Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri exit – five questions Blues must answer

Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri exit - five questions Blues must answer

Maurizio Sarri had never won a major trophy before lifting the Europa League in May, having spent much of his career in Italy’s lower leagues The entrance to the Chelsea manager’s office might as well be a revolving door.

Following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus, the club are looking for their 12th different manager under the ownership of Roman Abramovich.

Three of the previous 11 were temporary, including Guus Hiddink, who was at Chelsea for just 27 games but still had time to make an impact.

Since 2004, Chelsea have endured only one season that could be termed a complete write-off, when they failed to win, or finish second, in a major domestic competition or reach the last four in Europe. Only five times in that period have they finished a campaign empty-handed.

Against that backdrop, it is reasonable to ask what do Chelsea want – and, more importantly, is there anyone who can actually give it to them? Who could Chelsea turn to?

For all the difficulties Chelsea managers tend to encounter, there will be no shortage of candidates linked to the vacancy.

The most obvious is record goalscorer Frank Lampard, who is in charge of Derby County.

Lampard ended his first season as a manager with defeat by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final. The 40-year-old says he expects to stay at Derby but has also said he will speak to owner Mel Morris about his plans.

Lampard is steeped in Chelsea history, won 11 major trophies during his 13 years at the club, and is adored by supporters, even though he eventually moved to join Manchester City before ending his career in Major League Soccer with New York City. Frank Lampard took Derby to their first Championship play-off final for five years At Derby, Lampard also linked up with former team-mate Jody Morris, who developed an impressive reputation during five years working with Chelsea’s youth teams. That might improve the pair’s chances of taking over at Stamford Bridge, given the transfer embargo the club are facing.

Given Chelsea loanees Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were all involved at Wembley and others, such as Reece James, have also impressed in season-long moves, Morris’ inside knowledge would be a major asset in deciding which of these youngsters have the capability to step into the first-team picture.

Lampard would be a huge departure for Chelsea, though. They have not appointed an English manager since Glenn Hoddle in 1993 when John Major, a lifelong fan, was prime minister.

Nice boss Patrick Vieira has more experience. Prior to his return to France he was in charge at New York City after a spell working as Pep Guardiola’s reserve-team manager at Manchester City, but his London links are to Arsenal.

Massimiliano Allegri is available after leaving Juventus but said on Thursday he intends to take a year out. Former France and Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc may also be spoken about – but he has been out of the game for three years.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is also of interest. Nuno has taken Wolves from the Championship to seventh in the Premier League – and European qualification – in the space of two seasons. He is known to be hugely ambitious and for all the promise Wolves have shown during his time at Molineux, Chelsea represents a significant step up. How will the transfer embargo impact the recruitment of a new manager?

Even if Chelsea are prevented from signing players until the summer of 2020, there would still be one significant new arrival for a new manager to work with – Christian Pulisic, at £58m the club’s third most-expensive signing.

Given "big-six" rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United did not sign anyone for a similar sum during 2018-19, having to "make do" with that one transfer is not a hardship for Chelsea, especially as there are so many younger players to come through.

The issue – if there is one – is having to work with someone else’s squad.

Sarri might think N’Golo Kante playing wide and Jorginho in central midfield is an excellent combination, but plenty disagree. If Kante is moved to a more defensive role, Jorginho is of little value. Add the departure of star man Eden Hazard to that and suddenly a Chelsea side that scraped into the top four is significantly weakened.

This being Chelsea, while a manager might be appointed with the idea of retaining faith beyond the point at which players can be bought again, there is no guarantee he would survive a disappointing campaign. Chelsea have won the Europa League twice under the ownership of Roman Abramovich (left) What does a Chelsea manager need to do to keep his job?

The easy answer is to keep Abramovich happy. The detail is more complex.

Sarri’s exit is the first of the Abramovich era when it could be argued a permanent manager has gone on his own terms.

His departure was convenient for Chelsea, though.

Unlike Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte – both fans’ favourites – Sarri was disliked by Blues supporters, who did not appreciate either his tactics or team selections.

Chants of "you don’t know what you’re doing" were frequent. Their incredulity at the time it took Sarri to find homegrown youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi a place in his team was deep-rooted.

Nevertheless, Sarri secured a top-three Premier League finish – something Chelsea have bettered only twice in eight seasons – won the Europa League and reached a second cup final, feats they have not managed in the same season since their Champions League-winning campaign of 2011-12.

So, without Juventus’ intervention, Abramovich would have needed to decide whether to keep a – relatively – successful manager disliked by supporters, as opposed to getting rid of one who was not doing so well but retained support in the stands.

Abramovich has seemed to scale down his lofty ambitions in recent years. While Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked when it appeared the club might not finish in the top four in 2009, and Carlo Ancelotti was axed for not winning anything in 2011, Mourinho survived a trophyless season three years later and Conte made it to the end of the 2017-18 campaign even though Chelsea were fifth from 25 February to the end of the season.

So the chances are Sarri would have survived had he not upset the fans. As he did, Chelsea were happy to listen when Juventus came calling. Will they look for a director of football?

One of the sub-plots to Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal was a story that appeared a few days before claiming former Blues keeper Petr Cech would be returning to the club as technical director.

Tellingly, while Cech did not wish to elaborate on the story, he did not deny it. Cech holds the Premier League record for the most clean sheets ever and the most in a season But it is hard to see how the 37-year-old, who retired as a player after Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat in Baku, can have amassed the necessary experience to fulfil a conventional technical director role.

Since Michael Emenalo’s exit in November 2017, director Marina Granovskaia has been in charge of negotiating transfers and new contracts, a situation that troubled Conte.

What the appointment of a Cech-type figure might do is create a bridge for the manager to the club’s hierarchy, thus potentially reducing the scope for conflict. Has manager turnover affected the dressing room?

Remarkably, Chelsea have carried on winning no matter which name appears on the manager’s door.

While irritation between the man responsible for putting a team on the pitch and the people who control the finances has flared frequently, Chelsea’s chain of command has ensured the club avoided stockpiling players who fit different managerial philosophies and become surplus to requirements when a change is made.

However, it does feel a shift in outlook is coming.

Abramovich has scaled back his funding from his early years. A much-publicised – and hugely expensive – ground redevelopment is on hold. Planning permission will have to be revisited if enabling work does not commence by the end of January 2020 and, until there is clarity over that, rumours about Abramovich selling up will not go away.

Sarri’s reign ended with Chelsea claiming the 16th major honour of the Abramovich era – but they had won only eight in their entire history before the Russian bought the club in 2003.

With a transfer ban looming, are the club prepared to look longer term with their next manager?

It would potentially mean taking a step backwards, in order to secure the stability they have so often lacked.

Or are they going to carry on as they have before, believing it will carry on delivering success on the pitch?

The identity of Sarri’s successor will tell which way Abramovich has decided to go.

Massachusetts restaurant accused of faking homophobic hate mail

Massachusetts restaurant accused of faking homophobic hate mail

Bonefish Harry’s restaurant in Massachusetts | Photo: Facebook A Massachusetts restaurant made the news after allegedly receiving hate mail for flying a Pride flag. However, it’s now come out that the hate mail was potentially faked . The letter

Bonefish Harry’s, a taco restaurant in the towns of Beverly and Lynn, shared a hateful letter they allegedly received from a former patron named Owen Donaldson.

‘Since you opened, my wife and I have enjoyed several meals at Fishbone Harry’s, have received gift cards for other meals and have had family meals there with some of our children and grandchildren,’ the letter reads.

‘Imagine our disappointment when we saw a rainbow flag hanging outside your restaurant. It means, simply, that we will not be patronizing your eating place again because you have chosen to publicly support activity which is immoral (against the “good” for human activity).’

‘Why not keep your options on political issues to yourself? You have no Christian flag, no Italian flag, no Beverly High School banner to suggest pride in these groups. Does this mean you are against Christians, Italian-Americans or high school students? In the absence of flags or political statements, our only concern was whether you food offerings were good for their price. Last time we visited, they were.’ Whataboutism

‘But now you have made a political/moral statement supporting sexual behavior that half of America declares immoral. Why would you purposely choose, from a business perspective, to possibly alienate half of your potential customers? Why have you chosen to declare your morality on this question alone? I see no evidence of other “Month of June” issues that you are celebrating. Why would you ignore, say, Father’s Day or African-American Music Appreciation Month?’

‘The issue of homosexual behavior has been considered by thoughtful people since nearly the beginning of time. The vote of history has always been clearly against this behavior; human biology renders it absurd. Are you thinking you have found a new virtue?’

‘My hope is that you’ll give more thought to the question and take down your flag. Perhaps then we will reconsider Bonefish Harry’s as a restaurant instead of regarding it as a misguided “virtue-signaling” establishment.’ The response

In response, the owners of the restaurant took to Facebook to release a statement. They shared an image of the letter with the following caption:

‘To all of our loyal guests, today we received this letter declaring our restaurant immoral for hanging a Gay Pride flag from our restaurant in support of our fellow humans for Gay Pride Month. We consider this letter an attempt to bully us to remove our flag and to slander our business, we will not stand for this type of behavior. And will never give in to these types of unaccepting bigoted people. We will always stand side by side with everyone in our community! We will continue to fly this flag and we are proud to show our support for all of our community members.’ Was it faked?

Now, the restaurant is under fire for potentially faking this hate mail for publicity.

Local newspaper Salem News could find no trace of a man named Owen Donaldson in the town of Beverly, Massachusetts.

‘The Salem News attempted to locate a person by the name of Owen Donaldson living in Beverly or on the North Shore,’ the paper reports. ‘But a search of public records, including the city clerk’s resident lists for Beverly and several area communities, property records, available phone listings, social media, and a general search of the internet shows no one by that name living in the area.’

Salem News spoke with Gin Wallace, the executive director of Beverly Main Streets, who was tagged in the restaurant’s Facebook post.

‘I think this is an isolated incident,’ Wallace said. ‘I haven’t seen or heard from any other business.’

The possibility of the letter being fake never crossed Wallace’s mind.

‘I’d hate to have to question the validity of the letter,’ she said. ‘That’s not the point. That’s not what we should be angry or unnerved about. I hope people are focusing on the right message here.’ The restaurant denies the letter being fake

In light of the accusation of the letter being faked, Bonefish Harry’s took to Facebook again to deny this allegation.

‘Facebook world, we appreciate the out pouring of support from everyone near and far. We want to make sure the focus of this is on accepting everyone in our community without bias and prejudgement,’ they wrote.

‘We are aware that there are people questioning the validity of the letter, the author and whether our restaurant had written this letter. We have no idea who Owen is or if he really exists. We 100% did not write this letter or know who did. What we do know is that we support everyone in our community and welcome everyone in our restaurants. Now lets get back to tacos and maitais!’

GSN contacted the Beverly location of Bonefish Harry’s and spoke to a staffer named Amanda who said the restaurant ‘100% had nothing to do with the letter.’ See Also

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Israel Folau: The devil is to blame for transgender children

Israel Folau: The devil is to blame for transgender children

Israel Folau targets LGBT+ people again in the video uploaded to Facebook by an evangelical church Disgraced former rugby star Israel Folau has shown no sign of backing away from his anti-LGBT views after launching legal action.

The former player, who was sacked from Australia’s national rugby team in May after claiming that “hell awaits” gay people on social media, doubled down on his controversial remarks in a church sermon on Sunday (June 16).

In a 20-minute sermon uploaded to Facebook by Sydney’s Truth of Jesus Christ Church, the ex-sportsman rallies against LGBT+ people. Israel Folau: The devil is trying to instil trans kids in this country

He claimed: “The work of the sin, homosexuality, is in disguise to try and take over within this world. You see a lot of it in today’s youths and everything.

They are allowing young kids in primary school to be able to have the permission to change their gender if they want, by taking away the permission of their parents.

“Now they are trying to take control as a government to make those decisions for young kids, who are basically 16 years old or younger. They don’t even know what they are doing.

“This is what the devil is trying to do, to instil into this government, into this world, into society, and it is slowly happening.” Israel Folau targets LGBT+ people again in the video uploaded to Facebook by an evangelical church The rugby player continued: “The sad thing is… a lot of the churches allow those things to happen. “They say that a man and a man should be able to be married and there is nothing wrong with it.” Alluding to his own record, Folau said: “If we’re true believers in Christ, are we going to follow through and confess it wherever we go, or are we going to be too scared because we might be cast out of our workplace because we’re not liked by those around us?

“That’s a real challenge to us. It’s an ongoing journey that we’re trying to walk.” Disgraced rugby star suing for $10 million over claims of anti-Christian ‘discrimination’

The sermon comes a week after Folau filed legal action against Rugby Australian and his former team, the New South Wales Waratahs, claiming he was the victim of discrimination on the basis of religion.

Folau is seeing $10 million in damages over his dismissal, claiming: “No Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion.”

However, Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby said the decision to terminate his contract was made by an independent disciplinary panel due to “a serious breach of the Professional Players Code of Conduct” that included “clear guidelines and obligations regarding player behaviour.”

The two sporting bodies added: “As a sport that is proud of the values of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork that underpin our game globally and our Code of Conduct, we will defend those values and the right for all people to feel safe and welcome in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion or sexuality.”

The country’s employment tribunal, the Fair Work Commission, has ordered the two sides to hold talks later this month in a last-ditch bid to resolve their differences before the legal battle.

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Maurizio Sarri: Juventus appoint Chelsea manager

Maurizio Sarri: Juventus appoint Chelsea manager

Maurizio Sarri has left his role as Chelsea manager and joined Serie A champions Juventus.

Sarri, who joined the Blues from Napoli in July 2018, led them to third in the Premier League and won the Europa League in his one season in charge.

It is understood a compensation fee in excess of £5m has been agreed between the two clubs for the 60-year-old.

Sarri will replace fellow Italian Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season.

Sarri signed a three-year deal last July but now becomes the ninth full-time manager to leave Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, who bought the club in 2003.

The Stamford Bridge club are unable to sign any players after being given a two-window transfer ban by world governing body Fifa – a decision they are appealing against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

More to follow.

Gay man’s moving tribute to his female best friend goes viral

Gay man’s moving tribute to his female best friend goes viral

US Embassy office in Tel Aviv celebrates Pride despite Trump Administration ban on Pride flags Beau Neal and his friend Bonnie Slater (Photo: Courtesy Beau Neal, via A US man’s moving tribute to one of his best friends, Bonnie Slater, has prompted an outpouring of comment online.

Beau Neal posted his words to The AIDS Memorial Instagram page.

The AIDS Memorial runs photos and stories from friends, families and partners of those lost to HIV-related illness.

Neal’s posting is slightly different in that Slater was not lost to HIV. However, her life was still impacted by the virus. Remembering Bonnie Slater

‘Bonnie Slater (1942 – 2018) didn’t have HIV but was greatly affected by it,’ Neal begins.

‘She was the first person I met when I moved to Key West. I was on the dancefloor and had come out of a bad relationship ready to meet the man of my dreams. I didn’t meet him that night but I met the best friend I ever had.

‘Bonnie came up to me and started dancing too. She said she thought I was the Marlboro Man because of my boots, tight jeans and Stetson.

‘After the disco closed, she invited me to Claire’s Restaurant for breakfast. We ate then she said she was going to take a taxi home. I had a car and drove her instead. We got to her place and I ended up staying for a year.

‘Bonnie grew up on the island and knew everyone. She wasn’t bashful and went up to everyone and introduced herself. She always referred to herself as, “The Welcome Wagon Lady.” Everyone else called her Ms B.

‘Bonnie was loved by the gay community. In return, she gave them a place to stay if needed, food if they were hungry and lots of motherly love. She was a proverbial matchmaker.’ San Francisco and the arrival of AIDS

‘Bonnie and I lived together for 10 years,’ continues Neal. ‘In 1980, she moved to San Francisco. I arrived six months later and she already knew half the men in the Castro. She had me a date on my first night in the city!

‘In 1981 the party stopped . Everyone was afraid. People were being seen around town gaunt or with purple lesions on their body.

‘Everyone was afraid to touch them. Bonnie was the exception. She never lost sight of the fact that a hug can mean more than anything else in the world and Bonnie had lots of hugs.

‘Bonnie watched a generation of men she loved disappear. She did all she could for her sick friends and would ultimately marry one, Lee Slater, putting him on her insurance and nursing him. When he died she returned to Florida.

‘We stayed in touch but I could tell Bonnie was hurting. She never recovered from the heartbreak of losing so many to AIDS. Her health deteriorated and she became reclusive.

‘Bonnie died last year. She was a true friend to the gay community and impacted by AIDS as much as as any person I know.’ ‘What a beautiful soul’

The posting has prompted hundreds of comments. Most offer sympathy on Neal’s loss.

‘You’re so right,’ said @deevyjane . ‘There were many casualties of AIDS among people who never had the disease. Talk about PTSD. It’s hard to survive so many losses. Thank you for telling us about your kind, loving friend.’

Another, @jesseonthebrink , added, ‘So many of us wouldn’t have survived high school without our Bonnie’s, let alone the plague. Thank you for sharing, and thank you Ms B.’

‘What a beautiful soul … ‘I’m sure she is out in the heavens dancing with all of her friends now and will continue matchmaking,’ added @reachaladdin . ‘Deeply touched’

Neal told Gay Star News the response to the posting ‘deeply touched’ him.

‘I was happy so many people took the time to read the post and get to know a little about her. She was an amazing lady who gave so much of herself during a time of great need.

Neal says he turned 70 in March.

‘I was 27 when I met Bonnie. We didn’t always live close to one another but we always stayed in touch. I’m originally from East Tennessee and lived in various cities across the country. I lived in San Francisco throughout the 80s and transferred to Nashville in 1990 to be close to my parents and to escape endless memorial services in San Francisco.

‘In 1994 my dad died and I moved back to take care of my mom, who died in 2002. My partner and I have been together for 19 years in September. He moved to Clearwater, Florida for work and I will be moving there in the next year or so.’

‘When I turned 70 I realized all but one of my long time friends have died. I became very reflective and realized I was the only one left to tell their stories.’ See also

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro thinks same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro thinks same-sex couples shouldn't be allowed to adopt

US Embassy office in Tel Aviv celebrates Pride despite Trump Administration ban on Pride flags 250.000 revelers attended this year’s Tel Aviv Pride Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro | Photo: Twitter American conservative commentator Ben Shapiro recently made the case that same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children. His reasoning is that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are two separate holidays. Tell me more

In the 14 June episode of his podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show, Shapiro made the following remarks in response to a listener question about adoption:

‘Adoption needs to be made much easier,’ he said. ‘Right now, it’s insane. States are basically cracking down on adoption agencies if those adoption agencies have religious backgrounds. We’ve seen adoption agencies in places like Massachusetts actually get shut down if they prefer to hand a baby over to a traditional male-female couple as opposed to a same-sex couple. So Catholic charities have shut down adoption services in Massachusetts because of this.’

He continued: ‘Now, I think there is a perfectly secular, rational case for handing a baby over to a male and a female, because I don’t think that they are the same. I don’t think that fathers and mothers are the same.’

‘Every single Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, I make the same joke on Twitter. And it is, “happy second legal guardian of unspecified gender day.” Because if you don’t think there’s a difference between fathers and mothers, or males and females, then why have a Father’s Day or a Mother’s Day? Just have an unspecified legal guardian day.’

‘But if you think a child needs a mother and a father, then yes, I think it is perfectly fine, perfectly rational, and in fact good to prefer – all other things being equal, obviously – a male-female couple to a male-male or female-female couple. Or a single mom. There is nothing I think remotely controversial about that in a social science sense.’ Multiple factors

‘Now, again, that’s all other things being equal. If you’re talking about an abusive household where the male is abusing the female, as opposed to two males who are not abusing each other, obviously that is different. And socioeconomically, the difference between growing up in a house on food stamps as opposed to a middle class household, that makes a difference too. It’s multifactorial, in other words.’

‘One thing that would make adoption easier is more adoption agencies, not fewer,’ he concluded. ‘Also, the hoops you have to jump through to be able to adopt are just ridiculous.’ The comments

Watch the clip below: Ben Shapiro making the case that same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt because Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are seperate holidays — nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) June 14, 2019 Anything else?

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An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works

An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works

Last time the Spice Girls were animated, it was for the Viva Forever video | Photo: YouTube Great news for Spice Girls fans: an animated movie about the group is in the works. Tell me more

According to The Hollywood Reporter , all five members of the group are on board for this project. The movie will feature classic Spice Girls songs as well as new tracks made just for the film.

The film will be released by Paramount Animation. It will be produced by Simon Fuller. The screenplay will be written by Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith. This writing team is behind other hit films like Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You

According to Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria, The Spice Girls ‘had an idea that we’ve been developing. They are very involved.’

Mireille Soria is known in the industry as someone progressive when it comes to hiring women.

Fuller has stated that the Spice Girls will be working on the movie as soon as their UK reunion tour ends. Who is the movie for?

‘It may be tempting to write off news of a new Spice Girls animated feature as a cynical cash-in of 1990s millennial nostalgia, but there are signs that the Spice Girls are using this moment to do something new,’ writes Rhodes Murphy for Slate.

‘Though the film is still in early stages of development, it offers the women of the Spice Girls an opportunity to define “girl power” for a new generation and, to amend the words of Kathy Acker, transform society, not only with “lightness and in joy,” but also through representationally conscious creative and business decisions.’ See Also

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Hate crimes against LGBT people were at their highest ever level in the year to 31st March 2019, bucking the trend of an overall drop in other areas of hate charges.

1,216 anti-LGBT hate crimes were recorded in the year 2018-19, up 5% on the previous year, a near-consistent trend since hate crime legislation was introduced almost 10 years ago.

In figures released by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service , the statistics show crimes which were ‘aggravated’ by sexual orientation or transgender identity as a significant element in the crime. Court proceedings were brought against 91% of those charged, with only 2% of charges dropped, one of the lowest levels since hate crime laws were introduced. Overall, there were 1,176 hate crimes with a sexual orientation element in the past 12 months. There were 40 categorised with a transgender identity element to the crime, a reduction of 20% on the previous year of 52.

The stats show hate crime charges have soared in Dundee and Edinburgh, with increases also seen in the Highlands, the Borders and West Scotland.

LGBT hate crime in the capital city is up by more than a third since 2015, with 221 offences reported in the last year. A number of incidents were publicly reported leading to calls from some for more action to keep people safer in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh resident, Michael Richardson, said he felt everyone needs to be vigilant and do more to tackle discrimination where we witness it:

“We need to keep increasing visibility of ourselves everywhere, at all times. Companies and businesses need to step up too, not just in this Pride month, in showing support. I do think there’s more chance of a bystander stepping in or getting involved than was the case maybe 10 years ago.”

“I do see more same sex couples holding hands here than ever before, which is great, but I always feel a little protective or worried for the couple incase something happens.” Meanwhile, in Dundee, hate crime charges have increased from 29 to 49 in just twelve months. The city held its first major LGBT event when Dundee Pride launched in September 2018.

Co-Chair of Dundee Pride, Tim Kelly, said he felt the current political climate might be partly to blame for the 69% increase in the city:

“Perhaps the climate that seems to celebrate misogyny, racism, homophobia and transphobia has given permission to people holding such prejudices to act on them. Or perhaps such public support for LGBT people, demonstrated at the first Dundee Pride, has empowered people to report these crimes, rather than suffering in shame or silence.”

“Regardless of the reason, even one hate crime is too many. The statistics demonstrate that though LGBT equality has advanced greatly in the 50 years since the Stonewall riots, we still have a long way to go.”

“Given political events around the globe, these numbers remind us that the advances made in equality for women, BAME people, disabled people, religious minorities and the LGBT communities are precarious and could be quickly reversed.”

“The Pride movement continues to be needed today. We at Dundee Pride stand in solidarity with all our sisters, brothers and siblings from all backgrounds to push back against hate and work for equality – it’s about time!”

The hate crime statistics, which are published annually in Scotland and can be broken down by local court offices, show a positive reduction in several areas, including Perth, Livingston, Paisley, Forfar, Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Dumfries.

Hate crime in Scotland is recorded across several areas, including race, disability, sexual orientation, transgender identity and religion.

The total number of hate crimes across all themes dropped to it’s lowest level since the legislation was introduced, at 4,616 charges.

The Equality Network provided training to Police Scotland which introduced LGBT-trained officers across the country. Speaking in 2016, the force said LGBT hate crime was “a priority” and that it was hoped more LGBT people would come forward to report incidents.

The Scottish Government have not yet commented on the figures released.

Trans people face ‘epidemic of violence,’ American Medical Association warns

Trans people face ‘epidemic of violence,’ American Medical Association warns

A transmasculine person checking his watch in a park (Creative Commons/Broadly Gender Spectrum Collection) The American Medical Association has warned that violence against transgender people is rising in the US.

The medical body issued a warning about an “epidemic of violence against the transgender community, especially the amplified physical dangers faced by transgender people of colour.” American Medical Association: Anti-trans violence has public health impact

American Medical Association board member Dr. S. Bobby Mukkamala said: “According to available tracking, fatal anti-transgender violence in the U.S. is on the rise and most victims were black transgender women.

“The number of victims could be even higher due to under reporting, and better data collection by law enforcement is needed to create strategies that will prevent anti-transgender violence.” Transgender people take part in a candle light vigil on the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Bangalore on November 20, 2015. (MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty) The body warns that “the physical risks faced by transgender individuals can have long and short-term negative impacts on the physical and mental health of these individuals, survivors, their communities, and the nation as a whole.”

A resolution was backed at the AMA’s annual House of Delegates meeting earlier in June raising concerns about a spate of anti-trans violence. Trans women of colour are most likely to face violence

The resolution notes: “Since 2013, at least 128 transgender women, transgender men, and non-binary people (people whose gender is not male or female) have been killed across 32 states and 87 cities in the US.

“In 2017, there were 29 homicides of transgender people in the US reported in the media, the highest number ever recorded, in addition to many more that were not publicly known

“In 2018, advocates tracked at least 226 deaths of transgender people in the US due to fatal violence, 82 percent of whom were transgender women of colour and 73 percent of whom were Black transgender women.”

The body has backed calls for a central law enforcement database to collect data on reported hate crimes, and has also called for stronger law enforcement policies regarding interactions with transgender individuals in order to prevent bias and mistreatment.

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Kendrell Lavar Lyles is also a person of interest in the death of another black trans woman, Chynal Lindsey .

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Trans charity Mermaids UK ‘deeply sorry’ for data breach

Trans charity Mermaids UK 'deeply sorry' for data breach

A charity supporting transgender children and young people has issued an apology after thousands of emails were made public online.

Mermaids UK said it was "deeply sorry" for what it called a "historical data breach" after it was first reported by the Sunday Times .

The paper claims the correspondence included "intimate details", names and addresses, but the charity denies this.

Mermaids said it had taken immediate action and reported the breach.

In an official statement on the Mermaids UK website, the charity claimed that the emails were from 2016 and 2017, and that they were searchable only "if certain precise search-terms were used".

It maintained there was "no evidence" the information had been retrieved by anyone other than the Sunday Times, or those contacted by their journalist.

A Mermaids spokesperson told the BBC the emails were shared to a private group on a private messaging platform.

They insisted that the 1,100 emails were between executives and trustees of the charity, discussing matters relating to their work.

"To be clear this is absolutely not Mermaids service users emailing each other, and their emails and private correspondence being available to an outside audience," the spokesperson said.

The Times, however, reported that the emails contained "intimate details of the vulnerable youngsters it seeks to help".

It said the emails could be found simply by typing in the charity name and its charity number. NSPCC explains Munroe Bergdorf decision

Police investigation over ‘misgendering’

Mermaids UK stated it had notified the Information Commissioner’s Office, the data protection watchdog, and contacted those affected.

The Charity Commission had also been notified, it said, and an independent investigation into the breach would be launched.

"We’re going to be employing a third party to oversee processes and advise on how we can improve internal practice," the spokesperson told the BBC.

"I think it’s important to note that this dates back some two years when Mermaids was a smaller charity dealing with the first aggressive onslaught from those who are opposed to giving vulnerable transgender children and young people the safe spaces they need."

Mermaids UK was formed in 1995, and is the country’s leading charity in services offering support around gender and identity to children and young people up to 20 years old.

It recently received £500,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.