Government appoints first ever National Adviser to tackle LGBT health inequalities

Government appoints first ever National Adviser to tackle LGBT health inequalities

Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities, has appointed the first ever National Adviser for LGBT Health. Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust and a sexual health and HIV consultant at King’s College Hospital, will advise the government on how to tackle inequality in the healthcare system including: Improving healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues

The implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS

Working with statutory and professional organisations to address LGBT issues in physical and mental health services

Health inequalities: mental health

Various pieces of research have examined LGBT people’s experience of mental health problems and accessing support. The National LGBT Survey which was last published in July 2018, highlighted that mental health support is an area rife with inequalities.

24% of respondents had accessed mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey, whilst 8% had tried to access them but had been unsuccessful. 72% of those who had accessed or tried to access mental health services reported that it had not been easy.

In research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office, it was found that mental health services are the services most often perceived to be discriminatory.

Stonewall commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey on LGBT health, finding that: Half of LGBT people (52%) experienced depression in the last year

One in eight LGBT people aged 18-24 (13%) said they’ve attempted to take their own life in the last year.

One in seven LGBT people (14%) avoid seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff

Advisory panel

An advisory panel, comprised of twelve members, has been set up to support Dr Michael Brady investigate – and try to resolve – health inequalities faced by LGBT people. The members of the LGBT Advisory Panel are: Catherine Meads, Professor of Health at Anglia Ruskin University, specialising in hate crime

S Chelvan, Barrister at No5 chambers, specialising in international human rights and LGBT asylum cases

Ellen Murray, Executive Director of Transgender Northern Ireland

James Morton, Manager at the Scottish Trans Alliance and member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity

Jayne Ozanne, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and member of the Church of England’s General Synod

Lewis Turner, Chief Executive of Lancashire LGBT with previous experience working on hate crime in local government

Marcel Varney, Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Barnardo’s with experience working on adoption policy

Paul Dillane, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust

Paul Martin, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Consortium

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall

Stevie-Jade Hardy, Associate Professor of Criminology and expert on equalities and hate crime at the University of Leicester

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Michael Brady into his new role as the National Advisor for LGBT health, and look forward to working alongside him as part of the Ministerial LGBT Advisory Panel. Dr Brady brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of LGBT health and is well placed to tackle the stark health inequalities that LGBT people still face.

“We are pleased that the priorities for Dr Brady and the Ministerial Panel will include the implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS. We know that if we’re not counted, we don’t count, and gathering demographic information about patients’ sexual orientation will go a long way in ensuring the needs of LGB patients are identified and responded to.

“We look forward to supporting, and playing a leading role, in removing the barriers that many LGBT people face when accessing healthcare, through our membership of the Ministerial Advisory Panel, as part of our goal to secure a safe, healthy and equal future for all LGBT people.”

Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said:

“Dr Brady and the experts on our new Panel will give LGBT people and those working on their behalf a direct route to speak to government and shape policy on decisions that affect their daily lives.

“Everyone should be able to love who they wish to and live their life free from fear and discrimination. That’s why we are working at pace with organisations and across government to make sure our Action Plan can bring about real, lasting change for LGBT people in the UK.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“Every patient should feel welcomed by the NHS, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or race. Prejudice and discrimination have no place in healthcare and I’m determined to end this injustice.

“Dr Michael Brady will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role and I welcome his appointment. A specific national adviser will help improve the LGBT community’s current experience of the NHS and ensure individuals are always treated with the compassion and consideration they deserve. I hope this will truly give people the opportunity to be involved in shaping their own experiences going forward.”

Dr Michael Brady National Adviser for LGBT Health said:

“I’m delighted to be chosen to advise government and the NHS on the work that needs to be done to improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities. I want to ensure that every LGBT person is treated with dignity and respect and receives the right information, treatment and care.

“I want all healthcare workers to understand the needs of LGBT individuals and for everyone to feel comfortable and confident that they will be treated fairly when they access healthcare.”

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said:

“The NHS is here for everyone so we’re pleased to be hosting Dr. Brady in this new post as we chart improvements to our nation’s health for the decade ahead.”

Mardi Gla: Glasgow’s newest Pride event has city council backing

Mardi Gla: Glasgow's newest Pride event has city council backing

Gay pride GLASGOW’S new Pride celebration has won the support of its European peers as well as backing from the city council.

Mardi Gla, run by the LGBT Co-operative, will be Glasgow’s first ever Pride event recognised by the influential European Pride Organisers Association, known as Euro Pride.

Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council confirmed its support for the Merchant City-based event.

City Convener for Equalities and Human Rights Councillor Jennifer Layden said the council had been impressed by the team’s approach, following an uncertain period for Pride events in the city.

Ms Layden said: "Mardi Gla can be the successful, open, welcoming and free celebration of LGBT Pride that Glasgow deserves – and I’m very happy to support the event.

"I understand how important this is to the city and I’m confident the team have sustainable, realistic plans to ensure Glasgow has a quality Pride event that everyone in the community can feel a part of."

Euan Mcleod, a former Labour councillor, is executive director of the LGBT Co-operative and said the event will include a march and two-day festival.

Mardi Gla will take place on July 20 to 21, using some of the same footprint and infrastructure as the Merchant City Festival.

Its organiser aims to be one of the most accessible, transparent and democratic LGBT organisations in the UK; with one third of board members elected annually by members of Glasgow’s LGBT community.

Will Labate, chairman of the LGBT Co-operative, said: "We are delighted that our ambitious plans for transforming Pride in Glasgow have been recognised at a European level and we look forward to working closely with Glasgow City Council as we work together to deliver a free and educational Pride in Glasgow this July."

Mardi Gla and its organisers have also been granted membership of Euro Pride, with Glasgow only the second community in Scotland to meet entry conditions.

Euro Pride was formed in 1991 and now has almost 100 members across 30 countries.

It promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride across the continent and seeks to empower and support local and national organisations to promote Pride as both a celebration and a vital human rights movement.

The association also aims to facilitate networking and skill-sharing among member cities and is advocate for the Pride movement at a national and international level, including at the European Parliament.

Kristine Garina, President of European Pride Organisers Association, said: "We are delighted to have welcomed Mardi Gla – Glasgow’s Pride to our membership.

"Our Association is growing at an unprecedented rate and it’s great to see another Scottish Pride keen to engage in the international Pride movement.

"We look forward to working with the Mardi Gla team to support their event and ensure Scottish representation on the international stage."

Japan must stop forcing trans people to be sterilized

Japan must stop forcing trans people to be sterilized

A transgender man in Japan takes off his bandages after a mastectomy (Photo: HRW)

Japan should stop forcing transgender people to be surgically sterilized, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (20 March).

The rights group released an 84-page repor t detailing the harm caused by Japan’s Gender Identity Disorder Special Cases (GID) Act.

According to Japan’s law, two ‘respected medical professional’ must first diagnose a trans person with ‘gender identity disorder’ before they can apply to change gender.

They must also be over 20 years old, unmarried, not have any underage children.

Importantly, the law forbids them to have functioning genitalia.

‘Japan should uphold the rights of transgender people and stop forcing them to undergo surgery to be legally recognized’ said Kanae Doi, Japan director at HRW.

The law is based on an outdated premise that treats gender identity as a so-called ‘mental illness’ and should be urgently revised.’

Medical procedures are lengthy, expensive, invasive, dangerous, and irreversible, the report says.

The practice is also contrary to international human rights law and international medical best practices.

What’s more, Japan’s Supreme Court recently upheld the law. ‘It is humiliating’

HRW spoke to 48 transgender people, as well as with lawyers, health providers, and academics from 14 prefectures in Japan.
They painted a picture of how the law infringes on their rights.

Some of the trans people included in the report said they felt forced to undergo surgery.

‘I don’t want to [have surgery], to be honest’ one transgender man told HRW. ‘I feel pressured to be operated on – so terrible.’

Another transgender man said he felt ’severely insulted’ and that his human rights had been neglected. ‘It is humiliating.’

‘The surgery requirement itself feels wrong. It feels a lot like a surgery to maintain order. Why do we have to put a scalpel through our healthy bodies just for sake of the country’s order?’

Many transgender Japanese people have to decide between being legally recognized and having the body they want.

Japanese law rushes them into making life-changing and irreversible decisions about their bodies.

Christian B&B Owner Forced to Serve LGBT Couples After Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

Christian B&B Owner Forced to Serve LGBT Couples After Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a Christian bed and breakfast owner who was ordered by a lower court to serve a lesbian couple despite it being a violation of her religious beliefs.

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal Monday, thus upholding the lower court’s ruling in favor of the lesbian couple. Now, litigation will continue to determine what penalty the Christian business owner must face.

Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, Hawaii, refused to rent a room in her home to Diane Cervili and Taeko Bufford in 2007 due to her religious beliefs about marriage. Cervili and Bufford sued Young over her actions and accused her of discriminating against them because of their sexuality.

Alliance Defending Freedom represented Young and argued that because she "only rented 1-3 rooms in her personal home she did not fall under the Hawaii public accommodations law that makes sexual-orientation discrimination unlawful."

The conservative law firm also pointed out that the Constitution protects Young’s right to not promote behavior that violates her faith or associate with people unwilling to respect her convictions.

However, a state court found Young in violation of Hawaii’s Civil Rights Commissions’ public accommodation law. The law applies to hospitality, entertainment, and transportation services. The law makes it "illegal to deny a person access to or to treat them unequally in a place of public accommodation" because of a person’s "religion," "sexual orientation," and "gender identity or expression."

READ ‘Frontal Assault on Religious Liberty’: Why Religious Freedom Advocates Are so Alarmed About the ‘Equality Act’

The ruling comes on the heels of a Supreme Court decision involving Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips. Phillips refused to make a personalized cake for a gay wedding due to his religious beliefs about marriage.

The Supreme Court ruled in his favor and blasted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for showing hostility towards Phillips’ faith. However, the high court did not address the key issue of whether business owners can claim religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.

Colorodo recently dropped a second case the commission had filed against Phillips, targeting him again after an activist tried to force him to celebrate a transgender transition. Phillips had counter-sued the commission which eventually agreed to drop the charges. More about that HERE.

Legislator calls Illinois House mandate for LGBT school lessons ‘Indoctrination, not history’

Legislator calls Illinois House mandate for LGBT school lessons ‘Indoctrination, not history’ March 19, 2019, LifeSiteNews — The Illinois House has passed a controversial bill requiring public school history textbooks to include “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this state.”

Known as HB 246 , the measure passed by a comfortable 60-42 margin, largely along party lines, with three Democrats joining Republicans in opposition to the proposed legislation. No Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

The bill aims to amend the state’s textbook block grant program, mandating the purchase of textbooks that highlight the contributions of all groups protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act.

“There is nothing that prevents the teaching of the lives of historical figures including if they were known to have been homosexuals,” said Rep. Darren Bailey. “But forcing that information on five-year-olds and elementary school children is more of an effort of indoctrination than of learning history about individuals who accomplished important discoveries in science or created great works of art.”

“I also opposed this legislation because it does not provide an ‘opt-out’ option for parents who do not wish their children exposed to this kind of information for religious reasons or because their child may not be of a mature enough age to fully understand the meaning and implications of what LGBT actually is,” added Bailey.

Another Republican, Rep. Tom Morrison, objected on mostly pragmatic grounds, focusing on how the newly mandated material would unfairly burden teachers who already face difficult workloads.

“We all know that we need to have a well-educated, well-informed citizenry. We have to have that if we’re going to maintain our form of government,” said Morrison. “But we’re already failing to teach history to today’s and future generations. We’re not even covering the basics of our shared history.”

The legislation now goes to the Illinois Senate, where it is expected to pass. If signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the measure would go into effect July 1, 2020.

Some are viewing this as a mostly symbolic act, with little or no impact in the immediate future.

The legislation “only applies to textbooks purchased through the state’s textbook block grant program, which has not received any funding for the last five years, and which the State Board of Education has not requested funding for in the upcoming budget,” according to a report.

Things to Know About the LGBT Community

Things to Know About the LGBT Community

A 2015 study found that 7.6% of the Japanese population—1 person in 13—identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We talk to Harima Katsuki, a psychiatrist and counselor for LGBT people, about what we know about these individuals, including the difficulties they face. Harima Katsuki Director of the Harima Mental Clinic. Earned his MD from the University of Tokyo. Director of the Japan Society of Sexual Science. He is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Pessimism About the Future

Sugita Mio, a Liberal Democratic Party member in the House of Representatives, made waves with her article in the August 2018 issue of Shinchō 45 in which she claimed that the LGBT community “received too much support.” Similarly controversial was Sugita’s 2015 appearance on a right-wing YouTube channel, during which she slammed as “unjustified” the use of taxes to support “unproductive” gays and lesbians, and even laughed when referring to high rates of suicide among LGBT children.

It goes without saying that suicide rates of any group should never be a laughing matter. As shown in the graph below, the transgender population is marked by a high incidence of suicide-related events. Harima attributes this to the growing discomfort experienced by transgender youth during puberty due to their changing bodies, an inability to come out to their families, which results in a sense that they do not belong anywhere and therefore feelings of isolation, and bullying at school and in the community.

“Then there is the issue of relationships,” says Harima. “For a romantic advance by a gay man or lesbian to be successful, the other party needs to be attracted to the same sex as well. Transgender people find it hard to form relationships at all, and sometimes when they do find a mate, it is only to be dumped on the grounds of realities beyond their control: They are not a ‘real’ man or woman. They cannot get married. They cannot have children. These transgender people suffer a double blow.”

It is not only external factors that can make LGBT individuals feel suicidal, he notes: Sometimes LGBT people evince harmful attitudes toward themselves.

“Take ‘internalized homophobia.’ For example, if an LGBT character on TV is portrayed as repulsive or ridiculous, LGBT viewers may internalize this message and feel that they, too, are repulsive. Some transgender individuals even take their own lives, believing that they will be reborn as a ‘real’ man or woman.”

Something that may be said about all LGBT persons, says the doctor, is that they are inclined to feel like they are not living their lives to the full. “This feeling can result in suicidal behavior. For example, a gay man with a crush on a male pop star might pretend to like a female one instead. A transgender person might pretend to like women despite actually being attracted to men, or vice versa. This may not seem like a big deal, but these people feel they are not being true to themselves—that they are not really alive. Be yourself and risk discrimination and bullying. Live a lie and feel like you don’t have a life. This dilemma makes people despair about their future.”

On a positive note, however, it is becoming easier for these people to be true to themselves, notes Harima. “Nowadays, if you simply pluck up the courage, it’s easier than ever to connect with other people like yourself online. Meeting others in a similar situation can provide a feeling of belonging and make you feel less isolated. LGBT people can also look to an increasing number of out-and-proud role models for inspiration. These role models send the message that it is possible to lead a happy life as an LGBT person. I urge LGBT individuals to be themselves, thereby doing their own bit to stop discrimination and harassment.” Well-Intentioned Outing

However, sometimes when an LGBT individual comes out to a friend, the friend might tell others, thereby “outing” the LGBT individual (disclosing his or her sexuality or gender-identity) on a scale he or she did not intend right away.

“It’s rare for a patient to come to my clinic with the specific complaint of being outed, which is actually evidence of just how common outing is. People come out for a reason: they want to get their secret off their chest or become closer to the friend. Transgender people may come out in order to be treated as the gender they identify with. Therefore, if a friend comes out to you, you should tell them that they are still the same person to you and, importantly, not tell anyone else. Asking them why they decided to come out to you in particular at this time can shed light on the situation they’re facing.”

A separate issue, says Harima, is that of coming out in the context of a romantic advance.

“Among heterosexuals, it’s common to tell your friends if someone asks you for a date. This can be a way of trying to detract from the awkwardness of the situation, or simply because we don’t know what to do. Clearly, having an LGBT individual come out to you because they are attracted to you is an even bigger deal. The gravity of the situation makes us want to share it with others, and it follows that the act of outing an LGBT individual who ‘came onto you’ is not always done out of malice. For that individual, however, the experience of being outed by someone they were attracted to is devastating and may even push them toward suicide.” Harima puts his psychiatry training to use in helping LGBT patients improve their lives. Surgery Is No Panacea

“Outing is not the only problem that can arise innocently,” continues Harima. “For example, for a transgender individual, changing one’s legal gender is the ultimate solution to the problem of being deemed to belong to one’s birth sex in the workplace. If an MtF, or male to female, transgender person is legally female, it’s easier for her to use the women’s bathrooms and changing rooms at work. In Japan, however, one must undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to change one’s legal gender. The thing is, not everyone wants surgery. The prospect is intimidating. And yet surgery is presented as a solution to a problem, which makes transgender people feel that they need to have gender reassignment. This state of affairs makes those who have not undergone gender reassignment feel like ‘frauds,’ and thus reluctant to complain to their workplaces about things like bathroom options.”

This situation can also lead to employer intolerance, warns Harima. “The reasoning becomes that ‘preoperative’ transgender people can fix all their problems with an operation. This unspoken pressure to ‘hurry up and get a sex change’ makes life difficult for those who choose not to. Gender reassignment surgery has become a solution not for transgender people themselves, but for a society that doesn’t know what to do with them. This is frightening. It’s my belief we all need to take a more laid-back attitude to the transgender community. People need to understand that if a transgender coworker, even a slightly masculine-looking one, identifies as female, then she might use the women’s bathroom. Public toilets prevent more of a hurdle, but I think this approach would work in workplaces or educational institutions in which everyone is somewhat acquainted.” Respecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

On Internet forums you will find some support for the idea expressed in Sugita Mio’s Shinchō 45 article, that is, that LGBT rights get too much attention. Pundit Ogawa Eitarō’s infamous article in the October 2018 edition of the same magazine (which ultimately spelled the end of that publication) was titled “The Government Can’t Fix Subjective Hardship.”

In it, Ogawa writes, “No hardship is so deep-rooted as that of the compulsive groper, who, upon smelling a woman’s scent in a crowded train, cannot stop himself from touching her. . . . Surely society should defend the right of these men to grope women.”

Harima stresses the need to respect sexual orientation and identity specifically. “I qualify my statement in this way for the reason that there are sexualities that infringe the rights of others, such as pedophilia, and the sexuality of individuals who are incapable of becoming aroused without inflicting violence. Public groping and rape are not acceptable between members of the opposite sex, so obviously unwanted sexual advances between persons of the same sex are unacceptable too.”

The doctor closes with a warning against prejudice. “At the same time, in the same way that we do not condemn all heterosexuals on account of a small number of heterosexuals who commit rape, we should not condemn all lesbians and gay men on account of a small number of people who commit these offences either. We accept all races and religions to the extent that they do not infringe on the rights of others. I believe that the same should apply to the spectrum of sexual orientations and identities.”

(Originally published in Japanese on February 25, 2019. Reporting and text by Kuwahara Rika of Power News. Banner photo: A rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT pride and the LGBT movement. © TommyX/Pixta.)

Australian Conservatives politician compares trans surgery to ‘mutilation’

Australian Conservatives politician compares trans surgery to 'mutilation'

Australian Conservatives candiate Greg Walsh | Picture: YouTube (ACL) A conservative politician in New South Wales, Australia, blamed trans children’s poor mental health on their ability to self-identify, rather than transphobia.

Australian Conservatives candidate Greg Walsh made the alarming comments at a forum yesterday (19 March), the Star Observer reported.

He compared trans kids who have had gender-affirmation surgery as ‘mutilated.’

Libertarian think tank the Centre for Independent Studies hosted the forum.

Also in attendance, One Nation party leader Mark Latham appeared to support Walsh’s views.

Latham said the ‘self-identification system’ is an ‘evil political program to make young people confused and rise up.’

It comes after Latham announced a One Nation NSW policy of banning self-identification. What did he say?

Walsh slammed the reports that half of trans young people aged 14 to 25 in Australia have attempted or considered suicide.

Moreover, trans youths are 10 times more likely to experience severe depression and anxiety, according to a 2017 study.

He said: ‘The argument is that this is happening because we’re such a transphobic society.

‘But if you look at how drastic the surgery is for a transgender and a person changes their mind, then they just have to realize they’ve been mutilated.’

Walsh said gender-affirmation surgery is ‘a very good justification for such a high suicide rate.’

He even suggested trans kid’s ‘issues will revolve’ simply by going through puberty. LGBTI students-turned advocates

Last month, LGBTI Australian students delivered a petition to end discrimination in schools to the Australian parliament.

‘Imagine a young person being forced to suppress their true identity for fear of being kicked out of school and humiliated in front of their peers’ the petition said.

Nearly 55,000 people had signed it by the time activists presented it to parliament. See also

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) surveyed over 130,000 young people; more than 1 in 3 trans youth attempted suicide in last 12 months

US 2020 Democratic candidates to participate in LGBTI debate

US 2020 Democratic candidates to participate in LGBTI debate

A LGBTI pride flag being planted outside the White House | Picture: Creative Commons (Tony Webster) Democratic presidential candidates will be invited to a forum focused on LGBTI policies .

The 2020 candidates will discuss topics related to LGBTI hate crimes, bullying and transgender rights, according to the Washington Post.

The Human Rights Campaign and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs will host the debate.

The event is scheduled for 10 October, on the same day as National Coming Out Day. Who’s involved?

The 2020 Democratic field is a crowded one , with over a dozen lawmakers vying for presidential nomination. Many are pro-LGBTI.

Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, supported by Beyoncé, is one of the 15 hopefuls.

He comes alongside Bernie Sanders , Kamala Harris, Any Klobuchar, John Hickenlooper, and Elizabeth Warren.

To be eligible to attend the forum, candidates must receive donations from 65,000 people across 20 different states or receive 1% or higher support in three national polls.

Notably, the first gay politician to run for president, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg from Indiana , has already met the threshold. LGBTI rights across the states are not consistent

The HRC previously hosted presidential forums for presidential primary candidates in 2004 and 2008.

‘If any LGBTQ person were to take a cross-country drive from HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to UCLA’s campus, their rights and protections under the law would change dozens of times at every city line and state border,’ HRC President Chad Griffin said in statement today.

‘Millions of LGBTQ people will have their rights on the ballot in 2020 — but today we are also a powerful voting bloc that will help determine the outcome.

‘We’re excited to partner with UCLA Luskin and create an opportunity to hear candidates’ agendas for moving equality forward.’ How much has changed in ten years?

Since the last forum over ten years ago, the US has made great pro-LGBTI steps.

According to a Gallup poll , 55% of Americans supported LGBTI rights in 2008.

That since leapt to 75% in 2018.

Moreover, in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama supported civil unions but not marriage between same-sex couples.

In the last decade, many states have legalized marriage equality while others have made LGBTI hate crimes and discrimination illegal.

Though, inequalities remain in many patches of the nation.

President Trump has supported several legislative changes that have halted progress, most notably, the trans troops ban .

Moreover, lawmakers in state after state continue to propose anti-LGBTI bills. Though many were vetoed or annulled, that outcome cannot always be relied on. See also

Transgender woman refused service in Dublin pub

Transgender woman refused service in Dublin pub

Pexels A transgender woman has received an out-of-court settlement and an apology from a pub in Dublin city centre in Ireland after she was refused service because of her gender identity.

Sonia Kolasinka went to Madigan’s bar after a political meeting in Dublin last August, but when she arrived, the doorman told her it was a booking-only night, according to The Irish Times.

Kolasinka told the doorman that the organisers of the political meeting must have booked a space, as she could see them in there. She walked in, but was followed by the security guard, who told her she had to leave. Transgender woman who was refused service was having a ‘nice night’ before the incident

Kolasinka told The Irish Times : “I told my friends and they asked why. They started arguing with the guy. I heard the bouncer talking to them and I just overheard ‘trans’ and ‘this trans person.’”

She said she had been having “a nice night” until the incident occurred. Pexels “I was stopping myself crying. It was so humiliating and it was like my whole world broke. I realised this is what it feels like to be discriminated against,” she said.

After her friends argued with the security guard, Kolasinka and her friends were allowed to stay in the venue. They had one drink to prove a point before going on to another bar. “I realised this is what it feels like to be discriminated against.”

– Transgender woman Sonia Kolasinka Afterwards, she approached a number of solicitors about the incident, and said that some refused to take her case. She finally found a solicitor and settled the case in January. An apology was printed in Ireland’s Gay Community News (GCN) this month from the bar which said: “On behalf of Alabaster Associates Limited and its directors, we wish to sincerely and unreservedly apologise to Sonia Kolasinka, a transgender woman, who was subjected to discrimination and humiliation by a third-party security contractor at our venue on 25 th August.”

It added: “The actions of this contractor do not reflect the values of our company and our employees.” Kolasinka came out as transgender two years ago

Kolasinka, who is 39 years old, came out as transgender two years ago, and said that this was the first time she experienced discrimination for her gender identity .

Speaking to GCN last September about the incident, Kolasinka said she was “humiliated” and “hurt” by the incident. “I realised that I am being discriminated against just because I’m transgender.”

– Transgender woman Sonia Kolasinka “I didn’t know what should I do. This whole situation didn’t feel right. My friends having drinks and I’m being asked to leave.

“I realised that I am being discriminated against just because I’m transgender.”

Speaking to the same publication last year, John Molyneux said the group immediately challenged the doorman when the incident occurred.

“He alternated between saying that Sonia did not fit the dress code and that he did not have to give a reason, and muttering about ‘this transgender person or whatever she is,’” he said. No compatible source was found for this media.

Mordaunt’s misguided LGBT mission

Mordaunt’s misguided LGBT mission

THE Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, yesterday appointed the first national adviser for LGBT health in the NHS , and an advisory panel. This is to fulfil the Government’s stated commitment to ‘improving lives as set out in the landmark LGBT Action Plan’.

TCW has repeatedly queried the Conservative government’s wisdom in adopting what amounts to an extreme ideological, Leftist agenda . Last year Kathy warned of the revolutionary transgenderism on the march in Britain astonishingly under the auspices of a Conservative administration . Consultations on ‘reform’ of the Gender Recognition Act closed last October, with the government still in denial about the conflict with the women’s rights movement it inevitably causes . They are currently analysing the feedback .

In the meantime Mordaunt is busy progressing a narrowly defined so-called LGBT agenda, appointing a specific NHS clinical adviser on LGBT health issues, an ‘expert’ panel to focus on issues ‘such as conversion therapy, improving access and tackling inequality in healthcare’, and announcing a Government Equalities Office-hosted inaugural national LGBT conference.

Dr Michael Brady, medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust and a sexual health and HIV consultant at King’s College Hospital, London, is to advise the government on ‘improving healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues’ and, worryingly, on ‘the implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS’.

The full list of the government’s new appointees can be found here .

Already some concern is being expressed as to the trans-activist interests of many of those that Ms Mordaunt appointed. So I just had a quick look around the Government Equalities Office newly announced LGBT panel & actually it’s much worse than I originally thought. Out of 12 people there are only 3 who are not working to dismantle the rights of or harm female people. — FeministRoar (@FeministRoar) March 18, 2019 We appreciate, as the Government itself states, that LGBT people are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population and therefore may need special help. We hope however that this help is cognisant of the dangers of bowing to activists’ demands and to the use medicine to pursue an ideological cause that the psychotherapist, Bob Withers and the distinguished clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Paul R. McHugh have both recently warned against.

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