Home Office report reflects worrying rise in transphobic and homophobic hate crime

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Hate crimes reported in England and Wales have risen by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY PIXABAY A Home Office report has revealed the sinister reality of hate crime in the UK, reflecting a rise in reported hate crimes by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic. The report [….]

OPINION: The global LGBTQI community need our help

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Human rights abuses are “rampant” and we need to act quickly and decisively, say campaigners BY SAURAV DUTT AND MANDY SANGHERA The LGBTQIA community in the world has never been in a more precarious position than at the current time. So much work has to be done, for if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, [….]

NEWS: DIVA publisher Linda Riley joins Liverpool FC’s LGBT Advisory Board

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Their first LGBT staff network was launched to coincide with LGBT History Month 2021 BY DIVA STAFF To mark this year’s LGBT History Month, Liverpool FC has introduced its first ever LGBT staff network. Formed as part of the club’s Red Together inclusion strategy, it will be used to maintain a safe and inclusive environment [….]

Kristen Stewart opens up about being advised to stop holding her girlfriend’s hand in public

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K Stew reveals the challenges faced by queer women in the film industry BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Hollywood star, Kristen Stewart revealed that she had been advised by people in the film industry to hide her sexuality if she wanted to land big film roles. When speaking about her experiences as a queer [….]

#JestemLGBT: The Polish LGBTQI community fights back against homophobia

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“We are normal people who can be found everywhere, in the store, on the street, in the office” BY YAIZA CANOPOLI On 21 July, Białystok’s first ever Pride march was met with violent opposition. As reported by Amnesty International, people were kicked to the ground, rainbow flags were burned, and insults were shouted aggressively at [….]

Reader story: “My homophobic family made my life a nightmare, but now I couldn’t be happier”

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Instagram influencer Fozia shares her difficult journey to find ultimate happiness I have always known I was gay, but my strict Muslim upbringing made it extremely difficult for me to accept myself. My family never could. I met Sammy at work. She was in an arranged marriage with a man from Pakistan, but over time, [….]

SPLINTERED: A new show about sexism and homophobia in the Caribbean

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Director Emily Aboud on the inspiration for her new play which comes to the Edinburgh Fringe later this month WORDS EMILY ABOUD, IMAGES MYAH JEFFERS Sex(ism) baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be (due to colonial influence in the Caribbean). Hello [….]