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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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Tropical island of Mauritius could be next country to make gay sex legal

Syndicated Content The tropical island of Mauritius could be on a path to decriminalise gay sex as a second case against the current law comes to the Supreme Court. Abdool Ridwan Firaas Ah Seek, a 29-year-old human rights activist, claims Section 250 is unconstitutional. The law dates from 1898 when Mauritius was under British colonial rule and punishes ‘sodomy’ with five years in prison. His lawyers argue the law goes against fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution of Mauritius. These include the right to  equality, privacy, freedom of expression, personal liberty, non-discrimination and protection against inhuman and degrading treatment. A law change may also be good for the economy. Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. Its warm seas, pristine beaches and stunning plants and flowers make tourism a large part of the economy. Second case against Section 250 Ah Seek’s case is not the only appeal against the law currently before the Supreme Court of Mauritius. Another 29-year-old, Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux, founder of Mauritian LGBT+ group Young Queer Alliance, and three other young gay men are also challenging the law. The cases represent frustration with the government for failing to strike down the colonial-era law. The country’s Law Reform Commission said Section 250 should be scrapped in 2007. Furthermore Former Attorney General Rama Valayden tried to pass a law to make consensual same-sex activity legal but failed to get it through. The government of Mauritius promised to reconsider the issue in 2017. But since then, ...

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Gus Kenworthy abandons US team and will ski for Britain at next Olympics

Syndicated Content American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has given up being on the US Winter Olympics team and will ski for Britain at the next games. Kenworthy has become internationally famous as an LGBT+ sporting hero after he came out as gay in 2015. Kenworthy grew up in Telluride, a ski and golf resort town in Colorado US. However, he was born in Essex, southern England. Moreover, he has an English mother, Heather Tyler, as well as an American father, Peter Kenworthy. While he is just 28, the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 are likely to be his last games. Kenworthy switches to team GB Kenworthy, a keen Instagrammer, announced his reasons for the team switch on the social platform. He said: ‘I am very excited to announce that I will be competing for Team GB on the road to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. ‘Although I was raised in the US I was born in the UK and my mum is British through-and-through. ‘She has been my #1 fan for my entire life and has proudly stood at the bottom of the mountain waving the stars and stripes in support of me for two Olympic cycles. ‘Now, in what is sure to be my last Olympic appearance, I’d like to return the honor by proudly holding up the British flag for her.’ Some have suggested that Kenworthy was also inspired to make the switch because the British Winter Olympics team is easier to get into. Previously Britain’s ...

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Trump’s favorite Evangelist, Franklin Graham, is praying for Chick-fil-A to keep funding anti-LGBT+ hate groups

Syndicated Content Franklin Graham, Donald Trump’s favourite Christian evangelist, is praying for fast-food chain Chick-fil-A to keep funding anti-LGBT+ causes. The chain, which has over 2,300 branches, has long been controversial for giving millions of dollars to anti-LGBT+ groups. It’s CEO Dan Cathy confirmed the chicken sandwich chain is against same-sex marriage equality. But, after years of campaigning by LGBT+ activists, it seemed Chick-fil-A has appeared to be softening its stance. A new donation strategy released in November would have stopped further donations to groups against LGBT+ people. It came after Chick-fil-A learned they will not be able to keep open their first store in England. The restaurant opened at the Oracle shopping center in Reading in October this year. But after the chain’s anti-LGBT+ stance sparked protests, the Oracle said it wouldn’t continue the lease after an initial six month trial. ‘Corporate America has caved to the LGBTQ agenda’ Franklin Graham went on Facebook to say there was a lot of ‘concern and criticism’ that Chick-fil-A may stop ‘charitable giving’ to organisations against equality. ‘He added: For Christian schools, businesses, and organizations, there is always a danger of drifting to the left. It is my sincere hope that Chick-fil-A will not allow that to happen. ‘With the majority of corporate America caving to the LGBTQ agenda, Chick-fil-A has stood against the tide – with people of faith supporting them all the way.’ Now, Graham encouraged his followers to ‘pray for Dan Cathy, his brother bubba, and the family’ who ...

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark Healey, founder of 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the National NO2H8 Crime Awards this year. Mark was recognised for his work organising the April Acts of Remembrance (marking the anniversaries of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho each year) and… Read the original article Author:

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Camden & Islington LGBT History Month 2020

forum+ is seeking submissions for the Camden & Islington LGBT History Month programme. LGBT History Month is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history held during the month of February. forum+ along with its partners in the boroughs of Camden and Islington will be hosting and promoting a series of events… Read the original article Author:

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