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Blood Ban to be relaxed further

The Government has announced that the deferral blood donation period for men who have sex with men will be reduced from 12 months to three months. The change will be brought forward next year (2018). The announcement noted that this move would increase the supply of donor blood available for life-saving operations. As important for many people is that it […]

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Progress on Gender?

Justine Greening MP, Minister for Women and Equalities has announced proposals to streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing gender will be part of a broad consultation of the legal system that underpins gender transition, the Gender Recognition Act. With a huge overlap in the “B” and “T” communities this stands to affect a great many BCN readers. Currently individuals […]

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Government quizzes LGBTIs

The Government Equalities Office is surveying LGBTI+ people in the UK in a new online survey running until October 15th. The LGBT survey will, say GEO, allow the Government to understand the experiences of LGBT individuals across the UK. This will help identify ways to improve public services for LGBT users, including in health and education, and to understand how […]

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May: “I would vote differently” on LGBT now

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, spoke at a Pride reception in Downing Street to celebrate the contribution that lesbian, gay, bi and trans people make to the UK yesterday. Her remarks were peppered with the L, G and T of LGBT but there was less reference to bisexual people and biphobia did not get named alongside homophobia and transphobia. Acknowledging […]

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MindOUT Talks Bi

We caught up with Kitty from MindOUT, Brighton’s LGBT mental health project, to talk about their bi-specific work. Hello! Tell us about the project? MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people based in Brighton. We provide advice and information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, […]

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Malta moves on marriage

Malta has voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Congratulations, Malta! Hot on the heels of Germany the island nation has passed the law by a thumping 66 votes to 1. As with Germany, it’s a more inclusive law than we have for England and Wales: “husband and wife” becomes “spouses” and a single law covers any consenting couple who marry, rather […]

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