‘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

LGBT rights group wants UK passports to include gender neutral ‘X’

LGBT rights group wants UK passports to include gender neutral ‘X’ British passports should allow people who do not identify as male or female to define themselves as gender neutral ‘X,’ an LGBT rights group says. Stonewall has warned many people who define themselves as transgender in the UK are “afraid to travel abroad” because they fear intrusive questions or … Read More

Charities call for better care for LGBT people with dementia

Charities call for better care for LGBT people with dementia More research, partnerships and training for health and care professionals is needed to ensure LGBT people with dementia receive appropriate care, according to a new report by the government-backed strategic partner programme (SPP). The report is the result of a three-year project developed to explore how care professionals can provide … Read More

Lloyds Banking Group named UK’s most LGBT-friendly employer

Lloyds Banking Group has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by Stonewall. LGBT charity Stonewall released its Top 100 Employers list for 2017 today, showcasing the best workplaces for LGBT staff – celebrating some of the pioneering work on diversity issues to help create inclusive workplaces. Lloyds Banking Group, which came second in 2016, topped the rankings. The … Read More