Finbarr Toesland

Finbarr Toesland is a multi-award winning journalist


During my time as a journalist I have been committed to illuminating vital LGBTQ stories and underreported issues. 

I’ve reported from Berlin’s first LGBTQ refugee centre; investigated the forced anal examinations that are terrorising gay men in Africa and the Middle East; spent the night with the 'Soho Angels' keeping London’s nightlife scene safe; explored Prague’s Paralelní Polis, the creation of the infamous Ztohoven artist-activist group; profiled former BP CEO, Lord John Browne, and covered the rise of sustainable fashion at Milan Men's Fashion Week.


  • NBC News
  • BBC
  • Reuters
  • Huffington Post
  • VICE
  • The Telegraph
  • Prospect
  • Financial Times’ publications
  • The Times and The Sunday Times supplements


  • The Printing Charity Rising Star Award
  • Excellence in Health or Fitness Coverage Award 2021  - NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
  • Reuters Institute (University of Oxford) - Journalist Fellowship Summer School
  • John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme 2021
  • AARP Freelance Fellowship at NLGJA


I'm currently based in London where I work as a freelance journalist for a range of international publications. I studied Archaeology at University College London as an undergraduate before completing an MPhil in African Studies at Cambridge University. 

For my graduate dissertation I researched the role of media in Uganda in facilitating discrimination against LGBTQ people, primarily through conducting ten interviews with journalists, media experts, subjects of media coverage, NGO researchers, LGBTQ rights advocates and academics.

I've filed stories from Prague, Oslo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Vienna, New York, Dublin, Edinburgh, Berlin, Lugano, Budapest, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Milan, Las Vegas, Paris, Malta, Stockholm and Venice.