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Suella Braverman. (Getty) The Manston detention centre crisis is the latest in a long list of failures on asylum, with LGBTQ+ refugees among those at risk. But Suella Braverman is only making things worse, writes the Green Party’s migrant and refugee support spokesperson Benali Hamdache. Manston Detention Centre is designed to hold a maximum of
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Labour MP Ben Bradshaw. (Dan Kitwood/Getty) Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has criticised the Church of England for “actively pursuing a campaign of discrimination” against LGBTQ+ people. The Exeter MP spoke out against the church after it barred the late archbishop Demond Tutu’s goddaughter from officiating his funeral because she is in a same-sex marriage. “This
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There were reports of homophobic abuse and behaviour towards attendees at a LGBT+ Conservatives party hosted during the Conservative Party conference. (Getty) A party celebrating LGBTQ+ inclusion at the Conservative Party conference was marred by homophobic abuse and behaviour towards attendees.  The event was organised by LGBT+ Conservatives, the official LGBTQ+ wing of the Conservative
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Michael Fabricant was confronted by a protester on his way into the Conservative Party conference – but he wasn’t assaulted, as some claimed. (Twitter/Domhauschild) Tory MP Michael Fabricant has denied claims he was violently assaulted by left-wing protesters at the Conservative Party conference. There was immediate uproar on Sunday (2 October) when Times Radio journalist Dom
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The Terrence Higgins Trust said Thérèse Coffey’s decision not to get more monkeypox vaccines “would be concerning and shortsighted”. (Getty) Health secretary Thérèse Coffey has been accused of ‘jeopardising public health’ after she decided not to secure extra monkeypox vaccines despite advice from officials. Coffey decided not to purchase a recommended 70,000 extra doses of
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Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice won high praise from fans after a stunning performance to “Dancin’ Fool” by Barry Manilow on Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC) Richie Anderson wowed Strictly Come Dancing fans and judges after a show-stopping performance that incorporated iconic Beyoncé choreography. The gay Radio 2 presenter and his professional partner Giovanni Pernice dazzled with a
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Doctor Who‘s Russell T Davies has described Ncuti Gatwa‘s audition to play the Time Lord’s fourteenth incarnation as “thunderbolt”. Gatwa, best known for his portrayal of the iconic Eric Effiong in Netflix’s Sex Education, has been honoured in the 2022 Time 100 Next list, with Davies writing his tribute. Davies, who is returning as showrunner for Doctor
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Mermaids marches at Pride in London, 2019. (Barcroft Media via Getty/ Wiktor Szymanowicz) Trans youth charity Mermaids is still not being investigated by the Charity Commission over “safeguarding red flags”, despite relentless media reports. On Thursday (29 September), The Telegraph published yet another story on the charity, which provides support to young trans people and
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Rosie Duffield allegedly told LWD attendees she did not believe Eddie Izzard was a woman.(PA/Getty) MP Rosie Duffield has allegedly threatened to leave the Labour Party if comedian Eddie Izzard is selected to stand in the next general election on an all-women shortlist. Speaking during a Labour Women’s Declaration (LWD) discussion group at the Labour
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Mermaids marches at Pride in London, 2019. (Barcroft Media via Getty/ Wiktor Szymanowicz) Trans children’s charity Mermaids has responded to an “investigation” by The Telegraph which suggested the charity was putting children at risk. On Sunday (25 September), The Telegraph ran a story headlined: “Trans charity Mermaids giving breast binders to children behind parents’ backs”.
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Cherry Valentine posing in an iconic drag look. (Twitter) As well as being a one-of-a-kind drag artist, Cherry Valentine knew exactly how to shut down anti-drag arguments with class. The drag icon’s family – whose real name was George Ward – tragically passed away last Sunday (18 September) at just 28-years-old. The genderfluid artist’s family
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LGBT+ Conservatives will no longer distribute their sloganed condoms at the party’s conference. (Envato/CCHQ logo) Internal emails from LGBT+ Conservatives suggest the group was told to pull its branded condoms from conference by the prime minister. The party’s LGBTQ+ group announced on Thursday (22 September) that it would no longer be distributing its sloganed condoms
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Traveller Pride attributed “so much of the success and growth” of the support and campaign group in the past year to Drag Race UK’s Cherry Valentine. (BBC) Traveller Pride has paid an emotional tribute to Cherry Valentine, remembering the Drag Race UK star’s “buoyant and genuine love and care”.  On Friday (23 September), it was announced that
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England captain Harry Kane will wear an armband for the OneLove campaign during matches at the Qatar World Cup. (Getty) England captain Harry Kane will wear a rainbow anti-discrimination armband at World Cup matches in Qatar, where LGBTQ+ identities are criminalised.  Kane and captains from several other countries that qualified for the World Cup –
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Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed the prime minister was seen singing in the lobby of a London hotel days before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. A spokesperson said Trudeau joined a “small gathering” paying “tribute to the life and service” of the monarch. (Getty) Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was recorded singing a rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian
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King Charles III (left) and a customer at Pleasuredrome (right). (Getty/ WPA Pool/ Jane Barlow and Twitter/ PleasuredromeUK) Pleasuredrome, a gay sauna in London, has announced a truly bizarre tribute to King Charles III and the late Queen Elizabeth II. On Monday (19 September), the Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, prompting supermarkets,
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MP John Nicolson. (Getty) SNP MP John Nicolson slammed anti-trans lobby group LGB Alliance’s “obsession with genitals” as “deeply unhealthy” while giving evidence against its charity status. An appeal to overturn the Charity Commission’s April 2021 decision to register LGB Alliance as a charity is currently being considered by a tribunal. The legal fight is
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Protesters outside the first LGB Alliance conference. (In Pictures via Getty/ Mark Kerrison) A lawyer representing anti-trans lobby group LGB Alliance has compared healthcare for trans people to a “transition or death” policy in Iran. The remarks were made on the second day of a tribunal challenging the group’s charitable status, spearheaded by trans youth
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Ed Balls discusses the same-sex couple in Peppa Pig with hosts. (Good Morning Britain/ITV) Viewers have criticised Good Morning Britain over its “uncomfortable” discussion on Peppa Pig’s inclusion of a same-sex couple. Hosts of the morning talk show Susanna Reid, Ed Balls, and Richard Arnold briefly discussed the addition of the same-sex couple to the children’s
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Nadhim Zahawi leaving No 10 amid Liz Truss’ reshuffle. (Getty) Nadhim Zahawi has been named minister for equalities in Liz Truss’ cabinet reshuffle. Zahawi, the short-lived chancellor appointed to the post by Boris Johnson in July, has been named chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, minister for intergovernmental relations and minister for equalities. For the
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