The Top 10 LGBT+ ranking was last updated 03/07/2019.
1. The Guyliner
Staying in first place is The Guyliner. Founded by Justin Myers back in June 2010 when he was lining up guys and dating them (now the name makes sense!), he shared his experiences of dating in the LGBT+ community. The Guyliner now features its own section dedicated to reviewing the Guardian Blind Dates alongside light-hearted posts and tips about dating. Justin also writes thought-provoking opinion pieces covering issues such as whether being LGBT+ is nature or nurture, and shares his personal experiences of homophobia.
Want to learn more about this blog? Read our blogger spotlight with Justin Myers, creator of The Guyliner.
2. Daddy & Dad
Moving up to second place is Daddy & Dad. Back in 2014 when Jamie Beaglehole and his partner Tom adopted two boys they decided to share their adoption journey when they noticed there was a huge lack of information for other same-sex adopters. Since then, Daddy & Dad has grown with the family, following milestones such as starting school to family holidays. While Daddy & Dad focuses mainly on parenting they also include guest posts from LGBT+ families across the pond and share their thoughts on LGBT+ issues raised in the news.
LesBeMums was created by Kate Everall and her wife Sharon back in 2012 when they started their journey to have a child. After trying for two years they successfully added T to their family and continued to blog about life as same-sex parents. LesBeMums covers all things parenting, from reviewing the family days out near their home in Brighton to tips on how to savour those precious childhood memories. Kate also shares ideas on how to make sure same-sex and LGBT+ families are represented both in and outside the house, from building an LGBT+ friendly library to how to be an LGBT+ ally.
Bread created Queer Little Family as a place to share her personal journey about being queer and raising children. Writing honest posts, Bread touches on the issues that they face as an LGBT+ family in the modern world, whether it’s how to raise a genderfull kid or the fears they face as they send their child Snappy to nursery. Queer Little Family also features Bread’s own poetry and writing alongside the parenting posts, providing a deeper insight to life as an LGBT+ parent.
Created by Susan James back in 2005, Pink Wedding Days has been helping LGBT+ couples plan their perfect day. With a directory of venues, caterers and gift suggestions, Pink Wedding Days is the ideal blog to visit whether you’re planning an LGBT+ wedding or attending as a guest. Pink Wedding Days also covers the latest developments in LGBT+ rights around the world, sharing the stories as the world moves towards marriage equality for all.
Sarah + Laura is the creation of Sarah and Laura Smith, a femme lesbian couple who love to share their love of travel and family with their followers. Documenting the early days of their relationship, through to marriage and a baby, Sarah + Laura posts about their life as a family of three and the adventures they have. As an LGBT+ couple, Sarah + Laura also covers specific issues, such as the struggles faced when dating as an LGBT+ person today, to answering their reader’s questions about Pride.
Want to learn more about this blog? Read our blogger spotlight with Sarah + Laura.
7. My Two Mums
Kirsty and Clara Taylor-Gallop started their blog, My Two Mums, to share the adventures they have with their son Monkey and post about their views on being same-sex parents. My Two Mums covers everything to do with family life and Kirsty and Clara also share their personal journeys, with Clara documenting her fitness challenges as she gets ready to trek the Himalayas for charity. My Two Mums has an entire section dedicated to LGBT+ issues covering everything from the importance of gay pride to ensuring children of same-sex parents are equally represented as those from heterosexual families.
Lucie Hailey is the brains behind The Girl Who Should Know Better. Identifying as a demigirl she shares her thoughts and opinions on the issues surrounding the LGBT+ community, particularly those affecting trans people. The Girl Who Should Know Better uses her posts to spark debate around how trans people are represented in the media alongside journaling about her life in her own light-hearted and quirky style.
9. Trade Blog
A brand-new entry to our ranking is the official blog of the Leicester-based charity Trade Sexual Health. The charity works with the LGBT+ community in Leicestershire and Rutland and uses their blog to educate and inform people about sexual health for the LGBT+ community. Running their own discussion evenings called In the City, Trade Blog invites people to join the discussion both online and in person.
Founded by Lynn Jones, Yet Another Transgender Blog is a place for her to share her trans journey and help connect with other people like her. Married with two children, Lynn posts about her family life and her own experience of being trans. Yet Another Transgender Blog includes how Lynn handles her mental health and the different challenges the LGBT+ community faces. Dedicated to helping others, Lynn helps run the Nottingham Chameleons group to provide support to the local trans community and offer a place to socialise.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these LGBT+ blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.