Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, Trump: The risks and rewards of corporate activism : The Conversation


Companies are increasingly taking stands on hot-button political issues from LGBT rights to Black Lives Matter. New research shines light on whether and when it can benefit the bottom line.

Source: Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, Trump: The risks and rewards of corporate activism : The Conversation

New campaign to support LGBT people living with dementia | Care Industry News


The Guinness Partnership is proud to announce its support for a new campaign to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people affected by dementia have their voices heard and can get better access to support and advice services.

Source: New campaign to support LGBT people living with dementia | Care Industry News

Sheffield’s LGBT-only halls were called a ghetto – but a year on, they’re thriving | Katharine Swindells | Education | The Guardian


A year ago, the University of Sheffield made headlines when we became the first UK university to launch LGBT-only flats in our accommodation. Much of the coverage was based on untruths and exaggeration, conjuring images of huge rainbow-clad buildings where all gay students were forced to stay.

The reality was far less dramatic: 32 students in seven flats scattered among the three student villages, with no way of being identified aside from by their tenants. It was hardly the “ghettoising” we were accused of.

The debate hit the news during my first week as the students’ union welfare officer. The project was a result of a partnership between the university and the students’ union LGBT committee. As an LGBT activist myself, I initially had concerns. But my worries were quickly assuaged when I did what lots of news outlets didn’t: actually talk to the students concerned.

They never saw themselves as part of a big political controversy. In fact, they were baffled by all the attention. For the LGBT students, it was about not having to feel like they look feminine or masculine enough to fit in. Or being able to talk about Tinder dates and seminar crushes without fearing judgment or intrusive questions. It’s about one of the most fundamental human needs: to feel safe and comfortable in your own home.

One resident I spoke to, Fran, acts as a mentor in several flats. She said she has heard lots of LGBT students voice fears that their new flatmates might share the views of their school bullies or unsupportive parents. For those students, being around even one other queer person can make life easier. “As a queer person, in an environment that still isn’t great, especially for trans students, your very existence and the fact that you’re living out is resistance in its own way,” she said.

Veronica, a first-year biology student, told me that she had worried about living with someone homophobic. LGBT halls gave her the assurance that her sexuality would be accepted. She had friends express concerns, saying that LGBT students should mix with others to teach them acceptance. But living in the halls made her mingle more by giving her the confidence to go out, meet new people and try new things.

 

Source: Sheffield’s LGBT-only halls were called a ghetto – but a year on, they’re thriving | Katharine Swindells | Education | The Guardian

Protests in Italy as far-right party holds family values conference | Euronews


Groups campaigning for women’s and LGBT rights took the streets of Verona on Saturday as church leaders and pro-life activists met for a conference on family values.

The protesters were there to oppose the World Congress of Families, whose self-declared goal is to restore what it calls the “natural family order”.

“In Italy there is currently a very serious attack against all the rights and freedoms that have been conquered by women,” demonstrator Maddalena Saccone said.

“There is talk of taking back the freedom of abortion, divorce and family law. These are struggles that were thought to have already been won.”

Police were deployed outside the conference and a counter-demonstration — by groups supporting the conference’s aims — was also held.

Olimpia Tarzia, an anti-abortion activist, said: “(The Congress) wants above all to restore meaning and value to what the family is, the reconciliation of women between lifetimes and work times and the true freedom of women.”

The three-day conference in Verona is funded by the local council and is backed by the far-right League Party, which is a partner in Italy’s current populist coalition government.

 

Source: Protests in Italy as far-right party holds family values conference | Euronews

You Are A Liar! (My Thoughts About The “High Functioning” Label)


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My double minority life as a gay man with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome) has more than it’s fair share of excruciating challenges. I do not demand people to feel sorry for me when I share even the most painful experiences. Not everyone is going to understand how it feels to live with my condition. Nor do I expect praise from people who are willing to read about my life. It can be easy for me to come off as such a person. However, I know I am far from the type of person who demands metals and trophies just for writing about my life. Demanding praise and adoration is only going to result in the exact opposite. 

I know there is a lot of diversity in the Autism community. People like Dr. Temple Grandin refer to Autism as a continuum, that ranges from nonverbal to traits that are more…

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Research will examine the ‘untold stories’ of LGBT service-users | DisabledGo News and Blog


By Raya Al Jadir New research will investigate the “untold stories” of disabled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the social care system. The study will explore the experiences of LGBT disabled men and women who use direct payments or personal budgets to fund their social care. It has been launched by the disabled LGBT organisation Regard, the gay rights charity Stonewall, the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Dr Ju Gosling, co-chair of Regard, said: “We know almost nothing about the use and experiences of using social care support by LGBT disabled men and women, because to date no-one has asked. “This is despite the fact that as many as one in three LGBT people are disabled. “We are also disproportionately represented among social care-users, because we are less likely to live in the area we grew up, and less likely to have children and family members to support us, than other disabled

Source: Research will examine the ‘untold stories’ of LGBT service-users | DisabledGo News and Blog

More GOP politicians have been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans people | DeadState


As GOP lawmakers push their draconian anti-LGBT legislation across the South, the transgender community is now assuming the role of religious conservatives’ new favorite target.

Source: More GOP politicians have been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans people | DeadState