Words: Delmar Terblanche Subbing: Loriane Jacquemart President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK promises to bring chaos to the capital, even though he’s spending just one day there. Protesters have promised “a carnival of resistance” with organisers declaring that smaller protests would be taking place throughout the country, controlled by smaller, uncoordinated groups who have “taken on a life of their own”. Meanwhile, The Police Federation has warned that the visit will impose “unquestionable pressure” on police officers as they strive to maintain peace and security among the protests. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has defended the right to protest, provided the demonstrations are peaceful. This defence includes approval for a giant blimp which portrays the presid
Words: Delmar Terblanche Subbing: Etienne Fermie 300,000 people marched in London’s Pride parade this week, while over a million watched. The Mayor was there, as were more than 300 LGBT Metropolitan Police officers - a new record. LGBT rights have become , in many ways, a publicly accepted fact in the UK. Remarkable in a country where, just 20 years before, seven gay men were convicted of “gross indecency” for daring to have sex. But one part of the LGBT community still lags well behind: Transgenderism. There are signs of change - the government has launched a 16 week consultation into the legal process of “gender transitioning”, assessing the requirements needed for transgender people to receive legal recognition. But the proposal was muted, hidden behind a louder, more publ
Words: Fatima Nasir | Subbing: Bella Dawe An increasing number of individuals from the LGBT community have been applying for asylum in the United Kingdom in recent years. Two thirds of the claims submitted in 2017 were rejected with only 26.08% being successful but these statistics don't stop people in desperate need for protection against the homophobic laws and societies of their home countries making applications. The U.K. is a hotspot for the escapees due to its diversity and acceptance of people from all walks of life. There are still 80 countries worldwide where persecution by the law is possible due to one's gender identity and sexual preference or orientation. Anal sex, whether between two male partners or male and female partner is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. The bigo...
Is it time we end the institutionalised discrimination and let Gays give blood? A small victory, but still not far enough. We spoke to Michael Ward, a student at the University of Westminster and asked him about his experience when he tried to give blood in his hometown. https://youtu.be/FA9rXc1Qu1s Today, Friday December 1st marks world HIV day, and also today twice as many people in the UK have HIV than ten years ago. We may feel like HIV is a disease reserved to the 80’s - people with drug addictions and poorer parts of the world, however the disease remains one of the greatest killers for under thirty year olds in Britain and the social taboo around people living with HIV and AIDS keeps the disease rife within our communities. If we spoke more about H