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UK: Third of employers ‘less likely’ to hire transgender staff

One in three employers in Britain say they would be less likely to hire someone if they were transgender, according to a new study published on Monday.

Less than one in five British employers have an inclusive policy towards transgender staff, and only nine percent believe in legal protection against discrimination, according to the study by Crossland Employment Solicitors. Continue Reading »

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UN envoy wants global ban on ‘barbaric’ conversion therapies

Victor Madrigal-Borloz – Image: ijrcenter.org

Banning the “barbaric” practice of giving people electric shocks and injections to “cure” them of homosexuality is a key priority, the UN envoy on LGBT rights has said.

Despite global gains in LGBT rights, many gay people are still forced to undergo invasive therapy based on the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or medical condition.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, who was appointed in December, said he would focus on banning so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and repealing discriminatory laws. Continue Reading »

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TENI: Gender Identity no longer ‘a disorder of the mind’ – new WHO classification

Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) has today welcomed the long-anticipated decision of the World Health Organization to delete references to gender identity disorder and related categories from its classification of mental and behavioural disorders. In the latest revision of the International Classification of Diseases*, WHO has removed outdated references toTranssexualism, Dual Role Transvestism, and Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood as constituting disorders of personality or behaviour.

The revised classification system, ICD 11*, sees new categories covering trans identities being added under conditions relating to sexual health. These include Gender Incongruence of Adolescents and Adulthood and Gender Incongruence of Childhood. Continue Reading »

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Ukraine: Kiev police detain anti-Gay Pride March protesters

Participants attend the Equality March, organised by the LGBT community, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

(Reuters) Ukrainian police said they had detained 56 members of far-right radical groups in Kiev on Sunday after scuffles before the capital’s Gay Pride march. Otherwise, the annual rally of several thousand supporters of LGBT rights took place without serious incident.

Early in the morning, more than 150 far-right protesters had sought to block off the route of the march through central Kiev. Small clashes broke out when police in riot gear moved to clear the street. Continue Reading »

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GLOW – Watch The Season 2 Trailer Now

The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling are back in town. 

GLOW Season 2 launches globally on Netflix June 29.

Season 2 follows the women of GLOW as they become local celebrities, confronting the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of their newfound fame. As Ruth and Debbie settle into the day-to-day of making a season of TV together, they confront lingering issues at the heart of their friendship. Sam is still Sam, but now he has a teenage daughter living with him, and twenty episodes to churn out. The wrestling is harder, the stakes are higher, and the hair is even bigger. Continue Reading »

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Film Review: Hereditary

Frances Winston found this film atmospheric and disturbing, with some great acting from Toni Collette

Directed by: Ari Aster – Starring: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne

Horror is a tricky genre to get right. There’s a very fine line between chills and cheese. However, Hereditary has been lauded as this generation’s The Exorcist, which is high praise indeed for writer/director, Aster, especially for a feature debut. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: The Happy Prince

Frances Winston reviews this biopic about Oscar Wilde, directed by Rupert Everett

Directed by: Rupert Everett – Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Edwin Thomas

To say this Oscar Wilde biopic is a passion project for writer, director, and star, Everett, is something of an understatement. He first began the process of making this film a decade ago, never intending to direct it. Having jumped through all the various film-making hoops in order to get finance and distribution, and resigning himself to sitting in the director’s chair, it finally makes it to the big screen. Continue Reading »