First ever LGBTIQ refugee conference calls for end to ‘vile’ proof of sexuality policy

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Schools OUT UK Chair Sue Sanders spoke on Wednesday June the 21st  at the first ever LGBTIQ asylum seeker and refugee conference today, marking 50 years since the landmark Sexual Offences Act 1967 made the first steps towards decriminalising homosexuality in the UK. The conference featured LGBTIQ refugee speakers telling their stories, exploring changes in attitudes in the UK in the last …

A step forward? 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act

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The National Archives is pleased to announce an exciting series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales. Records held at The National Archives tell an essential part of this story from the 1957 Wolfenden Report recommendations to decriminalise homosexuality, to the build-up and passing of …

Support Schools OUT UK with The Pride Run 2017!

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Saturday 12 August 2017 Victoria Park, East London (exact details will be circulated to volunteers in advance) The pride run is sponsoring schools OUT UK this year. This is a chance for the charity that founded and runs LGBT History Month UK to be given promotion and – hopefully – money! We are very excited at the prospect  of being …

Miraculous Escape for Gay Couple in Fire Tragedy

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A same-sex couple lost all of their possessions in the London tower block fire but they didn’t lose their lives thanks to a twist of fate. Up to 70 people or more are thought to have perished in the tragedy. Lucky escapees are Jules Ng, 30, and Lee Stewart, 29, who rented a flat together in the tower. Speaking to …

The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted in favour of same-sex weddings

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The Scottish Episcopal Church has become the first mainstream branch of Christianity in the UK to allow same-sex weddings. In a vote on June the 8th at its General Synod, all three houses of the meeting – the bishops, clergy and laity – came out in favour. The decision was overwhelming, with at least two-thirds of all groups voting for same-sex …

Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories at the British Museum

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Some members of the SOUK committee were invited to the British Museum for the opening of their new exhibition ‘Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories’. This show is part of a season looking at LGBTQ histories, which also includes a display of David Hockney’s etchings based on Cavafy’s poems. Schools OUT UK chair and CEO had advised the BM on …

A Tribute To Martyn Hett

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By Dylan Jones May 24, 2017 From QX Magazine earlier this morning, Martyn Hett was reported as one of the victims of Monday night’s Manchester Arena attack. The feeling in the QX office, and no doubt among hundreds of other people in our community this morning, is one of numb devastation. Martyn was not only one of our readers and contributors, …

New Schools Guide for LGBT+ Parents

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A new guide for LGBT+ parents on choosing schools,  Inclusion Matters, was launched on the 10th of May 2017 in London. The first resource of its kind, Inclusion Matters provides background on English state and independent schools’ statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and explains how these schools are formally assessed on diversity by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The guide …

“Unchechen” – New Short Film on the Plight of Gay Men in Chechnya

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New Short Film on the Plight of Gay Men in Chechnya   “Unchechen” is a new short film about the attempted genocide of gay men in Chechnya (a federal republic of Russia) that hopes to act as a call to action.  The three minute film has been created by the award-winning Inkbrew Productions and Digital Stage and is available free …

Headspace Reveals What It Is Really Like to Be Trans

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A new short film by trans advocate and film director Jake Graf demonstrates movingly the everyday dilemmas trans people have to face that cisgender people may not have recognised. See the film here. Jake is a writer, actor and director based in London, whose first four award winning filis a patron of ms, ‘XWHY’, ‘Brace’, ‘Chance’ and ‘Dawn’ have all been nominated for The Iris …