Tag Archive | UK

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 […]

Opinion: A Call To Ban Conversion Therapy in the UK

Opinion: A Call To Ban Conversion Therapy in the UK

Mathew Hulbert writes on the British government’s investigation to outlaw the anti-gay practice.

Interview with gay Cllr Mathew Hulbert (LibDems, UK)

Interview with gay Cllr Mathew Hulbert (LibDems, UK)

Mathew Hulbert is a councillor representing the Liberal Democrats on Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council in England.

Britain to drop plans to make changing gender easier – media

Britain to drop plans to make changing gender easier – media

Britain is set to scrap plans to allow people to change their legal gender by ‘self-identifying’, and will protect female-only spaces, according to a report on Sunday, amid an escalating row over transgender rights fuelled by JK Rowling. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reported by the Sunday Times to have ditched measures drawn up before […]

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

As Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor, Philip Normal says his responsibilities stretch far beyond his constituents in Lambeth, the inner-city borough that perhaps best epitomises London’s demographic hotchpotch. The new mayor, an artist and designer, who runs his own fashion store in Lambeth’s trendy Brixton area, has received thousands of congratulatory messages following his election […]

UK:  LGBT+ group Stonewall names new CEO

UK: LGBT+ group Stonewall names new CEO

British LGBT+ advocacy group, Stonewall, has named a replacement for Ruth Hunt, who quit as chief executive last year, after a tenure marked by controversy over her decision to lobby for transgender rights alongside lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. Nancy Kelley, a social policy researcher, who is currently deputy chief executive of the National Centre […]

UK: Britain’s first TikTok house gay couple fly flag for LGBT+ under lockdown

UK: Britain’s first TikTok house gay couple fly flag for LGBT+ under lockdown

As LGBT+ charities advise young people to stay in the closet during coronavirus lockdowns, Sebastian Wood and Monty Keates say they recognise the importance of being a visible young gay couple, in Britain’s first TikTok house. “It’s good that we represent the LGBTQ community,” Keates, 17, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday.

Oscar Wilde – Bijou homes for Reading Gaol?

Oscar Wilde – Bijou homes for Reading Gaol?

Campaigners fear developers will carve bijou flats out of the British prison where playwright Oscar Wilde was jailed, […] after plans for an arts hub failed. HMP Reading, the forbidding Victorian prison that was ‘home’ to the Irish playwright from 1895 to 1897, closed in 2014, and has since hosted a raft of LGBT+ arts […]

British court rules out gender neutral passports

British court rules out gender neutral passports

A British court on Tuesday ruled out adding a third option on passports, for people who define themselves as neither male nor female, following a lengthy legal battle, saying the existing policy was lawful. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Home Office, or interior ministry, in a case brought by Christie Elan-Cane, […]

‘Kings who were queens’ – Britain’s hidden LGBT+ history

‘Kings who were queens’ – Britain’s hidden LGBT+ history

From ‘kings who were queens’ to lesbian lawmakers and reformist governments, Britain’s history is awash with LGBT+ characters – and tourists want to know about them. As Britain marks LGBT History Month, its parliament has increased the number of tours dedicated to the hidden history of LGBT lives, in response to unprecedented demand.