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 [….]

Pride Comes Before a Fall?

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Linda Riley, DIVA publisher, gives the real reasons for DIVA’s withdrawal from Charlie Shakespeare’s Virtual Pride BY LINDA RILEY In the last week, and in my capacity as the publisher of DIVA magazine, I have been unfairly represented in the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express and Breitbart regarding DIVA pulling support for Virtual Pride. [….]

NEWS: Nancy Kelley appointed as new CEO of Stonewall

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“We need to continue to fight for a world in which every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person is safe and free to be themselves” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for LGBTQI equality, today is proud to announce that Nancy Kelley will be joining their team as their new Chief Executive. Described as “an outstanding [….]

NEWS: Singapore High Court rejects challenge of discriminatory anti-LGBTQI law

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“The ruling will echo harmfully around Asia, where millions are criminalised simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA REUTERS A constitutional challenge to the law that criminalises homosexuality has today been dismissed by Singapore’s High Court, which means that same-sex intimacy will remain a crime in the country.  [….]

NEWS: Man charged with Lyra McKee’s murder

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A 52-year-old man has been charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Last April, journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead by dissident republicans as she observed rioting in Londonderry.  Whilst stood near a police van, she was hit by a bullet which was fired towards officers and onlookers by [….]

NEWS: Finland’s new prime minister believes equality “foundation of everything”

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Finnish PM Sanna Marin was raised by lesbian mums BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA THE NEWS PIG This week Sanna Marin makes history. The 34-year-old politician, who previously served as Finland’s Minister for transport and communications, has now become the youngest ever leader of a nation.  A member of the Social Democrats party, she was [….]

SNP launch “most extensive LGBTQI equality manifesto of any major party”

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Nicola Sturgeon: “The SNP will defend LGBTI equality and human rights against any attempt to roll back progress” BY DIVA STAFF. IMAGE PRIDE/SNP WEBSITE. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a vote for the SNP on 12 December 2019 is a vote to, “Champion LGBTI equality, escape Brexit, and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s [….]