Gilbert Baker June 2, 1951 – March 30, 2017

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Gilbert Baker, designer of the internationally famous Rainbow Flag, has died aged 65. Sadly he will not be around to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of his iconic symbol in 2018. For the Herald Scotland obituary click here

Transgender Day of Visibility 2017

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True Colours – Trailblazing Transgender Visibility in the British Armed Forces Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) takes place annually, on 31st March, to celebrate the achievements of trans people across the globe, by making them visible, and heard. I first became visible in 1998, when I finally became strong enough to live my true life and transition gender. It wasn’t …

Rare Interview With Trans Legend and Face of 2017 – Sylvia Rivera

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Eric Marcus of Making Gay History had the rare and treasured opporunity to chat with Syliva Rivera in 1989. Now, Marcus has released the recording, which provides Rivera’s account of the Stonewall Riots and thoughts on gender identity, drag queens, and life in New York City. Eric Marcus:  Interview with Ray Rivera, Saturday, December 9, 1989, at 4:00 PM.  Location is the …

Thanks on Behalf of Schools OUT

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Schools OUT(UK) extends a BIG THANK YOU to all of the literally thousands of people that attended one or more of last month’s OUTing the Past events during February 2017’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans History Month. This stunning success of the 3rd National Festival of LGBT History was only made possible by the endeavour of hundreds of volunteers, museums …

Arts Council massive Endorsement for LGBT History Month

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Celebrating the LGBT community through arts and culture Posted By Arts Council England on 06 March 2017 February was LGBT History Month – 28 days dedicated to raising awareness about equality, promoting the benefits of diversity and helping to overcome prejudice through education. The arts provide an incredible opportunity to break down barriers, promote understanding and change perceptions. So, inspired …

Christian school group to hold talk on ‘danger’ of ‘challenging homophobia’

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An international group which supports more than 20 schools in England is giving a platform to a speaker about the “hidden dangers of challenging homophobia in primary schools”. Christian Education Europe, which supports and provides curriculum material to 24 independent schools, will hear from a researcher called Brian Hadley in a speech entitled “society indoctrinating the innocent.” It forms part …

Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Trans and Intersex People Are Left Behind

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Every year on International Women’s Day we are reminded that we still live in a world where most women are left behind. This is especially true for lesbian and bisexual women as well as trans and intersex people (LBTI people) who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination daily. Patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia are all intricately linked, oppressing and …

Rebel Girls: This Is What A Lavender Menace Looks Like

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Second-wave feminists, for the most part, did not like queer ladies. I don’t think it’s necessary to give you the full rehash of the story, but suffice it to say that Betty Friedan wasn’t alone when she declared us “lavender menaces,” invoking to the members of the National Organization for Women her fear that queer women would forever taint the …

Jenni Murray ‘Trans Women Shouldn’t Call Themselves Real Women’

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Last Sunday Jenni Murray, presenter of Women’s Hour on BBC Radio Four had an article published in the Sunday Times magazine which stated her view that Trans Women cannot be ‘real women’.  She based her statement on the belief that if trans women grow up in a male role, with male privilege and without other social aspects that most women …

Mack Beggs: Texas Sportscaster Takes Transphobia To The Mat

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Tony Fenwick MBE, CEO of Schools OUT UK – “Does the UIL realise that it has effectively put a man attacking a woman on a pedestal for the public’s entertainment? Or that it has effectively forced a man to attack women in public? This could be construed as defending domestic violence. Coming from a nation which has deplored the downgrading …