Devon locals fight to leave the love story of trailblazing lesbian pirates in the past

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Locals have expressed concerns over the new placement of Anne Bonny and Mary Read’s statue  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY DEBBIE BRAGG Last November saw the unveiling of an eye-catching statue honouring two of history’s forgotten progressive pirates – Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The two renowned pirates became lovers in the 17th century as [….]

NEWS: This year’s UK census will represent the LGBTQI community for the first time

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The 2021 census will be a “historic moment” in queer history BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK For the first time ever, the 2021 UK census will recognise LGBTQI communities by asking two new voluntary questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.  Run by the Office For National Statistics (ONS) – the UK’s largest independent [….]

NEWS: Statue commemorates two of history’s greatest forgotten LGBTQI trailblazers

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The landmark statue of Anne Bonny and Mary Read was made by British artist Amanda Cotton BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY DEBBIE BRAGG Trailblazing pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read have taken their rightful place in history with a statue that honours their boundary pushing, gender defying lives. Sadly, we know little about Anne (born [….]

NEWS: Pope Francis backs civil unions for same-sex couples

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“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family”  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Speaking in a new documentary about his life entitled Francesco, Pope Francis has officially called for same-sex couples to be “legally covered.” The ground-breaking statement was first heard in Rome where the documentary premiered on Wednesday.  It marks a dramatic shift [….]

CELEB: Nicola Adams clarifies she identifies as a lesbian

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“I’m lesbian not bi, just saying” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Olympic boxer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant for 2020, Nicola Adams OBE has just come out as a lesbian after identifying as bisexual throughout her career.  It was just last week that Nicola hit the headlines with the news that she would be [….]

NEWS: Petition launched to stop the prosecution of film-maker Agnieszka Holland

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Agnieszka Holland is facing legal action for speaking out against far-right policies in Poland BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As one of the most high-profile defenders of human rights in Poland today, Agnieszka Holland is being targeted by international law-firm Ordo Iuris.  Agnieszka Holland is an Oscar-nominated free-thinking and forward-looking film-maker who has protested against the persecution [….]

Mantis partner with Brand Advance to combat keyword prejudice affecting LGBTQI and BAME publications

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A big step forward for equality in publishing as words such as “queer” and “lesbian” won’t immediately be deemed unsuitable  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As of last week, Brand Advance Media Network announced that it would be using Mantis, powered by IBM Watson, to determine safe advertising opportunities for brands targeting minority groups.  The new and [….]