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UK: Government to ban ‘conversion therapy’ after backlash

UK: Government to ban ‘conversion therapy’ after backlash

Britain’s government promised on Friday to push ahead with a ban on so-called conversion therapy, after three LGBT+ policy advisers questioned ministers’ commitment to fulfilling the pledge, and resigned in protest this week. As other nations outlaw attempts to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity, Junior Equalities Minister, Kemi Badenoch, angered LGBT+ advocates, by […]

UK: Minister urged to resign over conversion therapy

UK: Minister urged to resign over conversion therapy

Britain’s equalities minister should consider stepping down, over the government’s failure to fulfil a pledge to ban so-called conversion therapy, a former LGBT+ policy adviser said on Thursday, after she and two others quit their jobs in protest. The advisers resigned after the minister, Kemi Badenoch, told parliament on Monday [that] the government was still […]

UK: Gender ID – court rules against gov’t in census row

UK: Gender ID – court rules against gov’t in census row

Britain’s High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to change its guidance to people filling out the 2021 census to compel transgender people to give their legally recognised sex, following a challenge from women’s rights activists. The court ordered the government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) to rewrite its guidelines on how people should describe […]

UK: First LGBT+ retirement home to open

UK: First LGBT+ retirement home to open

Britain’s first LGBT+ retirement home is set to open in mid-2021, the housing association behind the London riverside apartments said on Tuesday, highlighting a growing market of older people who do not want to be forced back in the closet. There is a critical need for housing for older LGBT+ people, said Anna Kear, chief […]

OPINION: LGBT+ History Month – [UK] LGBT+ laws still to be enacted?

OPINION: LGBT+ History Month – [UK] LGBT+ laws still to be enacted?

February [marked] LGBT+ history month, so to celebrate this, I delved into the most life-changing achievements for the community to date. The law started to recognise LGBT+ rights in 1967, with the Sexual Offences Act and its partial decriminalisation of sex between consenting male adults, in England and Wales. Since this monumental move, we have seen many […]

Britain’s MI6 apologises for LGBT+ discrimination

Britain’s MI6 apologises for LGBT+ discrimination

(Reuters) – The chief of Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service publicly apologised, on Friday, for historic discrimination against LGBT+ people in the spy agencies before 1991. Britain decriminalised homosexual acts between men in 1967, but its spy agencies refused to hire LGBT officers until 1991, because they believed they would be susceptible to blackmail.

UK: Headmaster comes out to act as role model for young people

UK: Headmaster comes out to act as role model for young people

‘Today, in my seventh year as headmaster, I have taken the decision to be open about my sexuality to the pupils under my care – I have the moral imperative to do so’ Fifteen years ago, I was told by a senior colleague in the independent school I was working in at that point that […]

UK regulator slams Tavistock for waiting times and records

UK regulator slams Tavistock for waiting times and records

England’s only youth gender identity clinic faced criticism on Wednesday from the country’s health regulator, which said patients “at risk of self-harm” were waiting too long to access specialist care. A report by the Care Quality Commission rated the clinic run by London’s Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust as “inadequate” – the worst of […]

NZ and Britain ease blood donation rules for gay/bi men

NZ and Britain ease blood donation rules for gay/bi men

New Zealand and Britain became on Monday the latest countries to ease rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, as supply concerns, caused by COVID-19, increase scrutiny of AIDS pandemic-era restrictions that LGBT+ rights advocates say are homophobic. New Zealand’s government cut the celibacy period for gay and bisexual men to give blood, from a […]

UK: Drag queens lead London theatre out of COVID-19 lockdown

UK: Drag queens lead London theatre out of COVID-19 lockdown

As London’s West End theatres gradually reopen after the country’s second coronavirus lockdown, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star, Courtney Act, who opens in a new play on Friday, is adamant – the show must go on. Theatres have been shuttered in the capital and across Britain for months this year, due to measures to curb the […]