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‘Voices and Visibility’: new LGBT wallchart

There is a new FREE TO DOWNLOAD LGBT wallchart available, highlighting key legal milestones, events and individuals within UK context. Produced by the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Further and Higher Education and a group of trade unions in association with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month, the wallchart focuses particularly on the contributions of the labour movement.

Go HERE to download your copy, and maybe even print and post it somewhere visible!

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Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt on why the charity is going trans inclusive · PinkNews

Ruth Hunt took over as CEO of Stonewall last yearAs Stonewall England and Wales announced plans to begin lobbying on trans issues, PinkNews caught up with CEO Ruth Hunt to talk about the reasons why, and why now.

In an historic move, gay rights charity Stonewall today announced that it will begin lobbying on trans issues.

The charity, which previously only lobbied only on gay, lesbian and bisexual issues in England and Wales, announced on Monday that it would now also include trans issues in its brief.

via Interview: Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt on why the charity is going trans inclusive · PinkNews.

 

US: Governor of Michigan voids 300 same-sex marriages, claims they ‘never existed’ · PinkNews.co.uk

The Governor of Michigan has voided the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples, who wed while marriage equality was briefly legal in the state.

US District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage in March, leading clerks in several counties to immediately start performing marriages.

The ban was put back into place after 300 couples had already married – leaving them in legal limbo pending appeal – until the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban this week.

In new court filings yesterday, the state’s Republican governor Rick Snyder said that his administration will treat the marriages as if they “never existed”.

Read the full article at: US: Governor of Michigan voids 300 same-sex marriages, claims they ‘never existed’ · PinkNews.co.uk.

HIV most prevalent in Gravesend, Dartford, Medway, Ashford and Thanet according to Canterbury Christ Church study

Outdated attitudes are contributing to a rise in cases of HIV across Kent, according to a new study.

More people are diagnosed with HIV each year across the county, with half of people testing positive in the later stages of the disease.

Doctors are concerned as late diagnosis means sufferers are more likely to pass the disease on and have less chance of long-term survival.

Dr Stephen O’Connor from Canterbury Christ Church University said: “The variety of people affected by HIV has changed dramatically since the virus first appeared.

“More heterosexuals were diagnosed with HIV in Kent than men who have sex with men.

“More worrying is the fact that heterosexuals, both male and female, are more likely to be diagnosed later with HIV than members of the better informed gay community, often because they, and many healthcare professionals, still associate HIV with gay men, intravenous drug users and sex workers.

“The study showed that GPs often fail to consider HIV as a possible cause for HIV related health problems and positively discourage some from having an HIV test at the appropriate time because of these outdated and misinformed assumptions.”

Dr O’Connor’s study is part of a European-funded project investigating HIV prevalence and late diagnosis.

To read the full article on Kent Online, visit:  HIV most prevalent in Gravesend, Dartford, Medway, Ashford and Thanet according to Canterbury Christ Church study.

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