University LGBT initiatives: there’s still room for improvement

guardian-article-diversityLiberal attitudes towards sexual orientation have long been a source of pride for universities. But in the first guide to gay-friendly universities, published in 2010 by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity, not one of the more than 125 UK institutions listed scored 10 out of 10. Four years later, the Gay by Degree 2015 guide listed six with top marks; these institutions could demonstrate that they had LGBT societies and events, non-harassment policies that specifically mentioned sexual orientation, and consulted LGBT students in decision-making.  More

Rainbow Laces: Football & rugby to support campaign over weekend

_92630414_rainbowlacesFootball and rugby union will join together to support a campaign helping  to raise awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fans and players this weekend.

The Rainbow Laces campaign aims to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes in sport.

Rainbow flags will feature at Premier League fixtures, while referees will wear rainbow-coloured laces.

Top-level rugby union game in England and Wales will also back the campaign.  More

Dating app Tinder launches new transgender and gender identity options

_88778687_thinkstock_swiperightDating app Tinder has launched a new feature that will allow users to add information about their gender.

Until now, members were offered only two options when selecting their identity – man or woman.

The app was criticised earlier in the year after a number of people from the transgender community claimed their accounts were suspended after complaints from other users.

Tinder says it’s now decided to make the app more inclusive More  

Adele speaks about her postnatal depression after the birth of her son Angelo

adeleAdele has opened up about her battle with postnatal depression after the birth of her son, Angelo.

The singer told Vanity Fair magazine that she felt, at the time, like she had made “the worst decision” of her life.

The 28-year old goes on to say that she “loves her son more than anything” but admits she really struggled adjusting to motherhood.  More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – November 2016

riley-carter-millingtonDuring November Transgender Awareness Week takes place week beginning the 14th and finishes with Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20th.  With this in mind we have chosen Riley Carter Millington as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Riley is an actor known for playing Kyle Slater in EastEnders. He is the first transgender man to play a regular transgender character in British soap history.

Riley is from Manchester and studied drama at Eccles Sixth Form Centre and on the BA (Hons) Acting at the University of Lancashire before being cast in EastEnders. His character, Kyle, is also transgender. His casting was praised by presenter Paris Lees as “the biggest thing to happen for the transgender community in Britain this decade. … As a pop culture moment this is massive and a sign of the times.”

In 2015 Riley was voted no 1 in The Independent Newspaper’s Rainbow List – their annual celebration of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain, the first transgender man to top the list. The judges believed that by being open about who he is and appearing in one of Britain’s most-watched television shows, he would transform lives.

Riley is currently starring in SAFE a new production at the London Theatre Workshop addressing the big issue of homelessness among LGBT youth.

To find out more about Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance see here