Greg James And Nick Grimshaw’s Giant Game Of Hide And Seek Is Back

Greg James And Nick Grimshaw’s Giant Game Of Hide And Seek Is Back

Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Nick Grimshaw are on the run again, a year after playing a game of hide and seek that lasted almost 24 hours .

The pair announced their plans during Monday’s breakfast show, which saw them joined in the studio by Scott Mills, Adele Roberts, Jordan North and Maya Jama.

All of the presenters – including Greg and Nick – appeared to have no idea what was happening, when a mysterious voice boomed through the studio and instructed Nick, Greg, Jordan and Maya to leave.

“Transport is waiting for you outside,” it said. “You will be taken to the Tower of London. You will receive further instructions at 8am.”

The four then left the studio and made their way to the London landmark, where it was revealed that Greg and Grimmy knew a little more than they were letting on.

Well, we say “a little more” but they were actually in on the whole thing.

On Twitter, the pair revealed they knew exactly what was happening, with Greg revealing in a video he uploaded to the site: “Hide and seek is back for 2019. listen from 4pm today, that’s when the game begins.” So yeah – the Tower of London had nothing to do with it. The other DJs were tricked. We escaped on a boat and we’re now on the run. We hide, you seek. Today from 4pm @BBCR1 #hideandseek pic.twitter.com/bkCYX5P2wl — Greg James (@gregjames) July 23, 2019 They then set off on a speedboat down the Thames and will spend the rest of the day making their way to a secret location.

Listeners will then be tasked with finding them, but if last year’s game is anything to go by, it’s not going to be easy.

Fans can hear all the latest updates on Radio 1 and follow the live blog here .

Stunts like this one have become commonplace on the station since Greg took over the breakfast show.

Back in February, he took on a solo challenge by entering a special Radio 1 Escape Room, which took him more than 30 hours to crack .

‘Your Wife Is Hot’ Advert Has Been Banned From Buses – But It’s Still On Billboards

'Your Wife Is Hot' Advert Has Been Banned From Buses – But It's Still On Billboards

An air conditioning advert that was banned from appearing on buses and trams in Nottingham because it “could cause offence” continues to feature on billboards around the city.

The advert for the Not Just Cooling brand features the slogan “Your wife is hot!” alongside a picture of a young woman in denim shorts and sunglasses.

It was originally scheduled to appear on seven buses owned by Nottingham City Transport but Adverta, the partner responsible for placing the adverts, blocked it before it was released.

A spokesperson said: “We decided not to allow it, taking the view that it was not appropriate.”

However, it is still in prominent locations around Nottingham – including at the junction of Woodborough Road and Porchester Road in Mapperley. “If I had young children, I wouldn’t want them passing that on the way to school.” Professor Carrie Paechter, director of the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families , told the BBC she wanted the advert removed.

“If I had young children, I wouldn’t want them passing that on the way to school, because of the messages it gives them about society,” she said.

Lee Davies, who runs the business and designed the advert after seeing similar messages on US billboards says it was just a “little bit of harmless fun”.

He says he ran the idea past his team of engineers, who are all men, and discussed the idea with his mother and wife, who approved too.

Advertisers are now working under new, stricter rules, from the ASA [Advertising Standards Authority] that came into force last month prohibiting harmful gender stereotypes in adverts.

The guidelines stipulate that ads may feature people undertaking stereotypical roles or characteristics but not suggest stereotypical roles or characteristics are always uniquely associated with one gender, the only options available to one gender or never carried out or displayed by another gender.

They also state that ads may feature glamorous, attractive, successful, aspirational or healthy people but they should take care to avoid suggesting that an individual’s happiness or emotional wellbeing should depend on conforming to an idealised gender-stereotypical body shape or physical features.

The ASA told HuffPost UK it had received two complaints about the advert since the publication of the BBC story.

A spokesperson said: “We’re currently assessing the complaints to establish whether there are any potential grounds for action but it’s important to stress that, at this stage, no decision has been made on whether an investigation is warranted.”

How To Stay Cool In A Heatwave: All The Tips You Could Possibly Need

How To Stay Cool In A Heatwave: All The Tips You Could Possibly Need

With temperatures set to rise in the UK to unprecedented (and uncomfortable) levels this week , it’s important to keep yourself as cool as possible. And we don’t just mean keeping your hat in the freezer like Ovie Soko in the Love Island villa – though that is genius.

It feels quite unjust that we are expected to continue with our daily lives instead of positioning ourselves in the shade next to a swimming pool with an ice lolly. But it is what it is. Life isn’t fair, we guess.

This might go without saying but top of the tips for a heatwave is staying well hydrated throughout the day – here are the symptoms of dehydration , as well as how to rehydrate and when to seek help. Apply sun cream liberally and often. You might think you’ll be fine on a quick walk on your lunch break, but you can never be too careful. See our guide to the best SPF 30 and SPF 50 facial sun cream – and if it’s already gone wrong, here’s our pick of after suns . Olha Khorimarko via Getty Images How To Sleep In The Heat

The ideal temperature for sleeping is between 16-18C, according to The Sleep Council. Anything above 24C causes restless and interrupted sleep – yikes. But the soaring temperature doesn’t mean you’re destined for bad kip.

During the day, make sure you keep your bedroom curtains closed (to stop the room getting too hot) and avoid caffeine or alcohol before bed (both cause dehydration which makes sleep harder). Before hopping into bed make sure you opt for a sheet instead of a duvet, have a good fan set up ( see our guide here ) and have a quick cold shower to lower your body temperature.

And if you wake in the night make sure you have a glass of water nearby and cold press your pulse points to cool off.

The best advice we can give you is water, water, water. We previously spoke to experts from the RAC, Rail Delivery Group and TFL to get top tips for commuting to work safely.

It helps with concentration while driving and make sure you are well hydrated on public transport. If your journey is particularly long or sticky, consider popping a bottle in the freezer overnight so you can have a delicious icy water to drink (and hold against on the back of your neck if you get a little too hot). When on public transport position yourself near an open window to live your best breezy life and offer your seat to those who might need it. tora-nosuke via Getty Images When it comes to sleep, the same advice applies for babies and children. Give them a cool bath before bed, use a small fan to keep cool air blowing around the room, use minimal clothing and make sure any bedsheets are cotton (which will keep them cooler). Invest in a nursery thermometer to keep an eye on the room temperature and use a cold flannel to cool them down in the night if they are overheated. Journalist Alice Vincent, who runs the plant-powered Instagram account Noughticulture , tells HuffPost: “If you’ve got plants on a bright, sunny windowsill, move them slightly further back into the room. They’ll still want the light, but the extra heat can be punishing. Raise humidity by misting your plants and, if the top inch or so of soil is dry, stick them under the tap and make sure the water comes through the hole in the bottom of the plant.”

She says it’s important not to panic: “If your plants have been watered recently, dampening their soil further in warm conditions can lead to mould. And, if you’ve got the option to pop them outside, do! They’ll benefit from a summer holiday, even in the shade, as much as we all do.” “It’s really important not to forget how dangerous the heat can be for our pets,” Shaun Opperman, head vet at Battersea Cats and Dog’s Home, tells HuffPost. “Heatstroke develops when a dog or cat can’t reduce their body temperature and it can be fatal.”

Make sure they have plenty of water and shade, as well as cold towels for them to lie on or a sprinkler in the garden for them to run underneath. Dogs and cats can get sunburnt, just like us, so consider getting an animal-friendly sun cream to put on them. And don’t leave your dog in a car, for heaven’s sake. Tera Vector via Getty Images You can, but take precautions. The NHS says people who are physically active or doing sports are more vulnerable in a heatwave: susceptible to dehydration and heatstroke. This is particularly true if you are exercising outside.

Why not try going for a swim instead or head to a gym? If you don’t have a membership, don’t worry as there are some you can access on a pay as you go basis. And here’s our roundup of our favourite lidos around the country .

Marriage equality to come to Northern Ireland by 21 October

Marriage equality to come to Northern Ireland by 21 October

A bill extending marriage equality to Northern Ireland yesterday (22 July) cleared its final stage in Parliament; consideration of amendment.

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill will come into law if lawmakers do not restore the country’s devolved legislature before 21 October .

It therefore ends the bill’s smooth ride into becoming law. Though, is has just one pit stop one its way to being passed; the Queen for royal assent. What happened?

It took under 45 minutes for the 14 lords to iron out the finishing touches to the measure.

Furthermore, Lord Duncan of Springbank, Conservative, was the main member in the meeting.

In addition, the parliamentary under-secretary in the Northern Ireland and Scottish offices said: ‘I have discovered in my two years in Northern Ireland how much I care about that place.

‘This is an unfortunate hijacking of what we need to be able to ensure in Northern Ireland.

‘But the will of this House will determine that,’ he said, according to the official report published after the meeting . ‘It is a good day for equality’

Moreover, an array of members of the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have welcomed the news.

Nick Herbert MP, chair of the UK’s APPG on Global LGBT+ Rights, said: People in Northern Ireland simply have not had the same rights as those in the rest of the United Kingdom.

‘Today we celebrate another step towards full equality for all LGBT+ people in the UK.’

‘This historic vote means that in just a few months, LGBT people will able to marry in Belfast just as they already can in Cardiff, Edinburgh, London or Dublin,’ fellow member Conor McGinn said.

‘It is a good day for equality, politics and, most of all, love.’ ‘A giant leap forward’

Moreover, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland director, told Gay Star News his delight.

‘After months of working closely with a cross-party coalition of MPs and peers, MPs voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

‘This is a giant leap forward for human rights and equality.

‘Equal marriage is now firmly fixed within the Northern Ireland Bill.

‘We’re now within touching distance of seeing this legislation passed into law and having our rights realized.’ See also

New survey finds an increasing number of people in the UK are in favor of extending same-sex marriage legalization to Northern Ireland.

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LGBT activist killed in St. Petersburg was on punishers’ list

LGBT activist killed in St. Petersburg was on punishers' list

The activist’s body got eight knife wounds and suffocation traces.

Civil activist Elena Grigorieva, brutally murdered in St. Petersburg, was found in the list of homophobic punishers on the page of the Saw against LGBT project, Fontanka reports. The Investigation Committee admits that there were several killers.

“We have already prepared dangerous and cruel gifts, which we will give soon…”, the participants of the All-Russian movement against LGBT people write.

The goals cover the LGBT resource center in Yekaterinburg, the director of the Russian LGBT Network, Igor Kochetkov, and Elena Grigorieva.

“You do not want us to do the same with you or even worse, as with the friends of the LGBT Network volunteer David Isteev. Their apartment was almost turned into the stuffing,” the letter states.

Anonymous, who called himself “the liquidator of gays in Chechnya and Ukraine,” demanded that the center be closed and the money of the organization and staff be donated to the Give Life fund, The Village reports.

A native of Bashkiria was detained within the case, but then released – the man turned out to be a janitor who helped Grigorieva, activist Alexander Mironov says.

Grigorieva repeatedly participated in protest actions in St. Petersburg. In particular, she was detained at a picket against a change in the Chechen-Ingush border, for acts against torture and repression.

On the evening of July 21, a resident of St. Petersburg called the police and reported the body found near house number 11 on Pulkovskaya Street. Criminologists have determined that the woman was dead for about 12 hours.

LGBT+ protests: Demonstrations spread to primary school in Nottingham

LGBT+ protests: Demonstrations spread to primary school in Nottingham

Protests outside schools have now moved to Nottinghamshire ( PA ) Protests against LGBT + lessons and sex education have spread to a primary school in Nottingham as tensions rise.

One of the men at the demonstration near Fernwood Primary School was Amir Ahmed, who has been banned from protesting against LGBT+ equality outside a Birmingham primary school.

The protests, which have been widely condemned, come after months of demonstrations from parents and campaigners outside Parkfield Community School and Anderton Park School in Birmingham over diversity lessons.

Mr Ahmed, who attended the protest at Fernwood school, is not allowed to protest outside Anderton Park after a high court injunction banned him and two others from demonstrating.

A full trial of the issues around the injunction at Anderton Park is due to take place before the end of the month. Created with Sketch. "No to No Outsiders" – protests against LGBT rights teaching

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Parkfield Community School in Birmingham where protests are being held against the ‘No Outsiders’ programme which teaches children about LGBT rights PA Speaking after the protest in Nottingham on Monday, Mr Ahmed said: "It’s a different school, community and city, but the issues are the same.

“Government policy is such it is foisting an agenda on young children for parents who run a traditional conservative family. It runs contrary to their values."

But parents and campaigners in a nearby, larger counter-protest – some holding rainbow flags – condemned the demonstration at the Nottingham primary school as "bigotry and homophobia".

Labour MP Lilian Greenwood, whose constituency includes the school, said she would meet with any concerned parents, but had not heard "from a single Fernwood parent" who backed the protests.

In a series of tweets, Ms Greenwood said she supported counter-protesters and added that she was "proud" of those promoting "inclusion and respect".

Nottingham City Council also backed the school’s leadership, adding it appeared none of the protesters had any direct link to Fernwood.

The council has said schools are "duty-bound" to teach relationships and sex education (RSE) at primary age and teachers were experienced enough to make it age-appropriate.

Another of the protest’s organisers, Ayaz Ahmed, who is from Nottingham but has no children at the school, said he got involved after being contacted by parents who wanted to mount a protest.

The father-of-three, who is described himself as a "community leader", claimed: "It’s not about LGBT+, it’s about the sexualisation of children."

David Mellen, Nottingham City Council’s leader, said: "In modern Britain, families come in many different shapes and sizes, including same-sex parents, single parents, fostering and adoptive parents.

"It is important that children and young people are given the opportunity to explore a range of family and relationship types in a way that is supportive, inclusive and affirms children’s different experiences of family life."

The protests come after public figures and religious activists accused the government of being “half-hearted” in its support for schools attacked for promoting LGBT+ inclusion earlier this month.

Author Philip Pullman and Tory MP Crispin Blunt were among 77 signatories of a letter to the education secretary, shared with The Independent , following months of protests. Support free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent Minds In a separate letter to Ms Greenwood about the new protest in Nottingham, Damian Hinds said he was concerned about the “troubling” events outside two schools in Birmingham.

He said: "I have been very clear that protests outside schools, which can frighten children and intimidate hard-working teachers and parents, are unacceptable."

Mr Hinds added that the Government was "working closely" with councils, teaching unions, Ofsted and the police "to understand if there are similar issues emerging in other parts of the country".

Additional reporting by PA

Mayor urges LGBT community to join campaign against illegal guns

Mayor urges LGBT community to join campaign against illegal guns

Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham at a news conference on Monday urged city residents to anonymously report to police people they know who possess illegal firearms. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro Jr.) The LGBT community should join all District residents in responding to a special appeal made by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham on Monday for city residents to inform police of people they know who have illegal guns, according to District Police Lt. Brett Parson, who oversees the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit.

Bowser and Newsham issued their call for city residents to contact a police anonymous Firearm Tip Line following a five-day period beginning July 17 in which at least 19 people were shot in D.C., with eight of them shot fatally.

Among those shot to death was 11-year-old Karon Brown, who police say was struck by bullets fired by a suspect outside a McDonald’s restaurant at Naylor and Good Hope roads, S.E., where a fight broke out between adults and juveniles. Newsham said tips by outraged residents helped homicide detectives identify the suspect, who has been charged with second-degree murder

Although none of the 19 shootings were known to be LGBT related, Parson noted that the large majority of murders of LGBT people in the D.C. area in recent years, especially murders of transgender women of color, have been the result of gunfire.

According to D.C. police records, at least six transgender women and two gay men murdered in the D.C. area since 2000 died from gunshot wounds.

The mayor and Newsham made their appeal for residents to alert police of people they know who are in possession of illegal firearms at a July 22 news conference at D.C. police headquarters on Indiana Ave., N.W. They urged people who know someone in possession of an illegal firearm to anonymously text a message to the Tip Line at 50411 or by calling the anonymous Tip Line at 202-727-9099.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered to people whose tips lead to the confiscation of illegal firearms or the arrest of those in possession of such firearms.

“We need you to help us make our neighborhoods safe by letting us know about illegal guns, letting us know about people you know who are prepared to use them and have access to them,” Bowser said.

“Let us know before they kill somebody,” she said. “Let us know before they ruin their own lives by committing these tragic homicides.”

The latest spate of shootings follows the March 30 shooting death of transgender woman Ashanti Carmon, 27, and the June 13 shooting death of trans woman Zoe Spears, 23, within a four-block area in Fairmount Heights, Md., just across the D.C. line in Prince George’s County.

Last week, P.G. County Police arrested 33-year-old Baltimore resident Geraldo Thomas in connection with the Spears murder. They said they have yet to determine a motive for the killing.

“Gun violence knows no gender, it knows no sexual orientation,” Parson told the Blade when asked about the impact on the LGBT community of the city’s effort to persuade city residents to report people who possess illegal guns.

“Gun violence impacts our entire community,” he said. “And to the extent that anybody that lives, works, does business in the District of Columbia knows about an illegal fire arm, we want them to tell us,” Parson said.

“If you’re asking me if we have a specific appeal to the LGBT community, I don’t think you need to look very far to realize that Ashanti Carmon, Zoe Spears – and those are just the ones on the top of my head – they have all died as a result of gun violence,” he said in referring to recent and past LGBT murders in the D.C. area.

“Gun violence touches this community and it should be something this community is concerned about regardless of their race, their gender, or their sexual orientation,” Parson said.

In response to a question from the Blade, Newsham said at the news conference on Monday that D.C. police continue to investigate five separate incidents of assaults or threats against LGBT people in D.C. that have occurred over the past two months.

“As you know, we take that very seriously,” Newsham said. “The Special Liaison Unit has been in contact with all of the victims in those cases. I don’t have any significant progress to report,” he said. “But as we have updates I will provide them to you and make sure you have them.”

He noted that following the murders of Carmon and Spears, who lived in D.C., District police have been in close contact with P.G. County police.

“We have offered them our special services with our Special Liaison Unit if they want to take advantage of that because we do have such a great relationship with the LGBT community here in Washington, D.C.,” Newsham said.

Newsham told the Blade after the news conference that he disagrees with the interpretation of D.C.’s juvenile justice law that information cannot be disclosed about the disposition of cases in which juveniles are arrested for violent crimes, including crimes against LGBT people. He was referring to one of the five recent cases of anti-LGBT assaults in D.C. where two juvenile males and an adult male were arrested by D.C. police for assaulting a gay male couple on U Street, N.W. near the gay bar Nellie’s on June 16. One of the two victims was hospitalized and treated for broken teeth and other injuries.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said it dropped an assault charge against the adult on grounds that insufficient evidence existed to secure a conviction if the case went to trial. But the Office of the D.C. Attorney General, which prosecutes crimes committed by juveniles, has declined to say whether the two juveniles were still being prosecuted, saying the city’s juvenile justice law prevents the release of any information pertaining to a juvenile case.

“I would say I would personally disagree with the assessment that you can’t release the disposition of a [juvenile] case,” Newsham told the Blade. “My reading of the law is you keep the juvenile’s name and personal information private. I think the disposition of the case is something you should have access to,” he said.

“If it requires a legal change I would 100 percent support that legal change. I truly believe that the victim of a crime should know what’s going on with the case regardless of whether or not a juvenile or an adult is the subject,” he said.

Boris Johnson will be Prime Minister, beating Jeremy Hunt to become Tory leader

Boris Johnson will be Prime Minister, beating Jeremy Hunt to become Tory leader

Boris Johnson has been named Tory party leader and will become British Prime Minister. (Niklas HALLE’N / AFP) Boris Johnson will be named Prime Minster after beating Jeremy Hunt to become leader of the Conservative Party.

The long-fought Tory leadership contest saw a total of 13 MPs put themselves forward to take over from Theresa May following her resignation.

The MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip was the clear favourite throughout the contest, securing the votes of more than 100 Tory MPs in each round. 160,000 Conservative party members picked between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. (Dan Kitwood/Getty and Leon Neal/Getty) Theresa May is expected to face her final Prime Minister’s Question in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Mr Johnson will then visit the Queen, who will invite him to form a government, before he enters 10 Downing Street at around 5pm.

This is the first time in British political history that the PM has been selected by a party membership rather than MPs or the electorate — fewer than 0.4 percent of 46.8 million citizens eligible to vote determined the country’s leadership fate. Theresa May resigned earlier this year sparking the leadership contest. (DARREN STAPLES/AFP/Getty) With a new Prime Minister incoming and a likely major Cabinet reshuffle, the changes to government may have a large impact on LGBT+ people.

Mr Johnson has a very public history of anti-LGBT slurs, and has never issued a direct apology for his past comments.

In 1990s newspaper columns, Johnson referred to gay people as “tank-topped bumboys” and attacked “Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools.”

The new leader has also compared gay weddings to “three men and a dog.”

During his leadership campaign, Johnson was challenged over the quotes on multiple occasions, but has declined to apologise.

He said: “If you’re going to excavate and disinter every single quotation from the millions of words I have written, you can of course try and twist things one way or another but I have a very proud record.”

What Prime Minister Boris Johnson means for LGBT rights

What Prime Minister Boris Johnson means for LGBT rights

Boris Johnson has been elected as the new Conservative leader and will become Prime Minister (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty) Boris Johnson is set to become Prime Minister, but the change in government leaves questions unanswered on LGBT+ rights.

After his victory over Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative leadership election, the leader is set to take office on Wednesday (July 24).

During the leadership campaign, Johnson stressed: “If I am lucky enough to be elected Conservative leader, I pledge that my administration will not consider this issue as ‘job done’.

“I will continue to champion LGBT+ equality, get tough on hate crime and ensure that we break down barriers to a fairer society.”

However, Johnson’s campaign was light on policy detail around LGBT+ issues, and the likely Cabinet reshuffle may also have an impact on impending reforms. Gender Recognition Act reform

Landmark plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to make it easier for transgender people to gain recognition in their legal gender, first announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2017 , are possibly most at risk of being derailed unless a fresh commitment is given by the Boris Johnson government.

Progress has already slowed to a crawl, with the government accused of slow-walking its response to a public consultation on the issue after significant media blowback.

Boris Johnson looks set to claim victory in the Conservative Party’s leadership election, but his record on LGBT+ rights might not be what you expect.

The decision by Nicola Sturgeon to kick the issue into the long grass in Scotland underscores that even with supportive leadership, a tough battle lies ahead to secure reforms.

Personal pledges from May and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt were crucial in making progress to date, leaving question marks over the issue if Mordaunt is moved from the post.

In a statement to the LGBT+ Conservatives, Boris Johnson said: “We must do more to ensure that trans rights are protected and those who identify as trans or intersex are able to live their lives with dignity.”

However, he is yet to outline in detail whether he plans to continue with GRA reform. LGBT+ inclusive relationships education

With protests against LGBT+ inclusive relationships education spreading across England, the issue is likely to continue to be a flash point under the new Prime Minister.

Johnson has made clear: “In our schools we must ensure that every young person feels safe and we should not allow the authority of teachers to be undermined by parents who unreasonably take their children out of school.”

Campaigners have already pressed the leader to make sure the new Education Secretary is a supporter of LGBT+ equality who will continue to take a firm stance on the issue under pressure. Conservative leadership favourite Boris Johnson arrives at his office on July 22, 2019 in London, England. (Peter Summers/Getty) More than 80 MPs recently signed a letter calling on the new government to make its support for schools teaching about LGBT+ issues clear.

They wrote: “The government and the Department for Education have been slow to respond to the misinformation being promulgated among many of our communities by those seeking to undermine relationships education in primary schools.

“If unchecked, the problem will grow, damaging our schools and communities and weakening the recent advancement of equal rights in our country.

“We call on the education secretary to act during the schools’ summer break by mounting a nationwide information exercise for parents, underpinning the introduction of the new relationships education in primary schools — which is crucial for preparing children for life in modern Britain.” Hate crimes, Northern Ireland and conversion therapy

The majority of the government’s ongoing work on LGBT+ issues is likely to continue regardless of Cabinet changes.

The bill that will extend equal marriage to Northern Ireland has already cleared Parliament and is heading for royal assent , while work to outlaw gay ‘cure’ therapy has cross-party consensus and is likely to continue.

Hate crime reforms are also likely to continue, with the Law Commission commissioned to conduct “a review of the coverage and approach of current hate crime provisions, to ensure the existing law is working effectively.” Government Equalities Office

Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Johnson could shrink the size of the Cabinet , abolishing a number of government departments.

If the new leader goes ahead with the plan, there is a risk that the Government Equalities Office could be merged into a larger department.

The department, which has cross-governmental responsibility for work on LGBT+ policy issues, has been crucial to reforms since its formation in 2007, leading work to counter discrimination that may not have been prioritised elsewhere in government.

Its closure could imperil future work on LGBT+ issues. Public remarks about LGBT+ people

Johnson has a very public history of anti-LGBT slurs, and has not issued a direct apology for his past comments.

In 1990s newspaper columns, Johnson referred to gay people as “tank-topped bum boys” and attacked “Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools.”

The new leader has also compared gay weddings to “three men and a dog.”

During his leadership campaign, Johnson was challenged over the quotes on multiple occasions, but has declined to apologise.

He said: “If you’re going to excavate and disinter every single quotation from the millions of words I have written, you can of course try and twist things one way or another but I have a very proud record.”

While the leader appears less prone to making such remarks in 2019, it is unclear if he will ever issue an apology for doing so.

Mixed response from LGBT+ campaigners

LGBT+ Conservatives remain optimistic about Johnson’s leadership, but others appear less certain.

Peter Tatchell told PinkNews that “there is no indication that he has any commitment to remedying the remaining injustices faced by LGBT+ people.,” noting that he has a “ mixed record ” on the issue and “his past insulting utterances count against him.”

Colm Howard-Lloyd, Chairman of LGBT+ Conservatives, told PinkNews: “As Mayor Boris funded pride and banned anti-gay tube ads. In parliament he backed same-sex marriage , and as Foreign Secretary encouraged UK embassies to fly the rainbow flag , and had robust discussions with Commonwealth colleagues on progress needed.

“However as a journalist he used some distinctly hurtful and unhelpful language, and that has dented the confidence of many in the LGBT community. I expect him to address that at an early opportunity.

“The four-year LGBT Action Plan has made significant progress, achieving a third of its actions in the first twelve months, but significant work remains. As recent Conservative Prime Ministers have shown, that only comes about through strong leadership from the top.

“During the Leadership race Boris made a number of commitments via LGBT+ Conservatives, and I look forward to working closely with the new Prime Minister and his team. We have work to do!”

Pastor reportedly brings students to tears as he claims gay people ‘are as bad as Hitler’

Pastor reportedly brings students to tears as he claims gay people ‘are as bad as Hitler’

A pastor has been accused of citing anti-LGBT hated at a Christian school in South Africa (Pexels) A South African pastor allegedly left students in tears after he claimed gay people “are as bad as Hitler” during a school visit.

According to Cape Talk , Pickard Henn was invited to speak as a ‘motivational speaker’ at a Christian event at De Kuilen High in Kuils River on Wednesday 17 July. But the clergyman caused an outrage when he likened the LGBTQ+ community to murderers and paedophiles.

It is also believed that he compared people who have sex before marriage to prostitutes during the talk too.

Despite the controversy surrounding his lecture, Henn returned to the school on Friday 19 July to take part in its regular assembly, hosted by organisation Christellike Studente Vereeniging. There, he supposedly said that all babies are born sinners and that sangomas – traditional South African healers – are ‘of the devil.’ I don’t have words to describe this morning. The Holy Spirit totally flooded the place! People were falling out of their chairs whilst I was praying that the Holy Spirit grabs a hold of their hearts. Many got saved, healed, delivered and set free – To God all the Glory! The testimonies are streaming in! God is doing what He does best. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation! Jesus is the only way to heaven… There is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved! We are on the verge of Revival South Africa, ARE YOU READY??? “The ministry of Christianity is the ministry of the Spirit.” – John G Lake

A post shared by Evangelist Pickard Henn (@pickardhenn) on Jul 16, 2019 at 6:37am PDT Students who were affected by Henn’s comments are reportedly being offered counselling.

Henn recently sat down with Cape Talk ‘s Kieno Kammies and denied the accusations, saying: “When I went to the school on the Friday morning, there was none of that stuff in the service. Nothing was said about gay people on the Friday morning. I have it all on recording.”

However, he went on to add that he would “not preach a half gospel” and that before he went into the school the first time, he “asked the teacher “if I can preach the full gospel here, because it not, I’ll get in my car and go home.” Director of Communications hopes school will use Henn’s comments as an example what intolerance can do

“While the school doesn’t adopt a complete Christian ethos, or a complete Muslim ethos, we do not want to stop learners from expressing their religious freedoms and rights,” Western Cape Education Department’s Bronagh Hammond told Kammies when asked by Henn was given a platform at the educational establishment.

“We don’t want to shut down engagements like this. However, in this instance, of course, we want to shut down anyone that would come into our school and spew such vitriol,” she added. “We’re just hoping that the school uses this as an opportunity to showcase what intolerance can do and what hatred can come out of intolerance.”