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Free2B Fundraiser

Free2B provides essential 1:1 support for LGBTQ+ young people in SW London. In September, funding for part of this provision ends and whilst we seek an alternative long-term solution, we are raising funds to ensure Free2B can continue to provide this essential support to LGBTQ+ young people. Every penny counts – please give whatever… Read the original article Author:

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Totnes Set to Sparkle for Seventh Pride Event!

The historic market town of Totnes in Devon is set to host the seventh Totnes Pride​ on Saturday 7th September 2019. ​ Social enterprise Proud2Be is laying on a whole host of activities, which will bring the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or… Read the original article Author:

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LGBT+ Outcomes Framework Launched

Consortium has today launched it’s LGBT+ Common Outcomes Framework. Consortium has been working with Traverse and 6 of our Members (MindOut, Yorkshire MESMAC, The Intercom Trust, Stonewall Housing, Tonic Living and the LGBT Foundation) to create a common framework for how we as an LGBT+ sector articulate what it is we want to capture when… Read the original article Author:

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Gay Star News is closing: You deserve the full story, all our thanks and love

We are devastated to have to confirm the reports that Gay Star News has to close, effective immediately. The site is no longer being updated. We don’t know how long it will remain online for but we will try to preserve it for as long as possible. Some of you will already have heard this news. It started to break late last night via Twitter. Of course, we would have wished to tell the story first ourselves. However, our priority was to do what we can for our amazing team and the others directly affected by what is happening. Why is GSN closing? Firstly, we feel you deserve to know why we have to close. Since we started almost eight years ago, Gay Star News has been able to serve our community and grow. It was clear from the outset that you, our readers and supporters around the world, wanted to hear about and engage with the stories we were telling. However, it has always been a tough business. This year, it got unexpectedly much tougher. We entered 2019 with every reason to be confident we were going to have a strong year. But as the year progressed, decisions have been delayed and projects people had committed to do with us have fallen flat. There are a number of reasons, of course. But the biggest change was the level of confidence brands and businesses in the UK have, due to the uncertainty over Brexit. It won’t surprise anyone to hear ...

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What I learnt from doing Pride in San Francisco, the queerest city in the US

At the beginning of 2019, I dreamt this would finally be the year where I dipped my feet into the sparkling ocean and soaked up the Californian sun in San Francisco. But then life punched me in the guts – harder than it ever did before – when my dad unexpectedly passed away in February. I spent months barely making it out of bed. I would show up to work, hang out with friends, go on boring, mediocre dates. Wash, rinse, repeat. I worked hard to project the usual image of myself. Except there wasn’t anything usual about my life. Everything was new and painful; it still is. I go through horrible days where this paralyzing grief hits me like a wave and better days where I feel I can eat the world and should make the most of my time. On one of those brighter days, I got on a plane to San Francisco to cover Pride. The northern Californian bay city with its cool, chill, queer vibe was going to be the perfect door to the States. Where everything is bigger but not necessarily better. The destination I dreamt about when things still made sense.  And Maanvi was there. A quest for self-love in San Francisco Maanvi lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is one of the most brilliant, interesting, coffee-addicted people I know. Whenever you’re down, she presents you with this hip coffee blend potion to cheer you up. And it usually works. Just like ...

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‘Terrifying’: adopted kids removed from their gay dads in Russia

A trip to the emergency room soon turned into a nightmare for two dads, who have had their adopted children taken away from them. Lawyers for the men have described their situation as ‘terrifying’ as Russian authorities try to seperate them from their children. On 19 June, two men brought one of their sons to a Moscow hospital to treat a suspected case of appendicitis. The men remain unnamed for their own safety. But the doctor found out the boy had two dads and immediately reported them to the Investigative Committee of Russia. The Committee went on to sue the social workers who approved the children’s adoption for ‘negligence’. It also ordered authorities remove the boys from their family home. In July, things got worse. Authorities from the Committee tried multiple times to search the dads’ apartment and those of their immediate family. Eventually, investigators broke down the doors of the men and one of their brothers. They also interrogated one of their fathers for more than three hours. Gay propaganda The Committee decided the adoption contravened Russia’s controversial ‘gay propaganda’ law. Introduced in the 2013, the law forbids the positive representation of LGBTI people in media. The government argued the law stopped the ‘promotion of nontraditional sexual relations to minors’. LGBTI groups Stimul in Moscow and Coming Out in St. Petersburg joined forces to support the men and provide them legal assistance. Polina, an activist for Coming Out told Gay Star News this was the first time authorities had used ...

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Transgender activists in Thailand propose law to protect their rights

Transgender activists in Thailand last week proposed a new law to guarantee their rights. They presented a proposal to the parliament speaker. The activists, who plan to get 10,000 signatures in support of the law, want to recognized as the correct gender following gender affirmation surgery. The proposed law covers their name and title, marriage rights, military conscription and being treated as their gender in correctional facilities. The Transsexual Association of Thailand and The Life Inspired for Transsexuals Foundation led the campaign, according to The Nation. ‘Let the world see that Thailand is among the leaders when it comes to the rights and freedom for LGBTQI people,’ Yollada Suannok, president of the Transsexual Association of Thailand, said. Well-known singer and LGBTI icon Jern Jern Boonsoongnern backed the petition. Trans rights in Thailand People often consider Thailand a haven for transgender individuals. Transgender women are a visible part of society. But, they are often marginalized. Local law does not guarantee their rights. In March, the country elected its first transgender member of the House of Representatives. Filmmaker Tanwarin Sukkhapisit won a seat for the Future Forward Party (FFP). Tanwarin Sukkhapisit decided to run for office with FFP after a five-year legal battle over a film Sukkhapisit made. In the end, Thai censors removed a nude scene. Meanwhile, trans woman Pauline Ngarmpring made history in these elections by running for Prime Minister. Thailand also looks like it might become the second country in Asia to recognize same-sex partnerships. But, activists have slammed a civil ...

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