controversial comments on the victims of paedophiles which seemed to suggest they were being punished for past sins.

Birmingham council asked about sexual orientation and religion in survey on waste and recycling

Er... why? Birmingham council wheelie bin survey asks: Are you gay, straight or bisexual?

A council survey on wheelie bins which asked residents about their sexual orientation has been branded a waste of taxpayers' money by politicians.

Why is a generation of women choosing to go bare 'down there' ?

The politics of pubic hair: why is a generation choosing to go bare down there?

Shaved genitals have somehow become the new normal for an entire generation of women. Surely it’s time we asked why. Louisa Saunders ponders the politics of pubic hair

Teacher in York primary schools charged with sex offences against children

A 31-year-old primary school teacher has appeared in court charged with sex offences against children, police said today.

Egypt resists UN women rights text

Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has objected to a UN declaration on violence against women on the grounds that it would lead to the “disintegration of society” – a move that threatens to derail efforts by the international community to reach an agreement.

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