(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Caitlyn Jenner has hit out at President Trump for his record on LGBT rights.
In a recent interview with Broadly , the Olympian and trans activist hit out at the contentious President and his administration for their stances on LGBT rights.
Jenner stated that Trump “has been, for all LGBT issues, the worst president we have ever had.
“I want him to know politically I am disappointed, obviously. I don’t want our community to go backwards. (Mark Wilson/Getty ) “Just leave us alone, that’s all we want. Then maybe later down the line, we can get somebody a little better.”
She added: “I think it’s good that I’m on the Republican side because the Republicans know that, and I have an immediate in with them to change their minds.”
“The Republicans need the most work when it comes to our issues … I’m not the type of person who is going to stand on a street corner with a sign and jump up and down. No, I’m going to go have dinner with these people.” (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty) Trump has been strongly criticised by LGBT groups since taking office, facing accusations that his officials have sought to undermine much of the progress from the Obama administration.
The Justice Department has made the most dramatic attacks on LGBT equality under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with officials appearing in court to argue that discrimination against gay people should be legal , and seeking to undermine civil rights laws protecting LGBT people.
Trump has also pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act , a proposed Republican law that blocks the federal government from enforcing anti-discrimination protections or civil rights laws in cases where people acted based on “a sincerely held religious belief” in marriage. (Getty) In a recent lecture to the UK Parliament, Jenner criticised the President and stated that he had set the transgender community back 20 years, and asked the UK to not make the same mistakes.
Jenner also defended her decision to deliver the keynote after members of the trans community questioned the former Olympian’s suitability to speak on diversity issues in the UK.
Related: Piers Morgan asked Caitlyn Jenner about her penis, and it did not go well (Getty) She said she had both a “sense of privilege” but also a “platform” and said she “would never apologise for working hard and being successful.”
“When I came out, the first year was great. Then all of a sudden I got this ‘person of privilege,’” she said.
“I didn’t get it when it came to the trans community, as we have a very marginalised community.”
Dale Winton and Graeme Souness on a night out in 2002 They say "opposites attract" in love, but the same can be said for friendship.
Some were surprised to see that former hard-tackling footballer Graeme Souness went to the funeral of Supermarket Sweep host Dale Winton on Tuesday .
In fact, the pair were good friends for many years, after meeting through Souness’s wife.
"We met in a restaurant in London and became great friends," the former Scotland captain told BBC 5 live last year. "We used to see him on holiday in southern Spain when we all went there."
Their friendship blossomed to such an extent that Winton asked Souness to be his best man.
He proudly agreed, as all good friends would – unaware until the big day itself that it was just for a spoof wedding on BBC Three.
Here are five other unlikely celebrity friendships. Anna Wintour and Roger Federer
The long-standing Vogue editor – widely revered in the fashion world – is known for her icy, restrained demeanour. That is, it seems, unless she is speaking to tennis icon Roger Federer.
Writing in Tennis magazine with rarely-seen warmth, Wintour opened up about their friendship, which began when they met for lunch through a mutual friend in 2005.
She gushingly admitted that while "everyone calls themselves Roger Federer fans", she considers herself "a groupie".
"It’s no secret that he’s appeared in Vogue about as often as Karlie Kloss," she continued.
The Swiss ace has gone on to join her at numerous fashion shows, a world Wintour says he is "desperate to talk about".
And when Federer accepted the her invitation to attend the Met Gala last year, Wintour said: "Roger was by far the best dressed. Nineteen Grand Slams, one Met Gala and counting." Game, set and costume match. Jessica Williams and JK Rowling
As an actress, comedian and former senior correspondent on The Daily Show, Williams is no stranger to showbusiness – however the origin story of her friendship with Rowling resembles a fan’s dream.
Speaking on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert last year, Williams recounted how their relationship was sparked by a mix of Twitter and some liquid courage.
After the Harry Potter author followed her on Twitter, Williams only decided to slide into her DMs in the midst of a night out. Warning: Third party content may contain adverts
"My boyfriend [and I] were at a bar and we had been drinking and [he was like], ‘You should DM her,’ and I was like, ‘no!’ And so I did a shot and then I messaged her like, ‘Heeey JoJo!’" ⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️⚰️💀. Cool. Now that we’ve established that I’m dead- I met FREAKING J👏🏾K👏🏾R👏🏾O👏🏾W👏🏾L👏🏾I👏🏾N👏🏾G (aka Jo Jo- lol she lets me call her that. So ignorant.) originally like a month ago. Obviously we all know that I’ve been a Harry Potter nut since I was 10 years old so I was very nervous to meet one of my sheroes for the first time. What would I wear? What do you say at the alter (lmaooo)? What if we like…don’t get along? Will I quit reading books forever because we don’t get along? So I hung out with Jojo and was relieved that we got on verrrrry well and I was so stoked because meeting your heroes can be a real toss up of either cupcakes or dog doodoo if you know what I mean. This right here was cupcakes. We had like a legit full six hours of drinks and cocktails. Did I lowkey tear up during dinner? Yes. Am I aware that it was a trash bonkers thing to do over dinner while she’s biting into her plate of veggies? Yes. But any sort of extreme emotion makes my eyes well up. #standinginmytruth #therealme #lovemeforme. Anyway- I had so much fun talking about life/politics/thesims with her over 25 cocktails that I felt like a realllll dweeblord for FORGETTING to snag a photo. The following day my mom tried to comfort me after I forgot to get a photo by saying "That’s okay baby. You guys hung out for you two only and not social media." She was low key very correct but also she’s my mother so I was like "🙄🙄😑😑😑." So cut to last night- and (wildly)I’m hanging out with the Khaleesi again and I was on my way out the damn door and was like "……wait I’m sorry can I get a photo? For my Instagram?? (I know such 🚮)" She was like "yes Jess of course!" So we took a few photos and yes she’s a major babe and here she is on my IG feed for the both you And me to enjoy. ⚰️ #eatcraylove #jkrowling #harrypotter A post shared by Jessica Williams (@msjwilly) on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:49am PDT Report
"She was like, ‘When’s the next time you’re gonna be in London? I promise I’m not this blabby after the fourth cocktail,’ and I was like AHHHH!" said Williams.
The pair, who share the same birthday like all good BFFs, went on to meet for "six hours of food and cocktails". 🧙🏾♀️ A post shared by Jessica Williams (@msjwilly) on Apr 22, 2018 at 3:56pm PDT Report
Their relationship turned professional in March when Rowling cast Williams in the role of Professor Eulalie (Lally Hicks) in the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel. Ed Sheeran and Courteney Cox
One is a contemporary pop star, the other is famed for playing Monica in the ever-popular ’90s sitcom Friends. And yet despite their differences in space and time, the pair hit it off after being introduced by mutual friends.
Sheeran even revealed he stayed at Cox’s Malibu beach house while he was writing material for his album x, which was released in 2014. My friend Courteney is nominated for a People Choice Award for favourite cable tv actress. She’s never won one before and she lets me live in her beach house, so how’s about we all vote for her and win her the damn thang eh? Safe. Vote here please kind people – http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/vote/votenow.jsp A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:17am PST Report
He told The Sun newspaper: "There was no rent but I made the bed and cups of tea and things like that. If you’re staying at your friend’s house, you should treat it like your own.
"Well, actually, that’s a lie – because I don’t make my own bed at home."
Fast-forward to the present and it appears Sheeran has repaid his dues in another form – successfully playing matchmaker between Cox and Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid. Eminem and Elton John
This one dates back to the early noughties, when Eminem was criticised for apparently homophobic lyrics in his music. LGBT campaigners were angered by his use of derogatory terms to describe gay people on The Marshall Mathers LP.
One person who came to the rapper’s defence was Sir Elton.
At the height of the controversy, the pair famously performed Stan together at the Grammy Awards in 2001, at the end of which they hugged and held hands.
"For me, Eminem was never homophobic," Sir Elton said .
"I listened to the whole of the Marshall Mathers album… and I was floored by it. And I thought, how could anyone think this is… he’s just writing about the way things are. Not how he thinks, but the way things are."
Not only did they become firm friends, but Slim Shady even sent Sir Elton a rather bizarre wedding gift, as the Rocket Man singer recalled last year . Danny Dyer and Harold Pinter
Dyer, who plays Mick Carter in EastEnders, first met the legendary playwright in 1999 when the actor played a small role in Celebration at London’s Almeida Theatre.
Pinter, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, subsequently asked him to appear in No Man’s Land at the National Theatre.
He later cast Dyer as Joey in his final play The Homecoming in 2008, months before the playwright’s death from cancer.
Speaking to The Guardian in 2013 , Dyer – often living up to the image of an East End hardman – said he was "devastated" at the death.
"He was the only person who I feared but loved," he said. "He was a tyrant… but he could get away with it because he was so enchanting. He was a poet." Follow us on Facebook , on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts , or on Instagram at bbcnewsents . If you have a story suggestion email .
Chief Constable Hopkins (r) attended a number of memorial events on Tuesday A BBC documentary about the Manchester Arena attack was "wholly inaccurate" and "entirely inappropriate", a chief constable has said.
Manchester: The Night of the Bomb aired on BBC Two on the first anniversary of the bombing, which saw 22 people die and hundreds injured.
Greater Manchester Police’s Ian Hopkins said it had been "entirely misleading" in its depiction of police actions.
The BBC said the programme had been "responsible, accurate and thoughtful".
The documentary, which was made by Amos Productions for the corporation, was broadcast at 21:00 BST, hours after a memorial service had taken place to remember those who died .
Twenty-two people were killed when a homemade device was detonated outside an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.
Mr Hopkins said he was "saddened" by the impact the programme had on families and survivors. ‘Serious reservations’
The content – which included graphic descriptions of what happened, the injuries that people suffered and mobile phone footage captured in the aftermath – had left him "most deeply concerned about the impact on families", he said.
"I fail to see any public interest in footage of such an explicit nature being aired with disregard to the feelings of those who matter most." One of the programme’s final shots stated GMP declined to be involved The Crown Prosecution Service and the coroner had also "expressed serious reservations", he said, and British Transport Police "withdrew support" after realising the "potential enormity of the impact".
He also said the documentary had, "at least by inference, wrongly suggested that officers and staff were held back on the night of the attack."
"This is untrue and is an unwarranted attack on police officers who, as the actual footage showed, acted bravely in response to this horrific attack." ‘Careful consideration’
The force did not contribute to the documentary, but did ask to see footage to "assess legal implications" and "inform and support families", but were "not permitted to… at any point before broadcast".
"As the lead police force, for the response and the criminal investigation, GMP has significant constraints on what we can discuss publicly," he said.
"After a face-to-face meeting, we respectfully explained in detail the legal constraints we worked under and highlighted to the production company their own responsibilities." The programme featured interviews with some of those caught up in the attack He said as a result, a reference in the programme to GMP declining to take part was "wholly misleading and focused only on creating journalistic drama".
He added that the programme "appears to breach" the BBC’s editorial guidelines .
A BBC spokeswoman said Amos Productions had "worked constructively and appropriately with Victim Support, and the sensitivities of all those involved in this tragic event were subject to careful consideration throughout the production process".
"This was a responsible, accurate and thoughtful documentary, which was an important piece of public service broadcasting."
"At no point did the documentary suggest GMP officers and staff were held back", she said, and it had "focussed on the events of the evening and how they unfolded, not any ongoing investigations".
She added that the programme adheres to the BBC’s guidelines.
Gerry Robinson Like many of us working in education today, my own school experience was affected by Section 28 – a harmful piece of legislation that prevented schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’. Section 28 gave permission for, fuelled and perpetuated stigma, censorship, and the toxic message that to be LGBTQI+ is wrong. For many of my colleagues, Section 28 was part of their teacher training, meaning their early practice was strongly impacted by the hate and fear Section 28 encapsulated in law. It would be naive to assume that the effects on those adults working in education today, who were educated and trained under that law, simply disappeared when it was repealed.
As we mark the 30 th anniversary of Section 28 coming into force we need to reflect on its impact, celebrate the progress we’ve made, but also think about how far we still have to go.
At Woodside High School, where I am headteacher, we’re extremely proud of our diversity; we embrace it, celebrate it and champion it wherever we can. We do a great deal of work across the school on equality and diversity and we are the only secondary school in London to be Gold Award Stonewall School Champions.
Much of the work we do would have been impossible under Section 28. Our thriving student Equality and Diversity group have led our school-wide celebrations of LGBT History Month for the past few years. They put pictures and information about LGBTQI+ role models on every door of every classroom. They have proudly delivered assemblies to the whole school wearing Stonewall t-shirts emblazoned with “Some people are gay/trans/bi. Get over it”. They have designed and given rainbow wristbands and badges with the slogan “Woodside Pride” to every member of our school community. Talking and learning about LGBTQI+ issues is something students want to engage with and it’s our duty as educators to respond to the needs of all young people.
But Section 28 would have classed all of this as illegal.
I can’t imagine my school without the joyous and enriching celebrations of LGBT History Month. Incorporating LGBT issues and people into our teaching has an enormously positive impact on both our students and staff. Teaching about diversity helps increase understanding and acceptance.
Critically, for me, Section 28 would have prevented us from upholding our values of equality and diversity that run through all our work. From the curriculum, to how lessons are delivered, how our support systems are planned, to the extra-curricular experiences students have. Our values mean that equality and diversity are considered across all strands of practice and results in an enriching, varied and meaningful learning environment and experience for all members of our school community. Without them, not only would we be sending a very damaging message to our students, failing to educate them in an environment where everyone can feel safe, but we would also be denying them the opportunity to grow into fully rounded, engaged and compassionate global citizens.
None of this is to say that we don’t still feel the damaging impact Section 28 has left. Prejudice and discrimination still exists, both at Woodside and beyond. Nearly half of LGBT pupils (45%) are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools. For all our progress, we are far from complacent. We work every day to challenge it and to educate others and we would not have it any other way.
We put in a great deal of hard work and have comprehensive systems to support our students. We are acutely aware of the very real risks and damage that a non-inclusive environment can have on students’ wellbeing. School is a place to learn. It should also be a place where people feel safe and supported. This cannot happen if they are unable to be themselves, feel ashamed, or if they need to hide who they are.
LGBTQutie Logo Atari Logo NEW YORK, May 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LGBT Media Inc. – the company behind city building game QutieLife (formerly PrideFest ) and inclusive, relationship-focused social app LGBTQutie – today announced a new crowdfunding campaign to further accelerate LGBTQutie’s growth and expansion, including internationally. Hosted by StartEngine Capital LLC and supported by strategic partner and iconic entertainment brand Atari ® , the crowdfunding campaign will provide a unique opportunity for anyone to invest in and help expand LGBTQutie, a social app that facilitates meaningful relationships and connections for the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQutie was created after the co-founders recognized that most dating apps either cater to heterosexual relationships or focus solely on gay men or lesbian women. In addition, most current dating apps are hook-up based, making it frustrating for LGBTQ people looking for long-term relationships, friendships or meaningful connections. For these reasons, there was a need for a more inclusive, relationship-focused app for the LGBTQ community.
As more than just another dating app, LGBTQutie is a comprehensive and specialized platform that was made with the entire LGBTQ community in mind. It provides users with content that is relevant to them, including LGBTQ news, blogs and events. In addition, the app is unique in that it provides users the ability to send in-app video messages to one another as a means of user verification.
LGBTQutie has gained significant traction and credibility in the dating and social networking space and has now launched its crowdfunding campaign to allow anyone to invest in this dynamic, fast-growing app. LGBTQutie looks forward to continued growth and expansion and needs community support to move it to the next level.
“By investing in the future of connectivity through LGBTQutie, you will be helping people become a part of a diverse and inclusive community like never before,” said Rachel Kimelman, co-founder of LGBTQutie, a division of LGBT Media Inc. “These funds will also help LGBTQutie expand to an international market.”
“We’ve been extremely proud to work with LGBTQutie ever since establishing our partnership,” said Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari. “We feel it’s important to support LGBT Media Inc. and hope everyone will join us in this effort to further strengthen LGBTQutie’s growth and influence among the LGBTQ community.”
“We are thrilled to have Atari behind us in this endeavor,” added Jordan Weiss, co-founder of LGBTQutie. “We have developed a great partnership with them in the past year and it means a lot to have their support in this meaningful and socially-impactful endeavor.”
The LGBTQutie crowdfunding campaign is available for a limited time on StartEngine , one of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms in the U.S., connecting everyday investors with tomorrow’s progressive companies. The funds from this crowdfunding campaign will allow LGBTQutie to enhance its marketing methods, continue to develop an integrated user experience, and provide more tools for user profile customization. To contribute to LGBTQutie’s crowdfunding campaign, visit https://www.startengine.com/lgbt-media-inc .
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About LGBT Media Inc.
LGBT Media Inc. is the company behind LGBTQutie, an app that facilitates relationships, friendships and meaningful connections for the LGBTQ community. While most other dating apps mainly focus on hook-ups, LGBTQutie connects the entire LGBTQ community and allows users to interact with the latest LGBTQ news, blogs and events. For more information, visit https://lgbtqutie.com .
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Mimi Imfurst admits to sexually harassing young men RuPaul’s Drag Race star Mimi Imfurst has admitted to sexually harassing men via Facebook Messenger.
Otherwise known as Braden Chapman, who starred on season 3 and All Stars 1, he has expressed his ‘deep regret’.
Two up-and-coming drag queens came forward to say they had been harassed by Chapman, and feared being blacklisted after speaking up.
Kyle Ayotte, 25, and Ethan Hunter Raysor, 24, gave separate accounts of incessant unwanted sexual chatting. Young drag queens claim Mimi Imfurst sexually harassed them
They said they had both come forward because they knew others had been affected as well. ‘I think the LGBTQ community needs to have more conversations about sexual harassment in the drag performance scene and within our social hangout spots overall,’ Raysor told Philadelphia Magazine.
‘We’re not exempt from the pain these incidents cause and the stigma that comes from calling out the powerful people responsible for it.
‘What I experienced was an abuse of power through manipulation. Gay or straight, no one should have to go through that.’
Chapman, who produces multiple shows across Philadelphia, is a gatekeeper of young talent.
‘I was so shocked that he opened up to me so quickly, and I couldn’t comprehend what was happening or how to handle it,’ Ayotte said.
‘The most famous drag queen in the city was into me, and I felt obligated to go with the flow.’ When Ayotte told Chapman he felt uncomfortable with the sexual nature of the conversation, Chapman kept going. Then the conversations became sexual, and even after Ayotte told Chapman he was uncomfortable, Chapman kept it going.
‘Braden was preying on my inexperience in the drag scene to satisfy his sexual fetish to the point that I felt personally obligated to go through with it because I had dreams of becoming a professional drag performer.’
In a statement, Chapman admitted to sexually harassing and issued an apology. Mimi Imfurst issues apology
He said: ‘It has come to my attention that my sexual conversations via online messaging were uncomfortable for multiple people that I was engaging with. [With t]wo of those people, I have had ongoing late-night sexual conversations that involved in-depth and often exaggerated cyber roleplay that although was welcomed by some has made others uncomfortable and used.
‘For that I am incredibly sorry. I thought that our conversation, which included sexual and nonsexual discussions, was consensual. I realize now that my intent to engage in a playful and welcomed conversation that I initiated did not have the impact on the them that I thought it did.
‘I deeply regret that due to my nature as a public person, they felt pressured or obligated to partake in these conversations, one of which lasted over two years back and forth. I wish I had known more clearly that they did not want to participate in the conversations.
He added: ‘If I would have known that, I would have stopped. I respect both Kyle and Ethan greatly and would never want to make them feel violated. I apologized to Ethan in October privately when this was first brought to my attention, and I now extend my apologies to others that I have hurt as well. I am not perfect. I have made great mistakes that I am truly sorry for and humbled by.
‘I am incredibly sorry for this and can only work to be a better person and leader in Philadelphia. If anyone has issues I hope that they will speak to me privately so I can apologize to them directly.’
Judge Vickers Cunningham (Photo: Facebook) A GOP candidate in a Republican Primary yesterday lost his bid to be the next Dallas county commissioner. Judge Vickers ‘Vic’ Cunningham lost by just 25 votes to Republican opponent JJ Koch, reports Dallas Morning News.
His loss comes just four days after the newspaper revealed that Cunningham had set up a living trust for his kids.
The catch? They get the trust money if they marry straight, white Christians.
Judge Cunningham has two children with his wife, Donna: Susan, a licensed attorney, and Vic Jr., a law student at South Texas School of Law. The family appear on some of the judge’s social media postings ( see below ). News of the trust fund came was brought to the attention of the newspaper by none other than Cunningham’s estranged brother. Younger brother Bill Cunningham is gay and has an African American husband.
Asked about the existence of the trust fund for his kids, and its stipulations, the judge admitted in a statement it was true – but denied being a bigot. ‘I have never, and will never discriminate against anyone’
He said his views on race had evolved since the trust was set up in 2010.
‘This trust was set-up during a time of concerned feelings about my brother Bill’s gay lifestyle … My views on interracial marriage have evolved since I set-up the irrevocable trust in 2010, and today I would absolutely remove those conditions if I legally could.’
In his statement, he denied allegations of using the N-word, and said: ‘I have never, and will never discriminate against anyone based upon race, religion, color, creed, or sexual orientation.’
However, he doesn’t backtrack on wanting his children to marry people of the opposite sex.
‘I strongly support traditional family values,’ the judge told The Morning News. ‘If you marry a person of the opposite sex that’s Caucasian, that’s Christian, they will get a distribution.’ Cunningham could still demand recount
In yesterday Republican Primary for Dallas County commissioner (District 2), Cunningham was beaten by just 25 votes for local attorney JJ Koch. Given the closeness of the vote, Cunningham could demand a recount. He has yet to announce whether he intends to do so or issued any statement conceding defeat.
Koch said the race had been close and suggested the controversy over Cunningham’s living trust had soured the race.
‘That was totally bonkers,’ Koch told Dallas Morning News. ‘To say that this race was contentious is an understatement. To say that the last four days were bad for the Republican party is an understatement.’
GSN has approached Cunningham for comment.
UPDATE: Just after publishing our story, Cunningham issued the following statement : ‘Unfortunately we did not prevail in the run-off election. I want to thank my many supporters for standing by me throughout this campaign. I am acutely aware of my own failings and will counsel with my God, my family, and my friends what path I shall take moving forward.’ See also
‘Being denied the opportunity to foster a child because we “don’t ‘mirror the Holy Family” is clearly code for being a same-sex couple’
(Getty) Handmaid’s Tale star Samira Wiley said she is “definitely having thoughts” about starting a family with wife Lauren Morelli.
The loved-up star met her wife and writer of Orange Is The New Black Morelli in 2012, and said that she is “a full-on housewife” in their newlywed set-up.
“I am a full-on housewife. Straight up,” she told Bustle in an interview. “I am definitely having thoughts about wanting to have a family.” Speaking about her home life, the star said that it “really feeds me and sort of resets me.”
She told the publication that she loves taking care of the couple’s dog, and making sure the DVR records all of Morelli’s favourite shows . (Lauren Morelli / Instagram) “I live a very domestic life,” she told the publication. “I just feel like I have someone who is not going to leave me [and] is just on my side no matter what.”
Although Wiley is living the lesbian fairytale of a lifetime , she said that she has still experienced some frustrating typecasting in her career. (Getty) As she is an openly lesbian woman of colour, she has had to firmly rebut roles that are defined by her sexuality.
“I just turned down [the] projects,” she told Bustle .
Wiley, who met Orange Is The New Black lead writer Morelli on set back in 2012, said she was enraptured by her wife’s skill as a wordsmith before she even met her . Orange is the New Black cast (Netflix) “It was the first script that my [character’s] name was actually in, where she says her name is Poussey. It’s the ‘accent à droite’ script,” she told BUST Magazine .
“But then there was this rap battle in it and I was like: ‘Who is this writer? They just wrote a whole rap battle.’ I just assumed that they were going to be a person of colour.
“I just remember her coming to set and me being able to watch her be a boss from afar, telling whatever people to go this way, answering this question,” said the actress.
“Just seeing her literally be the person in charge was really attractive to me.”
YouTube Theresa May has called for an end to anti-LGBTQ bullying ahead of School Diversity Week.
30 years after Section 28 of the Local Government Act banned the “promotion of homosexuality” in the classroom, a special reception was held in Speaker’s House ahead of School Diversity Week 2018 .
School Diversity Week, which takes place from 2-6 July this year, was launched by charity Just Like Us in 2016 with the support of the Department for Education to “empower schools across the UK to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia”.
Over 400,000 teachers and pupils are expected to take part in events championing LGBTQ equality during the week.
Despite advances in equal rights and acceptance across the UK, Just Like Us reports that almost 90% of young LGBTQ people still hear homophobic language in schools and 50% self-harm.
“Everyone has a right to feel safe and happy at school, but when you are coming to terms with your sexuality the classroom, the playground and the common room can sometimes be intimidating places,” Prime Minister Theresa May said.
“Having visible role models who have been there before and know how it feels can help give a young person the confidence to embrace who they are, and they can encourage everyone in school to be positive and accepting.
“We need to eradicate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and challenge stigma and hostility wherever it exists in our society, and we need to speak up for the human rights of LGBT people around the world.”
She added: “We all do better and our whole country is enriched when we are free to be ourselves.”
Watch Theresa May’s message for School Diversity Week 2018 below. <span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"> </span> The CEO of Just Like Us, Tim Ramsey, added: “Growing up, I never heard a teacher say anything positive about LGBT issues – it made school a lonely and frightening time.
“This year, thirty years after Section 28 banned homosexuality in the classroom, we want even more schools to join School Diversity Week and take action to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.”
School Diversity Week 2018 runs from 2-6 July, and you can find more information here . MAY TIMES. Get inside the latest Gay Times to discover exclusive interviews with Antoni Porowski, Dexter Mayfield, Daniel Newman, Casey Spooner and many more!. BUY NOW .
Back in March, I was part of a collective of 76 women TV writers who wrote an open letter to the television commissioners and producers asking why so few women were being commissioned to write original drama in the UK. Under the hashtag #WorkWithUs, the letter gained some attention. And, in the weeks that followed, I was contacted by a few of those to whom the letter had been addressed.
Disappointingly, none of them got in touch to say that they had heard us and would endeavour to do better. Instead, they passed the buck and blamed the paucity of drama and comedy written by women on agents, independent production companies and the writers themselves. All of those who contacted me claimed that the letter had exaggerated the problem or created a problem that didn’t exist. They also all claimed that under their regimes things had got better for female writers.
Plot twist: by that point I already knew that they were talking out of their hats.
That was because I had been party to an independent study into gender equality for screenwriters in the UK. Commissioned by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, the research utilises over 30 data sources to analyse over a whole decade of film and television in the UK. The full report is exhaustive and breaks down the statistics by genre, budget, TV time slot, programme type and broadcaster. This far-ranging study and our subsequent ‘Equality Writes’ campaign is our trade union’s response to years of assurances that things were getting better for women writers. We had a strong feeling that this wasn’t the case and so we decided to find out for sure. We were shocked by what we discovered.
The headline statistics are staggering. Only 16% of working screenwriters in the UK film industry are female; despite films written by women doing better financially and critically than those written by their male colleagues. The small screen is no friend to gender equality either. Only 28% of TV has been written predominantly by women in the last decade. Again, this is despite huge ratings successes for female-led shows such as Call The Midwife , Victoria and Happy Valley .
Far from getting better, the number of women getting commissioned to tell their stories has flatlined. So, to all those who wrote to me expecting praise for their services to equality, we won’t be handing out the medals just yet.
However, as our hashtag suggests, we would like to work with them to improve things. A good start would be effective and transparent equality monitoring. I don’t doubt that those who contacted me genuinely believed that they had been even-handed in their commissioning and project development. However, we know that when women pitch projects to broadcasters they often hear something along the lines of ‘we’ve already got something with women in it’, almost as if women’s stories are a niche genre with limited appeal. Considering women watch more hours of TV than men in this country that simply cannot and should not be the case.
Effective equality monitoring would also reveal the truth about how many of our BAME and LGBT+ members are being heard. It would show whether our colleagues with disabilities are being commissioned. And perhaps it would also help to address the lack of representation for working class writers in the industry.
We are also calling for public film funders to pledge a 50/50 split between male and female-written films by 2020. Part of the problem in film is that female screenwriters can currently expect smaller budgets and to write less films across their careers than their male counterparts. This is unsustainable and needs to change urgently.
Those two simple recommendations are just the start but would go a long way to showing us that those with the power to effect genuine change in our industry are prepared to #WorkWithUs and that, this time, things are really getting better.
For more information on Equality Writes, click here
Lisa Holdsworth is a TV writer and deputy chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain