‘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

Brighton manager Chris Hughton says football needs greater diversity and inclusion to help tackle racism

The Brighton manager believes football clubs are making every possible effort to help prevent incidents of racial abuse, but said greater inclusion is required. Chris Hughton has reiterated his calls for more diversity in football coaching, board rooms and in charge of the sport’s governing bodies in order to help tackle racism in football. The Brighton manager believes football clubs are making every possible effort to … Read More

‘As mum of a transgender child, I’m glad primary schools will teach about diversity, kindness and respect’

The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, released plans last week to provide relationships education in primary schools, alongside relationships and sex education in secondary schools. The new guidance is intended to help schools prepare young people ‘for life in the modern world’ and will include discussions of LGBT issues, mental health and staying safe online for the first time. As a … Read More

Inspirational Stuart is the perfect role model

An inspirational man born with brittle bone disease has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. Stuart Thompson, from Mersea, is one of eight finalists in with a chance of winning the Positive Role Model Award for Disability at the National Diversity Awards. Community organisations and role models from across the country will head to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 14 … Read More

Government under pressure to reform vital transgender laws

LGBT groups have called on the new minister for women and equalities to set a date for when key gender legislation will be reformed. Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people can have their gender identity recognised and legally changed on their birth certificates. But it means that people must go through what campaigners call ‘intrusive’ medical assessments, … Read More

Reds commit to building on equality and diversity work

Liverpool Football Club has been asked to introduce a pilot scheme which would allow supporters from the LGBT community to sit together at selected home games. The suggestion, put forward at the first meeting of the club’s equality and diversity forum which took place ahead of Liverpool’s home fixture against Chelsea, was supported in principle by all present. Summarising the proposal, forum … Read More

Almost half of trans pupils in UK have attempted suicide, survey finds

Almost half of trans pupils in UK have attempted suicide, survey finds Stonewall survey shows eight out of 10 trans young people bullied at school or college have self-harmed, despite instances of LGBT bullying decreasing Eight out of 10 trans young people have self-harmed and almost half have attempted to kill themselves, according to a significant new study looking at … Read More

How to get the Pride rainbow flag reaction on Facebook

How to get the Pride rainbow flag reaction on Facebook Facebook has added a new rainbow flag reaction to its social network for a limited time so users can celebrate Pride month. The flag, which has been a symbol of the LGBT community since 1978, joins the thumbs up and heart signs as well as excited, shocked, sad and angry emoji … Read More