Poll finds that vast majority of people in the Czech Republic are in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

Poll finds that vast majority of people in the Czech Republic are in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

Pressure is growing on the country to legalise same-sex marriage, and this latest poll gives further credence to the idea.

The Prague Daily Monitor reports that a new poll has found that 75% of people in the Czech Republic favour the legalisation of same-sex marriages. Only 19% opposed their introduction. This marks a further climb in support for LGBTQ rights in the country, after a poll in 2016 found that 68% of people were in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

Speaking to the Prague Daily Monitor, Czeslaw Walek, the head of the We Are Fair campaign said: “Czechs are certainly unopposed to the happiness of gay and lesbian couples. On the contrary, 75 percent of society believe that if the two love each other, they should have a chance of marrying.”

Currently, the Czech Republic offers registered partnerships to same-sex couples. Since the practice was introduced in 2006, 2,647 couples have entered into one. Marriage equality was mostly backed by women, and younger people with higher education. If the Czech Republic did introduce same-sex marriage, then it would be the first former Soviet Union country to do so.

Related: 76% of Northern Ireland back marriage equality in latest poll

There was […]

What Works For Me: ‘No One Can Take Away That Time In The Pool From Me’

What Works For Me: 'No One Can Take Away That Time In The Pool From Me'

In ‘What Works For Me’ – a series of articles considering how we can find balance in our lives – we talk to people about their self-care strategies. If you’d like to contribute your story, email us . “When I’m swimming and challenging myself, I imagine I’m at the end of the pool saying ‘keep going, keep swimming’,” Nathaniel Cole, 27, tells HuffPost UK. “It’s that inner voice in my head telling me to keep going, telling me that I know I can push myself.”

Nathaniel, who describes himself as an anxious person, finds solace in swimming – more specifically, social swimming. As a young boy, he was always in the water – “My mum always always had to check I was safe when I was swimming on holidays” – but when he got into his 20s, the hobby dropped off. It wasn’t until he was training for the London marathon and was advised to do one day a week cross-training that he decided to pick it up again.

Fast forward five years, and Nathaniel has gone from a solo swimmer to co-founding a Swim Dem Crew , an inner-city swim club. In a bid to pursue his own love of […]

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for a "velvet revolution" The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday.

Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change that opponents say is an attempt to retain power.

The change transferred significant power to the prime minister, a role Mr Sargsyan only took on last week.

He stepped down as president after reaching his two-term limit.

Mr Pashinyan says he is only prepared to discuss the details of the prime minister’s resignation and the logistics of transferring power.

On Saturday, he told thousands of protesters gathered on Republic Square in the capital Yerevan that Mr Sargsyan didn’t understand the new reality in Armenia.But Mr Sargsyan has called for dialogue to avoid what he termed "irreversible consequences". Riot police have been holding back the protesters Riot police have been facing off with crowds of demonstrators for days and scuffles have broken out, with a number of arrests.Many Armenians want to see genuine change in their country but they feel that they are being deprived of that opportunity because the leadership remains the same, the BBC’s Rayhan Demytrie reports. What […]

This week in Amazon-o-mania: LGBT rights, hiring trends, Bezos mum in Dallas

This week in Amazon-o-mania: LGBT rights, hiring trends, Bezos mum in Dallas

Staff Photographer It’s week 29 and it’s a sobering one. This is getting to the serious stages. You can bet quietly there’s been some critical lobbying behind the scenes about how Texas cities are more accepting and inclusive than perceived by some when it comes to gay and transgender people. The Washington Post on Friday put a spotlight on Dallas-Fort Worth and other cities and states that have policies or have attempted to pass laws (bathroom bill for one) that would make a region score poorly in the "compatible cultural and community environment" section of Amazon’s HQ2 search criteria.

Social issues matter: Under the headline "The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights" The Post article begins with Amazon HQ2 executives’ visit to Dallas that included a meeting with Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas, pastor of a predominantly gay megachurch. Amazon needs reasons to narrow its search from a list of 20 cities it named in January that included Dallas and Austin.

Looking for signs: The Conference Board published research on Wednesday that it said shows where Amazon is already finding corporate-type jobs. They examined Amazon’s Seattle job listings in 2017 and […]

Your pictures: Holes

Your pictures: Holes

Christine Philippoteaux: "Taken on a very stony seafront in Brittany – someone has transformed a hole in a rock into a mouth, with a little paint – original."

Lara Sparey: "This photo was taking by my aunty on a recent holiday in Broadstairs[, Kent]. This is her grandson, Albert, enthusiastically digging a hole."

Malvika Hathiramani: " I came across this dried leaf in a book and experimented with it, using the Noir camera setting on my phone against the morning sunlight."

Karina: "This picture was taken at my office while working extra hours trying to meet a hard deadline. It is always productive when you take five minutes out of your busy schedule to do something silly and funny that gets your team to relax."

Brenda Bent: "’Oh! We are on camera; smile little one, smile!’ It was 21 years ago, my husband and I found this brick on a beach in Torquay[, Devon,] while on our honeymoon. Some years later, the little stone was found on a beach in Suffolk. We have had a few house moves over the years and ‘brick and baby stone’ have always been packaged up, […]

How leisure time is changing for North Korea’s privileged

How leisure time is changing for North Korea's privileged

Swimmers gather in a pool at a water park in Pyongyang While the majority of people in North Korea live in poverty, experts say there is a growing middle class with money to spend and free time to enjoy. From dolphin aquariums to shopping centres, this is how the country is changing to meet the demands of its most wealthy citizens. When Jayden first used the internet he was overwhelmed by what he found. "I had access to information that enlightened me. Every day was a surprise to me because I could get completely different perspectives that I’d never thought about. It made me outraged and sad," he says.

Jayden (not his real name) is a North Korean defector who fled to South Korea five years ago. Only a small number of people manage to escape the country, so his successful defection puts him in a privileged minority that mainly consists of young people such as him. Inside the world’s most secretive country

He recently finished an English-language course in Australia where he discovered YouTube and a host of online news sites.

These were new experiences because North Korea is one of the world’s most repressive countries where basic freedoms, […]

Is ‘bisexual lighting’ a new cinematic phenomenon?

Is 'bisexual lighting' a new cinematic phenomenon?

Film fans have long discussed the representation of sexuality and gender on screen.

However a meme focusing on how light is increasingly used to portray bisexuals has gained traction on social media.

Many LGBT people have been sharing examples of TV programmes, films and music videos to highlight the development of so-called "bisexual lighting" – characterised by the simultaneous use of neon pink and blue light on screen.

You may also like: Morrissey: Is it possible to separate art from artist?

Picture perfect: The instant photo proposal

Is this 1921 cartoon the first ever meme? The under-representation of bisexuality on screen has been debated for a number of years, and some have seized on bisexual lighting as an empowering visual device.Reflecting this, the Pantone Color Institute named Ultra Violet as its colour of the year for 2018, referencing the influence of "Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix".But is it really a tool to represent bisexuality, or are people reading too much into neon-tinged stylisation? What is ‘bisexual lighting’? An early use of the term comes from a 2014 post on the blogging site Trumblr, which discusses a pink-and-blue-washed scene in the BBC’s Sherlock and speculates about the […]

The vetting files: How the BBC kept out ‘subversives’

The vetting files: How the BBC kept out ‘subversives’

Broadcasting House in 1959 For decades the BBC denied that job applicants were subject to political vetting by MI5. But in fact vetting began in the early days of the BBC and continued until the 1990s. Paul Reynolds, the first journalist to see all the BBC’s vetting files, tells the story of the long relationship between the corporation and the Security Service.

"Policy: keep head down and stonewall all questions." So wrote a senior BBC official in early 1985, not long before the Observer exposed so many details of the work done in Room 105 Broadcasting House that there was no point continuing to hide it.

By that stage, a policy of flatly denying the existence of political vetting – not just stonewalling, but if necessary lying – had been in place for five decades.

As early as 1933 a BBC executive, Col Alan Dawnay, had begun holding meetings to exchange information with the head of MI5, Sir Vernon Kell, at Dawnay’s flat in Eaton Terrace, Chelsea. It was an era of political radicalism and both sides deemed the BBC in need of "assistance in regard to communist activities". Col Alan Dawnay (right) in Cairo in 1918 with T E Lawrence (left) […]

Crossing Divides: Why it’s good to have friends who aren’t ‘just like us’

Crossing Divides: Why it's good to have friends who aren't 'just like us'

Having a strong network of friends has many advantages, from offering support when we are down, to a group we can share our thoughts with. But could we be missing out if we only mix with people "just like us"?

For most of us, the people we see on a regular basis – our social network – are a defining part of our lives.

Friends help us understand our place in the world and research shows that strong friendships are associated with reduced anxiety .

But there is a growing body of evidence that suggests people tend to make friends with people who are similar to them.

It may well be that we could all benefit from widening the circles we move in. For example, mixing with a diverse set of people can stimulate creativity and benefits both the individual and society.

The impact that our social networks have on the strength of our opinions is an area that researchers are investigating.The attitudes we hold most strongly guide the way we see the world and are more resistant to being changed by the persuasion of others.Often, we seek out, process and retain information that confirms our views, while discarding information that disagrees with our […]

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

Why a faecal transplant could save your life

The faecal transplant, also known as trans-poo-sion, surely has the title of medicine’s most disgusting procedure.

It is pretty much what you are imagining – part of a faecal stool is taken from one person and given to another.

The purpose is to introduce new beneficial microbes to the receiving patient’s digestive system.

And it can be life-saving.

It shows just how important microbes, which colonise nearly every surface of our body, are to our health.

The gut is an exceptionally rich world with many different species of micro-organisms interacting with each other and our human tissue.Down in the dark, oxygen-deprived depths of your bowels is an ecosystem as rich as a rainforest or coral reef.But a bacterium called Clostridium difficile ( C. difficile ) can take over and dominate the bowels.It is an opportunist and normally takes hold after patients have been treated with antibiotics.Antibiotic drugs are one of the miracles of the modern age, but they kill good and bad bacteria alike.They are like a forest fire burning through the gut’s microbiome – the collected micro-organisms living down there – leaving behind a scorched microbial earth on which C. difficile flourishes. The microbiome You are more microbe than human – if you […]