Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay

Teacher Daniel Gray: The day I told students I was gay From BBC News available here Secondary school teacher Daniel Gray has always kept his sexuality to himself at work. But to mark LGBT History Month, the 32-year-old from Brighton made the nerve-wracking decision to come out to more than 1,000 students. He tells his […]

Imaan Says Respect LGBTQI Muslims

A group that supports LGBTQI Muslims has criticised Birmingham Mosque’s Chair Dr Mohammed Naseem and asserted their belief that, “The Qur’an upholds sexual diversity and does not condone persecution of any minorities.” Imaan, a British Muslim organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer or intersexed Muslims and their friends, partners, and families, has challenged Naseem’s […]

OFFICIAL – ALAN TURING PARDONED POSTHUMOUSLY

OFFICIAL – ALAN TURING CONVICTION QUASHED
Updated 2nd January 2014 with an interview with Tony Fenwick, co-chair LGBT History Month
The UK Government has officially announced that with effect from midnight on 24th December 2013, openly-gay codebreaker Alan Turing is granted an official posthumous pardon for his 1952 ‘gross indecency’ conviction. Turing, genius mathematician and the founder of the modern computer technology, was found dead in 1954, in an apparent suicide. In 2009 the Government issued an apology for Alan’s homophobic treatment – chemical castration in order to avoid a prison sentence – but had stopped short of a pardon. LGBT History Month are pleased that at least here in Britain, 2013 will end on a positive note for the LGBT community. Co-chair Tony Fenwick will be speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live from 5am today, to comment on the announcement: http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/on-air

BT Filter Discriminating against Young LGBT people

BT has come under fire from campaigners after it emerged that its domestic  Internet filter allows parents the option of blocking access to ‘gay and lesbian lifestyle’ content, as well as information on abortion, STIs and contraception. The revelation comes following a BBC investigation which revealed that the default option on the firm’s new filter […]

UK Disability History Month: 22nd November – 22nd December 2013

UK Disability History Month: 22nd November – 22nd December 2013. UK Disability History Month was set up to celebrate our lives and to explore the history of negative attitudes and their consequences. Despite the Olympics creating positive shifts in the media and public attitudes to disabled people, levels of hate crime continue to increase and disabled people are bearing the brunt of Government austerity measures. The long history of civil and human rights’ struggles by the Disabled People’s Movement has led to the majority of disabled people living independently in the community. Over the last 70 years, all long stay hospital and institutions, where disabled people were inhumanely ‘warehoused’, have rightly been closed. This is now in danger of being reversed. The UK’s international human rights obligations are increasingly not being met.

'Sherlock' star comes out publically

Andrew Scott, who plays arch-nemesis Moriarty on the hit BBC series, has come out as “a gay person” in a low-key interview with The Independent. Oddly enough, the recent spate of antigay attitudes in Russia spurred on the low-key coming out in the interview. Though the interview covers his career and how Sherlock has changed it, he’s heavily promoting an upcoming BBC drama called Legacy which required him to do a Russian accent. To prepare, he studied videos of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that stopped when Putin introduced antigay legislation. As Scott tells it, “being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead.”

Brighton Lesbian Lives Conference in LGBT History Month

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference: ‘THE MODERN LESBIAN’ to be held on 15-16 February 2013, at the University of Brighton, UK. This year’s keynote speakers and guests include: Sarah Schulman, Professor Lisa Downing, Robyn Pierce, Professor Laura Doan launching her new book and a special screening/panel from the BBC. There will be over 30 panels, […]