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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Thousands Gather For Gay Pride Parade in Rio's Copacabana Beach

Thousands Gather For Gay Pride Parade in Rio's Copacabana Beach
Homophobia is a fact. Virtually every day a homosexual victim of homophobia dies in the country. If we exist, in some way, it is a resistance,” Almir França, president of the Arco-Iris (Rainbow) Group, and organizer of the event told government news agency, Agencia Brasil. According to the organizers, 

On Transgender Day Of Remembrance, Let's Look Out For And Support Trans People Facing Bigotry

On Transgender Day Of Remembrance, Let's Look Out For And Support Trans People Facing Bigotry
- The attacks on trans people remind me of the homophobia I saw growing up in the Eighties and Nineties. Bigotry should never have been acceptable then, and it certainly should not be acceptable now. So as Shadow Secretary of State for Education, I want to make our support clear for trans people in ...

Croatian Bank Under Fire By Homophobes For Depicting Gay Couple, Trans Woman, In New Ad

Croatian Bank Under Fire By Homophobes For Depicting Gay Couple, Trans Woman, In New Ad
- A bank in Croatia under fire from conservatives for running an ad that includes LGBT people. Erste Bank's new ad campaign promotes “the fellowship ...

The Weird Science of Homophobes Who Turn Out to Be Gay

The Weird Science of Homophobes Who Turn Out to Be Gay
- There is some research suggesting a link between being closeted and being anti-gay. But while the notion feeds many jokes, it also obscures very real ...

Street Celebrations Break Out in Zimbabwe After Homophobic Leader Robert Mugabe Resigns

Street Celebrations Break Out in Zimbabwe After Homophobic Leader Robert Mugabe Resigns
- Street celebrations broke out in Zimbabwe after dictator Robert Mugabe resigned following 37 years in power. The Guardian reports: The announcement came during a parliamentary hearing to impeach him, following a military takeover last week. A letter submitted to parliament by the 93-year-old said ...

Counselling for parents of LGBT kids now available

Counselling for parents of LGBT kids now available
- The homophobia in Bulgaria extends from society into the Sofia parliament. Bulgarian politicians have never demonstrated support of the LGBT community in the country. The few politicians who might be more sympathetic seem to be afraid to show support, probably because they might not be voted ...

Crowd of queer folk fight back against hockey stick-wielding homophobes

Crowd of queer folk fight back against hockey stick-wielding homophobes
- The festivities at Buenos Aires Pride were marred by an outburst of violence when three men — one carrying a hockey stick — viciously attacked an ...

Starbucks' Holiday Cups Are Causing Controversy — Again

Starbucks' Holiday Cups Are Causing Controversy — Again
- It's pretty obvious that this "controversy" is another ridiculous reason for conservative, homophobic people to boycott Starbucks, which isn't trying to ...

Forget Germany – the real crisis as far as Brexit talks go is closer to home

Forget Germany – the real crisis as far as Brexit talks go is closer to home
- That speaks to the PM's biggest success and her biggest failure in the Brexit talks. If May can get to the end of the process, she has a set of excellent cards: that parliament as a whole favours a soft exit from the EU, that a good third of the parliamentary Labour Party will fear a Brexit backlash if they vote ...

The loss of the European Medicines Agency due to Brexit could hinder access to life-saving drugs

The loss of the European Medicines Agency due to Brexit could hinder access to life-saving drugs
- Failure to reach a sensible agreement would cause serious disruption to patients' continued access to existing and new medicines, with a recent estimate that a bad Brexit could mean UK patients end up waiting six to 12 months longer than those in EU states for new, potentially life-saving drugs.

How the Sex Scandals Might Accomplish What Donald Trump and Brexit Couldn't

How the Sex Scandals Might Accomplish What Donald Trump and Brexit Couldn't
- The Bernie Bros couldn't beat the Clinton Machine. The Trump Train did succeed, but only for the Trump administration to fill up with ex-lobbyists and Trump cronies installed prized positions, exerting much influence. It's the same across the pond: Brexiteers managed to force David Cameron from office, 

Pressure on legal sector as Brexit anxiety mounts

Pressure on legal sector as Brexit anxiety mounts
- The results clearly point to a great deal of uncertainty, with a combination of Brexit, Trump and the political instability of both the UK and Irish governments creating a vortex of unease among legal firms. While firms are continuing to perform well, only 47pc have a positive outlook for the sector in the next ..

Oil, Trump And Taxes: How Will Aviation Hold Up In 2018?

Oil, Trump And Taxes: How Will Aviation Hold Up In 2018?
- Although European travel has been affected by political changes such as Brexit and the snap election, long-haul destinations such as Dubai and the Far East are proving increasingly popular as ultimately, people still want a holiday. “Surprisingly, Trump's presidency and subsequent travel ban has not ..

Why it's time to speak up for Western civilisation again

Why it's time to speak up for Western civilisation again
- Indeed, the phenomenon of the disenchantment of younger voters may not be a factor in identity politics, though they account for a large component of the democratic decline identified by pollsters such as the Pew group. The manifestation of identity politics in the Trump victory, the Brexit vote in Britain ...

Fake Twitter accounts send 400000 independence messages

Fake Twitter accounts send 400000 independence messages
- So-called “bots” - many believed to be linked with a Russian effort to destabilise the West - have already been identified providing support for Donald Trump and Brexit last year. Now experts at Swansea University say computer-generated accounts were also tweeting about independence, using key ...

The European window - Michael Briguglio

The European window - Michael Briguglio
- Ask electors in the US and Britain following the victories of Trump and Brexit. The logic and factual arguments behind these forces may have been poor, but they were more persuasive to their constituents. Transposed to the EU, Gardner said that its communications strategy characterised by brochures ...

More than 5000 Derbyshire children referred to mental health services in the last two years

More than 5000 Derbyshire children referred to mental health services in the last two years
- More than 5,000 children in Derbyshire have been referred to specialist NHS mental health services in the last two years, the NSPCC has revealed.

Working-class children get less of everything in education - including respect'

Working-class children get less of everything in education - including respect'
England does not have an education system that is serious about realising the potential of all children, she argues, with those on free school meals and receiving pupil premium 27% less likely to achieve five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths. Four-fifths of children from ...

Germany tells parents to destroy their children's smartwatches due to spying fears

Germany tells parents to destroy their children's smartwatches due to spying fears
- The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) has banned models targeted at 5-12-year-olds, labelling them as “prohibitive listening devices”. The agency says they can be used to secretly record conversations, through a “baby monitor” feature.

The Impact Of Congenital Heart Disease: Beyond The Heart

The Impact Of Congenital Heart Disease: Beyond The Heart
- Congenital heart disease has a major impact on affected children across the UK, but it also changes the lives of families, putting parents under emotional and financial strain. That's what we heard from around 600 parents of children with congenital heart disease, when we asked them what challenges ...

UK teenagers better at working together than they are at maths

UK teenagers better at working together than they are at maths
- Teenagers in the UK are significantly better at working together to solve ... UK education system is equipping young people with “21st-century skills”, ...

Sexual harassment: It's not only rife in showbiz and Westminster - it's in UK schools

Sexual harassment: It's not only rife in showbiz and Westminster - it's in UK schools
- Some MPs have sensibly called for more sex education, but without extra, trained specialist teachers, the government's plan to make the subject ...

Overseas student decline challenge for Welsh universities

Overseas student decline challenge for Welsh universities
- One of the reasons is attributed to visa issues although the drop in Indian students in the whole of the UK has been much less marked than in Wales. Universities Wales, which represents higher education institutions, hopes the reduction in non-EU international students will be offset by the "proactive ...

Sex education teachers need to keep up with 'current trends' in the bedroom

Sex education teachers need to keep up with 'current trends' in the bedroom
- Ruth Lewis, from the University of Glasgow, said it is "crucial" teaching keeps up. She said: “At a time when much sex and relationships education is being updated, keeping pace with current trends in sexual practices is crucial so that curricula are tailored to the realities of young people's experiences." ...

Kent grammar school announces plans for 'unsafe space' including Mein Kampf

Kent grammar school announces plans for 'unsafe space' including Mein Kampf
- Two pupils said that the teacher in charge, Professor James Soderholm, had joked about LGBT groups by presenting the term with a string of random letters and numbers appended to it. The school has also scheduled lectures on the subjects “Women versus feminism” and “not all cultures are created ...

Church of England Urges Schools to Let Kids Explore Their Gender Identity

Church of England Urges Schools to Let Kids Explore Their Gender Identity
- Perhaps most significantly of all, he has refused to weaponize religion as a means to discriminate against LGBT people. For example, while the UK has seen several examples of the “cake shop” wars that have plagued the U.S., the Church of England as a central body has refused to enter the legal ...

Labour Backs Tory Rebel's Brexit Bill Amendment To Protect Human Rights

Labour Backs Tory Rebel's Brexit Bill Amendment To Protect Human Rights
- The charter is vital for ensuring the rights of people living in the UK are protected, including the elderly and those from the LGBT community. And yet ...

Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'

Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
In China being openly gay is still fraught with difficulties. Dressing a certain way or public displays of affection can draw stares and lead to family turmoil. Some Chinese parents have even brought gay children to "conversion" clinics for treatment. Homosexuality was classified as a mental illness in China ...

The top 10 gaming trends of 2017

The top 10 gaming trends of 2017
- Gaming doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to diversity so it was good this year to see the industry acknowledge the LGBT community. PlayStation sponsored Pride in London, and several LGBT-specific games became big hits. Erotic romantic comedy Ladykiller in a Bind made it to Steam ...

Dominic Grieve expects climbdown over post-Brexit human rights law

Dominic Grieve expects climbdown over post-Brexit human rights law
- The charter is vital for ensuring the rights of people living in the UK are protected, including the elderly and those from the LGBT community. “And yet, ministers want to drop it for the sake of appealing to the extreme voices in the Tory party. This week the government needs to change course or risk ...

US State Department says discrimination against trans people is bad

US State Department says discrimination against trans people is bad
- I hope that the United Kingdom, working with like-minded countries around the world, will play a leadership role to ensure we do not slip back, but instead move forward to global LGBT equality.” Conservative MP Luke Graham added: “We in the UK must show international leadership, as it is very ...

Anti-LGBT lawmaker caught having gay sex in office faces over 30 allegations of sexual harassment

Anti-LGBT lawmaker caught having gay sex in office faces over 30 allegations of sexual harassment
- An anti-LGBT US lawmaker who resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office is facing a wave of allegations of sexual harassment. Ohio state legislator Wes Goodman, who was elected in November 2016 on a platform of “family values” before stepping down last week after the incident ...

Gay couple who added a girlfriend to their relationship say 'throuple' sex is the best they've ever had

Gay couple who added a girlfriend to their relationship say 'throuple' sex is the best they've ever had
- TWO men and one woman are tearing up relationship rules with a unique status - meet the 'throuple.' Taking “three's company” to a more intimate ...

Football's first openly gay referee says game is stuck in the 'dark ages' when it comes to homophobia

Football's first openly gay referee says game is stuck in the 'dark ages' when it comes to homophobia
British football's first openly gay referee says he agrees that the game is stuck in the “dark ages” when it comes to homophobia. In Ryan Atkin's first gay press shoot and interview since coming out publicly in August, the National League ref says that top flight football is failing to takes LGBT issues as ...

Know ourselves: LGBT+ rights should be covered in the school curriculum

Know ourselves: LGBT+ rights should be covered in the school curriculum
- I am discrete about my sexuality because it is my choice. I don't have to be as I live in the UK and have been openly gay in the past. I am known on my medical records as being homosexual because I chose to make the disclosure. Publicly I have spoken openly about my sexuality and it is known by the ...

Scott Morrison: at least as many voters want religious freedom as marriage equality

Scott Morrison: at least as many voters want religious freedom as marriage equality
- Despite Morrison's claim that his advocacy sought to represent the views of 100% of Australians, Labor and the Greens have already warned the government not to attempt to introduce amendments that enact new forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians. On Thursday Liberal senator Dean ...

Trudeau will apologise for Canada's past 'persecution' of LGBTIs

Trudeau will apologise for Canada's past 'persecution' of LGBTIs
- It comes after a Cold War 'purge' of LGBTI servicemen and women who were deemed 'weak, unreliable and potentially disloyal.' Using a device called the 'Fruit Machine' to 'detect homosexuality' the army would seek out and fire LGBTI people. The last recorded purge on record took place almost two ...

Jeff Sessions stutters when faced with questions by a gay congressperson

Jeff Sessions stutters when faced with questions by a gay congressperson
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been deeply criticized for his racist, sexist, and anti-LGBTI policies. On Tuesday, 14 November, Sessions faced the House Judiciary Committee for almost five hours to address his repeated lies about communication with Russian officials. While the Republicans, who ...

No break for Australian Parliament until equal marriage is passed

No break for Australian Parliament until equal marriage is passed
- Elsewhere this week a large-scale survey of LGBTI Australians has shown opposition to a same-sex marriage bill that allow discrimination in the name of religion. The study found a slim majority of LGBTI people would rather wait than accept a compromised bill. The study conducted between the closure ..

Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events

Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events
- Europe's top human rights body is calling on Turkey's capital city to reverse its decision to ban all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex ...