Nick Grimshaw (Tim P. Whitby/Getty for Coca-Cola) BBC radio host Nick Grimshaw is to be moved from Radio 1’s coveted Breakfast show slot, it has been announced.
Grimshaw took over the popular morning show slot from Chris Moyles in 2012, earning a following among younger listeners.
But the out radio host will be moving out of the “dream” slot, the BBC has announced, after a ratings slide at the station.
The former X Factor judge will take over the afternoon drivetime show – swapping roles with Greg James, who will take over the breakfast show. Nick Grimshaw and Greg James (BBC) In a statement, Grimshaw said: “It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years. But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job.
“I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show. I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all alarms from my house.
“I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours Greg James, and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it.” Nick Grimshaw (Gareth Cattermole/Getty) James said: “I am completely beside myself that I’ve been given the chance to present the most famous radio show in the world. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has done.
“The listeners have become like mates during the ten years I’ve been on air, so to be there when they wake up is a real honour.
“They’re always front and centre and this will of course be the case on the new breakfast show. It’s going to be the most enjoyable challenge I’ve ever undertaken and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, said: “Greg gets his childhood dream, Grimmy gets a lie-in and the Radio 1 audience gets two exciting new shows with the biggest and most popular youth presenters in the country. Nick Grimshaw (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty) “I’m so proud that Radio 1 produces and nurtures the best talent in the industry – I gave Greg his first show when he joined us from student radio and now he’s getting the most famous radio gig in the world – it’s going to be fantastic.
“Grimmy’s done a brilliant job reinventing the feel and tone of the breakfast show by connecting with new audiences in new ways in the digital age.”
Former Radio 1 Breakfast presenter Chris Moyles was named Stonewall Bully of the Year in 2006 , after refusing to apologise for using homophobic language on-air.
Moyles was attacked by LGBT groups for calling a ringtone ‘gay’, and was later ruled to have breached the broadcasting code for comments he made about out singer Will Young.
How to support your child when they come out as queer (Pexels) Every queer person has a ‘coming out’ story and subsequently, so do their parents.
There is no right or wrong way to come out, however there are many ways parents and guardians can ease the process for their child.
Coming out can be an incredibly traumatic experience for many, especially with the horror stories of parents disowning their child because of their sexuality or gender dysphoria.
This fear of rejection can cause many queer people to remain quiet about their identity, increasing the chances of them struggling with their mental health.
A study last year showed that one in three Irish LGBT+ people tried to take their own life because of bullying, rejection and the pressure to hide their queerness.
Although society is becoming increasingly progressive towards LGBT+ individuals, homophobia is still a major problem in the UK and US. (Getty) Four in five LGBT+ people have experienced a hate crime , according to research carried out by the charity Galop.
It could be argued that a supportive home environment can lessen the pressures and fears LGBT+ individuals may face in the outside world.
PinkNews talked to Stonewall , Europe’s largest LGBT+ rights organisation, and My Kid Is Gay, a website dedicated to giving support to families with queer children, about how parents can create a more welcoming atmosphere for their child coming out. The Initial Conversation
“Any queer or trans person would tell you that ‘coming out’ conversations don’t always go perfectly,” explained Grace Manger, Senior Managing Editor at My Kid Is Gay. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty) For queer individuals, many may recall that telling their parents was the hardest part of ‘coming out’, with the fear of “letting them down” being a growing concern throughout a person’s closeted life.
Many young people may have thought about coming out for a long time, putting extra pressure on them during this initial conversation.
Kara Bird, Information Manager at Stonewall, said: “understanding that this is a big moment and taking time to listen, rather than asking lots of questions, will help this process”.
Manger said: “Ideally, when a child comes out to their parent, that parent would react by holding tightly onto the love that they have for their child, telling their child that they love and accept them, and ask their child what kind of support they need moving forward”.
Bird and Manger’s comments suggest that by allowing your child to say their piece before asking questions can show them that you are a safe and understanding person to talk to about their sexuality or gender identity. (Getty) Manger added that: “I think it’s important for parents to know that even if they didn’t have the perfect response when their child first came out—maybe they were surprised, or confused, or scared and said something they maybe shouldn’t have—how they continue to react means much more in the long run.
It’s after that initial coming out conversation that the real work begins”. Ongoing Support
After the initial ‘coming out’ conversation, it is arguably equally as important to continue showing your support and acceptance towards your child.
Manger said: “Every parent has the same opportunity to start their journey of learning how to support their LGBTQ kid”, suggesting that it isn’t something many parents may be good at straight away.
My Kid Is Gay’s CEO, Kristin Russo, suggests that parents should ask their children how they want to be supported.
“You offering that support is then in their head”, she explained. (Getty) There are thousands of stories of parents supporting their queer children online, and every child wants to see that support in different ways. This suggests that having an open dialogue is crucial in offering your child ongoing support.
Bird said: “taking active steps such as helping your child attend their first Pride can also be a great way to show your support”, with Stonewall holding frequent Youth Pride events across the UK.
With the recent release of films such as Love Simon , there are now an increasing number of ways to show your acceptance through activities to share your child’s ‘coming out’ journey with them. (Love, Simon) Help For Parents
In a YouGov poll for PinkNews , it was revealed that 88 percent of parents would support a gay child, compared to 67 percent for a transgendered child.
Although the majority of parents would be accepting, there are still a large amount who would struggle with the notion of having a queer child.
“I really urge parents who struggle accepting their kid’s identity to hold tight to the core love you have for your child,” Manger stated.
“The only difference is that now they have chosen to be even more honest with you about who they are.”
With some parents finding acceptance difficult due to political or religious reasons, Stonewall’s So You Think Your Child Is Gay guide explains how: “Certain churches, temples, synagogues or mosques might hold anti-gay views. But that doesn’t mean the whole of your religion is anti-gay.” (Stonewall) The guide also tackles the cliche view of it “being a phase”, what to do if your child is bullied and whether a parent is to blame for their offspring’s sexuality.
Charities such as Stonewall and Mermaids , who focus on supporting transgendered children , exist to help both LGBT+ children and their families, being a great source of advice for many parents. Advice from parents
I wanted to interview some actual parents of a queer child about their journey of acceptance. So I asked mine… What was your initial reaction to me coming out as gay?
Mum: “I was concerned because I was worried life was more difficult… you hear some awful stories. There’s still a lot of people who make comments and aren’t accepting so you do feel like you have to hide a piece of your life from people. I take those comments quite personally.”
What do you feel like now, three years later?
Dad: “I don’t have a gay son, I have a son. That’s how I look at it. It makes no difference. There is still a vein of society that is homophobic and I don’t think that will ever completely change and that’s the only thing I really worry about. But I’d much rather you be happy being yourself than being someone else.”
What was the turning point in coming to terms with it?
Mum: “I think a turning point was probably your relationship with your last ex. I think all parents want their child to be happy and be themselves.”
What advice would you give other parents?
Dad: “I would say that you spend your whole life bringing up your child but eventually your child will grow outside of your image, and whatever path they have they’re still your child and the person you love to bits. It’s been a good experience for me and it has heightened my awareness of all sort of things.” (PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images) The importance of supportive parents cannot be underestimated. “The only thing that is going to make this world safer for LGBTQ people is having more LGBTQ people (and our allies!) stand up and fight for a safer world,” concludes Manger from My Kid Is Gay.
Non-binary artist Jackson Akitt photographs their community to tackle the current “lacking” representation.
They aim to not only boost positive visibility of non-binary people in the media, but to also create an image which represents each model in “the way they see themselves.”
Akitt spoke exclusively to PinkNews about their portraits and exploring their non-binary identity.
“I try to create portraits taken with a softness and care, whilst also being quite matter-of-fact.
“Non-binary people exist in a whole spectrum of ways and there is no one way to be non-binary. “So I think it’s important to represent that spectrum and emphasise the differences as well as our common ground.
“We use a variety of pronouns, express our gender in a massive range of different ways, there are so many identities that come under the umbrella term of non-binary.”
One portrait which stands out for Akitt, is the photograph of Sub.
Akitt explained: “They are my partner’s oldest friend, and we did our shoot the first time we met. Akitt’s portrait of Sub (Instagram/nonbinaryportraits) “I think it felt particularly special because of this connection, that this person had been in my partner’s life for 26 years before I even met my partner, and that they had found each other as 11 year old kids who both were non-binary trans but didn’t have the language for it for such a long time too.
“It’s always special to photograph people who are non-binary and have had longer lives and children of their own too, as I think it really tackles this false idea that being non-binary is just for younger people, as if it’s a phase people go through.”
Akitt told PinkNews they came out as non-binary in the last few years and, since beginning the photo series, hopes to create a book with the images one day.
“I’ve been out as non-binary for a little shy of four years now, and use they/them pronouns. Akitt’s portrait of Candice (Instagram/nonbinaryportraits) “I don’t feel comfortable being referred to in gendered ways, and feel very androgynous.
“Agender is another term I relate to, which means that I don’t identify with any gender, though there is a level of fluidity involved for me too – somedays I feel more masculine and some days more effeminate, but always some balance of the two.
“It’s a big source of pride for me, being non-binary transgender, and being around other people in the community as much as I can be brings me a lot of joy and warmth. Non-binary photographer Akitt (Jackson Akitt) “The ultimate dream that I’m working towards however is a book containing the portraits and perhaps words provided by each subject.”
Sean Hayes was the guest host on The Ellen Show and it was amazing (The Ellen Show) Sean Hayes kicked off a short stint of guest-hosting The Ellen Show on Wednesday (May 30) in the best way and fans absolutely loved it!
“I’m the brown-haired, more feminine Ellen. Ellen’s not here; she’s gone to a better place,” the Will and Grace star joked during his opening monologue. “Yeah, she’s at home. Her home is like a castle on a mountain so trust me, it’s a much better place.”
But the hilarious gags just kept coming as he continued: “I can’t tell you where she is, for personal reasons, because it’s a boob job and she’s going for the big ones. So next time she’s here, watch out front row.” Hayes joked that Ellen DeGeneres was absent due to getting cosmetic surgery (The Ellen Show/YouTube) It appeared as if Hayes was going tell us what actually happened when he said, “Ellen had a little accident,” while sporting a very solemn-looking face.
But, as we should have expected, it was just a set-up to get in yet another one liner: “She tripped and fell and was trapped under the weight of her own wallet.”
“I really don’t know where Ellen is. I assume she’s at Home Depot, that’s where all the lesbians go. I’ll check on my way home,” he finished, before explaining that he knew he had to open the show by dancing because that was the regular host always does.
After downplaying his grooving abilities and pretending that he hadn’t prepared anything, Hayes started performing a choreographed number set to Meghan Trainor’s “No Excuses.”
As the song continued, and he made his way into the audience, several professional dancers joined him until there were a huge number of people involved in the routine. It’s safe to say, it was amazing! Dancing to Meghan Trainor, the Will and Grace star was joined by professional performers who were disguised as audience members (The Ellen Show/YouTube) As for guests, Olivia Munn, who will next be seen on the big screen in the eagerly-anticipated spin-off Ocean’s 8 , dropped by.
The X-Men: Apocalypse star seemed just as enthusiastic about Hayes guest-hosting as viewers did, as she gushed about how much she loves him and how thrilled she is that mutual friends of theirs seem to think they’d get on well.
“I was so excited to hear that you were here!” she said, before the pair got to talking about how close they are with Ellen DeGeneres and the star-studded 60th birthday bash she threw in early 2018. Olivia Munn came on the show to promote her upcoming movie Ocean’s 8 (The Ellen Show/YouTube) “I can tell you my personal experience about the party… I can tell you some insider stuff,” Munn teased. “Melissa McCarthy challenged Jennifer Lopez to a dance-off, and Melissa won. It was amazing. She got down and was gyrating; the girl’s got moves. She can do the splits. It was one of the most fun things to ever watch.”
She also touched on how she and Pink helped Tig Notaro fulfill her dream of singing an Adele song in front of the British singer herself and her friendship with Kim Kardashian.
During the same show, Hayes also spoke to Arrested Development actor Tony Hale – who talked about how his daughter is obsessed with prisons – and six-year-old Shakespeare expert Zoey Cardamone.
Anita Bryant (File photo) Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan is making a biographic film about US anti-gay campaigner Anita Bryant.
Bryant, a former pop singer, became a prominent and outspoken opponent of gay rights in the 1970s, leading an aggressive media crusade against the early LGBT movement, comparing gay people to dogs and linking homosexuality to paedophilia.
The evangelical ‘Save Our Children’ activist’s campaign for moral purity are credited with hindering early successes on gay rights, as well as leading to a rise in homophobic sentiment that took decades to address.
She will be the subject of a new film from Lawrence Kasdan, best known as the long-term screenwriter for the Star Wars franchise, who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back , Return of the Jedi , The Force Awakens , and Solo: A Star Wars Story . Anita Bryant (Public Domain/Florida Memory Project) According to Hollywood Reporter , Kasdan has signed up to write and direct the film for Amazon Studios, the same studio behind transgender-themed TV show Transparent.
The outlet reports that Milk producer Bruce Cohen is also signed on to the project – his second film to date featuring Bryant, who was portrayed as an antagonist of gay politician Harvey Milk in the 2008 Oscar-winner via archive news footage.
Kasdan, Allison Sarofim, Stuart Parr, Hunter Hill will also produce.
Anita Bryant, now 78, lives in Oklahoma with her second husband and heads fundamentalist group Anita Bryant Ministries International. Anita Bryant with a sailor during the Bob Hope show on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) on 26 December 1965. (US Navy/Public domain) It is unclear if she will have any involvement in the film.
It is not the first time a biopic about her life has been planned.
A previous project based on Bryant was in development in 2013 with Kill Bill ‘s Uma Thurman attached to play the lead , but never made it into production.
Bryant was born to a religious family in Oklahoma in 1940 and began making her name as a beauty queen in the 1950s. Anita Bryant (Florida Memory Project/Public domain) She had a number of hits as a singer and became a celebrity spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission, with the tagline: “Breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.”
Bryant became a controversial figure in the 1970s, when she rallied against a Miami-Dade ordinance outlawing discrimination against gays. The ordinance was not reinstated until 1998.
Leading a coalition called Save Our Children, which encouraged other cities to protest anti-discrimination measures, she claimed that gays would “recruit” children.
She said at the time: “As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.” She also claimed: “If gays are granted rights, next we’ll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St Bernards and to nail biters.”
She successfully repealed the Miami-Dade ordinance and Save Our Children was heralded as the beginning of anti-gay activism.
In response to the movement, gay bars across America boycotted orange juice.
Bryant eventually lost her Florida Citrus Commission deal and filed for bankruptcy.
Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal the country’s ban on abortion (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Transgender and non-binary activists have called for Ireland abortion legislation to contain gender-neutral language.
In the aftermath of the referendum, which saw Ireland vote by a landslide to repeal the country’s near-total ban on abortion, campaigners highlighted that the legislation will affect trans people too.
Noah Halpin, founder of the This Is Me – Transgender Healthcare Campaign, told Irish magazine GCN : “Despite what some may believe, men can become pregnant too.
“There are tens of thousands of transgender men and non-binary people in Ireland who can conceive, and when speaking about reproductive healthcare, we must always be mindful of that.” Supporters celebrate at Dublin Castle following the result Irish referendum result on the 8th amendment (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Halpin said it was “imperative” that the upcoming legislation contained inclusive language to ensure transgender and non-binary people were not hindered by “legal barriers” when accessing abortion.
“By using the term pregnant people in new legislation , as well as protecting women, we are also protecting and respecting all gender identities should a crisis pregnancy occur,” Halpin said. Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) tweeted: “To help clarify with some of the questions we’re seeing in our mentions: Trans men & non-binary people can get pregnant. The proposed legislation does not include them.
“Legislation will obviously overwhelmingly affect women & girls, but trans inclusion doesn’t take away their rights!” Repeal the 8th (Getty) Bella Fitzpatrick, the managing director at Ireland’s LGBT+ charity Shout Out, also commented on Twitter: “If you’ve been passionate about Repeal but have a problem with the law being trans inclusive in its language please just ask yourself why that might be.
“You can legally be a man in Ireland & need an abortion. Laws should reflect that & include NB [non-binary] people too.”
Campaigner Mara Clarke, the founder of the charity Abortion Support Network, wrote ahead of the referendum: “We believe that individual women (or people, as we know a handful of our clients have identified as trans men) are best placed to decide whether they are ready and able to parent now or ever.
“We also know the currently law has far more devastating impact on poor and marginalised women. We also know that women desperate not to be pregnant will do desperate things, including risking criminal prosecution by taking safe but illegal early medical abortion pills or by taking dangerous action to self-terminate.” A man walks in front of a pro-choice mural urging a yes vote in the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution (Getty) In 2015, Ireland passed the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to legally change their gender without needing medical intervention or assessment by the state.
In the UK, citizens require a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. Many people choose not to do so, as it can be a lengthy and invasive process.
This week, Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said a new abortion law would be in place by the end of the year.
(ITV) Gay comedian Robert White has defended Big Narstie and urged people “to give [him] the benefit of the doubt” after the grime singer and rapper was seen pushing him during Britain’s Got More Talent last night (May 30).
After winning the most recent semi-final, White – who describes himself as “the only gay, Aspergic, quarter-Welsh comic on the British comedy circuit” and has Asperger’s syndrome – and runner-up Gruffudd Wyn joined Big Narstie, Made in Chelsea star Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo, television host Stephen Mulhern and more for the competition’s live companion show on ITV2.
There, the pair discussed how they felt about making it through to the final while the other guests weighed in on what they thought of the night’s acts. @bignarstie just pushed Robert White at the end just before the show cut off and it didn’t look didn’t look very friendly! #BGMT #BGTSemiFinals pic.twitter.com/3PK8HAhKVR When all the chatting was over, though, pop singer Anne-Marie took to the stage to perform ‘2002’ and just as the show was ending, White could be seen moseying up to Big Narstie as if to initiate a dance between them.
Evidently, the ‘Woah’ hitmaker wasn’t keen on having a jig and shoved White away. (Twitter) (Twitter) Viewers were left shocked, with many taking to Twitter to label Big Narstie an “ignorant vile bully” and to ask Britain’s Got More Talent to never book him for an appearance again in light of what happened.
Others even stated that they have made an official complaint to ITV about the “homophobic physical aggression,” but White insists that it was just a case of a gag gone wrong and that people shouldn’t be hating on Big Narstie.
“Big Narstie hi-fived, shook and then made up. No bad feelings from me.” White tweeted following the incident. “To me the visual joke was obvious; the tiny guy dancing with the big guy, but not everyone thinks in comedy, so I think you should give the benefit of the doubt.”
Big Narstie later retweeted White’s comments.
While Big Narstie, whose real name is Tyrone Lindo, may not seem to be a huge fan of White’s zany humour, it seemed to be hugely popular with those who watched Britain’s Got Talent last night given he won the public vote.
His slot saw him perform a musical comedy routine that had him talking about coming out to his grandparents – (“She said whatever I do in my own bed is my own business, which was lovely, until I’d told her I’d done it in her bed”) – and Donald Trump to mocking the judges.
He particularly laid into Amanda Holden for obsessing over with “trying to look young” and David Walliams for “pretending he’s heterosexual.” They didn’t seem to mind too much though, considering they ended up giving him a standing ovation. (Twitter) Acknowledging the overwhelmingly positive reception his act has received since yesterday evening, White also tweeted: “Dear All, thank you for the nice messages and tweets. I literally can’t reply to them all because my phone has gone into meltdown more than that time I opened up Grindr whilst watching a performance off ‘sing-along The Sound of Music’. But to everyone deepest thanks !!!!”
Britain’s Got More Talent will continue on ITV tonight (May 31) at 7.30pm.
Sergeant Nick Harrison (Courtesy Lambda Legal) A US Army sergeant who served in Afghanistan and Kuwait is suing the Pentagon’s policies that effectively ban soldiers serving with HIV.
Sergeant Nick Harrison, who serves in the D.C. Army National Guard, says he was denied the opportunity to serve as an officer and faces possible discharge from the United States armed services because he is living with HIV.
The soldier, a veteran of two wars, says he was denied a position in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps – because current Pentagon policy considers service members living with HIV “non-deployable”, and will not allow them to enlist.
Campaigners say the archaic policy does not take account of the fact that people living with HIV who are taking medication cannot pass on the virus and do not pose any risk to others if their viral load is being managed correctly.
Under a policy enacted earlier this year, service members who are considered “non-deployable” for more than 12 consecutive months are targeted with discharge from the service, which activists believe could result in to HIV-positive service personnel being discharged. Sergeant Nick Harrison (Courtesy Lambda Legal) Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of Sgt. Harrison.
Trump’s Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is named in the lawsuit.
He said: “After serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait, I knew I wanted to become an officer in the U.S. Army and a leader for all of the great men and women in our armed forces.
“I spent years acquiring the training and skills to serve my country as a lawyer. This should be a no-brainer. It’s frustrating to be turned away by the country I have served since I was 23 years old, especially because my HIV has no effect on my service.
“It was an honour to be chosen to join the JAG Corps for the DC National Guard, and I look forward to my first day on the job.”
A second lawsuit from Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN represents an anonymous service member living with HIV who was denied a commission in the Air Force despite advice from medical personnel. File photo of US soldiers. (Getty) Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal said: ““Nick’s situation is the perfect example of just how archaic and harmful the military policies regarding people living with HIV really are.
“These oppressive restrictions are based on antiquated science that reinforces stigma and denies perfectly qualified service members the full ability to serve their country.”
“The Pentagon needs to catch up with the 21st Century. Recruitment, retention, deployment and commissioning should be based on a candidate’s qualifications to serve, not unfounded fears about HIV. “The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the largest employers in the world, and like other employers, is not allowed to discriminate against people living with HIV for no good reason.”
Carlos del Rio, MD, professor of global health and medicine at Emory University and Co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research, said: “Living with HIV today is much different than it was 25 years ago.
“Today, with appropriate treatment, there is no reason a person living with HIV shouldn’t be able to serve in any capacity in the military.” File photo. Marine Corps recruits practice drill (Scott Olson/Getty) Peter Perkowski, Legal Director of OutServe-SLDN said: “Nick has every quality Americans want in a member of our armed services: dedication, intelligence, and a burning desire to serve his country.
“The military has spent thousands of dollars training Nick to be a soldier, a lawyer, and a leader – now they are turning their backs on him.”
“The Air Force likewise spent tens of thousands educating Voe at one of the premier military academies in the country, yet then sent him packing.
“What happened to them could happen to any service member with HIV, especially given the DoD’s recent ‘Deploy or Get Out’ policy.
“It is time for the DoD to come out of the dark ages, update its HIV policies and revise its thinking on the deploy or get out mentality.”
The military has also faced legal action over the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops.
On Wednesday, more than 400 Thameslink trains were cancelled A rail firm that compared its poor service to chocolate from Poundland has been threatened with legal action by the discount chain.
Thameslink has apologised after making the comment in reply to a passenger who was angry over train cancellations.
In response, Poundland retail director Austin Cooke said it had "no right to use our name to describe poor service".
It comes after more than 450 Thameslink trains were either cancelled or ran late on Wednesday.
Thameslink had responded to a tweet from a passenger, called Kevin, who posted a picture of a departure board showing train cancellations, stating "Why, Ambassador @TLRailUK, with this fine service you are spoiling us."
In response, Thameslink replied: "Very sorry Kevin. Appreciate at the moment the service is less Ferrero Rocher and more Poundland cooking chocolate." Why are so many firms so bad at social media?
It prompted Mr Cooke to tweet Charles Horton, chief executive of Thameslink’s parent firm Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), stating that Poundland served eight million shoppers last week and has a "pretty good idea about what great customer service is".
Mr Cooke added: "But if we ever fall short, perhaps we’ll describe ourselves as a bit ThamesLink.
"If you don’t want to hear from our extremely twitchy legal team, we suggest you remove your tweet." Report Later GTR did apologise to Mr Cooke, stating: "Very sorry team for using your name here. I have removed the offending tweet."
GTR has been dogged by disrupted services since the publication of new timetables on 20 May .
Its poor performance, along with that of Northern rail, prompted Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on Wednesday to say the "rail industry has collectively failed" passengers .
GTR said it expected disruption to ease "over the coming month", while Northern said it had commissioned a report to "ensure lessons are learned". Rail industry ‘has failed passengers’
Rail timetables overhaul aims to boost frequency and reliability
Services cancelled and delayed
Govia Thameslink changes time of every train in shake-up
Mr Grayling said: "The way timetabling is done has to change."
GTR runs Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and the Gatwick Express, while Northern runs services across North of England from Newcastle to Nottingham and in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Merseyside.
Many services across the country suffered "Meltdown Monday" on 21 May when the new timetables came into force.
Meet the new International Mr Leather Here are 19 beautiful pictures of Birmingham Pride Here’s 22 pictures of Pride taking over the Belgium capital LGBTI advocates in Botswana. | Photo: Facebook/LEGABIBO Botswana’s High Court will today hear arguments to end the country’s laws banning same-sex relations.
A gay man known only as LM filed the case against Botswana’s Attorney-General. LM contends that three particular sections of the Botswana Penal Code were unconstitutional.
Those sections refer to ‘unnatural offences’ and ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature’. They are usually applied to homosexual sex.
People convicted under those laws face up to seven years in jail.
LM will argue that the laws which prevent him from having a consensual same-sex relationship violate his ‘constitutional rights, including, the right to equal protection of the law and freedom from discrimination, the right to liberty and the right not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment’.
LGBTI advocacy organization, Legabibo, will present evidence during the court case.
‘LEGABIBO would present factual and legal evidence that will assist the Court in making its determination,’ the organization said in a statement.
‘This evidence seeks to demonstrate that continued criminalization of consensual same-sex sexual conduct perpetuates stigma, intolerance, homophobia and violence against members of the LGBT community.’
LEGABIBO will argue that decriminalization is a crucial step to end the stigma and discrimination of LGBTI people.
‘Moreover, decriminalization would not only greatly enhance public health—by assisting with treatment, care and education in the fight against HIV in particular—but it will also affirm basic human rights and the diversity of the Botswana nation,’ the organization said. Botswana slowly moving forward
In recent years the southern African nation has made some huge strides forwards on LGBTI rights.
LEGABIBO won a massive fight in the High Court in 2016 when it the court ruled it was illegal for the government to refuse to register LGBTI rights organizations.
Later that year Botswana kicked out anti-gay pastor Steven Anderson who wanted to open a church there.
In December last year trans woman, Tshepo Ricki Kgositau, won the right to have her true gender officially recognized in Botswana.
Only a few months before Kgositau’s case, a trans man won a 10-year legal battle to have hi s gender recognized as male on official documents.