Campaign launched for more diverse fire and rescue services

Firefighters in England are approximately 95% male and white. The Home Office is launching a new campaign to help fire and rescue services change that. Only 5.2% of firefighters in England are women, and 3.9% are from an ethnic minority background (BAME). Join the Team: Become a Firefighter will combine a fitness guide encouraging more women to serve, as well … Read More

Up to 40% of Britons think BAME people do not face more discrimination

YouGov poll shown exclusively to Guardian also finds 14-20% think white people face greater discrimination in some areas. Up to 40% of British people do not think those from ethnic minority backgrounds face greater discrimination than white people in areas of life such as jobs, education and access to finance, according to a poll. The YouGov poll, shown exclusively to … Read More

‘Gay conversion therapy’ to be banned as part of LGBT equality plan

Controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people. A national survey of 108,000 members of the LGBT community suggested 2% have undergone the practice with another 5% having been offered it. It also found more than two-thirds of LGBT people avoid holding hands in public, … Read More

Black journalists call on editors to improve diversity in newsrooms

Black Journalists Collective UK demands journalism that better serves all communities. More than 100 black and minority ethnic journalists have written to UK editors to denounce a lack of diversity that has led to “a long litany of inadequacies in newsroom coverage of race and how stories about non-white people are covered”. The journalists, assembled under the auspices of a … Read More