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Bi Visibility Day: Political Snapshot

Twenty years on from its inception, how did Bi Visibility Day look on UK politics twitter? The date may be fixed on the 23rd but it bobs up and down the party conference season, so is sometimes at the same time as Green, SNP, Plaid, Lib Dem or Labour conferences. Sometimes this has led to seaside party flashmobs and the […]

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Another massive vote for marriage

The House of Commons has voted again on whether to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland this autumn, should the devolved government at Stormont continue not to function. This time the vote passed with 328 votes for and 65 votes against the change – an overwhelming majority with notably less opposition than we saw in the 2013 same-sex marriage debate […]

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TIG, Women and Equalities

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This week has seen the formation of a new Parliamentary grouping The Independent Group, made up of former Labour and Conservative MPs. Remarkably, two of the eleven members TIG currently has are members of the cross-party Women And Equalities sub-committee of the House of Commons.  One has crossed from the Conservatives – Anna Soubry – and another from Labour – […]

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Northern Ireland Minister: no movement on marriage

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chloe Smith MP, has confirmed that there is no likely reform of marriage law in Northern Ireland for the forseeable future. In a debate opened by Rutherglen MP Ged Killen (Co-Operative Party), Chloe explained: “My position on this issue is clear: I voted in support of same-sex marriage in England and Wales […]

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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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Bis Hold On in UK Election

The UK General Election yesterday produced a polling upset – yet another in a recent run of them in the UK – as the governing Conservative party narrowly lost its majority in the House of Commons. Both the out-bi MPs who were defending their seats were re-elected, with Cat Smith (Labour, Lancaster) increasing her majority while Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative, Shrewsbury) […]

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