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Thursday, 18 January 2018

What you need to know about the pro-Trump, pro-Brexit group that interrupted Sadiq Khan's speech

What you need to know about the pro-Trump, pro-Brexit group that interrupted Sadiq Khan's speech
- At the weekend, a group rejoicing in the name The White Pendragons staged a bizarre protest in London which was – as far as anyone could make out – anti-Sadiq Khan and pro-Donald Trump. The Pendragon name was new to me, but at least one of the faces on display wasn't – the footage was live ...

Boris Johnson shares some striking similarities with Trump – I think a paternity test is in order

Boris Johnson shares some striking similarities with Trump – I think a paternity test is in order
- He said that the only error in the side-of-the-bus legend about Leave releasing the extra £350m per week, as mythically hypothecated for an ailing NHS, was that it was “a gross underestimate”. He now insists that in 2021, at the end of the scheduled Brexit transition period, the figure will be £438m.

Trading with Trump, a Brexit nightmare?

Trading with Trump, a Brexit nightmare?
- The Brixton branch of Global Justice Now is hosting a discussion on democracy and transparency around trade deals. Speakers include a local MP (tbc), Nick Drearden, Director of Global Justice Now, Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party and Ruth Cashman from Lambeth Unison

Tillerson To Visit Britain—And The New US Embassy in London That Trump Hates

Tillerson To Visit Britain—And The New US Embassy in London That Trump Hates
- Asked whether Trump might view Britain as less useful to the U.S. due to Brexit, Tillerson rejected the notion. ”No, not at all,“ he said. ”I mean, we still have the special relationship with the British people. As you know, Trump was supportive of the UK's exit from the EU. He still thinks that was the ...

May's Brexit pledges have turned to ashes. Was she deluded or dishonest?

May's Brexit pledges have turned to ashes. Was she deluded or dishonest?
- But just before Christmas, hardline pro-Brexit ministers started campaigning to axe the working time directive, which stops people being forced to work excess hours and guarantees paid holidays. Yet another of the prime minister's pledges – to cut a trade deal with Donald Trump – is looking foolish.

We must not allow Trump to normalise fascism

We must not allow Trump to normalise fascism
- The group tried to place Khan under citizen's arrest and shouted pro-Brexit and pro-Trump slogans, holding aloft an American flag and later tweeting that Khan "has no right to be the mayor of London", given he's Muslim. Khan has come under direct attack from Trump in the past, with the president ...

Facebook to expand inquiry into Russian influence of Brexit

Facebook to expand inquiry into Russian influence of Brexit
- Ahead of the election of Donald Trump, the Russian Internet Research Agency spent about $100,000 on 3,000 adverts. Content from the platform was seen by up to 150m people on Facebook posts and via Instagram. The committee is inquiring into fake news, and will travel to the US next month to meet ...

Because of Trump and Brexit, we are closer to war than we have been for decades

Because of Trump and Brexit, we are closer to war than we have been for decades
- Then, the Western liberal democracies stood together in defence of our interests and our shared values. Now, under President Trump, the most powerful of our number thinks standing together is less important than going it alone – abdication is preferable to international leadership and collective action ...

British women lose tens of billions in gender pay gap

British women lose tens of billions in gender pay gap
- "Where companies find they have a gap, there should be a requirement to put in place a plan to close it," said Carole Easton, head of anti-poverty group Young Women's Trust, which produced the figure for women's lost wages. "Without action, today's young women face a lifetime of unequal pay," she ...

Scottish economy grows, but still trails UK

Scottish economy grows, but still trails UK
- Scotland's economy is continuing to expand but growth remains at half the wider UK rate, official figures today showed. ... very limited insight into our economy, when the real figures we should be focusing on are stagnant wages, persistent poverty and the failure to promote low-carbon capital investment.

David Walliams makes shocking comment about child's dead pet on Britain's Got Talent

David Walliams makes shocking comment about child's dead pet on Britain's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams left an audience shocked after making a bizarre comment about a child magician's deceased pet. ... Watch Iain Lee talk about what really went down on I'm A Celebrity, the ups and downs of his career, and his challenges with mental health only on Unfiltered ..

Is this trick the secret to an easier child birth? First time mother claims unusual technique reduced ...

Is this trick the secret to an easier child birth? First time mother claims unusual technique reduced ...
- She also said that the technique helped with her contractions as it reduced her 'mental pain' - the mother claiming it's 'all in your mental state'. Forget all of your preconceived ideas about hypnosis, as Mark said it has nothing to do with 'clicking your fingers' or 'chickens clucking'. Instead, it involves a ...

Duchess Of Cambridge To Launch Mental Health Support Programme In Schools

Duchess Of Cambridge To Launch Mental Health Support Programme In Schools
- ... continuing her work of boosting mental health in young people by launching a new school programme. She will visit Roe Green Junior School, in Brent, on Tuesday 23 January, to launch the programme with pupils and teachers, and take part in a lesson designed to help support a child's mental health ...

Two thirds of teachers lack mental health training, survey suggests

Two thirds of teachers lack mental health training, survey suggests
Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt said: “Every child and young person should have access to emotional and mental well-being support in school. “To ensure this we've started a national review of Personal and Social Education – including consideration of the role of guidance and counselling in local ...

Britain appoints 'minister for loneliness' to tackle social isolation

Britain appoints 'minister for loneliness' to tackle social isolation
- "We know that there is a real impact of social isolation and loneliness on people, on their physical and mental well-being but also on other aspects in ... May said: "I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by ...

Downgrading minister's role shows children are slipping down the political agenda

Downgrading minister's role shows children are slipping down the political agenda
- The obvious example is child poverty. The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that the introduction of universal credit and changes to the tax system will see levels of child poverty surge to record levels by 2022, with 37% of children expected to be living in relative poverty. If this is to be avoided it will ...

Tunisia 'queer film festival' seeks to make a difference

Tunisia 'queer film festival' seeks to make a difference
- The first ever film festival celebrating the LGBT community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison. Twelve short and medium-length films produced in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa are being shown at the "Mawjoudin Queer ...

Oklahoma man reappointed to board after anti-gay comments

Oklahoma man reappointed to board after anti-gay comments
- A former Oklahoma City mayor has been reappointed to the board of a local charter school after resigning following anti-gay comments he made during a public affairs TV show. Kirk Humphreys had also resigned from the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents after he ...

Gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon hits out at White House's decision to have Mike Pence ...

Gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon hits out at White House's decision to have Mike Pence ...
- The man who is believed to be the first openly gay athlete to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics criticized the White House on Wednesday for tapping Vice President Mike Pence as the head of the American delegation to South Korea for next month's Games. 'You mean Mike Pence, the ...

UK Cardinal Reinstates Dissenting LGBT Group

UK Cardinal Reinstates Dissenting LGBT Group
- The archbishop of Westminster is promoting a group opposing Church teaching on homosexuality. Cardinal Vincent Nichols is reinstating the status of Quest — a group that was removed from the Catholic Directory by his predecessor Cdl. Basil Hume ...

Hugely controversial NHS decision to ask all patients if they are GAY is 'political correctness gone ...

Hugely controversial NHS decision to ask all patients if they are GAY is 'political correctness gone ...
- The hugely controversial NHS decision to ask all patients if they are gay is 'political correctness gone mad', claims a family GP. Dr Michael ... Writing in the British Medical Journal, he argued patients should be asked on a case-by-case basis and that the approach of asking everyone is 'wrong'. Dr Dixon ...

This happens all the time': why a gay couple took their cake case to the supreme court

This happens all the time': why a gay couple took their cake case to the supreme court
- In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins went shopping for a wedding cake at a bakery in Lakewood, Colorado. Their trip will end more than five years later on the steps of the supreme court. A ruling over cakeshop owner Jack Phillips's refusal to serve them by the US's most senior judicial panel ...

Gay couple sues Vistaprint for sending them 'religious pamphlets not wedding programmes'

Gay couple sues Vistaprint for sending them 'religious pamphlets not wedding programmes'
- A gay couple is suing printing company Vistaprint after they allegedly received discriminatory flyers instead of their wedding programmes. Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg, from Australia, had ordered colourful blue and yellow programs, which had arrived the night before their wedding in Butler ...

Ricky Martin: 'Friends and family advised me not to come out as gay'

Ricky Martin: 'Friends and family advised me not to come out as gay'
- Ricky Martin spent years agonising over his decision to 'come out' as a gay man because so many people in his life told him it was a bad idea. The Livin' La Vida Loca singer, who recently wed his partner Jwan Yosef, admits his new TV drama American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace ...

Gay footballer turned cheerleader: 'Being openly gay in North Carolina comes with struggles'

Gay footballer turned cheerleader: 'Being openly gay in North Carolina comes with struggles'
- And while transitioning from the field to the sidelines, he told GSN: 'I like how much trust cheerleading requires of each team member. 'It really creates a closeness with each team member unlike any other sport I have played before,' he said. On LGBTI equality in North Carolina, Wilkerson said: 'There is ...

YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK 'revenge porn' case

YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK 'revenge porn' case
- Before she came out as gay, Chambers had a nine-month relationship with a British man when she was 18. On Wednesday, the high court heard that towards the end of their relationship he filmed seven videos of them having sex without her knowledge or informed consent. Two years after they broke up ...

John Partridge talks new show STRIPPED, EastEnders' impact and LGBTQ representation

John Partridge talks new show STRIPPED, EastEnders' impact and LGBTQ representation
Gay Times caught up with the star to discuss his reasons for this new beginning, what fans can expect from the show, as well as reflecting on the impact his gay storylines in EastEnders had, and if gay actors still struggle to be cast in straight roles. You've described STRIPPED as a “re-introduction” of ...

New Mormon leader insists his Church loves gays

New Mormon leader insists his Church loves gays
- It has told its members to be 'welcoming' to LGBT people while also opposing same-sex marriage and gay relationships. The Church has also been blasted for not allowing women priests – and yesterday Nelson would only say that he and his faith 'need their voices…and love their participation.'.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace review – a grim portrait of gay life

The Assassination of Gianni Versace review – a grim portrait of gay life
- The title of the new season of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story is tailor-made to drum up anticipation: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, it reads, invoking one of the most notorious murders of the 1990s. Where the first installment of the anthology series – The People v OJ Simpson – was about ...

Russian air cadets under investigation for bondage-themed twerking video

Russian air cadets under investigation for bondage-themed twerking video
- The poll – which was conducted in December – exposed a massive spike in anti-LGBTQ attitudes in the country, with little distinction between generations when it comes to views on same-sex relationships. In Russia's urban and rural areas, just 8% of the 1,600 people surveyed did not object to gay sex.

Churches that hold same-sex weddings have increased in attendance

Churches that hold same-sex weddings have increased in attendance
- Unitarian churches – of which there are 170 in the UK – have the highest denomination of any church, with 44% of their churches providing same-sex ceremonies. The study found that churches who opted in to same-sex marriage attracted “new LGBT visitors” and “congregation members” who liked their ...

Get your first look at Netflix's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot

Get your first look at Netflix's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy reboot
- Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion) will be the show's new gay life coaches, handing out much-needed advice. “Gay or straight, the common thread that holds every human together is that we ...