SAND – Safe Ageing No Discrimination

SAND – Safe Ageing No Discrimination – SAND has been formed to raise community awareness and help local authorities, care providers and carers to address the fears and discrimination that may be experienced by older LGBT people and carers by overcoming prejudice in care, stopping negativity, protecting those who are vulnerable and encouraging openness about specific LGBT needs.

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LASS Remembers

‘In 1987 a virulent new disease was killing people in Leicester. A grassroots organisation was created to provide care and support for the dying, the sick and their loved ones. Now, 25 years later, the situation has in some ways changed dramatically, but Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) continues to provide essential services to all those affected by HIV.This book …

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Do Mums and Dads make Boys Gay and Girls Lesbian (respectively)?

According to a new piece of scientific research our sexual orientation can be decided in the womb by rogue “epi-marks” that we receive from our opposite sex parent. Challenging the current conflicting orthodoxies that we are either a product of our environments or we have inherited the “gay gene” in our DNA, researchers William Rice, a professor at the University of California, Santa …

History MonthDo Mums and Dads make Boys Gay and Girls Lesbian (respectively)?

National Trans Mental Health and Well-Being Survey

A survey has been launched to research and assess the needs of trans people across the nation. This survey is produced by a partnership between Scottish Transgender Alliance, Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre, TransBareAll and Sheffield Hallam University. It is based on the priniple that there has been very little research about trans people, or people with trans histories, and their well-being. What there is …

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Health Service failing Gay and Bisexual men according to Stonewall

The world’s largest ever health survey of gay and bisexual men has found they get left behind by the health service in the UK. The survey shows that more gay and bisexual men attempt suicide, worry about their bodies and suffer eating related illnessses than their straight counterparts. More worrying perhaps, si that almost half the survey’s respondents claimed to …

History MonthHealth Service failing Gay and Bisexual men according to Stonewall

Ireland Has Stand Up Awareness Week to Combat Homophobia

Ireland’s second Stand Up! Awareness Week aimed at combatting homophobia in the republic’s schools begins tomorrow.The initiative is the brainchild of campaign group BeLongTo and was first celebrated last April. Donal Óg Cusack, the out-and-proud hurling goalkeeper and ex-Rugby star Ben Cohen are going to be involved. To find out more go here. To visit the BelongTo Stand Up! website go …

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Pink News Report on Schools OUT Conference

The Schools OUT 2012 Conference – which featured how to raise trans issues, disability issues, an OFSTED speaker, the leader of the National Union of Teachers, workshops on our latest method The Classroom, the European Rainbow film project and youth workshops, has been reviewed extensively by Adrian Tippets in Pink News. Read it here (part 1) and here (part 2). …

History MonthPink News Report on Schools OUT Conference

Identical Twins? Not Exactly

A pair of identical twins are to make history now that one of them is undergoing gender reassignment. This will challenge the psychologists and sociologists, since  it suggests that sharing the same DNA doesn’t mean  sharing the same identity, but the same or similar environment elicits two quite different results. It also challenges simplistic explanations of consumer brainwashing, for Boston twins Wyatt …

History MonthIdentical Twins? Not Exactly

Poll Shows Older Gays and Lesbians Worse off

A recent poll shows that LGB people are disadvantaged compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Half as likey to be visited regularly by their relatives and twice as likely to be dependent on care. This follows a number of surveys and documentaries exposing shocking abuse and negligence in our care services for older people in the UK. The survey, commissioned by …

History MonthPoll Shows Older Gays and Lesbians Worse off