ILGA-Europe – Global LGBTI Inclusion Index

LGBTI Inclusion IndexUNDP, together with OHCHR, are developing a Global LGBTI Inclusion Index that will show how well governments are delivering on the new Sustainable Development Goals to LGBTI populations. So, we need civil society voices to help guide how LGBTI inclusion will be measured when it comes to international development.

A Survey and full explanatory Context Note are supplied in six UN languages on the ILGA website: http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

The Survey is produced by UNDP/OHCHR and the Context Note is from ILGA and OutRight jointly. It takes around 15 minutes to fill (although there is space for considered comments).

Please note that the Survey will close on 23 November 2015. Also, here is some suggested text that you might like to use for social media posts:

English
This is the time to shape a Global LGBTI Inclusion Index! Follow the link below to read a context note and take this UNDP/OHCHR survey before Nov 23rd. Be counted!
http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

Chinese
《全球LGBTI融合指数报告》意见征集正在火热进行中!点击以下链接,了解该报告的背景,在11月23日之前填写联合国开发计划署和人气高专办共同发布的调查问卷,你的声音很重要!
http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

Arabic
هذا هو الوقت الأمثل لصياغة مؤشر عالمي  لإندماج المثليين والمثليات و مزدوجي الميل الجنسي و مغايري الهوية الجنسية و ثنائيي الجنس!
قم بالضغط على الرابط الموجود بالأسفل ثم قم بقراءة المقدمة التعريفية حول المشروع ثم قم بإجراء الإستبيان الخاص ببرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي/ ومكتب المفوضيّة السامية للأمم المتحدة لحقوق الإنسان قبل 23 نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني. يتبع!
http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

French
C’est le moment de façonner un Indice Global d’Inclusion des LGBTI! Suivez le lien ci-dessous pour lire une notesur son contexte et prendre part à ce sondage du PNUD / HCDH avant le 23 novembre. Soyez compté! http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

Spanish
¡Es el momento de formar un Índice Global de Inclusion LGBTI! Haga clic en el enlace abajo para leer una nota de contexto y acceder la encuesta de PNUD/OACDR antes del 23 de noviembre. ¡Sea contado! http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

Russian

Настало время сформировать Глобальный Индекс Инклюзии ЛГБТИ! Перейдите по ссылке внизу, чтобы прочитать пояснительное письмо и принять участие в опросе ПРООН/УВКПЧ до 23 ноября. Участвуйте!http://ilga.org/measuring-lgbti-inclusion-in-the-world/

 

Best wishes from ILGA-Europe.

 

 

Emma Cassidy
Communications and Media Officer
ILGA-Europe
Direct line: + 32 2 609 54 16

 

DUP tell Elton John to back off as he wades into gay marriage row in Northern Ireland

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By Claire McNeilly

PUBLISHED06/11/2015

Jeffrey Donaldson was speaking after the pop superstar said it was time for local politicians to “enter the 21st century” in relation to same-sex marriage.

The Rocket Man singer also said that legislation would “sail in” if put to a public vote. But Mr Donaldson hit back and said it was up to the Executive to decide what was best for Ulster.

“Elton John is entitled to his opinion, but the reality is that we have a mandate to govern and we have to make decisions based on what we believe is best for Northern Ireland,” he added.

“The devolution settlement respects that degree of autonomy and therefore these matters should be decided at Stormont, not elsewhere.”

Northern Ireland politicians voted on same-sex marriage for the fifth time on Monday, with a majority of MLAs voting in favour for the first time.

But there will be no change in the law after the DUP used a controversial petition of concern to scupper the move.

Speaking during the debate, Paul Givan, the DUP chair of the Justice Committee, categorically ruled out same-sex marriage.

He said: “For as long as our party has the ability to control things on the Executive, there will not be legislation.”

It means that Northern Ireland remains the only part of the UK not to have legislated for same-sex marriage.

Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Thousands of participants and supporters take part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

When asked about the issue yesterday on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir Elton said: “If it can be voted for in southern Ireland by two to one, it’s not the public vote, it’s by the politicians – and the politicians need to get their act together and enter the 21st century.”

“I’m sure if there was a vote for the public, it would sail in, as it would in Australia.”

Upon confirming he would perform a gig here, Sir Elton added: “I’m not a politician, but I will speak out for rights as and when I can, and I’ll speak about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights as I’m an elderly gay citizen.”

John O’Doherty from the Rainbow Project, a LGBT support organisation, welcomed the veteran singer’s intervention, adding that the issue had received “international attention”.

“Poll after poll has shown that the majority of people in Northern Ireland support the introduction of equal marriage,” Mr O’Doherty said.

“The majority of our Assembly members have voted in support of equal marriage but, unfortunately, the leadership doesn’t exist within Stormont to achieve it at this time.”

The Alliance Party’s Trevor Lunn – who was once opposed to same-sex marriage but has since been persuaded that it is an equality and not a faith issue – said he agreed with Sir Elton that people were in favour.

“The opinion polls indicate that the public in Northern Ireland is ready for this,” he added.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director of Amnesty International, said Sir Elton was “absolutely right that most people in Northern Ireland back same-sex marriage”.

He added: “Politicians who continue to block progress must wake up and realise the damage they are causing to gay people in Northern Ireland, as well as to our international reputation.”

On Monday next week, a court case will being brought by two residents of Northern Ireland who have been lawfully married in England but whose marriage is only recognised as a civil partnership here.

Then, in December, a second case will seek to overturn the ban on gay couples getting married here.

Campaign launched highlighting economic case for pro-LGBT rights

 

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Open for Business ‘pulls together data that makes the case for the LGBT community in the workplace’

 

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Fourteen global businesses, including Google and Royal Bank of Scotland, have launched a campaign to put forward the economic case for ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender individuals.

Launched at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York, the Open for Business campaign published research showing economies, companies and individuals perform better in societies that support LGBT employees.

The report by Open for Business spells out that nearly 80 countries criminalise consensual, adult same-sex activity, or use other laws to marginalise and persecute LGBT individuals.

The initiative, which also includes technology group IBM, consultancy EY and law firm Linklaters and backed by businesses that employ 1.3 million people globally, comes after the controversy sparked by the US state of Indiana in March, when it backed legislation that appeared to allow discrimination against the LBGT community. The row prompted Apple’s boss Tim Cook, who spoke out last year about being gay, to call for a rethink of such laws that have been passed in 20 US states.

In an editorial in the Washington Post at the time, Cook said: “Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Regardless of what the law might allow in Indiana or Arkansas [which also accepted the legislation], we will never tolerate discrimination.”

Deborah Sherry, UK and Ireland partnership director at Google, said she expected more businesses sign up to Open For Business. The group also includes PR company Brunswick, Standard Chartered bank, financial companies American Express and Mastercard, the McKinsey consultancy, news service Thomson Reuters and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin group.

It is not advocating specific actions against counties or companies which discriminate against LGBT individuals. Sherry said: “It’s specifically to bring together data and make the business case that if you include the the LGBT community in society, if people can bring their whole selves to work, you attract better people, it lowers [business] costs…its makes them more productive and more entrepreneural and so the company has better output.

“Clearly the LBGT community has got various states of rights and inclusion in society, but there is still much to be done. And change often happens from the ground up so Open for Business is an initiative to pull together the data that makes the case for the LBGT community in the workplace in the same way that has been made for gender and minorities.”

The report includes analysis by the Harvard Business Review, which shows that companies with greater diversity perform better than those which do not. The research found that employees at more diverse companies are 45% more likely to report that their firm’s market share grew over the previous year and 70% more likely to report that the firm had entered a new market.

The report cites reactions to companies in countries where there are laws discriminating against LBGT workers. It raises India, where in 2013 a law decriminalising gay sex was rescinded. Business such as IBM, Royal Bank of Scotland, Cisco, Citigroup, Google, Dell, Novell, General Electric and Microsoft met at the Bangalore campus of Goldman Sachs to discuss strategies to protect their LGBT employees.

It also cited research by MV Lee Badgett, a professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy & Administration at the University of Massachusetts, estimating the impact of discrimination on India’s GDP as up to 1.4% of economic output.

 

Why aren't schools educating kids against sex abuse?

Sex education: Give pupils knowledge, skills & confidence to resist abusers

By Peter Tatchell

International Business Times – London, UK – 20 August 2015
READ & COMMENT: http://ibt.uk/A006MQq

Generic Child AbuseThe sexual abuse of children is a national scandal. So why are schools doing so little to help combat it? This neglect is outrageous, given that educating and empowering young people with sexual rights, knowledge, skills and confidence can help protect them against abuse.

The current UK anti-child sex abuse strategy focuses overwhelmingly on apprehending and prosecuting abusers. That’s good and important. But it is a somewhat one-sided approach. It neglects the very important, effective role that young people can play in stopping abuse.

The shocking scale of child sexual exploitation proves that criminal sanctions are not enough. They aren’t working. The already strong laws against abuse are being flouted, as shown by the constant stream of sex abuse trials. Tougher penalties are unlikely to deter or make much difference. More robust investigation and prosecution will definitely help a lot. But what’s also urgently needed are new initiatives that help young people protect themselves.

Most sexual abuse does not involve explicit coercion or violence. Psychological pressure and manipulation are more common.

It is therefore astonishing that young people are not being advised about the warning signs of grooming and given sexual assertiveness training to deter and repel predators. These issues are not a mandatory part of a national curriculum that is obligatory for all schools.

Indeed, the issue of abuse is not adequately – if at all – discussed in most schools. It should be talked about as preventative education, but it isn’t. Most teachers don’t advise young people about sex abuse and what to do if they are molested. Telling them to phone Childline is not good enough.

Fending off a predatory older (or younger) person is not easy, even for adults. It is an acquired skill, and it requires a degree of confidence. Young people therefore need to be taught the ability and assuredness to resist and report unwanted sexual advances.

Assertiveness skills can be taught and, once learned, can empower teens to rebuff pressure from abusers, whether they are older or of similar ages. Although this may not work for everyone, it will work for some. Even if this education prevents only a minority of children from falling victim to sexual exploitation, it would be worthwhile.

We also need to look at the bigger picture: the social values that often unwittingly and unintentionally underpin the abuse of children.

Sex-negative attitudes are a contributory factor. People who sexually exploit youngsters often get away with it because the victims feel embarrassed and ashamed about sex and are therefore reluctant to report it. This shame and embarrassment is reinforced by a cultural mix of prudery and puritanism, which tends to regard sex as something sordid that should be kept hidden and private. This anti-sex mentality is a godsend to abusers. They rely on shame and secrecy to carry out their molestation undetected.

To undermine the sexual shame that inhibits the exposure of abusers, sex and relationship lessons in schools should encourage young people to have a more open, positive attitude towards sexual matters and to feel less inhibited about discussing them. Teenagers who feel at ease talking about sex are more likely to disclose abuse. Prompt reporting is the key to stopping sexual exploitation.

The other problematic social value that needs to be challenged is adult chauvinism, which is best summed up in the old adage that children should be seen and not heard. This, again, plays into the hands of abusers. Not infrequently, they get away with molestation by relying on the young victim’s reticence to challenge an adult; especially if the adult has a position of authority over them or has prestigious social standing. The fear (and reality) of disbelief by adults when reporting abuse is very strong, as many victims have reported.

Despite child-centred legal reforms in the UK over the last three decades, children’s rights remain somewhat contradictory and confused – especially in the realm of sexual rights.

According to the law, a person under 16 is incapable of consenting to a sexual act. They are deemed unable to understand the implications of having sex. Any sexual relationship with such a person, even if freely entered into by both partners of similar ages, is therefore categorised, in law, as a criminal offence.

By saying that the under-16s are not allowed to consent to a sexual relationship, the unspoken message is that they have no sexual rights – no right to control their own body and make their own decisions. This is the precise mind-set of abusers.

Curiously, the UK age of criminal responsibility is ten. From that age onwards, the law says that a person who commits a crime, such as murder, can be assumed to know what they were doing and can therefore be held responsible for their behaviour. But it is not until the age of 16 that the law acknowledges young people’s ability to give sexual consent. The bizarre implication is that a decision to have consenting sex requires greater mental maturity, and is more complex and grave, than a decision to kill.

The ten-year-old killers of James Bulger were declared by the courts to be old enough to understand, and to be held responsible for, their actions – and mature enough be convicted of murder. But if they’d had sex with each other and said they had consented, the courts would have ruled that they were too young to understand what is involved in a sexual relationship – and therefore incapable of giving their consent.

This points to the legal muddle over the sexual rights of youth. Parliament rightly seeks to safeguard against abuse. It sets the age of consent at 16. But by denying the under-16s the right to consent to sex, it reinforces the idea that they have no right to make their own sexual choices. Isn’t this also what child sex abusers believe? That teens have no right to decide?

I am not saying that sex involving young people under 16 should be lawful. I am merely pointing out the inconsistencies; that the law seems to inadvertently help legitimate the disempowering attitudes that allow abuse to flourish.

To combat abusive relations, all schools should be legally required to educate young people about consent and abuse issues, give them sexual assertiveness training and positively encourage a culture of young people’s rights; including the right to control their own bodies. This includes the right to say ‘no’ to unwanted sex (whatever the age of the other person) and the right and responsibility to report attempted and actual abusers.

A useful sex and relationship education mantra might be: “It’s my body. It’s my right to decide.”

This affirmation of teenagers’ right to sexual self-determination, and their education and empowerment to assert that right against abusers, should be mandatory in every school. Over to you, Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan.

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The Warwick Rowers are back, raising money for gay rights, and they’re more naked than ever

Not suitable for work: We have got seven shots teasing their 2016 naked calendar

The Warwick Rowers are back, raising money for gay rights, and they’re more naked than ever

20 August 2015

The Warwick Rowers are back, and these British boys are baring all once again to raise money for gay rights.

The university rowing team have teased their brand new 2016 naked calendar.

Once again, the money raised will go to supporting young people who are challenged by bullying, homophobia or low-self esteem in sport through Sports Allies.

And we have got a few shots to make the wait worthwhile. Some are from their new calendar, some from their new coffee table book, and some are from behind the scenes.

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Head over to the Warwick Rowers website to see all of their offers and their teaser video.

Men United for Prostate Cancer UK

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Men are getting naked and wet for charity

Half naked men are getting soaking wet for charity. Yes, you read that correctly, you have the perfect excuse to give to charity and enjoy naked hot guys.

Mark Lister is showcasing 14 half naked men soaked in water to try to raise over £10,000 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He’s calling the fundraising campaign: Project Soaked.


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“I’m looking forward to launching Project Soaked,” says Mark, “and I’m delighted to be raising awareness and much needed money to help beat prostate cancer.”


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The money raised will go to supporting Men United, a movement by prostate cancer UK “for everyone who believes men are worth fighting for.”

“The more I read and the more I spoke to people about it, the more I realised that most men don’t actually know what the prostate is or what it does.” Lister says. Men United has gained more than 230,000 people pledging their support since its launch over 12 months ago.


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Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said: “It’s fantastic to see that Mark has decided to take on this challenge to raise funds for Prostate cancer UK. By doing this he and everyone involved are joining Men United and helping to make a real difference in furthering the fight against prostate cancer.”


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By fundraising for Men United, big or small, you’d be helping push for real change, from more effective testing to better treatment. So why not take the step and buy the saucy calendar, we’re sure you can find somewhere to hang it.

Get the calendar via projectsoaked.co.uk from 15th August – January 2016.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact prostate cancer UK’s specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or via online live chat, instant messaging service: prostatecanceruk.org .

Words Iona McGregor – Nelson, @i0na95

Top tips on LGBT-inclusive sex education

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LGBT young people too often miss out on vital information and support at school. Inclusive sex and relationships education (SRE) can help to remedy their isolation

All young people should have access to high quality, age-appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) in school. But all too often this isn’t the case and LGBT young people are missing out on vital information, putting their emotional and physical wellbeing at risk.

More than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people say they are not taught anything about lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, suggests research by the University of Cambridge for Stonewall. Research by the National Union of Students earlier this year also found that less than a fifth of all university students were taught about LGBT issues in SRE at school.

Stonewall’s School Champions programme works with primary and secondary schools to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and to support LGBT young people. Based on the many examples of good practice we’ve seen, here are some top tips on LGBT-inclusive SRE.

Don’t make assumptions

Don’t assume that all students are heterosexual or that there are no trans students in your class. Think carefully about the examples and language used when talking about relationships. Use gender neutral terms such as “partner” and embed examples of LGBT people and relationships. Be explicit in your school’s policy that SRE is there to prepare all students for the future, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ensure all young people learn about LGBT people and relationships

All students should learn about key concepts such as sexual orientation, gender identity and the difference between biological sex and gender. Embed positive examples of LGBT people and relationships and discuss relevant LGBT rights and equality (for example, that LGBT people can marry and have children). This ensures that all students understand the diversity of people and relationships in 21st century Britain and that young people who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity get the information they need.

Include information that is relevant to LGBT young people

Make sure you include specific information where relevant – for example, on sexual health or coming out. At the same time, avoid promoting the stereotype that all LGBT people have certain types of sex and relationships. The easiest way to do this is to talk about the similarities and differences there might be across different types of relationships.

A lot of the information that LGBT young people need to know will be the same as their heterosexual peers (what a healthy relationship looks like). Using LGBT examples will signal that the information you are giving is relevant to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and will help to tackle assumptions about LGBT people and relationships more generally.

Challenge gender stereotypes

Challenge these both in the content of SRE and in the way the lessons are delivered. Think carefully about whether to separate students by gender for SRE. Trans students or those questioning their gender identity may feel uncomfortable or miss out on vital information if classes and lesson content are divided (for example, a trans man who may need to know about cervical screening). If students are separated, deliver the same content across groups. All students will gain valuable information and skills by considering situations from the point of view of different genders.

Encourage students to understand and celebrate difference and diversity

SRE can be a great opportunity for discussion, for students to learn about difference and to develop respect and understanding towards others. This should include exploring and challenging stereotypes about LGBT people and feed into the school’s wider work on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. SRE is also the perfect opportunity to encourage every student to feel positive and confident about themselves.

Staff will need training, alongside an updated SRE policy to deliver effectively across these areas. As well as Stonewall’s resources and training, the Sex Education Forum and Gendered Intelligence and Allsorts Youth Project look specifically at LGBT relationships and sexual health.

Visit stonewall.org.uk/education for more information

http://schoolsweek.co.uk/top-tips-on-lgbt-inclusive-sex-education/

LGBT sex education in schools could lead to lower HIV rates and happier students

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1280px-Whitby_railway_station_MMB_08_156452The National AIDS Trust has released statistics that highlight the weak sex and relationships education in schools – and why better resources would lead to lower HIV rates and happier LGBT youth.

Throughout last year, the National AIDS Trust surveyed more than 1,000 young men in the UK, aged 14 to 19.

The study states: “. . .of those [55 percent] who had ever been bullied or treated unfairly because of their sexual orientation, over a third (39 percent) had experienced bullying or discrimination because of their sexual orientation from a teacher or another adult at school or college.”

68 percent were not educated about HIV testing and 64 percent had no instruction in school on what to do when bullied for being gay.

US statistics from PFLAG NYC state: “Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection.”

The National AIDS Trust study divulged that 75 percent of the respondents did not receive any instruction about same-sex relationships or attraction.

However, 73 percent would value more information or support when it came to the topic.

Because LGBT-inclusive education was unavailable in schools, the respondents turned to websites, the “gay community,” pornography, friends and siblings or online forums and chat-rooms.

The results of the largest study of its kind in the UK revealed that bullying can lead to unsatisfactory mental health, which increases HIV risks because of an indifference to sexual health.

52 percent of the respondents would appreciate more education on mental health.

With the HIV rates in the UK rising, different alternatives have to be considered for prevention and the “Boys who like Boys” study reveals just that.

57 percent of those surveyed by the Nationals AIDS Trust expressed that they were unsatisfied or unsure about their satisfaction when it came to their HIV knowledge.

A good portion were unaware that HIV can only be transmitted through semen, vaginal fluid, rectal fluid, blood or breast milk, not saliva.

Additionally, they had no idea about the post-exposure prophylaxis drug, which halts infection if taken within the following 72 hours.

Recently, debate over LGBT inclusive sex education has been sparked.

General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers Christine Blower said: “We need education policy that develops curriculum for children and young people that supports the democratic values of a diverse Britain – including LGBT equality.

“Future governments must tackle the embedded homophobia, biphobia and transphobia that exist in some schools,” she told The Telegraph.

The National AIDS Trust also suggests that education relevant to LGBT youth should exist in schools, like information on consent, safe sex and pornography.

However, religious proponents object to the recommendations, claiming they will “oversexualise” the youngest members of society.

“This kind of policy is dangerous for our children who are being oversexualised at a very young age,” argued Andrea Williams of Christian Concern.

“They are being introduced to concepts and having normalised sex relationships which robs them of their innocence and is not good for their emotional and moral well being.”

Dear Coleen: It's a lonely life for a gay carer living in the countryside

Reprinted from the Daily Record – 20:30, 14 July 201

COLEEN hears from a man in his 60s who hasn’t had a sexual relationship with another man for ten years.

Dear Coleen

I am a gay man in my early 60s and I live in a rural part of the country. During my life I’ve had a couple of relationships, which never got as far as the living together stage and I got hurt each time. The last one was 10 years ago.

I have spent the past few years living with and caring for my elderly and ill parents (I am still looking after my dad) and it has proved almost impossible to meet anyone because of this.

I have gradually had to give up many interests and my social circle is now incredibly small. My income is quite limited but I do manage a couple of holidays with a friend each year.

I would just love to have some company to go out for a meal or a coffee sometimes. I do still have a couple of good straight friends and some family members nearby. But it does feel like “this is it” for my future, with there being no likelihood of ever having someone special in my life.

Unfortunately, gay social life where I live is virtually nonexistent (particularly when you reach a certain age and become invisible). I have tried online dating and generally the only contacts have been weirdos and people simply looking for casual sex.

My main passion during my life has been theatre and through membership of amateur dramatics groups I have made good friends. I have also been involved in volunteering activities for most of my life, as well as being employed full-time until a couple of years ago.

I still feel young and healthy but I seem to have hit a brick wall. Do I just have to accept that when I am no longer a carer, my future will be a lonely one?

Coleen says

I don’t think you have to accept anything – especially while you still
feel young and healthy.

No, you haven’t met a life partner but you’ve done a lot more than many folk. And there’s never any guarantees you’re going to meet “the one”.

But I think that what can help is breaking out of old routines – and I get the impression your life is run by routine, partly because of the situation with your parents.

Keep going on holiday but instead of going with your mate every time, try a gay singles holiday. If you’re always with someone you know very well, you won’t feel inclined to talk to anyone else, plus other people might assume you’re a couple.

I understand it must be limiting to live in a rural community but why not look into respite care for your dad or ask other family members to help out so you can get out of that environment now and again?

Visit friends, take a trip to the city – break out of your comfort zone.

Your attitude to life is what will keep you young and open to opportunities.

Good luck.

 

Editorial:  Obviously this is based in England, but it does apply to whatever region you live in in the UK, and as N Ireland is extremely rural, probably more often than we realise over here.  What advice would you give to someone who lives in a rural area, or even a town or city in N Ireland, who is a carer and is gay?

Best Advice

 

Press Release: CHE votes to support the LGBT History Project

6 July 2015

At its 43rd Annual Conference in June 2015, The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) voted to support the LGBT History Project.

The LGBT History Project, founded by Jonathan Harbourne in June 2011, is an online archive of information about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) life in the United Kingdom from Julius Caesar to the present day. The archive, at http://www.lgbthistoryuk.org/wiki/, takes the form of a Wikipedia-style encyclopaedia with over 3,000 articles, covering every region, county, and local government district in the UK, and many famous and not so famous LGBT-related people, places, organisations  and events. The articles in the encyclopaedia have been viewed over four million times. The Project has recently become a Key Partner of LGBT History Month.

The Conference motion (full wording at http://c-h-e.org.uk/motions2015.shtml) urges CHE’s Executive Committee to work with other interested organisations to secure the long-term survival and enhancement of the Project, and the recruitment of additional volunteers.

CHE, founded in 1964, is the oldest LGBT member organisation in the country. With a wealth of history in its own archives, it is fully committed to preserving and documenting LGBT History, for instance by becoming a sponsor of LGBT History Month, and by commissioning the author Peter Scott-Presland to research and document its own history in the book Amiable Warriors (Volume One now available to buy: see http://www.amiable-warriors.uk/).

 

For further information, contact Ross Burgess at ross@foxearth.net , telephone 020 8645 0943 or 07899 985 064