TW: violence and graphic photo at the link.
My heart goes out to you and your partner Christopher. While I only know you/Polari through Tumblr this shit hits close to home. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope the assailants are caught and prosecuted.
Lesbian pride festival, Dyke March, will return to the UK for its second year running.
The march, taking place on 22 June, has announced this year’s route will commemorate the Votes for Women Rally – the Suffragettes marched the same way through London in 1908.
Dyke March says the event will begin at 3pm in Berkeley Square, moving on to Piccadilly and Leicester Square before arriving in Soho.
Organizer Emelia Holdaway, says the event will symbolize the biggest expression of lesbian pride without focusing on other LGBT people.
‘The march is open to all,’ she said. ‘It is organised by lesbians, for lesbians, but anyone who supports our cause can join in.
‘We want the UK to recognise how lesbians are maligned by modern society. Dyke March is to bring awareness to how lesbians are portrayed for the titillation of men today.
‘Last year we drew in around 800 attendants. This year we are expecting to draw in around 1,000.’
Speakers for the event are to be announced at a later date.
Attending the event is free. For more information on Dyke March, visit their website.
General Practitioner doctors (GPs) in the UK are facing an investigation over their treatment of transgender patients from the healthcare regulation body the General Medical Council (GMC).
Campaigner Helen Belcher presented the GMC with a dossier of 39 complaints from transgender patients, GP trade magazine Pulse reports.
Reports of sexual abuse, denial of treatment and inappropriate diagnoses feature among the complaints.
Belcher, a member of the UK Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity and Transmedia Watch, collected the complaints after conducting a survey about transgender people’s experience with medical professionals.
‘We launched the survey to get at the facts,’ said Belcher. ‘Without facts underpinning complaints they are just empty allegations.’
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Britain’s General Medical Council (GMC) is to investigate 39 cases where doctors and other medical professionals are accused of misconduct or mistreatment of transgender patients.
Speaking at the Trans Health Matters Conference, hosted by LGBT Consortium, this afternoon, Helen Belcher, a member of the UK Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity and GSN contributor, will provide significant new insight into how trans individuals experience healthcare.
Her evidence is based on a survey identifying 98 instances where individuals were prepared to come forward and make an allegation of misconduct or mistreatment against named medical practitioners across all areas of the NHS. It includes allegations of:
- Sexual abuse
- Denial of treatment, in some cases with potentially life-threatening consequences, ‘because an individual is trans’
- Inappropriate or damaging treatment
- Personal abuse
The results of this survey were presented to the GMC at the end of February by three trans activists including Helen Belcher, Liberal Democrat Councillor Sarah Brown and Zoe O’Connell.
Last week the GMC announced it was sufficiently concerned by 39 of the cases outlined that it would like to see further evidence, presented directly by the individuals involved. This is an initial investigation and in no way pre-judges the outcome of any of these cases.
A further 30 allegations were submitted in respect of policy or nursing care: these could not be investigated by the GMC, as they fall outside that organization’s remit.
I wonder how many opposite-sex asylum seekers have to make sex videos to ‘prove their sexuality’?
The UK has failed in protecting gay asylum seekers, according to a leading expert.
S Chelvan, a renowned lawyer reputable in asylum claims based on sexual or gender identity, has said refugees are put under increasing pressure to ‘prove’ their sexual orientation.
In a lecture to be delivered this week at the Law Society, he will say some asylum seekers are resorting to film themselves having sex just to prove they are gay to government officials.
Chelvan said: ‘Gay and lesbian asylum seekers come to the UK for protection, but a culture of disbelief sees some go to extreme lengths to prove their sexuality.
‘They find themselves in an intolerable position. It is inhumane. It is wrong.’
The UK Border Agency decided in 2010 to allow gay men, lesbians and bisexuals if they were not allowed to live openly in their country of origin.
Before 2010, those seeking asylum were often refused permission on the grounds they could behave with ‘discretion’ when returned.
East Leeds (by osvaldogringo)
A short documentary featuring Ramtin, a gay Iranian man, and the difficulties he faces in trying to seek asylum in the UK.
The Case for Mammy / Daddy Marriage (by Tara Flynn)
A parody of The Iona Institute’s anti-marriage ad. Nicely done!
Original ad here, if you must:
Brighton and Hove City Council, which last year came under fire for its alleged plan to abolish gender-specific titles such as ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’, has today published its final report on the subject.
The document, produced under the auspices of the Trans Scrutiny Panel, contains 37 key recommendations covering areas as diverse as policing, community support and healthcare.
It does not, as Gay Star News almost uniquely forecast at the time the story broke last year, recommend the abolition of existing gender-specific titles.
Rather, in a city believed to contain one of the UK’s highest proportions of trans and non-binary folk, it recommends a series of measures to improve their daily lives.
In particular it says electronic check-ins used by GPs (family doctors) should be changed to remove the need to identify as ‘male’ or ‘female’ on arrival at the surgery. Instead patients will be able to just use their surname and date of birth.
And patients will be provided with the option to use a non-gender specific honorific or to decline to provide one on National Health Service systems.
Attention UK followers and authors!
BBC writersroom / Trans Comedy | Deadline: February 28, 2013
Exciting new talent search for TV comedy scripts featuring transgender characters and/or themes.
Trans Comedy have joined forces with BBC writersroom to launch The Trans Comedy Award: a talent search to encourage writers to promote a positive portrayal of Transgender people in mainstream comedy.
The Trans Comedy Award opens up an opportunity for the transgender community and members of the general public to portray transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner.
We are looking for original comedy sitcoms, comedy dramas or sketch shows featuring transgender characters and/or themes and written for television. An award of up to a maximum of £5000 will be shared between the selected writer(s) in order that they may develop a pilot or taster.
The Trans Comedy Award will be judged by Ian Critchley (BBC Head of Creative Resources), Jon Plowman (Executive Producer, BBC Comedy), Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director of New Writing) and a comedy writer/actor (name to be announced).
This opportunity is open to any writer as long as the work submitted is not currently in development or under consideration for development and has not previously been produced by any broadcaster or production company.
Entries open from: Monday 14th January 2013. All entries must be accompanied by a completed coversheet - Download the coversheet.
Entries should be posted to:
Trans Comedy Award
379-381 Euston Road,
London NW1 3AU
Deadline for entries: 5pm, Thursday 28th February 2013
Selected writers notified: End of May 2013
It’s a bittersweet victory when it relies on the end of a relationship.
Two architects who took part in a civil partnership ceremony in Britain have become the first such couple to be officially recognised as “married”.
A senior judge in Canada ruled that it would be “impermissible discrimination” not to view Wayne Hincks, 44, from London, as married to his partner Gerardo Gallardo in exactly the same way as a husband and wife.
The Supreme Court of Ontario claimed that the distinction in UK law between civil partnerships and marriage “violates human dignity”.
It is the first time that a civil partnership ceremony which took place in Britain, in which same-sex marriage is currently illegal, has been officially treated as a wedding overseas.
Lawyers said the case rendered much of the debate about allowing same-sex couples to marry as “redundant” and could have implications for the status of British civil partners in a string of other countries.
A college in Uganda has lost the accreditation of its degrees by a UK university, because of a disagreement surrounding anti-gay legislation seeking to intensify penalties for homosexuality.
The University of Buckingham has dropped its accreditation of degrees at Victoria University, Kampala, citing recently proposed legislation, widely referred to as the ‘kill the gays’ bill, referring to one of the clauses proposing death for offences such as “aggravated homosexuality”.
Although MPs broke up in 2012 without debating the measure, the bill, which threatens to impose the death penalty for those convicted of breaking the proposed law, could still be introduced in parliament when it reconvenes next month.
University of Buckingham issued a statement which voiced concerns surrounding its partnership with Victoria University, and the legislation which is due to be considered by Ugandan parliament. It read:
“Over the last few months, the University of Buckingham has been in discussions with our partners, Edulink, who own Victoria University in Kampala, Uganda, about our continued validation of some of Victoria University’s courses.
“We have both become increasingly concerned about the proposed legislation in Uganda on homosexuality and in particular the constraints on freedom of speech in this area. In the light of this we have agreed to suspend our validation on the assurance that Edulink would produce viable arrangements for existing students on our validated courses to complete their studies.”
Victoria University also realised a statement, however didn’t mention the legislation specifically and instead cited issues surrounding “diversity”. It read:
“Under both UK and Ugandan law discrimination on a variety of grounds is prohibited; however there are fundamental differences between the two nations’ respective laws regarding equality and diversity, which cannot be reconciled.
“After seeking legal guidance from both UK and Ugandan lawyers, Victoria University and University of Buckingham have concluded that as the laws of Uganda and UK presently stand, Victoria University cannot comply with both sets of laws.”
President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala officially launched Victoria University on 10th September 2011.
Also in December, the Reverend Martin Ssempa, a homophobic pastor in Uganda who is well known for his lectures against homosexuality stunned television viewers in Uganda by demonstrating with fruit and vegetables how he believes gay men and women have sex.
Bisexual Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is to be rewarded with a Member of the British Empire award in this year’s New Year honours.
As the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing this year, Adams is one of 78 athletes to be recognized in the Queen’s annual list.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: ‘I cannot believe how much my life has changed’.
The 30-year-old flyweight said: ‘To think I am going to be a member of the British Empire, it’s fantastic.
‘It’s the kind of thing I used to sit and watch on the TV people being honoured, and you never think for one second that it’s actually going to be you.
‘And to think I’m actually going to be amongst all the great people that have been honoured, I think it’s fantastic.’
Just three years ago, Adams looked like she might not be able to achieve her Olympic dream.
In 2009, she cracked a bone in her back when she tripped and fell down the stairs on her way to training.
It meant Adams was bed-bound for three months and out of the ring for a year, but as soon as she could she got back up and started boxing again.
Among the other gay rights advocates to be recognized this year include Stonewall’s former deputy chair Liz Grant, who was given an OBE, the UK gay rights charity co-founder Simon Fanshawe, also given an OBE, and politician, MEP, and human rights campaigner Michael Cashman, who was given a CBE.
Cashman said it was a ‘big surprise’, adding: ‘I proudly accept this honour and commit to continue the fight for equality.’
Other notable names on the honours list include cyclists Bradley Wiggins, illustrator Quentin Blake, who became knights, and Paralympian Sarah Storey and politician Margaret Becket, who became dames.