LGBT support pilot scheme for young people coming to terms with their sexuality in Kensington and Cheslea

LGBT support pilot scheme for young people coming to terms with their sexuality in Kensington and Cheslea

Extra support will be available for young people coming to terms with their sexuality in a new scheme being piloted by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council .

They will be able to make use of digital mentoring thanks to a new scheme by the royal borough, which is teaming up with the youth homelessness charity Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT).

It will run the scheme through its online service inter-AKT and provide a space to connect young people with online mentors and resources.

Figures show that despite just 3.3% of young people describing themselves as LGBT , they make up 24% of homeless young people and 77% of this group have suffered domestic violence.

Young people come to inter-AKT seeking advice and support on issues ranging from housing and homelessness to coming out to friends and family or developing skills or finding out more about local services and groups they can use.

The council wants to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to access support and help.Cllr Emma Will, Kensington and Chelsea lead member for family services, said: “I’m delighted we are involved in this exciting pilot. AKT is a really good fit with the work we are already doing and will […]

LGBT Ireland

LGBT Ireland

The Lowdown:

For No Discrimination Day, The Public House worked with LGBT Ireland, the National resource for the LGBT community to create a striking print ad in order to raise awareness of Ireland’s outdated and discriminatory blood ban for Gay men.

Before 2017, men who had sex with other men were banned from donating blood. The law changed to a one year ban after having sex, hardly a step forward. What’s worse, the vast majority of the public don’t know this law has changed. A fair few don’t even know the law exists in the first place.

This campaign follows a strong creative start to the year for the Dublin based agency, having already launched their ‘Simple is Smarter’ brand launch for 123.ie along with making a lot of mischief for Paddy Power by creating a 30 foot gold statue of Virgil van Dijk.

Credits:

Agency: The Public House Client: LGBT Ireland Creative Director: Jarrod Banadyga Copywriter: Jack Walsh Art Director: Diogo Dias Account Executive: Hannah McGovern

It may seem like LGBT rights aren’t important to Putin – but if you look closer, you’ll see they’re central to the Russian election

It may seem like LGBT rights aren’t important to Putin – but if you look closer, you’ll see they’re central to the Russian election

A quick search recently for LGBT news on Yandex – the largest Russian search engine – threw up a very depressing list: “Users are outraged by the new LGBT-friendly ad for iPhone”, “Russian actor gets kicked out after supporting LGBT people”, “Berlinale-2018: perverts and russophobes are occupying modern cinema”.

A whole stack of news is dedicated to a new online game called “Play for the President: help Putin kill naked men with a rainbow flag”. The game allows you to become “a former KGB agent” and destroy “enemies of the state”, which “naturally” includes the LGBT community, opposition leader Navalny and US President Donald Trump. It reminds me of another recent game published by a popular Russian news site Lenta.ru, where readers were asked to like photos of celebrities who were “lucky enough” to be “raped and made famous” by Harvey Weinstein.

In other countries such online games might have caused a big backlash from the public and commercial partners, but in Russia for many they seem to serve as yet another reinforcement of a very conservative and disempowering belief system. A system in which women are given flowers but also beaten by their husbands, and where it’s widely believed that […]

Governor of Illinois sticks by candidate who said child abusers are better parents than gay people

Governor of Illinois sticks by candidate who said child abusers are better parents than gay people

Republican Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images) The Republican Governor of Illinois says he will not revoke his endorsement of a candidate who claimed that child abusers make better parents than gay people.

Erika Harold, a former Miss America winner who is running for Illinois Attorney General, is facing scrutiny this week over comments she is alleged to have made in 2000.

It is alleged that while in the Miss America pageant, Harold had claimed it would be better for heterosexual child abusers to be parents to a child rather than a gay couple.

The comments have led to widespread condemnation, but Governor Bruce Rauner has refused to withdraw his backing for the candidate.

Speaking to the press, Rauner dismissed the scandal as a political “hit job” and said he would not be withdrawing his support. Erika Harold He said: “I’ve known Erika Harold for about five years, and I have found her to be a person of great talent and integrity and goodwill, and I can’t comment beyond that.”

Asked if he would place a child with child abusers over a gay couple, Rauner said: “It’s a preposterous question and I know many loving, excellent parents who are […]

Louise Redknapp to support Britney at Brighton Pride

Louise Redknapp to support Britney at Brighton Pride

(Photo by Ray-Ban via Getty Images) Louise has been announced as one of the opening acts for Britney at Brighton Pride.

Redknapp started her career as a singer in R&B girl group Eternal.

After releasing a platinum debut album Always & Forever in 1993, she left the band to work on a solo career in 1995.

She has sold over five million records in the UK and 15 million worldwide.

Her third and last studio album was Elbow Beach in 2000, but she announced her comeback to music 17 years later when she shared a picture on Instagram of her in the studio recording new material.

She announced an “intimate and live” show in London and will follow up the date with a full tour in January 2018.Redknapp announced the news on Twitter. (Twitter) She wrote: “I can’t wait to perform on the main stage at @PrideBrighton on 4th August joining the incredible lineup of with @MNEK @Mabel @EllaEyre and course the one and only @britneyspears – see you all there ”The news was welcomed by fans, who said it was “the best news ever”.“Can’t wait to see you,” one person wrote.Another added: “AMAZING. Already got my ticket. So excited you’re there too!!! xx”Alongside […]

Republican candidate calls bisexual Parkland survivor ‘a skinhead lesbian’

Republican candidate calls bisexual Parkland survivor ‘a skinhead lesbian’

(Getty) A Republican candidate has called school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez “a skinhead lesbian”.

Leslie Gibson, the only person in the race for Maine’s House District 57 seat, lashed out at the bisexual head of Stoneman Douglas High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance after she spoke up in favour of gun control.

Together with fellow students like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky , the 18-year-old activist has prompted a tidal wave of public sentiment in favour of better gun regulations following the shooting in Florida, which killed 17. (Getty) Gibson, reportedly in his 60s, targeted the teenager as all brave people do: through his Twitter account with 74 followers.

He wrote: “There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat,” according to the Portland Press Herald.

In another tweet, he said that Gonzalez should not be called a survivor because she “was in a completely different part of the school” when her fellow students were shot dead. Emma Gonzalez hugs her father (Getty) Gibson later apologised to the student, writing: “I would like to extend to you my most sincere apology for how I addressed you.

“It […]

Iconic black lesbian Black Lightning star Nafessa Williams speaks out about “wave” of diverse representation in film

Iconic black lesbian Black Lightning star Nafessa Williams speaks out about “wave” of diverse representation in film

(Getty) Black Lightning star Nafessa Williams has said that the creation and support of black superheroes in Hollywood has resulted in an exciting “wave” of representation that is only just getting started.

The star, who plays lesbian black superhero and daughter of Black Lightning Thunder, said that there has been a seismic shift towards black representation onscreen as she spoke to a journalist as she passed through LAX airport.

Black Panther, which grossed more than $1bn at the box office, has heralded a new wave of cinematic representation said Williams – and it’s a tide that’s going to keep on turning.

“I’m so proud of everyone involved with that [Black Panther]. It’s going to shift right now and the shift has happened for black superheroes in particular. I’m proud to be a part of the wave,” she said to TMZ News. (Instagram/nafessawilliams) “With the rise of Black Panther and Black Lightning, and all of the black superhero shows that are going on, these are just the first of many I believe. I believe we’ll see a lot more, and again, it’s a wave right now, and I’m excited to be part of it.

“I think we’re gonna see a whole lot more of […]

Anti-gay ‘family values’ Republican resigns after he’s caught cheating on his wife

Anti-gay ‘family values’ Republican resigns after he’s caught cheating on his wife

(YouTube/TheFAMiLYLeader) An anti-gay Republican has resigned after he was caught cheating on his wife.

Bill Dix, the Iowa Senate Majority Leader and a self-defined “family values” politician, was filmed kissing a lobbyist earlier this month.

Dix, who had been in the Senate since 2011, co-sponsored an amendment to the state constitution which would have defined marriage as solely heterosexual. (YouTube/dmregister) He did so during his 10 years in the Iowa House of Representatives.

In 2006, during an unsuccessful run for a different seat in the House, he boasted about the part he played in helping the bill.

“I not only sponsored and voted for this amendment, but I was a leader who helped shepard [sic] this amendment through the Iowa House,” said Dix. (YouTube/IowaPublicTelevision) “Liberal activist judges are threatening our family values and you can count on me to be a leader in Congress who will stand up to them and work to pass this amendment to the United States Constitution,” he added.

In a statement today, Iowa Senate President Jack Whitver said: “Effective at 2pm today, Bill Dix resigned his position as Majority Leader and State Senator.“I believe he made the right decision for himself and for his district, but most importantly, I […]

12-year-old killed himself after being bullied for coming out as bisexual

12-year-old killed himself after being bullied for coming out as bisexual

The family of a 12-year-old boy have said that he took his life after being subjected to bullying over his sexuality.

Andrew Leach came out as bisexual to his class and his father, Matt Leach, says that he was then bullied by classmates.

Talking to WREG , Matt explained that his son “was struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation”.

“He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual.

“I think that really amped up the bullying,” the father explained.

However, both of the parents did not realise how much the bullying had affected their child.Andrew’s mother, Cheryl Hudson, explained that she was “oblivious to it”.“He just always seemed happy.“If you were down, he’d try to help you up,” Hudson said. Related: 15-year-old trans boy killed himself after school ‘refused to use his new name’ The family have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for the funeral.So far, over $10,000 has been raised.The page reads that Andrew “will be missed deeply by all that knew and loved him.”“No words could come close to expressing what this family is enduring. If you can’t contribute monetarily, I ask that you pray for his mom, dad, […]

Headless women keep featuring on film posters and it’s not okay

Headless women keep featuring on film posters and it’s not okay

“Off with her head!” Are misogynistic film producers being inspired by a phrase uttered by the Queen of Hearts in Alice Adventures in Wonderland when they design their posters?

It would seem so. But the issue of faceless women in Hollywood is sadly nothing new. In 2016 stand-up comedian and singer Marcia Belsky founded the Tumblr blog Headless Women of Hollywood , which highlights various pieces of promotional artwork that depict women’s bodies but refuses to show their faces.

Around the same time, Marcia also started Twitter and Instagram accounts that focus on the same subject. Recently, her discoveries have been trending on social media as more and more movie-lovers pick up on how infuriatingly sexist it is that such posters feature headless women, especially when the movie industry is supposedly championing inclusion and equality louder than ever right now.

More often than not, the shameless concept is used in posters for comedy movies; specifically, comedy movies that centre on male characters. Belsky has previously named and shamed films such as Dirty Grandpa , Staten Island Summer , Hall Pass , Sex Drive and Hot Tub Time Machine .

Even 1984’s Bachelor Party , which stars Tom Hanks as Rick, a nice guy […]