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 [….]

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 [….]