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Gay, lesbian, bisexual and "questioning" children as young as 10 are more likely to suffer depressive symptoms and self-harm with suicidal intent, a study has revealed.Researchers found that depressive symptoms increase at a higher rate through adolescence among LGBQ youngsters than for their heterosexual peers.The study, led by University College…
Examples of potential hate crimes are highlighted in a new national campaign to increase awareness about the "sickening" offending. The initiative aims to make clear that directing abuse at someone because of their religion, race, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability is a criminal offence. Films and posters depicting fictional…
A transgender man whose baby is at the centre of an historic human rights battle cannot yet get child benefit, a High Court judge has been told. The baby could become the first person born in England or Wales who will not legally have a mother. Lawyers say the baby…
Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former Irish president Mary McAleese said. It is the only part of the UK in which what campaigners term marriage equality has not been legalised due to religious-inspired opposition from its largest party,…
Barnardo's has become the first children's charity in Northern Ireland to publicly voice support for the recognition of same-sex marriage. It made the announcement on Wednesday to coincide with Belfast Pride's Coming Out for Change campaign, and just days before the city's Pride parade. Northern Ireland is the only region…
Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex will join forces to launch a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men, it has been announced. The musician, who founded The Elton John Aids Foundation (Ejaf) in 1992, will launch the new effort along with the International Aids…
Controversial gay conversion therapies are to be banned under a new LGBT action plan outlined by the Government. The £4.5 million initiative aimed at making society more inclusive for the LGBT community brands so-called "gay cure" conversion therapies "abhorrent". The initiative follows a major Government survey which more than 108,000…
The Government will next week publish an action plan on advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK. It comes after the largest survey anywhere in the world of their experiences was carried out. Theresa May told Cabinet that the findings of the survey,…
A new law giving automatic pardons to gay men convicted under historical discriminatory legislation and enabling them to have any such convictions effectively scrubbed from criminal records has been passed unanimously at Holyrood. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said the legislation marks a “proud day for Scotland”. The Historical Sexual Offences…
The UK should be a country where "no one feels the need to hide" who they love, Theresa May said as she promised a new action plan for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people. The Prime Minister said the new plan would be published this summer and would aim…
Research into the adequacy and consistency of knowledge on gender variance in social work training and continuous professional development. This review takes a systematic approach, providing an overview of the density and quality of evidence on social worker education in regard to gender identity and gender variance. It scopes and…
Parallel Westminster bills calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland represent the biggest step in the ongoing campaign to lift the ban, activists have said. Identical private members' bills will be tabled in the Lords and Commons this week, one by a Conservative peer and the other by a…
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