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British MP Jamie Wallis shares that he is transgender

British MP Jamie Wallis shares that he is transgender

Warning: This story contains references to gender dysphoria, sexual assault and traumatic events. British MP Jamie Wallis has shared that he is transgender, his disclosure has been praised by Conservative party leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a statement Wallis shared that since taking up his seat in Westminster in 2020 he had been given […]

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‘RENT’ prompts walkout as audience member realises musical is queer

‘RENT’ prompts walkout as audience member realises musical is queer

A production in Leeds has drawn international attention after an audience member disrupted a recent performance with a homophobic outburst. UK company Bite My Thumb’s staging of RENT was interrupted in Leeds on Saturday, as a viewer declared “I didn’t realise this show was about gays”, leaving the theatre. Jonathan Larson’s musical is famously focused on […]

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Boris Johnson criticised for not knowing difference of HIV and AIDS

Boris Johnson criticised for not knowing difference of HIV and AIDS

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticised for delivering a speech which spoke of AIDS rather than HIV. Health experts says the incorrect usage of terms promotes misunderstanding and increases stigma for those living with HIV. The British PM was speaking about medical research and vaccines, when he made a comparison to HIV. Johnson […]

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Thatcher didn’t want to mention sex in AIDS awareness campaigns

Thatcher didn’t want to mention sex in AIDS awareness campaigns

Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s Prime Minister when the AIDS crisis grew throughout the 1980’s but her former colleagues have shared that the Iron Lady was not in favour of sharing how HIV could be passed on through specific sexual behaviour. The acclaimed television program It’s a Sin has shone a spotlight how how Britain reacted during the […]

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Advocates welcome UK decision to lift gay/bi blood donation ban

Advocates welcome UK decision to lift gay/bi blood donation ban

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have welcomed the UK’s decision to lift the ban on gay and bi+ male blood donors, and call for action at home. This week the UK Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs made the recommendation that all donors be assessed for individual risk, rather than exclude […]

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Britain’s High Court transgender decision could be overturned on appeal

Britain’s High Court transgender decision could be overturned on appeal

At the start of the month Britain’s High Court handed down a decision in a case looking into how the nation’s doctors prescribe treatments to teenagers experiencing gender incongruence. The three judge panel said it was “highly unlikely” that a child of 13 or under was “competent to give consent” to receiving puberty blockers, and […]

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Boris Johnson promises to bring forward ban on conversion therapy

Boris Johnson promises to bring forward ban on conversion therapy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated his party’s promise to ban the harmful practice of LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy across Great Britain. Originally put in motion by former Conservative PM Theresa May in 2018, Johnson has said his government is working towards the prohibition of conversion practices as reported by the BBC. “On the gay conversion […]

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Former professional soccer player Thomas Beattie comes out as gay

Former professional soccer player Thomas Beattie comes out as gay

Former professional soccer player Thomas Beattie has revealed he is a gay man, becoming the first UK star to come out as LGBTIQ+ since Justin Fashanu in 1990. The 33-year-old played for the youth squad of Hull FC, taking his skills around the world to the US, Singapore and Canada for more than a decade. […]

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British government apologises for banning gays from the military

British government apologises for banning gays from the military

Twenty years after it lifted its policy banning gays from the military the British government has apologised for the policy and the service personnel who were discharged. Addressing a group of veterans at a function at Westminster the UK’s Minister for Defence, Johnny Mercer, said the ban was wrong. “It was unacceptable then and it […]

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UK teacher banned from profession over gay statements

UK teacher banned from profession over gay statements

A British school teacher who told children that “gay people have a disease” has been banned from the profession. Joshua Onduso was teaching at a specialist school for students who have difficulty attending regular school, many of the students have emotional and mental health issues. In May 2015 when students asked the teacher what he […]

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