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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Abuse Of People With Disfigurements Needs To Be Recognised For What It Is - A Hate Crime

Abuse Of People With Disfigurements Needs To Be Recognised For What It Is - A Hate Crime
- When I was a little boy and throughout my teenage years I was frequently laughed at, mocked and stared at, all because of how I looked. I was born with a large birthmark on my face and so people seemed to think it was okay to call me awful names, comparing me to 'evil' film and TV characters. I would ...

My teacher saved me from suicide'

My teacher saved me from suicide'
- Her struggles continued, both emotional and academic, but she persevered, got GCSEs and then A-levels. ... Last year in the UK a government funded study of 10,000 young people found a quarter of the girls and nearly one in 10 boys showed signs of depression by 14, with poorer teenagers worst ...

Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?

Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?
- Yet a caucus of charities and unions — many of them UK-funded — is determined to shut these schools down. In a recent letter to Bridge's investors, it urged them to 'exit in the shortest possible time from their investments [and make] no further financing commitments'. It accused Bridge of a 'lack of ...

The world of work is changing. We need more adult education, not less

The world of work is changing. We need more adult education, not less
- In Singapore, too, the combination of national investment, support for business and individual learning accounts, backed by active support from higher education, creates optimal conditions for creating a learning society – using measures many of which were introduced and too quickly dropped in the UK ...

Could 2018 Be The Year The World Takes Education For Girls Seriously?

Could 2018 Be The Year The World Takes Education For Girls Seriously?
- Thanks in a large part to the UK Foreign Secretary, another issue high on the agenda in London this week is Girls' Education. With a population of 2.4 billion people spread across six continents - 60 % of whom are under the age of 30 – the Commonwealth is home to a significant portion of the millions of ...

One in four UK regions lack specialist mental health care for mothers

One in four UK regions lack specialist mental health care for mothers
- Pregnant women and new mothers in a quarter of the UK still cannot access specialist perinatal mental health services, according to new research. ... "It sets out key standards of care and service requirements across primary care, core mental health services, child and adolescent mental health services, ...

How To Ensure You Kids' Fitness Tracker Isn't Damaging Their Mental Health

How To Ensure You Kids' Fitness Tracker Isn't Damaging Their Mental Health
- Personal trainer Tome Levi agreed, telling HuffPost UK: “I feel that the risk of developing obsessive behaviour around fitness and mobility outweighs any benefit that a tracker can deliver.” She said parents should be encouraging children to explore different outdoor activities and find something they ...

UK pupils increasingly held back by limited vocabulary

UK pupils increasingly held back by limited vocabulary
- As well as the immediate negative impact on school performance, teachers reported that limited vocabulary “affected pupils' self-esteem, mental health and wider life chances”, says the Times Educational Supplement. Research has shown that “children with language difficulties at age five are four times ...

Coronation Street star Faye Brookes says she feared a backlash over lesbian affair on soap

Coronation Street star Faye Brookes says she feared a backlash over lesbian affair on soap
- But the same-sex British-Pakistani relationship hasn't run smoothly. Rana is Muslim and married and her traditional parents are vehemently against it. Faye, 30, who dates singer Gareth Gates, said: “This is groundbreaking and it's brilliant for the LGBT community and for Rana's religion. “At first I was ...

It's basic human rights' - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak out in support of LGBT issues

It's basic human rights' - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak out in support of LGBT issues
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken out in support of LGBT issues, with the American star saying it was about "basic human rights". ... The PM voiced her deep regret at anti-gay laws in many Commonwealth nations, which were put in place under British rule, adding that the UK stood ready to ...

US lawmakers warned: If you back anti-LGBT bills, we're coming for you on election day

US lawmakers warned: If you back anti-LGBT bills, we're coming for you on election day
LGBT activists have warned US lawmakers that they will face a challenge on election day if they support anti-LGBT legislation. There are a currently string of bills under discussion across US state legislatures targeting transgender rights protections and same-sex adoption rights, while a 'freedom to ...

Legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana nearly impossible – Bossman Asare

Legalisation of homosexuality in Ghana nearly impossible – Bossman Asare
- Most recent to have reignited public discourse on the subject is UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's posturing suggesting that the UK's role in introducing anti-gay laws in former colonies such as Ghana is responsible for their strong stance against the practice today; reiterating the UK's readiness to assist ...

Nigerian newspaper column claims Theresa May is a lesbian after LGBT rights intervention

Nigerian newspaper column claims Theresa May is a lesbian after LGBT rights intervention
- A Nigerian newspaper has published a bizarre column suggesting that British Prime Minister Theresa May is to divorce her husband to seek a Nigerian bride. An opinion column in the Nigerian Guardian made the surreal claim after May made a high-profile intervention at the Commonwealth Heads of ...

What does queer mean?

What does queer mean?
- According to Brian Lewis, whose book British Queer History was published in 2013, the word “queer” today has three primary uses. He explains: “'Queer' is used in three main ways: as an act of reclamation from homophobes; as an umbrella term for the micro divisions of the LGBT+ community; and as a ...

UK refusal to issue gender-neutral passports unlawful, high court told

UK refusal to issue gender-neutral passports unlawful, high court told
- Issuing gender-neutral passports would not require any change in UK law and the documents would be recognised internationally, the high court has been told. The Home ... Theresa May has raised LGBT rights with Commonwealth leaders yet is still trying to suppress legitimate identity in this country.

This is how Brexit could hurt you as an LGBTI person in the UK

This is how Brexit could hurt you as an LGBTI person in the UK
- Brexit will leave UK LGBT people dangerously unprotected if a future government is homophobic or transphobic, our new report reveals today. Gay Star News commissioned leading lawyers in LGBTI human rights to write Brexit: 

Male victims deserve their own MeToo movement, state officials say

Male victims deserve their own MeToo movement, state officials say
- Or worse, he thought, already awake to the homophobia guiding society's rules — maybe he wanted it, maybe that's why he didn't scream. "To me, that was even more frightening than the first," Blow wrote. The state Office of Victim Services invited Blow to speak at its summit, titled "Seeking Solutions: ...

Any pressure from UK to legalise homosexuality in Trinidad is 'neo-colonialism', says bishop

Any pressure from UK to legalise homosexuality in Trinidad is 'neo-colonialism', says bishop
- As LGBT+ rights activists celebrate, Anglican bishop Victor Gill, who resisted the roll back of the homophobic law in Trinidad and Tobago, defended the persecution of gay people in an interview on the BBC's Today programme on Tuesday morning. Speaking to Nick Robinson, the 'Bishop' - a title Jayne ...

Thishiwe educates people about homosexuality through her art

Thishiwe educates people about homosexuality through her art
- Coming out as a concept is very homophobic in itself because heterosexual people don't come out, no one has ever had to say: 'Ma, I'm straight,' so why is it that if I love women, I have to say: 'Ma, I'm gay?' It's to make straight people feel comfortable. So yeah I've never had to come out, I just lived as ...

UK to help Ghana remove anti-gay laws

UK to help Ghana remove anti-gay laws
- The UK has faulted itself as the agent for homophobia in its former colony Ghana. This development the British Prime Minister Theresa May says her outfit is ready to help Ghana rewrite its laws to accommodate gays. Addressing participants at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in ...

I did empathise with him. You have to': Darren Criss on playing Gianni Versace's notorious killer

I did empathise with him. You have to': Darren Criss on playing Gianni Versace's notorious killer
- So we're looking at this homicide and this very tragic spree that happened, around the framework of a very specific time for homophobia in the 90s in the United States and you realise “this might be why I didn't hear about this”. Yes, someone like Versace being killed would make the news. But these ...