Mark O'Connell Long Listed for Polari First Book Prize 2013

Mark O’Connell has made it to the longlist for the 2013 Polari First Book Prize with his debut book Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan. The list was announced 30th July. Mark will be at booQfest on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September so you can go and chat to him about his work and how he felt to be nominated. Paul Burston, Chair judge of the prize, will also be there on the Saturday talking about the prize and his other work. AND, if that wasn’t enough, Polari FBP judge VG Lee (nominated for Stonewall writer of the year 2012) will be there too!

Homophobia still rife in UK, survey claims

In an article in today’s Observer newspaper, many LGBT people say they expect to face discrimination and feel that social attitudes lag behind parliament. The report is by Jamie Doward.

The Return of Section 28? Tony Fenwick writes in 'The Independent'

“The return of Section 28? This can’t be brushed aside as an ‘oversight’
If schools are basing policies on outdated laws, it is very much a problem.” Read Tony Fenwick’s article from today’s Independent, where he responds to this weekend’s revelation that as many as 45 schools may be implementing SRE policies lifted almost wholly from pre-2003, Section 28-era documentation.

Gove Tells Stonewall He Wants to Make Schools Safe

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, is aware of homophobia and wants to do something about it, according to a response he gave at an education conference. He told the Stonewall Education Conference, which is held every year to support lesbians, gays and bisexuals in education, that: “It is outrageous and medieval to think that the use of the …

Furnish: An AIDS-free generation is within our grasp

From a Speech by David Furnish, co-chair of the Elton John AIDS Foundation We must fight, and end, the complacency about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country. And we must stop the active ignorance of the needs of the marginalized and the voiceless. An AIDS-free generation is within our grasp, but we have to stop waiting for someone else to …

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). …

Schools OUT Conference: Educating OUT Prejudice through the LGBT Lens

Schools OUT Annual Conference 2012  Saturday 4th February 9.30 am – 6.00pm RADA Studios (Formerly The Drill Hall) 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX To register call the box office: 020 7307 5060 Fees Until Jan 26 2012 Student or Unemployed £10, Retired £15 Individual £40 Organisation £50 After Jan 26, 2012 Student or unemployed £15 Retired £20 Individual £50 …

Gove To Reintroduce Section 28?

The Government’s flagship academies and free schools may be forced to promote marriage and devalue families based on other relationships if they wish to obtain and sustain their funding, according to a report in the Telegraph today (December 4th). A document laying out the conditions for funding these new state schools, which are centrally funded rather than coming under local …

Canadian National Newspaper Publishes Transphobic Ad

Canada’s National Post angered equality campaigners last week when it published an ad by a right wing evangelical group that attacked  the Toronto Curriculum for promoting equality. The ad, which calls on people to sign a petition and visit a website which campaigns against corrupting children, shows a young girl in close up and has a headline saying: ‘Please! Don’t Confuse …

IoS Reports on Swedish Gender Free Kindergarten

At the Egalia pre-school, staff avoid using words such as “him” or “her” and address the 33 youngsters as “friends” rather than girls and boys. From the colour and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail is planned to make sure the children are not exposed to sexual stereotypes.   The taxpayer-funded pre-school, which opened last year …