Tag Archive | UK

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.

OPINION: Helping UK LGBT+ homeless youth means addressing their needs

OPINION: Helping UK LGBT+ homeless youth means addressing their needs

By Natasha Kennedy and Matt Horwood Natasha Kennedy is the policy officer, and Matt Horwood is the assistant director of communications at akt, a British charity that supports LGBT+ young people who are at risk of, or have experienced, homelessness LGBT+ young people are disproportionally affected by homelessness, with 1 in 4 young people experiencing […]

UK: Police investigate alleged homophobic chants by West Ham fans

UK: Police investigate alleged homophobic chants by West Ham fans

(Reuters) – Police are investigating allegations of homophobic chanting by some West Ham United supporters, during their team’s 1-0 Premier League win at Chelsea on Saturday, the BBC has reported. Official LGBT+ supporters’ groups of both clubs — Pride of Irons and Chelsea Pride — said on Twitter that they had witnessed continuous discriminatory chanting, […]

UK: C of E steps into sex education battle

UK: C of E steps into sex education battle

Guidelines to teach same-sex relationships to the 1 million children at Church of England (CofE) schools were dismissed by activists on Friday, as “underwhelming”, as the church stepped into the ongoing debate over age-appropriate sex education. The church’s eight-point charter, to which CofE schools and others can sign up, said it sought to balance a […]

OPINION: UK gov. must pardon all convicted of historic consensual same-sex offences

OPINION: UK gov. must pardon all convicted of historic consensual same-sex offences

By Paul Johnson Professor Paul Johnson is head of the department of sociology at the University of York; Alistair Lexden is a Conservative peer and Lords Deputy Speaker; and Michael Cashman, a former Labour MEP, is a non-affiliated peer in the House of Lords The UK government must stop dragging its heels and move quickly […]

UK: For sale – Gaol that held Oscar Wilde

UK: For sale – Gaol that held Oscar Wilde

Reading Prison – a forbidding Victorian gaol turned LGBT landmark – is for sale, Britain said on Thursday, offloading a deserted site best known for housing playwright, Oscar Wilde, for ‘gross indecency’. Campaigners had hoped to turn the austere brick prison, which lies just west of London, into an arts centre, to preserve a site […]