OPINION: Why Dawn Butler is the right person to help lead the Labour Party

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“Diversity is our strength” BY LINDA RILEY Today, as deputy leadership bids for the Labour party are announced, one name, for me – and for LGBTQI equality – stands out. Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, and someone I’m lucky enough to be able to call a friend.  One of six children, born and raised [….]

NEWS: LGBTQI community urge Boris Johnson to unite UK government and #GetEqualityDone

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“This election has been dominated by Brexit, but we are clear – the time has come to Get Equality Done” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE/LGBT FOUNDATION As the UK wakes up to a Conservative victory following the 2019 UK General Election, the LGBTQI community have already begun to reach out to one another offering words of support [….]

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 [….]

VIEWS: Why I’m speaking at the LGBTQI rally in London this weekend

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“We cannot let Brexit turn back time on our rights, and we have just hours until a decision is made (or not) on our futures” BY ROSIE MCKENNA. IMAGE ROSEMARY KETCHUM VIA PEXELS Much has been said, in particular in recent months since the landscape has become clearer, about how Brexit will impact the most [….]

THEATRE: Ruth McCarthy on drag, cabaret and political satire in Abomination: A DUP Opera

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“If all opera addressed real contemporary experiences in exciting, dramatic and funny ways, it would sell out faster than a Lizzo concert” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK On 8 November 2019, the Belfast Ensemble opens Belfast’s Outburst Queer Arts Festival with Abomination: A DUP Opera, composed by Conor Mitchell. The show fuses opera performance with [….]

OPINION: You can’t pink wash this

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The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots saw worrying attempts to repress anti-colonial queers during Pride BY DR MELANIE RICHTER-MONTPETIT. IMAGE MAGDA STEVANENCO. Berlin’s permissive attitude to drugs and public sex ranks the city on top of those looking for “authentic” queer experiences.  And yet, as Pride events across the globe celebrated the 50th anniversary [….]

Former Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt granted peerage

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“Ruth’s 14 years at the charity has been marked by extraordinary progress in our mission to build acceptance for LGBT people” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE ANDY TYLER. The former chief executive of leading LGBTQI charity Stonewall, Ruth Hunt, has been granted a peerage in the latest Resignations Peerages list alongside 19 others. The Prime Minister’s [….]