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
Thousands of #FreeEdNow students marched through central London yesterday to demand free education for all - paid by taxing the rich. The demonstration follows a decision by Theresa May, to freeze university tuition fees to a maximum of £9,250. Last year, parliament raised fees by an extra £250, ignoring the original cap of £9,000. Why do students want to scrap fees? Graduates in the UK have the highest student debt in the world. Students will graduate with average debts of over 50,800 - according to an IFS report. This includes students from poor backgrounds who will have loans to support them. Rhiannon Lockley, a university lecturer speaking at the demo says: “I’ve worked as a further education lecturer for 12-years, I’ve been privileged to share the journey of hundreds of ama
Despite international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, results show that pollution is, in fact, increasing. With the UN Climate Change Conference just around the corner, Voice of London evaluates why the efforts in tackling climate change are having so little effect. It is a sad time for the greens. This week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that 44 cities in the UK have pollutions levels so high it is dangerous for people to breath. According to the WHO, exposure to dirty particles should not exceed 10 micrograms per cubic metre of air. London air presented 15 micrograms. The situation is indeed worrying as pollution in London is estimated to be responsible for 9,000 deaths every year. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been working on strategies to reduce veh