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Writing Competition

Syndicated Content IARS is organising a writing competition as part of the Community Outreach to contribute to the intellectual outputs of the Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP). They are interested in broadcasting European voices of young people, focusing on the topics that matter to them. YEIP aims to tackle radicalisation through youth empowerment and social inclusion. All articles that meet the editorial guidelines will be published in the youth-led magazine 99% . IARS will select the best ones to be edited by Dr. Gavrielides and published in their annual magazine to be launched at IARS International Conference at the University of East London. Finalists will be invited to participate in he Youth Panel at the International Conference. The winner will be selected by IARS’ director and members of the academic and youth advisory board. Simon Israel Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent will be announcing the winner. You can find out more about the competition by clicking here Read the original article Author: Philip

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20 things the LGBT+ world will be talking about in 2020

Syndicated Content Will 2020 be the beginning of a bright new decade for the LGBT+ world or a death slide to despair? So will it be the year of Trump’s triumph? Will RuPaul rule her new comedy? A year when LGBT+ Olympians are covered in gold? Or perhaps a year when Brexit undermines LGBT+ rights? Predictions are a dangerous business. But we can confidently predict at least some of the TV, politics, parties and events that will dominate 2020. So find out why everybody will be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and why Sex Education will never be the same again. 1 Time to take on Trump Naturally, US and international news will be dominated by the Presidential election on 3 November. During Donald Trump’s presidency, many LGBT+ people have felt threatened and seen their rights eroded. In particular, trans schoolchildren and members of the military have lost protections. Trump’s record, therefore, will be in the forefront of many LGBT+ American’s minds. Meanwhile, key election issues will include gun control, climate change, international trade, healthcare, abortion and immigration. Right now, a wide pool of 15 major candidates are still vying for the Democratic nomination. Among them is Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate to seek the nomination, although he is not a frontrunner. Will one of them win through or will Trump ‘Keep America Great’ until 2025? 2 Thirsty tweets may be over with Twitter’s porn ban Could Twitter be about to follow Tumblr and ban porn? The ...

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Happy Queermas

Syndicated Content Stonewall Housing is the UK’s oldest LGBT+ specific housing support and advice service. They help over 1000 LGBT+ people a year access safer homes and spaces. They have 51 bed spaces (including a Trans only scheme) for people who have been made homeless as a direct result of their gender identity and/or sexuality. Their Christmas text campaign – QUEERMAS – aims to get every service user living in one of their schemes a £10 gift voucher for Christmas. For their young people who have been rejected and isolated from their families and communities, Christmas is an even harder time than usual. Many of them wake up alone without friends or family, and rely on food banks or local charity Christmas meals to attend. We want to make sure everyone gets a little something to open this year. It’s very simple to donate, just text the word QUEERMAS to 70085  to donate £10 to the appeal.  Read the original article Author: Philip

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December Newsletter 2019

Syndicated Content Seasons Greetings! Welcome to a special December edition of our Newsletter. Consortium will be closed for the holiday period from Saturday 21st December until Thursday 2nd January 2020.   The Team will not have access to messages or emails, but you can find a wealth of information on our Website and our Directory is available all year round. A Holiday Message from Consortium’s CEO, Paul Roberts Once again, the end of the year approaches so quick! It has been a rather extraordinary year for so many reasons, so I want to take this opportunity to thank all our Members for the amazing work they do every day. For our collective size, we are a remarkable sector. I hope you manage to get some rest over the festive season, and extra thanks to those who provide additional support and social opportunities for those in our communities who find this time of year particularly challenging. I look forward to working with you all in 2020 and to make our LGBT+ voices even louder, and action for change more visible. Have a wonderful festive season. Consortium Launches Brand New Website www.consortium.lgbt This month Consortium is very excited to launch its brand new website. The new site has been designed with our Members in mind and boasts a new Members Dashboard, which allows Members to instantly access a wide range of Benefits. If you haven’t received your group’s login details then please email us so you can start exploring the new site and make the most of your Membership. ...

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General Election Result Statement: A message from Consortium CEO Paul Roberts

Syndicated Content As we enter a new period of Parliament, Consortium, representing a broad and diverse range of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + voluntary and community organisations across the UK, calls upon our new Government to stay firmly committed to LGBT+ equality. The existing LGBT Action Plan, drawn up by the previous Conservative government, must continue to serve as the building blocks for engaging with our communities. The 75 actions contained within it offered a vision to help improve the lives of LGBT+ people, and the work already started on its implementation must remain at the heart of our new Government’s work. Support from Westminster must also be given to ensure that all parts of the UK have parity of opportunity. Our communities continue to face disproportionate discrimination and marginalisation across well evidenced areas, including mental health, education, community safety and the workplace to name a few. The 360+ Members of Consortium work tirelessly every day to ensure every LGBT+ person can live a safe, fulfilling and prosperous life free from that discrimination. They work with the most vulnerable LGBT+ people and we urge the Government to continue working in partnership with our communities to tackle these issues head on. We offer our expertise and community knowledge to ensure those diverse LGBT+ voices are heard across all Government departments and make sure they are afforded the opportunities to be consulted, listened to and actively supported to make the LGBT+ voluntary and community sectors stronger and more sustainable. Read the ...

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Rainbow JCB Marks Beginning of £2.4m Rebuild for Europe’s First LGBT+ Centre in Manchester

Syndicated Content Powering up a rainbow JCB digger, VIPs including the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham MP, and the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Mr Warren J Smith KStJ JP Dlitt LLD, donned hard hats and brightly coloured high vis jackets to help The Proud Trust charity launch its Christmas ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. The event marked the start of building works for a new £2.4million development for LGBT+ people in the North West that will replace the current centre on Sidney Street in Manchester, which, having served the community for over 30 years, is no longer fit for purpose. The Proud Trust (www.theproudtrust.org) is calling on both individuals and corporate supporters to consider ‘buying a brick’ this Christmas as an alternative gift for loved ones and help to raise the final £150,000 needed for the new premises. Donations of £100 for individuals, or £1000 for corporates, can be made via the charity’s website: www.theproudtrust.org/shop/buy-a-brick. All supporters receive a certificate and will have their names recognised with thanks in the new centre. Watch this story featured on Granada Reports here The first of its kind built in Europe (built in 1988), the current LGBT+ facility on Sidney Street has served the community for over 31 years. It was built at a time when safety and discretion were priorities for many of its users, and in recent years, the building has fallen into a state of disrepair and is no longer fit for purpose. It will soon be demolished to make way ...

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Trans Community Partnership Launch New Research and Development Programme

Syndicated Content The new Trans Learning Partnership* (TLP) led by Spectra, are proud to announce grant funding from the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder. This grant will fund the 18-month development phase of a larger programme, which will establish a platform to share and evaluate service level information, outcomes and good practice, and identify key research pieces, for which further academic funding will be sought. The TLP will drive the development of a robust service and advocacy-oriented evidence base, enabling trans services and their service users to have needs-based, impactful services. The TLP partners are committed to a community participatory model of working, putting trans and non-binary people at the centre of the conception, design, guidance and delivery of all elements of the programme. Our decision-making group is structured so that trans and non-binary people always have the casting votes. Together, the TLP believe we can share knowledge, experience and good practice as well as support the development of research that will directly impact how services are conceived and delivered in future. Spectra’s CEO, Karen Skipper comments: “Spectra are delighted that with the support of this City Bridge Trust grant, the dynamic new Trans Learning Partnership* can begin development of its 4 year programme; identifying and co-producing research, with trans people at its core, that will result in better services for trans and non-binary people in future. For the first time, we will also have a monitoring and evaluation platform that allows us to transition ...

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UN: LGBT+ torture, murder and arrests break international law

Syndicated Content The UN has instructed countries to make gay sex legal, stop torturing LGBT+ people, prevent ‘conversion therapy’ and end the sterilisation of trans people. It has even said countries must recognize same-sex couples and give them benefits in the same way as opposite sex couples. This can be done by offering marriage, civil unions or civil partnerships. In a wide-ranging report just published, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has a clear message to its 193 member states. She says they have already committed to LGBT+ rights and signed legally binding treaties so they have to comply. At the moment over 70 countries still criminalise homosexuality and trans rights are even less well advanced. The UN report also outlines how intersex rights and protections are behind even those given to trans people around the world. But it’s not just the countries that make gay sex illegal who have to change. For example the UN’s demand that all countries forbid ‘conversion therapy’ or so-called ‘gay cures’ would require law changes in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and most of Europe. Only a handful of countries currently have a nationwide ban; Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Malta, Switzerland, Taiwan and Uruguay. Overall, it is likely every country in the world will have to make changes, some radical, to fully comply with the UN’s instructions. LGBT+ torture, murder and discrimination High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says the UN has ‘documented widespread violations and abuses targeting LGBTI people in all regions of ...

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Voting records reveal how British party leaders really act on LGBT+ rights

Syndicated Content What do the leaders standing in the UK General Election next week really think about LGBT+ equality? We’ve looked at their House of Commons voting records to find out. Conservative leader Boris Johnson has the worst voting record on LGBT+ rights of the candidates to be the next Prime Minister. Johnson has two votes against the community to just three in favour. He has also missed many opportunities to support LGBT+ people, being absent from 11 votes, the most of any leader. By contrast, both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson have consistently voted for equality. Unsurprisingly, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds, is the worst of the Westminster leaders overall. He boasts a clearly homophobic voting record. Obviously, some of the party leaders have been MPs for longer. Therefore, they have had more chance to show a pro or anti-LGBT+ performance in the House of Commons. So when you look at the overall scores, it is the number of votes for us, versus the number against or abstentions which counts. Some of the votes we’ve charted date back more than two decades. But the issues were brought bang up to date this year. MPs seized the opportunity to make same-sex marriage legal in Northern Ireland, just as they are in the the rest of the UK, after a six year wait. Britain will go to the polls next Thursday in an election which experts say is still close to call. But before you vote for ...

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