Minister for Equalities awards Lewisham GP Practice for trailblazing programme for LGBT patients

Minister for Equalities awards Lewisham GP Practice for trailblazing programme for LGBT patients

The Practice was presented with a Gold Award in the Pride in Practice (PiP) programme which has been developed by the LGBT Foundation; and funded by the Government Equalities Office.

PiP trains practitioners to meet the needs of their LGBT patients, from making a practice more welcoming to ensuring that patients are addressed in an appropriate way.

Woolstone were praised for being the first practice in London, and in the GEO-funded scheme, to receive the Gold award, demonstrating a real commitment to providing excellent and appropriate care to their LGBT patients.

Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams, said:

“It is vital that LGBT people are able to access appropriate healthcare and are treated with respect.

“I would like to congratulate Woolstone Medical Centre on achieving the Gold Award for the Pride in Practice programme, showing a real commitment to ensuring they serve LGBT people in a supportive and respectful manner.”

As part of the LGBT Action Plan, the Government Equalities Office launched a £1m health grant scheme to fund projects to ensure LGBT people get the right healthcare support.

Pride in Practice was originally developed in Manchester, where since 2016 it was been delivered to 398 primary care services. The Government Equalities Office has funded the LGBT Foundation to pilot Pride in Practice in NHS GP practices, dentists, pharmacies and optometrists outside of Manchester in London and more rural areas of England. Under the grant scheme 350 primary care organisations, 75% of which are general practices, will be put through the Pride in Practice scheme.


The Pride in Practice scheme includes: Access to training around LGBT inclusion, which provides information on how to provide appropriate services to LGBT people, support around Sexual Orientation and Trans Status Monitoring, myth busting, and confidence building with staff around terminology and appropriate language.

Support to deliver effective active signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities, linking services with a range of LGBT-affirmative local community assets to facilitate holistic approaches to care.

Ongoing support from a dedicated Account Manager providing consultancy and support on a range of topics based on the needs of the service, identified through the supported assessment.

Community Leaders volunteers who provide insight and lived experience to ensure patient voice, influence and greater public involvement.

LGBT patient insight so that services can be proactive about meeting LGBT patients’ needs (i.e. access to research, focus group data and case studies sharing best practice), via involvement of Community Leader volunteers who we will support to ensure increased patient and public involvement in the programme.

Practical support, guidance and confidence building for staff members on how to implement the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard.

An accreditation award, including a wall plaque and Pride in Practice logos for letterheads and websites. This enables primary care services to promote their equality credentials, and demonstrates their commitment to ensuring a fully inclusive, patient-centred service. Awards are graded Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on assessment results. Assessments are carried out with the support of a dedicated Account Manager.

Nancy Pelosi presents John Bercow with LGBT rights award

Nancy Pelosi presents John Bercow with LGBT rights award

John Bercow has been handed a prestigious award for his work on LGBT issues.

The House of Commons Speaker received the PinkNews Special Award for his support for LGBT rights during his 22 years as an MP.

The prize was presented by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi , who said Mr Bercow had been "a committed fighter in the struggle to end discrimination".

Mr Bercow resigned from the Tory frontbench in 2002 over then leader Iain Duncan Smith’s opposition to unmarried people adopting children.

The next year he became one of the most prominent Tory supporters of the repeal of the "Section 28" laws that banned teaching about homosexuality in schools. John Bercow accused of being ‘verbal playground bully’

He is also the president of charities the Kaleidoscope Trust, which defends the rights of LGBT people around the world, and Diversity Role Models, which tackles homophobic bullying in schools.

The awards ceremony was held at Church House, the headquarters of the Church of England, and was attended by senior politicians including Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Sir Keir Starmer and Ian Blackford.

Mr Bercow, who has been hit by a string of bullying allegations in recent years, all of which he has denied, announced last month that he would step down as Speaker on 31 October – the day that Britain is due to leave the EU.

The election for his successor will take place on 4 November, with a number of senior parliamentarians, including Harriet Harman, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Sir Edward Leigh and Dame Rosie Winterton among those vying for the role. Created with Sketch. UK news in pictures

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LGBT lessons protester ‘inflamed tensions’ by inviting imam, court hears

LGBT lessons protester 'inflamed tensions' by inviting imam, court hears

The lead protester in the row over LGBT equality teaching has been accused of “inflaming tensions” by inviting a controversial imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and transgenderism were being taught in schools to a demonstration.

Shakeel Afsar, who has led a long campaign to halt the lessons, was questioned on the third day of a high court hearing to rule on whether an exclusion zone banning protests around Anderton Park primary school in Birmingham should be made permanent.

Video footage of the largest protest, when more than 300 people, including young children, gathered outside the Sparkhill school, showed the imam Mullah Bahm holding up an image of a gingerbread man with genitals.

Bahm shouted allegations that schools had an anal sex and paedophilia “agenda” and called for mass protests, saying there was a need to show “Muslims are not asleep” on this issue.

Jonathan Manning QC, representing Birmingham city council, highlighted other comments made by the imam, from Batley in West Yorkshire, including his description of Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, the school’s headteacher, as “shatani” (devilish) saying: “That woman needs to be broken.”

The temporary injunction bans Afsar, his sister Rosina Afsar – who had two children at Anderton Park but has since removed them – and Amir Ahmed from coordinating protests outside the school.

During cross-examination, Afsar denied inviting Bahm to the protest, claiming he had never met him. He said he was unaware of Bahm’s intention to make such a controversial speech and did not “endorse it”.

However, the court was later shown a video of Afsar introducing the imam at the protest before holding up the illustration of the gingerbread man and briefly holding the microphone as Bahm spoke.

Manning, who described the protests as “highly confrontational”, asked Afsar if he was aware young children were present at the demonstration on 24 May.

Afsar replied: “I do not endorse what he is saying. I was doing as much as I could to get him off the microphone.” He went on to add that he “did not realise what was on the paper” he held up for the imam.

Manning argued that despite Afsar claiming he did not endorse the imam’s views, Bahm went on to speak for a second time, as Afsar again stood alongside, and his fellow organiser and defendant, Ahmed, held the mic. Afsar was then seen clapping as Bahm finished his speech.

During the hearing, Afsar was also accused of inflaming tensions between parents – many of whom do not speak English – and the school.

In an Ofsted report from December 2017, the school was described as having a positive, “understanding” relationship with parents and a culture of care, Manning said.

However, this relationship was “disrupted”, the QC continued, when Afsar and a small number of parents “decided to adopt a wholly confrontational approach that was not conciliatory in the slightest”.

Scrutinising Afsar’s personal Twitter account, Manning asked about a photograph of children allegedly in a classroom being shown images of men dressed in provocative women’s clothing.

Manning said these tweets were “totally irresponsible”, adding: “You are the elected spokesperson of the parents’ group, many of them as you know who don’t speak any English, and you know that suggesting this is being taught in classrooms … is totally irresponsible and designed to do nothing but inflame concerned parents.”

Afsar denied this, saying: “These are just a number of accusations made against me. [The tweet] was nothing to do with Anderton Park school.”

He went on to claim parents had legitimate concerns about books their children were being sent home with that allegedly promoted a transgender lifestyle. That claim was disputed by Manning, who said the school had, on one occasion, “sent a few lines home with a few children from one book”.

The hearing continues.

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons creating documentary series based on LGBTQ+ history

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons creating documentary series based on LGBTQ+ history

Jim Parsons is helping create a series celebrating LGBTQ+ history (Picture: Getty) The Big Bang Theory ’s Jim Parsons is teaming up with Greg Perlanti to create a new documentary series based on historical moments for the LGBTQ+ community.

The actor, who has been moving behind-the-scenes for more producer-led roles over the past year, will bring to life landmark points of the history of gay, transgender and queer rights that have been long fought for.

Equal, a four-part series, will also chronicle forgotten heroes and faces of the movement, giving them overdue recognition for their fight for equal rights for the community.

Each hour-long episode will see never-before-seen footage, interviews and re-enactments to bring to life the story of LGBTQ+ trailblazers that have made history with their work and efforts.

It will end with a special on the Stonewall Riots, ending with the first New York Pride event one year after the events of that evening.

Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of non-fiction at HBO Max, said: ‘In June, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which shepherded in a new era for LGBTQ+ pride.

‘While we know the story behind that fateful summer night, there’s a lot of fascinating, untold history of the patriots, artists, and thinkers who paved the way.’ The star will help create the four-part series celebrating LGBT trailblazers (Picture: Getty) ‘It’s time to share their heroic tales, and we could not have more perfect partners in Jim Parsons, Greg Berlanti, Jon Jashni and Scout to introduce our HBO Max audience to these historical trailblazers,’ she added.

Jim also produces Netflix series Special, which tells the life of a gay man with cerebral palsy, and Young Sheldon, the prequel series of his character from The Big Bang Theory. UK’s first Chick-fil-A to close down amid row over anti-LGBT donations Kissing lesbians told to ‘tone it down’ by Wetherspoon staff Man lured to Grindr date by teens who ambushed him in homophobic attack It’ll mark the first ever production for Warner Horizon Unscripted TV’s new documentary unit, with president of unscripted and alternative Mike Darnell explaining that the creation of the show comes at a ‘critical’ time.

He said: ‘We are extremely proud to partner with these groundbreaking producers on a subject this important, at a time this critical.

‘What a perfect project to launch Warner Horizon Unscripted Television’s new documentary series unit.’

The Big Bang Theory is available on Netflix in the UK.

Parents of Murdered Gay Student Matthew Shepard Criticize Attorney General Barr Over LGBT Rights

Parents of Murdered Gay Student Matthew Shepard Criticize Attorney General Barr Over LGBT Rights

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son.

The ceremony, held in the department’s Great Hall, marked the 10th anniversary of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in October 2009. The act expanded the 1969 federal hate-crime law to include crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Judy and Dennis Shepard, unable to attend due to a prior commitment, prepared a statement that was read at the ceremony by Cynthia Deitle, a former FBI agent who is now programs and operations director for the Denver-based Matthew Shepard Foundation.

The Shepards praised Justice Department employees who over the years have worked to implement and enforce the act, but they blasted Barr — and by extension President Donald Trump ‘s administration — because the department argued last week before the Supreme Court that employers should be able to fire employees because they are transgender.

The administration also has taken other steps to roll back protections for LGBT people.

“Mr. Barr, you cannot have it both ways,” the Shepards’ statement said. “Either you believe in equality for all or you don’t. We do not honor our son by kowtowing to hypocrisy.”

The attorney general “must lead and demonstrate his refusal to accept hate in all its manifestations,” the Shepards said. “He must demonstrate courage, even if it means disagreeing with the administration. So far, he has done none of these deeds.”

Many of the guests at the ceremony rose for a standing ovation after Deitle finished reading the statement.

There was no immediate response from the Justice Department.

Matthew Shepard’s murder was a galvanizing event for LGBT Americans, epitomizing the pain and discrimination that many had experienced personally.

Shepard was found badly beaten and barely breathing on Oct. 6, 1998, after being tied to a split-rail fence on a dirt road near Laramie, Wyoming. He had spent 18 hours there in the near-freezing cold before a cyclist discovered him, at first mistaking him for a scarecrow. He died five days later. Police said his two attackers targeted him because he was gay. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas, was also killed in 1998. He was chained to the back of a truck and then dragged along a secluded road. Two of the white men convicted of his murder have been executed.

Wednesday’s ceremony included opening remarks by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who outlined some new initiatives aimed at increasing the reporting of hate crimes and improving law enforcement’s response to them.

The event also featured a panel discussion about the first hate-crimes murder prosecution brought under the Shepard-Byrd act. That case involved a group of young white people in Mississippi who drove into the majority-black city of Jackson in 2011 to harass black people. A 49-year-old black man, James Craig Anderson, was run over and killed by a truck driven by one of the white youths. Contact us at .

LGBTQ Dreamers Fear Detention and Deportation and Need DACA’s Protections

LGBTQ Dreamers Fear Detention and Deportation and Need DACA’s Protections

Getty/Drew AngererA view of the Statue of Liberty is seen during a naturalization ceremony in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 2017. On November 12, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the legality of President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The stakes of this case are extremely high: Since the policy was announced on June 15, 2012, it has provided temporary protection from deportation and work authorization to approximately 825,000 undocumented young people, including thousands of LGBTQ people. By applying the Gallup estimate of Millennials who identify as LGBT, 8.1 percent , to the number of DACA recipients in the country, the authors conservatively estimated that at least 66,825 LGBT individuals have received protection under DACA.* † The DACA program has allowed recipients who identify as LGBTQ to live free from the daily fear of deportation and improve their economic security and educational attainment.

LGBTQ DACA recipients, like all DACA recipients, have made enormous gains under the program. In addition to the effect that DACA has had on LGBT recipients’ economic security and educational attainment, a recent survey also shows that DACA has played a large role in LGBT recipients’ feelings of inclusion and belonging in the United States: 65 percent of LGBT recipients reported that after their DACA application was approved, they felt more like they belong in the United States. Meanwhile, 66 percent reported that they have become more involved in their community, and 62 percent reported becoming more politically active after their DACA application was approved. President Trump’s termination of the program put these gains in jeopardy. A note on the survey data

From August 14 to September 6, 2019, Tom K. Wong of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at the University of California, San Diego; United We Dream; the National Immigration Law Center; and the Center for American Progress fielded a national survey to analyze the experiences of DACA recipients. The full survey results are available here and on file with Tom K. Wong. This survey included a question asking respondents to report whether they identified as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming. Out of 1,105 respondents, 157 individuals, or 14 percent of the total sample, stated that they were either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming.

The authors combined the responses from survey respondents who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender nonconforming. They then conducted analyses to explore current beliefs and experiences of LGBT DACA recipients as well as potential differences between LGBT and non-LGBT survey participants related to the harms of President’s Trump’s rescission of this policy. Potential risks of deporting LGBT DACA recipients

Although two-thirds of LGBT survey respondents reported, “After my DACA application was approved, I am no longer afraid because of my immigration status,” they also expressed concerns about detention and deportation, providing insight into the harms that LGBTQ DACA recipients could face if President Trump succeeds in terminating the program. Without DACA’s protection from deportation, LGBTQ recipients once more would be at risk of being deported to their countries of birth. Like other DACA recipients, LGBTQ recipients have spent their formative years in the United States, meaning their countries of birth are unfamiliar to them; more than half of LGBT DACA recipients surveyed in 2017 were 5 years old or younger when they were brought to the United States. They also lack support networks in these countries, with less than one-third of LGBT survey respondents reporting that they have an immediate family member still living in their country of birth. Fears about the lack of stability in and familiarity with their home countries are clear in the survey results: 80 percent reported, “In my country of birth, I would be concerned about the physical safety of myself and my family.”

72 percent reported, “In my country of birth, I would be concerned about the quality of healthcare for myself and my family.”

58 percent reported, “In my country of birth, I would be concerned about food insecurity for myself and my family.”

43 percent reported, “In my country of birth, I would be concerned about homelessness for myself and my family.”

Given these well-founded concerns about the safety and security of being an LGBTQ person in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras , losing protections under DACA and being deported would put the physical safety, health, and security of LGBTQ DACA recipients and their families at serious risk. LGBT recipients fear the consequences of losing DACA

LGBT survey respondents also indicated that the uncertainty around the program’s future—and, by extension, their own personal future—is often on their minds. LGBT survey respondents were significantly more likely than the rest of the DACA recipients surveyed to think at least once a day about the following immigration enforcement consequences of losing their protections: 56 percent reported thinking about “Being detained in an immigration detention facility” about once a day or more.**

64 percent reported thinking about “Being deported from the U.S.” about once a day or more.***

74 percent reported thinking about “A family member being detained in an immigration detention facility” about once a day or more.****

With record numbers of immigrants being detained , traumatizing enforcement actions such as raids , and the uncertainty around the fate of their protections under DACA, the pervasive concerns of LGBT DACA recipients around detention and deportation are understandable. Conclusion

Stripping LGBT DACA recipients of these protections would have disastrous effects on their lives. Given the disproportionate risk of abuse that LGBTQ people face in immigration detention and the widespread risk they face in much of the world , the fears expressed by LGBT survey respondents are serious. Policymakers should address these fears, which weigh heavily and frequently on LGBT DACA recipients, through strengthening—not weakening—protections.

Sharita Gruberg is the director of policy for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. Laura E. Durso is the vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center. Tom K. Wong is a senior fellow at the Center as well as an associate professor of political science and founding director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at the University of California, San Diego.

* An earlier estimate by the Williams Institute finds that the proportion of young adults ages 18 to 29 who identify as LGBT and are undocumented is 4.4 percent. Applied to the total number of DACA recipients, the Williams Institute reached an estimate of 36,000 DACA recipients who identify as LGBT. CAP uses the Gallup estimate for Millennials who identify as LGBT and applies that to the total number of DACA recipients. Since LGBT people of color and high-school-age youth identify as LGBT by larger percentages than the general LGBT population, this is likely a conservative estimate.

** p=0.002

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**** p=0.035

† Correction, October 17, 2019: This column has been updated to clarify that an estimated 66,825 LGBT individuals have received protection under DACA at some point. Not necessarily all of these individuals currently hold DACA protections.

Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal so you can start your day with maximum gay

Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal so you can start your day with maximum gay

Kellogg’s launched the All Together cereal If you’re a fan of breakfast and being gay, we have grrrrreat news for you – Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal.

The company’s special edition All Together Cereal is enough to make you snap, crackle and pop with Pride, bringing together many of the brand’s most popular cereals.

The company announced a $50,000 donation to LGBT+ advocacy charity GLAAD as it launched the cereal for Spirit Day on October 17.

The $19.99 special edition box , available while supplies last, contain six mini cereal boxes packaged inside one larger exclusive All Together box “to celebrate the belief that we all belong together”.

The company explained: “The box brings together six of the famous Kellogg mascots and cereals inside the same carton as a symbol of acceptance no matter how you look, where you’re from or who you love.”

The box includes Corn Flakes, Frosties, Froot Loops, Rice Krispies, Raisin Bran and Frosted Mini-Wheats. Kellogg’s ‘firmly committed’ to equality.

Chief diversity officer Priscilla Koranteng said: “At Kellogg, we are firmly committed to equality and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and in the communities where we work and live.

“We have long been allies and supporters of LGBTQ employees, their families and the community. For more than 100 years, Kellogg has nourished families so they can flourish and thrive, and the company continues to welcome everyone to the table.”

Stars you didn’t know are gay or lesbian

Celebs you didn’t know have an LGBT sibling The Kellogg’s cereal was launched in honour of Spirit Day John McCourt of GLAAD: “We are proud to partner with Kellogg’s again this year to help extend the important message of Spirit Day to households across the country.

“The All Together cereal encompasses the values of diversity, equality, and solidarity that Spirit Day is all about, and we hope that LGBTQ youth everywhere receive the messages loud and clear.” Andi Mack star to launch LGBT-themed cereal All Together.

The cereal is being launched by Andi Mack star Joshua Rush at a Spirit Day event at the Kellogg’s café in New York City, where guests will have a “chance to mix your own one-of-a-kind cereal” and learn about the work of GLAAD.

Kellogg’s previously put its cereal mascots to work campaigning against homophobic bullying.

A 2017 Spirit Day video featured mascots including Tony the Tiger, Snap, Crackle and Pop, Toucan Sam, and the Corn Flakes mascot (apparently called Cornelius) telling kids that “bullying is no laughing matter”.

The company won a PinkNews Award in 2018 for an ad campaign featured drag queens Vivienne Lynsey and Miss Blair talking about how they take their cereal.

Pop-up LGBT gym offers alternative to ‘toxic, hyper masculine’ gym culture

Pop-up LGBT gym offers alternative to ‘toxic, hyper masculine’ gym culture

An increasing number of gyms are catering exclusively to LGBT+ people (Pexels) A gym near Boston is offering a pop-up session catering exclusively to the LGBT+ community, who often don’t feel comfortable exercising in regular gyms.

CORE gym in Brookline offers specific Queer Gym sessions with the aim of empowering its clients physically and mentally. It’s one of several LGBT+ workout spaces that’s opened in recent years.

One of Queer Gym’s physical trainers, Justice Williams, told NPR : “[Gyms] are hyper-masculine, they’re toxic, they’re about an aesthetic. Being part of the LGBT community, I’ve observed and noticed that people don’t feel comfortable in gyms today.”

He explained that, while gyms are an awkward experience for many people, that experience is amplified when your body or mannerisms don’t conform to people’s interpretation of how you should be. And trans people can feel particularly vulnerable.

Morris, a non-binary trans person, joined Queer Gym because people often stare at them in other gyms. “My body looks a little bit different than a lot of the other peoples’ who are in the gym,” they said. (Pexels) Stars you didn’t know are gay or lesbian

Celebs you didn’t know have an LGBT sibling

“When you’re working out, you just want to focus on your workout. But when you know that other people are staring at you and then sometimes talking about you, it can be distracting.

“It can be demoralising, you know, when you’re supposed to be pumping yourself up in the gym.”

Eddie Maisonet, who is also trans, came to Queer Gym sessions after he noticed people staring at the scars from his top surgery.

“Here, we’re looking at each other, but we’re so supportive,” he said. “It’s people trying to take pointers or make sure you’re not hurting yourself as opposed to feeling like a spectacle.”

Williams says the ultimate goal is to arm LGBT+ people with the confidence to navigate all gyms, but until then he’ll be running Queer Gym around for as long as necessary.

Some gyms are offering self-defence classes specific to LGBT+ people as the rate of hate crimes continues to rise.

Martial arts like Krav Maga and jiu-jitsu are reportedly being tailored to members of the LGBT+ community, who face a heightened risk of physical attacks out in public.

LGBT chief Julie – the wrong arm of the law

LGBT chief Julie – the wrong arm of the law

THIS article is by Gary Oliver. To anyone posting in the comments section, please note that my personal pronouns are he, him and his – gendered terms which, until a few days ago, I naively believed to be blindingly obvious.

Having been made aware of the proliferation of gender neutral pronouns , I now recognise that choice should never be taken for granted. According to , ‘The act of making an assumption (even if correct) sends a potentially harmful message – that people have to look a certain way to demonstrate the gender that they are or are not . . . it can be offensive or harassing to guess at someone’s pronouns and refer to them using those pronouns if that is not how that person wants to be known .’

My re-education occurred yesterday, which was designated International Pronouns Day. (Yes, it really was.) The lesson of the day was that instead of leaving others to make assumptions, henceforth everyone should follow the example of Jeremy, 70, an allotment holder from Islington, seen here volunteering his personal pronouns. Incredible to hear @jeremycorbyn introduce himself with his pronouns (He/Him) at the @PinkNews Awards tonight on #PronounsDay — Jeffrey Ingold (@Jefflez) October 16, 2019 Furthermore, the publicity surrounding International Pronouns Day taught me that my personal entitlement extends beyond having white skin: being a cis male also bestows a ‘privilege not to have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender ’.

Enough already. Had October 16 been just a high day for headbangers, observed only by cranks, with no relevance to everyday lives, it could have been safely ignored. Unfortunately, our ever more preposterous police service issued the solemn statement: ‘International Pronouns Day is particularly important to those who are transgender and gender nonconforming. Being misgendered can have a huge impact on somebody and their personal wellbeing. It can also be used as a form of abuse for somebody and that just isn’t right.’ A lot of people have been asking me about the appearance of Pronouns added to emails recently at work. @DCCJulieCooke sums it up nicely here.
Gender Identity may never have been an issue for you/something you thought about but it may be everything to someome else. #PronounsDay — WYP LGBT+ Network (@WYP_LGBT) October 16, 2019 Today marks #pronounsday – seeking to make sharing, educating and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. @pronounsday — Julie Cooke (@DCCJulieCooke) October 16, 2019 The message stopped short of describing deliberate misuse of pronouns as a crime. Nonetheless, one must infer that ‘misgendering’ will, at the very least, be treated as a ‘hate incident’ of the sort which today’s police, with so little serious crime to investigate, are now desperate to record. In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY — SouthYorkshirePolice (@syptweet) September 9, 2018 The Twitter lecturer was not some lowly PCSO let loose on social media: Julie Cooke is Deputy Chief Constable of Cheshire . However, for DCC Cooke this senior title appears to be less significant than her position as the National Police Chiefs’ Lead for LGBT+ . In modern policing, thwarting thugs and thieves brings much less social cachet than being feted by LGBT activists. So so proud of @DCCJulieCooke tireless, often unseen, relentless commitment to doing the right thing..enabling dialogue, winning hearts&minds. The true epitomy of an ally.. what a response from the @LCRPride crowd.. #Police being recognised at a #pride event = huge — Merseyside Police LGBT+ (@MerpolLGBT) September 26, 2019 In her finger-wagging tweet, note the lanyard which identifies DCC Cooke as a LGBT+ Ally. However, not everyone has been impressed by her permanently displaying the advertisement. Several months ago Bob Fousert, chair of Cheshire Police and Crime Panel, complained that ‘LGBT, whether you like it or not, is a political issue’ and criticised for DCC Cooke for having ‘ crossed the boundary with that overt statement ’.

For this opinion, Mr Fousert was derided by Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane: ‘Someone holding such views should not chair a public body . . . your views are outdated and inappropriate . . . I request that you consider resigning from the Cheshire Police and Crime Panel with immediate effect. ’

Soon afterwards Bob Fousert was removed from the police crime panel; for using the ‘offensive’ word ‘homosexual’, one councillor even compared the unfashionable Mr Fousert to Vladimir Putin . The open letter sent by Commissioner Keane had contained the inevitable boilerplate ‘it’s vital that we openly celebrate diversity and equality’ – a tenet inexplicably overlooked when Sir Robert Peel established his Principles of Policing.

Cheshire Police’s commitment to diversity appears to exclude differences of opinion. Whether DCC Cooke, still draped in her LGBT lanyard, ‘crossed the boundary’ is up for debate. Not in doubt is Mr Fousert’s accurate assertion that LGBT rights are now highly politicised – especially since Stonewall and other campaigning groups decided to prioritise the Ts over the Ls, Gs and Bs.

The fatuous tweet by DCC Julie Cooke, decorated as a LGBT+ Ally, confirms a similar hierarchy: in present-day policing, the whims of ‘those who are transgender and gender nonconforming’ now trump biology and common sense.

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While Supreme Court Waffles, Cities Stand Up for LGBT Workers’ Rights

While Supreme Court Waffles, Cities Stand Up for LGBT Workers’ Rights

Protesters rally in front of the Supreme Court on Oct. 8, 2019, as it hears arguments on whether gay and transgender people are covered by a federal law barring employment discrimination on the basis of sex. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images On Tuesday, October 8, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what have been dubbed “the LGBT employment cases,” where two gay men, Donald Zarda and Gerald Bostock, and one transgender woman, Aimee Stephens, were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, respectively. These cases were before the court to answer the question “Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition on employment discrimination ‘because of sex’ includes protection from discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity?”

Over the past several decades, state and federal courts across the country have held that the meaning of “sex” in Title VII and other federal statutes includes both sexual orientation and gender identity. But the Trump administration has rejected this established precedent, the Department of Justice supported bringing these well-settled questions before a Supreme Court with a newly conservative majority.

If you read the transcripts or listened to audio of the arguments released this past Friday morning, you would have heard Solicitor General Noel Francisco begin his statement in the Zarda / Bostock case with an astonishing fact: only 21 states , plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, have passed legislation that explicitly protects LGBT workers from discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This would be surprising to the almost half of all Americans who erroneously believe that there exists an explicit federal law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Donate to YES! Sadly, Francisco is right (at least about this): 29 states provide no legal protection for LGBT employees from the stigma, bias, or bigotry of their employers who can legally fire, demote, or mistreat them based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. And if the Supreme Court rules next summer that federal law doesn’t protect them either, then more than half of the LGBT people living in this country could be fired for who they are.

Despite the cultural and legal significance of the Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges , protections from discrimination in the workplace remain illusive for more than half of the estimated 11 million LGBT people living in the United States. Such a discrepancy between rights means that Andre can marry his husband Reggie on Sunday, and go to work and be fired for it on Monday. The reality is that while marriage equality is meaningful, employment protections have a much more concrete impact on where and how LGBT people can live, support their families, and become valuable members of their communities without fear of discrimination. And as it stands, there’s a substantial swath of the country where LGBT people lack state-level employment protections. U.S. states with statewide LGBT non-discrimination laws in place as of October 2019. Image from Movement Advancement Project. The resulting patchwork of rights for LGBT workers means that in Georgia, “a county employee who spent a decade of his career helping to build a program for neglected and abused children” could be fired for joining a recreational gay softball league in his off hours, just like Gerald Bostock . And in 29 states, a valued employee can be fired when she informs her employer that she will begin coming to work as the woman she is and adhering to the women’s dress code—which is exactly what happened to Aimee Stephens .

But even if the Supreme Court upends existing precedent (and the arc of history) and rules next summer that federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBT workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, all is not lost. Far from it, in fact. It isn’t just liberal coastal cities and large metropolitan centers that are stepping up to protect LGBT workers. In the absence of federal protections, groups of advocates, community activists, legislators, and committed voters have been showing up to city council meetings, state government hearings, and most importantly, the polls, to make their values heard and reflected in their cities and states. The result: dozens of municipalities (and some states) have codified LGBT nondiscrimination protections at levels that exceed anything Congress has even considered in its failed efforts at passing nationwide legislation.

It isn’t just liberal coastal cities and large metropolitan centers that are stepping up to protect LGBT workers. Some of the most innovative and inspiring citizen-led ordinances are being passed in places that have (often unfairly) been painted as inherently anti-LGBT. Instead, these cities are proving to be an effective venue for passing inclusive employment nondiscrimination laws. Take, for example, the important work being done by cities in Georgia, one of the many Southern states without a statewide LGBT nondiscrimination law. In June, Dunwoody became the fifth city in Georgia to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance prohibiting sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in private employment, housing, and public accommodations. This ordinance came on the heels of a similar ordinance passed in Doraville, Georgia, in November 2018, where the effort was particularly noteworthy because Doraville is a city of only 10,000 people and because the effort was shepherded by Stephe Koontz, Georgia’s only out transgender elected official . Encouragingly, Koontz reported that since Doraville passed its ordinance, at least six cities—including some outside the Atlanta metro area—have asked her for copies of the ordinance.

Meanwhile, cities in Alabama and Mississippi, two other states without LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws, have passed laws to reflect the inclusive values of their communities. In Alabama, in 2017 and 2018, Birmingham and Montevallo each respectively passed a nondiscrimination ordinance to protect LGBT workers , and Mobile, Alabama, appears poised to do the same.

In Mississippi, the capital of Jackson and the small town of Magnolia (population 2,257 in 2018 ) were both recently joined by Clarksdale, a town known for its tourism and connection to the blues music tradition, in passing an ordinance to protect LGBT workers . These significant strides, in states where religious conservatives maintain a stronghold on state lawmaking, demonstrate the power and progress that can happen when individuals and small communities take legal reform work into their own hands.

The progress being made in these communities is why, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what the Supreme Court ends up saying about whether or not they think federal civil rights laws protect LGBT workers. No ruling, even from the highest court in the land, will invalidate state and city-level protections, though such a ruling might make it more difficult to pass similar ordinances, or defend existing laws against right-wing legal challenges. What matters is what people in cities and states throughout this country say and do to create laws and policies in their communities that reflect the fairness to which everyone is entitled. What matters is people showing up to their city council meetings, voting in local elections, and ensuring that democracy at the local level continues to bend toward justice for all.