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The Guardian | LGBT Rights by Ellie Wen, Barna Szasz, Charlie Phi.. - 1d ago

Tim is an 18-year-old Asian-American with more than 4m followers on Instagram. He lives online, grabbing his phone first thing in the morning and even taking baths with it sometimes. Although Tim usually shares funny memes, he occasionally posts about mental health. In exploring his reasons for these posts, we discover he has created a different persona online than in real life. Will he be able to reconcile the two? Tackling issues of identity, family and communication, the film is a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story about a Generation Z teenager at an important crossroads in his life

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Khan and Burnham among those saying process for trans people to self-ID should be easier

The mayors of London, Greater Manchester and other English cities have written to the government urging ministers to speed up the implementation of “desperately needed” changes to the gender recognition legislation.

Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, wrote to the equalities minister, Penny Mordaunt, along with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotheram and Dan Jarvis, the mayors of the Liverpool and Sheffield city regions.

Related: Transgender man who gave birth loses high court privacy ruling

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No 10’s document suggests it may take up to 18 months to implement legislation

Pressure groups have warned against lengthy delays to extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland following a landmark legal amendment last week, after a government document said the process could take as long as 18 months to implement.

Downing Street has committed to introducing the abortion plan after an amendment to a separate Northern Ireland bill by the Labour MP Stella Creasy was passed overwhelmingly by the Commons.

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I sat on the committee that helped select the scientist. Honouring him sends a message that the UK respects all people

Over Christmas, I had the unusual delight of reading short biographies of 989 dead scientists. As a member of the Bank of England’s banknote character advisory committee, I was sifting through potential nominees to be included on the new £50 note: the sheer volume of UK scientists, put forward by more than 225,000 members of the public, reflected the enormous contribution our small island has made to international scientific progress over the past few centuries.

Related: Alan Turing to feature on new £50 banknote

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The actor’s comments on casting are unhelpful to marginalised people. Art cannot be ‘immune to political correctness’

“As an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” the actress Scarlett Johansson told As If magazine in an interview obtained by the Daily Mail that has since gone viral (she later said her comments had been taken out of context and used as “clickbait”).

Not exactly surprising, coming from a woman who has played a cyborg (Ghost in the Shell), an alien (Under the Skin) and the disembodied voice of an artificially intelligent virtual assistant (Her), but it’s offensive nevertheless to hear a cisgender white woman assert her unassailable right to play whomever (or whatever) she pleases. Or as Vanity Fair’s film critic K Austin Collins put it in a tweet: “you cant just go around likening ‘playing a tree’ to ‘playing an asian woman’ lmao come on”.

Related: Scarlett Johansson wants more tree roles – here are some she could consider

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Once upon a time Australia led the world in shattering LGBT taboos – with the world’s first televised gay character in 1972, followed by a trans character and gay kiss

During last month’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Stonewall riots, many historians looked at how the modern gay rights movement influenced pop culture.

We learned about music, books and cinema which reflected societal progress – but nothing brought LGBT representation into lounge rooms better than television did. And no country was quicker to do it than Australia, through 1970s series that presented the world’s first gay character, trans character and gay kiss. Why then, does Australia never get credit for these world first milestones?

Related: Neighbours' first same-sex wedding reflects Australia's glorious new realityGary Nunn

Related: Neighbours is Australia’s grandest, trashiest soapie export. So why did it fail in the US?

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‘The lyrics came out in a two-minute splurge. I drew on personal experiences, like growing up in the Bible Belt and being labelled a bitch’

In the early 2000s, everyone I knew was in a band but none of us dreamed of breaking through. I used to record my vocals in the bathroom and I was really bad at writing lyrics. So we had lots of half-written punk songs.

The Bible Belt can be oppressive when you're a young punk rocker with a crazy haircut or blue hair. We'd get chased

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Hundreds protest in Tel Aviv after Rafi Peretz says gay conversion ‘therapy’ works

Hundreds of demonstrators have called on Israel’s new education minister to resign after the far-right politician said he supported gay conversion “therapy” and had even attempted it himself.

Ministers and other politicians also condemned Rafi Peretz, a former chief military rabbi who heads a religious nationalist party, who was asked by local Channel 12 news over the weekend whether he believed he could convert gay people to heterosexuality.

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Sara Khan likens protesters outside Parkfield school in Birmingham to a ‘mob’

Headteachers dealing with protests over LGBT lessons should have been given more support, the government’s chief adviser on countering extremism has said.

Campaigners held banners saying “Don’t confuse our children” and “Let kids be kids” outside Parkfield community school in Birmingham after books featuring same-sex couples were used in a diversity programme.

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A new survey reveals prejudice is on the rise for the first time in decades

The number of people believing there is nothing wrong with gay sex has fallen for the first time since the Aids crisis. The British Social Attitudes survey puts it at dipping from 68% in 2017 to 66% in 2018, leaving a third of the population in some way opposed. NatCen, who conducted the survey, said that, while further polling was advisable, “liberalisation of attitudes does seem to be slowing down”.

The findings coincide with the first decrease in more than a decade of people comfortable with pre-marital sex. On the plus side, last week also saw the Commons victory for gay legislation in Northern Ireland. Still, what a hammering same-sex couples have had recently – everything from attacks on buses to Ann Widdecombe (the Aunt Lydia of Brexit, anyone?) pondering how science could “produce an answer” to gayness. In this context, is the NatCen survey indicative of new attitudes, or yet more evidence that people are feeling bolder about expressing previously veiled prejudices?

To a certain hetero mindset, there are two distinct groups – cultural gays (acceptable), and sexual gays (unacceptable!)

Related: Pride in London parade – in pictures

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