Companies routinely reject applicants with Aids or who are HIV-positive – it’s time for change
Which is the least likely group to buy insurance? Twenty-five-year-olds on a stag weekend in Barcelona? Nineteen-year-olds recklessly driving without cover? No, it’s the LGBT community, according to Steve Wardlaw, head of innovative new insurer, Emerald Life. “There is a massive distrust of insurers in the community,” he says, adding that they are 50% more likely to have no insurance at all. “A lot still think they won’t get cover, especially life insurance, if they are gay. They feel so disenfranchised, they don’t bother.”
In my early days as a journalist on a trade paper in the late 1980s I remember well an appalling conversation with the marketing manager of a (then) major insurer when the HIV/Aids epidemic was at its height and insurers were determined to avoid having any gay men on their books. “They’re quite easy to spot,” he bragged, as his PR person squirmed. “If the application comes from a middle-aged, single, antique dealer with a Volvo then we know straight away.”
The Australian Law Reform Commission will take a look at five of the most contentious Ruddock recommendations, because it’s just too politically difficult to make good on a promise to take away religious schools’ power to expel gay students in a way that pleases both Labor and Coalition conservatives.
Government to accept recommendations in Ruddock review with law that will be similar to those prohibiting racial and sexual discrimination
The Morrison government will promise to prohibit discrimination against religious people but has kicked the can down the road, with a further review on discrimination against LGBT students and school staff.
Feelings of being different believed to lead to self-harm and other mental health issues
Young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, research has found.
LGB 16- to 21-year-olds are four times more likely to have felt depressed, harmed themselves and thought about killing themselves, according to a study based on interviews with 4,800 young people from in and around Bristol.
Guidance encourages use of chosen names but does not offer transition blessing
The Church of England has published advice on how to welcome transgender people into the Anglican faith.
The pastoral guidance stops short of offering a new service or blessing but it does advise Anglican clergy to address transgender people by their chosen name. It notes: “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service.”
The screenwriter and his husband had a son in June and bonded deeply with the surrogate mother. Now he has recorded a podcast series exploring the process in depth
Dustin Lance Black was a screenwriter, living in Los Angeles, in demand and extensively garlanded, when in 2013 he met Tom Daley, the Olympian diver from Plymouth. Black was the ultimate progressive all-rounder – then 39, he had won an Oscar for Milk, a biopic of the assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk, and built a reputation for his activism on gay marriage. He was also known for the thoughtful, open manner of his pioneering: his narration of the awardwinning documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition was informed by his experience of growing up gay in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
So, when he fell in love with the diver – who is 20 years his junior and was then studiously neutral on politics, in the way athletes often have to be – it was not obvious from the outside that they were made for each other. Yet in the world where celebrities are still people, it was obvious to them. I have interviewed Daley, too, and he told me he introduced Black to his entire family and his friends in the week of their first date. They moved in together in London in 2014, got married in 2017 and this year had their first child.
When we announced our pregnancy, in the US there was just a lot of congratulations. Here it was more mixed
It’s easy for white liberals to imagine homophobia as the fault of a cartoonish black character even though black people hardly wield the power that drives it
He lasted less time as an Oscars host than Anthony Scaramucci did as Trump’s White House director of communications. On Friday, Kevin Hart withdrew from his role as hype man of the mediocre awards show. He did so on Twitter, writing that he wanted to “sincerely apologize to the LGBT community for my insensitive words from my past”. This atonement came after he had refused just the night before to apologize for past homophobic jokes and tweets.
Steven W Thrasher, a former Guardian writer-at-large, was recently appointed the inaugural Daniel H Renberg chair of media coverage of sexual and gender minorities at Northwestern University. Twitter: @thrasherxy
Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down as host of next year's Oscars ceremony following an outcry over perceived homophobic comments from the comedian. Hart initially refused to apologise, but then posted an apology on Twitter
Post on Manchester United’s Facebook page received more than 43,000 negative reactions
Premier League football teams including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have received thousands of homophobic responses on social media for showing solidarity with Stonewall’s pro-LGBT Rainbow Laces campaign.
Over the past two weeks the clubs have been posting pictures on social media of rainbow-striped logos and messages to back the annual campaign, which was launched by Stonewall in 2013 to kick out homophobia in football.