#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Reggie Yates’s Extreme UK: Gay and Under Attack


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Programme Name: Reggie Yates’s Extreme UK – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: Reggie Yates – (C) Phill Taylor – Photographer: Phill Taylor


As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

This Monday (7th of December, 9pm) marks the start of a three part documentary strand on BBC Three. Reggie Yeates’s Extreme UK, which will look at the pressures facing British men in the 21st century.  The first episode of Reggie Yeates’s Extreme UK, titled Gay and Under Attack looks at the realities of being gay for young Black and Asian men in Britain.


From the BBC:

Being a British guy in 2015 is not easy, and in this series Reggie Yates travels to the extreme edge of modern British masculinity, to discover that 21st-century pressures are changing the way we live, the way we love, and even the way we look.

In the first film, Reggie is shocked to discover that, for young black and Asian gays and transsexuals, their harshest critics – and persecutors – often come from their own communities, or even their own families. Whether it’s young Muslims threatened with exorcism, or West African Christian parents ostracising their own gay kids, religion plays a part in the story. But Reggie also wants to find out why so few gay men of colour are visible at events like Gay Pride, given the special cultural problems they already face.

This programme, or extracts from it, would be of use in a PSHE sessions looking at discrimination and prejudice in modern Britain. It may also be useful in Sociology lessons as an example of inequalities that exist in our society.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.


Related links:

Why do some believe that people choose to be gay? (From Reggie Yeates’s Extreme UK: Gay and Attack)

Is Britain Facing a Crisis of Masculinity? (Segment from Channel 4 News)

Britain’s Changing Attitude to Gay Rights (Channel 4 News)

Woman’s Hour Late Night: Being a Man in 2015  (BBC Radio 4)


LGBT Christmas



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Queer Home Kryvbass was attacked

Yesterday, 31st August 2015,  around 20:30 in the evening, unidentified men in masks attacked a Queer Home Kryvbass.

Photo- Corbisimages

The attackers threw smoke bombs at the community center and destroyed the premises. During an attempt to stop criminals one of the center visitors was attacked and stunned. At the moment he is in the emergency department, the information about his condition is being clarified.

A day earlier, on the night from 29 to 30 of August closed LGBT party was attacked in Kryvyi Rih.

About 2 o’clock after the midnight the door of the cafe, where a closed event was held, was knocked down and about 20 men in masks broke in and beaten up the visitors. Witnesses said the attackers were in the T-shirts with symbolic of the Right Sector.

The police officers arrived at the crime scene and almost everyone of the attackers were released. Protocols for the entire brotherhood were written by Anton Kravchenko, the leader of Kryvyi Rih automaidan.

In the autumn of 2014 Anton Kravchenko was one of the attackers on the prosecutor and he featured in court proceedings as a defendant.

One of the main functions of the state is to protect its citizens. UPO “Gay Alliance Ukraine” appeals to the law enforcement authorities with a demand not only to punish those responsible for today’s incident, but also to take all possible measures to protect the life, health and fundamental rights of the citizens of Ukraine.


Author:Mila Demur

Teenagers brutally attacked in Manchester's Gay Village during phone robbery


One of the victims, 19, was stamped on as he lay helpless in Sackville Gardens








Two teenagers were knocked to the ground and beaten during a brutal robbery in Manchester’s Gay Village.

One of the victims was stamped on as he lay helpless on the floor in Sackville Gardens in the early hours.

The attack, carried out by a gang of four, came between 4am and 4.45am on Tuesday, August 4.

The victims, both 19, believed to be from Derbyshire, were visiting Manchester city centre for a night out.

They were approached by the offenders at the top end of Sackville Gardens near Canal Street, and the gang made brief conversation before they all left. The offenders soon returned and attacked the pair, then stole their mobile phones and fled.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the attack and are now appealing for information.

One of the offenders was described as white, about 5ft 10in tall, skinny to medium build, mid-20s, and either bald or with very short light brown hair on the sides. He was wearing a dark grey, long-sleeved hooded top with writing on the front.

Another was said to be white, mid-20s, about 6ft tall and wearing a baseball cap, jogging bottoms and a dark grey hooded top. The others were also thought to be wearing jogging bottoms and hooded tops.

Three men, aged 19, 20 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and were bailed until September 23, pending further enquiries.

Det Sgt Mark Astbury said: “These two young men had simply come into Manchester to enjoy a night out when, for absolutely no reason, they were set upon by a gang of four men. With strength in numbers, they subjected these two innocent young men to a nasty and unprovoked attack and stole their mobile phones.

“We have made three arrests but our inquiries will continue until we establish the identities of everyone involved and brought these people to justice. I would therefore appeal to anyone who has information or who witnessed what happened to please do the right thing, come forward and tell us what you know.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Homophobic Attack in North Belfast

The surviving partner of a gay married couple has been targeted by a group of thugs.  This attack was not Paul Finlay-Dickson with his civil partner Maurice, who died of cancer last monthisolated, indeed it has been reported that the home of the couple was targetted more than 20 times.

In a statement made to the BBC News channel,  Supt Paula Hillman said police were aware of a number of reports made by a resident in north Belfast since August 2013.

“These reports vary in nature and investigations have been conducted and local neighbourhood police officers have been in contact with and continue to liaise with the victim,” she added.

“As with any incident reported the victim is updated and signposted to additional support services where applicable.”

In 2013, at the launch of Anti-Homophobia Week at the city hall, it was revealed that  anti-gay violence in Northern Ireland is massively underplayed, with eight out of 10 attacks not reported to the police, according to research.  A report by the Equality Commission revealed that nearly half of the gay community in the province (44%) are unaware that the law can protect them.

This current, homophobic attack highlights just how serious we must take these attacks, and why we ust report them to the authorities and also to our own LGBT monitoring groups who will support you and your family through the crisis.

This was a cowardly attack, on a vulnerable person who is grieving for his partner, the instigators of this homophobic crime must be brought to justice in the courts.


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