Why Disney’s “exclusively gay moment” may not be all that great.
The grassroots community event Free Pride is entering its second year of providing an alternative to mainstream Pride. Last year, in protest of Glasgow Pride’s entry fee, a group of LGBTQ+ individuals from around Glasgow came together to put on a free and inclusive alterative. Held in the Art School, it was centered on live music and talks from various people and organisations that are normally marginalized or ignored in the LGBTQ+ community. With a focus on re-politicizing Pride, it was a breath of fresh air compared to mainstream Pride, which seems to have devolved into an excuse to just get drunk while covered in rainbows and corporate sponsorship.
*TW: discussion of homo/bi/transphobia, bullying, suicide and mental health issues*
“It’s about everybody and it’s about trying to make society better, because once you start eradicating homophobia in the schools you stop churning out damaged adults and things can better very quickly,” states Liam Stevenson from the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign. Alongside Jordan Daly from Glasgow Uni, and anyone else who wants to get involved, their mission is to make education on LGBTQIA+ issues statutory in Scottish schools. A petition for the Scottish Parliament was launched on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. They are gathering stories from the public to present visually to parliament. With support from Common Weal and Patrick Harvie MSP among others, momentum is building fast.
For the first time since 2010, the Serbian government has given the green light to a gay pride march.
In response to mounting pressure from the European Union, the Balkan state demonstrates its commitment to protecting the freedom and human rights of its citizens.
When the Egyptian people took to the streets in January and February 2011, many were not simply asking for a more prosperous and stable country. Many were demanding a fairer, more open society where everyone, regardless of political persuasion, was afforded the same basic rights and freedoms enshrined in a democracy. And when the autocrat Hosni Mubarak stepped down as a result of those protests, they must have believed that they were on the path to achieving those demands, which many fought and died for.
The qmu recently marked lgbt history month with a somewhat controversial change to the building. As of the 30th of January the gents toilets on the 3rd floor became gender neutral. Perhaps, like me, you were initially puzzled at the need of such a facility. However, the move is one that has been made by several British Students’ Unions since 2007, including The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union and Birmingham University Guild of Students and is primarily to aid those who don’t identify specifically as either gender or identify as transsexual feel more comfortable.