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UK: Divisive court case over trans youths’ right to puberty-blocking drugs

UK: Divisive court case over trans youths’ right to puberty-blocking drugs

In a divisive court case against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, whose outcome may affect transgender youth under sixteen being able to access puberty blockers, the Trust said it would not comment before judgment, but defended its “safe and thoughtful service which puts the best interest of its patients and their families first”.  […]

OPINION: Boris Johnson’s failure on transgender rights is morally untenable

OPINION: Boris Johnson’s failure on transgender rights is morally untenable

By Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt is member of parliament for Reigate in the UK, and chairman of Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights The British government has relied on misinformation and populism over evidence and reason in their response to the consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. This is an unhappy and unsustainable approach […]

‘Message of Love’ for trans people from 200+ UK authors

‘Message of Love’ for trans people from 200+ UK authors

More than 200 British authors have signed a ‘message of love’ for transgender people, days after 58 other writers condemned threats against JK Rowling, over her views on trans rights. The latest open letter – signed by novelist, Jeanette Winterson, famed for ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’, and young adult writer, Malorie Blackman – […]

UK: TikTok apologises for censoring LGBT+ content

UK: TikTok apologises for censoring LGBT+ content

TikTok has apologised for suppressing LGBT+ content in the past, with a director telling British lawmakers on Tuesday that the company now removed LGBT+ images only when required to do so by law enforcement agencies. The video streaming app came under fire last year, over reports it censored depictions of homosexuality, such as two men […]

UK: Government scraps key trans rights reform

UK: Government scraps key trans rights reform

Transgender people will not be allowed to legally change gender without a medical diagnosis, the British government said on Tuesday, scrapping a proposed reform that sparked furious debate between LGBT+ and women’s rights campaigners. The government launched a consultation two years ago on overhauling the 2004 Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to allow ‘self-ID’ in England […]

UK doctors back trans self-ID rules for under-18s

UK doctors back trans self-ID rules for under-18s

Britain’s doctors union has come out in support of proposals to allow transgender people to legally change gender without a medical diagnosis, as the government stalls on promised reforms. The British Medical Association voted for the government to simplify the rules so that trans and non-binary people – who identify as neither male nor female […]

Disney, Google, Microsoft back trans rights amid fierce British debate

Disney, Google, Microsoft back trans rights amid fierce British debate

Dozens of organisations including Disney, Google, and Microsoft, weighed into a fierce debate over transgender rights in Britain on Monday, writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask him to support making it easier for people to legally change gender. Trans rights have become a contentious issue since the government launched a consultation into reforming […]

UK Abuse Charity, Stay Brave, Launches New 5 Year Strategy

UK Abuse Charity, Stay Brave, Launches New 5 Year Strategy

Established in 2014, the UK’s ‘Stay Brave’ has been working to provide a voice for under-served survivors of intimate abuse, while working to erase the unique barriers they face when seeking help. They have worked with policy makers to improve access to services, raised awareness, and used their platform to become a voice for survivors. […]

OPINION: Black gay lives in the London Blitz

OPINION: Black gay lives in the London Blitz

During World War Two, Black gay men existed in all walks of life in Britain By Stephen Bourne, Historian It is disappointing that only fragments about the lives of Black gay men in British history have surfaced. Either homophobia or reluctance on the part of the interviewer or interviewee to explore the subject has meant […]

UK: Black Pride founder sees hope in 2020

UK: Black Pride founder sees hope in 2020

With George Floyd’s death and the COVID-19 pandemic, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah questioned if she should mark 15 years of UK Black Pride on Sunday, but decided it was vital to celebrate how far the LGBT+ event had come since it was born in a seaside resort. Despite initial opposition from others in the community, UK Black […]