Charity launches UK’s first LGBTQ+ rape and sexual assault helpline
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by Sophie Perry
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An LGBTQ+ charity has launched the UK’s first ever rape and sexual assault helpline dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ victims and survivors.  The helpline has been established by anti-abuse charity Galop and was launched ahead of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which runs from 6 and 12 February.  Research from Galop – conducted by YouGov – shows more than half (53 per cent) of LGBTQ+ people in the UK have been subjected to sexual violence in their lives.  Further research shows that more than half of LGBTQ+ sexual violence survivors surveyed felt that their assault was wholly, or i ..read more
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Rishi Sunak parrots anti-trans dog-whistles in Piers Morgan interview: ‘Biological sex matters’
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by Emily Chudy
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Prime minister Rishi Sunak parroted several anti-trans talking points in an interview with Piers Morgan, declaring that a woman is an “adult human female” and that “biological sex matters”.  Sunak appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored on Thursday (2 February) to discuss his first 100 days as leader of the Conservative Party and unelected PM, discussing his brutally tough immigration stance, nurses’ wages and the inclusion of trans people in sports. Morgan kicked off the TalkTV interview with what he dubbed “the world’s most controversial question”, asking the PM to define a “woman”, and sla ..read more
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From Anne Frank to Malcolm X: Why are we obsessed with debating if historical figures were LGBTQ+?
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by Patrick Kelleher
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What do Anne Frank, Louisa May Alcott, Malcolm X and William Shakespeare have in common?  Each one was a trailblazing figure in their own right, but they’ve also inspired endless debates about whether or not they might have been LGBTQ+. Was Louisa May Alcott a trans man living in a world where transness wasn’t accepted? Was Anne Frank a queer teenager whose sexuality was just starting to blossom when she was murdered by the Nazis?  The truth, of course, is that nobody will ever know how historic figures who weren’t out in their lifetimes would have described themselves. It’s a comple ..read more
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As an LGBTQ+ Jain, I felt completely invisible growing up. Now, I want to give back
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by Will Stroude
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Henish* is a 19-year-old London-based ambassador for LGBTQ+ young people’s charity Just Like Us. Here, he shares the story of his struggle to find representation growing up queer in the Jain community. Amidst the whirling of colourful garments as people spun and danced around the murti (statue), amidst the rhythm of the dhol (double-sided barrel drum) and the ethereal singing, at this garba I suddenly felt incredibly alone. This was somewhere I felt so at home, but simultaneously so different and out of place.  Garba is a Gujarati traditional dance, heavily linked to my religion of Jainis ..read more
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Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham on chemsex and overcoming addiction: ‘There was a lot of fear’
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by Patrick Kelleher
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In 2008, diver Matthew Mitcham won gold at the Beijng Olympics – and just a few short years later, he checked in to rehab. Matthew’s journey with addiction didn’t start after the Olympics. It had begun much earlier, when he was a teenager growing up in Australia. Between the ages of 14 and 18, he struggled with debilitating depression. He turned to alcohol and drugs in a desperate attempt to stay afloat. “I could see that my drug use already was a bit problematic at that stage,” he tells PinkNews. Aged 18, Matthew thought he had given up diving for good, and he says his drug use started to spi ..read more
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Young Royals season three: Potential release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know
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by Emily Chudy
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It’s bittersweet news for die-hard fans of Young Royals, as it has been announced that the Swedish teen romance will be coming to an end on Netflix with its upcoming third and final season. The show so far has seen Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) adjust to life at prestigious boarding school Hillerska, meet and fall in love with fellow student Simon Eriksson (Omar Rudberg) and face plenty of drama along the way.  The news Young Royals had been renewed for a third season was first confirmed in December 2022 by Netflix, who posted a photo of the show’s main characters with the caption: “Simon ..read more
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Majority of LGBTQ+ parents have considered fleeing Florida over reviled Don’t Say Gay law
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by Joe Ali
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New research on LGBTQ+ parents in Florida has found most considered moving from the state over its infamous Don’t Say Gay legislation. New data from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has found that 56 per cent of 113 parents surveyed said they considered moving from Florida after the state introduced a damning anti-LGBTQ+ law in March 2022. According to the new data, 17 per cent of LGBTQ+ parents have already taken the necessary steps to move out of Florida. Nearly 9 out of 10 said they were concerned about the the effects the legislation would have on their families and children. A ..read more
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Question Time descends into chaotic shouting match over Scotland’s gender bill and trans prisoners 
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by Sophie Perry
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An episode of BBC Question Time descended into a chaotic shouting match over Scotland’s recently blocked gender reform bill and trans offenders in women’s prisons.  The topical debate show was broadcast from Strathclyde University in Glasgow on Thursday (2 February) and covered key issues gripping politics in both Scotland and the United Kingdom.  Chair Fiona Bruce was joined by Scottish Conservative Party MP John Lamont, Labour MP Ian Murray, Scottish National Party MSP Jenny Gilruith, journalist Ella Whelan and transgender newsreader India Willoughby.  In recent months, Scotla ..read more
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Non-binary Broadway star opts out of Tony Awards considerations over gendered categories
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by Sophie Perry
14h ago
A non-binary Broadway star has withdrawn themselves from Tony Awards consideration rather than competing in gendered categories.  Justin David Sullivan, who portrays the non-binary character of May in & Juliet, told Playbill on Wednesday (1 February) that they chose to bow out of considerations altogether when forced between the gendered categories.  “I was told that I had to choose [the category in which] I felt comfortable, and in that process, I struggled a lot,” Sullivan said.  “There’s nothing more that I want to empower than non-binary people, to show that it’s possibl ..read more
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George Santos sings Disney, Bruno Mars and Leonard Cohen on secret karaoke account. Yes, really
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by Sophie Perry
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A secret karaoke account allegedly belonging to scandal-struck congressman George Santos has been unveiled.  The account on karaoke app Smule was unearthed by Rolling Stone and comes just days after the embattled politician was spotted causally hanging out at a karaoke night in Washington DC, while at the epicentre of multiple federal, state, local and international investigations.  The Smule account is housed under the username @georgedevolder – Santos’ full name is George Anthony Devolder Santos – and shows the Republican pulling an early 2010s-pout in the profile picture.  Af ..read more
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