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
If the usual path towards social equality is the one that gradually grants more rights to minority groups, some countries (or, like in this case, provinces) still find it difficult to accept. So they do exactly the opposite. In an unsurprising move that follows months of limitations to freedom of expression in the country, Ankara, the Turkish capital, banned all LGBT events from its public spaces, starting from November 18. The governor declared that the decision was made as these events are a “threat to security”, news agencies report. Reactions have been quick as the ruling sparked outrage across the world. https://twitter.com/HRC/status/932350988991725575 Unlike in many other Muslim-majority countries, homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey. However, discrimination and h
We all know how annoying changing your details for your bank, passport, or GP can be. Turns out when you're trans and you change your legal gender, the government delays your benefits. Many people are aware of the hurdles transgender people have to jump socially and medically. A poll by YouGov in 2015 even stated that 20% of Londoners would not support their child if they came out as trans. However, most are unaware of the administrative difficulties trans people can face. Changing the name and gender marker on their passport, bank account and NHS records can be time consuming and expensive. Transgender people have been in the spotlight for a while, especially since high profile celebrities such as comedian and London Mayoral candidate, Eddie Izzard came out. Tristan Jones,...
Words: Yujia Yang | Subbing: Bella Dawe Alex Zhang, who studies in London now, is one of Chinese LGBTQ group members. He said: "If we could film a distinguished movie to tell our society we are who we are from nature, we love, we hate, and we are normal...Chinese LGBT group really need get attention." He shared more his opinions about Chinese LGBT movies in our interview: In 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in all states of the United States. In 2017, Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it can almost be said to is milestone of mankind’s progress. This undoubtedly symbolised the successful result of the persistent efforts of LGBT activist groups. However, in China, the story is different. Although, according to China Daily, Chinese LGBT population has increas