Join the fight for LGBTQI+ asylum claimants

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Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, DIVA meets two women who’ve had to navigate a “rigged” asylum system  BY PHILIP BALDWIN LGBTQI+ asylum claimants face unprecedented challenges in the UK, with the current government stepping up rhetoric criticising asylum claimants and migrants.  In this piece for DIVA, I look at two case studies [….]

Do you know who is making your Pride merch this month and if they’re being paid a decent wage?

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“Brands shouldn’t be allowed to keep getting away with claiming to support the LGBTQ+ community while producing collections which rely on exploitation for production” BY NADIA DAVIES June is Pride Month, which means a month of celebration, visibility, and activism for many LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also a time for high street brands to bombard us [….]

What you need to know about the conversion therapy ban in Northern Ireland

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Other nations in the UK: take note BY HARRIET ARGENT The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted in favour of a motion to ban the practice of conversion therapy.  The motion was passed on Tuesday afternoon (20 April 2021) by an overwhelming 59-24 votes following a long debate with elected representatives from the various political parties. [….]

Scotland’s leading LGBTQI organisations launch equality manifesto ahead of election in May

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“Scotland used to be a leader in LGBTI equality – it is not anymore” BY NADIA DAVIES A group of Scotland’s national LGBTI equality organisations have a manifesto for equality, ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May.  Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Scottish Trans Alliance, alongside partners LGBT Health and Wellbeing, [….]

Angela Eagle: It’s A Sin is an evocative reminder of bleak times

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This LGBT History Month, the MP for Wallasey reflects on how much has changed since she entered parliament almost 30 years ago BY ANGELA EAGLE, IMAGE BEN BLACKALL/CHANNEL 4 Hit Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin is an evocative reminder of bleak times for those of us who lived through the HIV/Aids epidemic and the [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: A woman’s place is in the house

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To mark the passing of the first lesbian MP Maureen Colquhoun, here’s a 2017 piece about the women she paved the way for BY CARRIE LYELL When I was born in 1985, there was a female prime minister. Margaret Thatcher’s name was like a swear word in our house, and she’s hardly a feminist icon [….]

Tributes paid to Maureen Colquhoun, the first openly lesbian MP

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The sad news comes today that Maureen Colquhoun has passed away at the age of 92 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA TWITTER Maureen Colquhoun, the first openly lesbian MP who revolutionised politics for the LGBTQI community, has sadly passed away today at the age of 92.  First elected into the House of Commons in 1974, [….]