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IDAHOBIT Theme: “Alliances for Solidarity”

The organising committee for annual 17th May event the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT/IDAHOTB) have announced a theme for 2018’s events. They say: Every year the global community of sexual and gender minorities identifies one specific focus issue for the celebrations around May 17th. This focus issue is of course only a suggestion and it is left for […]

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Latvia challenged on partnership recognition

Earlier this month the Latvian Parliament dismissed a petition calling for the introduction of partnership legislation which would recognise all unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. This is the second time the Saeima rejected such an initiative. The European Parliament has responded today with members of the LGBTI Intergroup writing to the Members of the Government of Latvia, and the Speaker […]

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Lords question progress on sexuality and asylum

Parliament

In the House of Lords, Lord Scriven challenged the government yesterday to outline “what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration in the report, An investigation into the Home Office’s Handling of Asylum Claims Made on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, March to June 2014.” For the government, Baroness Williams […]

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365 days to Brexit

A year today the UK will leave the European Union. We still can’t know for sure what the long-term impact will be for bi and LGBT rights but it isn’t looking good so far. Many legal reforms have come about because of European rulings – from the decriminalisation of sex between men in Scotland in 1980 and Northern Ireland in 1982, […]

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Northern Ireland bill passes first hurdle

Parliament

The bill in the House of Commons to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has passed its first hurdle. The ‘Ten Minute Rule’ bill, proposed on a cross-party basis by Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green MPs, was debated and passed without a vote on its first reading. There is a long road from there to legislation though, so it […]

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A Day of Bisexuality & Fluidity

This May, Manchester Metropolitan University hosts a day of talks on Fluid and Non-Binary Identities, hosted by Research in Arts and Humanities (RAH!) Despite decades of organising among bisexual-identified people and the emergence of bisexuality studies as a dynamic research field, the position of bisexuality has remained rather precarious within academia and society at large. At the same time, we […]

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Skilled Bis Wanted!

Following changes in the organising team lineup for BiCon 2018, BiCon Continuity (the body which maintains the event over time as distinct from the organising team for a given event) have announced that there are gaps on some key roles without which the event won’t happen this year. They say: What is needed if BiCon 2018 is to happen at […]

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Lords and Commons push for marriage reform

Parliament

This week bills in the House of Commons and House of Lords will seek to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Same-sex marriage, albeit in slightly different legislative forms, exists in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales & England, but not Northern Ireland. Reform in Northern Ireland has been blocked thus far by the DUP using powers given to […]

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