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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

After Brexit, it's no longer about “left” and “right”—it's now social liberals vs social conservatives

After Brexit, it's no longer about “left” and “right”—it's now social liberals vs social conservatives
- The continuing debate about Brexit is creating considerable angst within both the Conservative and Labour parties. The cabinet is evidently divided between those who want a “soft” Brexit that maximises the UK's continued access to the single market and those who want a “hard” Brexit under which the ...

The 'New Defeatists': Why May and Tillerson Are My People of the Year

The 'New Defeatists': Why May and Tillerson Are My People of the Year
Trump is still a long way from impeachment. The apostles of a hard Brexit in the U.K, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, seem to be unsackable. Even if May did sack them, they would face no more dreadful a fate than making millions on the conference circuit. This is hardly an era for guillotines.

The One Prejudice Brexit Bigots Will Never Indulge

The One Prejudice Brexit Bigots Will Never Indulge
- The LBC presenter believes he has identified one bigotry that even the zealous supporters of Trump and Brexit dare not indulge. "I've got a little theory in the pipeline," James said. "Of all the things we're going backwards on: racism, colour-based racism, anti-Semitism, all of the bigotries that have been ...

The crisis of globalisation

The crisis of globalisation
Trump's and Brexit's victories can be seen as a sort of “revenge of the losers”. The victims of the system described above decided to vote for someone who promised to protect them. Ludicrous. And, in fact, little has been done by Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May to ...

Why Trump's complicit in getting lingo all serious this year

Why Trump's complicit in getting lingo all serious this year
- It was a natural extension of a post-Brexit and post-Trump world, where the term graduated "from being relatively new to being widely understood in the course of a year." Lookups for 'surreal' spiked after the Brussels and Nice attacks, but the "single biggest surge," said Merriam-Webster, was after .

After US elections, Brexit, west countries grow fearful of Russian hackers

After US elections, Brexit, west countries grow fearful of Russian hackers
- In the latest episode of the saga that is dominating Trump's presidency, Russian state television channel RT, accused of broadcasting Kremlin propaganda abroad, complied with Washington demands in November to register as a "foreign agent" in the US. A few weeks earlier, social media giant Twitter ...

The year 2017 may have been dominated by Trump but it also saw a tsunami ...

The year 2017 may have been dominated by Trump but it also saw a tsunami ...
- It will go down as the year that young people got revenge for the Brexit vote that neutered them. It will be remembered for a rebirth of satire and a longed-for rise of public trust in journalism. Let's begin with feminism. The straw that broke the camel's back was the Harvey Weinstein story. That case is now ...

Brexit Is More Threatening Than EU Conflict to Polish Government

Brexit Is More Threatening Than EU Conflict to Polish Government
- It's Brexit, and not Warsaw's escalating conflict with the European Union over democratic values, that presents a bigger threat to inflows of the bloc's ... The uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations is a cause for concern, however, in terms of what will happen to the U.K.'s contribution to the bloc's ..

Northern Ireland has highest rate of suicide in the UK but mental health funding is 25% less

Northern Ireland has highest rate of suicide in the UK but mental health funding is 25% less
- Despite our high suicide rate, Northern Ireland receives 25% less funding for mental health services than the rest of the UK. Claire Curran has been affected by suicide and now volunteers with the support group Survivors of Suicide in east Belfast. She said the pain of loss is very difficult and has urged ...

Why mental health should factor in every business decision

Why mental health should factor in every business decision
- The NHS revealed that more than five million people are signed off work every year due to mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Similarly, a recent report commissioned by the UK's PM Theresa May found that one in every seven workers has a symptom of a mental health condition and ...

Selfie Culture' To Blame For Huge Rise in Suicide Among Young Women

Selfie Culture' To Blame For Huge Rise in Suicide Among Young Women
- At the same time, overall suicide rates in the UK have hit a 20-year low, new data shows. ... Meanwhile, the UK-wide suicide rate fell by 4% last year. ... Mental health professionals have attributed the sharp rise to the negative impact of modern life on our mental health, which includes the "selfie culture", ...

Conditions at Liverpool prison the worst ever inspected, says report

Conditions at Liverpool prison the worst ever inspected, says report
- “There are deep-rooted failures in the management of prisoners' mental health, reflected in what is an appalling toll of self-inflicted deaths and self-harm,” said the chair, Meg Hillier. “Failing to attend to the mental health needs of inmates can also have devastating effects beyond the prison gates.” ...

Most people think you get more lonely as you get older — here's why that could be wrong

Most people think you get more lonely as you get older — here's why that could be wrong
Old people are more likely to be alone, but that doesn't mean they are the most lonely. Research shows loneliness is greatest among teenagers and young adults. Loneliness at any age can affect our mental and physical health.

Scientists developing robo-cat with AI to help the elderly

Scientists developing robo-cat with AI to help the elderly
- US scientists are developing a cat that can keep a person company, does not need a litter box and can remind an ageing owner to take their medicine or help find their spectacles. Toymaker Hasbro and scientists at Brown University in Rhode Island have received a three-year, million-dollar (£750,000) 

One million children living in poverty will miss out on free school meals under universal credit plans ...

One million children living in poverty will miss out on free school meals under universal credit plans ...
- One million children living in poverty in England are set to miss out on free school meals under universal credit proposals, a charity has warned. The Government has been accused of missing a “golden opportunity” to ensure no child in poverty goes hungry in school after it emerged just 700,000 of the ...

Why don't we just… solve poverty?

Why don't we just… solve poverty?
Britain's record on tackling poverty has reached a turning point and is at risk of unravelling. Almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than in 2012-13. Since that year, there have been continued increases in poverty, across both age groups. Very little progress ...

Scumbags and faggots: It's time to talk about Fairytale of New York

Scumbags and faggots: It's time to talk about Fairytale of New York
LGBT people faced stigma, ridicule, and a denial of basic human decency. As one doctor put it at the time: “We used to hate faggots on an emotional basis. Now we have a good reason.” The word 'faggot', so cheerfully sung, is the same word that was hurled at gay men battling for their right to live

Bermuda marriage repeal bill is 'matter' for territory's government

Bermuda marriage repeal bill is 'matter' for territory's government
The U.K. government is a proud supporter of LGBT rights and continues to support same-sex marriage,” said the spokesperson in a statement sent to the Washington Blade. “While the U.K. government is disappointed with the implications of this bill, this is a matter for the Bermuda government acting ...

LGBT advocates warn that FBI hate crime stats may be skewed by underreporting

LGBT advocates warn that FBI hate crime stats may be skewed by underreporting
- Critics have suggested that hate crime numbers published by the FBI last month could have been skewed by underreporting of crimes. An annual report from the FBI last month showed the numbers of hate crimes against minorities across the US. . But critics of the report have suggested that the figures ...

Shake-up Of Sex Education In Schools Will Teach Children About LGBT Relationships

Shake-up Of Sex Education In Schools Will Teach Children About LGBT Relationships
- The current guidance, introduced in 2000, is being updated after MPs backed making relationships education compulsory in primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in secondary schools. The current guidance also contains no mention of LGBT people. As it stands, only pupils at ...

Stefano Gabbana doesn't want to be labelled gay – but that's easier said than done

Stefano Gabbana doesn't want to be labelled gay – but that's easier said than done
- If Stefano Gabbana no longer wishes to be described as “gay”, that is, of course, his choice. “I don't want to be called 'gay', because I'm simply a man ... full stop,” says the co-founder of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. “The word 'gay' was invented by those who need to label people, and I don't ...

Primary school pupils could be taught about transgender and homosexual relationships in sex ...

Primary school pupils could be taught about transgender and homosexual relationships in sex ...
- Just 13 per cent of LGBT young people have learnt about healthy same-sex relationships.” Under legislation passed earlier this year, relationships education is now compulsory in all primary schools, while sex and relationships education is compulsory in secondaries. It came as gay rights campaigner ...

Does The Catholic Church Support Transgender People? Bishops Are Asking Parents To Dismiss ...

Does The Catholic Church Support Transgender People? Bishops Are Asking Parents To Dismiss ...
- Catholic bishops to parents of transgender kids, gender identity is no exception. On Friday, the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops released a message reiterating an idea that's not unfamiliar to ...

Lessons in transgender issues for all primary pupils

Lessons in transgender issues for all primary pupils
- In primary schools, the focus will be on building healthy relationships and staying safe, the Department for Education said, while in secondary school it would focus on sex as well as relationships. The department has written to LGBT campaigners saying that new lessons will address their concerns and ...

Botswana to recognise a transgender woman's identity for first time after historic High Court ruling

Botswana to recognise a transgender woman's identity for first time after historic High Court ruling
- The Botswana High Court has ordered the country's government to legally recognise the gender of a trans woman for the first time, in a hearing earlier this week that is a landmark victory for the rights of LGBT people in the country. Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, 30, will be issued with a new identity card ...

UK To Hear It's Very Own Cake-Baking Case

UK To Hear It's Very Own Cake-Baking Case
- The U.K.'s Supreme Court is set to hear a case to determine if a baker in Northern Ireland can refuse to bake a cake promoting gay marriage. The case involves gay rights activist, Gareth Lee, who went to Ashers Baking Company for its specialization in screening graphics onto its cakes, according to the ...

Stefano Gabbana doesn't want to be labelled gay – but that's easier said than done

Stefano Gabbana doesn't want to be labelled gay – but that's easier said than done
- If Stefano Gabbana no longer wishes to be described as “gay”, that is, of course, his choice. “I don't want to be called 'gay', because I'm simply a man ... full stop,” says the co-founder of Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. “The word 'gay' was invented by those who need to label people, and I don't ...

Gay man fired by church because of his sexuality

Gay man fired by church because of his sexuality
- A children's choir director has been fired by a church that does not allow gay people to be “spiritual leaders”. Ryan Mould had been working at Trinity ... He informed Smith that he had previously struggled in the past because gay people face barriers in the church. Mould said he received a phone call ...

Asexual singer writes emotional post about being queer in South Korea

Asexual singer writes emotional post about being queer in South Korea
- The singer posted on Instagram on 15 December talking about being LGBTI. Hansol starts his Instagram post by explaining: 'To be honest, I don't think South Korea's very familiar with the queer identity. 'People under the queer umbrella, which represents a lot of different sexualities, hide the fact, fight it, ...

LGBTI teachers says WA government has 'copped out' on religious schools

LGBTI teachers says WA government has 'copped out' on religious schools
- Gay rights campaigners who want religious schools to be stripped of the right to sack LGBTI teachers have accused the State Government of hypocrisy after it ruled out any immediate changes, despite Premier Mark McGowan marching in last month's Pride Parade. In a letter seen by The West Australian, ...

Britain called on to veto Bermuda's ban of same-sex marriage

Britain called on to veto Bermuda's ban of same-sex marriage
- Bermuda LGBTI group Rainbow Alliance said it was: 'Disappointed the Government of Bermuda has taken the approach it has to remove marriage equality from the law. 'We are in agreement with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) that the proposed legislation creates a “watered down” version of ...

Senator wants leftover money from marriage vote to be spent on LGBTI health services

Senator wants leftover money from marriage vote to be spent on LGBTI health services
Australia's Greens Party wants money leftover from the recent postal survey on same-sex marriage to be put towards mental health and support services for LGBTI people. The survey asked voters if they agreed that the laws should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. It was slated to cost ...