Tory Activist Slammed As 'Bigoted' After Suggesting Trans People Are Mentally Ill

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK

A Tory activist has been slammed as “bigoted” “ill-informed” and “unfeeling” after suggesting that people who want to change their gender ...

Rules On Gay Men Donating Blood To Be Relaxed Under Equalities Reform

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Rules on blood donation by gay men are to be relaxed under equalities reforms announced by the Government. As part of a shake-up announced by educatio...

We Are Letting Down Our Transgender Youth... Here's How

LJ Ferris | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

In this country children cannot undergo interventions for gender confirmation. They may get hormone blockers to delay puberty but they are not considered able to consent to hormones or surgery until they are 18. Young transgender people need to see trans bodies in transition, they need to see trans identities that don't undergo surgery but are beautiful.

Won't Someone Think Of The Children

CJ Atkinson | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
CJ Atkinson

As Stonewall once again release statistics that make chilling reading for the state of the world for young trans people, I'm once again reminded that we only tangentially live in the same world. Tell me how much time we should wait for things to get better. Tell me that this is exactly how it goes. Tell me it's unfortunate, it's really sad, but you don't really feel comfortable with this kind of chat.

Almost Half Of Trans Teens Have Tried To Kill Themselves, Report Reveals

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Almost half of transgender teenagers have attempted to kill themselves and more than 80% have self-harmed, a new study into the lives of LGBT young pe...

The Conservatives Have Improved LGBT Rights - They Must Ensure The DUP Do Not Stifle Progress

Ruth Hunt | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ruth Hunt

If such a partnership is pursued, The Conservatives - at the very least - have an opportunity and an obligation to demonstrate to their partners in the DUP why they too need to think again about LGBT people, our rights and our needs, and start actively working to achieve equality for LGBT people in Northern Ireland. It's vital that the Conservative Party stand firm on LGBT equality, and the Prime Minister makes that clear from the outset.

Stonewall's Vision For Change Is A Great Step Towards Acceptance For Trans People

Aimee Challenor | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Aimee Challenor

As a member of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group, I've enjoyed working with a diverse group of trans people, to produce a succinct document, outlining the path to acceptance over the next five years.

This Is The Change To Our Passports People Need And It's Nothing To Do With Brexit

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Trans people must be allowed gender-neutral passports to stop them facing “distressing questions” that deter them from travelling, campaigners hav...

Bravo Blind Date For Including LGBT Contestants - Our Cilla Would Be Proud

Matt Horwood | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Matt Horwood

Representation alone might not create a world where all LGBT relationships are accepted as equal, but it's a start. And broadcasters should take not just responsibility, but in fact pride, in helping create positive change for our community.

Kelvin Mackenzie Has Yet Again Spread The False Idea That Religion And LGBT Equality Are Not Compatible

Ruth Hunt | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK
Ruth Hunt

Hearing these 'jokes' from a TV presenter gives this bullying homophobia credence. Mr Mackenzie suggests these comments are throwaway and are best forgotten. If we follow this logic to its conclusion, he is suggesting we should just put up with homophobia.

LGBT Asylum Seekers Are Not Safe In Detention, The Home Office Must Do More

Paul Twocock | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Paul Twocock

Detention, in its current form, is not safe for LGBT asylum seekers. There are some urgent steps that the Home Office must take to ensure all LGBT people who are seeking refuge from violence and persecution in their own country can be safe during their claim for asylum in the UK.

The Forced Fall Of The Turing Bill Is Offensive and Hurtful

Ruth Hunt | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Ruth Hunt

Instead of taking the Bill to the next stage, where it would have been possible to iron out differences, parliamentary procedures were used to force the Bill to fall. This is an underhanded political tactic, and, regardless of intention, it is deeply hurtful and offensive.

We Welcome The Turing Bill - But The Pardon Must Go Further

Paul Twocock | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Twocock

Alan Turing was an extraordinary man, whose life was cruelly cut short by the way he was treated for being gay. But his story is just one of many thousands of men who were similarly persecuted for their sexual orientation, and it is time that the Government officially acknowledges that every single prosecution was unjust.

‘A Little More Inclusive And A Little Less S Club' – The Importance Of LGBT Safe Spaces

Matt Horwood | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Horwood

Some people might label these events as 'one offs', and decide it's not worth 'making a fuss' by reacting. But in fact, this editing is the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community's response to structural oppression and discrimination (something that all marginalised communities have to deal with on a daily basis.)

The Legacy Of The Queer Community Must Be Acknowledged

Tilda Gregg-Smith | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tilda Gregg-Smith

We should commemorate these LGBT+ figures, and recognise what they did. Let us not simply remember the events of the past, but rather let us be inspired by them to continue fighting for equality.

One In Five Sports Fans Would Be 'Embarrassed' If Their Favourite Player Came Out

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK

Almost three quarters (72%) of British football fans say they have heard homophobic abuse, according to new research that suggests such views are stil...

Grammar School Slammed For 'Homophobia' Over Maths Test Question

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

A grammar school headteacher has apologised after a maths test handed out to pupils suggested that only men and women should get married “as God int...

Should LGBT-Exclusive Environments Exist?

Mitch Price | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mitch Price

For many young people, self-identifying themselves in an unfriendly atmosphere swirls them into a state of disarray. Places for them to go, meet similar people and to feel comfortable are still massively important. In schools and universities, LGBT clubs and societies exist as a good network. If you are gay and don't enjoy going to gay clubs, it can be really hard to meet other gay people...

New LGBT Traffic Lights Installed In London Amid Calls For Diversity To Be More 'Visible'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK

Pedestrian traffic signals will be replaced with new LGBT symbols ahead of London's Pride festival on Saturday, but more should be done across the cou...

These 17-Year-Olds Have Been Crowned Young LGBT Campaigners Of The Year

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Two 18-year-old LGBT activists have been named Young Campaigners of the Year by charity Stonewall. AJ Selfridge and Mitch Price both launched initiati...

Why's Everyone Talking About Idaho and Hobbits Again?

Claire House | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Claire House

Over the past quarter of a century, great progress has been made on LGBT rights worldwide. 40 countries have decriminalised homosexuality and over 30 have outlawed homophobic hate crimes. Over 60 countries now legally protect LGBT people at work and 15 recognise same-sex marriages. But huge challenges remain

The Head Of The GCHQ Has This To Say About Its 'Horrifying' Treatment Of Alan Turing

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.04.2016 | UK

The head of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has apologised for its "horrifying" treatment of Alan Turing and its historic prejudice ...

I Was Sexually Harassed Last Week, Again - Reflecting On International Women's Day

Imogen Groome | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I now feel uncomfortable walking home alone at night. I've had to begin asking my male housemate to come out and meet me to walk me home if I'm out late, because I am now afraid for my safety. Perhaps one day women will be able to walk down the street - more than that, live their lives - without feeling afraid of what the consequences will be for simply being who they are.

International Women's Day 2016

Ruth Hunt | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Ruth Hunt

This International Women's Day I am whole-heartedly behind the idea of making a #pledgeforparity. We all have a responsibility for working towards gender equality. To do this we need to give everyone the chance to express their experience of gender inequality and to listen to these experiences and to not dismiss them. And we can't do that unless we understand that there's no us and them.

Why LGBT Education Needs to Be on Every School's Agenda

Tamsin Bartlett | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Tamsin Bartlett

Let's start analysing the work of LGBT poets in English and study the lives of LGBT figures in History. Let's provide books in the school library with LGBT characters that tell their own stories in a way young people can identify with. Let's include our LGBT students in school life, setting up spaces where they can feel comfortable in our community.