NEWS: Marsha de Cordova speaks out against Liz Truss’ proposed “scrapping” of the reforms to the GRA

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Marsha de Cordova reveals her stance on trans rights in an exclusive statement to DIVA  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS In recent weeks transgender individuals have been facing attacks and debates surrounding their rights in the media more than ever. We have seen a recent growth of extreme and transphobic hysteria regarding the plans to the reform [….]

Richard Burgon denies Laura Pidcock is transphobic

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Linda Riley interviews Labour deputy leadership candidate, Richard Burgon BY LINDA RILEY Last night, at the first ever LGBT+ Labour hustings event in Manchester, both leader and deputy leader candidates alike were put to the test on LGBTQI issues in front of hundreds of people. It was a chance for each candidate to really set [….]

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 [….]