EVENTS: Rebuilding Beirut with Pride

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A group of LGBTQI Lebanese expats and allies to host an evening of artwork and live performances to raise money that will help victims of Beirut Blast  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The UK’s LGBTQI community, their allies and the Lebanese diaspora are coming together next weekend in order to raise funds that will go towards rebuilding [….]

HEALTH: Holler It is a brand new wellbeing platform, available 24/7

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The platform has launched to offer support for those struggling to cope with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Holler It is a brand new wellbeing service for businesses to support customers and employees facing mental and emotional health issues. Launched by Lily Gupta, it comes after the World Health Organisation [….]

NEWS: Emerging humanitarian crisis for LGBTQI individuals amidst Coronavirus pandemic

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A new consultation by Kaleidoscope Trust reveals an unfolding humanitarian crisis  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Today, a new consultation by Kaleidoscope Trust of 34 LGBTQI charities working in 37 Commonwealth countries, reveals an unfolding humanitarian crisis for LGBTQI communities across the Commonwealth as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic.  The governments’ responses [….]

NEWS: Celebrity a cappella group sing for care workers

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Huge names such as Sam Bailey and Divina de Campo have joined forces in aid of The Care Workers’ Charity BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Ever wanted to see a bunch of your favourite celebs singing a cappella versions of some gay anthems? Today is your lucky day. An a cappella army of celebrities and entertainment personalities [….]

New study explores social impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI+ community

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“When mental health and social isolation already disproportionately affects our community, it’s vital that we listen to those who are most vulnerable” BY SOPHIE PERRY A new snapshot study completed by LGBTQI+ community research Queer Voices Heard delves into the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQI+ people.  The study, which was undertaken between [….]

COME TOGETHER: DIVA create online community to bring lez/bi women together during COVID-19

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“Our digital doors are wide open” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE “Hey, DIVA family. Welcome to our new digital hangout, a safe space to meet, chat and collaborate,” begins the new Facebook-based, DIVA Community, launched as a way of bringing the lez/bi community closer together amid everything that’s happening in the world right now. “In these uncertain [….]

NEWS: Prides across the UK continue to be postponed or cancelled

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“According to the European Pride Organisers Association, at least 23 Pride events have been cancelled or postponed” BY GRACE PRITCHARD The spread of COVID-19 has sent shock waves internationally, and with world famous events – including the BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, Glastonbury and Eurovision – and smaller, community gatherings being cancelled every day, the summer [….]