UK government outlines plans to ban conversion therapy

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A commitment to ban the practice in England and Wales has been set out in the Queen’s Speech BY CARRIE LYELL Conversion therapy is to be banned in England and Wales and a new support fund created to help those affected by the abhorrent practice, it was announced today.  Conversion therapy is the controversial practice [….]

Changes to Gender Recognition process don’t go far enough, say campaigners

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The cost has been cut from £140 to £5 but changes stop short of “meaningful reform” BY DIVA STAFF The cost of applying for a gender recognition certificate (GRC) has been reduced from £140 to £5, taking affect today (Tuesday 4 May).  Introduced under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, a GRC allows a person’s legal [….]

Sadiq Khan: I will fly the lesbian flag above City Hall for Lesbian Visibility Week

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In an interview with DIVA publisher Linda Riley, the Mayor of London pledges his support for LVW and calls on DIVA readers to re-elect him in May BY CARRIE LYELL Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged his support for Lesbian Visibility Week and says he will fly the lesbian flag above City Hall this [….]

NEWS: Entire Pride In London advisory board resigns due to a “hostile environment”

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Following yesterday’s news of Rhammel Afflick’s resignation, the whole Community Advisory Board has now resigned  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA PRIDE IN LONDON The entirety of Pride In London’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) has today announced its resignation from the organisation, citing a working culture that is fuelled by bullying, gaslighting and marginalisation, particularly towards [….]

NEWS: Gaydio will go all female, all day to mark International Women’s Day 2021

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Make sure you tune in on Monday for an all female DJ takeover 🎙️ BY DIVA STAFF, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK Not sure how you’re going to be celebrating International Women’s Day on Monday? Well, we’ve got just the thing. On Monday 8 March, Gaydio will feature an all-female line up to celebrate International Women’s Day [….]

NEWS: A shocking new report finds that anti-LGBTQI groups are using Amazon to fundraise

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Despite policies against discrimination, over 40 anti-LGBTQI groups have been found fundraising via AmazonSmile  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INGE SNIP A new investigation by openDemocracy has revealed that more than 40 anti-LGBTQI groups are fundraising on Amazon’s U.S. online donations platform AmazonSmile – despite the company’s policies against discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The [….]

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 [….]